About Talent Partners

We care deeply about building trusting, consultative relationships with our clients and candidates to help them grow their careers, their teams, and their businesses.

Talent Partners brings over twenty years of industry experience to:

  • Technology

  • Pharma and Healthcare

  • Engineering and Facilities Management

  • General Management

Stephen Kennedy
Managing Director

Stephen Kennedy, CSM, is the Founder and Managing Director of Talent Partners.

Stephen@talentpartners.ie

 

Stephen first joined MRINetwork as a consultant in 1997, working for the Irish MRINetwork office for three years before transferring to a Swedish office. He returned to Ireland in 2003 to open his own MRI practice. Talent Partners clients range from indigenous Irish businesses to publicly traded companies around the world, and Stephen’s experience spans small startups to established multinationals.

Stephen was named a Certified Senior Account Manager (CSAM) by the MRINetwork in 2000. Prior to being an owner, he was a consistent top 10 consultant. Talent Partners has previously been named the fastest growing office in the MRINetwork, and in 2018 it was the top international office for Contract Staffing. Stephen currently sits on the MRINetwork Charitable Foundation Board of Directors and the MRINetwork Vendor Committee, and he formerly served on the MRINetwork Owner to Owner Steering Committee.

Stephen is also a former President of the North Dublin Chamber of Commerce and a Council Member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. A passionate sports fan, Stephen has been coaching GAA teams for over 20 years.

Bernard Jackman
Partner

With a passion for high performance and high performing teams we look forward to Bernard growing and developing our market presence in Ireland and overseas.

Bernard@talentpartners.ie

Playing with, and building winning teams is something that Bernard is very passionate about.

Having played International rugby for Ireland and been a head coach in both the Guinness Pro 14 and the Top 14 in France, Bernard has built up experience working with talented and driven individuals striving to win in a highly competitive environment. 

Since leaving coaching behind in December 2018, he has been working as a rugby pundit and columnist whilst rapidly building his profile as a motivational speaker and high-performance consultant with successful organizations like Airbnb, Porsche, Aviva, Molson Coors and Goodbody. 

Bernard maintains that when it comes to building a high-performance culture, ‘Success leaves clues’. In other words, learn from others.  Identify the key behaviours that have built a successful culture and then find ways to foster those behaviours throughout an organisation so that it becomes not just a collection of people, but a cohesive team with real clarity of purpose.  

Identifying, recruiting and onboarding the right talent is critical for every business and Bernard and the Talent Partners team look forward to recruiting game changing talent for our client companies.

Leah Jensen
Executive Search Consultant

Leah@talentpartners.ie

 

Leah Jensen brings over 15 years of experience in Human Resources as well as business operations to the Talent Partners Recruitment team.

Leah earned her BA in Psychology from Goshen College and her Certification as an HR Professional from Villanova University. She also received her SHRM-CP from the Society for Human Resource Management and is currently enrolled at National College of Ireland pursuing her Diploma in HR Management.

Before joining Talent Partners Limited, Leah worked at the Memphis Zoo as their HR Director before being promoted to the VP of Operations and finally Chief Operations Officer. As COO, Leah led the Memphis Zoo to a Top 10 ranking by USA Today out of more than 200 accredited zoos and aquariums across the U.S.

Previous roles that Leah held include HR Operations and Recruiting Manager at the Vera Bradley corporate office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she oversaw all recruiting, employee relations, learning & development, and HR operations responsibilities for its 165 retail stores and Operations team. During her tenure, the company opened over 70 new retail and factory outlet locations.

Leah held various roles in both Human Resources and Operations at Target, Kohl’s, Yum! Brands, and Oaklawn Mental Health Center, where she later served on their Board of Directors.

Niamh Campion
Finance & Operations Manager

Niamh@talentpartners.ie

 

Niamh is responsible for the day to day management of the Finance and Operations functions of the Talent Partners business.

A graduate from the Grafton Academy, Niamh has worked with Talent Partners since 2008, and she ensues that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes at Talent Partners. 

"Stephen is a world-class executive recruiter. He has very good tenacity, is great at providing feedback, and is a pleasure to work alongside."

"I recently worked with Talent Partners and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to both prospective employees or employers. Their approach was pragmatic, effective, and professional, which truly benefits all parties."

"I recently worked with Stephen and would have no hesitation in recommending him to both prospective employees or employers. Stephen has a pragmatic, effective, and professional approach which truly benefits all parties."