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

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.

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.

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.

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

Marketing Intern

Jordan is currently completing his postgraduate at Queens University and has joined the MCS team on a 12 week internship. Working alongside the marketing team, he drives the Professional Services 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.

Anita Tsimpikas


Anita helps Fran and Hannah run the administration side of MCS, looking after customers at Reception and ensuring Reception 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 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.

Christopher Henderson

Specialist Recruitment Consultant

Chris works closely with our clients in the Agricultural and Food Industry, providing fast and reactive recruitment solutions for Technical and Engineering roles.

Chris Busby

Manager - FinTech

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

Carla McCallan

Manager – Web, Cloud & Digital

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

Katie Walker

Manager - 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

Manager - IT Contracts

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

Jill Biggart

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - IT Contracting

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.

Ryan Mitchell

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Fintech

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

Tony Hutchings

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Big Data & Analytics

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.

Colin McAlinden

Specialist Recruitment Resourcer - Fintech

After completing his MA in TESOL, Colin began working with MCS and is dedicated to assisting IT & Digital professionals find their next role, sourcing exceptional talent to fulfil the hiring needs of our clients.

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.

Tighearnan McLaughlin

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Web, Cloud & Mobile

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

Sarah Armstrong

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Security and R&D

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

Linzi Reid

Specialist Recruitment Consultant - Digital & Web

Coming from a sales background, Linzi recently graduated from International Politics and Conflict Studies at QUB. Specialising in Digital and Web recruitment working alongside Carla and her growing team.

Karl Webb

Senior Recruitment Consultant - Sales, Marketing & Executive Appointments  

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

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.

Nadine Savage

Senior Recruitment Consultant - Accountancy Industry

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

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

Beth comes from an entrepreneurial background and is bringing her skills to the Accountancy and Finance Team. She’s recruiting on the contract team helping find the best talent within Northern Ireland’s Industry Sector