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Tom Wilkinson - Regional Manager

Tom Wilkinson

Regional Manager

Tom is Regional Manager of the Brightwater Group and is based in  Brightwater’s Cork office managing a team recruiting across various professional disciplines. He joined Brightwater in 2015 bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge of the accountancy market in the Munster and Connacht regions. While responsible for the overall operations of the Cork office, Tom specifically recruits for senior level accountancy and taxation roles for public practice, financial services and industry.

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Derek Smyth

Derek Smyth

Senior Principal Consultant - IT Contracts

Derek is a Senior Principal Consultant within Brightwater’s IT Contracts division. He joined Brightwater in August 2010 and has over 22 years’ experience in recruitment and key account management within the recruitment industry. Derek focuses on the IT contracts sector primarily recruiting across software development, system analysis, IT project management, network support, data warehousing, business intelligence and cyber security.  He account manages a number of key clients where he has built long term mutually beneficial partnerships offering on-going recruitment services, market information and salary benchmarking.

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Conal O'Connor Manager Accountancy

Conal O'Connor

Senior Principal Consultant - Accountancy 

Conal joined Brightwater in October 2016 initially working in the sales and insurance divisions before transferring to the  Accountancy division. He now focuses on the accountancy sector where he specialises in the placement of part-qualified and qualified accountancy professionals across industry. 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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Majella - Associate Director, Sales & Customer Service

Majella Slevin

Senior Principal Consultant - Sales & Customer Service

Majella has nearly 20 years’ recruitment industry experience in Ireland and Australasia, primarily with the HR and Business Support areas where she worked with a broad range of international and indigenous companies. She joined Brightwater’s Business Services division in 2022  where she personally focuses on the placement of Sales & Customer Service professionals across the Irish marketplace in interim, contract and permanent roles at all levels. 

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Grace Caraher

Manager - Accountancy (Financial Services) 

Grace is a Manager within Brightwater’s Accountancy team with a focus on financial services. She joined Brightwater in 2015 and was appointed Manager in 2022. Grace specialises in the placement of part-qualified and qualified accountancy professionals across insurance, financial services, banking, asset management, aviation leasing and fund services.

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Office Manager

Dara Nugent

Process & Systems Manager

Dara is the Process & Systems Manager within the Brightwater Group. Having joined the Group in 2015 as an administrator, Dara plays a pivotal role in ensuring the veracity of all information entered into the systems. She is adept at navigating the complexities of data management while adhering to stringent regulations such as GDPR and other industry-specific guidelines. She provides guidance to the consultants in order to uphold the quality of our data across the Group. With a strategic mindset and a focus on continuous improvement, Dara is committed to optimising systems and processes to enhance overall operational efficiency


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Louise Walsh - Manager Credit Control

Louise Walsh

Manager - Credit Control

Louise has been a part of Brightwater’s internal finance team since 2003.  Working on various areas of finance including payroll and credit control ,she was promoted to Assistant Manager of Finance in 2018. Louise then focused on credit control and in 2022 was appointed Manager - Credit Control  where she is now responsible for all credit control aspects for the Group

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James Roche - Technology Manager

James Roche

Manager - Technology  

James is a Manager in Brightwater’s award-winning Technology division. Having joined Brightwater in mid 2023, he specialises in the recruitment of IT professionals of all levels for Product, PMO, Scrum, UX Design and Business Analysis roles on a permanent basis for both Irish and overseas clients. Prior to joining Brightwater, James worked in both tech recruitment and the UX space in Australia, the UK and Ireland. 

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Charlie Bigger

Charlie Bigger

Senior Principal Consultant - Technology Contracts

Charlie joined Brightwater’s Technology division in late 2021 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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Sarah Mac IT

Sarah MacNulty

Senior Principal Consultant - Information Technology

Sarah has over 8 years’ recruitment experience and joined Brightwater in 2016.  In January 2024, she was appointed Senior Principal Consultant within Brightwater’s award winning 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. 

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Suzanne Browne Lynam

Suzanne Browne Lynam

Payroll Manager - 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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