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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

    Commercial Director / Managing Partner - Brightwater Executive

    Estelle joined Brightwater as a consultant in the newly set up Insurance division. In 2005, Estelle moved across to the Financial Services division and shortly afterwards was promoted to Team Leader. In January 2008, she gained a further promotion to Manager of the Banking and Financial Services Division. In August 2011, Estelle led the set-up of Brightwater’s Executive division, where she personally sources senior and executive level hires across financial services (insurance, asset management, banking, fund administration and aviation leasing) and legal. In January 2014, Estelle was appointed a Commercial Director of the Brightwater Group. 

    Contact Estelle on +353 1 662 1000 or e.davis@brightwater.ie

    Orla Brennan

    Orla Brennan

    Partner - Brightwater Executive


    Orla has a Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) from Dublin Business School and is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. Orla has held senior positions within the marketing, communications and public relations industry where she led the development of several outstanding campaigns for some of the largest global brands. She has also held a number of leadership positions within consumer, retail, telecommunciations, FMCG and media fields. Orla has extensive search and candidate evaluation experience. Orla joined the Brightwater Executive team in 2015 and recruits for senior management and board level appointments across human resources, sales & marketing and finance. 

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

    Anne-Marie Walsh

    Anne-Marie Walsh

    Partner - Brightwater Executive

    With an MBS in Management & Organisation Studies from Smurfit Business School (1st class Honours), a BA in Psychology from UCD, a HDip in Primary Teaching from Trinity College and CIPD (Distinction), Anne-Marie 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 recruits for C-Suite IT, IT sales, supply chain and procurement roles on behalf of clients ranging from SMEs to large multinationals. 

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

    Deborah Crilly

    Deborah Crilly

    Partner - Brightwater Executive

    With a BA in Consumer Studies and a post graduate Diploma in Administration & Legal Studies, Deborah began a career in retail management. Deborah joined the Brightwater Group in 2006.  In January 2009, she was promoted to Team Leader of the Sales & Marketing team recruiting senior level professionals. In January 2012, Deborah moved to Brightwater Executive where she is now responsible for recruiting C-Suite and senior management roles across a wide range of disciplines including tax, practice and industry senior finance roles. 

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

    Jean Heylin

    Jean Heylin

    Partner - Brightwater Executive

    Jean graduated with a BSc in Business Studies from 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 and property developers. Jean joined Brightwater Executive in November 2015 as an executive researcher. In July 2016, Jean moved to recruiting in Brightwater Executive where she recruits for C-suite, senior management level hires within financial services specialising in banking, stockbroking and legal.

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

    Connor Gourley

    Conor Gourley

    Partner - Brightwater Executive

    Conor has over 15 years’ experience in international recruitment and project management consulting and to date has lived and worked in markets throughout Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. Well versed in methodologies such as PRINCE2 and Agile, coupled with adept knowledge of multiple sectors, he has partnered with many national and global organisations in assisting them with their expansion and change strategies. As part of the executive division, Conor specialises on C-suite and senior management level assignments on a national and international level across Pharmaceutical, Life Sciences and Academia.

    Contact Conor on +353 1 662 1000 or c.gourley@brightwater.ie

    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 and taxation sectors. She joined Brightwater Executive in 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 senior management and C-suite professionals in the market. 

    Contact Kayleigh on +353 1 662 1000 or k.mccann@brightwater.ie