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Brightwater is one of the best Recruitment Consultancies in Northern Ireland. The brand is universally known and respected, and this is down to the incredibly hard working, loyal, smart and extraordinary staff who work at Brightwater.
Barbara McGrath

Barbara McGrath

Managing Director

Barbara is a B.Comm graduate, MREC qualified, and a Fellow of both the Sales Institute of Ireland and the NRF (National Recruitment Federation). She has over 20 years’ sales experience and over 18 years’ recruitment management experience. She is a former Chairperson of the Sales Institute of Ireland and a former President of the NRF. Barbara joined the Brightwater Group in April 2005, heading up the Business Support and Retail divisions. In January 2007, she was appointed Regional Operations Manager and a year later was promoted to Operations Director. In January 2011, Barbara was appointed to the Board, in July 2015, she was appointed Deputy Managing Director, and in 2017 was promoted to Managing Director of the Brightwater Group. 

John O'Donnell

John O’Donnell

Finance Director

John is a qualified FCCA with over 15 years’ PQE in both practice and industry. After graduating from Athlone Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Accounting & Finance in 1994, John then continued to study for his ACCA qualification while working in the insolvency department of a Top 10 accountancy practice. Following his qualification, he worked in industry before returning to a Top 10 accountancy practice as a Consultancy Manager. In 2002, John joined Brightwater as Financial Controller and assisted with the rapid growth of the Brightwater Group. In January 2008, he was promoted to Finance Director and was appointed to the Board in 2011. He is now responsible for the Finance, IT and Administration functions for the companies within the group including offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast.


Estelle Davis


Estelle Davis

Managing Partner - Executive Division

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 2003 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 which is now a team of six partners, whilst managing strategy for Brightwater Group divisions. She personally recruits executive level hires across insurance, funds and aviation leasing. In June 2017 Estelle was appointed to the board of Brightwater Group.

Estelle Davis

Managing Partner - Executive Division

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 2003 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 which is now a team of six partners, whilst managing strategy for Brightwater Group divisions. She personally recruits executive level hires across insurance, funds and aviation leasing. In June 2017 Estelle was appointed to the board of Brightwater Group.

Aoife Clarke

Aoife Clarke

Associate Director

Aoife has overall responsibility for the day to day functioning of the Brightwater head office premises and its facilities. She manages a busy administration division that supports a large team of recruitment consultants for the Brightwater Group across the Republic and Northern Ireland. Aoife also assists with payroll for the whole Group. Prior to joining Brightwater, Aoife worked in the procurement sector for two years. She holds a Secretarial & Computer Studies Certificate. In January 2018, Aoife was appointed Associate Director and is responsible for project implementation including GDPR best practice across the Group. 


Cathal O Donnell





Cathal O Donnell

Regional Director - Engineering & Operations, Science and Supply Chain & Logistics

Cathal has a BA (Honours) in Accounting and Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland. He also holds a Diploma in Employment Law. Cathal has over 16 years’ experience working in engineering recruitment and has worked in locations as diverse as New Zealand and Australia. He has recruited for international clients across the Middle East, North Africa and Australasia. Cathal joined Brightwater’s Engineering & Supply Chain division at the start of 2010. He currently manages a team of four consultants working on both large scale recruitment projects and individual assignments for clients across a range of positions such as consulting and contracting, M&E, civil, structural, water, environmental, roads, traffic & transport, project management, quantity surveying, supply chain & procurement, production & manufacturing, facilities and Health & Safety. In July 2018, Cathal was promoted to Regional Director.


Conor O'Hagan



Conor O'Hagan

Assistant Manager - Engineering

Conor graduated with a BSc Hons Management with Information Systems from Queens University Belfast. He has 10 years’ experience working in sales and management roles within the sports industry. Conor joined Brightwater in April 2016 as a recruitment consultant on the engineering team where he recruits for engineering professionals from graduate to senior level across Northern Ireland working with a range of clients from SMEs to large multinationals. In January 2018, Conor was promoted to Assistant Manager within the Belfast office where he supervises the team in Engineering and Supply Chain & Logistics.


Eileen Moloney

Eileen Moloney

Head of Marketing

Eileen manages the internal marketing function for the Brightwater Group in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. She is responsible for all marketing activities of the Group (online and offline) as well as the Group’s considerable sponsorship activities and affiliations with many of Ireland’s professional institutes. Eileen holds a BA in Applied Languages from DCU. Prior to joining Brightwater, she spent five years in various marketing roles in diverse sectors ranging from hospitality, electronics, manufacturing and recruitment. 


John Duffy

John Duffy

Head of IT

After graduating from the James Watt College in Scotland with a HND in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, John began his career working in one of the biggest European computer manufacturing plants as a process yield engineer. He then spent a number of years travelling and working across the globe before settling in Ireland in 2001. In 2003 he joined one of Ireland’s professional accountancy bodies where he worked for nearly ten years supporting the institute and their IT infrastructure including setting up a new training centre. In 2013 John then joined Brightwater’s internal IT team as Senior Systems Specialist. In July 2014, he was promoted to the Head of IT where he oversees a number of vital implementation projects. John is now responsible for the entire internal IT team, maintaining an exceptional quality service for the Brightwater Group consultants across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.