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10 brave souls from Crowleys DFK took to the skies last month in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Cork ARC Cancer Support House.

Crowleys DFK have been working with Charity Partner of the Year, Cork ARC, since the beginning of 2019. Cork ARC offer invaluable specialist professional services and emotional support to people with cancer and their families. The majority of their running costs are based on voluntary donations and fundraising efforts. Witnessing first-hand the fantastic work of Cork ARC, inspired 10 Crowleys DFK employees to take to the skies and plunge 10,000ft from an airplane at a speed of 200km per hour. The goal of this skydive was to raise awareness and funds to help Cork ARC continue providing their services free of charge.

The group took the leap for charity at the Irish Parachute Club in Offaly in June 2019. Setting out with an initial fundraising target of €2,600, their incredible efforts have raised over €6,500 for Cork ARC.

For many of the group, it was their first skydive and there are already plans to make it an annual event!

A big well done to all participants and sponsors for getting involved in such a worthy cause.

 

Crowleys DFK are excited to announce the launch of our new website.

With a fresh look and feel, the new site offers visitors the opportunity to navigate through the service offerings with ease. This has taken a few months of hard work to complete which was supported by all staff in the firm and they are delighted with the results.

Director of Practice Development, Kim McCarthy, said;

“Our re-launched website provides a better user experience for connecting with our new and existing clients. It helps users to quickly and easily navigate through the website. This launch reflects the continued development and growth at Crowleys DFK.”

Crowleys DFK today announced a number of senior promotions to Director and Manager positions across the Firm.

Shane Moloney and Donna Gould have been promoted to Director while Emma Hanifin, David Stuart and Rosalyn Banua have all been promoted to Manager roles.

Managing Partner, James O’Connor, said: “We are delighted to announce these exciting new promotions. They are well-deserved and reflect the hard work, professional growth and commitment of all those promoted.”

New Directors Shane Moloney and Donna Gould joined Crowleys DFK as Chartered Accountant trainees in 2012 and 2010 respectively.

After qualifying, Shane moved from audit into the firm’s advisory team, specialising in Cloud Accounting and Business Process Improvement Services. Recently he has led a number of high-level client advisory assignments, including implementing business outsourcing and performance improvement projects for clients across a range of sectors.

Previously a Manager in the firm’s Accounting Services Department, Donna played a central role in the expansion of the Department in recent years. She is highly regarded by clients in both the public and private sectors and her promotion to Accounting Services Director further strengthens this core business service and ensures that the Department is well placed to continue to grow.

Emma Hanifin also joined the firm as a Chartered Accountant trainee. Her high quality project management skills and dedication to exceptional service delivery sees her promoted to Advisory Manager, specialising in Project Advisory Services.

David Stuart has been promoted to Manager in our Accounting Services and Outsourcing Department. A Chartered Certified Accountant and Xero accredited to the highest achievable level, David will manage our Cloud Accounting Services.

An experienced Internal Auditor, Rosalyn Banua has been promoted to Manager of the firm’s Governance, Risk and Compliance Department. Since joining the firm in 2015, Rosa has worked with an extensive portfolio of publicly funded bodies, semi-state agencies and private sector organisations.

James concluded: “We believe that these promotions are an important building block in our future growth ambitions and the further enhancement of our services to clients. It also highlights our commitment to the long-term career development of our staff.”

Crowleys DFK was awarded the DFK UK & Ireland Firm of the Year 2018 at the recent DFK UK & Ireland Annual Conference in Glasgow.

DFK International is a major international association of independent firms and business advisors that has been meeting the needs of clients with interests in more than one country for over 50 years.  The association has over 400 offices in over 90 countries. The firm has been a committed member of the association since 1992.

Crowleys DFK was recognised for its positive contribution to DFK UK & Ireland over the past year.

Managing Partner James O’Connor commented, “We are delighted that Crowleys DFK have been recognised by our colleagues for our commitment to servicing our clients’ needs internationally.”

Crowleys DFK is a seven partner firm with offices in Cork and Dublin and has grown significantly in recent years.

James stated, “Our international affiliation is a distinctive feature of the firm and provides our clients with an integrated and robust global delivery mechanism across the world.”

 

 

Crowleys DFK Partner and Chairman of the Ireland Malaysia Business Association, Vincent Teo, had the pleasure of meeting Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Education and Skills, and Ambassador Eamon Hickey, Irish Ambassador to Malaysia, at Enterprise Ireland’s business breakfast in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, 20th September.

Minister Bruton addressed the local network of business and education leaders for Enterprise Ireland’s business breakfast as part of his five day education and trade mission to Malaysia and Indonesia.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to greet an Irish Minister in my home country,” Vincent commented, “Congratulations to Ambassador Hickey and Enterprise Ireland on hosting a successful business breakfast.”

Crowleys DFK Partner and Chairman of the Ireland Malaysia Business Association, Vincent Teo, met with Ambassador Eamon Hickey, Irish Ambassador to Malaysia at the Embassy of Ireland in Kuala Lampur last week.

Vincent commented, “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Ambassador Eamon Hickey in the Embassy and for his continued support to our efforts in promoting bilateral trade relations between Ireland and Malaysia.”

“We plan to reach out to the relevant Ministries in Malaysia in the hope of hosting a ministerial visit to Ireland in the near future,” stated Vincent.

The objective of the Irish Malaysia Association is to support bilateral business links between Ireland and Malaysia. Crowleys DFK is a patron member of the IMA and is dedicated to supporting its development.

Jacky Lorimer, Accounting Technician Trainee in the firm’s Outsourcing Department, is showcased in the August 14th edition of Cork’s Evening Echo.

Working 4 days a week in Crowleys DFK and studying 1 day a week in Cork College of Commerce, Jacky has been able to get started on her dream career as a result of Accounting Technicians Ireland’s “Earn as you Learn” scheme.

Read or download a pdf version of the article here.

Crowleys DFK is delighted to launch an overview video of the Firm’s Foreign Direct Investment service offering.
Edward Murphy, Partner and Head of Foreign Direct Investment and Siobhán O’Hea, Partner, Tax Services provide an insight into how Crowleys DFK can help foreign owned companies to set up operations in Ireland.

Pictured (l-r): Tony Cooney (Crowleys DFK Partner), James O’Connor (Crowleys DFK Managing Partner) and Harry O’Sullivan (Moylan Mulcahy & Co Partner)

We are delighted to announce that the well-established Cork firm, Moylan Mulcahy & Co, will merge with Crowleys DFK, effective from 1 June 2018.

The merger will see us welcome Moylan Mulcahy & Co Partner Harry O’Sullivan, along with 5 members of staff, into the Crowleys DFK Cork offices at 5 Lapps Quay.

James O’Connor, Crowleys DFK Managing Partner, commented: “We are delighted with this merger. Moylan Mulcahy & Co has an excellent reputation, in particular in the services it offers to the SME sector. With a natural synergy, not just in terms of services and sectors but also in work practices and values, this provides a major growth opportunity for both firms”.

Harry O’Sullivan said: “This is an exciting time for us. This merger with such a highly-regarded firm is a great cultural fit as the team at Crowleys DFK share our core value of delivering high quality services to clients. We look forward to offering our clients the benefits of access to additional areas of expertise as well as access to the global reach of the DFK International network.”

James concluded, “The merger further cements our reputation as one of the country’s leading SME business advisors for both domestic and international businesses.  We look forward to welcoming Harry and his colleagues to our full-service team.”

Pictured (l-r): Pamela Nodwell (Manager, Governance, Risk and Compliance), Edward Murphy (Partner, Head of Tax Services) and Carol Hartnett (Manager, Advisory Services)

Almost 20 years have passed since Carol Hartnett, Pamela Nodwell and Edward Murphy started training together at Crowleys DFK. After qualifying as Chartered Accountants, their subsequent careers took them in different directions but the trio were recently reunited and now work together again supporting clients from Crowley DFK’s newly refurbished Cork and Dublin offices.

Carol Hartnett, Manager, Advisory Services

Carol Hartnett joined Crowleys DFK as a trainee accountant in July 1998, having previously completed a BSc in Accounting in UCC.

“During my training contract, I gained a very good overall grounding in business. I was given lots of responsibility and had lots of interaction with clients from a very early stage. This experience opened up multiple opportunities for me in my subsequent career,” Carol stated.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Carol sought to broaden her experience by working in industry. She left Crowleys DFK in 2002 and spent the next 15 years gaining experience and building her knowledge and expertise with multinational companies including PepsiCo, McAfee and Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

“When I first moved into industry, I worked as a general ledger accountant with responsibility for multiple entities within a European group structure. Then, in 2007, I moved into software revenue recognition where I was a manager for the next six years. I frequently travelled to the UK and California. It was a very fast-paced and dynamic environment,” Carol explained.

In March 2018, Carol returned to Crowleys DFK, taking up a position as manager in the firm’s Advisory Division. The work is project-based which means she supports different clients on a variety of issues. This diversity is what attracted her to the role.

“I am very happy to have re-joined Crowleys DFK as a manager in the advisory division. There is great satisfaction in working with clients to help them solve issues,” Carol said.

Carol is the second former team member to re-join Crowleys DFK in recent times. Pamela Nodwell, who trained with Edward and Carol, before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, has also recently rejoined the firm.

Pamela Nodwell, Manager, Governance, Risk & Compliance

Pamela found that her pre-qualification training provided a solid foundation from which to further develop her experience and expertise as she progressed her career.

“During those early years with Crowleys DFK, I worked with a broad spectrum of clients across the public sector, financial services, retail and manufacturing. The experience I gained in accounts preparation, tax returns, audit and CRO filing has stood to me as my career progressed,” Pamela said.

Pamela subsequently moved overseas to gain international experience, spending five years in Bermuda before returning closer to home to take up roles in the Isle of Man and in Dublin. During this time, she gained extensive experience working with multinationals and developed particular expertise in governance, risk management and compliance.

With 15 years’ post-qualification experience under her belt and having held a number of senior management roles — primarily in the financial services industry — Pamela returned to Cork in July 2017, re-joining Crowleys DFK as a manager in the firm’s Governance, Risk & Compliance Division. She specialises in providing practical risk management, internal controls, compliance and process improvement solutions for clients in the financial services sector.

Pamela said, “It is great to be back and working in a division which Crowleys DFK has successfully developed in recent years”.

As well as serving clients, Pamela continues to focus on maintaining and developing her expertise. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Licentiate of the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, a member of the Institute of Bankers and the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association and she is currently studying for a Diploma in Risk Compliance and Internal Audit.

“Crowleys DFK has a great culture for fostering professional development, and the professional approach and focus on client satisfaction that existed in the firm when I joined in 1998 continues to be at the fore. This, coupled with the friendly and approachable culture and ability to attract highly talented and skilled people, contribute to the continuing growth and success of the Crowleys DFK.” Pamela added.

Edward Murphy, Partner & Head of Tax Services

When Edward Murphy joined Crowleys DFK as a trainee accountant in 1998, he little imagined that twenty years later he would be a Partner in the same firm. Like his fellow trainees, Carol Hartnett and Pamela Nodwell, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 but unlike his colleagues, Edward chose to continue his career and studies in practice and qualified as a Registered Tax Consultant of the Irish Taxation Institute in 2005.

“I always enjoyed the diversity of working in a practising firm. There is great satisfaction in developing a deep understanding of clients’ objectives and being able to provide commercially effective solutions,” Edward stated.

Having risen through the ranks, Edward was appointed a Partner in 2006 and, today, heads up the Crowleys DFK tax department, supporting multinationals and indigenous organisations. He is delighted that his former colleagues Pamela Nodwell and Carol Hartnett have rejoined the firm.

“It is great that Pamela and Carol are back on the team.  They bring great expertise and experience with them which will strengthen the services we provide for our clients. Fifteen years ago, we couldn’t have imagined that our career paths would converge again. It’s wonderful to be reunited,” Edward said.

Career Success Attributed to Crowleys DFK Training

While their individual career paths took different routes, Edward, Carol and Pamela all attribute their career successes to the initial training and support they received at Crowleys DFK. 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.