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Led by Eugene O’Neill, Michael Heinicke and Colm Cavanagh, Inspired is the only NI practice solely specialising in Tax.

Founded in 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown, our team has grown rapidly and we now provide a range of tax services including tax advisory, tax compliance and tax incentives.  Our Partners are Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors and between them have over a quarter of a century of experience working in Big 4 tax teams.  Inspired’s aim is to provide Big 4 firm quality advice but with a more personal touch and enhanced attentiveness to our clients.

Client relationships are at the core of our approach.  By spending time with our clients we’re able to develop a deeper understanding of their businesses and provide them with pro-active tax advice in real-time.  We don’t see tax as a seasonal relationship based on tax return deadlines, but are in contact with our clients all year round.   And as we don’t charge by the hour, our clients are never afraid to pick up the phone.

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Eugene O’Neill FCA CTA

Managing Partner

Eugene is a highly experienced R&D tax credit and Capital Allowances specialist, having led tax incentives teams within two multi-national practices prior to establishing the Inspired team.

A Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant, Eugene places paramount importance on developing in-depth knowledge of his client’s businesses and operational activity, which places clients in the best position to identify and claim against qualifying R&D activity

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Michael Heinicke FCA CTA

Partner

At Inspired Corporate Advisory, Michael is the Director with responsibility for tax technical knowledge and innovation.  He works to develop strategic client and partner relationships to innovate how Inspired deliver maximum value to all stakeholders.  Michael also provides guidance across functions to optimise the way in which services are delivered.    

Prior to joining the team, Michael spent 18 years in PwC across Manchester and Belfast and was most recently a Tax Director leading the Innovation & Capital Incentives practice within Northern Ireland. Michael also previously led PwC’s Corporate Tax business in Northern Ireland between 2015 and 2018.

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Colm Cavavagh ACA

Partner

Through both industry and sporting circles, Colm has amassed an extensive network of clients, collaborators and contacts which has been maintained and grown with his excellent relationship management skills.

Colm is a trusted advisor to many clients and peers. Colm is a Chartered Accountant with both practice and industry experience, and has vast experience in R&D tax credits, both from a practice and company perspective, giving him an insight into both best-practice and the needs and concerns of clients.

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Paul Gormley

Construction Specialist

Paul is not the standard recruitee for a financial services provider, but his input to the Company is perhaps, the best example of how Inspired deliver top quality service to their clients.

Previously a Senior Quantity Surveyor for McAleer & Rushe, Paul’s knowledge of the Construction Industry, including his ability to identify and validate new technologies and innovative practices, sets him apart from technical specialists in our field.

The value of Paul’s presence and input can be seen instantly during our meetings with Construction clients; their level of trust is clear as he has comprehensive understanding of their activities. Paul has input into not only our R&D claims but Capital Allowances, especially in cases where information is limited and re-calculation of capital works may be required.

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Cathal McGaughey ATT, CTA

Tax Incentives Senior Manager

Cathal manages key relationships with our clients for R&D, Patent box and general tax advisory services.

Having previous experience in a global accounting practice with specialism in Corporate Tax, he provides the wider team with technical tax input and ensures that we keep up to speed with all UK tax updates.

Cathal also has a working background within an Agricultural business which has leant itself to supporting businesses within this and the Food & Manufacturing industries to maximise their tax reliefs and incentives.

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Paddy Pringle ATT, CTA

Tax Incentives Senior Manager

Paddy has not taken the traditional career path on his way to becoming an experienced and trusted tax advisor.

During his multi-faceted career to date he has trained in both law and in construction before taking up a training opportunity at a multi-national accountancy firm, where it became clear his construction knowledge provided great insight and value in helping construction clients with R&D and Capital Allowances claims.

Paddy also has extensive knowledge of the Capital Allowances regimes in both UK and Ireland this has included preparation of historical and direct expenditure claims for properties ranging from standard warehouse units, high end boutique hotels, coldstores and mixed use retail units.

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Ben McDonnell, ACA

Assistant Manager

Having joined Inspired in October 2020 after 2 years working in a local Accountancy practice, Ben went on to successfully finish his exams with Chartered Accountants Ireland in the summer of 2022.

With several years’ experience in the construction industry combined with a specialism in tax, Ben is well-equipped to support businesses within the Construction and Engineering industries alike to maximise their tax reliefs and incentives.

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Kate Mulligan

Practice Manager

Kate is Practice Manager with nine years experience working in the industry. In collaboration with staff, Kate oversees day-to-day operations within the business, developing operational strategies and functions.

Her duties include responding and networking with clients, ensuring employee growth and satisfaction, supporting the Director team in driving change, operational efficiencies and digital transformation.

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Denise Carty

Marketing Manager

Denise is a highly motivated marketing professional with a First Class BA Hons Degree in Business Studies and Marketing. With an array of international experience in internal and external marketing, Denise is central to the company’s brand management; overseeing all marketing activities, website maintenance, and managing social channels.

For any marketing queries, please contact Denise.Carty@inspiredca.com

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Aoife McMurray ACA

Senior Tax Associate

Having recently become a Chartered Accountant with a specialism in Tax, Aoife has joined the Inspired team as a Senior Tax Advisor.

With her degree in Accountancy which she completed with Ulster University, Aoife has previous experience with financial accounting across many sectors which has given her a vast knowledge of R&D activities.

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Leon Faulkner ATT

Manager

Leon has supported a number of our clients in securing investment and financing. He has extensive experience in the development of business plans, financial projections, funding applications and economic appraisals.

Leon has worked closely with hundreds of businesses to secure funding required to grow their business and is frequently on-site with clients in an effort to understand their current business models and future plans. He understands how to both obtain and communicate the key details that investors, buyers and funders are seeking.

Leon’s skills in securing funding are helped by the experience he has in managing grant and funding programmes, and furthermore playing a role in the policy development of future funding programmes.

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Gareth Millar ATT, CTA

Assistant Manager

Gareth previously studied Law at Newcastle University and obtained an MSc in Business Management before taking up a training opportunity at a multi-national accountancy firm. During his time there he worked in a split role within the Corporate Tax Compliance and Tax Incentives team. This experience has equipped him with the knowledge to deliver high-value R&D claims for our clients.

Gareth is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and is currently working to attain his Chartered Tax Adviser status.

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Fergal O’Kane

Tax Associate

Fergal is working with other members of the team to help clients through R&D and Capital Allowances claims, which are two areas of tax Fergal has a high interest in.

Fergal has recently completed his degree with a 1st class honours in Business Studies with specialism in Accountancy and is now keen to complete his CIOT exams with Inspired, to become a Chartered Tax Consultant.

Fergal has gained experience in the insolvency industry and enjoys watching and playing football for his local club.

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Thomas Steenson

Tax Associate

Thomas initially joined the Inspired team as an intern during the completion of his Masters in International Accounting with Data Analytics at Ulster University. Throughout his university program, Thomas acquired valuable knowledge regarding R&D and Capital Allowances.

Following the successful completion of his degree, Thomas has now taken on the role as a Tax Associate at Inspired. Thomas is enthusiastic about embarking on his professional journey in the field of Tax and looks forward to completing his Chartered Accounting exams.

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Niamh Conway

Tax Associate

Niamh has recently joined the team after completing her degree in Business Studies with a specialism in Marketing before taking up a training opportunity at Inspired as a Graduate Trainee Tax Advisor. Niamh is looking forward to completing her CIOT exams and qualifying as a Chartered Tax Consultant.

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Caitlin McStay

Tax Associate

Caitlin originally joined the Inspired team as an intern while she completed her Masters in International Accounting with Data Analytics. Caitlin has gained an insight into R&D and Capital Allowances through her University degree. Having completed her course, Caitlin has joined the Inspired team as a Tax Associate.  Caitlin looks forward to pursuing her career in Tax and is eager to complete her Chartered Accounting exams.

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Matty Eaton

Tax Associate

Having recently completed his university studies, Matthew has joined the Inspired team as a Tax Associate. Matthew studied for an Undergraduate Degree in Business with Accounting followed by a Masters in International Accounting and Data Analytics at Ulster University, which included multiple tax modules, providing insight into R&D and Capital Allowances. Matthew is excited to start his career in tax where he will complete his Chartered Accounting and Chartered Tax exams.

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Thomas Flaherty

Tax Associate

Thomas recently joined the team at Inspired as a Tax Associate after obtaining a First Class BSc Hons in Economics at Ulster University.

Thomas has published documents on competitive challenges and strategic innovation opportunities which  provided valuable insights and experience in the field of research and development (R&D), ultimately enticing him to pursue a career in Tax.  He is delighted to be starting his CTA exams on his way to becoming a Chartered Tax Advisor.

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