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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

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 the investment management industry. 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, ACA

Managing Partner

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 almost four years in the portfolio and relationship management area of a large financial institution in the banking sector. Mark then moved to FK International, where he discovered his passion for financial recruitment. Three years later Mark co-founded Darwin Hawkins in 2018.

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James

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 Manager

Recruitment professional and Big 4 trained qualified chartered accountant. Post qualification experience with Deloitte in Financial Services, followed by two years Financial Reporting in the Insurance Sector before transitioning to the recruitment industry joining Darwin Hawkins Financial Recruitment in 2019.

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Ronan

McCrohan, ACA

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment professional and Big 4 trained qualified chartered accountant in Deloitte Financial Services. Post qualification experience with Deloitte Corporate Finance & Insolvency, followed by one year in Financial Reporting in the Investment Banking sector. After this Ronan launched his own accountancy practice, RCS Financial Services which focused on accountancy, tax and business advisory for small businesses and private individuals. Ronan transitioned to the recruitment industry to join Darwin Hawkins in 2020.

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Andy

Delaney

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

Experienced recruitment professional and master’s degree graduate in Human Resource Management from Dublin City University in 2012. Andrew began his career in recruitment in Dublin in 2013 with a boutique recruitment consultancy focusing on multilingual recruitment and then transitioned into financial recruitment. He has worked within the funds & asset management recruitment space for over 4 years with both large and niche recruitment firms and he has over 7 years combined financial services recruitment experience covering local and international roles. In 2016, he has also worked in Talent Acquisition for a Leading Asset Manager and focused predominantly on front office, middle office and back-office recruitment. He is well placed to source and service any financial recruitment role within the funds, front office investment management and global hedge funds space across EMEA, Asia & USA.

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Dónal

Gunning, ACA

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment professional and Big 4 trained qualified chartered accountant. Trained with Deloitte in Financial Services Audit, then transitioned to the recruitment industry joining Darwin Hawkins Financial Recruitment in 2021.

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Lisa

Tully, ACCA

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment professional and ACCA qualified, practice trained in PKF O'Connor Leddy & Holmes. Post qualification experience with Pfizer as a Statutory Financial Accountant, Grant Thornton working in Risk Advisory, and Elavon in Regulatory Services. Lisa transitioned to the recruitment industry to join Darwin Hawkins in March 2022.

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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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Ciaran

Lyons

Recruitment Consultant

Small practice experienced accountant previously working with SME's and Sole Traders, preparing accounts and various tax returns. Post practice experience in Cornmarket as a Tax Agent. Transitioned to recruitment joining Darwin Hawkins in August 2022.

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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.