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As part of the first external acquisition under the Brightwater group, Mentors was officially made part of the Brightwater family in June of 2019. A pool of pioneering change makers providing a comprehensive service, Mentors boast extensive industry specific knowledge and bring with them a wealth of valuable insights. The diversity of Mentors experience coupled with that of Brightwaters client base serves, to provide first-rate executive coaching to businesses big and small.

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Barbara McGrath – Chairperson

Barbara is the Chairperson of Mentors and Managing Director of the Brightwater Group. With over 30 years of sales and recruitment experience, Barbara has a proven track record of success in advising businesses on all aspects of talent management.

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She is a former Chairperson of The Sales Institute of Ireland (now the Executive Institute) and an honorary fellow of the National Recruitment Federation. She also served as President of the NRF for two years, actively becoming involved in lobbying for legislation across the recruitment and employment industry.

Having joined Brightwater in 2005, she was a key part in driving the business, doubling turnover in a short space of time. Barbara was appointed to the Board in 2011 and in July 2017 was appointed Managing Director of the Brightwater Group. Following a successful MBO in 2018, she then turned her focus on adding value and synergy to the Group and in April 2019, the Group took over Mentors where Barbara now serves as Chairperson.


Ronan Harbison – Commercial Director

Ronan Harbison is the Commercial Director of Mentors, championing mentoring and executive coaching services for businesses across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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He has a 16 year track record of driving revenue growth through commercialisation of business units and consultancy services across a wide range of sectors. His background includes working in a diverse set of industries that spans professional services, semi-state agencies, hospitality, drinks and tobacco.

Ronan joined Mentors in April 2019 and works with a broad variety of businesses, helping match them with relevant mentors and industry experts who can help drive the success of their organisations.  Previously Ronan was the Director of European Business Connections, Commercial Director of the German-Irish Trade Office, the Commercial Manager of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce as well as in sales management and account management positions with Imperial Tobacco, Comans Wholesale and Ampersand.



Eimear Walsh – Director

With an MA in Business Management and a BA in Economics, Eimear joined Brightwater in 2006 as a recruitment consultant. Since then, her remit has included managing recruitment teams and recruiting directly for a broad variety for clients

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from SMEs to multi-nationals across diverse sectors such as retail, banking, financial services, legal, insurance, risk and compliance.


In 2017, she was appointed Associate Director of the Group. In April 2019, Eimear was seconded to Mentors, a newly integrated company within the Brightwater Group, where she is responsible for driving growth.