Meet Our People | The MCS Group Team

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.

Judith Cochrane

Director Of Operations

Judith joined MCS in 2021 with over 15 years of operational and financial management experience in the public and private sectors. Her focus is on enhancing the overall strategic direction of MCS whilst driving continuous improvement in service provision.

Samantha Boles

Talent Acquisition Specialist

My role within MCS is to manage the recruitment process and to find outstanding talent for our internal vacancies.

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.

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

Compliance Manager

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

Digital Transformation Manager

David leads and undertakes all digital transformation activities for MCS Group. He is constantly learning about and implementing new ways to improve business performance and procedures that help us provide a world-class service to our clients and candidates.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.