About Us

About us – Pinnaklo’s story and our people

All businesses, from recent start-ups to long-established, will need the best financial advice to explore new opportunities and enable growth. We are a commercially driven finance support group who provide advice and support to owners and managers on all financial matters.

Pinnaklo was founded in Cork with SMEs (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) in mind. Pinnaklo comes from the word pinnacle – identifying, aiming for and achieving the most successful results possible.

No company succeeds by itself – it needs proactive employees who are invested and engaged in the company’s core values and culture.  We work with you to ensure that employees are at the front and centre of an organisation and your company is geared for growth, both financially and professionally.

Our people understand SMEs and how to work with them to increase revenue and achieve their potential.

About Noella

I come from an entrepreneurial background: my dad was the grocer of a small shop in Millstreet, Co Cork, and my mum was a hairdresser from Bandon who moved into the trade to join my dad in the late 60’s.

Being brought up by entrepreneurial parents I saw the great days – like when we got the first whipped ice-cream machine in Millstreet! – and the bad days, like when a fire damaged our shop and closed us temporarily. I saw the days we couldn’t pay the supplier and the days we went to Muckross House to celebrate a goods week’s takings.

So taking care of business is my blood. My passion is helping companies gain the confidence to take action to meet their stretch goals.

I am a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with 25 years’ experience in various business sectors. Having focused years in the large corporate space, I returned to the SME sector in 2019, with a focus on supporting owners and manager of businesses in planning for growth.

I am a proud member of Cork Chamber and Network Cork and a business mentor with LEO Cork City. Outside of the office, I am the mother of 3 teenage daughters, a juvenile athletics distance coach, and a keen rugby fan – go Munster!

About Sandra


I’ve known what it’s like to take on responsibility since my teens. I worked for my mum when I was in college – she manages a Co-op, Agricultural and Dairy Society – so I understand the importance of being flexible and resourceful when working with smaller organisations.

I studied Economics and Social Science in NUI Galway. I worked in the finance department of a multinational before moving to Dublin for a role with Ulster Bank, where I worked for almost 12 years.

I have 15 years’ experience in the areas of financial services, relationship management, recruitment, accounts administration and office management. I’m currently completing a Human Resources Management course with Galway Business School.

I’m from Leitrim and living in Clare with my husband and two children. My hobbies are cooking, yoga, photography, and interior design – or at least buying interior design magazines. I’ve recently started running which I hate and love; I love telling people I’m going for a run but don’t really enjoy the actual running part!

I am enjoying working for a company and a person – not a large division or department. There’s lots to learn yet at the same time I can draw on my experience of working with SMEs and bring that forward working for an SME.


About Niamh

 I studied Finance & Economics at NUI Maynooth before becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. I have been practicing for over 10 years, with my first 5 years gaining valuable experience as an Audit Senior Manager working with various companies including SMEs, larger corporate entities, government agencies and US subsidiaries. After working in practice, I moved into industry as Financial Manager of a large construction firm, gaining extensive experience in the construction sector.

Following a career break, where I took some time out to raise my young family, I am looking forward to working with our clients to help deliver insights and solutions to their business.

Originally from Dublin and now living in Waterford with my husband and three children. I enjoy walks on the beach, sea swimming and cooking!






Sandra Gilligan
Sandra Gilligan


We think it’s important you have the right advice, and we will uphold a policy of transparency to make sure you are fully informed, in order to make the decision that is right for your business.


It is important to us that you gain strategic value from the information and services we provide, so you are able to continue growing and furthering your business in the future.


We will always use current best practice in the advice and guidance we give you and your team, we want to see you advance to your fullest potential.


Our clients will get the benefit of our continued learning and experience, achievable only through years in many different sectors of business

Our Promise

“To reliably deliver relevant expertise, value and lasting impact.”

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