Our Story

About Yala

We started as a team of three sitting in an attic deciding on how to move forward with our business plan. From then on we have grown the business to a team of 10, and acquired a proper office. Our journey has been challenging but we believe that it has made us and our company what it is today.

We attribute all our success to team effort and hard work. Though we still have a long way to go, we are sure that Yala will be a major contributor to the Irish Recruitment Industry. We hope you’ll join us in this journey as we continue to grow.

What’s important to us here at Yala, is hard work and openness. We love getting the teams feedback on new projects or hearing fresh ideas.

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Meet the team

Managing Partner

Barry Prost

15 years’ experience recruiting senior managers for major international consultants and contractors. Barry is one of the founding directors of Propel.

Prior to this, he worked for 10 years for Randstad, the 2nd largest recruitment organisation in the world, and managed teams across the UK and Ireland delivering recruitment solutions to major clients.

Barry is a graduate in International Business from Trinity College Dublin and has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Smurfit School of Business.

“My favourite food is anything with quinoa”

Barry Prost – 2019

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Senior Talent Partner

Sakalya Hettiarachchy

With 2+ years of experience in recruitment in the IT industry of Sri Lanka, Sakalya came to Ireland in 2020 to follow her MSc in HRM at UCD Smurfit College.

Upon completing her Masters she joined Yala as a Talent Partner to rekindle her passion for recruitment and to continue her career in Ireland.

Operations Director

Mark Loughnane

Mark has 10 years’ experience in the recruitment industry. His a main focus has always been the development and delivery of recruitment ramp up projects coupled with the delivery of day to day recruitment needs of companies within the Life Sciences and Manufacturing sector.

His previous role, as the Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist for CPL’s client, Pfizer (one of Ireland’s largest RPOs), he was accountable for the delivery of end-to end recruitment for all of Ireland.

Favourite Quote’s

“Always be closing”


Glengarry Glen Ross

“Is gym a hobby?”


Mark Loughnane – 2019
Talent Partner

Carmen Perez Fernandez

After studying a degree Psychology and a Masters in Human Resources, Carmen worked for 2 years for large European recruitment company in Spain.

In 2018, she made the decision to come to Ireland and continue her recruitment journey as a Talent Partner with Yala.

Being from the coastal city of Vigo in Spain, her favourite hobby is to go down to the coast and spend the afternoon by the beach with friends.


Managing Partner

Jamie Groom

Jamie Groom has been working in the recruitment sector for over 15 years, Jamie is a founding member of Propel Consult.

After studying Architecture in London, Jamie Groom has been working in the recruitment sector for over 15 years and is one of the founding directors of Propel.

He is a self-starter with a proactive, flexible approach to problem solving. He brings a high level of enthusiasm and client-focus to each assignment.

His main focus over the last 6 years has been senior and executive level positions in the engineering space.

Favourite Quote

“A goal without a plan is just a dream”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence”

Sheryl Sandberg
Accounts Director

Suzanne O’Sullivan

Suzanne leads our accounts function and provides payroll & invoicing support for our clients and contractors. Suzanne began her career within a ‘Big 4’ Accounting firm, PwC Ireland.

Suzanne then managed the accounts for a large Electrical wholesaler. Sue brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to Yala’s back office function.

Talent Partner

Ruth Gaffney


After 5 years of studying Business in college, Ruth graduated with a 2:1 Degree in November 2019. Since then she has worked in recruitment. She started off recruiting for healthcare professionals but now she has moved to Yala as a Talent Partner. She is a big fan of all things Disney and Harry Potter.

Quote to live by:

“Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart!”
Talent Partner

Luiz Cesar Sant’Ana

Luiz graduated and worked as a mechanical design technician in Brazil. In 2015, he decided to come to Ireland through an exchange program to learn English, since then he have worked in different jobs, but he feels he has found his niche in the recruitment area.
Luiz joined Yala as a Talent Partner to continue increasing his experience in his recruitment journey and become an asset to our team.
Luiz enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling around and abroad.

Quote to live by:

Rather be yourself than anyone else!


Talent Partner

Isabela Nascimento

After completing her Human Resources degree in Brazil, Isabela moved to Ireland to improve her English and from that moment she knew she wasn’t going back home. She started working in recruitment in 2018 and hopes to stay doing it for a long time.

Senior Talent Partner

Marwa Hughes

After getting her degree in Political Science, Marwa decided to travel and work abroad. With a background in sales and customer service, she transitioned into recruiting in 2019 and hasn’t looked back since. She recently moved to Ireland from New York and joined Yala as a Senior Talent Partner this year.
She loves film, reading and travel.

“Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson after. -Oscar Wilde

Senior Talent Partner

Akshada Gaonkar

Akshada has 2.5 years of experience in the recruitment domain. After completing her bachelors in HRM she worked as a Recruitment Consultant back then in India.

She decided to come to Ireland for pursuing MBA in HRM. Post completing the course, she started working as a Talent Partner at Yala. She chose Recruitment Domain because she surmises that her personality is better suited to a fast-paced environment.

Quote- “Time spent on hiring is time well spent.”

Talent Partner

Ananya Kumar

Searching for a career path for herself, Ananya ventured into studying Psychology and subsequently Human Resource Management at Smurfit Business School. Managing people, art, photography and giving back to society has been her all-time favourites.

She is passionate about her work and spreading smiles and goodness all around her.

Quote to live by – ‘ The core of beauty is Simplicity’