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.

Sean Devlin

Associate Director - IT & Technical

Sean is one of NI’s few experts in IT recruitment bringing a wealth of experience and contacts to his role of Associate Director - IT & Technical

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.

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. She moved across the water from Manchester and has established a strong network in Northern Ireland.

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.

Fran Coyle

Office Manager

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

Hannah Fox

Senior Office Administrator

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

Matthew Knight

Office Administrator

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

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

Emma McQuillian

Consultant - Technical & Engineering

Emma recently returned to NI after working for a major public sector organisation in London. She has developed an excellent understanding of people and strives to provide outstanding customer service.

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.

Rick Duffield

Senior 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

IT Recruitment Consultant - Contracts

Jill plays a key role recruiting the best candidates for some of MCS Groups major accounts within the contracting space. Working alongside Rick, the team cover Fintech, Software and Industry clients across Northern Ireland.

Stephanie Clarke


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.

Michael Reddington

Consultant - Infrastructure & Managed Services

Michael compliments the IT & Digital team with a strong background in sales. He previously worked with some major brand names and achieved a Certificate in Selling from the Sales Institute of Ireland.

Tony Hutchings

Consultant - Fintech & Data

Tony graduated with a BEng Electronic Engineering from Ulster University and secured a role as a business analyst. He discovered a love for recruiting after gaining experience with a global pharmaceutical company where he worked alongside senior recruiters.

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

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.

Sara Mitchell

Accountancy Consultant - Practice

Sara has recently moved to Northern Ireland from the South East of England. She specialises in recruiting for Accountancy practices across NI and Ireland, networking with a mixture of qualified and part qualified candidates to fulfil the industry’s needs.