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.

Louise Cullen


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.

Andrew O’Malley

Recruitment Consultant

Andrew is a graduate from the University of Limerick with an MA in English and Education. Andrew has worked in the employability/recruitment sector for over 10 years promoting a service offering across multi-sectoral platforms, including manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and customer service related roles.

Passionate about sourcing the best talent to match client needs, Andrew is highly motivated with an honest and direct approach to Business Development and client engagement. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys the outdoors, gym, work and is an avid gardener.

Aoife O’Shea


Aoife started her career in recruitment in 2020 and has gained experience in all aspects of the recruitment process. Aoife works across the Public and Private sectors, and has a wide range of experience searching for hidden talent! As a team player, Aoife appreciates the importance of supporting colleagues in a positive manner. Her pastimes include going to the gym, keeping fit and following GAA.