About Acumen

Acumen is a specialist search & selection firm, primarily specialising in C-suite roles requiring actuarial expertise .

Our clients typically ask us to find high calibre candidates through a comprehensive search and selection process. This differentiates us from agency based recruitment firms who tend to work from their own databases and rely on advertisements to find candidates. In our experience the best candidates are those who are not necessarily “on the market” or indeed who would respond to an advertisement.

The Directors at Acumen Executive Search have over 30 years Financial Services and recruitment experience and as such have an in-depth understanding of the needs of both our clients and our candidates because we have practical experience of the industry, legislation, the sectors, the different companies and the roles.

Our People

Jennifer Johnston Jenny Johnston FIA, FSAI [Director] Jenny is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries in the UK. She was a member of the recent Strategy Group for the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and is a current member of their committee for recent qualifiers. Prior to joining Acumen Resources, Jenny worked in an actuarial capacity in a leading Life Insurance company, in a Business Planning and Reporting role. With her extensive contacts across the industry, she consults across all practice areas with a particular emphasis on life and general insurance.

Paul WalshPaul Walsh FIA, FSAI  [CEO] Paul is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries in the UK. He is a member of a number of Society of Actuaries’ committees with a particular interest in Continuing Professional Development and Wider Fields. Prior to founding Acumen Resources he worked in both direct-writing and consulting actuarial environments over an extensive career. In addition he co-authored an actuarial paper entitled “Demutualisation – combining North American and European requirements” which was also presented to the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. Paul has overall responsibility for the Irish office and focuses on the ongoing development of Acumen Resources’ business as well as senior and executive appointments.