Our People

Niall Murray

Managing Director

Niall's Bio

Niall Murray was appointed Managing Director in November 2015 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. 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.

Antoinette O'Flaherty

Director

Contact Antoinette on 087 8509876

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Antoinette's Bio

In November 2015 Antoinette was appointed Director following 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 holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from IT Sligo.

Michelle Murphy

Director

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Michelle's Bio

Michelle was appointed Director in November 2015 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 for the busy HR division within the Galway office, and was later promoted to Regional Manager. Michelle has a M.Sc in Strategic Human Resource Management and a National Diploma in Personnel Management from the CIPD. Michelle is a Fellow member of the CIPD and has been heavily involved with the CIPD Western Region in Galway.

Niall Murray

Managing Director

Niall's Bio

Niall Murray was appointed Managing Director in November 2015 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. 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.

Antoinette O'Flaherty

Director

Contact Antoinette on 087 8509876

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Antoinette's Bio

In November 2015 Antoinette was appointed Director following 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 holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from IT Sligo.

Michelle Murphy

Director

Contact Michelle on 086 2204082

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Michelle's Bio

Michelle was appointed Director in November 2015 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 for the busy HR division within the Galway office, and was later promoted to Regional Manager. Michelle has a M.Sc in Strategic Human Resource Management and a National Diploma in Personnel Management from the CIPD. Michelle is a Fellow member of the CIPD and has been heavily involved with the CIPD Western Region in Galway.

Mary Mullin

Associate Director | Leinster

Mary's Bio

A native of Athlone, Mary joined the management team of Collins McNicholas in May 2015 as Regional Manager of the Midlands. She has over 20 years’ experience recruiting across the Accountancy & Finance, Technical Engineering and HR sectors, and has also managed many recruitment campaigns for national and multinational companies. Mary has a Diploma in HR Management and is CIPD qualified.

Rory Walsh

Associate Director | Munster

Rory's Bio

A native of Cork, Rory joined the management team in May 2016 as Regional Manager for the South and South East regions. Rory has over 13 years’ experience in recruitment and managing recruitment teams. He specialises in technical appointments within the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical industries. Rory holds a Degree in Chemistry from University College Cork.

Emma Woods

HR Services Manager

Emma's Bio

Emma joined Collins McNicholas as a HR Services Consultant in September 2016 designing and administering bespoke assessment solutions for Collins McNicholas clients. She was promoted to Senior Consultant in 2019 and appointed as HR Services Manager in March 2020. Emma has previous experience working with a psychometric assessment provider for recruitment, selection and development. Emma’s background is in Organisational Psychology with a BA in Psychology from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and an MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Limerick. Emma is certified by the British Psychological Society for Level A and B Test User Qualifications: Ability and Personality Psychometrics. She is also QQI Train the Trainer certified.

Mary Mullin

Associate Director | Leinster

Mary's Bio

A native of Athlone, Mary joined the management team of Collins McNicholas in May 2015 as Regional Manager of the Midlands. She has over 20 years’ experience recruiting across the Accountancy & Finance, Technical Engineering and HR sectors, and has also managed many recruitment campaigns for national and multinational companies. Mary has a Diploma in HR Management and is CIPD qualified.

Rory Walsh

Associate Director | Munster

Rory's Bio

A native of Cork, Rory joined the management team in May 2016 as Regional Manager for the South and South East regions. Rory has over 13 years’ experience in recruitment and managing recruitment teams. He specialises in technical appointments within the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical industries. Rory holds a Degree in Chemistry from University College Cork.

Emma Woods

HR Services Manager

Emma's Bio

Emma joined Collins McNicholas as a HR Services Consultant in September 2016 designing and administering bespoke assessment solutions for Collins McNicholas clients. She was promoted to Senior Consultant in 2019 and appointed as HR Services Manager in March 2020. Emma has previous experience working with a psychometric assessment provider for recruitment, selection and development. Emma’s background is in Organisational Psychology with a BA in Psychology from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and an MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Limerick. Emma is certified by the British Psychological Society for Level A and B Test User Qualifications: Ability and Personality Psychometrics. She is also QQI Train the Trainer certified.

Hollie Hastings

Marketing Manager

Hollie's Bio

Originally from Tipperary, Hollie joined Collins McNicholas as Marketing Manager in February 2018. Hollie holds a B.A. (Hons) Degree from Trinity College Dublin, where she specialised in Marketing. She is also a graduate of Smurfit Business School where she completed a Professional Diploma. She commenced her marketing career in 2012 working in various organisations within their marketing departments.

Fiona Collery

Financial Controller

Fiona's Bio

A native of Sligo, Fiona joined the Collins McNicholas team in June 2016 having relocated back from the UK. Fiona is a Fellow of ACCA and holds a B.Comm from NUIG. Fiona commenced her career in Practice in 2002, moving to Industry in 2010 where Fiona worked as a Finance Manager within multinational organisations.

Hollie Hastings

Marketing Manager

Contact Hollie on 085 8011585

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Hollie's Bio

Originally from Tipperary, Hollie joined Collins McNicholas as Marketing Manager in February 2018. Hollie holds a B.A. (Hons) Degree from Trinity College Dublin, where she specialised in Marketing. She is also a graduate of Smurfit Business School where she completed a Professional Diploma. She commenced her marketing career in 2012 working in various organisations within their marketing departments.

Fiona Collery

Financial Controller

Fiona's Bio

A native of Sligo, Fiona joined the Collins McNicholas team in June 2016 having relocated back from the UK. Fiona is a Fellow of ACCA and holds a B.Comm from NUIG. Fiona commenced her career in Practice in 2002, moving to Industry in 2010 where Fiona worked as a Finance Manager within multinational organisations.
Colman Collins

Colman Collins

Management Consultant

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 White

Padraic White

Executive Chairman

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. 

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