Introduction to 4c Executive

4c Executive is the leading provider of true executive search in Northern Ireland with its experience spanning all sectors and industries.

What makes 4c unique?

The Fastest Growing Search Firm

4c has successfully filled over 500 roles since its inception in October 2013, having worked with over 150 Northern Ireland-based clients.

Fill Rate

Its approach to search has resulted in the team filling 92% of all roles, a statistic it is immensely proud of.

Search Success

Its methodology, which places true search at the heart of it and does not rely on who it knows or an outdated database, has proven to be instrumental in its success as the majority of the roles it has filled, 73% have been as a result of search activity and making direct approaches to individuals where there is no prior relationship or connection.

Repeat Business

4c is very encouraged that 39.3% of the roles that it has filled have come from repeat business, with 60.7% of roles coming from new clients. This reinforces the fact that, in spite of its specialism in executive level positions, its excellent service and unique method allows it to build a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship with its clients.

Local Knowledge, Global Reach

Due to its research-driven approach, 4c is not restricted by any geographical boundaries and, as such, is immensely proud of the fact that it has attracted talented expats back to Northern Ireland that have been identified by its researchers. Likewise, it has been able to approach individuals from across the globe that have no previous link to NI, and have had success in attracting them to the region for niche and senior roles.

4c Clients

Manufacturing, Construction & Engineering

Almac, Alpha, Andor Technology, Apeer, Bemis Healthcare, Braidwater, Brett Martin, BSG Engineering, CDE Global, Cubis Industries, GDC Group, Glen Dimplex, Greiner Packaging, Haldane Fisher, Hill Engineering, Huhtamaki, Hutchinson Engineering Ltd., James Leckey Design, Lagan Construction Group, O’Hare & McGovern, Portview, Re-Gen, Renewable NI, Sandvik, Somerville, Tech Europe (EMEA), Telestack, TES Group, Thompson Aero Seating, Tobermore, TODD Architects, Ulster Weavers, Wrightbus, Whale Pumps. 

Utilities, Commodities & Infrastructure

AES Group, Belfast Harbour, Energia Group, Fibrus, firmus Energy, George Best Belfast City Airport, Warrenpoint Port Authority, Phoenix Gas, Mutual Energy.

FMCG & Agriculture

Around Noon, Arthur Mallon Foods, Coca-Cola HBC, Fane Valley, Foyle Food Group, Genesis Crafty, Kerry Group, Kestrel Foods, Lynas Foodservice, Mackle Petfoods, McColgan’s Quality Foods, Moy Park, Musgrave, Tayto, Thompson Feeds, Trouw Nutrition, W&R Barnett.   

Third Sector

Apex Housing, Bryson Group, Cancer Fund for Children, Community Foundation for NI, Diocese of Down & Connor, Enterprise NI, Extern, Nexus, NOW Group, Positive Futures, Radius Housing, Simon Community.

Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism

Belfast Waterfront & Ulster Hall, Grand Opera House, Hastings Hotels, Irish Football Association, Linen Mill Studios, Lowe Refrigeration, Lyric Theatre, The MAC, The Odyssey Trust, Titanic Belfast, Ulster Rugby

Professional, Financial & Legal Services

Allen & Overy, Bank of Ireland, Cushon, Danske Bank, First Derivatives, Grant Thornton, Hughes Insurance, PwC, Staffline, Workers Pension Trust.

Public Sector & Membership Bodies

Belfast City Council, CBI, Mid and East Antrim Council, NI Chamber of Commerce, Northern Regional College, Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, Translink, Ulster University Student’s Union, Northern Ireland Screen. 


Analytics Engines, Fluent Technology, GolfNow, Liberty IT, Novosco, Ocula Technologies, Smashfly, The Tomorrow Lab, Total Mobile, TRG Screen, Volaris.

Retail & Other

Agnew Group, B.P. McKeefry, Bedeck, Christies Direct, Cyril Johnston & Co, Hometime Group Ltd, Sliderobes, Stenaline, The Irish News.

Retained Roles

  • Audit Director
  • Business Account Manager
  • Business Development Director/Manager
  • Category Manager
  • Chairperson
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Continuous Improvement Manager
  • Commercial Director/Manager
  • Company Secretary & General Counsel
  • Director of Assets
  • Director of Corporate Services
  • Director of City and Neighbourhood Services
  • Director of Event Operations
  • Director of Economic Development
  • Director of Finance and Corporate Services
  • Director of Housing
  • Director of Homelessness Services
  • Director of Information Systems
  • Director of Product Marketing Diagnostics
  • Director of Regulation and Pricing
  • Director of Renewables
  • Director of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality
  • Director of Supported Living
  • Director (Operational) City Centre
  • Regeneration and Development
  • Director (Operational) of Physical Programmes
  • Drug Rescue Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Facilities & Sustainability Manager
  • Factory Manager
  • Finance Operations Manager
  • Financial Director
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Service Compliance
  • Foodservice Sales Manager
  • General Manager
  • Group Finance Director
  • Group Marketing Manager
  • Head of Brands and Marketing
  • Head of Commercial
  • Head of Commercial Planning – Europe
  • Head of Development and Marketing
  • Head of Driveline Quality
  • Head of E-Commerce
  • Head of Finance
  • Head of Global Logistics
  • Head of Global Operations
  • Head of Group Treasury
  • Head of Group Marketing
  • Head of Internal Audit
  • Head of IT Operations
  • Head of Marketing
  • Head of Operations
  • Head of People
  • Head of Procurement
  • Head of Quality
  • Head of Retail Operations
  • Head of Retail Rental and Sales (Atlanta)
  • Head of Sales and Head of Sales (Germany)
  • Head of Sales and Service
  • Head of Sales Development
  • Head of SME Development
  • Head of Strategy
  • Head of Supply Chain
  • HR Director/Head of HR
  • International Sales Executive
  • Key Account Manager
  • Legal Director
  • Managing Director
  • Marketing Director
  • National Account Manager
  • Non-Executive Director
  • Northern Ireland Director
  • Operations Director/Manager
  • Production Director/Manager
  • Regional Business Manager
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Planned Maintenance Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Sales Director
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Senior Data Engineer
  • Senior Market Insight Director
  • Senior Operations Manager
  • Stakeholder & Strategic Partnerships Manager
  • Silo Manager
  • Software Architect
  • Talent Manager
  • Trade Manager – Irish Sea, North
  • Trustee
  • Unit Director
  • VP Sales and Marketing
  • VP Sales (USA)

Meet the 4c Team

The 4c team has a combined recruitment and executive search experience of 120 years and a track record of success in delivering business critical roles and placing leaders across the globe, this experience has given us access to the best local and international talent across a variety of sectors and industries.

Our staff have achieved additional qualifications from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the industry body for recruitment in the UK, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and have been trained by the Executive Researchers Association. 4c is a corporate member of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Association of Executive Recruiters (AER).

Gary Irvine
CEO and Founder

Gary is a highly reputed and respected business leader in Northern Ireland, having founded and grown Diamond Recruitment Group (DRG) to a turnover of £40m over 26 years, which he sold in 2015 to a UK plc.

With his unprecedented credentials gained through growing DRG, alongside establishing a GB-based recruitment firm Neuven and Chairing the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the £32billion UK recruitment industry trade body, Gary decided to launch 4c Executive in 2013.

Gordon Carson
Managing Director

As Managing Director, Gordon Carson leads the team to deliver the exceptional service for which 4c is widely reputed. Prior to joining 4c, Gordon held a number of senior roles in the services sector in the UK and Ireland, following more than a decade within the manufacturing sector across Europe and the USA.

With over 25 years’ international business experience, Gordon possesses a strong strategic outlook and an outstanding practical knowledge of the key commercial factors driving a business’s sustainable growth and success.

Claire Reid
Head of Delivery

With over 17 years’ experience within recruitment, Head of Delivery Claire Reid, has provided extensive guidance at the highest level to key stakeholders in Northern Ireland – including leading fundamental recruitment processes for the PSNI, NI Water, Almac, Moy Park, Belfast City Council and Ulster Bank.

Claire has a Masters in Human Resources, is a Chartered member of CIPD and has a Diploma in Personnel Management. Claire takes responsibility for overseeing the delivery of all assignments and acts as an escalated point of contact for our clients and candidates.

Gareth Hanna
Head of Professional Search

As head of Professional Search, Gareth is responsible for leading and managing a range of client projects at a C-suite, executive, and senior management level across the private, public and third sectors.

As the lead of our 7twenty Professional Search division, the division that uncovers and targets the best candidates in the marketplace to fill middle management roles across the core business services. For more information please visit:

Richard Greenwood
Senior Search Consultant

With over 5 years of recruitment experience and expertise, Richard works tirelessly to understand client’s individual needs, acting as a point of contact for all client, candidate and research team interaction for his assignments. With a strong work ethic, attention to detail and personable approach, Richard ensures he exceeds client expectations at all times.

Richard is a key member of the 7twenty Professional Search team, working to deliver for his clients on their middle management business needs.

Pedro Torres
Search Consultant

As a search consultant for 4c Executive Pedro is responsible for the delivery of all aspects of executive search for 4c Executive assignments. Pedro has a breadth of knowledge of the Northern Ireland Business landscape carefully crafted through his professional approach, attitude and networking experience.

Pedro is at present studying to complete a Diploma in Business Administration.

Rachel Buchanan
Business Development Executive

As Business Development Executive, Rachel is responsible for sourcing, developing and maintaining new business opportunities and relationships on behalf of 4c Executive and 7twenty Professional search.

Rachel is highly experienced in managing client facing roles with more than 15 years spent within customer service and account management with some of NI's most prominent organisations.

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Please do not hesitate to contact Rachel Buchanan should you have any additional queries or questions regarding our Executive and Professional Search services.


Tel: +44 (0) 7553 378 756

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