Meet Our Barden Expert Team That Specialises in Supporting Those That Aren’t Necessarily Qualified Accountants Across Junior, Mid-level and Senior Roles

Meet Our Barden Expert Team That Specialises in Supporting Those That Aren’t Necessarily Qualified Accountants Across Junior, Mid-level and Senior Roles

These roles are mainly across AP, AR, OTC, payroll, finance & language roles and the space where finance and IT overlap. The team support professionals in these areas from associate up to senior manager level.

When you meet Barden, you will be meeting Ireland’s most experienced team of finance recruitment experts recruiting across:

  • AP, AR, OTC, Payroll,
  • Part Qualified/ Finalist ACCA, AICPA-CIMA, CPA and ACA accountants as well as fully qualified and part qualified Accounting Technicians,
  • Language roles…we’ve worked on both once-off roles and large recruitment drives where a number of native level language requirements, as well as finance experience, is required.

Our expert team includes:

Tara Higgins, Team Lead in Barden Cork | Expert in AP/AR/Payroll & Part Qualified Accountant Careers |

Tara is leading our team in Cork and has 5 years of experience focused purely within this broad space of finance recruitment in Cork.

A UCC grad, Tara started her career in finance before moving into recruitment in 2015. She joined Barden Cork in April 2018 at a very exciting time when the Cork office was in true start-up mode. Over the past two years, she has helped our managing partners to grow this hugely varied area of the Cork business, which she is extremely passionate about.

 “Having the opportunity to help people, at all levels and across many different pillars of finance, to find their next step in their careers is what I love about working in this area of finance recruitment – no day is ever the same. Sometimes we can even help to identify opportunities for people that they hadn’t thought of before too, which is pretty cool.” Tara Higgins

Cliodhna O’Brien, Associate in Barden Cork | Expert in AP/AR/Payroll & Part Qualified Accountant Careers |

Cliodhna is also part of this team in Cork. Since joining Barden in 2018 as Barden’s first ever Graduate Associate in Cork. Since then she has worked diligently, become an integral part of the team and earned a promotion to Associate. Helping AP/AR/Payroll professionals & Part Qualified Accountants has become second nature to Cliodhna.

“What I love most about my role is having the opportunity to bridge the gap between how people could feel about their work and do feel about their work. In our area we have the opportunity to work with people at all levels in many different roles and an opportunity to guide people on progression/career paths which is amazing. One of my favourite things to do also is to prepare people in the best way possible to perform on the day of the interview too.” Cliodhna O’Brien

Cliodhna holds a BA Applied Psychology from UCC and a M.Sc. in Work & Organisational Psychology (CIPD accredited), from University of Limerick. This MSc programme is dedicated to providing a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of psychological principles to organisational settings in order to enhance employee wellbeing and organisational performance. Throughout her Masters Cliodhna developed core competencies and professional skills in organisational theory, organisational change, employment relations, selection & assessment, training, employee wellbeing and research design and methods.

Cliodhna has also been accredited by the British Psychological Society to conduct Psychometric Testing.

Nicole Carroll, Senior Associate in Barden Dublin | Expert in AP/AR/Payroll & Part Qualified Accountant Careers |

Nicole is a grad of the TUD and holds a BA in Business/Sports. She is also a grad of the Institute of Technology, Carlow. Nicole has been recruiting within this area of finance recruitment for the past two years and is very passionate about it. She has progressed to Senior Associate level following her dedication and hard work in supporting people she’s been working with. Nicole has spent a lot of time in particular helping Part Qualified Accountants to map out their careers and has also helped AP/AR/Payroll professionals to secure their next role.

“Getting to work across an array of industries and sectors, giving advice to people from a junior level who are setting out on their career, to people who have an established career and are looking for the next important step is my favourite thing about working in this area of finance recruitment.” Nicole Carroll

Aoibhin Byrne, Associate in Barden Dublin | Expert in AP/AR/Payroll & Part Qualified Accountant Careers |

Aoibhín is a UCC graduate and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with French. In 2016 she joined KPMG Ireland where she trained and worked as a Tax Associate and was involved in the provision of corporate tax and advisory services to MNC’s across a variety of industries. Aoibhín always had a passion for helping people and joined Barden in 2019 with a view to using her background and experience to help others in their careers. Aoibhín describes herself as a ‘natural thinker’, when she gives people advice you can be sure this is well thought through and her advice is very much tailored to the individual she is helping.
“It’s exciting to work with candidates from varied backgrounds – from the early stages to the later stages of their careers. I enjoy being able to provide sound advice and ultimately help people fulfil their career goals and aspirations”. Aoibhín Byrne


Get in Touch

In Barden we’re here to listen, help and guide you on the best next steps for your career so please reach out and get in touch with one of our team today, or email and we’ll take it from there.



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