Our People & what We Do

Ascension Executive Recruitment is a specialist brand placing senior candidates across a range of different industries. We place a variety of roles across C-Suite, Director, Head of Function and Senior Management.

As seasoned recruiters, we have the depth and breadth of knowledge to really understand what you are looking for. We take the time to get to know both Client and Candidate and work hard to closely match your requirements.

Our philosophy is simple, we do what we say we are going to do, and keep you informed at all junctures.


Managing Director

Mairead is a Drama graduate from Trinity College and has over 20 years’ experience working in recruitment globally, covering both permanent and interim recruitment. She has recruited staff at senior levels for various disciplines across a wide range of sectors. Mairead is well known and highly respected in the Irish recruitment market having spent a number of years as Managing Director of a Dublin based recruitment consultancy.

Mairead appeared on TV3 Ireland AM’s Jobs Club and “The Apprentice” as a member of the interviewing panel. She currently works with a number of schools on a voluntary basis providing advice on CV and interview preparation. As an animal lover, Mairead is proud to be Chair of the DSPCA. A passionate recruiter, Mairead is delighted to be recruiting on a full-time basis again. She loves bringing talented people together and is excited to be heading up Ascension.


Operations Director

Pat has extensive experience at Director level across several industry sectors including Recruitment, Training and a broad range of Enterprise Technologies.

In a long career with both National and Multinational companies, Pat has worked with many of the leading Public and Private sector organisations in Ireland and around Europe.

In Ascension, Pat is the go-to person for all things operational or where a different perspective or solution is needed.
Spare time is golf, music & good travel literature.

Adrian Jacobs

Senior Analyst

Adrian spent the majority of his career with the Defence Forces of Ireland. He held a number of leadership roles including working as senior analyst in Ireland, Chad, Afghanistan and Mali. Adrian is highly analytical and holds a Masters in Leadership Management and Defence Studies and a further Masters in Policy Analysis. He joined  Ascension to head up the sourcing team. He searches for candidates across the globe giving our clients peace of mind knowing that every angle is covered for their key hire. In his spare time Adrian is an avid reader, he enjoys going to the gym and walking his very cute dog Chase!

Claire McGonigle

Associate Director

Claire has worked in recruitment since 2006 and has been with the Ascension Group since 2018. Claire brings 12+ years of recruitment experience across all sectors and specialisms (HR, IT, Finance and Sales). Claire has recruited a variety of roles including permanent, temporary and contract positions. Claire’s key strength is developing new business and mapping out the market in order to help secure your new role. As a client of Claire, all efforts will be made to thoroughly understand your job requirement in order to find the best possible candidate in the market. Claire is fully trained in Boolean search strategies and has a deep network of talent available to her. In her spare time Claire likes running, cycling and walking her dog!

Gavin Creaton

Manager – Public Sector

Gavin started his journey as a recruitment consultant with the Ascension Group in 2015, working in the sales and marketing sector before entering our commercial temporary and contract solutions team and eventually growing into the role of Public Sector Manager specialising in state agencies and regulatory bodies. He is highly motivated and passionate about his sector and enjoys an honest, professional and friendly relationship with his clients and candidates. Gavin is also a big sports fan, outside of work he is passionate about healthy living, exercising and cooking.

Agnieszka Maguire


Agnieszka Maguire is a dedicated researcher to the Ascension team and assists in mapping the market to ensure every angle is covered. Agnieszka has a background in languages and translation.