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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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Conal O'Connor



Conal O'Connor

Principal Consultant - Insurance 

Conal joined Brightwater in October 2016 bringing with him a wealth of experience. Initially working in our sales division, he now is Senior Consultant of Brightwater's Insurance division. He focuses on the recruitment of insurance professionals across the Leinster region. He has a proven track record of matching the right person with companies, taking into account their skillset, market knowledge and cultural fit. Prior to joining Brightwater, Conal worked in various roles including in discount grocery trade and retail.

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Kim Cody



Kim Cody

Assistant Manager - Compliance & Risk 

Kim is Assistant Manager of Brightwater’s Compliance & Risk division. She joined the company in 2017 and helped develop the division into a stand-alone team. She focuses on assisting financial services companies find compliance, risk, company secretarial, AML and anti-fraud professionals. Her network of contacts and expert market knowledge make her invaluable to her clients. Before deciding to make her career in recruitment, Kim spent four years working in various roles across her field of study as a consultant engineering geologist, a project geoscientist as well as a field teaching assistant.

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Kim Cody



Grace Caraher

Principal Consultant - Financial Services 

Grace is Principal Consultant in Brightwater’s Accountancy team with a focus on financial services. She joined Brightwater in 2015 and 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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Louise Walsh - Assistant Manager, Finance

Louise Walsh

Assistant Manager - Finance 

Louise has been a part of Brightwater’s internal finance team since 2003. She initially joined as a Junior Accounts Assistant working on all aspects of payroll, accounts payable and receivable. She then began to focus on credit control for the Group and was promoted to Assistant Manager- Finance in 2018.