Meet Your Recently Qualified Accountants Team

Meet Your Recently Qualified Accountants Team Feb 2022 (2)

Barden’s Recently Qualified Accountants Team (most of who are qualified accountants, just like you) are here to help you make your very best first step as a qualified accountant.

Below you’ll find out more about each of the team. Drop a quick email to one of our team and they’ll take it from there…

Aoibhín Byrne | Senior Associate | Expert in Recently Qualified Tax, Audit, Advisory and Treasury Careers | Barden Dublin

Aoibhín Byrne is an Senior Associate at Barden, and an expert in recently qualified tax, audit, advisory and treasury careers.

A proud Cork/Dublin woman she joined in October 2019. Aoibhín studied commerce with French in University College Cork (UCC). Before joining Barden she worked in KPMG.

Aoibhín is based in the Dublin office and works as part of the recently qualified and operational finance teams. In particular she works on recently qualified tax, audit, advisory and treasury careers. Her role involves bridging the gap between the clients and the candidate’s needs and ultimately matching the right person to the right role.

Contact Aoibhín at aoibhin.byrne@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.

Bernie Duffy ACA | Associate | Expert in Recently Qualified Accounting Careers | Barden Dublin 

Bernie Duffy ACA is an Associate at Barden, and an expert in recently qualified accounting careers.

Bernie is a qualified Chartered Accountant having completed her training with the ICT Assurance and Audit teams in EY. Before this she completed a BA in Accounting & Finance in Dublin City University (DCU) followed by a Master’s Degree in Accounting, also in DCU.

Bernie is based in the Dublin office and works directly with the recently qualified team to support recently qualified accounting professionals in Leinster.

Contact Bernie at bernie.duffy@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.


Brian O’Connor ACA | Senior Associate | Expert in Recently Qualified Accounting Careers | Barden Dublin

Brian O’Connor ACA is a Senior Associate at Barden, and an expert in recently qualified accounting careers.

Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2017, completing his training with Deloitte. He is a graduate of UCD and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Commerce and a Master’s Degree in Accounting.

Following his training in Deloitte he spent some time travelling and working in Australia gaining experience within industry, working in financial accounting roles with Vocus Group Limited, Toll Group and Independent Cement & Lime Group.

Contact Brian at brian.oconnor@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.


Ed Heffernan | Managing Partner | Barden Ireland

Ed Heffernan is Managing Partner of Barden Ireland. In 2014 he founded Barden, with Elaine Brady. He has worked for many years in recruitment both locally and internationally, within the accounting and tax space.

Ed has worked with 1000s of accountants nationally on career moves and is a regular contributor to industry publications, including Accountancy Ireland & Accountancy Plus.

A UCC grad Ed holds a number of qualifications in personnel management, human resources and later completed an MBA with Trinity College Dublin.

Contact Ed at ed.heffernan@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.


Elaine Brady | Managing Partner | Barden Leinster

Elaine holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin, and since graduation has worked nationally and internationally with some of the world’s leading recruitment companies. Throughout her career Elaine has specialised in accounting and tax recruitment and is an expert in qualified accounting careers across practice and industry.

In 2014 Elaine founded Barden recruitment, with Ed Heffernan and since then has grown organically into a thriving team of recruitment experts in Dublin and Cork. Barden was founded by people passionate about recruitment and its impact on people’s lives. We are a partner led expert recruitment firms consumed with supporting professionals on their chosen career journey. Our expertise covers accounting & tax, financial services, IT and legal recruitment.

Contact Elaine at elaine.brady@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.


Jonathan Olden | Managing Partner | Barden Munster

Jonathan Olden is Managing Partner of Barden Cork. He began his career in the legal sector, spending the first 6 years with one of Cork’s largest legal firms. During his time there he qualified as a solicitor and gained excellent and practical in-house experience advising and representing a range of clients.

In 2010 Jonathan moved to the recruitment sector specialising in finance recruitment. Since then he has recruited in Cork and Dublin, within the legal, accounting and finance space.

In 2017, together with Ed Heffernan and Elaine Brady, he established Barden Cork. He now leads a team of 8 recruitment experts covering accounting & tax, financial services, IT and legal recruitment.

Contact Jonathan at jonathan.olden@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.


Lisa Hughes ACA | Team Lead | Expert in Recently Qualified Accountants Careers | Barden Dublin

Lisa Hughes is a Team Lead and expert in recently qualified accounting careers. She leads our Recently Qualified Accountant team in Dublin. Prior to joining us she completed a Bachelor of Science in Finance (BSc Finance) in UCC, gained her ACA qualification through training with KPMG and went on to complete a Diploma in IFRS from Chartered Accountants Ireland.

She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2015 and completed her training contract in KPMG‘s financial services audit department, working predominantly on aircraft leasing clients and advisory assignments.

In 2018 Lisa took a sabbatical from Barden and spent the 9 months travelling and working in Australia and New Zealand. During her time in Australia, Lisa was a Specialist Recruiter in commerce, industry, audit, risk and compliance with T+O+M Executive, one of Sydney’s leading specialist recruitment firms.

Contact Lisa at lisa.hughes@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.


Marissa Maher | Team Lead | Expert in Recently Qualified Accounting Careers | Barden Cork

Marissa is Team Lead with our team in Cork and supports the qualified accounting and finance market for those seeking accounting roles in Cork, and Munster. In particular she works directly with and supports newly qualified accountants.

Marissa is both QFA and CIPD qualified, since 2010. With this, and her experience working within financial services, she has a unique insight into finance, accounting and professional service markets.

Working on a broad range of roles from financial reporting roles to commercial accounting roles such as financial analysts, management accountants, costs accountants, FP&A Managers etc., Marissa supports and works directly with some of Munster’s leading companies from the large multinationals to SME’s and across all industries such as Pharmaceuticals, IT, Retail, FMCG, Manufacturing, Energy, Utilities, Property, Construction, Professional Services, Hospitality, Leisure, Media etc.

Contact Marissa at marissa.maher@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.

Niall O’Keeffe ACA | Associate | Expert in Recently Qualified Accounting Careers | Barden Dublin 

Niall O’Keeffe ACA is an Associate at Barden, and an expert in recently qualified accounting careers.

Niall works directly with the team to continue to support recently qualified accounting professionals. He successfully qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2020 having completed his training contract with the Audit team in Deloitte Ireland. Prior to this Niall completed an accounting degree and masters in University College Cork.

Niall works directly with the recently qualified team in Dublin to support recently qualified accounting professionals in Leinster.

Contact Niall at niall.okeeffe@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.


Nicole Eustace ACA | Associate | Expert in Recently Qualified Accounting Careers | Barden Dublin 

Nicole Eustace ACA is an Associate at Barden, and an expert in recently qualified accounting and financial services careers.

Nicole works directly with the team to continue to support financial services professionals in particular across asset management, banking and insurance, and in particular recently qualified professionals.

She successfully qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2021 having completed her training contract with the Asset and Wealth Management team in PwC, gaining specific experience in the financial services and aviation industries. Prior to this Nicole completed a Bachelor of Commerce in University College Dublin and a masters in Accounting with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Contact Nicole at nicole.eustace@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.

Siobhan Sexton ACA | Senior Associate | Expert in Recently Qualified Accounting Careers | Barden Cork

Originally from Cork, Siobhán trained in KPMG Cork in the Tax Department and she is ACA qualified since 2017.

Siobhán also worked as part of the Management Consulting team in KPMG Dublin during her training contract. She worked predominantly on pharmaceutical, IT and construction clients.

This experience gives her a unique insight into the finance, accounting and professional service markets.

Following the completion of her training contract with KPMG, Siobhán joined Barden Dublin in March 2017 as part of the Recently Qualified Accountants team.

In 2018 she took a sabbatical to travel to and work in Canada. During her time in Canada Siobhán worked with both Michael Page and Robert Walters Recruitment. On returning to Ireland, Siobhán relocated to her hometown of Cork and now works with our Recently Qualified Accountants team in Barden Cork.

Contact Siobhán at siobhan.sexton@barden.ie or via LinkedIn.

Get in Touch With Us

Barden is where recently qualified accountants go before they start looking for a job.

When you meet Barden you will be meeting Ireland’s most experienced financial recruitment team, many of whom are themselves accounting and tax qualified.

Your future is too important to leave to chance. Take control, get informed and plan your professional future with Barden. Drop us an email at hello@barden.ie and we’ll get in touch to arrange a time and date that suits you to start planning your professional future.

 

 

 

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