Mike Harley

Head Of Tech (Permanent)

CTO/Leads, Developers, GreenTech

0117 926 9530

What did you want to become when you were a kid?

A journalist (sports or music).  I wrote over 50 gig reviews for Bristol 24-7 magazine as a hobby and am currently (slowly) writing my first book.  I love most sports but am a long-suffering Man Utd and Crewe Alexandra fan.

What is a personal accomplishment that you are proud of outside of work?

I was the first Briton to run a marathon race in all 27 EU countries raising £47K for M.E Research.  I’m now making my way through the rest of Europe.

Is there a cause or issue that you are passionate about, and if so, why?

I’m passionate about working with Green Tech companies or businesses looking to become more sustainable.  My role as Co-Founder of Green Tech South West (www.greentechsouthwest.org) has helped me to discover lots of amazing inventors, pioneers and exciting Net-Zero initiatives.

I lead the digital technology team at ADLIB where our client base includes Start-Up/Scale-Ups, Tech For Goods, GreenTech/Sustainability focused businesses, Digital Agencies, SME’s, Software Houses and many more.  I’ve been placing technical people in the South-West since 2006 and my passion/expertise lies within finding Web Developers, DevOps/Cloud Engineers, QA professionals and CTO/Tech Directors.


Senior Software Engineer (Python)

  • Bristol
  • Permanent
  • £50K-£65K + shares

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Exciting SAAS innovator.

UK Market leader, over 1200 clients and growing.

5* Trustpilot SAAS product helping small businesses.

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15th Nov

Software Engineer (C#)

  • Malvern
  • Permanent
  • Competitive

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Unique scientific instrumentation, outstanding career development.

World-leading lab products, C# application development.

Flexible hours with remote working up to 4 days a week.

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15th Nov

Senior Infrastructure Engineer

Purpose Driven

  • Buckfastleigh / Remote
  • Permanent
  • £45K-£55K

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B Corp eCommerce business, MS, VMWare.

Exciting projects upcoming, R&D time each week.

Employee-owned and awarded a “Best Companies” accreditation.

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13th Nov



What my candidates say

  • Having worked with Mike through Adlib for sever.al years, I am happy to recommend him as a recruitment agent worth speaking to whether recruiting or being recruited. His market knowledge, advice and on-the-nose candidate recommendations have proved excellent regardless of the technical role being discussed.

    Kieran Adler

    Head Of Development

  • Mike is one of the few recruiters I've spoken to in the South West tech sector who truly understands recruitment within this discipline.  Mike helped place me in a role which fit me both culturally and technically. He was friendly, helpful and always there to help at ever step of the way. I found him to also be very tech savvy; understanding terminology which others often misunderstand.

    Jonathan Day

    Solutions Designer

  • I've had experiences with good and bad recruiters. Mike is definitely one of the good ones. I didn't get the salesman pitch you often get with recruiters. Mike is a recruiter that listens to what you want and genuinely takes on board what you have to say.  He was very supportive and helpful throughout the entire process, giving me frequent updates, encouragement and advice.

    Stefan Bockmann

    Senior Software Engineer


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Green Tech South West

Green Tech South West is a welcoming community of over 2,000 members
Our vision was, and remains, to create a consistently, friendly community with curated events to deliver expertise on the most relevant topics to help drive climate action using different types of tech.


ADLIB B Corp Impact Report

ADLIB certified as a B Corp in September 2019. Our starting point was a score of 82.8. In 2020 ADLIB became the world’s first 100% employee-owned B Corp recruitment business globally. In 2023 we received a recertification score of 130.3. The highest ranking recruitment company, globally. An immensely proud moment in ADLIB history.



MotherBoard is a Business Charter, Community and Event Series driving tangible change for mums working in the tech industry. GreenTechSW is a community that provides expert insight and thought provoking discussion on how technology can improve our physical environment and battle the massive, urgent issue of climate change. Tech Ethics Bristol is passionate about building a fair and equal society, where technology is a catalyst for positive change.


Tech For Good – A series of interviews

Featuring those businesses that choose technology as a driver for positive change. We create a platform that showcases and champions companies, products and technologists who are using technology as a force for positive change in the world.


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If you would like to chat about scaling up your tech team, seeking out a new challenge or even just about the latest developments in GreenTech then do get in touch.