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Executive Division

  • Aviation Leasing
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Financial Services
  • Fund Services
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • IT & Analytics
  • Legal
  • Public Practice & Taxation
  • Public Relations
  • Pharma and Life Science
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Supply Chain & Logistics

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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 Partners

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
Board Director - Brightwater Group

BBS in International Business & Japanese. After working in Japan for three years as an interpreter & international business coordinator, she joined Brightwater in 2004 to build out the recently set up Insurance division. After various promotions she managed the financial services and insurance divisions from 2007 – 2011. She then led the set-up of Brightwater’s Executive team which is now a team of seven partners, whilst managing commercial strategy for Brightwater Group divisions. She personally recruits for C-suite, non-exec directors and Senior management level hires across insurance and funds. In June 2017, Estelle was appointed to the board of Brightwater.

Contact Estelle on+353 1 662 1000 or [email protected]

Sandra Berger-O'Brien

Sandra Berger-O'Brien

Partner - Brightwater Executive

Sandra specialises in Tax, Legal and Aviation Leasing senior appointments. Her focus is on C-Suite, Head of Functions, VP, Partner and Director appointments. She is an accredited HBDI practitioner. Prior to joining Brightwater Executive in 2019, Sandra was a VP of Transformation & Strategy with an investment bank and has worked in industry for over 15 years internationally in senior consulting and head of finance roles working across financial services. She is an FCCA as well as an Oxford alumni studying Finance & Strategy at Saïd Business School.

Contact Sandra on +353 1 662 1000 or [email protected]

Warren Hilton

Warren Hilton

Partner - Brightwater Executive

As Partner in Brightwater Executive, Warren’s focus is on Director, Head of Function, C-Suite and board level positions including CFO, Finance Director, Group Financial Controller, Head of Audit, Head of Internal Controls and Senior Tax appointments.  

Warren is a History graduate from the University of York and began his recruitment career in London in 2006.  During his career he has specialised in Accounting and Finance and has an extensive network and track record in Ireland and the UK.  He moved to Dublin in 2015 and has grown a reputation as a recruiter of choice for senior level hires.   Recent assignments include: CFO – Investment Manager, CFO – Insurance Firm, Assistant Finance Director – Asset Manager, Head of Finance – Insurance Broker, Group Head of Tax – Pharma, VP Regulatory Reporting  – Life Insurance.   His clients include international, multinational and indigenous Irish businesses and both privately and publicly owned companies across all sectors of Financial Services and Commerce & Industry.

In addition to senior and executive level search, Warren can offer executive interview coaching, advice on  job description and CV writing along with company remuneration / bonus benchmarking services and can act as an independent interview panel member.

Contact Warren on +353 1 662 1000 or [email protected]

Alan Finnegan Partner Brightwater Executive

Alan Finnegan

Partner - Brightwater Executive

Alan joined Brightwater Executive as a partner in August 2021 and focuses on senior executive roles and board level appointments across a broad variety of industry sectors on a permanent and interim basis. He is a highly experienced recruitment professional with over a decade’s experience in running a recruitment company in Ireland and the UK.

Alan holds a BA in Accounting & Finance from Dublin Business School and is CIPD qualified. He brings with him a wealth of experience and extensive market knowledge making him an invaluable recruitment partner to clients and candidates alike.

Contact Alan on +353 1 662 1000 or [email protected]

Kayleigh McCann

Kayleigh McCann

Executive Researcher - Brightwater Executive

Kayleigh graduated with a BSc of Business in Management from Sligo IT in 2013. She joined Brightwater’s Dublin office in 2015 as an Associate Consultant, recruiting professionals within the Public Practice & Taxation sectors. She joined Brightwater Executive in December 2016 as an Executive Researcher where she works alongside the Partners across an array of industry specialisms, supporting the research, market mapping and sourcing of C-suite, non-exec directors and Senior management level professionals in the market.

Contact Kayleigh on +353 1 662 1000 or [email protected]

Alex Holman-Russell

Executive Researcher - Brightwater Executive

Alex is an experienced recruiter and executive researcher, having successfully worked for a decade in the industry. He has worked across a variety of industry sectors including TMT, Finance, Public Sector, Financial Services, Professional Services, and Engineering & Construction, recruiting across senior levels, supporting new teams builds and key strategic hires for SMEs through to multinationals. He joined Brightwater Executive in March 2021 and now supports the Brightwater Executive Partner team. 

Contact Alex on +353 1 662 1000 or email Alex  or connect with him on LinkedIn