Balmer Dawson Executive Search

Balmer Dawson Executive Search

An executive search firm unlike any other.

Proudly working in the non-profit and charity CEO and Executive level recruitment sector, Balmer Dawson Executive Search has partnered with leading charitable organisations, educational trusts and religious orders. Balmer Dawson knows where to find talent and has done so successfully for the sector for over 18 years. Taking time to learn each organisation’s unique vision and values ensures that your expectations are exceeded by recruiting first class candidates with the potential to assist in the successful growth of each organisation.

Gilly Balmer

20 years experience in recruitment and search

Gilly Balmer has become an expert recruiter within the charity and non-profit space. Over the past 20 years Gilly has developed an excellent reputation for knowing where to find the best talent for her clients. She has a unique skill when it comes to  attracting and choosing top class talent. Gilly is retained by her clients to fill the most complex of positions with high-level executives from all over the world.

Zena Dawson

20 years experience in recruitment and search

Zena Dawson has over 20 years experience within the industry sector as a Group Director and Head of Human Resources. Zena has a particular love for recruitment and executive search; she has successfully placed talent at senior executive levels and for hard to fill positions, on a national and international basis during her career. Zena has a particular aptitude for researching and finding talent that matches the exact profile sought by her clients.


A unique approach.

Driven by a genuine passion to help clients by sourcing outstanding talent, Balmer Dawson Executive Search offers a suite of services to compliment the executive search process to include targeted head-hunting, participation and management of panel interviews, provision of interview scoring systems etc. A realistic recruitment timeline is agreed at the beginning of every process to ensure expectations are managed clearly and efficiently.


Balmer Dawson Executive Search provided great support for us when we needed to fill a senior management post in Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. I don’t think we would have secured the right person without Balmer Dawson Executive Search.

Philip Watt - CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

Balmer Dawson Executive Search couldn’t have been easier to work with. We had a job that wasn’t easy to fill and they took the time to get to know us and what our organisation required. The candidates they supplied were top-notch and we couldn’t be happier with the result!

Maura O’Leary, HR Manager, Chime – The National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss

Balmer Dawson Executive Search were a joy to work with. They understood our brief, our timelines and our expectations. Their knowledge and insight of the market was exceptional and, importantly, delivered. I look forward to working with Balmer Dawson in the future. 

Belinda Clements, Associate Director Operations/Human Resource, Trinity Development & Alumni

Balmer Dawson Executive Search provided Spinal Injuries Ireland with recruitment services for new community support workers and a Head of Services. They were very thorough in searching, vetting and interviewing potential candidates. On each occasion they have successfully recruited excellent candidates. SII will definitely work with Balmer Dawson again and highly recommend them for any recruitment needs.

Fiona Bolger, Chief Executive Officer, Spinal Injuries Ireland

Balmer Dawson Executive Search have been a great support to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland helping us fill key vacancies in our Charity. It takes away all the stress of trying to find good people when you know they will look after this for you. We have been very happy with the professional recruitment support provided by Balmer Dawson over the past few years.

Fergal Smyth, Fundraising Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland

We persistently use the services of Balmer Dawson Executive Search because they take the time to get to know the needs of the DCU Educational Trust in order to assist us in obtaining the best fit. In a sector built on relationships, their relationships have yielded strong results for our organisation.

Plunkett Tormay, Head of Finance, DCU Educational Trust

Our Clients


Would you like to speak to us about our specialist recruitment and executive search services?

Call Gilly on 086-6738823

Call  Zena on 086-811 0655

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