Our Story

At the core of our success is our People. We strongly believe in Equality, Inclusion & Diversity. Our values, Integrity, Trust & Empowerment drive our actions and behaviours daily. 73% of our business is repeat business. This is reflective of our people, our expertise and our delivery.

Established in Dublin in 1998, Brightwater originally specialised in recruitment for accountancy and finance roles. We grew organically to include other specialisms in order to meet client requirements and now have 45 staff across the island of Ireland. Set up in 2011, Brightwater Executive's pure focus is on recruitment of head of function roles up to C-Suite level executives.

Over the years working alongside our clients and candidates we've experienced rapid change in our world of work, a different kind of leadership is required and a differentiation in setup of boards and management teams to stay innovative and succeed at scale is a must.

We understand that it is vital to remain at the forefront of what is important to both clients and candidates.

We strongly believe in equality and that diversity really matters. We have access to modern diverse leaders and executives who are change makers and know how to lead transformation.


The Group

The Brightwater Group consists of:

  • Brightwater Recruitment Specialists - specialising in recruitment across Professional Services, Technical Services and Business Services.
  • Brightwater Executive - specialising in senior appointments at Head of Function, Director up to C-Suite levels.
  • Mentors Ireland - specialising in providing expert mentorship services to a range of clients across various sectors.
  • Alternatives - specialising in recruitment across all aspects of Marketing.
  • Raretec - specialising in actuarial recruitment across all levels from graduate up to board level.

Mission Statement

“We will consistently and conscientiously strive to make our customers the focus of our attention, to understand their needs, to meet their expectations and to provide them with full value through professional, personal service”. Barbara McGrath - CEO

Our Core Values

Brightwater Executive is dedicated to fostering creative and resourceful means of understanding market trends and sharing effective research on the latest sourcing strategies and market knowledge with both candidates and partner clients. We do so through our Core Values; Integrity, Trust & Empowerment.

Trust and Professional insight

Transparent, honest and efficient communication is at the cornerstone of all our decision making, It is the way in which we analyse and take the most effective steps for both our business and those we work with it. It’s been the key in maintaining relationships within our organisation as well as with our candidates and clients.

Purposeful Relationships

Integrity is at the heart of everything we do. It is the foundation of all our relationships – clients, candidates and with our team


The freedom to take initiative and seek out the next opportunity empowers the members of our team to pursue innovative ideas and develop a deep sense of ownership in the role they play, which allows them to develop in their role to help our candidates and clients achieve their goals and to reach their full potential