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Derek Smyth

Derek Smyth

Manager - IT

Derek is the Manager of Brightwater’s IT division in the Dublin office of the Group. He joined Brightwater in August 2010 and has over 22 years’ experience in recruitment and key account management within the recruitment industry. He is responsible for managing a busy IT recruitment division looking after permanent, temporary and contract roles. Derek focuses on the IT contracts sector primarily recruiting across software development, system analysis, IT project management, network support, data warehousing, business intelligence and cyber security.  He account manages a number of key clients where he has built long term mutually beneficial partnerships offering on-going recruitment services, market information and salary benchmarking.

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Michael Minogue Brightwater

Michael Minogue

Manager - Legal

Michael is the Manager of Brightwater’s Legal division and has overseen the establishment and development of Brightwater’s Risk & Compliance desk. He joined Brightwater in 2014 where his qualification as a solicitor and expert knowledge of both the law and the challenges solicitors and firms face have made him an invaluable asset to Brightwater and his clients. Michael and his team specialise in placing legal, compliance and company secretarial professionals on a permanent, contract and temporary basis at all levels from graduates up to senior legal counsel/ partner level. 

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John Howe

John Howe

Manager - Banking & Funds

John is the Manager of Brightwater’s Banking & Fund Services division. Having joined Brightwater in 2011 initially on the IT team as a resourcer, he soon found his niche as a recruiter. He spent four years on the IT team and then moved to take responsibility for the banking & funds division. He oversees a team recruiting for permanent and contract roles within banking, treasury, funds, transfer agency and front and middle office specialists. He personally specialises in mid to senior management roles and has built up an enviable network of clients and contacts within the industry.

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Annita McGettigan

Annita McGettigan

Manager - Accountancy (Temporary & Contract)

Annita is the Manager of Brightwater’s Accountancy division and personally specialises in temporary & contract recruitment of accountancy and finance professionals.  She began her career in recruitment with Brightwater in 2013 and was appointed Manager of the team in January 2019. Annita works with an extensive range of clients ranging from SMEs to large multinationals on assignments varying in length from 1 week to a year. 

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Conor Bannon

Conor Bannon

Manager - Engineering

Conor joined Brightwater in November 2015 and has over 8 years’ experience in technical services recruitment. He manages the Engineering and Supply Chain teams for Brightwater’s Dublin office working with clients ranging from SMEs to large multi-nationals. His team recruits for engineering & supply chain professionals across a broad variety of sectors such as manufacturing, civil, transport, warehousing, procurement and construction amongst others. He personally specialises in the areas of process, continuous improvement, manufacturing, production, maintenance, quality and design. He has a proven track record of service delivery and is a trusted and valued recruitment partner for clients and candidates alike.

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Eileen Moloney

Andrew Rowley

Senior Principal Consultant - Engineering

Andrew is a highly experienced recruitment manager with a 14- year track record in development and delivery of recruitment campaigns for engineering projects across multiple sectors. He joined Brightwater’s Munster office in 2013 and supervises a team of consultants recruiting for engineering and manufacturing professionals on behalf of clients in the Munster and Connacht regions as well as overseas. With the benefit of a background in manufacturing & engineering, Andrew demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of engineering projects, utility operations, strategies and administrative process.

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Stacy Keogh

Stacy Keogh

Manager - IT

Stacy joined Brightwater in 2016 as a recruiter on our IT team and has nearly 7 years’ IT and engineering recruitment experience in Ireland and Canada. She was promoted to Manager in January 2020 and now leads the IT team in placing professionals on a permanent basis at all levels from graduates up to senior director / partner level. Her areas of speciality include .Net, C#, ASP.Net Developers, Java Developers, BI & ETL Developers, BI & ETL Technical Leads, SharePoint Developers, QA Engineers, QA Managers, Performance Engineers, Automation Test Engineers, Project Manager / System Analyst and Technical Business Analysts. Stacy has an innate understanding of what skillsets and attributes are essential for specific roles which makes her the go-to recruiter for her clients. 

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Leonie Gleeson

Leonie Gleeson

Manager - IT / HR / Business Support / Sales

Leonie joined Brightwater’s Munster office in 2016, initially as a consultant in our IT division before being appointed Manager of the IT, Business Support and HR teams in 2020. She now oversees a team of consultants recruiting for a broad variety of business and technical professionals on behalf of clients ranging from SMEs to large multinationals and public sector organisations on a permanent, temporary and contract basis at all levels from graduate up to senior management. 

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Eileen Moloney

Eileen Moloney

Head of Marketing

Eileen has more than 20 years’ senior marketing experience in B2B and B2C. Having joined Brightwater in 2000, she heads up the internal marketing function of the Group with specific responsibility for sponsorship, PR, events, marketing strategy and budgets. Her commercial awareness as well as her in-depth knowledge of recruitment market trends make her an integral part of Brightwater’s leadership team.

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Dara Nugent

Dara Nugent

Manager - Administration

Dara is the Office Manager of Brightwater’s Dublin division. Having joined the Group in 2015 as an administrator, Dara is now an integral part of the day to day running of the administration and facilities team in Dublin. She was promoted to Manager of Administration for the Dublin office in July 2019 where she oversees the busy administration team supporting the Group’s consultant activity.

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Charlotte Cunningham

Charlotte Cunningham

Manager - Digital Marketing

Charlotte joined Brightwater’s internal marketing team in 2017 and now is responsible for all digital activities of the Group across the island. Her innovative thinking, creativity, technical skills as well as her innate understanding of the various target audiences of the Group make her an invaluable asset to the company. 

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