7twenty Professional Search | About Us

About Us

7twenty Professional Search is a retained search firm that delivers a research-driven and targeted approach to talent identification and attraction for middle management roles across local and international markets.

Our Team

Meet the 7twenty Professional Search team below

Gordon Carson

Managing Director

Gareth Hanna

Head of Professional Search

Richard Greenwood

Senior Search Consultant

Our History

4c Executive Launched

Led by Founder and CEO, Gary Irvine, 4c Executive was launched in 2013 and became quickly established as the leading provider of true executive search services in Northern Ireland.


4c Boardroom

4c Boardroom was introduced to 4c Executive's service offering to provide clients with access to highly successful and driven Non-Executive Directors and Trustees. 4c Boardroom’s services include boardroom appointments, board assessment, succession planning and salary benchmarking.


MSL Acquisition

In 2017 4c acquired MSL Search & Selection, a business that had been in the Executive Recruitment industry for almost 30 years, creating a powerhouse for Executive Search and combining first-class experience to make 4c Executive the leading, and largest, search provider in their marketplace.


300 Milestone

4c Executive successfully delivered their 300th retained executive assignment. Since 2013, 4c Executive has delivered over 300 senior business-critical appointments across the private, public and third sectors.



7twenty Professional Search was launched in direct response to client demand for a service that connects them with the best available talent for their middle-management roles. The innovative 7twenty approach ensures clients have the ability to target 100% of the candidate market.


My experience with the team at 7twenty was excellent. The team took the time to really get to know our business and the brief and we were well informed and consulted throughout the whole process. They went above and beyond to provide us with a strong list of relevant candidates in challenging market conditions. I will look forward to working with the team again on any future assignment briefs

Bronagh Clarke, Marketing Director Kestrel Foods

The team at 7twenty focused on quality rather than quantity which was the best approach for our business...all candidates were appropriately screened and strongly aligned to our requirements...we will be partnering again with 7twenty for our upcoming recruitment campaigns.

IT Director, George Best Belfast City Airport

The quality of candidates identified and sourced for the role were excellent, and all appointable. The service delivery was flawless and we look forward to working with 7twenty on future roles.

Industrial Services & Commercial Director, Enva

The team at 7twenty successfully sourced a great candidate for us in what was is a very competitive sector. We were impressed by their ability to identify and attract a top-performing candidate to join our business and would highly recommend 7twenty to anyone.

Barry Kerr, Director of Development Apex Housing Association

The ability of 7twenty to map out the market, methodically search through that market and provide up to date feedback on the best available talent, led to us successfully filling the role of Communications Manager. 7twenty conducted this process in an extremely efficient and professional manner.

Jonny Petrie, CEO Ulster Rugby

We have developed a trusted and valued partnership with 4c Executive and 7twenty through the appointments of several Director and Management-levels positions across our offices in Northern Ireland, GB, and China. 4c Executive and 7twenty have allowed us to search for, attract and appoint the best talent to support our ambitious growth plans. We have been particularly impressed with their ability to find and attract high-performing talent who were not actively seeking a new role. We look forward to further developing our relationship with the team and would highly recommend their service.

Liam Henry, Operations Director, Cooneen Group
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