Meet the team

Barry Smyth

Managing Director

Barry set up MCS Group in 2008, with a view to raising standards, improving delivery and bringing a different ethical approach to the specialist recruitment market in Northern Ireland. A 25-year veteran of the recruitment industry, prior to founding MCS Barry had a successful, 15-year career in specialist recruitment across the island of Ireland, where he held senior positions with an international recruitment business and was a Partner in an Executive Search firm.

Louise Smyth

Managing Director

Louise is an experienced commercial recruitment professional and trainer with 24 years’ experience in the people and talent industry. A fellow of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, she has worked with a diverse range of clients from SME’s, Multi Nationals, and new Start-ups supporting them through growth and achieving success through the recruitment and retention of their people.

Sean Devlin

Associate Director - IT & Technical

Sean has been in the Technical recruitment industry for over 10 years. After joining MCS Group as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant, Sean is now Associate Director managing the largest Technical recruitment team in NI. Sean plays a key role in helping companies of all sizes reach their business goals and over the last five years has worked closely with Invest NI, assisting companies set-up and develop world-class technology centres.

Janet Kerrigan

Head of People Success

As Head of People Success, Janet is responsible for ensuring our MCS Group talent acquisition strategy and HR practices support our talented, growing team to be the best they can be. With extensive senior management experience gained working in Northern Ireland, UK and overseas, Janet has a successful track record of developing and leading teams to achieve ambitious business goals.

Philip Clarke

Head of Accounting & Financial Services

Phil started his recruitment journey in England, specialising in finance & accountancy and progressing quickly to Regional Manager. Having returned home to NI, Phil now leads the Accountancy & Financial Services team at MCS and is focused on ensuring outstanding service delivery for all of our customers

Chris Busby

Head of Permanent IT Recruitment

Known for his personable nature and positive outlook, Chris is a professional that delivers results, time and again to our customers. He heads up the Permanent IT recruitment team; recruiting software professionals across all sectors and industries across NI.

Kerry Tosh

Talent and Development Manager

With over 20 years of experience in recruitment and a recently qualified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, Kerry is taking the lead as the talent and development manager at MCS Group. She focuses her time on designing and implementing programs for performance management, leadership development, employee assessment, health and well-being and succession planning.

Heather Trojan

Group Marketing Manager

Heather is an experienced marketeer with over ten years' experience working with both SMEs and major global brands. Managing the MCS Group marketing function she promotes the brand and coordinates the company’s sponsorship, events and outreach activities. Heather moved across the water from Manchester in 2015 and has established a strong network in Northern Ireland.

Martin Ferron

Marketing Executive

Martin drives the digital marketing function within MCS while promoting the brand and working with Heather to coordinate our sponsorship and events. He brings his creative flair to the company with his graphic designs and video production.

Helen Murray

Finance Manager

As Finance Manager, a new role within MCS Group, Helen is keen to use her knowledge and expertise to provide financial support and direction to the business across its existing platforms, and on its future journey. With a wealth of experience gained working in banking, and with SME’s and charities, Helen understands the importance of, and has the skills to develop, high-quality financial practices and to take ownership of our finance function.

Hannah Fleming

Finance Administrator

As Finance Assistant, a new role within MCS Group, Hannah is keen to further develop her knowledge of accounting principles and finances. Having joined MCS Group four years ago within the administration team, Hannah will utilise her experience to help ensure an efficient, organised finance function within the company.

Fran Coyle

Office Manager / PA to the Directors

Fran is responsible for managing the administration of the office, as well as working closely with Barry and Louise to ensure their day 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

Manager - Technical & Engineering

David specialises in Construction and Built Environment Appointments, and has a strong industry knowledge in Northern Ireland.

Ruairi McCann

Specialist Recruitment Consultant | Technical & Engineering Temporary & Contracts

Ruairi works with the Engineering team, his role is to expand temporary and contract recruitment within the engineering sector.

Alan Montgomery

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Technical & Engineering

Alan works along side David McCrisken in the Technical and Engineering team, specialising in roles within the Agri-food sector.

Eve McLelland

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Technical & Engineering

Eve is a recent Queen’s graduate of International Business with Spanish and comes from an entrepreneurial and design background. She is recruiting within the Technical and Engineering division at MCS group, using her expertise and passion for people to develop relationships in the market.

Timothy McNeill

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Technical & Engineering

Timothy is a recent graduate from Ulster Business School in BSc Business Studies. He will be joining the Technical & Engineering Team specialising in Construction Sector alongside David McCrisken. He is looking forward to building professional relationships with clients and candidates.

Daryl Crothers

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Java

Daryl studied business information technology at queens university and went on to open a few companies around Northern Ireland. He was the Mid-East Antrims Young Businessman of the year 2017 and won the celebrate success and invest NI growth awards. He is now looking forward to bring his skills and expertise to the recruitment industry and MCS.

Sarah Armstrong

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Business Analysis & Project Management

Sarah is working in the software engineering and delivery team, recruiting for business analysis, project management and consultancy.

Ryan Kennedy

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT

Ryan acquired a degree in Economics before starting a career in sales. Utilising his experience, Ryan now works along-side Chris within the IT recruitment industry.

Thomas McGuigan

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Infrastructure & IT Support

Thomas works alongside Ryan in the Infrastructure & Data team working with managed service providers and technology companies across NI.

Linzi Reid

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Cyber Security

Recent International Relations graduate coming from a sales background, working within Digital and Creative team to recruit in the Cyber Security and Application Support space.

Claire Grainger

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Key Accounts

Claire works across a range of software skill sets for some of NI most high-profile technology firms. She has over 10 years experience in a FTSE 100 company and has recently joined the Digital and Creative team Specialising in IT & Web Recruitment.

Clark Litster

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT

Before starting a career in recruitment, Clark completed a BSc in Podiatry and worked within the private healthcare services for 2 and a half years. Clark moved to Northern Ireland from Glasgow, Scotland and is now working in the key accounts team within the specialist IT services team alongside Claire and Paula.

Robyn Andrews

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Digital & Web

Robyn is our Digital and Web specialist with a PR and Spanish Degree. After spending 4 years in Sydney working across Sales and IT Recruitment, she has returned home to Belfast to work across the exciting NI tech scene.

Sarah Martin

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT & Digital

Sarah has a first-class bachelor’s degree in Primary Education. After working for a year as a primary school teacher Sarah decided she wanted to travel and see more of the world. She spent a year in Australia before moving to New Zealand where she began her career in recruitment. Sarah has recently moved back home and is now utilising her experience working within the specialist IT recruitment team.

Barry O’Neill

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - North West region

Barry is our specialist IT recruitment consultant in the North West region. Barry is a North West native and comes from a background in the hospitality industry. He has transferred his strong customer focus and attention to detail into sourcing the top talent for his clients.

Rory Foster

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - .NET

A law graduate from the University of Manchester, Rory is eager and excited to get working with diverse talent across the .NET space.

Paula McCalmont

Candidate Resourcer – Software Engineering

Paula is working within the IT and Digital division at MCS Group, specialising in the Software Engineering space. She has graduated university with a degree in Communication with PR and comes from a background in sales, marketing, employee training.

Jane Fallis

Candidate Resourcer – IT & Digital

Jane focuses on acquiring IT talent for MCS clients. Prior to joining MCS, Jane spent the majority of her career working as a headhunter in a leading human capital advisory firm in London, and more recently in an Executive Search firm in Northern Ireland. She read Law at the University of Dundee.

Jill Johnston

Manager - IT Contracts

Jill manages the IT Contracts division and plays a leading role recruiting the best contractors for some of MCS Groups major accounts within the contracting space. Jill covers all industries within IT and works with small business’ through to global brands

Jennifer Curran

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT Contracts (Infrastructure)

Jennifer has over 8 years’ experience in B2B sales, 3 of which she managed an outbound telesales team for ones of NI’s leading digital solutions providers. Jennifer specialises in Contract and Temporary assignments within the IT Infrastructure space.

Bronwyn Lam

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT Contracts

Before embarking on a career in recruitment, Bronwyn graduated with a first-class degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Glasgow. She has joined the IT Contracts division and specialises in recruitment for the Public Sector and Not for Profit space.

Ryan Calvert

Manager | Human Resources, Legal and Compliance

Ryan completed a Psychology degree before carving a successful career in Recruitment particularly within the HR Market. As part of the growing Professional Services Team, Ryan will be managing HR, Legal and Compliance roles. His approach is highly personable and customer service focused, building sustainable working relationships with both candidates and clients at all times

David McCallum

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Legal

David specialises in Senior Legal appointments and has nearly 10 years’ experience of working closely with some of the leading Solicitor firms in Ireland, managing and maintaining key stakeholder relationships. Previous to recruitment he was working in banking for over 12 years.

Emma McFetridge

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Marketing, Commercial & Sales

With a background in Marketing Management in the tech space, Emma has had the opportunity to work with many companies throughout Northern Ireland and connect with great talent. Now working in recruitment, Emma’s aim is to connect talented Marketers to the current market that NI has to offer.

Stephen Turkington

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy & Finance

Stephen has joined the Accountancy I&C team specialising in permanent Part-Qualified and Transactional. With a clear passion for recruitment Stephen has successfully established long term relationships by gaining trust and confidence in this market.

Sara Mitchell

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy Practice

Sara leads our Accountancy Practice team and personally specialises in roles within general practice, audit, corporate finance and forensics. She has built a client base that spans the breadth of the province and beyond and is regarded as a trusted adviser to some of the brightest talent in the industry.

Adam Macklin

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy & Finance

Adam has recently returned to Northern Ireland after a year of living in Houston, Texas. Adam has joined the recruitment industry after a career in professional rugby, including playing for Ulster. He specialises in recruiting within Industry across NI and Ireland.

Clare Simpson

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy & Finance - Temp & Contracting

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.

Matthew Woods

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy & Finance

Business Sport Management graduate specialising in the Financial Services and Banking industry. Recently moved back home from Australia.

Phoebe Preston

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy & Finance

Phoebe, a First-Class Honours Graduate in Environmental Science with Education, chose a career in recruitment within MCS Group. Phoebe’s personable traits and the customer service skills she has acquired through working in sales are an asset to assisting those who are wishing to start or further develop their careers in Accountancy and Finance.

Eve Turkington

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy & Finance

After completing a degree in International Business with Spanish, Eve joined the Accountancy team to specialise in permanent Part-Qualified and Transactional finance. Her approach is highly customer service driven and puts her focus on maintaining meaningful relationships with both candidates and clients.

Lucy Spratt

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy Practice

Lucy has recently graduated with an MSc in Management, following a BA degree in English, both at Queen’s University. Lucy has acquired significant customer service experience following 6 years of working in sales. Now focussing on Accountancy Practice, she is thoroughly looking forward to building relationships with talented candidates, hoping to embark on fulfilled careers.