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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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Aoife O'Donovan



Aoife O'Donovan

Principal Consultant - HR 

Aoife is Principal Consultant in Brightwater’s Human Resources recruitment team where she specialises in the recruitment of HR professionals at all levels of experience. She joined Brightwater in 2015 and her client network ranges between small SMEs to large multinationals across the Leinster area. Her instinctive grasp of companies’ HR requirements and her strong client relationship skills make her the ideal HR recruitment partner. She works on both permanent and temporary /contract positions including but not limited to HR management, HR business partners, training & development, industrial relations, employee relations, compensation & benefits and talent acquisition. 

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Louise Stanley



Simon Morris

Principal Consultant - Accountancy, Practice & Tax 

Simon is Senior Consultant within Brightwater’s Accountancy division where his area of speciality is recruiting accountancy & taxation professionals. Simon began his recruitment career with Brightwater in 2017 and works with a broad range of clients across the Leinster region ranging from the Big 4 firms to SME practice firms. Simon also recruits taxation professionals for both practice and in-house roles on behalf of leading domestic and multinational organisations in industry.

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Louise Stanley



Tracy Nolan

Principal Consultant - Accountancy

Tracy is a Principal Consultant in Brightwater’s Accountancy team with a focus on placing part-qualified and qualified accountants within industry roles. She began her recruitment career with Brightwater in 2015 and since then has gained a loyal client base due to her expert knowledge of the market and trends in accountancy recruitment. Her clients range from small SMEs to large multinationals. 

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Conal O'Connor



Conal O'Connor

Principal Consultant - Sales 

Conal joined Brightwater’s Sales division in October 2016 bringing with him a wealth of experience in sales. He is an integral part of our sales team and focuses on recruitment of sales 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 where he assisted in successful product launches, established new stores and trained new sales/retail teams.

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Ian Donnelly



Ian Donnelly

Principal Consultant - IT 

Ian is Senior Consultant in Brightwater’s IT division in our Dublin office. He has over 17 years’ experience in recruitment with 10 years’ specifically in IT. Upon joining Brightwater in 2016, Ian quickly developed a reputation as the “go-to” expert in the cyber-security arena, understanding the urgency of his clients’ needs in this field. He has an extensive network of contacts across the Irish technology landscape and recruits for permanent positions in all aspects of IT security. Ian’s background includes working in IT and accountancy recruitment in Ireland and Australia as well as sales and operations in the logistics sector.

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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 Pricipal 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.

Louise Stanley - Brand & User Experience Specialist

Louise Stanley

Brand & User Experience Specialist 

Louise joined Brightwater in 2015, initially as a graphic designer but soon expanded her role to include data analytics, SEO and UX design. Through data analytics and research, she works to improve every aspect of the user experience for both candidates and clients. As creative lead within the Group, she also oversees all creative projects including website design, corporate branding and annual reports such as Brightwater’s salary survey.

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Aileen Kelly-O'Sullivan

Aileen Kelly-O'Sullivan

Office Manager - Cork 

Aileen is the Office Manager of Brightwater’s Cork office. She joined the Group in 2013 and was promoted to Manager in 2020. Aileen is responsible for the day to day operations of running a busy office which includes office administration, facilities management, onboarding and training of new starters, credit control as well as other internal HR related duties.

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