Meet the Team

Our Management Team

Kieran McKeown CGMA

Managing Director

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Kieran McKeown CGMA

Having founded Matrix Recruitment Group 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 & Galway.

Kieran is a GCMA qualified Accountant with over 20 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

Financial Controller

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Nichola Aylward ACA

Nichola joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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 15 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.

Breda Dooley

Regional Recruitment Manager – Midlands & West

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Breda Dooley

Breda joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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 Group, 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 Group 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.

Joanne Foley

Regional Recruitment Manager – Dublin

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Joanne Foley

Joanne joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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.

Gillian Wall

Financial Services Recruitment Manager

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Gillian Wall

Gillian joined Matrix Recruitment Group in 2015 having spent over 15 years in a number of financial services roles for companies such as BNY Mellon, State Street and Bank of Ireland. She holds a Degree in Business Studies, a Diploma in Financial Services and a Certificate in Financial Services, Banking and Financial Support Services.

Based in our Dublin office, Gillian is currently managing our Financial Services Recruitment team and works with the team on all financial services roles nationwide. She has a keen interest in walking, hiking, nature and the environment and loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She has a dog called Sandy, 6 hens and hopes to own a donkey some day!

Suzanne Dunne

Regional Recruitment Manager – South East

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Suzanne Dunne

Suzanne joined Matrix Recruitment Group in 2007 with a wealth of recruitment experience having worked as a Senior Recruitment Consultant with Morgan McKinley as well as a Recruitment Manager with Reed Global Recruitment Specialists. Suzanne holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management specialising in Organisational Psychology/Behaviour and Organisational Management. She also holds a Higher Diploma in Personnel Management from the National College of Ireland.

Prior to her recruitment career, Suzanne worked for a number of high profile companies including Microsoft, KPMG, Irish Life, Bank of Ireland and Jones Lang La Salle. As Regional Recruitment Manager for Carlow, Laois, Kildare and South Wicklow, Suzanne manages our Carlow office and actively recruits for accounting and supply chain roles within the region. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys keeping fit and has completed an impressive 5 marathons and several half marathons since 2010.

Our Recruitment Team

Rena Weld

Recruitment Consultant

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Rena Weld

Rena joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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!

Vanessa Murphy

Recruitment Consultant

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Vanessa Murphy

Vanessa has recently joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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.

Patricia Deane

Senior Technical Recruitment Consultant

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Patricia Deane

Patricia joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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.

Carol Lochab

Recruitment Consultant

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Carol Lochab

Carol joined Matrix Recruitment Group in 2014 and specialises in temporary and contract roles within the Office Support & IT, Sales & Marketing and HR sectors. 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.

Róisín Ahern

Recruitment Consultant

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Róisín Ahern

Róisín has recently joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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.

John O'Donnell

Technical Recruitment Consultant

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John O'Donnell

John has adopted Waterford as his new home, originally being from Tipperary he came to the big smoke to further his education in Waterford Institute of Technology. John studied Recreation in Sport Management, as he has a keen interest in Sport and Fitness. John enjoys playing soccer with his local soccer club Southend and in his first year was awarded player of the year.

Coming from a background in business development, this has helped John progress to the position of Technical Recruitment Consultant at Matrix Recruitment where he specialises in Engineering and Quality positions across the Pharma, MedTech, Food, Manufacturing and Engineering sectors.

Ronan Douglas

Recruitment Consultant

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Ronan Douglas

Ronan joined Matrix Recruitment Group in December 2018 and is based in our Waterford office. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from a number of sectors, predominantly in Hospitality and Sales. Ronan holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Legal & Business Studies from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Ronan currently recruits for a range of roles including Sales, Office and Administration. He has established an extensive network around Ireland, in particular the South East, during his successful career. In his spare time, Ronan is a youth coach at his local soccer club and at the weekends he can be found knee deep and full of top soil in his large vegetable plot at home!

Michéal Curley

Technical Recruitment Consultant

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 Michéal Curley

Michéal joined Matrix Recruitment Group in 2017 as a Technical Recruiter with the Athlone Team. He specialises in permanent, contract and temporary recruitment for all roles in the Manufacturing & Engineering sector.

Having come from a background in business development and customer service Michéal relishes meeting new people and forging new relationships. He is always looking for insight into what motivates people and takes a genuine interest in understanding the nature of the positions and the companies that he works on for the Matrix team.

Outside of the office, Michéal is a sports enthusiast playing soccer for his local Roscommon Utd as well as getting involved in adventure race events across Ireland such as Gealforce and the Quest series.

Gareth Morris

Technical Recruitment Consultant

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Gareth Morris

Gareth joined Matrix Recruitment Group in 2018 as a Technical Recruiter with the Athlone team. He currently specialises in the recruitment for Technical roles within the Quality & Laboratory sectors and is driven to build a strong network within the Science Pharmaceutical industry.

Coming from a Technical Support background in a Service environment, Gareth has many years’ experience managing teams in the UK and Ireland. Having always been actively involved in the recruitment and onboarding process, he developed a passion for talent acquisition and takes pride in his ability to meet the needs of candidates and clients alike.

Outside of work, Gareth loves to unleash his creative side, his main passions being landscape painting, music production and photography.

Niamh Herraghty

Recruitment Consultant

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Niamh Herraghty

Niamh has recently joined Matrix Recruitment Group and is based in our Athlone office.  Niamh currently specialises in Temporary and Contract Recruitment roles in Office Support.

She has a wealth of experience and knowledge in advertising, office administration, accounts and customer service gained within both public and private sectors.

In her spare time, Niamh can be found boating on the River Shannon or watching rugby.  She also volunteers with the IWAI and the RNLI in water safety.

Áine Clehane

Recruitment Consultant

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Áine Clehane

Áine joined Matrix Recruitment Group in 2018 as a Recruitment Consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Business Honours Degree (specialising in Human Resources & Industrial Relations), as well as a Master’s in Work & Organisational Behaviour. She is a member of CIPD and has a Psychometric Assessment Certificate (BPS / EFPA).

Áine specialises in the permanent, temporary and contract recruitment of roles within Office Support & IT, HR, and Sales & Marketing in our Athlone branch. Her international experience in recruitment, customer service and hospitality, ensures a unique and valuable experience for her candidates & clients alike.

In her spare time, Áine enjoys keeping active, going for a run with her dog or socialising with family and friends. A keen GAA supporter, she loves watching hurling & attending Cork hurling matches whenever she gets the chance!

 

Our Operations Team

Elaine McKeown

Head of Business Operations

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Elaine McKeown

Elaine joined Matrix Recruitment Group in 2007 and now holds the position of Head of Business Operations. Heading up the team covering IT, data, training and marketing, the Operations team support the business in many other facets too including GDPR, lean and wellness.

An avid gym goer and foodie, Elaine loves to keep fit and is hugely passionate about nutrition and health.

Laura Keane

Senior Marketing Executive

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Laura Keane

Laura joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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 audio books 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!

Sarah O'Donnell

IT & Operations Specialist

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Sarah O'Donnell

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 Group 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 2019, Sarah is now working as the IT & Operations Specialist here in Matrix Recruitment Group. 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.

Sinead Kennedy

Training and Development Officer

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Sinead Kennedy

Sinead joined Matrix Recruitment Group in 2018 as a Training and Development Officer. As the Training & Development Officer for Matrix Recruitment Group, she identifies, coordinates and delivers training and development requirements as they relate to the goals of the business and development of employees. She creates and delivers training material for our IT systems, delivers induction,  follow up and ongoing training sessions to colleagues.

Sinead has a keen interest in fitness having spent 7 years working in the fitness industry. She is also an advocate for personal development and wellbeing, holding a certificate in the therapeutic use of Mindfulness.

In her spare time, she enjoys the gym, holidays and eating out.

Mary Murtagh

Data Analyst

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Mary Murtagh

Mary has worked as a Data Analyst in Matrix 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 O’Rourke

Accounts Assistant

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 Eleanor O’Rourke

Eleanor joined Matrix Recruitment Group 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.

Julie Hickey

Recruitment & Accounts Administrator

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Julie Hickey

Julie joined Matrix in June of 2017 as a Recruitment & Accounts Administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Geography.

Julie is responsible for general administration duties, assisting with accounts and payroll services and also recruitment support. She loves music and musical theatre and also holds various grades in music theory and piano. In her spare time Julie enjoys being active in the gym, baking, travelling and socialising with her friends.

Lisa Egan

Recruitment Administrator

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Lisa Egan

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 Business/Accounts & IT.

Outside of the office, Lisa is a big fan of the GAA and loves watching and attending matches!