Who We Are

InterSearch Ireland works with clients across the public and private sectors to grow their leadership teams in the domestic and international market.

The InterSearch Ireland team is represented by executive search consultants and researchers who are experts in their individual industry sectors with a firm understanding of national and international business leadership needs.

We assist Irish-based organisations with their international recruitment needs by collaborating with our InterSearch partners worldwide to achieve the best results for our clients.

We combine deep industry knowledge with local and global expertise.  Together, we identify, assess, and secure world-class leadership for our clients.

There is an immense pool of leadership talent in the global market, and at InterSearch Ireland, we strive to connect this talent with our clients in Ireland.

Our team is always making connections with top talent looking to relocate or return to Ireland. We assist senior-level professionals in identifying or securing their next leadership positions in Ireland and make the necessary connections.

We have been selected by InterSearch Worldwide for our experience and reputation in Ireland as well as our ability to operate internationally. We are guided by international standards and best practice in executive recruitment as set out by InterSearch Worldwide and Quality committee established in 1991.

InterSearch Ireland
InterSearch Ireland

With a dynamic team with good understanding of the vital role that managers and executives play in organisations, InterSearch Ireland implements a proactive relationship management approach.

This is not only with the aim of sourcing for clients but also to maintain and advance our working knowledge of changes in industry such as: technology, management structure, business development, public policies and strategies. All of these demand that top talent be identified and placed.

We bridge the gaps between the most talented professionals and the organisations in need of their specific leadership experience, whilst often collaborating with our global partners throughout the process.

Our clients have applauded InterSearch Ireland for:

  • Global capability and in-depth knowledge in a local setting
  • Collaborative approach

  • Reliability of service
  • Proactive Approach

  • Quality of Service

Our Mission

To provide executive/middle management search and supporting services
to clients and candidates in Ireland and around the world.

Our Approach

Our 4C approach forms the basis upon which we design our search process.
This is a partnership approach of shared goals and joint success.

  • Collaboration

    We offer a Client focused, fully tailored and timely service, designed around clients’ leadership requirements. We do this by continually expanding our knowledge of industry, a major aspect of which is collaboration with our clients throughout the search process.

    We are transparent in all our processes, which has in turn built up trust in our company and is a testament to the high volume of repeat clientele that InterSearch Ireland have in our portfolio. By having a clear understanding of the clients’ requirements, this can be transferred transparently to the candidates.

  • Conceptualisation

    Our approach is one that is based on introspection. We ask the pertinent questions, we explore and we investigate the talent pool.

    We visualise the ideal leaders that will help achieve set goals and propel the organisation to greater heights.

  • Contextualisation

    Our approach is based on our readiness to walk the journey with our clients. We have the ability to treat our clients as unique entities operating in the same environment as their competitors or sectors working towards the provision of better services be it in the public or private sector.

  • Consolidation

    Using our expertise in the local and global arena coupled with our understanding of clients’ industry, we are able to consolidate our approach and processes to ensure that we achieve desired outcomes for our clients.

    Through frequent interaction, communication and the transfer of feedback, we build strong and lasting relationships with all stakeholders.

InterSearch Ireland Team

Together, we offer more than 40 years experience in the search and selection market. Working extensively with multinational as well as local clients, we are well positioned to take on the most challenging assignments.

Managing Partner

Micheál Coughlan

Micheál began his career with InterSearch Ireland in 1996, becoming Managing Partner in 2010. He has mainly worked with private sector clients, both multinational and SMEs designing and implementing recruitment strategies for leadership and management appointments. His key strengths are supporting manufacturing organisations with Site Leader and Head of Function roles. Many of his assignments involve international executive search, sourcing talent globally for executive/management vacancies in Ireland. He also supports clients located in Ireland seeking to appoint talent in international operations. Micheál has project managed successful appointments in 20+ Countries.

He is the initiator of the InterSearch Life Sciences & Healthcare Practice Group, supporting clients and candidates within the pharmaceutical, medical technologies and healthcare sectors. Micheál joined the Academy team in 2013 where he is responsible for training and development of talent within the InterSearch Worldwide organisation. Micheál joined the InterSearch Worldwide Board of Directors in 2017 where he is responsible for the strategic direction and successful operation of the global network, with particular focus on building capability within the global practice group structure.

Micheál holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from NUI Galway and a master’s degree in human resources management from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Executive Search Researcher

Eimear O’Driscoll

Eimear began her career with InterSearch Ireland in 2017. Her role as an executive search researcher involves collaborating with the project team, taking assignment briefs, and coordinating her research to source and forge relationships with suitable candidates for multiple senior management roles. These roles are mainly within the private sector, supporting organisations within the medical device, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries. She also manages InterSearch Ireland’s social media marketing, developing and implementing strategies for InterSearch Ireland’s social media channels.

Eimear holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Music from Maynooth University, a MBS from Athlone Institute of Technology, and is a member of the Midlands CIPD committee. One of the key interests she has developed through her academic and professional experience is analysing what drives individuals towards certain organisations and the impact an unfulfilled psychological contract can have on their intention to consider other opportunities.

Outside of work, Eimear continues to develop her passion for music and teaches weekly piano lessons, a commitment of hers for the last 8 years after achieving her Diploma with the London Victorian College of Music.

Executive Search Researcher

Clementina Mustapha

Clementina joined InterSearch Ireland in November 2016 and is one of the company’s Executive Search Researchers. With a combination of a good background in academic research and interest in industry and organisational leadership, Clementina works with the InterSearch Ireland Public Sector Division to identify relevant talents and facilitate the establishment of mutually beneficial relationship between prospective leaders and their desired organisation.

She holds a BSc. in Library Science Education and worked as a Reference Librarian in the Central Bank of Nigeria and later with Zenith Bank where she was in banking operations. In a career changing move in 2006 she went in to Community Development working with one of the Family Resource Centres in the Midlands of Ireland and obtained her BA in Applied Addiction Studies in 2011. Always looking to explore new challenges and with the changes in the socio-economic environment, she decided to get back to the business arena and obtained her MBS in 2016 from the Athlone Institute of Technology. The need to have a better understanding of business decision making process and be a part of a dynamic business environment was a basis for this decision. With this diverse experience, Clementina has been a vital member of the InterSearch Ireland team.

Executive Search Researcher

Anthony Carrig

Anthony began his career with InterSearch Ireland in 2013, joining first as an Administrator after finishing 4 years in Athlone Institute of Technology. With the guidance of the InterSearch Ireland team, in 2016 Anthony went on to becoming an Executive Search Researcher.

As a Researcher, Anthony identifies potential candidates as well as making initial approaches in respect of a broad range of senior level client assignments. His experience encompasses sourcing site Leaders and Head of Function roles across industry sectors such as Medical Device, Pharma, Healthcare and Broader Manufacturing.

Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Sport – Athlone Institute of Technology

Executive Search Consultant

Stephanie Ryan

Stephanie has worked with InterSearch since 2005 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each assignment. She coordinates client assignments, predominantly in the private sector area with both multinational and SMEs. She liaises internally with the Partner, Researcher and Administrator to ensure each executive search assignment is delivered to a high standard. Stephanie reviews all potential candidates and assesses them against the criteria agreed with the client. She maintains regular communication with both clients and candidates during each assignment to ensure maximum engagement and information sharing.

A graduate from University College Dublin, Stephanie holds an Honours Degree in Economics & Politics, a Masters in Economic Science and a Higher Diploma in Education.

Head of Public Sector & Project Director

Duncan Gruselle

Duncan moved to Ireland in 2008 after 13 years in executive search and selection in the UK. He joined InterSearch in 2011 to grow the board level public sector recruitment business, bringing specialist knowledge within Health, Education, Technology and Not for Profit sectors. Since joining he has recruited a wide range of senior Irish roles including University Professor and Chair appointments, as well as, Director roles in the Government Departments, the Health Service and Technology sector, including a significant number of international placements. He has also delivered executive search services for CEO and Director level Healthcare roles across the UK and further afield.

Duncan’s earlier track record includes Chief Executive and Chair appointments, Director roles in Operations, Finance, IT, HR, Facilities and Corporate Services, specialist clinical roles including Medical Director, Nursing Director and Medical Consultant positions, as well as senior regulatory body appointments in Health and Technology.

International experience – Ireland, United Kingdom, Jersey, Falkland Islands.

Academic and Professional Qualifications:

  • MSc Occupational Psychology – University of Cardiff
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Reading
  • British Psychological Society – Level A & B

InterSearch Worldwide Leadership


A Board of Directors representing five continents. A passionate team elected every 3 years to guide the InterSearch WorldWide, set strategies and inspire high performance in the challenging and rapidly changing Executive Search industry.


Micheál Coughlan – Ireland

Managing Partner of InterSearch Ireland Micheál joined the InterSearch Worldwide Board of Directors in 2017. He began his career with InterSearch Ireland in 1996, becoming Managing Partner in 2010.

He is the initiator of the InterSearch Life Sciences & Healthcare Practice Group, supporting clients and candidates within the pharmaceutical, medical technologies and healthcare sectors.

He has worked with a variety of organizations designing and implementing recruitment strategies for leadership and management appointments. Many of these assignments involve multi-country search.

Micheál joined the Academy team in 2013 where he is responsible for training and development of talent within the InterSearch Worldwide organisation.

Micheál holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from NUI Galway and a master’s degree in human resources management from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Frank Schelstraete – Belgium

Shareholder of InterSearch Ltd. since 2000 Frank was Director on the Board of InterSearch for two terms (2002-2005 and 2008-2011). Most recently he served as Chairman of the Board from 2011 to February 2014 and joined again as Director in 2015.

Frank made his career as a founding partner of Schelstraete Delacourt Associates, which he co-founded in 1990, after a previous experience in human resources. He deals with CEO and C-level positions; his clients include large-size companies, family owned and private-equity owned (listed or not), and this in a variety of industries.

Frank holds a Master degree in Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Ghent, with postgraduate studies specializing in Psychoanalysis. He also holds a Certificate in Director and Board Effectiveness from the Guberna Institute for Directors. For more than 2 decades he was Professor Human Resources Management at the Hogeschool Ghent. He is also a former Director of the S.M.A.K. (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art) in Ghent.

Besides Dutch he speaks English and French and understands German.


Samantha Robinson – Middle East

Samantha first started her executive search career as a Research Associate with InterSearch Australia in 1997 and 20 years later is very proud to be elected to the Board of Directors in 2017. She is a veteran of InterSearch after developing her global leadership career from the ground up with InterSearch Worldwide. She is currently the Managing Director of InterSearch Middle East, where she has been based for the last 12 years, building and expanding the IWW credibility and reputation across multiple geographies and variety of industry sectors.

Under Samantha’s leadership, InterSearch Middle East has expanded its geographical footprint with three countries: United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sultanate of Oman and Saudi Arabia. Her multi-cultural team, which she built from scratch, shares her passion for quality of delivery, speed of execution and supporting a global diversity agenda to attract top talent worldwide.

She has a unique combination of emerging and mature market recruitment experience across Europe, Middle East, Africa & APAC. Samantha has worked internally with the HR teams of Merrill Lynch & BP International in London, as well as Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai, UAE. Given her sector specialization, she is also the Global Practice Group Leader of Financial Services & Banking.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Science, major in Psychology, from University of Melbourne in Australia. InterSearch Middle East is honored to be certified as a member of the global Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).


Olimpia Bisogni – Italy

Olimpia Bisogni has around 25 years of experience in executive search industry managing assignments for top, C-suite and middle management level for all functions both in Italy and internationally.

She has been working at InterSearch Italy since 2002 and before joining the company she had other experiences as Talent Acquisition and Business Development Manager.

Besides being Key Account Manager for several Multinational companies, within InterSearch Italy she held the position of Head of Milan office leading a qualified team of consultants and researchers and personally partnering with a variety of clients.

Her expertise is focused on various industries, mainly in the Automotive and Industrial sector as well Retail, Apparel and Fashion, Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, etc..

Besides executive search her competencies include talent acquisition, global recruitment project management, business development.

Olimpia holds a degree in Economics and Business Management at Florence University. She has lived in Italy, Spain and Switzerland where she is currently living.

Besides her mother tongue, she speaks English and Spanish.


Allen Oakley – USA

Allen joined the InterSearch organization in 2016 when Charles Aris, Inc. became the exclusive InterSearch partner in the USA. Allen leads the company’s internal real-estate development efforts and works directly on behalf of corporate clients while running a recruiting practice revolving around Commercial, Residential & Industrial Real Estate. As company COO, Allen optimizes the infrastructure, scalability, function and effectiveness of Charles Aris Inc. and its team members.

Prior to joining Charles Aris, Allen developed his career in the Real Estate and the Retail industry. He served as a commercial real-estate broker for The Shopping Center Group in Charlotte, where he focused on national tenant representation and land transactions for retail and multifamily developers, and previously worked in Atlanta for The Sembler Company, leading its site acquisition team while focusing on large retail and mixed-use development opportunities throughout the Southeastern United States. He helped forge relationships with multifamily development partners for Sembler’s mixed-use developments. Beforehand, Allen served as a director of real estate at Raving Brands, selecting sites for the company’s premier concepts throughout the Southeast and Midwest.

Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Georgia and earned his MBA degree from Wake Forest University.

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