Ascension Executive Recruitment is a specialist brand placing senior candidates across a range of different industries. We place a variety of roles across the 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 25 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. She set up Ascension in 2015 and loves bringing talented people together.

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. Mairead is incoming President of South Dublin Chamber. She is a real animal lover and loves spending time with her rescue dog Chase!

Claire McGonigle

Associate Director

Claire brings 15 plus years of recruitment experience to Ascension, recruiting across all sectors and specialisms. Claire is experienced in developing successful relationships with both clients and candidates alike and her strong interpersonal skills afford her the ability to favourably influence decision making and build effective client, supplier and stakeholder relationships. Her core competencies include business development, account management and candidate attraction.

Claire is quality focused with a passion for delivering excellent talent to her clients. In her free time Claire is an avid fan of golf, cycling and swimming!


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.


Executive Consultant/Account Manager

Louise is an experienced Recruitment Manager who also has excellent HR experience. With over 11 years of experience in Management her knowledge in HR, Recruitment and People Management, offers her clients top-class service in managing and recruiting staff. Louise works closely with our public sector clients, recruiting for roles in HR, Marketing, Communications and Finance. In her spare time, Louise can be found on a golf course or doting on her two dogs Coco and Hugo.


Executive Consultant/Account Manager

Tanya is a graduate from DIT and has over 20 years’ of experience in recruitment. Tanya has recruited across the private and public sectors and has managed high profile public sector accounts. Her experience spans temporary, contract and permanent recruitment. Tanya excels at filling niche roles and her clients always commend her on her perseverance and determination. Tanya is very focussed on quality and oversees the quality management programme for ISO 9001.

In her spare time, she loves spending quality time with her young family and training their very cute dog Lomo!