Hayward Hawk

Professional Services

Our professional services expertise

We’re Hayward Hawk Professional Services.

We’re part of the Hayward Hawk Group, backed by James Caan CBE: one of the original investors on Dragons'​ Den, serial entrepreneur, and one of the biggest names in recruitment. Director's Gemma Murphy, and Lindsey McCracken have over 30 years collective specialist experience in the professional services market.

Our extensive knowledge and network has secured our positions as trusted advisors to some of Northern Ireland’s leading employers. We partner with our clients to source the highest calibre of talent, helping them grow their business and achieve their commercial objectives.

We put our candidates at the centre of everything we do with a clear focus on quality of service, transparency and delivering results. Our approach is strategic, confidential and consultative – aimed at helping you take the next step in your career and ultimately achieve your long term professional goals. Our candidate testimonials speak for themselves.

Our key markets are Accountancy and Finance, Legal and Compliance, Banking, HR, Business Support and Sales and Marketing.

If you are actively looking for a new role, or just keen to see what your options are, talk to one of our team today.


Nadine was absolutely fantastic to work with. She was honest, responsive and supportive. I really appreciate Nadine’s efforts and would highly recommend her to friends.

Thank you Nadine!

It was a pleasure working with Gemma. From the minute we spoke, I knew she would help find the most suitable role for me. She listened to exactly what I wanted and kept me involved through all stages of the process.

Gemma at Hayward Hawk Professional Services helped me find a role that fitted me perfectly.

Stephanie - Corporate Tax Executive

Gemma really understood the role that I was looking for and was able to set up multiple interviews for me so that I could really have a clear picture of the different choices available. She was always on hand to offer advice and I felt that she took a genuine interest in my career.

Hayward Hawk Professional Services know the market inside out and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend their services.

Michelle - VAT Director

I cannot speak highly enough of Gemma. She provided an extremely friendly, professional and caring service for which I feel very lucky to have been party to. She was able to arrange a number of opportunities for me whilst also giving me invaluable guidance and advice, delivered with a personal touch.

With this help, I now have a great career in a fantastic company with a very prosperous future. Many thanks to Gemma and the team at Hayward Hawk Professional Services.

Katie - Tax Executive

Gemma from Hayward Hawk Professional Services found ideal job vacancies for me at two different stages of my career. The knowledge of my industry and professionalism shown exceeded my expectations, and beyond any other I have encountered.

My advice - go for that coffee or initial chat.

Eimer - Audit Manager

It was pleasure working with Hayward Hawk Professional Services. As recruiters they were very professional, friendly and helpful with all my questions. Gemma took time to understand the kind of role I was looking for, recognised the strengths I'd gained in my training contract, and put me forward for exactly the right job and the firm was a perfect fit.

I would highly recommend working with the team.

Janine - Corporate Tax Assistant Manager

I have worked with Gemma for the last few years. During this time she has always been professional and efficient, providing us with quality staff who have been carefully selected to meet our business requirements.

I wish Hayward Hawk Professional Services every success in their new venture and look forward to working with them in the future.

Catherine - Associate Director, Corporate Finance at Deloitte

I cannot speak highly enough of Lindsey and her professionalism throughout the process. From the first conversation to the offer stage, she took the time to listen and guided me expertly throughout the interviews to acceptance of an offer. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lindsey or Hayward Hawk to anyone, as either a candidate or a client.

The list of recruiters as good as Lindsey in Northern Ireland is very short.

James - Head of Recruitment Vox Financial Partners

I would like to thank Lindsey McCracken of Hayward Hawk for her unparalleled insight into the legal recruitment market and for the friendly, professional support and guidance she has displayed along every step of my career move.

Hayward Hawk have been utterly invaluable to me during this important transition. Thank you!

Andrew - Solicitor

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15 May, 2019


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Lindsey McCracken

Lindsey McCracken - Director

Lindsey is CIPD qualified and has over 15 years' recruitment experience working for specialist recruitment firms in London and Belfast. She's also worked both in-house in senior HR roles, for a fast paced compliance firm, as well as in the public sector. Her extensive knowledge of partnering with a wide range of global businesses has meant she's successfully placed many senior executive roles and led numerous high volume recruitment campaigns.

For the last 8 years' Lindsey has specialised in legal and compliance recruitment, placing professionals in both private practice and in-house, from NQ through to Partner/Head of Legal levels. She has a strategic approach that ensures a clear understanding of client requirements and facilitates finding exceptional people to help them deliver their global growth plans. 

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Northern Ireland Women’s Awards

We're excited to have been shortlisted into the finals under the Entrepreneur of the Year category at The 1st Northern Ireland Women’s Awards 2019.

The awards aim to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of women entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and many more in Northern Ireland.

The awards provide an opportunity and more importantly, a platform to reward and recognise women and businesses from Northern Ireland and for others to be inspired by their achievements.

The full list of nominees will be available in a few weeks once all finalists have been contacted. Fingers crossed we win. 

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Gemma Murphy

Gemma Murphy - Director

As a Director at Hayward Hawk Professional Services Gemma has 10+ years specialist recruitment experience in the Accountancy and Finance sector. She's recruited across industry, banking and financial service and specifically accountancy practice sectors. She's also managed many large scale recruitment campaigns for some of Northern Ireland’s largest and most prolific employers.

For the past eight years Gemma has specialised in the Accountancy Practice sector and has strong relationships across Big 4, mid-tier and small accountancy practices. With a reputation for success recruiting at all levels from newly qualified accountants through to strategic partner level roles across all service lines; Gemma prides herself on her strategic, confidential and consultative approach to helping clients attract the strongest talent and candidates achieve their long term career goals.

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