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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

Managing Partner - Brightwater Executive
Board Director - Brightwater Group

BBS in International Business & Japanese. After working in Japan for three years as an interpreter & international business coordinator, she joined Brightwater in 2004 to build out the recently set up Insurance division. After various promotions she managed the financial services and insurance divisions from 2007 – 2011. She then led the set-up of Brightwater’s Executive team which is now a team of seven partners, whilst managing commercial strategy for Brightwater Group divisions. She personally recruits for C-suite, non-exec directors and Senior management level hires across insurance and funds. In June 2017, Estelle was appointed to the board of Brightwater.

Contact Estelle on+353 1 662 1000 or

Orla Brennan

Orla Brennan

Senior Partner - Brightwater Executive

Hons BA in Business Studies Dublin Business School and a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. Orla has held senior positions within the marketing, communications and PR industries 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 the consumer, retail, telecommunications, FMCG and media fields. Orla has extensive search evaluation and candidate engagement & representation. Orla joined the Brightwater Executive team in 2015 and was appointed Senior Partner in April 2019. She recruits for C-suite, non-exec directors and senior management appointments across the Human Resources, Sales, Marketing and Finance divisions on  behalf of clients in local and international markets.

Contact Orla on +353 1 662 1000 or

Anne-Marie Walsh

Anne-Marie Walsh

Partner - Brightwater Executive

MBS Management and Organisation Studies Smurfit Business School (1st class honours) BA Psychology UCD, HDip Primary Teaching Trinity College Dublin, 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 and account management since 2012 specialising in data, business intelligence, and Senior IT roles. Anne-Marie joined Brightwater in December 2015 as a partner in Brightwater Executive. She recruits for C-suite, non-exec directors and Senior management roles across IT, engineering, supply chain and IT sales roles on behalf of clients ranging from SMEs to large multinationals.

Contact Anne-Marie on +353 1 662 1000 or

Jean Heylin

Jean Heylin

Partner - Brightwater Executive

Jean graduated with a BSc in Business Studies 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 a researcher. In July she moved to recruiting in Brightwater Executive where she recruits for C-suite, non-exec directors and Senior management level hires within financial services specialising in banking, stockbroking and legal.

Contact Jean on +353 1 662 1000 or

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 & Taxation sectors. She joined Brightwater Executive in December 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 C-suite, non-exec directors and Senior management level professionals in the market.

Contact Kayleigh on +353 1 662 1000 or