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Brightwater Group Welcomes Gordon D’Arcy as New Commercial Director


One of Ireland’s leading recruitment consultancies has underpinned its ambitious growth plans by appointing former Irish Rugby star, Gordon D’Arcy, as its Commercial Director.

Brightwater Group, which is headquartered in Merrion Square, Dublin and has offices in Cork and Belfast said the appointment was further evidence of its commitment to meeting its strategic objective of doubling in size over the next three years.

Brightwater Group Managing Director, Barbara McGrath said D’Arcy’s role would be client-facing and he would play an integral part in building client relations and driving business growth across the island.

“Gordon combines academic achievement with success at the highest level in sport, having spent 18 years as a professional rugby player for Leinster and Ireland.  His experience of building and maintaining high performance teams focused on delivery will fit perfectly into our plans for the Group in the UK and Ireland.   We believe he has a terrific blend of skills that can be put to great use as we continue to build a best-in-class specialist recruitment consultancy.”

Gordon D’Arcy (39) said he was relishing a new professional challenge.

“Ever since first meeting Barbara and her senior executive team I have been genuinely impressed with Brightwater’s corporate culture, ambition and values, all of which resonate with my own. I’m really looking forward to playing my part in the Group’s future success whilst, at the same time, benefiting from the mentoring and personal development provided by my new colleagues.”

In October 2018 The Brightwater Group was the subject of a Management Buy Out, led by MD, Barbara McGrath, John O’Donnell (Finance Director), and Estelle Davis (Executive Search Director). The deal was supported by Capital Step – a UK-based finance house active in Ireland – and financiers John Hannon and John Lacy.

Barbara McGrath added: 

“Our business plan is based on measured growth and further talent acquisition. However, we will also be giving serious consideration to any discrete corporate activity that fits with the firm’s culture.”

Brightwater employs 95 people across the island and is celebrating its 21st year in business. The Group has experienced double digit growth in recent years and is now well placed for further measured expansion.

Gordon D’Arcy is Ireland’s longest serving rugby international. He recently signed up with author, Paul Howard to write as series of children’s books, the first of which is due to be launched next month. Gordon also writes a regular column in the Irish Times on rugby-related matters.


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