Our Management Team:
Simon Martin, Managing Director
Simon Martin founded Vantage in 1995. He has been in the IT industry for over 30 years working for multiple large organizations both in Ireland and abroad. Prior to starting Vantage, he worked as an independent IT consultant in Ireland and internationally for IBM, CSC Computations, Bank of Ireland, Aer Lingus, Irish Permanent and AIB Bank. He has been personally involved in the delivery of large-scale IT projects and has worked closely with many customers as an Account Manager delivering high calibre IT professionals to support their in-house projects.
Jason McNeill, Sales Director
Jason joined Vantage Resources in 2008 after working as a Senior Project Manager in the IT industry. After graduating with a Masters in Computer Science Jason spent over 12 years with international software companies in a wide range of roles working in Ireland, South America and the Middle East. He has extensive experience in software delivery across Business Analysis and Project Management, especially in the payment systems arena.
Craig Powell, Financial Controller
With over two decades of experience in financial control and business development, Craig is a seasoned and commercially minded, knowledgeable and innovative leader. Focused on implementing solid new strategies and financial best practices, he facilitates business growth and safeguards the company reputation. As Financial Controller with Vantage Resources since 2005, he has honed his skills in managing multiple currencies, making decisions in time-sensitive conditions, and leading interdisciplinary teams.
Paul Verjans, Chief Technology Officer - SQA and Testing
Paul is a highly experienced senior IT professional with a comprehensive understanding of IT Management currently specialising in Software Quality Assurance and Testing. He has held a range of senior IT management roles covering the full lifecycle of major IT-enabled change from Operating Model design, Business Case development, Solution Design, IT Development, Software Quality through to Implementation Management. This experience ranges from an industry leading Financial Services organisation undergoing major transformation to the set-up of a small professional service company.
Sam Reilly, Key Account Manager
Sam brings a wealth of HR and Recruitment experience to his role, having worked in the IT industry for over 10 years. He joined Vantage in 2004. His role covers Account Management for many large corporate and public sector clients, bringing a wealth of experience in the sourcing, vetting and proposing of high calibre candidates within the constraints of tight client budgets. He is expert in utilising social media channels in the sourcing of superior IT professionals in both the local market and Internationally.
Derek Leahy, Business Development Account Manager
Derek is a business graduate of TCD, a qualified management accountant (ACMA) and holds an MBA from Smurfit Business school. He has 10 years Capital Markets experience in senior Finance & Project Management roles having worked in both London & Dublin. He developed, built and managed his own successful Digital Marketing Consultancy over a 15 year period. For the past 3 years Derek has worked as a specialist IT Recruiter focusing on technical and management roles. He focussed on supporting the build of agile teams for his clients across a range of Fintech & Technology sectors. Derek is currently Business Development Account Manager for Vantage Resources’ Software Quality Assurance & Testing division - Metis7.
Darragh Muldoon, Marketing Communications Manager
Darragh recently joined the Vantage team as our Marketing Communications Manager. Having worked across an array of business sectors, Darragh is a results-driven, highly motivated marketeer with extensive enterprise-level marketing experience. He has an impressive record in exceeding campaign and activity targets and a clear understanding of how to develop corporate brands. Darragh is today focused on developing strategic marketing plans for Vantage as the company expands its market share across Ireland.
Aoife Conway, Contract Recruitment Team Lead
Aoife spent over 10 years working in both beauty and retail industries before moving into recruitment. She joined Vantage Resources in 2012 and quickly made an impact working with the Resourcing Team by progressing through the ranks to Senior Recruitment Consultant. She has recently been promoted to Team Lead within Vantage’s Contract Division. Her role still involves all aspects of the recruitment lifecycle, namely account management and resourcing, with the added responsibility of driving and motivating the Contract Team.
Audrey McDonnell, IT Recruitment Consultant
Audrey has recently joined Vantage as an account/sales manager, whilst still engaging in the recruitment process. Having recruited in the IT space for over 6 years for various clients across different environments, Audrey has gained considerable understanding and experience of the IT market. Whilst providing the right candidates for the right roles, relationship building, and people management would be core strengths.
Eric Seery, IT Recruitment Consultant
Eric joined the Vantage team in 2017 as an IT Resourcer. A graduate of Hospitality Management, Eric has extensive experience in Customer Service. Eric prides himself on his ability to engage with candidates and go above and beyond to meet and exceed their expectations. His role with Vantage is to ensure that all candidates requirements are met in a timely and professional manner.
Marelize van der Westhuizen, IT Resourcer