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1 billion seconds meets: Denise Abbey

Denise, how long did you work for The Panel?
I worked at the panel for 4 years overall from 2005 to 2009.
 
What area did you recruit for?
Initially I recruiter in the Funds area but also dabbled in Legal and Banking recruiting. 
 
What is your best memory from that time?
We worked hard but had alot of fun along the way. The social side of the company was always great and some of the trips away really stand out to me when I think of the laughs we had and the sense of camaraderie.
 
What have you been doing since?
After The Panel where I got my basis in recruiting, I did a bit of travelling and then moved into Inhouse recruiting in the Tech space where I have remained since working with companies such as Salesforce, HubSpot and now Stripe.
 
In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Fun, Respect, Experts, Professionals, Family.

Denise, many thanks for sharing your memories of your time with us and we wish you all the best!

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1 billion seconds meets: Louise O’Leary

Louise, when did you join The Panel? 
I joined The Panel on 16th of August 2013.

What area of the business are you in?
I specialise in the recruitment of accountants in industry. I cover newly qualified accounting roles up to finance manager level. I have spent most of my time in The Panel on the accounting team but have also gained experience on the treasury and banking team too.

What is your best memory to date?  
I think my best memories revolve around the many social events and probably have to feature a steak and glass of red wine at Shanahan’s!

How did you end up working for The Panel? 
I am a qualified accountant and trained in Big 4 practice. I spent some time working in industry but didn’t feel accounting was the right fit for me and thought recruitment would be something I’d really enjoy. It has allowed me to continue to utilise my finance background in a different field.

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Friendly, professional, down-to-earth, networked and decent.

Louise, many thanks for sharing your experiences of The Panel, thanks for being a part of the team!

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1 billion seconds meets: Noreen Farragher

How long did you work for The Panel?
Exactly 3 Years

What area did you recruit for? 
IT 

What is your best memory from that time?
Working with great people every day and all of the fun nights out we had as a team. 

What have you been doing since?
Since leaving the Panel I have been working in Primark as a Recruiter. I spent the first 3 years in Primark recruiting professionals across Finance, HR and Legal for our UK and Dublin Head Office. Recently I have moved onto recruiting for our Buying, Merchandising and Design functions in our Dublin Head Office in Primark.

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
A fantastic place to work!  

Noreen, thanks for sharing your experiences and memories with us and we wish you all the best.

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1 billion seconds meets: Andrew Wynne

When did you join The Panel?
January 3rd 2019 … I’m literally just seconds into life at The Panel! 

What area of the business are you in? 
I recruit for the Financial Services sector from Graduates up to Management level

What is your best memory to date? We know you haven’t been with for us long but is there anything that stands out?
So far a few stand-out bad jokes alright! But not a memory as such but there is a really nice culture in the office so that really stands out! 

How did you end up working for The Panel?
I have always worked in sales and marketing and I was talking to Paul about my potential next step in my career and through this I learnt of an opportunity with The Panel that I jumped at. 

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
A league of their own!

Andrew, welcome onboard and thanks for being a part of the team!

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1 billion seconds meets: Rebecca Powell

Rebecca, how long did you work for The Panel?
2 years from Jan 2007 until the end of 2008.
 
What area did you recruit for? 
I had never worked in recruitment before, I’d previously taught English in Japan and then was selling computers for Dell when one of my best and oldest friends, Eily Hsu suggested I try my hand at recruitment. I joined what was the Mark Mitchell team just after Mark handed over the reins and was charged with looking after IT Sales & Marketing. I’d like to think I did a half decent job at it! Sadly I never got to work with Mark but the respect and high regard people held for him was palpable so I consider myself fortunate that this is where I cut my teeth in recruitment.
 
What is your best memory from that time?
I had a LOT of fun times at The Panel. Even before I had started I was made to feel so welcome and, if the tears I shed during my leaving speech were anything to go by, it was and remains a place that will always means a lot to me. The crew at The Panel is a gang who knows how to work hard and play hard and boy did we play hard! I was part of the Social Crew and organising our regular parties and trips away was great fun but there’s something to be said for our regular Friday chicken curry rice and chips lunches with Alex and his team at the pub down the road (totally forgotten the name of it!)
 
What have you been doing since?
I left The Panel to head Down Under for a year and 10 years later I’m still here! I spent a very enjoyable few months road tripping around New Zealand before landing in Sydney. Over a liquid lunch of Jameson and whilst wearing a much loved Beatles t-shirt and talking all things rugby with and old friend and her 2 bosses, I was offered a job in the Melbourne branch of their boutique recruitment company. I spent 6 months virtually on my own before they sponsored me and brought in a few more people to help me out. Fast forward a few years and moved on from my original agency to a slightly bigger one and then over to the other side and in-house recruitment with Paddy Power Betfair’s Australian arm, Sportsbet. Today I manage the recruitment for BetEasy, the 3rd largest online wagering company in Australia. 

In the 10 years since I left Ireland and The Panel I’ve made Melbourne my home. I’ve swum with whale sharks, camped under the stars in the Outback, made a LOT of wonderful new friends and married my best friend who conveniently has the same surname as me so it made life much easier when I had to renew my passport! I left Ireland just after my 30th birthday and I turned 40 at the end of last year. What an amazing decade it has been and when I look back I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunities I’ve had. 
 
In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
The start of my journey

Rebecca, many thanks for sharing your memories with us and all the very best!

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1 billion seconds meets: Ailbhe Lynch

Ailbhe, when did you join The Panel?
26th September 2016.

What area of the business are you in?
I started on the Graduate Programme where I got the opportunity to work with all divisions in The Panel. I now recruit for permanent roles on the accounting team – Accounts Staff and Part-Qualified Accountants up to Finalist level across Industry, Practice and Financial Services.

What is your best memory to date?
Aside from the annual Christmas party in Shanahan’s, my best memory was probably getting my first placement – her reaction was brilliant…she cried on the phone!

How did you end up working for The Panel?
I had just returned home from a J1 and wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do. Áine, who I previously worked with in retail was working in The Panel and had mentioned recruitment might be a good choice given my sales/retail experience. I actually interviewed for a receptionist role initially but the partners suggested the Graduate Programme might be more suited to me.

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Warm, welcoming, specialised, good-natured and well-networked.

Ailbhe, thanks for being a part of the team!

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1 billion seconds meets: Elaine Brady

Elaine, how long did you work for The Panel?
7 very happy years.. officially 8 but had a 1 year career break in 2006 – 2007.
 
What area did you recruit for?
Accounting and Finance – started working on trainees and accounts assistants and then spent the last 5 years working on the recently qualified desk. So everything to do with accountants first or second post-practice moves.  
 
What is your best memory from that time?
Likely my first ever work social … which happened to be our Christmas Party in Shanahan’s on the Green! 6 weeks in, a raw graduate, and I thought this was the norm for the working world … how wrong I was! Either that or myself and Alan Bluett’s long running ‘Scientology’ Membership… but I may have to leave him explain that one to you!
 
What have you been doing since?
Well, it’s been an interesting 7 years anyway, that’s for sure! I moved onto Morgan McKinley for a couple of years, and then in 2014, we launched Barden. Everything I had learnt from Paul and the team had set me up to try and build a brand and a business that cared about the people we advise and guide every day, and also as importantly, the people we get to do it with. 

It’s been an absolute roller-coaster, but I’ve loved every minute of it. We’re now almost 5 years old, with 27 people on our team, and offices in Dublin and Cork… and watch this space!
 
In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
‘There are no words… really!’. But if I had to mention just 5 … then … Fun, Supportive, Collegiate, Genuine and Honourable.

Elaine, thank you for sharing your memories with us and we wish you all the best!

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1 billion seconds meets: Jill Kellegher

When did you join The Panel? 
May 14, 2018

What area of the business are you in?
I am currently a Senior Resourcer in the Funds sector. I work closely with Anne Keys and Alan Bluett.

What is your best memory to date?
Just before Christmas I had been invited to a client’s launch event. It was amazing to be invited and to see the progress our client had made, as well as all the candidates we had placed. It felt wonderful to be remembered and to see all our hard work had paid off. 

How did you end up working for The Panel?
I had been looking for a role in office management or as a personal assistant closer to City Centre when I found an advert on Irish Jobs for The Panel.

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Energetic, Dedicated, Diverse, Friendly, Compassionate 

Jill, thanks for being a part of the team!

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1 billion seconds meets: Niamh Favier

Niamh, how long did you work for The Panel? 
Exactly 3 years and 1 month.

What area did you recruit for?
I started in Funds and moved to Legal & HR.

What is your best memory from that time?
Zip Lining in Kilruddery and the many social nights out with a great bunch of people.

What have you been doing since?
I moved to in-house recruitment in Deloitte in 2016 and have been working there since. I now manage experienced hire recruitment for Audit, Corporate Finance, Internal Audit and Finance Transformation.

In 5 words how would you describe The Panel? 
Genuinely amazing company to work for.

Niamh, many thanks for sharing your experiences and memories of your time with us, we wish you all the best.

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1 billion seconds meets: Fergal Gleeson

Fergal, how long did you work for The Panel?
I worked with the Panel for 7 years from January 2000 until I moved with my family to Sydney in 2007. At the time It was a very difficult decision for me personally and professionally to leave. I left before the recession and so missed a lot of the hard times. As an ex pat it’s been great to see Ireland and the Panel come back strongly!
 
What area did you recruit for?
I started recruiting newly qualified ACA’s helping them with their first move out of practice. I later moved onto recruiting contract finance people and then doing more senior work while also running the accounting recruitment team. 
 
What is your best memory from that time?
They were great times! The Panel was my first job in recruitment. I was in my mid 20’s so it was pretty formative for me. There was a focus on doing the right thing by the client and candidate which I’ve taken with me. It was a lot of fun because while we were all focused on being the best and setting high standards, everyone was very down to earth and didn’t take themselves too seriously! 
 
What have you been doing since? 
I’m now a Director of a recruitment company in Sydney. I’m the father of two Australian/Irish kids (they reverse the order depending whose winning at sport!). I’m also obsessed with wine and write features for various wine magazines and my blog.
 
In 5 words how would you describe The Panel?
Networked, intelligent, pragmatic, big hearted, fun

Fergal, many thanks for sharing your memories with us and all the very best.

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