Our Management Team
Kieran McKeown CGMA
Having founded Matrix Recruitment in 1998 and bringing the company through its first 20 years, Kieran McKeown not only acts as Managing Director but also actively recruits senior positions within our Accountancy Recruitment team. Kieran is now preparing the company to become even more successful across offices in Waterford, Athlone, Carlow & Dublin.
Kieran is a GCMA qualified Accountant with over 22 years industry experience having worked in a number of accounting roles in Bausch + Lomb, MSD, General Electric and Henkel. Kieran has a keen interest in GAA, particularly in relation to the fortunes of this native Fermanagh.
Nichola Aylward ACA
Nichola joined Matrix Recruitment in 2012 as Financial Controller and holds responsibility for the financial management of all Matrix offices, as well as the overall temporary payroll service for the company. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant within a big 4 accountancy firm, Nichola has notched up over 17 years of experience working in a variety of accountancy roles, in both practice and industry.
As well as a professional Chartered Accountancy qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Nichola holds an Honours Degree in Business Information Systems. Her experience working within domestic and multinational companies in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical and service industries results in an excellent insight into the financial needs of companies operating in a complex business environment. Outside of the office, Nichola is very involved in local charity work and enjoys swimming in her free time.
Regional Recruitment Manager – Midlands & West
09064 90485 / 0874057840
Breda joined Matrix Recruitment in 2002 and has gained a high level of experience specialising in the recruitment of accountancy and supply chain roles in the Midlands and Western regions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Finance and a Diploma in Personnel and Executive Coaching.
Prior to joining Matrix Recruitment, Breda worked as an Assistant Accountant with Societe Generale. As Regional Recruitment Manager for the Midlands & West, Breda manages our Athlone office and has successfully established Matrix Recruitment as the leading recruitment company in the Midlands. She has recently taken up running and has already completed a number of 10km races. She also enjoys reading and baking.
Regional Recruitment Manager – Dublin
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Joanne joined Matrix Recruitment in 2006 bringing with her significant expertise in best-in-class HR practices and procedures having completed a HR Graduate training programme with Musgrave Group. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Studies specialising in Management and Organisation Studies from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. She also has a Joint Honours Degree in International Business and Languages from DCU.
As Regional Recruitment Manager for Dublin, Joanne actively recruits for quality & laboratory, engineering and manufacturing roles. A native of Kilkenny, Joanne is an ardent GAA supporter. She is also an avid swimmer and qualified lifeguard. A fluent Spanish speaker, Joanne enjoys immersing herself in Spanish culture and has recently taken up flamenco dancing.
Business Support Manager
After 3 years working in Dublin in Hedge Fund Administration and Financial Services recruitment, Sarah returned to her beloved home, Co. Waterford and joined Matrix Recruitment in October 2016 as a Recruitment Consultant. For over 2 years, she was responsible for the recruitment of permanent, temporary and contract positions within the Office Support & IT, Sales & Marketing and HR sectors.
Since January 2020, Sarah is working as the Business Support Manager here in Matrix Recruitment. This role encompasses management of all areas of IT, from our CRM to our IT providers, as well as GDPR Compliance, Health & Safety, Management Reporting, LEAN, Data Management and Data Cleansing, and management of the Office 365 system.
Sarah holds a 1.1 Bachelor of Business and 1.1 Masters of Business, both specialising in Economics and Finance. In her personal time, she enjoys keeping fit by going to the gym, regular walks on the new Waterford Greenway and socialising with her friends at the weekends.
Our Recruitment Team
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Rena joined Matrix Recruitment in 2014 and specialises in permanent, temporary and contract roles within Accountancy & Supply Chain. With a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Languages, Rena specialised in Human Resource Management and is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Rena has previous experience in hospitality and customer service, which has proven very useful in her dealings with clients and candidates. Having spent a number of years living in Madrid, she has a great love of Spanish music and Salsa dancing!
(01) 4690901 / 0874064551
Vanessa joined Matrix Recruitment in 2019 and is based in our Dublin office. Vanessa graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Honours in Business Management from the Institute of Technology Carlow. Vanessa has 12 years’ experience within Retail and People Management. She is currently studying towards her CIPD qualification with employee engagement and motivation at the heart of her ambitions. She specialises in temporary and permanent roles within the Office Support & IT, Sales & Marketing and HR and Retail sectors.
Vanessa has a fascination for arts/crafts and DIY projects from home décor to furniture. She enjoys keeping fit by going running, kettlebells and HIIT work-outs. She also keeps busy with her two little girls, always on-the-go, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Senior Technical Recruitment Consultant
(059) 9139070 / 087 4064148
Patricia joined Matrix Recruitment in 2011 and initially started recruiting on the temp desk, covering all levels of admin/ marketing/ HR and IT roles. Patricia holds a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology as well as an Honours Degree in International Business.
As the Senior Technical Consultant in the South East region, Patricia specialises in all Engineering and Quality positions across the Pharma, MedTech, Food, Manufacturing and Engineering sectors. She has comprehensive experience of recruiting within these sectors at various levels. Patricia has an in-depth knowledge of the market and has established a deep network within the South East.
Patricia enjoys all things musical and has participated in talent competitions at both local and national level. In her spare time, she enjoys walks with her gold Labrador, cooking and continues on her “Leanin15” journey with The Body coach.
(059) 9139070 / 0874088321
Carol joined Matrix Recruitment in 2014 and specialises in Public Sector temporary and contract roles within Office Support & IT, Sales & Marketing and HR. She is an Associate Member of CIPD with a Certificate in Human Resources Management and Personnel Administration and holds qualifications in Job Evaluation and HR Personnel Profiling.
Carol has extensive industry experience within the Office Support & IT sector, having previously worked in a number of administration and secretarial roles for the likes of GSK and Kodak. Carol’s big passion is travel. She also enjoys keeping fit through her weekly Zumba classes.
(059) 9139070 / 0874056704
Róisín joined Matrix Recruitment in 2019 and is based in our Carlow office. Róisín graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from DCU where she specialised in Management. Róisín has previous recruiting and HR experience and she specialises in permanent roles within the Office Support & IT, Sales & Marketing and HR sectors.
Róisín has a keen interest in sport and fitness and is a big Manchester United supporter. She enjoys playing Gaelic Football and Camogie for her local clubs and enjoys watching sports, socialising and walking her dogs in her spare time.
09064 90485 / 0874086665
Kim joined Matrix Recruitment in 2019 and is based in our Athlone Office. Kim graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Business degree from AIT and she is also undergoing a Diploma in HR Management (CIPD). Kim specialises in permanent, temporary and contract positions within the Office Support & IT, Sales & Marketing, HR & Public Sector recruitment.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys doing her weekly workouts & going to the gym, watching sports and scrolling through social media such as Tiktok and Instagram.
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Lisa joined Matrix Recruitment in 2017 as a Recruitment Administrator bringing 15 years work experience in office/admin environment. She attended Galway Institute of Technology receiving her Degree in BusinessAccounts & IT.
Outside of the office, Lisa is a big fan of the GAA and loves watching and attending matches!
Senior Recruitment Consultant
09064 90485 / 0874075822
Aoife, based in our Athlone office, joined Matrix Recruitment in 2020 and recruits for technical talent across Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality and Science. Aoife’s previous experience is in the areas of in-house recruitment, HR, training, and administration across Finance, Banking, Technology, and Medical Device industries. Aoife holds a BA in Psychology from NUI Galway and a Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Limerick.
In her spare time, Aoife enjoys traveling, hiking and listening to music
Our Operations Team
Senior Marketing Executive
Laura joined Matrix Recruitment in January 2019 as the Senior Marketing Executive and is based in our Waterford office. She also services all Matrix branches around the country with activities such as Marketing, Social Media, Content and Business Development Campaigns. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Visual Communications from Waterford Institute of Technology where she specialised in Branding and Marketing. During her time in WIT, Laura participated and won a national branding competition for Lismore Town in Co. Waterford. Her logo and overall brand design still represents the town today.
Having worked in the recruitment industry previously and more recently within the credit union sector, Laura brings a bank of knowledge and creativity which she hopes to implement across the Matrix branches. In her spare time, she loves to listen to interesting podcasts and audiobooks whilst walking on the Greenway in Co. Waterford. Laura is also a self-proclaimed coffee addict, so give her a strong Americano and she will be a happy lady!
Operations Support Assistant
Aoife joined Matrix Recruitment in 2020 as Operations Support Assistant and is based in the Waterford office. Aoife graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2018 with a degree in Business Recreational Sport and Management. Having an interest in business operations and administration since college, Aoife hopes to gain further experience in her new role with Matrix.
Having previously worked within the fitness industry, Aoife has a keen passion to keep fit and healthy. In her spare time, she trains in Muay Thai and has competed in amateur fights in the past. Aoife also helps to teach kids within the sport. At the weekends, you will find Aoife at the cinema or going for long walks with her friends and family.
Mary has worked as a Data Analyst in Matrix Recruitment since January 2018. Holding a B. Sc. in Computing Science, she has worked with data for over 16 years in a variety of companies and locations.
She is fluent in Irish Sign Language (ISL) and has been signing for many years with family and friends.
Outside of Matrix, she keeps busy with her family, socialising and voluntary work. In her free time, she enjoys music, walking, spicy food and playing cards, especially bridge!
Eleanor joined Matrix Recruitment in 2014, bringing over 18 years of accounting experience from a variety of industries to our professional accounting team. She is a qualified IPASS payroll technician and is responsible for providing accounts and payroll services to Matrix and our key clients.
Her experience in accounting ranges from payroll to providing assistance to company accountants. Eleanor has a great passion for cooking and baking and enjoys making occasional confectionery treats for family friends and work colleagues.
Aoife joined Matrix in February 2020, bringing over 12 years experience working in the financial services sector. She has previously worked as a senior fund accountant in one of the worlds leading financial services companies.
Aoife holds a degree in Business & Financial Services from Waterford Institute of Technology as well as a certificate in Payroll & Computerised Accounts.
Aoife has a keen interest in music, she is the musical director of the Thomas Francis Meagher Fife and Drum Band and has recently started to learn the ukulele.