Colman Collins and his partner Val McNicholas started Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group in Galway in 1990. Since then the company has become one of the market leaders in that sector and is now the main recruitment partner for many of the leading multinationals companies based in Ireland. Collins bought out his partner in 2003 and expanded the company significantly before selling it in an MBO transaction in 2015. He has been retained as a Non-Executive Director since the MBO.
Prior to setting up Collins McNicholas Collins was a HR professional for 13 years and during that time was HR Director with Nortel Networks in Galway and Westinghouse Switchcontrols in Dunleer, County Louth having commenced his career with Thermo King (Europe) Ltd in Galway.
Collins has a B.Comm degree and post graduate diploma in Social Science from UCD, a diploma in the Psychology of Counselling from NUIG and a post graduate diploma in executive coaching from DIT.
He was a part-time lecturer in HRM in the RTC in Galway (now ATU) from 1991 to 1995 and was a FCIPD (Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) for the duration of his career.
Colman lives in Galway with his wife Marie.