Our team

  • Colum Whelan

    Colum Whelan

    (FCMA CGMA)
    Managing Director

    Colum Whelan
    (FCMA CGMA)
    Managing Director

    Colum is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, having qualified in 1990. He gained over 15 years’ experience in Irish business, such as Irish Biscuits, Bewley’s, Digital and Sharptext, before forming a Management Accounting practice in 1995. This business flourished and is now Guardian Management Accounting.

    He was president of The Dublin and District Branch of CIMA in 2006. He has also been Chairman of the Members in Practice Committee of CIMA from 2000 - 2006. In addition he represented CIMA on the CCABI Taxation Committee in 2005/6.

    He is a member of the Networking Group Business Network International - BNI (www.bnifitzwilliam.com).

    Colum acts as non-executive director and Part time Financial Controller for a number of Guardian’s clients. His expertise is in providing business advice and has a particular strength in start up’s particularly in the technology sector.

    When Colum isn’t crunching numbers...
    He has a passion for cars, allotment gardening and tennis, and he is also a keen supporter of Leinster Rugby.

  • Avril Shortt

    Avril Shortt

    (BSc FCCA CTA)
    Practice Manager

    Avril Shortt
    (BSc FCCA CTA)
    Practice Manager

    Avril joined the practice as a part qualified accountant in 2007 from a fund management company, and qualified in May 2009. She provides accounting support to many clients in the area of accounting and Management Accounts. She qualified as a chartered tax advisor in 2013 and provides tax advice to clients in all areas of income tax, corporation tax, CAT, CGT and VAT.

    When Avril isn’t crunching numbers...
    Avril is a keen traveller and likes to keep fit in the great outdoors running around after her toddler.

  • Laura Cardiff

    Laura Cardiff

    (FCCA)
    Senior Financial Accountant

    Laura Cardiff
    (FCCA)
    Senior Financial Accountant

    Laura has a BA Honours Degree in French and Italian from UCD. She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in Ireland, Laura also completed her Accountant Technician exams in 2005. Laura joined Guardian in May 2016 after working as Financial Controller for a number of companies. Laura trained as a Certified Accountant with Grant Thornton in Dublin.

    Laura has developed her experience working in both practice and industry over several years. Laura specialises in Audit, Financial Accounting and Tax for a wide range of clients over a number of different sectors.

    When Laura isn’t crunching numbers...
    She enjoys spending time with her family and hiking in her native Wicklow hills.

  • Niall O'Donnell

    Niall O'Donnell

    Senior Financial Accountant

    Niall O'Donnell
    Senior Financial Accountant

    Niall completed a BComm degree in UCD and a Masters in Accounting at Michael Smurfit Business School. HE is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, having completed his training and exams in 2002. Niall has spent most of his career working for a number of medium sized audit and accountancy firms in Ireland while also spending 2 years working in industry as a financial accountant for a multinational company.

    He joined the practise in 2018 and specialises in financial accounting and reporting, producing management accounts and taxation services.

    When Niall isn’t crunching numbers...
    He is an avid follower of most sports, in particular GAA. He is a playing member of Wanderers GAA Club.

  • Fergus Mc Hale

    Fergus Mc Hale

    (AC.C.A.)
    Financial Accountant

    Fergus Mc Hale
    (AC.C.A.)
    Financial Accountant

    Fergus has a BA Honours Degree in Accountancy and Finance from University of Wales, Bangor and qualified as an accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2015. Fergus joined Guardian Management Accounting in May 2017 after having worked in a number of practices in Donegal and Dublin.

    Fergus has gained experience in accounts, taxation and company secretarial. He has also experience of setting up clients and get them working on online packages such as Xero, Quickbooks and Surf etc.

    When Fergus isn’t crunching numbers...
    He has keen interest in following football, rugby, and GAA and likes to attend as many Manchester United, Ireland and Finn Harps matches as he can.

  • Evelyn Whelehan

    Evelyn Whelehan

    (AITI)
    Payroll Specialist

    Evelyn Whelehan
    (AITI)
    Payroll Specialist

    Evelyn is the longest standing member of the firm, having joined us in 2001. She is an Accounting Technician with over 25 years experience. Her particular strength is in the area of payroll and incomplete records.

    When Evelyn isn’t crunching numbers...
    She is a keen GAA fan and secretary of Faughs Hurling club.

  • Geraldine Whelan

    Geraldine Whelan

    (AITI)
    Accounting Technician / Office Admin

    Geraldine Whelan
    (AITI)
    Accounting Technician / Office Admin

    Geraldine is a qualified Accounting Technician and has over 12 year’s experience with the practice. She provides book keeping services both on and off site to a variety of clients in the services sector. She is proficient with a wide variety of accounting packages such as Tas Books, Kashflow and Quickbooks. Geraldine also prepares payroll for a large number of our clients using Thesaurus.

    When Geraldine isn’t crunching numbers...
    She plays tennis and is Secretary of Glenalbyn Tennis Club. She also enjoys walking travel.

  • Michelle Holland

    Michelle Holland

    Accounting Technician

    Michelle Holland
    Accounting Technician

    Michelle joined Guardian in 2011. She is a qualified Accounting Technician and is a member of Accounting Technicians Ireland. She is currently studying and taking ACCA exams in order to become a qualified Accountant.

    She provides book keeping and payroll services to a wide range of clients both on and off site. She is proficient in a number of accounting packages including Sage, Tas Books, Kashflow, Surf Accounts, Xero and Thesaurus for payroll.

    When Michelle isn’t crunching numbers...
    She is busy with her family. She spends as many weekends as possible at home in her native Achill Island.

  • Michelle Higgins

    Michelle Higgins

    Trainee accountant

    Michelle Higgins
    Trainee accountant

    Michelle has a BSC degree in Accounting & Finance from DIT. Michelle joined Guardian in November 2015. She is currently studying for her exams in Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

    When Michelle isn’t crunching numbers...
    She enjoys hitting the gym and hanging out with friends.

  • Jane O’Byrne

    Jane O’Byrne

    Bookkeeper

    Jane O’Byrne
    Bookkeeper

    Jane started her career in AIB working in both Ireland and the UK. She took a career change in 2005/2006 and undertook a Business Management course focusing on accounts and payroll.

    Jane joined Guardian in January 2014 after working as a bookkeeper/administrator for a number of companies. She provides bookkeeping services, both on and offsite, for a client base which covers a wide range of different sectors.

    When Jane isn’t crunching numbers...
    She enjoys family time and playing golf.

  • Angela Hayes

    Angela Hayes

    Senior Bookkeeper

    Angela Hayes
    Senior Bookkeeper

    Angela joined Guardian in September 2013 after working as a bookkeeper for a number of different companies mainly in the retail sector. Angela has gained over 30 years’ experience in the bookkeeping  and payroll field and can undoubtedly sort out any problems you may have.

    She will get you in tip top shape and have everything running smoothly and reduce your stress levels. No problem to too big for Angela.

    When Angela isn’t crunching numbers...
    She enjoys Rugby and GAA and also enjoys walking and gardening.

  • Raquel Cristaldo

    Raquel Cristaldo

    (CPA)
    Bookkeeper

    Raquel Cristaldo
    (CPA)
    Bookkeeper

    Raquel has a Public Accountancy degree from Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay. She worked in the Treasury Department of a Paraguayan company for 8 years prior to moving to Ireland. Raquel joined Guardian in 2016 and works as bookkeeper.

    She has a keen interest in figures and getting everything to balance and will assist you in the process of getting your books sorted in an easy and friendly manner.

    When Raquel isn’t crunching numbers...
    She enjoys walking with her family, and taking trips back to her native Paraguay.

  • Jesse Guildea

    Jesse Guildea

    Bookkeeper and Payroll technician

    Jesse Guildea
    Bookkeeper and Payroll technician

    Jesse joined Guardian in 2014 straight from her leaving certificate. She has trained in house with us and has become an invaluable member of our team.

    She has a natural flare for numbers and her speed and accuracy is second to none. She is now doing formal training as a payroll technician and then she train to become an accounts technician.

    When Jesse isn’t crunching numbers...
    She enjoys hiking and cycling with her friends and family.

  • Liliana Adamovic

    Liliana Adamovic

    (PhD BScEE)
    Bookkeeper

    Liliana Adamovic
    (PhD BScEE)
    Bookkeeper

    Liliana originally qualified as a Telecommunications engineer, and worked as a telephone network engineer. Subsequently she worked as a software engineer and assistant lecturer in her native Serbia and in Ireland.

    Since 2017 she began pursuing qualification in Accountancy. She completed the Accounting Technician exams and is currently studying with Chartered Accountants Ireland.

    Liliana joined our practice in August 2019, after working as a Trainee Accountant for a year and a half in two Accountancy practices.

    When Liliana isn’t crunching numbers...
    She enjoys spending time with her family.

What We Value Makes Us Valuable To Our Clients

  • 1

    Our costings are flexible

    Every solution is different. So too is every budget. But before you think our financial expertise might be beyond yours, let's talk.

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    We do out of the box thinking

    We don’t believe one size fits all. We tailor our input based on the scale of your organisation, its growth and your requirements.

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    We hit the ground running

    We quickly gain an understanding of your business and requirements so you quickly benefit from immediate solutions to your problems.

News & Advice

  • 19Sep

    PAYE Modernisation

    I’m sure you are all by now aware of what this is, and the extra work and hassle it has given both ourselves and you the business owner. On a “big brother” level, our clients [...]

  • 16Sep

    Revenue ups its oversight of landlords in this year’s tax returns

    Landlords will find less scope to downplay income earned – and tax owed – in 2018 return Landlords hoping to reduce their tax bill this October will need to ensure they have [...]

  • 12Sep

    THE BAD NEWS

    At recent CPD lectures (Continuing Professional Development) the presenter confirmed the following facts you may find of interest: Revenue Audits (A) Only 6% of Revenue Audits are [...]

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