Barbara McKiernan

Barbara McKiernan

Managing Director of VANRATH

With over 18 years of experience, Barbara McKiernan, Managing Director at VANRATH, is one of Northern Ireland’s leading and most respected recruitment professionals. With a background in finance and accountancy recruitment, Barbara has played a pivotal role in supporting the growth aspirations of NI’s business base by matching the best talent with local firms as they grow their teams.

More recently Barbara's role in recruitment has transitioned to one more overtly focused on providing the strategic leadership to grow VANRATH and maintain its position as NI’s leading local recruitment practice.

In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the business, Barbara's direct engagement in recruitment has evolved to focus on internal talent management, including the recruitment, training and nurturing of VANRATH’s high-performing team, cultivating strong relationships and fostering an engaging and inclusive culture that puts our staff at the heart of the business.


​I cannot recommend VANRATH recruitment enough, having just finished university, the process can feel daunting. However the fantastic communication and guidance from the VANRATH team made this process a lot easier. A special mention goes to Patrick Carr who personally guided me through this process. His attention to detail and expertises is unparalleled to any other recruitment company I have dealt with. Would recommend to any professional.

​Joe Sowerby (a true gentleman) fully understood the job I was looking for and looked after the complete process in a very professional manner! Highly recommended!

​Went above and beyond to secure the perfect employee for our firm. When I contacted Adrian he came to our offices that afternoon and got to work. Within a very short space of time we were sent a few ideal candidates and one in particular was a great fit for our office. We have had a great experience with Vanrath and would highly recommend them.

​Very highly recommend Jack, he was extremely knowledgeable and friendly which made the experience a lot more pleasant, done my first week at my new job and very happy! Jack is a credit to himself and VANRATH. Thanks very much!

​I recently worked with Chanel Gillen to fill a vacancy in my finance department. Chanel was a joy to work with and we filled our vacancy within a week. I would have no hesitation in recommending both Chanel and VANRATH for your finance recruitment needs.

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