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

Managing 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

Philip Clarke

Head of Accounting & Financial Services at MCS Group

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

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.

Martin Ferron

Marketing Executive

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

Jordan Duffy

Trainee Marketing Executive

Jordan has just completed his postgraduate at Queens University and joined the MCS team in June 2018 on a 12-week internship. He is now working alongside the marketing team as a trainee marketing executive, where he drives Professional Services Marketing as well as graduate activities.

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.

Hannah Fox

Finance Administrator

Hannah assists Fran in the day to day running of the office, focusing on Finance and other admin matters, helping the business to run smoothly.

Anita Tsimpikas

Reception / Administrator

Anita can be found at reception, meeting and greeting customers whilst helping Fran and Hannah with the admin workload.

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.

Gerard Finnegan

Continuous Improvement Executive

As a First-Class honours business graduate, Gerard has joined MCS Group as a Continuous Improvement Executive focusing on compliance while researching & implementing innovation to ensure our working processes and operations are lean and efficient.

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.

Marc Young

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Technical & Engineering

Marc works in partnership with some of the most prestigious Engineering and Manufacturing brands in Northern Ireland, supporting the growth and development of their Technical and Engineering teams

Chris Busby

Manager - Software Engineering

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 Software Engineering recruitment team; recruiting software professionals across all sectors and industries across NI.

Carla McCallan

Manager - IT, Digital and Delivery

Carla is the digital guru in MCS, with a background in ecommerce prior to making the leap into the IT recruitment sector. Carla heads up the IT, Digital & Delivery team at MCS.

Rick Duffield

Manager - IT Contracts

Rick is the IT Contracting Guru covering Northern Ireland and Dublin. In this role he works across Fintech, Software and Industry clients helping to resolve the pain points that are eased by Contractors and Temp Staff

Jill Johnston

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT Contracting (Software and QA)

Jill plays a key 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.

Ryan Mitchell

Specialist Recruitment Consultant – Data Analytics

Ryan is the Data Analytics Specialist here at MCS Group. Ryan works with candidates and roles within the Data Analytics space working across Data Science, Data Analyst, Business Intelligence, Machine Learning and RPA to name a few.

Christian Campbell

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - FinTech

Christian specialises in IT recruitment within the FinTech and Software space. He comes from a Management background and finds it useful to draw from his experience to understand individuals’ goals when approaching career choices to help them best stand out in the local market.

Daryl Crothers

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT

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

Thomas works alongside Chris in the Fintech and Software space working with large US multinationals, FDI’s & indigenous software houses sourcing the best software engineers on the market.

Con Lam

Senior Specialist Recruitment Consultant - C++ / Python / C

Con is an experienced recruitment specialist that has 8 years overall professional experience, 5 of which spent working in one of the world’s largest telecommunication providers while completing his Computing Technologies degree. 3 years spent in recruitment, Con specialises in IT recruitment within the FinTech and Software space.

Paula McCalmont

Candidate Resourcer – Software Engineering at MCS recruitment

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.

Tighearnan McLaughlin

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT Infrastructure

Tighearnan is the IT Infrastructure Specialist here at MCS Group. Tighearnan works with candidates and roles within the IT Infrastructure space, including Infrastructure Engineers, Systems Administrators, IT Support, IT Helpdesk and DevOps to name a few.

Sarah Armstrong

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Security and R&D

Sarah is working in the cyber security and R&D team, working with US multinationals, indigenous software houses and local start ups.

Aveen Stewart

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Digital & Creative

After playing a key role in the MCS Marketing department, Aveen joined Carla's’ team to look after Digital and Creative Recruitment.

Linzi Reid

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Cyber Security & Application Support

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

Claire Grainger

Specialist Recruitment Consultant

Claire has over 10 years experience in a FTSE 100 company and has recently joined Carla's team Specialising in IT & Web Recruitment.

Karl Webb

Manager – Marketing, Commercial & Sales

Karl brings a wealth of experience in helping organisations recruit Marketing, Commercial and Sales professionals who drive business growth. One of NI’s most experienced recruitment specialists, with local and international recruitment experience, he is passionate about driving the local economy and has strong networks across all industry sectors.

Sarah McGeown

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Sales & Marketing

As a First-Class marketing graduate, Sarah has joined MCS Group with hopes of building the g- to team for Sales & Marketing recruitment within N.I

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

Catherine Rushe

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Legal

After gaining her degree in Law and French from Queens, Catherine worked and gained experience within the Legal industry. Now working in recruitment for Professional Services, Legal – she is using her great experience and knowledge on the current market.

Nadine Savage

Manager - Accountancy, Industry & Commerce

Nadine recruits Qualified Accountants and Senior Finance professionals across Northern Ireland and has built excellent relationships through her networks of local SME’s to Global and Multi-national organisations.

Caroline Gaughan

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy Practice

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

Sara Mitchell

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy 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.

Claire McCarragher

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Banking & Finance

Claire specialises in Banking & Finance Recruitment. With over 5 years as a Corporate Negotiator & Private Consultant, Claire has worked closely with some of the leading Financial Advisory Firms, High Street Banks, Private Lenders & Insurance Firms across Northern Ireland

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.

Beth Wylie

Specialist Recruitment Consultant – Accountancy & Finance

Beth comes from an entrepreneurial background and is bringing her skills to the Accountancy and Finance Team. She’s recruiting for the public sector and not for profit area, helping find the best talent within Northern Ireland.

Natalie McWillams

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Banking & Finance

Natalie specialises in Banking & Finance Recruitment. With 5 years working in Retail banking in Northern Ireland, over 2 years working in Corporate banking in Dublin and a degree background in Accountancy, Natalie brings her experience to recruiting in the Banking industry.