Barden Talent Advisory and Recruitment Announces New Partners in its Munster Hub

Denis Galvin appointed Partner of Senior Appointments & Life Sciences.

Tara Higgins appointed Partner of Business Support & Operational Finance.

Barden, Ireland’s leading talent advisory and recruitment firm, are delighted to announce the appointment of Denis Galvin as Partner of Senior Appointments & Life Sciences, and Tara Higgins as Partner of Business Support & Operational Finance in its Munster Hub.

These announcements reflect the continued growth of Barden and our commitment to bring the best of Barden to our clients, and the professionals we work with every day, across Cork and Munster.

When we started Barden, we wanted do things a bit differently. To achieve this, we had to work with extremely talented people, but endeavour to ensure that we could provide real opportunities for them in the future. I’m extremely proud of everyone in Barden that we have been able to provide such opportunities so far. The recent appointments of Tara and Denis to Partner are more than deserved. Their ambition and vison for what Barden can become pushes us all every day and I am extremely lucky to have them as colleagues. As they embark on their new journey, I wish them every bit of success and fun along the way.Jonathan Olden |  Managing Partner | Barden Munster.

Denis Galvin is a Chartered Certified Accountant and prior to joining Barden, he spent over 10 years across practice, multinational and start up environments.

He joined Barden in 2018 and is an expert in recruitment, talent and career advisory. Denis leads the Life Sciences team, partnering with global and indigenous businesses across the pharmaceutical, medical device, FMCG and Agri sectors. He collaborates with leadership teams across a broad client base on their people strategies as well as supporting the candidate community with career planning and advice. Denis also specialises in senior appointments across finance, general management and executive leadership positions.

A UCC grad, Tara Higgins started her career in finance before moving into recruitment in 2015. She joined Barden Munster in April 2018 at a very exciting time when the Munster office was in true start-up mode. Over the past number of years, she has helped our managing partners to grow various areas of the Munster business, which she is extremely passionate about. A core part of Tara’s new role will be to work directly with professionals in the areas of business support, human resources and operational finance, helping them to identify and map out their future career path, and secure their ideal roles. Tara will also partner with clients to build world class teams in these, and other, areas as her team grows.

“It’s a source of great pride for us here in Barden, and for me personally, when key people step up and take on new challenges – Denis and Tara are exemplars of this. Their vision and ambition for Barden is what will shape the future of our talent advisory and recruitment practice over the coming years.  It’s a privilege for me to be here and to be a part of what they are creating.”Ed Heffernan | Managing Partner | Barden Ireland

Speaking about his recent appointment Denis Galvin said;

“I’m immensely proud to be appointed as Partner in Barden and hugely thankful to the Managing Partners for their continued encouragement, guidance, trust and friendship. The journey over the past 5 years has been incredible thanks to the relationships and support of my colleagues, clients and the people who choose to partner with Barden. It is a privilege to have contributed to Barden’s growth and brand while having so much fun along the way.

In this next phase, I’m honoured to be leading our Life Sciences Talent Advisory and Recruitment Practice, bringing Barden’s values and unique style to the Life Sciences community. Ireland’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, FMCG and Agricultural sectors, as well as STEM initiatives, play a huge role in our future economy, and I’m delighted to be supporting businesses in these industries to achieve their objectives. This, coupled with advising Senior Professionals on their careers across Finance, General Management and Executive Leadership paves the way for an exciting future. Our purpose is to create a positive impact in the lives of people who work with us.”

Also speaking about her recent appointment Tara Higgins said;

“Being appointed Partner in Barden is something I’m extremely proud of and I am really excited for this next chapter. Over 5 years ago, I moved from a well-established recruitment firm and joined Barden, a then start up firm with a mission to do things differently and leaders that I really believed in. Their energy and approach to recruitment inspired me to become absorbed in this mission and over the past few years they encouraged and supported me in taking opportunities to contribute to Barden’s growth, image and culture. I am extremely thankful to them for their belief in me, for trusting me countless times to dive into the unknown in different markets and for allowing me to exercise my creativity. Theirs, and my Barden colleagues, support when it comes to both professional and personal achievements is something that I’ll always be extremely grateful for and why I feel at home here.

In this next step of my journey with Barden, along with my team, I will be continuing our mission to offer more opportunities for our clients and for people in their careers to partner with Barden. Recently, we have been helping more and more of our clients with recruitment for their human resources and business support functions and with this I am delighted to be launching our Business Support Talent Advisory and Recruitment Practice. I will also be continuing to support operational finance professionals too (this is the area I started off recruiting almost 9 years ago and will always be close to my heart!). I am very excited for this next chapter with Barden and grateful to have the support of such a strong team around me as we all work together to make Barden’s services more readily available to people across different specialisms.”


Photo Caption: Photo shows (L to R) Fionnán O’Sullivan (Managing Partner – Financial Services), Kiara Daly (Managing Partner – Legal), Denis Galvin (Partner – Senior Appointments & Life Sciences), Tara Higgins (Partner – Business Support & Operational Finance), Aideen Murphy (Partner, Tax Treasury & Practice), Jonathan Olden (Managing Partner, Barden Munster) at the announcement of Denis Galvin and Tara Higgins being appointed as Partners with Barden Talent Advisory & Recruitment.


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