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Crowleys DFK Win Best Use of LinkedIn at Cork Digital Marketing Awards

Pictured L-R: Eibhlin Kennelly (Senior Marketing Executive), Alison Bourke (Digital Marketing Manager) & Kim McCarthy (Director of Practice Development)

Crowleys DFK are delighted to be awarded for Best Use of LinkedIn for Business at the 2022 Cork Digital Marketing Awards.

Organised by Cork Chamber, the awards recognise digital innovations and achievements by Cork businesses over the past 12 months and demonstrate the valuable contributions of digital marketing to business growth. Entries were judged by members of the public, through an independent and confidential judging and allocation system.

Crowleys DFK received this prestigious award based on “our understanding of our audience”.

Over the past number of years, the firm’s Practice Development Team has developed a comprehensive digital marketing strategy. A key component of this strategy is to highlight our core values and the people behind Crowleys DFK.  This has resonated with existing and potential clients and potential hires as it highlights the importance, we place on our people and in building a supportive and sustainable workplace regardless of whether we are in the office or working from home.

Our efforts have resulted in the number of people visiting our website via LinkedIn tripling, while followers gained has doubled in 2022.

Kim McCarthy, Director of Practice Development commented:

“It’s a fantastic achievement to be acknowledged by Cork Chamber with this award, especially in such a competitive category.

At Crowleys DFK, we have long recognised the importance of digital marketing in strengthening our brand and growing our business. The Team has worked very hard to showcase what Crowleys DFK is all about, by producing engaging content for our audience.

I am absolutely delighted for our Digital Marketing Manager, Alison Bourke and all the Team that this work has been recognised. We are all very proud of this award.”

Sinead Kennedy hosted the awards night on Friday 21st October in Carrigaline Court Hotel. Crowleys DFK were also a finalist for Best Use of Digital Marketing for the Greater Good.

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We are delighted to announce some exciting promotions, highlighting the continued strong growth across the firm. 

Following her appointment to Assistant Manager in 2021, Grace Boto has been promoted to Manager in Risk Consulting. Grace has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the Department, while leading numerous internal audit projects for our substantial portfolio of clients in the public sector and central government. Her promotion further strengthens this core business service and ensures that the Department is well placed to continue to grow.   

 

 

Emma Dunne has been promoted to Manager in Corporate Compliance. She has been with the firm since 2014. Emma has played a central role in growing a team of experienced professionals who help clients fulfill their annual compliance obligations and assist them in navigating complex corporate compliance issues.  

 

 

Aga Pankau | Assistant Manager | Payroll Services

 

Agnieszka Pankau has been promoted to Assistant Manager in Payroll Services. She joined the firm as a Payroll Executive in 2020 bringing with her over 10 years’ experience. A highly experienced payroll professional, Agnieszka has an excellent understanding of payroll systems, employer obligations and employee entitlements. She provides reliable payroll services to clients in industries ranging from retail, technology, and transport to the public sector.   

Andrew Thompson | Assistant Manager | Audit & Assurance

 

Andrew Thompson has been promoted to Assistant Manager in Audit & Assurance. He joined Crowleys DFK in 2019 as a Senior Accountant. An experienced and qualified Chartered Accountant, Andrew works closely with clients operating in sectors such as not-for-profit, SME, retail and financial services, in preparing their financial statements, ensuring compliance with Company Law, Irish GAAP (FRS 102) requirements and IFRS (as adopted by the EU). 

 

Commenting on the promotions, Managing Partner, James O’Connor said:  

“These promotions underline the hard work and dedication of our employees. I know each one of them will continue to be a tremendous asset to the firm as we continue to provide excellent client services while remaining focused on our commitment to our people.  

To demonstrate our dedication to providing career progression opportunities for our employees, we recently launched our revised Competency and Career Paths Development Framework and Learning & Development Programme.  The aim is to offer multiple growth and career opportunities that align with employees’ strengths and interests 

We strongly believe that investing in our employees is an investment in our future, and these latest promotions are a clear indicator of that. I wish to congratulate every one of them on their well-deserved promotions and wish them continued success in their new roles.” 

If you are interested in developing your career with Crowleys DFK, please visit our Careers page. 

 

Sustainable Leader

Natalie Kelly, Partner in our Audit & Assurance Department, featured in The Irish Times today discussing our sustainability initiatives.

At Crowleys DFK, investing in our employees is an investment in our future. Our policy is to nurture talent from within, by providing employees with the time and resources they need to pursue their professional development. As employees realise their ambitions, their growth becomes part of the firm’s growth.

To this end, Crowleys DFK has modernised its Competency Framework through the creation of a new Competency and Career Paths Development Framework. This will provide a diverse range of career progression opportunities for our employees, providing a clear guide for choosing a potential career path or for measuring progress down their current path. The aim is to offer multiple growth and career opportunities that align with employees’ strengths and interests, empowering them to move to higher level or specialist positions, or to discover entirely new roles for themselves.

To support this new framework, Crowleys DFK also has established a Learning & Development (L&D) Programme to ensure our employees always have the opportunity to learn. Over time, our learning culture gives employees the knowledge, skills and experience needed to become new leaders in the firm. This is a fundamental part of our overall Performance Development Programme and maintains an environment in which progress is a constant. Having found their pathway to the future in our Competency Framework, our L&D Programme will assist employees on their journey there.

Describing the career progression environment at Crowleys DFK, Managing Partner James O’Connor has said:

“I am very proud to see our new Competency Framework & L&D Programme come into effect. Our commitment to creating a learning and career progression culture is so important to us as a firm, that it is one of our core values. We know that the firm is successful only when our people are successful. With these developments, we can ensure that everyone is getting the opportunities they deserve.”

If you are interested in a career with us, please check out our careers for experienced professionals or our graduate programme.

We are delighted to announce a series of promotions and role changes across Crowleys DFK.

Karen Murphy | Director | Operations & Innovation

 

Karen Murphy has been promoted to Director of Operations & Innovation. Karen will have the responsibility for leading the implementation of the firm’s operational strategies and for the continuing modernisation of our business through innovation and new technologies.

 

 

James O’Connor, Managing Partner, commented:

“I would like to congratulate Karen for her richly deserved promotion. In a short number of years, we have achieved a lot to transform our business processes and implement new technologies.  I am excited to see what we can achieve with continued innovation.”

Ruma Faltado | Assistant Manager | Risk Consulting

 

Ruma Faltado has been promoted to Manager of Risk Consulting. Ruma joined the Firm in 2021 as an Assistant Manager in our Risk Consulting Department. In just the last 18 months, she has led multiple large scale operational and organisational Internal Audits on a number of high-profile National Regulators, Central Government Departments and Local Authorities.

 

Ernest Mendoza | Assistant Manager | Risk Consulting

 

Ernest Mendoza has been promoted to Assistant Manager of Risk Consulting. Ernest joined the Firm in 2020 as a Senior Internal Auditor in our Risk Consulting Department. Within the last two years, Ernest has contributed greatly to his role, delivering workable solutions to our clients and fulfilling their enormous demands for risks and compliance audits.

 

 

In another exciting change within the Risk Department, Dr Conor Dowling has taken on the new role of Research & Policy Executive. This will see Conor conduct research on existing, new, and emerging legislation and EU Directives, surveys and benchmarking analysis on Internal Audit assignments.

 

Ruma and Ernest’s well-deserved promotions and Conor’s new role are a reflection of the continued strong growth and success across the Department.

Vincent Teo, Partner and Head of Public Sector and Government Services Department commented:

“Our Risk Department has seen unprecedent business growth in just the last 2 years. Our team have worked tirelessly to support this expansion and to ensure that our service delivery remains to the high standards of quality that our clients are accustomed to.

To that end, our firm remains steadfast in acknowledging and awarding employees’ efforts and their commitment to the firm. I’m proud of Ruma, Ernest and Conor for hitting all the KPIs on our Competency and Career Paths Development Framework and are now being promoted. We have no doubt they will continue to brilliantly represent Crowleys DFK and shine as part of our management team.”

If you are interested in developing your career with Crowleys DFK, please visit our Careers page.

DFK International has been ranked as the 6th largest association in the world in the International Accounting Bulletin’s (IAB’s) annual 2022 World Survey Report.

Crowleys DFK has been a proud member of DFK International for twenty-nine years.

The report is based on collective fee income, with DFK International members firms achieving a turnover of $1.532 billion.

DFK has sat in seventh place for 10 years but has moved up the list after achieving a growth rate of 3% compared to the previous year.

The association now has 230 member firms, 1,413 partners, 13,919 staff members and 455 offices in 94 countries.

Martin Sharp, executive director of DFK International, said:

“We are very proud to be among the leading associations worldwide.

Moving up to sixth place demonstrates that despite the pandemic, DFK remains one of the strongest associations in the world and our member firms have continued to grow, which is a fantastic achievement.

We have seen growth across all services lines, particularly in North America, which shows that our members have continued to provide outstanding support to their clients in a challenging environment and in-turn have expanded their practices.

We now look forward to another successful year as we continue to do business and share knowledge and best practice to achieve further growth.”

Being a part of an association with a strong global presence has greatly widened Crowleys DFK’s intellectual resources, allowing us to offer local advice supported by a broader knowledge of international financial reporting.

This breadth of knowledge is a critical resource for our clients, which include leading firms in industries such as information and communications technology, e-commerce, life sciences, manufacturing and consumer products.

These clients find that our expert team provides fundamental advice on structuring their Irish operations, on securing Government funding, and dealing with tax and legal obligations.

As Ireland continues to be a vital hub for international business, our understanding of the challenges faced by companies moving into Ireland will continue to be a critical resource.

Eddie Murphy, Head of Tax and FDI Services at Crowleys DFK, said:

“At Crowleys DFK, we understand the challenges faced by our SME and owner-managed business clients. We are proud of the reputation and long-term relationships we have built with them over the years.

Whether it’s getting advice on taking on two employees in Germany, accessing capital markets in London or New York or helping technology companies expand into San Francisco, we connect our clients with trusted professionals throughout the world.

In many cases our clients prefer to deal with us and in these instances, we instruct the other DFK firms. This means clients can concentrate on their business and don’t need to spend time developing new relationships abroad.”

To learn more about DFK International visit www.dfk.com.

Following the launch of our Hybrid Working Policy, in another exciting development for the Firm, Crowleys DFK is pleased to announce some key promotions within the Firm.

Alison Bourke | Digital Marketing Manager

Alison Bourke joined the Firm in 2016 on a six-month college work placement and returned in 2017 as a Marketing Executive in our Practice Development Department. With a Masters in Digital Marketing Strategy, Alison led the implementation of the Firm’s digital marketing initiatives which directly increased Crowleys DFK’s digital footprint across all online platforms.

A result-oriented individual, her promotion to Digital Marketing Manager will see Alison taking a primary role in the continuous development of our digital marketing strategies and aligning them to the strategic goals of the Firm. Alison aims to expand the awareness of the Firm’s wide ranging services across all online platforms and to support the overall growth of Crowleys DFK.

Commenting on her promotion, Alison said: “It’s fantastic to be part of a Firm that is so supportive and values employee development. I look forward to my new role as Digital Marketing Manager.”

 

Conor Hallahan | Assistant Manager | Accounting & Financial Advisory

Conor Hallahan joined the Firm in 2017 as a Junior Accountant in our Accounting & Financial Advisory Department. Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Conor has become a trusted business adviser providing innovative commercial insights for our SME clients across a broad range of sectors.

Commenting on his promotion to Assistant Manager, Conor said: “Crowleys DFK commits to the growth and development of its employees. I’m delighted to have reached this career milestone and look forward to contributing further to the continued growth of the Department.”

 

Elaine Murphy joined the Firm in 2019 as a Senior Auditor in our Audit & Assurance Department. An experienced and qualified Chartered Certified Accountant, Elaine has particular experience working with our Charity and Not-for-Profit clients.

Commenting on her promotion to Assistant Manager, Elaine said: “I’m very grateful for this opportunity and feel very thankful to work with a Firm that provides excellent career development opportunities for its employees.”

 

Dean McCann | Assistant Manager | Public Sector & Government ServicesDean McCann joined the Firm in 2018 as an Associate and qualified as a Chartered  Accountant in our Public Sector & Government Services’ Department.  Dean has been instrumental in supporting the enormous growth of the Department while continuing to provide bespoke financial reporting and internal controls advisory services to our substantial portfolio of clients in the public sector and central government.

Commenting on his promotion to Assistant Manager, Dean said: “I knew that Crowleys DFK would be a place where I could continue to grow and develop professionally as the Firm continued its own growth and development. I’m proud to be a part of the Firm and see an exciting future ahead for the Department, and for myself.”

 

Kyna Lontok | Assistant Manager | Risk ConsultingKyna Lontok joined the Firm in 2020 as a Senior Internal Auditor in our Risk Consulting Department, from the Philippines. In just the last two years, she has led large scale operational and organisational Internal Audits on high profile National Regulators, Central Government Departments and Local Authorities.

Commenting on her promotion to Assistant Manager, Kyna said: “I’m delighted to have been involved with the rapidly growing Risk Consulting Department. I’m excited to be working with such a dynamic and fast paced team and look forward to continuing to work to broaden the services we offer our clients.”

 

Commenting on the promotions, Managing Partner, James O’Connor said:

“We are immensely proud to announce these new promotions. They are well earned and reflect the values of integrity, respect, and client commitment that our firm holds. Furthermore, we believe that these promotions are another vital step forward as we continue to grow and further strengthen our client services, and further demonstrates our commitment to the long-term development of our staff.”

If you are interested in developing your career with Crowleys DFK, please visit our Careers page.

Crowleys DFK has launched its new people policy regarding flexibility and hybrid working, effective from 7 March 2022.

The policy, which was announced internally on 7 October 2021, has been put in place to ensure that the Firm reaches its goal of building a flexible, purposeful way of working so that our employees can achieve a greater long-term work/life balance.

The hybrid working policy combines elements of home working and office-based working. To enable our employees to work from home effectively, Crowleys DFK facilitated individual risk assessments of employees’ home workspace with our 3rd party provider Capella and provided equipment as needs were identified through the risk assessments.

Criona Turley, CEO & Co-Founder of Capella commented:

“We were delighted to partner with Crowleys DFK in 2020 to carry out ergonomic training and risk assessments for their team while they worked from home. Crowleys DFK continue to use our assessments to proactively ensure that their colleagues working from home are provided with the same level of equipment and technology as if they are in the office, allowing them to work as safely and productively as if they were on site. By investing in Hybrid supports like ours, Crowleys DFK are doing everything they can to ensure a seamless flexible working experience for their staff.”

The policy seeks to empower employees to take responsibility for their own productivity and to facilitate a safe home working environment to do so. Recognising that not everyone’s needs for health, safety and productivity are the same employees can choose to continue to work in the office.

The Hybrid Working Policy follows and operates in tandem with Crowleys DFK’s Flexible Working Policy, and the Right to Disconnect Policy. In line with the Firm’s commitment to the overall wellbeing of our employees and supporting them in balancing their professional and personal priorities in a way that works for everyone, these policies were created to ensure that working patterns do not negatively impact client services, and team working while recognising that every employee is entitled to enjoy their free time without being disturbed.

Paula McCann from the Firm’s HR Department said:

“We are committed to putting people at the centre of our firm, our clients and our employees alike. With that in mind, our new policy, like the preceding flexible working and right to disconnect policies, have been developed to ensure the best working environment. The policy was carefully developed with the needs of the Firm, its employees and its clients in mind and we are confident that it will guide us in achieving the most desirable outcomes for all.”

2006 was an important year for Crowleys DFK. This year marks the 15th anniversary of a trio of events that would have a major impact on our firm’s continued growth as one of Ireland’s top firms of chartered accountants and business advisors.

Eddie Murphy, James O’Connor & Colette Nagle announcing the merger and Eddie’s promotion to Partner (Oct 2006)

Future Partner of Public Sector & Government Services, David Coombes, joins Crowleys DFK as a Summer Intern (June 2006)

 

 


Introduction of a Future Chief Operating Officer (COO)

In one of the more significant developments in our firm’s history, on 13th October 2006, Crowleys DFK announced a merger with Kinsale, Co. Cork firm Fitzsimons Flynn & Co. The merger saw Colette Nagle join Crowleys DFK as Partner. Innovation is a core value of Crowleys DFK and is key to all services provided by our firm. From her onboarding as Partner in our Financial Advisory Department and her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Colette has led by example.

Graduating from CIT with a BBS in Accounting, Colette joined Fitzsimons Flynn & Co. as an Accounting Trainee where she became qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) in 2001 and as an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser in 2003. In 2004, Colette was made Partner at Fitzsimons Flynn & Co, becoming the youngest female Partner in Ireland at the time. The merger saw Colette join the then 5 Partner and 40 staff Crowleys DFK, bringing with her a team of 6 staff.

Colette’s experience and expertise led to her oversight of the Merger and Integration Teams when Crowleys DFK merged with a further 4 firms between 2008 and 2020. Colette would also manage the office refurbishment projects completed in 2017, the key element of the design being sustainable, environmentally friendly office spaces.

Colette has been recognised for her contributions, having been shortlisted as a finalist in the Services to Accounting & Finance category at the second Irish Women’s Awards in 2020. The same year, she was announced as the Chief Operating Officer of the now 10 Partner, 100 staff Crowleys DFK.

Since then, Colette has been responsible for setting and strengthening robust operational controls and driving innovation and digital transformation that support the goals and overall innovative vision of the firm, while also delivering cloud accounting advisory, implementation, and application across the full spectrum of sectors, helping clients to transform their businesses in the rapidly growing digital era. Colette commented:

Over the past 15 years I have transitioned from accountant to a trusted business advisor. I believe my personal and practical holistic approach helps me to understand my client’s needs and provide them with the strategic advice they require to navigate a pathway whereby they can achieve their goals. Advances in technology and AI will never be able to replace human intelligence and the power of strong relationships.


Leading the Growth of our Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Department

On the same day in 2006, Crowleys DFK announced that Eddie Murphy had been appointed Tax Partner, having been instrumental in the practice area’s growth and the diversity of compliance and tax planning services offered to its wide range of clients, from owner-managed, indigenous companies to international companies locating in Ireland to public sector organisations.

Eddie joined Crowleys DFK as a trainee accountant in 1998. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 and opting to continue his career and studies in practice, he qualified as a Registered Tax Consultant of the Irish Taxation Institute in 2005.

Today, Eddie heads our Tax Department and specialises in international corporate structuring, VAT, property transactions, and employment tax issues. As Lead Partner of our Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Services, he also leads a team of specialists who provide companies that wish to relocate to Ireland a “one-stop-shop” service offering and advice at each stage of their lifecycle.

Eddie believes in building strong relationships with clients, and that having a deep understanding of their objectives enables him to provide commercially effective advice. He states:

“Where I believe we excel is spending the time to get to know the investing company and its people and instil in them the peace of mind that their compliance and advisory needs are really being looked after by people who care”.


Future Public Sector Partner Starts his Career Journey

This year also marks 15 years since Partner in the Public Sector & Government Services Department David Coombes joined Crowleys DFK.

David joined Crowleys DFK as a summer intern before his final year of study at the National College of Ireland, where he would graduate with a First Class Honours Batchelor of Arts degree. He later qualified as a Chartered Accountant and held the position of Director within the Public Sector team at Crowleys DFK. Here, he would gain invaluable experience and expertise in leading public sector financial and business advisory assignments in areas such as financial reporting framework implementation, management information system design, strategic finance support, risk management and governance compliance.

In 2019, Crowleys DFK announced that David was appointed as a Partner in the department. Today, David remains in this role, working as an integral member of the leadership team. His work alongside his colleagues has helped to lead the Public Sector Services team to being named as the outright winner in the category of Excellence in Public Sector Services by The Public Sector Magazine in its Excellence in Business Awards for 2020 and 2021.

Commenting on his appointment in 2019, David said:

“I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity and feel very fortunate to be part of a firm which offers the best career development opportunities possible for its staff. I see an exciting future ahead for both the firm and the Public Sector Services Department.”

Crowleys DFK Partners (2021)

Eddie also attributes his success to the training and support he received at Crowleys DFK throughout his career. With an open door policy, employee progression and growth is at the forefront of our firm’s goals. The firm continues to offer excellent opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing and progressing a career in business. For further information, please visit our Careers page.

For a consecutive year, Crowleys DFK has been named the outright category winner of Excellence in Public Sector Services Award by The Public Sector Magazine’s 2021 Excellence in Business Awards.

Public Sector Services Award 2021

The awarding committee deemed Crowleys DFK worthy recipients of the Excellence in Business Award for our consistent high-quality services to the public sector.

Vincent Teo, Head of Public Sector Services commented:

“Winning this award once is a great achievement, but to win for a second year in a row is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated Public Sector teams. We are very proud of the reputation and long-term relationships we have built with our public sector clients over the years and this recognition from our peers and clients is a great honor.”

Click here to read the full Public Sector Magazine award editorial, featuring commentary from Vincent.

About the award

The annual awards recognise excellence in key providers to the Irish Public Sector acknowledging the professionalism of companies that excel in what they do.

Each year The Public Sector Magazine invites public sector agencies and local authorities to nominate organisations for consideration.  Nominees are judged by a panel of experts drawn from previous award winners and representatives from a diversity of sectors. The top three scoring nominations in each category are shortlisted with the highest scoring nomination as the winner.