Technology recruitment’s got a new name….meet Barden’s Technology Advisory Team.

You might not have heard, but in Barden, we’ve been stealthily building out a Technology Talent Advisory and Recruitment Practice over the last 4 years and we thought it was about time we let people know!  The same Barden experience just for a different professional community. Simple.


Headed up by Ed Heffernan | Managing Partner & Lead Partner – Technology | Ireland, we’ve been investing heavily to make sure that we are ready when you are.  Whether you’re technology talent looking to the future or progressive companies looking to attract and retain top talent, we’re ready to help you make things happen.  Our experts are Barden trained and many come from the professional communities they work with.  To give you a feel for how we can help here’s a snapshot of our people…


Lorraine O’Leary | Senior Associate | Security & Infrastructure: Specialising in security & infrastructure appointments at all levels, Lorraine has been with Barden for 3 years and has been an integral part of building out our Technology Practice. Lorraine has built several infrastructure teams for start-up companies, advised the CTOs of large Irish companies on their engineering project teams, and supported top global companies in their never-ending search for security talent.  For Lorraine it’s not just a job, it’s a passion. Contact Lorraine at or via LinkedIn.


Catherine Drysdale FCA | Consultant | Projects, Transformation & Change:  A Chartered Accountant by training and projects and transformation specialist by practice, Catherine joined Barden from eShopworld in 2023 to take on a key role in our Projects, Transformation & Change Team.  Catherine has already led key senior transformation appointments with some of Ireland’s leading teams and advised Partners in large firms on building out their talent for the future.  As a subject matter expert, Catherine does not just fill jobs, she helps to imagine and craft teams.  Contact Catherine at or via LinkedIn.


Dan Hoctor | Business Lead | Technology & Analytics:  Dan is one of the most experienced technology recruitment consultants in Ireland with over a decade advising CTOs on technology talent.  With a deep network and understanding of the analytics space, Dan has built out some of the top analytics teams in Ireland, supported heads of departments in building out tactical project teams to deliver critical initiatives, and is the go-to person for the analytics profession in Ireland. Want to know about the analytics market in Ireland?  Don’t ask Dan cos you’ll be there all day!  Contact Dan at or via LinkedIn.


Rachel McGuckian | Associate | Engineering & DevOps: EY-trained Rachel has been excellent in supporting development teams nationally across all aspects of the development lifecycle, from engineers to QAs and beyond.  She has worked with Global CTOs of Fortune 500 companies in an advisory capacity and helped to build out world-class development teams in some of Ireland’s leading companies.  You want an expert on dev talent in Ireland?  Well, you’ve got one in Rachel.  Contact Rachel at or via LinkedIn.


Jane Olden | Senior Associate | Projects, Transformation & Change: With over 5 years of recruitment experience, Jane has been instrumental in building out our knowledge and expertise in the projects & change space.  Having built out transformation and project management teams for some of the biggest programmes in Ireland she has a deep network and incredible knowledge in this business-critical space.  If you’re looking to understand the market for talent or the talent in the market then you’ve come to the right person.  Contact Jane at or via LinkedIn.


If you’re looking for McKinsey-level advice and support on your technology team investments for 2024 then with Barden you’re in good company.  

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