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

Office 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.

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.

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 - 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.

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 Johnston

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 – 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.