Meet the team

Barry Smyth

Managing Director

Barry’s vision is to build a different type of specialist recruitment business with a focus on customer excellence.

Louise Smyth

Commercial Director

Louise heads up the Commercial side of MCS Group, guiding the company through its ambitious growth plans.

Fran Coyle

Office Manager

Fran runs the administration side of MCS, ensuring the business runs smoothly.

Sean Devlin

Head of IT Recruitment

Sean is one of NI’s few experts in IT recruitment bringing a wealth of experience and contacts to his role of Head of IT Recruitment.

Brona Cathcart

Head of Professional Services

Brona has 15 years global HR and Recruitment experience and has supported the successful growth of many companies through the right approach to talent attraction.

Brendan Catney

Manager - Technical & Engineering Recruitment

Brendan gained significant experience recruiting in Central London for several years before returning to NI, he now works with the very best across Technical & Engineering sectors

Heather Trojan

Group Marketing Manager

Heather manages the MCS Group marketing function; promoting the brand and coordinating the company’s sponsorship, events and outreach activities.

Aveen Stewart

Marketing Executive - IT & Digital

After completing a Masters at Queens University Aveen joined the MCS team. Working alongside Heather, she drives the IT & Digital marketing as well as graduate activities.

Hannah Fox

Office Administrator

Hannah helps Fran run the administration side of MCS, looking after customers and ensuring the business runs smoothly.

Kirsty Dillon

Principal Recruiter - Technical & Engineering

An experienced recruiter, Kirsty has excellent working relations with leading organisations within the Industry in Northern Ireland.

David McCrisken

Technical & Engineering Consultant

David specialises in the Agri-food, Scientific and Technical Appointments, and has a strong industry knowledge in Northern Irelan

Chris Busby

Senior IT Recruitment Consultant – Software and FinTech

Known for his personable nature and positive outlook, Chris is a professional that delivers results, time and again to our customers.

Carla McCallan

Senior IT Recruitment Consultant – Digital and Web

Carla is the digital guru in MCS, with a background in ecommerce prior to making the leap into the IT recruitment sector.

Katie Walker

Senior IT Recruitment Consultant – IT Security and R&D

Katie looks after IT security and software development roles, within US multinationals, indigenous software houses and local start-ups.

Patricia McBride

IT Recruitment Consultant

Patricia brings vast experience in specialist recruitment to our team. As a result, she has strong relationships with many of NI’s leading companies.

Tighearnan McConnell

IT Recruitment Consultant – Industry

Tighearnan plays a key role in the IT Team, working closely with Chris and job seekers on major contracts in the Software and FinTech sectors.

Rick Duffield

IT Recruitment Consultant – Contracts

Rick is the IT Contracting Guru covering Northern Ireland. In this role he works across Fintech, Software and Industry clients.

Jill Biggart


Jill plays a key role recruiting the best candidates for some of MCS Groups major accounts across the Fintech space.

Stephanie Hughes


Stephanie works alongside Carla playing a key role in helping companies across the Digital & Web space recruit the most innovative designers and engineers in Northern Ireland.

Tighearnan McLaughlin


Tighearnan works closely with Carla recruiting for some of the coolest Technology companies in the Northwest sourcing Web and Software Professionals.

Ryan Mitchell


Ryan Plays a Key Role in the Fintech Team, Assisting Chris on Major contracts recruiting for Software and Infrastructure Engineers.

Karl Webb

Senior Consultant, Business Growth

With more than 10 years’ in recruitment, in both NI and North America, Karl has vast experience in Specialist Recruitment and Executive Search

Mark Canning

Senior Accountancy - Practice

Mark’s background in International Executive Search brings a fresh approach to strategic recruitment assignments for practices in UK & Ire.

Nadine Savage

Accountancy Consultant - Industry

Nadine works with qualified and part-qualified candidates providing access to great roles in Industry & Commerce across NI.

Karen Newton

Banking & Financial Services

Karen recruits across Banking, Financial Services and Insurance. She has built strong relationships with employers across N.I. and has successfully assisted with their recruitment needs.

Caroline Gaughan

Accountancy Consultant - Practice

Caroline’s background in Psychology compliments her ability to source the best talent for Accountancy practices across NI and Ireland.

Alex Leitch

Consultant - Sales & Marketing

Alex is well placed to work with clients and candidates within the Sales and Marketing sector owing to her sales experience and degree in advertising

Clare Simpson

Accountancy & Finance Consultant

Clare manages interim and contract roles within Accountancy & Finance. She has great commercial awareness having spent many years working in the Banking industry dealing with personal and business clients.