For the next week we will be getting an insight into the views, experience and personalities of our managers, starting today with our Managing Director, Colman Collins.

What is your role and how long have you been with Collins McNicholas?

I am the Managing Director of Collins McNicholas. I founded the company with my former partner Val McNicholas in 1990 having initially traded as Colman Collins & Associates for 8 months.

How did you get into recruitment?

I was previously the HR Manager of Nortel Networks and during that time I used the services of some recruitment agencies which were based outside Galway. I thought the service offered by these providers was very basic and felt there was an opening for a recruitment company with a vested interest in the region.

 What made you decide to start your own company?

There was no professional recruitment company in Galway in 1990 and I felt it was a matter of time before someone established an office in Galway so I decided to be the first. A few months later I was approached by Val McNicholas who expressed an interest in buying into the business at which stage we became Collins McNicholas.

What prompted you to expand the company to five offices?

After the initial success of the Galway office, we thought there was potential to expand the service nationally and we successfully expanded the company to 5 offices between 1992 and 2000.

What are the biggest changes you have seen in recruitment since you started out?

There have been massive changes in the areas of technology and employment law in the past 22 years and these have dramatically changed the recruitment industry. In 1990 the internet hadn’t been invented and CV’s were sent by fax – need I say anymore?

What is the last/current book you are reading?

The Art of Power – Thich Nhat Hanh

What are your hobbies?

National Hunt Racing, Rugby, Golf, Swimming and Reading

What is going to be the next big thing in recruitment?

I honestly don’t know. There have been so many dramatic changes in the past three years and there is every reason to expect this increased level of change will continue. My wish would be that the technological changes help recruiters to provide an ever-improving service to their clients and that the interpersonal nature of the service is never replaced by technological advances.


Colman Collins,

Managing Director,

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group