The Directors of  HireIQ – highly specialised Accountancy and Finance Recruitment Northern Ireland; Jack, Mark and Shaun have over 10 years specialist finance recruitment experience in Northern Ireland across Commerce & Industry and Practice & Tax. The business was born with the vision of providing a premium recruitment experience with a tailored and personal approach restoring the focus on customer service in the industry.

HireIQ – Accountancy and Finance – Our goal is to grow our well-established network of like-minded people who have complete peace of mind when partnering with us. Whether it’s to enhance their career or to attract the best local talent to their businesses.

HireIQ – Accountancy and Finance Recruitment Northern Ireland with over 20 years’ experience in Accountancy & Finance Recruitment across Northern Ireland, we have a complete dedication to unparalleled customer service and offer expert advice on the local market. We are very proud of our effective, transparent and friendly approach to finance recruitment.

A client working with HireIQ Recruitment will be in total control of their career or the growth of their business. We are here to give suggestions; provide choice and ensure you are best positioned to succeed.

Our personal approach will set us apart from the corporate entities. Partnering with a niche Accountancy & Finance network, we ensure that the service we offer is tailored and of the highest calibre. Our consultants have built an indisputable understanding of the NI Accountancy & Finance market, what our clients need as well as what our candidates are looking for, resulting in a track record of delivering.

Our Team

Mark Downey

Owner and Director

Mark has seven years of recruitment experience across Practice, Tax and Industry. His network of Northern Ireland’s best talent is well-established and is continually growing due to his status as a trusted advisor to candidates at all levels and businesses. From SME’s to large multi-nationals.

In his spare time, you will find Mark at comedy gigs, horse racing meetings or watching his beloved Manchester United. He also enjoys spending time with his one-year old Niece, teaching her how to wind up her mum.


Jack Duddy

Owner and Director

Jack has been recruiting in Accountancy & Finance across Northern Ireland for seven years. He has built solid relationships with senior management of local and global companies across the province, working to recruit quality candidates from Assistant Accountant through to Finance Director. Influencing change management and advising on company salary restructuring and tenders.

Outside of work, Jack is an avid MMA fan. Don’t get him started on a conversation about UFC or you won’t get speaking about anything else.


Shaun Hawkins

Owner and Director

Shaun started his career in Financial services in London where he worked for four years. Using his knowledge on the sector he then moved to Northern Ireland to establish himself as an Accountancy & Finance recruiter. He has since built key relationships with both established and start-up organisations across Industry and Commerce in the Accounting and Finance sector.

Shaun is a family man originally from Essex, he likes West Ham, BMW’s and the brilliant invention of the Starbucks Drive Thru.


Kenton Bell

Recruitment Consultant

Kenton graduated with a first class Honours in BSc Business Management from Ulster University, achieving the highest overall mark and being award top graduate. His degree included a recruitment internship working in temporary Accountancy & Finance recruitment and specialising in the Public and Third sectors and since then has moved into the recruitment of permanent staff across industry for Finance professionals.

Kenton is responsible for recruiting Finance professionals, ranging from Accounting Technicians to Accounts Payable Managers and all other levels of transactional finance, into Private Sector clients throughout Northern Ireland.

Outside of work Kenton enjoys socialising with friends, watching the Rugby and going to local comedy gigs.

Jack Bailie

Recruitment Consultant

Jack began his career in recruitment around 1 year ago, from his background in direct sales he is conscientious in his approach ensuring he is working on quality roles and placing quality candidates. Over the previous year, he has built strong relationships across the market and is on route to becoming our temporary finance consultant in the next quarter.

Jack is pretty much happy as long as he’s outdoors, whether it's hiking, kayaking or looking at bonsai trees, he’s passionate about the lot.

Daryl Hunter

Recruitment Consultant

Daryl has 10 years’ experience working face to face with customers and clients. His areas of expertise include, business management, securing new business and managing customer relations, all whilst ensuring that best in class customer service is achieved. Daryl’s previous experience has given him exposure to different working and management levels throughout organisations. Daryl is a highly qualified individual who is achieving great success with bespoke recruitment across transactional finance.

Outside of work you will find Daryl up the Mourne mountains, playing golf or behind the BBQ. He enjoys spending time with his wife Katie and socialising with his family and friends.

Rachel Coleman

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Rachel recruits in Belfast and surrounding areas specialising in transactional and part qualified appointments. Rachel works with a wide range of clients across both industry and practice.

Rachel joined HireIQ boasting a diverse professional background along with two and a half year's previous recruitment experience. Rachel offers expertise within the accountancy and finance sector and has an excellent reputation in the recruitment market. Originally working within B2B sales and progressing through to management, Rachel believes in developing and nurturing strong relationships with both clients and candidates.

Outside of the workplace, Rachel loves to spend time with her two pugs and enjoys visiting the local coffee hotspots.

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Recruitment Consultant / Business Manager

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