New and notable appointments at Lakeland Dairies, FSCom Limited, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore and Business Talk

Appointments | Thu 22 Sep | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured L-R: Niall Matthews, Chairman, Colin Kelly, Group CEO Designate and Keith Agnew, Vice-Chairman, Lakeland Dairies

There were new and notable appointments this week at Lakeland Dairies, FSCom Limited, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore and Business Talk.


Colin Kelly, Group CEO Designate,
Lakeland Dairies

The Board of Lakeland Dairies has announced Colin Kelly as Group CEO Designate and will take up his appointment in January 2023. He is currently Managing Director for Trading and Member Relations at Ornua.

Mr. Kelly will succeed current Lakeland Dairies Group CEO Michael Hanley who earlier this year announced that he will retire in December.

Colin Kelly will join Lakeland Dairies having worked at Ornua since 2011, where he has held a range of senior finance and general management positions.

Prior to his current role at Ornua, he served as Head of Strategy Planning and Risk Management and before this as President and also as Chief Financial Officer of Ornua Ingredients North America. Before joining Ornua, he was a Senior Auditor with Deloitte. A native of Lusmagh, Co. Offaly, he is an Accounting and Finance graduate of University of Limerick and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Niall Matthews, Chairman, Lakeland Dairies said, “Colin’s knowledge and experience of the Irish and international dairy industry will be of significant benefit to Lakeland Dairies where he will lead the ongoing future progress, growth and success of our co-operative in the interests of our 3,200 farm families, our staff and our global customer base.”

Colin Kelly, CEO Designate of Lakeland Dairies said, “I am privileged to join Lakeland Dairies in the position of CEO. I recognise the enormity of the role and the proud history of the organisation. I am excited by the challenge and look forward, in conjunction with the Board, to leading the business to continued and sustained success in the years to come.

“I particularly look forward to working with the excellent leadership team, management, people and farm families of Lakeland Dairies and to continuing the great work that has brought the co-operative to its internationally recognised position as a dairy industry leader.”

Farmer-owned Lakeland Dairies collects 2 billion litres of milk from 3,200 farm families across 16 counties on a cross border basis. The co-operative makes a wide range of dairy food ingredients, foodservice and consumer products, which it exports to over 80 countries worldwide, in addition to comprehensive agribusiness operations.


Jill Michael, HR Director,
FSCom Limited

Jill Michael, HR Director, FSCom Limited

FSCom Limited (fscom), a consulting firm providing governance, risk and compliance solutions to financial services institutions in the UK and Ireland, has today announced the appointment of Jill Michael as HR Director. Jill will take on the responsibility for the strategic leadership of People and Talent at the consultancy.

The company described Ms. Michael as “passionate about diversity and inclusion”. She is part of the independent assessor panel for the Diversity Mark in Northern Ireland and Winner of the Women in Business ‘Advancing Diversity in the Workplace Award’.

A senior HR professional, Jill was previously Head of Talent within a leading law firm and brings almost two decades of HR experience to the role.

New HR Director Jill Michael said:

“I’m delighted to be joining fscom, a forward-thinking company which already has some of the best people in the sector working across a number of practice areas. I’m looking forward to developing a HR approach that embeds people, diversity and inclusion at its core and underpins the firm’s wider business strategy and objectives.”

Managing Director at fscom Jamie Cooke said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Jill to her new role as HR Director. We’re a people-centric business and our biggest asset is our team, so we’re really looking forward with the guidance and support of Jill to further investing in our current and future colleagues at fscom.”


Julie Hamilton, Tax Manager; Lauren Patience, Tax Technician
Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Pictured L-R: Julie Hamilton, Tax Manager; Angela Keery, Head of Tax & Lauren Patience, Tax Technician Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

Belfast accountancy and advisory practice Baker Tilly Mooney Moore has welcomed two new tax professionals to its growing team. Julie Hamilton joins the firm as Tax Manager, while Lauren Patience takes on the role of Tax Technician.

With over 15 years’ experience, Julie joins with a background in mid-tier and Big 4 practices. Julie specialises in personal tax and will develop the company’s service in this area, particularly tax planning for high-net-worth individuals, sole traders, partnerships, and shareholders. A qualified Chartered Tax Adviser, Julie also advises on cross border issues, capital gains tax and inheritance tax.

Lauren is a qualified Accounts and Tax Technician with experience in personal tax, corporate tax, and VAT compliance. Also a tax planning adviser for individuals and business, she joins the firm from a mid-tier practice.

The appointments come amid a period of sustained growth for the tax team and right across the company which specialises in Audit & Assurance, Business Services, Consulting, Taxation and Restructuring & Insolvency.

Joining the team, new Tax Manager at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore Julie Hamilton said:

“Today’s economic climate makes tax planning all the more critical as businesses and individuals face unprecedented financial challenges. They need reliable and informed advice now more than ever, and I am thrilled to continue this work as part of the dynamic Tax Department at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore. Looking ahead, I look forward to supporting the further growth of the firm.”

Tax Technician Lauren Patience said:

“I am delighted to join the team at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore where I know I will have the opportunity to build on my experience and specialist areas. We are looking ahead to a busy few months within the company and I am excited to get my work underway. As external factors continue to change and evolve, we as tax advisers will continue to stay ahead of the developments that impact our clients.”

Head of Tax at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore Angela Keery added:

“I am thrilled to welcome Julie and Lauren to the Tax Department. Both join the team with significant experience, and I can already see their impact on our work as a practice. It is certainly a busy time, yet if we are to support individuals and businesses through it, we need talented consultants within our team. Julie and Lauren are two excellent additions and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”


Louise McBride, Account Manager,
Business Talk

Louise McBride, Account Manager, Business Talk

Leading personal finance journalist Louise McBride has joined Irish financial services PR company, Business Talk, as account manager. Louise takes up the position following 15 years as personal finance editor with ‘The Sunday Independent’.

Established in 2003, Business Talk Ireland’s specialises in the financial services sector. Business Talk offers consultancy in the areas of external and internal communications, brand and profile building and crisis management, amongst others. Clients include a range of corporate and SME clients in the banking, insurance, tax, and related business sectors.

Announcing the new appointment, Peter Mitchell, Managing Director of Business Talk said:

“The appointment of Louise is an absolute coup for us as she brings her in depth knowledge of the business media coupled with her renowned expertise in all things personal finance. There has been a widespread welcome from our clients, so it all bodes well for the future.”

A first-class honours journalism graduate of Dublin City University, Louise has 18 years’ experience working as a journalist with national newspapers. Prior to her time as personal finance editor at ‘The Sunday Independent’, she worked as personal finance correspondent with ‘The Sunday Business Post’.

Speaking about the new role, Louise McBride commented,

“I am delighted to get the opportunity to join Business Talk PR, which is well-established in the area of financial services and business communications. I am looking forward to exploring a whole new side of my communications career – drawing from the skills I have built up over my more than 20 years in journalism. My new position will give me the chance to work closely with some very talented professionals and businesses and on some really interesting projects – which I’m very excited about.”


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