New and notable appointments at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, Deliveroo, Org Global Investment Holdings and CWSI

Appointments | Thu 26 Jan | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured (L–R): Jessica Harris, Tax Trainee; Angela Keery, Head of Tax and Neil Armstrong, Tax Director, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

There were new and notable appointments this week at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, Deliveroo, Org Global Investment Holdings and CWSI.

Neil Armstrong, Tax Director; Jessica Harris, Tax Trainee,
Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore have added Neil Armstrong as Tax Director and Tax Trainee Jessica Harris to their growing tax advisory team.

Neil Armstrong brings 25 years of tax advisory experience to the new role. Prior to the move, Armstrong spent six years at a mid-tier practice and ten working at a Big 4 firm, advising high net worth individuals on all areas of taxation.

His main areas of focus are personal tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, succession planning and business structures. He also specialises in maximising tax efficiencies and cashflow.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore,” said Neil Armstrong. “Already it is clear this is a busy practice with clients across all sectors requiring detailed, often bespoke advice on their tax obligations and options.

“Faced with a recession and increasingly uncertain business landscape, the need for sound professional advice is clear. I have spent many years working closely with individuals and businesses in Northern Ireland on their tax and look forward to continuing this with the support of the Baker Tilly Mooney Moore team.”

Jessica Harris recently moved to Northern Ireland from Brisbane, Australia. Harris spent two years working for the Australian Taxation Office and holds a First Class Honours degree in Environmental Economics.

Her experience includes time spent working with the Top 500, an advisory service for Australia’s top 500 wealthiest individuals, ensuring robust tax governance was in place. She also spent time in the Australian Taxation Office call centre, assisting members of the public to complete their end of year tax returns.

Jessica Harris, said, “It is wonderful to begin my time in Northern Ireland getting started in my role at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore. They are a friendly and welcoming team who have made sure I felt settled whilst introducing me to clients and contacts here in Belfast.”

“I know I will learn so much during my time here and have already had the opportunity to apply my experience from the Australian Taxation Office.”

Angela Keery, Head of Tax, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore welcomed the pair to the practice:

“It has been a pleasure to begin 2023 with both Neil and Jessica as part of the team. Both bring a wealth of unique experience that will be invaluable to our clients going forward. Joining us from a mid-tier practice, Neil is well placed to advise and support our valued personal and corporate clients on everything from their personal tax planning to their business structure.”

“With a strong academic record and expertise on the tax obligations from the Revenue’s perspective, I know Jessica will be a real asset to the team and wish her well for her time with us at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore,” she added.

Helen Maher, Regional Director in Ireland,

Helen Maher, Regional Director in Ireland, Deliveroo

Deliveroo Ireland announced the appointment of Helen Maher as their new Regional Director in Ireland on Wednesday, January 25th. The company has reportedly sets its sights on continued growth in Ireland in 2023.

In this role, Maher will build on the company’s commitment to this key market, working with more than 3,000 self-employed riders and over 1,800 restaurants across the country.

Maher, originally from Dublin, joined Deliveroo from Expedia Group where she accumulated over ten years of experience most recently as Director of Market Management London.

During this time, she oversaw the commercial teams responsible for growing lodging partner business and market share in the region. Prior to this, Maher was Expedia Group’s Area Manager for Ireland and Wales.

She will have responsibility for Deliveroo’s commercial and operational performance in the Republic of Ireland and also Northern Ireland. She brings a wealth of experience leading commercial teams to grow revenue and helping partners maximise their potential.

“I’m really excited to take on this new challenge with the Irish team — I’m passionate about food, growing companies and supporting partners in reaching their business goals,” said Maher about the appointment.

“The scale of the opportunity ahead is huge — Deliveroo wants to become the definitive online food company and I look forward to reaching evermore Irish customers and bringing them more choice and value.”

Carlo Mocci, Chief Business Officer, UK&I, Deliveroo, said, “Ireland is an important market for Deliveroo, with strong consumer demand, amazing restaurant partners and a brilliant team. I’m delighted to have Helen’s experience and insight to help grow Deliveroo’s offer for customers, partners and riders across the country.”

Seb O’Connell, Group Chief Executive Officer,
Org Global Investment Holdings

Seb O’Connell, Group CEO, Org Global Investment Holdings

Org Global Investment Holdings announced Seb O’Connell as incoming Group Chief Executive Officer on Tuesday, January 24th. He will take up his appointment on March 2nd.

Org Global Investment Holdings is the group holding company for Irish owned global talent services firm Morgan McKinley, business process managed services company Abtran, and advisory firm Org.

The Group employs 3,000 people worldwide and had combined annual revenues of €350 million in 2022.

By advising clients, resourcing their operations and delivering managed solutions to complex issues, the Group connects specialist talent with leading employers across multiple disciplines, industries and geographies.

“The Org group of companies has a great international reputation and track record of achievement, established over 30 years,” said O’Connell.

“The Group has a clear and exciting vision for the market and the future of our industry. A vision with clearly defined solutions we can bring to bear, creating further strategic value for clients, built on the acumen and skills of our management and people. I’m excited by the opportunity to lead the energy and ambition of our team towards further global growth and success in the years to come.”

Seb O’Connell’s appointment was announced and welcomed by current Ger Fitzgerald, Current Group CEO, Org Global Investment Holdings, who will have a continuing involvement in the business as Board Director.

“Seb is an energetic leader with an inherent understanding of our industry and who shares our vision for international growth built on transformative service delivery for our clients,” said Fitzgerald.

“I’m delighted to welcome him to our senior leadership team and to pass the baton to him as Group CEO for our next phase of development.”

“This reflects our intention to further expand our worldwide presence. I’m looking forward to playing an active role in the business and continuing as a board member supporting Seb and his leadership team,” he added.

O’Connell is an acknowledged global industry leader in talent and managed services, having served most recently as President for Global Markets at Cielo where worked for eight years.

Prior to this, he was a Managing Director, and member of the global leadership team, of global talent company Randstad Sourceright, and formerly Sales & Marketing Director of Spring Group PLC (acquired by Adecco in 2009), among other senior management roles throughout his career.

Pat Fitzgerald, Group Executive Chairman, Org Global Investment Holdings said, “Building on the significant success of the group over recent years under Ger’s leadership, Seb’s knowledge and experience of the global talent and managed services industry will further support our evolution. I’m excited to be  working with Ger and the rest of the board to support Seb and his executive team on the next stage of our exciting journey.”

Des Ryan, Group Chief Operations Officer,

Des Ryan, Group Chief Operations Officer, CWSI

CWSI announced the appointment of Des Ryan as Group Chief Operations Officer on Tuesday, January 24th. Ryan joins CWSI from Microsoft Ireland where he served on the senior leadership team and held the dual roles of Director of Solutions and Director of Cyber Security for the company.

As Director of Solutions, he led the technical and solution sales specialist teams for the Irish market and held commercial responsibility for driving new business, solution sales growth and the consumption of cloud technologies.

As Director of Cyber Security, he led Microsoft Ireland’s response to cyber security incidents impacting customers and was the Microsoft spokesperson on cyber security.

Ryan has over 20 years of experience in technology and business leadership roles across multiple markets including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Europe. This includes 12 years at market-leading systems integrator NTT (formerly Dimension Data), where he held several executive roles and was responsible for the definition and execution of its go-to-market strategy.

In his new role, he will manage all aspects of CWSI’s customer delivery including service desk, professional engineering services, pre-sales, and project delivery. Ryan will be responsible for shaping and evolving the offering for customers across CWSI’s portfolio of mobile and cloud security, compliance, and productivity solutions.

The appointment further strengthens CWSI’s Microsoft practice and will accelerate the development of its Microsoft business in the UK and Western Europe through the recent acquisitions of AVR, BLAUD and mobco.

CWSI launched its dedicated Microsoft Security and Endpoint Management practice in 2019 and since then, has invested more than €2.5 million in its ongoing development.

CWSI is a Microsoft solutions partner for both Security and Modern Workplace, was the first Irish Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) to become a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), and was named Microsoft Ireland’s Security Partner of the Year 2022.

Des Ryan said, “I am delighted to join CWSI at a key time in the growth and development of the company across Ireland, the UK and the Benelux regions. I’m excited to play a central role as CWSI continues on its path to become a leading pan-European provider of cloud and mobile security solutions.

“I’m also looking forward to building upon CWSI’s partnership with Microsoft and plan to draw on my experiences to further enhance this successful collaboration.”

Ronan Murphy, CEO, CWSI welcomed the new appointment:

“We are very pleased to have Des join CWSI. He is a great addition to the CWSI Group and a strong validation of our Microsoft strategy. He brings a fantastic combination of commercial, financial and technical leadership skills, with a deep understanding of how technology can positively impact business.

“We have no doubt that he will add invaluable knowledge to our leadership team and will help us to drive continued growth and innovation across the expanding CWSI Group.”


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