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Meet the Team


"It's rare to meet genuine industry experts with such a focused approach to delivery. With Darwin Hawkins, we are looking forward to making a real difference in the Irish financial recruitment sector."
- James Caan CBE

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Niall

O'Kelly, FCA

Managing Partner - Executive Level in Industry & Financial Services

Niall began his career in PwC Dublin, where he trained in Financial Services Audit and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, in 2009. His post qualification Finance experience includes a role as a Credit Analyst with a large Financial Institution and a Financial Reporting role within an Investment Management company. Niall went on to spend seven years in Finance Recruitment with FK International before co-founding Darwin Hawkins in 2018.

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Mark

Baker, FCA

Managing Partner - Professional Services and Change & Transformation

Mark began his career at Deloitte in Dublin, where he trained in Financial Services Audit and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, in 2011. Post qualification he spent four years in the Portfolio and Relationship management area of Certus, a large Financial Institution in the Banking sector. Mark then moved to FK International. Three years later Mark co-founded Darwin Hawkins in 2018. Mark's recruitment areas cover Project Management, Strategy, Finance Transformation, and Data Analytics.

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Caan CBE

Chairman

James Caan is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. He made a  global success of his recruitment companies, Alexander Mann and Humana International. In 2004, he founded private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw which now has a portfolio of 30+ businesses. He is well known for joining the hit BBC show – Dragons’ Den, and The Business Class on CNBC. A passionate supporter of small businesses, James chaired the government’s Start-Up Loans scheme and now invests in and mentors Recruitment Entrepreneur businesses.

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Cody, ACA

Recruitment Director

Aonghus began his career at Deloitte in Dublin, where he trained in Financial Services Audit and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, in 2016. Post qualification he spent three years as an Accounting subject matter expert in Metlife. Aonghus transitioned to the Recruitment industry in 2019 joining Darwin Hawkins. Aonghus recruitment areas cover roles including Financial Accountant, Commercial Accountant, Financial Analyst, FP&A, & Internal Audit within Industry.

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Ronan

McCrohan, ACA

Recruitment Manager - Corporate Finance, Treasury & Tax

Ronan began his career at Deloitte in Dublin, where he trained in Financial Services Audit and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011. Post qualification he moved to Deloitte Corporate Finance, working on some of the largest Corporate Restructurings in the country. Ronan then worked in State Street, before starting his own Accountancy & Business Advisory practice. In 2020, Ronan began his career in Recruitment with Darwin Hawkins.

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Andy

Delaney

Head of Funds, Front Office Investment Management & Alternative Investments - Domestic & International Roles

Andrew began his career in recruitment in 2013 with a Boutique Recruitment Consultancy. He has worked within the Funds & Asset Management Recruitment space for over four years and has over seven years combined Financial Services Recruitment experience covering local and international roles. In 2016, Andrew worked in Talent Acquisition for a Leading Asset Manager and focused on Front Office, Middle Office and Back-Office Recruitment. Andrew joined Darwin Hawkins in 2021.

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Lisa

Tully, ACCA

Recruitment Consultant - Regulatory, Risk, Compliance, & Sustainability

Lisa Tully began her career in PKF O'Connor Leddy & Holmes, where she qualified as an ACCA accountant. Post qualification she spent time in Pfizer as a Statutory Financial Accountant. Lisa then worked for seven years in Regulatory, Risk and Compliance Management in Grant Thornton working in Risk Advisory, before moving to Elavon working in Regulatory Services. Lisa moved to the Recruitment industry to join Darwin Hawkins in March 2022.

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Colm

O'Reilly, ACA

Recruitment Consultant - Industry, Financial Services, & Professional Services in UK

Colm trained in the Internal Finance and Client Accounting teams for TMF Group, a large multinational Professional Services firm. He worked in both the Dublin and London offices and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2022. Colm then transitioned to the Recruitment industry joining Darwin Hawkins in October 2022. Colm is based in the Darwin Hawkins London office and specialises in the recruitment of qualified Accountants
in Industry, Financial Services, and Professional Services in the UK.

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Seán

McGarrity, ACA

Recruitment Consultant - Newly Qualified roles in Financial Services, Aircraft Leasing, & Industry

Seán began his career at PWC in Dublin, where he trained in Industry Audit and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, in 2017. Post qualification he has worked in Accounting and Financial Analysis roles in both Dublin and Sydney, Australia. Previous sectors include Tech and Energy. Sean joined Darwin Hawkins in October 2022 and specialises in the recruitment of both Newly Qualified Accountants in both Financial Services and Industry. Seán's areas include Banking, Insurance, Aircraft Leasing, Funds, and Industry.

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Emma

Hutchinson (ACA)

Recruitment Consultant - International Accounting Roles

Emma completed her training contract in Audit at BDO in Belfast, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2017 and moved into Financial Services as an Internal Auditor in Irish Life progressing to Assistant Manager. She then moved to KPMG in Dublin, as a Manager in Risk Consulting. Emma joined Darwin Hawkins in December 2022 and specialises in International Recruitment for Chartered Accountants and Finance
professionals in Practice and Industry. Locations include Europe, Australia, Dubai, Cayman Islands, US, & Canada.

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Ciaran

Lyons

Recruitment Consultant - Tax & Part-Qualified Accountants

Ciarán is a Small Practice experienced accountant having trained in Edward P. Tully & Co working with SME’s and Sole Traders, preparing accounts and tax returns. Ciarán has post Practice experience working in Cornmarket as a Tax Agent. Ciaran transitioned to Finance Recruitment joining Darwin Hawkins in August 2022. Ciarán focuses on recruitment in the Tax sector, working Tax with Tax professionals in Practice and Industry. Ciaran also manages the Darwin Hawkins Part-Qualified desk.

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Lucy

Stewart

Recruitment Support

With a background in Generalist HR, Lucy has 10+ years’ recruitment experience in both an agency and inhouse environment. Having a varied industry background including Pharma, Government, Digital Marketing and Insurance, she spent most of her career in Banking, Finance and Accountancy and is now enjoying a recruitment support role at Darwin Hawkins.

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Daisy

Betteridge

Head of Operations

Daisy oversees and manages all operational activity within the business and plays a key part in ensuring operational efficiency. She implements best-practice business strategies and works closely with suppliers to ensure everything runs smoothly, allowing the partners to focus on running their business.

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Danielle

Butterfield

Group Marketing Manager

Danielle oversees all the marketing activity, ensuring branding is consistent, campaigns are running successfully, and advertising activity delivers ROI, as well as managing all external communications, PR, and events.  

Having previously run her own company for six years, Danielle has extensive experience in bid management, design, and marketing.

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Sarah

Royle

Credit Control Manager

Sarah is the Darwin Hawkins' dedicated credit control manager. 

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Ciara

Hennigan

Operations Manager

Ciara completed a degree in National College of Ireland, where she studied Business Management. She has experience in project management and managing operations for various companies. She has 4+ years’ experience in the serviced office industry. Ciara is responsible for managing business processes and operations for the growing team at Darwin Hawkins.