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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Talent Partner

Raquel Ramón Arqués

After studying Psychology and Marketing in Barcelona, Raquel sought another challenge which led to her becoming a Talent Partner in Yala.

As a recruiter, she knew she would be able to identify great talent and crucially, understand the needs of both companies and candidates. Raquel had one short mission in mind, “Acquiring the right talent and place them with great companies is the most important key to growth”.

Art lover in constant search for great spots to listen to good jazz.

Operations Director

Mark Loughnane

Mark has 8 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.

In his most recent 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.


Marketing Executive

Tobi Ilori

Tobi brings a high level of creativity, branding, content creation, video production and SEO analysis to the marketing aspects of Yala. Tobi graduated with a B.A. honours in creative digital media.

“Boys 2 Men make the best love songs”

Tobi – 2020
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

Sara Carroll

After 4 years of study and working part time Sara finished her degree in Human Resource Management in May 2019 and will graduate with a 2.1 degree in November.

She joined Yala as an intern in July of 2019. Sara is creative and curious.

Sara enjoys baking, listening to music, singing out loud and spending time with family and friends.

Quote to live by:

Say what you mean, but don’t say it mean.
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.