New and notable appointments at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, Investwise Financial Planning, Arthur Cox and Beyond Business Travel

By Business & Finance
17 February 2022
Audit & Assurance Partner at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore Joanne Small pictured with newly appointed senior managers to the firm. From Left to Right: Simona Paldaviciute, Orla Quigg, Glenn Murray, Joanne Small, Karen Kirk, Michael Boylan, Victoria Bates and Jamie Treacy.

This week sees new and notable appointments at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, Investwise Financial Planning, Arthur Cox and Beyond Business Travel.

Glenn Murray, Senior Manager in Audit, Karen Kirk, Senior Manager in Audit, Michael Boylan, Audit Manager, Jamie Treacy, Manager in Business Services, Simona Paldaviciute, Assistant Manager in Internal Audit Victoria Bates, Assistant Manager in Audit, Orla Quigg, Assistant Manager in Audit

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Belfast accountancy and advisory firm Baker Tilly Mooney Moore has announced a series of senior appointments amid a period of significant growth and expansion across its Audit and Business Services departments.

The firm has appointed two Senior Managers together with a Manager in Audit, a Manager in Business Services and three Assistant Managers in Audit.

It comes after the company, which delivers a range of advisory services across the public, private and voluntary sectors announced the appointment of Michael Branniff as Business Services Partner in January and Eimear Brown as Head of Audit in August.

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore specialises in Audit & Assurance, Business Services, Taxation, Consulting and Restructuring & Insolvency.

Continuing its expansion following significant growth throughout 2021, the firm has appointed Glenn Murray and Karen Kirk as Senior Managers in Audit, while Michael Boylan becomes Audit Manager.

Jamie Treacy is now Manager in Business Services, Simona Paldaviciute is Assistant Manager in Internal Audit and Victoria Bates and Orla Quigg have both been promoted to Assistant Manager in Audit.

Five of the seven team members recently promoted began their time at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore on the Graduate Trainee Programme.  This supports graduates through their professional Accountancy exams with either the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).

Audit & Assurance Partner at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, Joanne Small, welcomed the appointments: “This latest group of key promotions and appointments across Audit and Business Services is in recognition of the first-class service delivered by our team members and their continued commitment to their own professional development. It gives us great pleasure to see younger members of the team, many of whom joined us on the Graduate Trainee Programme, progress throughout the firm as they continue to deliver trusted and reliable business advice.”

“At Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, we recognise that the success of the firm is directly linked to the continued success and advancement of our teams, and we are thrilled to have made a number of senior appointments in recent weeks. This is a demanding but hugely exciting time for us as we grow and expand across all areas of service. I am delighted to see these talented advisors step up a level and wish them every success going forward.”

Enda McGuinness, Director and Shareholder,
Investwise Financial Planning

Enda McGuinness has been appointed as a Director and Shareholder of Investwise Financial Planning. A Certified Financial Planner and Qualified Financial Advisor, Enda has been working with the firm for three years, advising a range of clients on financial planning and managing investment portfolios.

 Speaking about the appointment, David Quinn, Managing Director, Investwise Financial Planning, said, “Since joining the firm Enda has been pivotal to our growth and success over the last number of years. He has a wealth of experience in the sector and takes a smart, considered approach to financial planning to deliver the best to his clients. Our business has doubled in size since 2019 and we have invested significantly in our client offering including an improved online digital portal, a regular e-zine and informative webinars. We have plans to further expand our team this year to continue offering our clients a first-class experience.” 

Enda commented, “Joining Investwise Financial Planning has been one of the best career decisions I’ve made. The opportunity to help grow a business in a very personal sector of financial services is so rewarding. We offer something very different to traditional financial planning firms or brokerages. We sit on the client’s side of the table, working with them to develop a real understanding of their individual needs and from that personal relationship, building a customised plan that works for them.”

Enda joined Investwise from Deloitte Corporate Finance where he provided advisory services to private equity and institutional clients on asset management. Prior to that role he worked as a pension and investment manager leading a team of financial planners. Enda was part of the team in AXA Financial that launched the first guided architecture fund platform to the Irish market. Enda began his career in investment funds with State Street. Enda holds an MSc in Finance from UCD, he is a Certified Financial Planner Professional (CFP®) and also a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA). He was formerly a board member of the Society of Financial Planners Ireland.

Investwise Financial Planning is one of Ireland’s few fee-based, privately-owned financial advice firms. The team of six offers expertise in financial planning, wealth management, pensions and investments for individuals and business owners. By operating a transparent fee structure instead of product commissions advice is impartial and in the best interests of the client.

 Last year Investwise Financial Planning opened a dedicated base in Cork’s impressive Horgan’s Quay development, headed up by Blarney resident Liam O’Riordan.

Darragh Geraghty, Head of New York office, Conor McCarthy, Head of London Office
Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox announces new heads of both its New York and London offices, two key posts in the firm’s international network.

Darragh Geraghty will now head up the New York office, taking over from Phil Cody who has served in this role since 2017.

Darragh is a Partner in the firm’s Finance Group and has broad experience in a diverse range of financing transactions including development, fund, real estate, warehouse and acquisition financings. Darragh acts for both borrowers and funders, with a particular emphasis on borrower clients and on private equity and investment bank funder clients. He has also advised a wide range of clients on the buy-side and the sell-side of bank deleveraging transactions (both performing and non-performing).

Conor McCarthy will now head up the London office succeeding David Molloy, who returns to Dublin to the firm’s Finance Group and will maintain his close links with the firm’s London clients.

Conor is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate and M&A Group and advises public and private industry-leading Irish and international companies on all aspects of company law. Conor advises clients on a wide range of corporate transactions including complex private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance transactions, cross-border mergers, corporate reorganisations and general corporate/commercial law. He also specialises in equity capital markets transactions. Conor has advised on some of the most high-profile Irish M&A and equity capital markets transactions in recent years.

Announcing the appointments, Geoff Moore, Managing Partner, Arthur Cox, said: “As a leading law firm in the global open economy, much of our work is international. Our New York and London offices are of central importance to our clients, more and more of whom have international requirements. Both Darragh and Conor are leading practitioners in their respective fields, having advised on some of the most innovative Irish and cross-border deals in the market. Their appointments will further strengthen our international capabilities and offering to clients.”

John Matson, Head of International, Arthur Cox, also commented, “Darragh and Conor’s appointments will build on the excellent work of their predecessors, enabling us to work closely and collaboratively with our clients who have an international focus, delivering first-class client service wherever they are based.”

As well as its head office in Dublin and the offices in New York and London, the firm also has offices in Belfast and in San Francisco.

Eamon Murray, Head of Technology,
Beyond Business Travel

Pictured: Eamon Murray, Head of Technology at Beyond Business Travel

Beyond Business Travel is delighted to announce the appointment of Eamonn Murray as Head of Technology who will be based in their Dublin office.

“I am both delighted and excited to join the team at Beyond Business Travel. Our industry has endured many up and downs over the years and technology has always been the driver for survival. Now, as we come out of the pandemic, I look forward to working with the team at Beyond Business Travel to help bring a new and exciting strategic and digital transformation,” said Eamonn Murray, Head of Technology

Eamonn has over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry, with previous roles including Director of Technology, his responsibilities included delivering and implementing software and technology solutions to global travel clients operating in more than 35 countries.

An innovator with a passion for travel technology Eamonn has proven experience in providing consultancy internally and externally on a range of matters of core importance to businesses, including strategy, technology for future business growth, digital innovation and transformation, and ongoing change in the Travel Industry sector.

Shauna Burns, Managing Director, Beyond Business Travel, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Eamonn to the management team of Beyond Business Travel.  With over 25 years’ experience in the Travel Industry, Eamonn brings a wealth of knowledge in travel and technology, with an excellent track record of growing businesses and delivering strategic and digital transformation.

COVID-19 has been challenging for the travel industry over the last 24 months. But we are determined to show resilience by continuing to invest in our people and technology to provide excellent customer propositions across all our services.

 Eamonn will be based in the Dublin office which strengthens and supports our strategy of building our existing and new client relationship across Ireland and EMEA. As we eagerly plan to grow our customer base in Ireland and EMEA over the coming years, strengthening the Dublin office is a huge step forward towards achieving this goal and will continue to play a vital role in seeing this strategy through to success”.

As well as the new appointments in the Republic of Ireland, Beyond Business Travel is also recruiting staff in its Belfast office.