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Brightwater Executive
Brightwater Executive is a specialist division of the Brightwater Group, focusing on executive and senior management assignments. We have built up a strong presence and reputation in the Irish market through long standing successful business partnerships.

We greatly believe that our continued success is down to our passion to add value, our commitment and industry expertise. Our Executive team is exceptionally effective in engaging senior level professionals who have demonstrated strong change leadership skills and a proven track record in these competitive markets that executive level roles demand.

We recruit for an array of roles across C-suite, director, head of function and senior management levels across a number of sector specialisms on a permanent and interim basis.

Our Consultants

All of our executive partners are experts in their selected field, thereby providing excellent market knowledge and industry insights. This knowledge, combined with our high level of professional service and guarantees of confidentiality makes Brightwater the ideal executive recruitment partner.

Our Team

Estelle Davis

Estelle Davis

Managing Partner - Brightwater Executive

Estelle graduated with a BBS in International Business and Japanese from DCU. She then moved to Japan in 2000 to work for the Japanese government coordinating international conferences. Estelle joined Brightwater as a consultant in 2004 in the newly set up Insurance division. In 2005, she moved across to the Financial Services division and shortly afterwards was promoted to Team Leader. In January 2008, Estelle gained a further promotion to Manager of the Banking and Financial Services Divisions where she was responsible for managing a team of consultants who recruit for banking, financial services and fund services clients. In August 2011, Estelle led the set-up of Brightwater’s Executive division where as Managing Partner, she personally sources at the senior management and executive level hires for insurance, banking, funds, aviation leasing. In January 2014, Estelle was appointed to Commercial Director of the Brightwater Group.

Contact Estelle on +353 1 662 100 or e.davis@brightwater.ie

Deborah Crilly

Deborah Crilly

Partner - Brightwater Executive

After graduating with a BA in Consumer Studies and a post graduate Diploma in Administration & Legal Studies from the University of Ulster, Deborah began a career in retail management. In 1997, she spent two years in London. Deborah joined the Brightwater Group in 2006 in their Munster office specialising in Sales & Marketing and then relocated to the Dublin office in 2008, in January 2009, was promoted to Team Leader where she was responsible for recruiting senior level professionals. In January 2012, Deborah moved to Brightwater Executive where she is now responsible for recruiting senior level hires within legal, tax and practice across all industry sectors.

Contact Deborah on +353 1 662 1000 or d.crilly@brightwater.ie

Orla Brennan

Orla Brennan

Partner - Brightwater Executive

Orla holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Studies from Dublin Business School and is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. During her early career Orla held influential positions largely domiciled within the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations sphere where she led the development of several notable campaigns for some of the largest global brands within the consumer and corporate market. She has also held a number of leadership advisory positions within the consumer, retail, telecommunications, FMCG and media space across domestic and international markets. Orla joined the Brightwater Executive team in 2015 and she concentrates on the delivery and execution of senior management and board level executive appointments across Sales, Marketing, PR, Finance and HR.

Contact Orla on +353 1 662 1000 or o.brennan@brightwater.ie

Anne-Marie Walsh

Anne-Marie Walsh

Partner - Brightwater Executive

Anne-Marie graduated with a BA in Psychology from UCD and a 1st Class Honours MBS in Management and Organisational studies from the Smurfit School of Business. She has 10 years’ experience working across a range of industries including HR, Marketing and Education. She has worked in IT recruitment since 2012 specialising in data, business intelligence, account management and Senior IT roles. Anne-Marie Joined Brightwater in December 2015 as a partner in Brightwater Executive. She specialise across senior appointments - IT, Supply Chain,  Engineering and IT Sales.

Contact Anne-Marie on +353 1 662 1000 or a.walsh@brightwater.ie

Jean Heylin

Jean Heylin

Senior Associate and Researcher - Brightwater Executive

Jean graduated with a BSc in Business Studies Trinity College Dublin and has a Masters in Investment and Treasury from DCU. She has 10 years’ experience working with well-known Irish and international stockbrokers, coupled with 6 years in a leading property & development firm as commercial manager. Jean joined Brightwater Executive in November 2015 as an executive researcher where she works alongside three Partners across an array of industry specialisms, supporting the research, market mapping and sourcing of senior management and C-suite professionals in the market. She also personally recruits for senior roles across banking and stockbroking.

Contact Jean on +353 1 662 1000 or j.heylin@brightwater.ie

Executive Division

  • Aviation Leasing
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Fund Services
  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Legal
  • Public Practice & Taxation
  • Public Relations
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Supply Chain & Logistics
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