Balmer Executive Search took the decision to specialise in the charity and non-profit sector exclusively, having been greatly inspired by so many extraordinary people working within the sector over the years. Gilly Balmer has successfully worked in Higher Education foundation recruitment, fundraising director recruitment and recruitment for several other organisations practicing philanthropy.  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.

Proud to work in partnership with leading educational trusts, charitable organisations and religious orders, Gilly Balmer knows where to find talent and has done so successfully for the sector over the past 14 years. Balmer Executive Search prides itself on the standard and quality of care offered to clients. Working exclusively in this area, Balmer Executive Search helps give companies an edge and a depth of sectoral knowledge above and beyond other generalist recruitment agencies and search firms. Gilly’s unprecedented success can be attested to by her client testimonial statements. 


A dedicated consultant who brings energy, motivation and pride to her work.
Most importantly, bringing quality of service to the next level.


Gilly has 20 years experience in recruitment and executive search and now works exclusively searching to identify top talent for the charity and non-profit sector. Gilly set up Balmer Recruitment Ltd. in 2006 which was rebranded Balmer Executive Search in 2018. Having successfully placed candidates in the most complex of positions over the years, Gilly is fully capable of comprehending the requirements of any position and welcomes such challenges with open arms. Gilly focuses on a thorough search process unlike the traditional approach used by the majority of recruitment and executive search consultants which can be a hit or miss affair and often depends on luck. Gilly is a Business Graduate of Dublin Business School (2001) and is also qualified in Professional Psychoanalytical Studies (2012) and Executive & Leadership coaching (2020).


Balmer 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 Executive Search.
Philip Watt - CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
Balmer Executive Search couldn’t have been easier to work with. We had a job that wasn’t easy to fill and Gilly took the time to get to know us and what our organisation required. The candidates she 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
Gilly was a joy to work with. She understood our brief, our timelines and our expectations. Her knowledge and insight of the market was exceptional and, importantly, delivered. I look forward to working with her in the future. 
Belinda Clements, Associate Director Operations/Human Resource, Trinity Development & Alumni
Gilly Balmer provided Spinal Injuries Ireland with recruitment services for new community support workers and a Head of Services. Gilly was very thorough in searching, vetting and interviewing potential candidates. On each occasion Gilly has successfully recruited excellent candidates. SII will definitely work with Gilly and Balmer Executive Search again and highly recommend her for any recruitment needs.
Fiona Bolger, Chief Executive Officer, Spinal Injuries Ireland
Gilly has 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 Gilly will look after this for you. We have been very happy with the professional recruitment support provided by Balmer Executive Search over the past few years.
Fergal Smyth, Fundraising Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland
We persistently use the services of Balmer Executive Search because Gilly takes 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, Gilly’s relationships have yielded strong results for our organisation.
Plunkett Tormay, Head of Finance, DCU Educational Trust

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