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Nigel O'Leary

Nigel O'Leary

Assistant Manager - Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical

Nigel has over 5 years’ recruitment expertise and 20 years’ commercial and sales experience. A Life Science specialist, he joined Brightwater in 2015, initially in the engineering division before establishing the Cork office’s Life Sciences division. In 2018, he was promoted to Assistant Manager.  He specialises in recruiting manufacturing and engineering personnel for the engineering, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and medical devices sectors across Munster and Connacht. Nigel works for a range of clients from SMEs to large multinationals on niche positions. He has extensive experience and a successful track record in sourcing and placing highly skilled candidates in Ireland, Europe and further afield. 

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Sarah Mac IT

Sarah MacNulty

Principal Consultant - Information Technology

Sarah has over 7 years’ recruitment experience and joined Brightwater in 2016.  In January 2022, she was appointed Principal Consultant within Brightwater’s Technology division.  She now focuses on the recruitment of IT professionals from graduate up to senior level on a permanent basis on behalf of clients ranging from SMEs to large multinationals. Her area of speciality is software development and engineering. Sarah’s background includes working in administrative, banking and funds recruitment as well as part-time and full-time roles in retail where she developed her excellent client relationship and communications skills. 

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Diarmuid O' Mahony Assistant Manager - Engineering

Diarmuid O'Mahony

Principal Consultant - Supply Chain & Logistics

Diarmuid is an experienced recruiter with a successful track record of working with domestic and international clients. He joined Brightwater in July 2021 where he now focuses on supply chain, logistics and procurement professionals at all levels for temporary, contract and permanent placements across a range of sectors including transport, construction, life sciences, manufacturing and food production.

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Danny Hughes

Principal Consultant - Cyber Security/DevOps

Danny is a Principal Consultant in Brightwater’s IT division where he specialises in the recruitment of IT professionals of all levels for DevOps and cybersecurity roles on a permanent basis for both Irish and overseas clients. He joined Brightwater in February 2021 with over 6 years' experience in IT recruitment in Ireland and Canada. His specific areas of specialty include CyberSecurity & Information Security, Technology Risk Management, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Threat Hunting, Security Ops, Penetration Testing, Security Engineering, Forensics Investigation, e-Discovery & DevOps.

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Charlie Bigger

Charlie Bigger

Principal Consultant - Technology Contracts

Charlie joined Brightwater’s Technology division in late 2021 as a Principal Consultant focusing specifically on IT Contract roles. He has over 15 years’ experience working within recruitment and technology. He is an experienced recruiter and currently recruits for developers and engineers primarily in software engineering. His talent in business development and ability to nurture client relationships make him a valuable recruitment partner. 

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Luca Zelli

Principal Consultant - Banking

Luca is a Principal Consultant with Brightwater’s Financial Services division, having joined the organisation in early 2022. He focuses on the recruitment of professionals at all levels across investment banking and wealth management. Luca has over 5 years’ experience in recruitment as well as a background in retail and sales where he honed his client relationship and communication skills. 

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Kristin Keogh

Principal Consultant - Funds/Financial Services

Kristin is a Principal Consultant with Brightwater’s Financial Services division, having joined the organisation in early 2022. She is an experienced and knowledgeable recruiter and specialises in the placement of funds professionals at all levels into permanent roles. Her innate understanding of her clients' needs and superb client relationship skills make her an invaluable recruitment partner to her clients.

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Sean Thomas

Sean Thomas

Principal Consultant - Accountancy 

Sean joined Brightwater's Accountancy division as a Principal Consultant in early 2022 and specialises in the recruitment of qualified and part-qualified accountancy professionals across industry on a permanent, temporary and contract basis. He has over 8 years’ experience in recruitment across the retail sector as well as having a background in grocery retail.  A talented recruiter and business developer, he has developed superb recruitment partnerships with both clients and candidates

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Warren Hilton

Principal Consultant - Technology 

Warren joined Brightwater's Accountancy division as a Principal Consultant in mid 2022 having joined the Group in 2021. He is passionate about all things Crypto and Blockchain and specialises in the recruitment of technology professionals in these areas as well as in WEB3 . He has over 16 years’ experience in recruitment across the technology, finance and executive sector in both Ireland and the UK.  He has a proven track record of matching the right person with companies, taking into account their skillset, market knowledge and cultural fit.  

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Sam Laheen

Sam Laheen

Consultant - IT Contracts

Sam joined Brightwater's Technology division in mid 2022 as a Consultant focusing specifically on IT contract roles. he has over 2 years' experience working within recruitment across Ireland and the UK. He is an experienced recruiter and currently specialises in recruiting for developers and engineers in software engineering for contract roles. 

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Suzanne Browne Lynam

Suzanne Browne Lynam

Senior Payroll Executive - Finance

Suzanne joined Brightwater's internal finance team in 2006 and is responsible for the staff payroll (including contractors), VAT returns and PAYE filings. She is a qualified IPASS Payroll Technician and a qualified Accounting Technician. 

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