Since our formation in 2006 Advanced Technical Recruitment Ltd has been a constantly evolving company. 

Initially focussing on the Photonics, Optics and Laser industries, we have grown and diversified to cover a varied range of technical industries.

As we stand today we are actively recruiting in industries including – Photonics, Optics, Laser, Microscopy, Fibre Optics, Telecoms, UHV, L.E.D, Instrumentation, Electronics, I.T., Defence, Biosciences and many more.

We work with a wide range of clients from start-up to blue chip and pride ourselves on providing the best possible recruitment service.

Iona Mulligan

Iona joined Advanced Technical Recruitment in 2011, bringing with her an Executive MBA, and a long history in External Relations, International Collaboration, European Funding, Marketing and Academia. Iona has focused on introducing new sectors to the portfolio and recruiting for a range of roles.

In her spare time, Iona enjoys Running, Motorsport and keeping fit.

Iona can be contacted via or +44 (0) 1803 290333



Lee Mulligan

Lee started his career as an Electronics Apprentice with Nortel Networks and spent several years in Telecoms Manufacturing. Lee then moved into Applications Engineering, and latterly spent several years in Technical Sales within the Photonics Industry. Since forming Advanced Technical Recruitment in 2006, he has focused on recruiting for a range of industries and professions.

In his spare time, Lee enjoys Motorsport and Travelling.

Lee can be contacted via or +44 (0) 1803 290333



Jenna Johnson

Jenna is the Senior Recruitment Consultant at Advanced, having joined in the team in September 2014.

With a background in Customer Support and Account Management, Jenna’s recruitment activities cover a wide range of industries and Engineering/Scientific disciplines.
On a daily basis, Jenna focuses her activities on business development, managing accounts and building relationships.

In her spare time, Jenna enjoys walking her dog, attending music events and trying her hardest to make it to the gym.

Jenna can be contacted via or +44 (0)1803 290333


Jordan Harris

Jordan Harris joined the team in February 2015, and brings with him a background in Sales & Hospitality.

He is currently specialising on various roles throughout the Automation, Drives & Controls and related sectors, on positions from Graduate level to Director level.

In his spare time, Jordan enjoys playing the guitar, going to the gym and spending time with his children.

Jordan can be contacted via or +44 (0) 1803 290333



Abigail Jackson

Abbie joined the team in December 2015, and brings with her a background in Business Administration and Customer Service.

Abbie is our Sales, Marketing and Social Media expert, who works with the team at Advanced to fill a range of technical vacancies.

In her spare time, Abbie enjoys travelling, walks on Dartmoor and trying out new places to eat.

If you would like to receive our weekly job mailings, please email or call +44 (0) 1803 290333



Alex Hobbs

Alex joined the team in early 2016, and brings with him a background in Robotics and Electronics.

Alex works with a range of clients and candidates, focusing on roles including Electronics Design, Firmware and Embedded Systems, along with Sales and Applications positions.
Having completed a BSc in Robotics with Embedded Systems, Alex is well placed to help and support both clients and candidates.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys video games, films and swimming.

Alex can be contacted via or +44 (0) 1803 290333



Rhys Coulson

Rhys is our newest member of the team, joining us in July 2017.

He brings with him a background in Customer Service along with a BA (Hons) in Business Management and Sport.

Rhys will be working with a range of clients, across a wide variety of technical vacancies.
In his spare time Rhys enjoys fishing and football.

Rhys can be contacted via or +44 (0) 1803 290333



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Outside of the Office

Outside of office hours, Lee and Iona are both keen motorsport enthusiasts. They are in their 7th year of racing a Fisher Fury in the ASWMC sprint championships, and in June of 2013 they took the first step in to Stage Rallying with their home built and supported Citroen Saxo. Most weekends they can be found at a racetrack somewhere in the south west either racing, supporting or frantically trying to fix their home built and supported car.