Meet Your Recently Qualified Accountants Team

Meet Your Recently Qualified Accountants Team (1)

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…

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 or via LinkedIn.

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

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 or via LinkedIn.

Conor Martin ACA | Associate | Expert in Recently Qualified Accounting Careers | Barden Dublin

Conor qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2014, completing his training with PwC. From there he went on to work in industry and practice for some of Ireland’s leading companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Focus Capital Partners, ICON plc. During this time he held a variety of roles including Internal Audit, Corporate Finance, Financial Analysis and Financial Reporting.

Having trained as a Chartered Accountant and with some practical hands-on experience, in both practice and industry, under his belt, Conor is best placed to advise and support recently qualified accountants when it comes to their careers.

Conor holds a BBLS, Accounting, Finance and Law from UCD. He is a Section Scout Leader with Scouting Ireland, volunteering his time and supporting his local scout unit.

Contact Conor at 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 earlier this year, Siobhán relocated to her hometown of Cork and now works with our Recently Qualified Accountants team in Barden Cork.

Contact Siobhán at or via LinkedIn.

Elaine Brady | Managing Partner | Barden Dublin 

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 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 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 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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