Meet the Partners that lead our recruitment practices and discover how we can help you build and retain truly world class teams.

Partner with Potential

Barden is a partner led recruitment firm consumed with supporting companies that really know the value of people. Our expertise covers Accounting & Tax, Financial Services, IT and Legal recruitment. Our people are trained/qualified in their specialist areas. Our approach is consultative not transactional. In Barden we really know the value of people; both your people and ours.

Accounting Partners

As experts in accounting recruitment Elaine Brady and Jonathan Olden take their jobs seriously. Many of their team are audit or tax trained and share similar accounting qualifications and experience as the hiring managers they work with. Their reputations, their personal network, their knowledge and the calibre of their people is why companies trust Jonathan, Elaine and their teams in Barden.

Tax & Practice Partners

As experts in Tax & Practice recruitment,  Aideen Murphy & Kate Flanagan take their jobs seriously. Aideen and Kate are tax trained and qualified through Big 4, and support accounting firms across the country on appointments at all levels either directly or through the engagement of experts within the broader Barden team. Aideen and Kate are who tax and practice professionals go to, in Ireland, before they start looking for a job.

Business Support & Operational Finance Partner

Tara Higgins is Partner of the Business Support & Operational Finance Practice with Barden’s talent advisory and recruitment firm in Munster.

A core part of Tara’s role is working directly with professionals in the areas of Operational Finance and Business Support, 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 of business. 

Legal Partners

As experts in legal recruitment Bernardo Pina and Kiara Daly take their jobs seriously. As qualified solicitors Bernardo and Kiara and their team are legal professionals recruiting for legal professionals. Their reputation, personal network, knowledge and the calibre of their people is why companies trust Bernardo & Kiara and their team in Barden. 

Executive Search Partner

A big 4 trained accountant Sandra leads our executive search recruitment practice in Ireland supporting senior appointments across industry, financial services and professional services in Ireland.  With a deep understanding of executive level recruitment she specialises in CFO/Finance Director, and other executive appointments for key clients on a retained basis. Sandra and her team are where CEOs and Boards in Ireland go for advice, before they start hiring for their leadership team.

Sandra Quinn ACA


Managing Partner

Having co-founded Barden with Elaine Brady and Jonathan Olden, Ed Heffernan definitely takes his job seriously. With over 20 years’ experience in recruitment, both nationally and internationally, Ed supports the Partner Group in both strategic and operational activity and acts as a point of contact in Barden for companies looking to engage Barden on large projects or across multiple expert areas.

International Appointments Partner

Trained through Big 4, Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009. Following this she spent a number of years working in industry before moving into recruitment in 2011 where she has since then specialised in accounting & finance and legal recruitment. Sarah is a subject matter expert in accounting & finance and legal careers focusing on the international market.  

Sarah and her team support international roles with a focus on Canada, Cayman, Europe, London and the US.  

Sarah Barry ACA