In November 2015 Niall Murray was appointed Managing Director having led a (MBO) Management Buy Out of Collins McNicholas along with fellow Directors Antoinette O’Flaherty and Michelle Murphy. Niall joined Collins McNicholas in 1998 to establish their Sligo office and was promoted to the position of General Manager in September 2010. He now has responsibility for managing the Collins McNicholas nationwide office network. Niall is a graduate of Dublin City University Business School, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and is certified by The British Psychological Society to carry out Levels A and B+ psychometric assessments. Prior to joining Collins McNicholas, Niall spent a number of years working in the recruitment industry in Dublin.
In November 2015 Michelle was appointed Director having completed a Management Buy Out of Collins McNicholas with fellow Directors Antoinette O’Flaherty and Niall Murray. She commenced working with Collins McNicholas as a Recruitment Consultant in 2000 and worked primarily in the Technical Engineering & Construction divisions. She was promoted to Senior Recruitment Consultant and took responsibility also for the busy HR division within the Galway office, and was later promoted to Regional Manager. Michelle has completed an M.Sc in Strategic Human Resource Management and is a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) after completing a National Diploma in Personnel Management. Michelle is now a Fellow member of the CIPD and has been heavily involved with the CIPD Western Region in Galway.
In November 2015 Antoinette was appointed Director having completed a Management Buy Out of Collins McNicholas with fellow Directors Michelle Murphy and Niall Murray. Antoinette, a native of Sligo, joined Collins McNicholas in November 1998 as a Recruitment Consultant and recruited across IT, Technical & Engineering, Accountancy & Finance and HR/Training. She was promoted to Senior Recruitment Consultant in 2002 and to Regional Manager in 2010. Antoinette has managed a number of executive search assignments for blue chip and middle-market clients in the North West region. She has been a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland since 1999 and has held the role of PRO for the North West branch. Antoinette holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from IT Sligo.
Regional Manager - Cork
Rory Walsh is Regional Manager for the South and South East region, based in our Cork office. Rory is a native of Cork and joined the management team in May 2016. Rory has recruited across the technology, engineering, scientific and supply chain fields. Rory has over 10 years’ experience in recruitment, managing recruitment teams and specialising in technical appointments within the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industries. Rory holds a degree in Chemistry and is currently specialising in Science and Engineering recruitment across the South and South East.
Regional Manager - Athlone
Mary Mullin is the Regional Manager in our Athlone office which covers the Midlands/East region. A native of Athlone, Mary joined the management team of Collins McNicholas in May 2015. Mary recruits across Accountancy & Finance, HR and Tech Engineering fields and has gained a broad mix of experience during her career. Mary has over 12 years’ recruitment experience and has previously specialised in Senior Finance appointments, within the Tech Engineering fields. She has also managed many recruitment campaigns for national and multinational companies. Mary holds a Diploma in HR Management and is CIPD qualified.
HR Services Manager
Caroline Ward is the HR Services Manager at Collins McNicholas Recruitment and HR Services. Having joined the team in 2011, Caroline is responsible for designing and providing assessment services, ranging from volume recruitment and selection, to executive search support for a wide range of clients. Caroline holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology from University of Nottingham and is certified by The British Psychological Society to carry out Levels A and B+ Psychometric Assessment (OPQ, 16PF and Dimensions personality profiling tools), as well as assessment centre design.
Colman Collins was one of the founders of Collins McNicholas in 1990 and served as Joint Managing Director with his partner Val McNicholas until 2003 when Val retired. He was then sole Managing Director of the company until Niall Murray, Antoinette O’Flaherty and Michelle Murphy bought out the company in November 2015. Previously Colman worked in executive-level roles in Human Resources and Customer Services with Nortel Networks, and in HR with Westinghouse Switchcontrols and Thermo King. He has a B.Comm degree, a post graduate Diploma in Social Science, a Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling and a post graduate Diploma in Management Practice. He is a certified business coach and is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Colman currently sits on the board as a Management Consultant for Collins McNicholas.
Padraic has been Executive Chairman of the Collins McNicholas Group since 1998. He is Chairman of a range of SME companies and chairs the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund managed by Kernel Capital. Padraic is chairman of the Louth Economic Forum which is a pioneering local authority initiative bringing together representatives of the business community, State agencies, DkIT and local authority management to advance economic development and job creation in the county and surrounding areas. Padraic was Managing Director of the Industrial Development Authority of Ireland (IDA Ireland) in the decade to June 1990 when Ireland endured and then emerged from the last prolonged recession. During his tenure, IDA negotiated the initial location in Ireland of some of today’s leading multinationals such as Microsoft, IBM Software and Intel. He was the inaugural Chairman of the Railway Procurement Agency [2002-2007] which was responsible for the construction, launch and initiation of the LUAS light rail services in Dublin. He is a native of Kinlough, County Leitrim, and is married to Senator Mary White, co-founder of Lir Chocolates Ltd.