Mentors

The following mentors make up the approved Panel of Mentors for 2018 - 2021.

[Listed in alphabetical order by surname.]

Mags Boland Murphy

Mags Boland Murphy owns and runs Bofin Consultancy, providing a full range of professional strategic business, sales, and marketing consultancy solutions specific to the business who are serious about succeeding. Mags has over 20 year’s experience in the private commercial arena. She works with the following professional sectors; tourism & hospitality, food, construction, retail and media. Mags has acted as course lecturer at HSI College, Limerick, Ireland, as guest lecturer at University of Wales, Cardiff and to business students in Sweden. Bofin Consultancy works with clients in Ireland, the UK & Sweden. In 2019, Bofin Consultancy will be mentoring business owners in Sri Lanka. Mags has also written programmes to help businesses succeed.

Mags is known for her honest advice and encouraging simple strategy. As a mentor, Mags believes in addressing the challenges for a business and looking at how to overcome them and set a proactive plan in place for sustainable success. The emphasis is on focusing on the client’s business requirements, considering the business objectives and to ultimately increase positive audience & revenue reach for business.

Mags Boland Murphy and Bofin Consultancy are accredited with the International Authority of Business Mentors.

John Breen

John Breen is the owner of a Health and Safety Consulting Service Business. He has 15 years experience of working with and advising SME type business on the best approach to Health & Safety Management. He believes in business owners and their complete workforce, taking responsibility for and managing all aspects of Health and Safety.

He advises and helps these business owners to set up Systems that achieve full compliance and proactive management of all Health and Safety issues that affect the day to day running of their business. He is an approved qualified training provider for bodies such as the Health and Safety Authority – Ireland’s National Authority on Health and Safety, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, SOLAS, and LANTRA.

Blaise Brosnan

Blaise has a unique blend of practical top management experience gained over 23 years in his capacity as Chief Executive of a portfolio of business types. In addition to this, he has gained further National and International experience, having successfully completed projects in Ireland, US, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and in Russia. In his role as MD of the Management Resource Institute (MRI), he works with a rage of business types to help them put in place better Business Models and gain more commercial success. In addition he is chairman and co-owner of a number of other commercial businesses. In addition to his business training and consultancy business, Blaise offers Commercial Mediation Services to businesses that are in commercial disputes. Here he offers a better solution to solving client’s commercial disputes rather than going down the litigation route.

James Burke

James started his food and retail career working part-time in Supervalu Bantry. He subsequently studied Retailed Management in DIT and joined Superquinn in 1984. He spent over 20 years in Superquinn, the last 10 of which were at Board Room Level. His Superquinn executive roles included Business Development Manager, Group Purchasing Manager and Trading Manager. In addition James served on the advisory board of AMS €1 billion European buying group and was a director of the Irish Purchasing Company Aontas. He holds a degree in retailing and wholesaling from Stirling University in Scotland. James Burke has worked in the food sector for over 23 years. Having started in SuperValu in West Cork, and then moved to Superquinn he spent 10 years at the operational side of the business and 10 years at head office where he was also appointed to the board of the company. In his current role as business consultant, James provides strategic advice and business planning for some of Irelands best known companies within the food and retail sectors. James is a current member of the TASTE Council (the strategic advisory group for the speciality food industry) which involves continuous contact with the Artisan sector.

Brendan Byrne

Brendan is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has over 30 years experience in a wide variety of industries including retail, craft, manufacturing, services, technology and the financial sector. He is an adept finance professional with significant local and international experience, both administrative and operational. His breath and depth of knowledge facilitate the identification of uncomplicated, workable solutions to the problems of your business. Whether your issue is a business plan, grant, MFI, application or something more complex, he can help you. He makes the complicated simple. He holds extensive qualifications and works nationally and internationally with LEO’s, educational and professional bodies to pass on his skills to others. Brendan has supported numerous national award winning companies and can help your business.

Cyril Byrne

Cyril is the owner of a number of successful entrepreneurial businesses in tech & retail. With over twenty years’ experience in IT, and strong talents gained in roles as a developer, project manager, business analyst & consultant he has a detailed understanding in design and creating software products, bringing ideas from concepts through to workable prototypes and onto finished sellable products. He particular strength is in mentoring start-ups on how to get from ideas and concepts to software platforms and apps. Cyril has in depth knowledge of the best software and technical products to help you build a prototype or working product with the least possible time and cost ensuring your idea can be a reality quickly. He also has a strong ecommerce background having helped build one of Irelands best known online boutiques. A recent recipient of Enterprise Irelands CSF  fund, he can also help and advise with start-ups embarking on a funding route.

Denis Casey

Through Casey Business Consulting (www.caseybusinessconsulting.ie) Denis provides support to micro and small businesses. Engaging with Denis typically delivers increased sales, increased profits and lower stress levels.Following are some examples:

Helping businesses to understand their profitability by product, service or customer – results in: Sales & marketing efforts being focused on products and services that will deliver the best financial results. Cost reduction efforts being focused on products and services that will have the greatest impact on profitability.

Helping businesses to establish clear costing & pricing models - results in: itemised prices that deliver the best profit. Consistent pricing that delivers predictable profits. Ability to do gap analyses comparing actual with planned profitability.

Taking the worry out of Brexit: Doing a risk assessment and preparing an action plan lessens the stress. Planning for Brexit is possible and doesn't take that long.

Bernadette Clancy

Bernadette has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of management positions and a spectrum of industries, ranging from hospitality to waste management, manufacturing and property development. She has post graduate qualifications in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise and Management Development. She set up Solutions Consultancy Ireland in 2014 to provide a resource for innovation and strategic skills to companies irrespective of size or function. Since then she has been instrumental in helping start-ups, micro businesses, entrepreneurs and SME’s throughout Ireland to thrive and grow using the most current management techniques in Planning, Management Development, Business Strategy for Social Impact, Sales Strategies, Innovation and Design Thinking.

Ron Connell

An Entrepreneur for nearly 30 years, Ron founded businesses as varied as Design & Marketing, Financial Services, Publishing, Telecoms, Training & Consulting and now Medical Clinics.

Ron describes himself as a “Business Doctor” assisting Entrepreneurs tackle every day challenges including Sales, Marketing, Finance, HR, IT and Social Media. Although a hands on businessman, his academic work on Entrepreneurship is highly regarded. Coventry University stated it “significantly contributed to management philosophy and practice and adds to our understanding of an important business topic.”

Working with private clients, LEOs, Universities and ITs throughout Ireland for the last 15 years providing Mentoring, Business Advice Clinics, Consulting and Workshops, his client list includes Software Developers, Online Shops, Solar & Renewable Energy, Sports/Leisure, Patented Products, Professionals and many Service Providers. Aside from this Mentoring work, he has assisted a new Franchise introduction, working on a new Marketing for SMEs book and also owns and manages a Medical Practice. More detail is available at http://ie.linkedin.com/in/ronconnell.

Alfie Cox

Alfie was a founder member of the Tanco Engineering Group which went on to become a leader in developing innovative farm machinery, initially for the Irish/UK markets, but eventually expanding to selling these products to 30+ overseas countries! Following the sale of Tanco in the mid nineties, he became a Mentor with Enterprise Ireland a number of County Enterprise Boards. He is an approved Advocate with Enterprise Ireland to provide R&D and marketing consultancy to companies in the engineering, manufacturing and internationally traded services sector. He has over 50 years experience in senior management roles in farm machinery product development, production management, quality assurance, CE legislation, patenting and regulatory compliance. He is a fully qualified member of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers and was involved in setting up the Innovation Arena at the National Ploughing Match which provides an opportunity for inventors and entrepreneurs to show their ideas.

Jean Cullinane

Jean Cullinane is an experienced HR consultant with specialist skills in Change Management, Group Facilitation, Team Building, Management Development and Recruitment. Her unique blend of Human Resource Management and Business Strategy experience ensures that she is ideally placed to identify opportunities for change. She is passionate about the development of people and the value of straight communication in teams and organisations. She gained her key Human Resource experience while working as Recruitment and Change and Development Manager with Aer Lingus. Since establishing Cullinane Consulting in 2001 she operates as an independent HR consultant in government, manufacturing, and community and voluntary organisations and has acted on the mentoring and training panels of a number of local enterprise Boards. Jean is a Graduate and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CFCIPD). She is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and holds a Diploma in Business Strategy.  

Regina Cunningham

Regina has over 30 years’ experience working with SME’s in the areas of accounting, payroll operations and training.From assisting new starts ups to established business, she has a wide range of knowledge to share with business owners on what pitfalls to be aware of, the best accounts system to implement for their specific business and how to cost for projects. She believes it is essential that more SME’s gain a better understanding of the financials of their business. She founded Phoenix Book-keeping & payroll services in 1990 and then the Phoenix Programme aimed as providing practical help and assistance to start-up businesses and she is currently working as a partner in an accountancy firm assisting SMEs in making better business decisions.

Catherine Duggan

Catherine mentors and coaches individuals in the start-up sector. She volunteered in several National Digital Research Centre pre-accelerator programmes and Start-Up Weekends in Google HQ, Dublin and The Hatch Lab, Gorey. She is a regular presenter for the Innovation Enterprise Network. Previously she volunteered in the Digital Dún Laoghaire business initiative, attended their morning meet-ups and published their key insights on Irish Tech News (ITN). She regularly writes for ITN and has interviews and articles published. Her interests are in the digital and technology areas. She also reports on Irish and international tech conferences. Catherine worked in the public and private sectors. In 2007 she returned to education and gained a B.Sc. in Psychology Applied to IT from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology. She has a CPD in Digital Product Development & Entrepreneurship from Digital Skills Academy/DIT and a UCD Postgrad Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise.

Kilian Duignan

Kilian has over twenty years P&L experience with companies with a turnover of up to €15mil. During that period, he encountered many business challenges, which had to be managed proactively, in various areas such as cash-flow and financial management, business development, strategic planning, staff appraisal, stock management, margin generation and protection together with the challenges of changing economic circumstances within businesses. Kilian has excellent communications skills, and it is the marriage of this commercial and financial experience, natural empathy and understanding of the LEADER and LEO grant aid system that makes him a very competent mentor and trainer for SME’s and start-ups. He has a Certified Diploma in Accountancy and Finance awarded by the ACCA in 2001, a Professional Certificate in Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland and a Mechanical Engineering qualification from Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, and FETAC level 6 Train the Trainer.

Tony Ennis

Tony is principal of Ennis & Co. Business Consultants (www.ennisco.ie) and managing partner of Advisory Ireland (www.advisoryireland.com). Tony has provided cutting-edge enterprise consultancy, training, mentoring, and facilitation for over 27 years. He is an approved business adviser, consultant, trainer, and mentor for numerous enterprise development agencies and bodies in Ireland, with a strong reputation for effective result-driven interventions. Tony holds a BSc in Small Enterprise Management; is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC); a Fellow and former National Board member and Director of the Institute of Management Consultants & Advisers in Ireland; a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland; and a member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development.  He has undertaken assignments in a broad range of sectors including: Enterprise Start-Ups, Enterprise Growth & Development, Tourism, Rural Development, Environmental, Food, Internet, e-Commerce, Engineering, Electronics, Horticulture, Giftware, Consumer products, Software, Plastics, Direct Marketing, Specialist Services and many others.

Jennie Frizelle

Jennie first began delivering I.T. training in 1997. She has a flair for explaining things in simple terms and putting people at ease in an environment where they often feel overwhelmed and anxious. ADKC Web Design was established in January 2009 as a web design, training, consultancy and mentoring business. Since then, Jennie has undertaken training, consultancy and mentoring assignments for a broad range of clients, including Local Enterprise Offices, government bodies and private enterprises. Training courses include the Microsoft Office suite as well as web-related technologies such as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Facebook for Business, LinkedIn, Google AdWords and Google Analytics. Prior to setting up her own business, Jennie worked as training coordinator in a large organisation where she delivered training courses to a great variety of clients. Jennie greatly enjoys seeing people leaving her courses with new-found confidence and knowledge, ready to put their skills to good use.

Leo Gibson

As a mentor with over twenty years experience of advising clients on how to develop their businesses and handle specific problems Leo can offer solutions to a wide range of clients. His original experience was as an accountant and subsequently as a management consultant with a large Irish accountancy firm specialising in Manufacturing Systems and resolution of high level conflicts in major professional practices. He has subsequently been recognised as an expert in Sales and Sales Management which was recognised when he was asked to design Certification Modules for Sales preparation, Sales Techniques and Customer Service by the Institute of City & Guilds/FAS.

He has broadened his skills base in the last ten years by mastering and completing several assignments which can best be described as corporate strategy or general management. These have included opportunity identification and development largely focussed on identifying where a business should be in five years time.This range of skills and experience gives him the ability to handle assignments which have a broad range of problems in need of a comprehensive rather than a narrow functional approach.

Sharon Ginnetty

Sharon is Owner and Marketing Consultant with Optimise Marketing, a Wexford based digital marketing consultancy. With 18 years national and international experience working in a range of industries and business sizes she offers mentoring clients assistance with Marketing & Digital Marketing Strategy. If you need help with choosing the correct social media channels for your business, business blogging, email marketing and other digital marketing tactics Sharon can advise you how to proceed. Perhaps you are not getting results from your current efforts or your website is under performing if so she can review with you and discuss SEO, PPC Advertising, Affiliate Marketing and Link Building strategies. Sharon holds a B.Comm, two Postgraduate diplomas in Marketing and Enterprise Development, a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute and is a Graduate Member of the Marketing Institute since 1998. See www.optimisemarketing.ie for more.

Jurgita Glodenyte

Jurgita is a Digital & Social Media marketer, manager, strategist, consultant, mentor, trainer, author and public speaker. Her goal is to give companies she works with the tools to make them successful in a technology based economy. Jurgita is educated with Master degree in Business Management & Administration and extensive practical knowledge in all-things-digital. Her biggest passion is consulting and mentoring. She helps small and medium businesses in establishing a strong online & Social Media presence with the focus on lead generation. She is extremely passionate about training and giving people the knowledge in growing their business through Digital and Social Media marketing.

Ellen Gunning

Ellen Gunning MA, MIAPR, FPRII, NUJ, is a director of the Irish Academy of Public Relations which she formed in 1992. The Academy provides online communications training, worldwide, in six languages.  Offices are in Dublin (www.irishacademy.ie) and Dubai (www.opacademy.com). The Academy also offers corporate training (www.irishacademytraining.com).  An entrepreneur for over 30 years, Ellen is a regular contributor to Ireland AM on Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) (https://ellengunning.com/category/tvlogs/) and writes for Microsoft Ireland (https://blogs.business.microsoft.com/en-ie/2017/06/02/social-media-targeting/). She is author of three books: Capital Women of Influence (Liffey Press, 2009), Ten Red Hot Tips to Promote your Business (Mercier Press, 2016) and Public Relations – A Practical Approach (3rd. edition, October 2018, Macmillan International). Ellen is a member of the Executive Council of the European Association of Distance Learning (http://www.eadl.org/) and chairman of the board of 103.2 Dublin City fm radio station. She has served as a director of the National Concert Hall and the Central Council of the Irish Red Cross.

Terry Harmer

Terry is a Member of the Institute of Training &  Development, a Fellow of the Sales Institute, a Member of the Marketing Institute, is a Licensed Practitioner of NLP, holds qualifications in Business Administration, Training & Continuing Education, ROI Impact Measurement, (training evaluation and transfer of skills to the workplace)                     

After a period of four years working in a family furniture business, Terry entered the insurance industry, and built a career (Salesman to General Manager) on strengths in training and development, people management and leadership skills. In 1991, started working as a business skills trainer and mentor, specialising in designing and implementing training programmes and modules modelled on world class companies. He uses best practice initiatives to train Communication Skills, People Management, Leadership, Teambuilding, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. He delivers QQI and short training programmes across a broad sectoral range, spanning Manufacturing, Pharma, Retail, Technology Local Government and Business Services.

Jim Hoey

Jim Hoey is principal with James G. Hoey & Associates specializing in mentoring, lean and competitive initiatives, strategic and company scaling programmes, international sales development, chairing and coaching management teams towards delivery of annual plans and company goals coupled with non-executive directorships.  Hoey is an Enterprise Ireland-approved mentor, facilitator of lean programmes and an EI Advocate assisting clients to develop their capability for entry into global markets. During his entire career spanning 35 years he held various positions in multinational companies in Ireland and overseas and has specialized in start-up activity and company scaling.  He has experience of the chemical, plastics, life sciences, wood processing, food and building products industries. He holds a BSc in Chemistry, a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering. Jim has extensive experience in management development and strategic company scaling across a number of sectors and geographies.

Conor Hyde

Conor’s career in the Irish food industry spans three decades. He has successfully managed five of Ireland’s top 100 grocery brands and lectures in food marketing for UCC, IMI, BIM, Teagasc, ICOS, SKILLSNET, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the LEADER Networks. He also appeared as an expert consultant on RTÉ’s Higher Ground programme. In 2001 Conor established Bullseye Food Marketing to meet the growing demand for expert, best practice business marketing support tailored to the requirements of owner-managed food sector SMEs. Over the past decade Bullseye Food Marketing has worked with over 500 Irish food businesses as well as public bodies and other organisations. Today its team of 10 Food Marketing experts provide a full range of hands-on food business support services specifically designed for the sector’s needs. Conor is a first class honours graduate of UCC’s B.Sc. Food Business programme and a council member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Muiris Kennedy

Muiris Kennedy has over 25 years’ experience in International management and marketing consulting. Since 2007 operated his own marketing and business consultancy based in Wexford working with companies in the public and private sector developing Business and Marketing strategies and Export Promotion plans for SME’s. He holds a Masters in Business Studies (MBS) from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and is a member of the Institute of Irish Management Consultants Association. He was Director of Marketing for Bord Bia for 12 years Prior to Bord Bia he worked for 12 years in Enterprise Ireland as manager for East Asia and as Country Manager for Italy based in Milan for 5 years.Clients include EU Commission, Bord Bia, Cork County Council, Invest Northern Ireland, Design Craft Council of Ireland and Welsh Government food agency. He has been lecturing in UCC Cork since 2007 on the MSc master’s programme.

Kathleen Kinsella

Kinsella Management Solutions was founded by Kathleen Kinsella, RGN, Ba (Hons) Business Studies, MBA. A UCD Smurfit MBA graduate, Kathleen has over 30 years’ experience in both private and public sectors of the Healthcare industry in Ireland. 

Following her work as a nurse Kathleen progressed from acute hospital care to the medical sales area, working in sales as a clinical specialist for both multinational and indigenous companies.  Kathleen holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School at UCD, and a Ba (Hons) Business Studies from the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff.  Kathleen also works as Honorary Senior lecturer (School of Nursing) at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

Kathleen has a keen interest in training from both corporate and healthcare perspectives. She is a firm believer in developing the skills of leadership, resilience and team building. She works with her clients to obtain these skills through training, coaching, mentoring and facilitating interventions which ensure that the clients develop into highly effective and productive individuals who can achieve excellent results in difficult times.  Kathleen has been a guest speaker at the Institute of Community Health Nursing (ICHN) 2017 annual conference about the use of ABPI in the diagnosis of lower limb ulceration and was very pleased to facilitate a master class at their 2018 AGM in August.

Emer Kirwan

Emer is a qualified CPA with over 25 years’ experience, covering a wide range of industries, she is the owner/manager of Jigsaw Business Solutions. Emer has an in-depth knowledge of many accounting software packages and specialises in systems set up and training, in particular Sage 50 Accounting, Micropay, Thesaurus and Brightpay Payroll Software’s. Emer has worked with a wide range of Client’s and has 15 years’ experience working in a multinational work environment. Emer aims to help business owners and their staff to set up systems that not only keep business Revenue compliant but also have effective, efficient and meaningful information which will assist with better and more informed business decisions. Emer has always believed in the sharing of knowledge and is keen to help business owners become more self-reliant in the field of management accounting. Emer’s expertise lies in the areas of financial management, strategic planning, business development and marketing strategies.

Sean McGlynn 

Sean is Managing Partner of Feasa Business Consultants, Dublin Ireland which undertakes business consultancy; training, and European Union Projects in the EU, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He also has wide experience of business consulting, training and executive coaching/mentoring in the Middle East, GCC countries, having travelled there since the early 1990’s and has built up a strong business network. A graduate of Dublin University - Trinity College, he holds an MSc. in Management (Organisation Development/Organisation Behaviour).

He has extensive senior strategic and operational management experience in Media, Newspapers and Publishing; Print & Packaging; Financial Services; Insurance; Tourism; Retail; Telecommunications; Advertising; Entertainment; Management Consultancy; Training & Development. With Feasa Business Consultants, Sean has worked with European Union partners on various EU projects, including the setting up of the Eurasian Civil Service Training Centre in Kazakhstan; Innovation & Entrepreneurship projects, Mentoring Graduates and New Business Start-Ups, and a broad range of Training & Development assignments. He also provides one-to-one consulting and mentoring services to industry leaders and senior executives, where he gives close, sustained and confidential support.

Fiona McGuire

Fiona is the owner of Join The Dots Online, which is a one stop shop for companies looking to take their business further using online marketing channels. At Join The Dots, they provide website design and management, Google Adwords management, social media marketing, video marketing and mentoring advice. These skills have enabled them to work with clients in various sectors including Construction, Healthcare Providers, Property Lettings, Fashion and Beauty, Retailers and Service Providers. Fiona understands how difficult it can be for companies to develop an online marketing presence so she would like to use her experience and knowledge to help you market your business successfully online.

Alan Maher

Maher Consulting was established by Alan Maher in 1999. His business experience and background includes Retail Management, Customer Service, Retail Sales, Training & Personal Development and B2B Sales. Maher Consulting has provided a range of services to well-known and internationally recognised brands such as Clarins, SSE Airtricity, Hertz and William Grant & Sons. Maher Consulting also work with established local businesses and a large number of new business start-ups representing all business sectors.  Alan also delivers various training programmes for the Local Enterprise Office and has been Course Tutor on The LEO Start Your Own Business Programme in Enniscorthy since 2007. He has been on the Local Enterprise Offices mentor panel for 10 years and also provides extensive business mentoring and training services to Wexford Local Development and other organisations.  He is very passionate about helping businesses and individuals to achieve the potential they are capable of.

Joan Mahon

Joan is an independent HR Consultant, Coordinator, and Executive Coach with 20 years’ experience within business, focusing on HR in the past 10 years, and more recently including Coaching. She provides HR advice, management development, and facilitation within the private and public sector. She provides coaching to professionals from junior to senior management, empowering individual and team performance towards greater success and business results. She has considerable experience in the areas of employee relations, facilitation, conflict resolution, organisational development, change management, engagement and people development. With vast experience of working within various and challenging situations, she is confident managing the complexities of people and the various dynamics that can exist within the working environment.

Clients have included Pfizer, National University of Ireland (Galway), Bank of Ireland, The Arts Council of Ireland, Athlone Institute of Technology, Print Plus Ltd, Midlands 103, Glass Innovations Ltd, and Shoon Construction.

Brian Matthews

Brian has 35 years experience helping companies to achieve efficiency with expertise in areas such as: Production Planning; Inventory Control; Manufacturing Resource; Planning; Enterprise Resource Planning; Lean; and Supply Chain Management. From the very start, Brian was involved in stock control and planning systems.Education of the workforce became part of his province and this function became the paramount driving force in his future career.  Brian’s working life has been governed by simple rules, to get results and meet targets.  He has always been able to transmit the idea that successful systems are people systems and this has remained the cornerstone of his professional philosophy. His courses and Consultancy cover such subjects as, Lean, MRPII/ERP and SCM. He has worked successfully with over 2,800 companies in Ireland, the U.K., Central Europe and North America. Brian’s skill in achieving co-operation by persuasion has been a major asset in changing company attitudes. Brian helps make companies  and individuals more  profitable now.

Máire Morris

Maire has excelled in the industry and is internationally recognised as an innovative force in the building of accessible luxury brands for the fashion and lifestyle sectors. An expert in the business of luxury fashion, Maire is the MD of Morris Fashion Consultancy and she prides herself on their ability to translate a client’s creative vision into a commercial reality. From her extensive list of services we develop & implement a solid business foundation whilst concurrently perfecting the product development process. Maire is an expert at communicating with a varied supply base and we have built a very strong databases servicing all aspects of the industry throughout Europe, UK, Asia and the Middle East. Máire is a huge advocate of fashion entrepreneurship and regularly contributes as a specialist to the world’s leading trade forums and design councils including Enterprise Ireland, DCCOI, The British Fashion Council, DDFC -Dubai Design & Fashion Council, Premier Vision, IFDC- Islamic Fashion & Design Council, WGSN and design institutes all over the world. has a design, product development and e-commerce background herself and has been instrumental in the successful development of over 80 companies worldwide to date.

Seamus Murphy

A very experienced management professional, with over 30 years of experience at management level. From a farming background, he still has a keen interest in farming. Strong experience in the construction services industry sector over the last 15 years. In recent years he was a Commercial Director of a mechanical services company and more recently, he was the MD of a UK mechanical services, which he helped develop into a real turnover of £5 million in 2012. Good communicator with a strong financial background and thorough knowledge of P & L accounts, cash-flow management, budget control, job costing, human resources, and general management.  Previous experience in logistics and distribution in the area of FMCG, while also significant experience in assisting start-up businesses. He has a post-graduate Diploma in International Selling. Seamus is an approved mentor with Wexford LEO and Carlow LEO. Seamus has, more recently, been approved as a Business Growth Adviser with Enterprise Ireland and he is also on the ‘Brexit Advisory’ panel with InterTrade Ireland. Seamus has a strong knowledge of International sales and new market development, having spent in excess of 18 months on the ground in the UK, as well as time in Poland researching that marketplace.

Tony O’Brien

In 1990, Tony founded a business locally which he grew, managed, enjoyed and recently successfully sold on as a mature and growing business – and a Wexford Enterprise Award Winner. In the process he confronted the many issues facing a business developer and manager including company incubation, recruiting and retaining a solid team, identifying opportunities, products/services to match, prudent investment, being financially sound and competing strongly. Even during the turbulent years, the business diversified and maintained controlled growth – with associated risk and rewards. Tony now utilises his experience, knowledge and acquired business skills to Mentor and Coach SME Management Teams and Projects – in support of Planning, Teamwork, HR, Problem Diagnosis and Solving, Financial Stability, Business Strategy and Structure. He is successful in researching and availing of LEO, Enterprise Ireland and IDA supports and adds experience in overseas markets – UK, Europe, USA, Iran, Indonesia and New Zealand.

Miriam O'Donoghue

Miriam is a skilled marketing & PR practitioner and trainer with over 20 years experience in marketing, sales & PR in the tourism, leisure, food, technology and charitable sectors. In 1998 she set up Preferred Marketing & PR Ltd., to provide a marketing & PR, consultancy service to a diverse range of clients. The company advises on business, marketing, sales & PR strategy and assists with the implementation, evaluation and review of marketing activities and campaigns as well as event management. This includes mentoring clients through the local enterprise offices, delivering workshops and modules on the Start Your Own Business (SYOB) programme and designing customised training courses. Qualifications include an MBS in Marketing, Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing, Certificate in Training & Development (IITD) and Train the Trainer, Certificate in Auctioneering (IPAV), BA in German & Psychology, and Diploma in Public Relations (PRII). Former Chair of the Marketing Institute SE Region, she was a Director and Board Member of Waterford Chamber of Commerce and a Director and Board Member of Waterford Hospice. An Interview and programme evaluation panel member for Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Institute of Technology, Carlow, and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), she also serves as an industry advisor for Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

Michael O'Gorman

Qualified to Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Post Grad in Further Education (PGCE), Michael had responsibility as Head of Strategy and Business Transformation and Director of Development with a large multinational organisation (c: €15 billion turn over) for the past 10 years. Michael has a acquired a significant level of experience across all business roles, disciplines and departments. Michael led a number of large cross functional projects including. lean management, performance improvement and optimisation, growth and scaling of niche business units.

Having worked across diverse industries, Michael has honed his experience within a model of Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship and is currently providing business support services including Executive Coaching, Non-Exec Director, Project Management, Professional Mentoring, Training and Development, Business Strategy Development, Planning and Change Management. 

Michael was a Visiting Lecturer within The University of Teesside’s School of Business for several years and was responsible for writing and delivering modules within third level programmes. Michael is focused on delivering business support within context of both Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship, with development of people, business and the South-East Region at its core

Dermot O’Reilly

Dermot is a purpose driven individual with over twenty five years management experience in a variety of different sectors, from manufacturing to arts management. His specialities are in innovation, entrepreneurship, business model development, strategic planning, design thinking, management development, experiential management and the application of lean tools. He holds an MBS (marketing), a Higher Diploma in Service Design and Innovation, a Post Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Honours Degree in Applied Economics. Since 2014, Dermot was a founder member of Solutions Consultancy Ireland, working with organisations at every stage of development in a wide range of industries ranging from food to manufacturing to tourism to technology and services, dealing with a diverse range of clients at all stages of developing their enterprise, from idea to product development and launching and growing their business model.

Joan Pask

Joan helps businesses move forward and offers value to your company, whether you are a new start up or want to grow your business by improving internal efficiencies and external effectiveness to achieve competitive edge and become a market leader.   This is achieved by collaborating with you in either planning or reviewing your business direction to achieve clarity and focus for success by using a structured approach to validate your strategy, ‘teasing out’ potential to achieve clarity, awareness and accountability. She is experienced in running her own business and has worked throughout Europe and North America holding senior executive positions in small, medium and large companies.   This has given her an international perspective and strong grasp of all facets of business from strategic planning and delivery to business development, market research, marketing communications, digital marketing, customer services, financial management and new product development.  She is a skilled project manager, practiced in Prince2 and Accelerate project management methodologies.

 Joan will take the time to get to know your business and market and will quickly become a trusted and valued advocate, a good sounding board, able to give and take constructive feedback with a strong commitment to imparting her experience and skills to help your business succeed.

Billy Power

A qualified accountant for over 50 years (F.C.I.M.A.). Worked for 34 years in Waterford Crystal  firstly in various accounting roles and for the last ten years as general manager and director and the last three years as managing director. A full time lecturer in Waterford Regional College (now W.I.T.) for two years. Lecturing in financial accounts, costing and business management. Since 1997 have been operating as a full time consultant working during that time with four Enterprise Boards in the South East and Enterprise Ireland as a mentor. During these years I completed over 400 assignments. Worked as a consultant for F,A.S. from 2002 to 2009 when the scheme was abandoned due to internal problems in F.A.S.. I completed over  180 assignments during the eight years. I worked with fifteen SME’s during the past 20 years with the assignments lasting between one and twenty years.

Madeleine Quirke

Madeleine is former CEO of Wexford Chamber.  Madeleine has been associated with Wexford Chamber since 2007. Since 2007 Wexford Chamber has flourished under her leadership and that of a very strong Board of Directors.  Various directorships and involvements on committees and local organizations have been well served by Madeleine. Madeleine’s experience in the business sector, and her involvement in planning training and professional development, support concerns that our education system is not being proactive enough in identifying the future skills that will be required by businesses, particularly when we are looking at FDI opportunities. She has been proactive in encouraging County Wexford businesses to act responsibly in terms of giving to the community and demonstrating that business cares.  An advocate for “sustainable business practices”, Madeleine places great emphasis on the environmental, economic and social impact of a company’s business practice.         

Joy Redmond

Joy has been working in the web industry since 1996 in marketing communications roles in High Potential Start-Ups (HPSUs), technology and/or web companies. Joy has also spent some time in academia as a lecturer and course director and then put that theory into practice by founding Flexitimers.com.  She has always had an interest in insightful research and has freelanced widely over the years and is currently head of research of Sonru in Wexford town. Her specialties include helping clients pinpoint what benefits they offer to clients (research), communicating those benefits through effective messaging, copywriting and branding (marketing), developing quality collateral, case studies, white papers (content) and spinning all of the above into an attractive media pitch (PR). Her experience as both a founder and a start-up marketer has taught her what can be achieved with limited resources – a clear understanding of the difference between ’nice to have’ and ‘must have’.

Paul Redmond

A qualified CPA and QFA with 30+ years’ experience covering all aspects of industry and professional service firms. Paul’s focus and experience covers a broad spectrum, including; improved business performance/efficiencies, financial and management accounting, business coaching and mentoring services as well as developing long-term growth strategies for business. Paul is Owner/Partner of RDA Accountants Limited since 2002. Paul’s career began with F.M. Cosgrave & Associates where he spent 16 years as a senior audit accountant. Paul’s goal is to help business owners achieve their personal and business goals. He has extensive experience working with business owners and SME’s in the fields of, business start-up mentoring, strategic advice, succession planning, financial structuring, strategic tax and financial planning.  As an advocate of life-long learning and through his studies and extensive research, he has applied and implemented many of these strategies, seeing him achieve outstanding results in personal and business development.

Lyndsey Roice

Lyndsey is the principal of Lyndsey Roice Accountants and has worked in practice since 2003. Having gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of tax and accountancy, she is well placed to provide assistance to businesses of all sizes from various different sectors. Lyndsey qualified as an accountant in 2006 and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, having first attained Accounting Technician status with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In 2010 she was admitted as a member of the Irish Taxation Institute as a Chartered Tax Advisor. In more recent years she has completed a Certificate in the Companies Act, 2014 and in 2017 became a member of the Insolvency Service of Ireland and she is an authorised Personal Insolvency Practitioner.

Paula Ronan

Paula is an award-winning marketing specialist with over 23 years’ experience developing strategic, original, effective marketing and brand solutions that translate into increased revenue and sustainable growth. Paula has worked for a wide variety of business types and sizes and at different stages of growth, from Coca-Cola, Sky TV and BT in the UK to Today FM, Done Deal and Ryanair in Ireland as well as numerous start ups and smaller businesses.“Paula has helped us with marketing in DoneDeal for many years. She delivered a lot of really creative and cost efficient campaigns, events and ideas. She has great experience from all types of marketing, and I highly recommend her for anyone that needs help with marketing.” – Fred Karlsson, DoneDeal. “Paula is one of the best “ideas” people I have ever come across. Her energy and enthusiasm is very impressive” Sarah Falconer, Today FM. “I highly recommend Paula, she clearly is an expert in her area.” - Ed Hendrick, Sonru.

Matt Seaver

Matt Seaver has a background in biochemisty, and previously worked in blood fractionation and babyfood manufacture. For over twenty years he has been a trainer and consultant, assisting companies comply with a variety of regulatory and discretionary standards, particularly in Quality (ISO 9001), (Quality), Medical Devices (ISO 13485), Food (BRC, ISO 22000 and Bord Bia Quality Schemes), Environmental (ISO 14001), Private Security Authority (PSA) certification, and Corporate Governance. He is an experienced auditor of all of the above standards, having worked for a number of certification bodies. He has published a number of books, including a guide to implementing ISO 9001, and a management system on Occupational Health and Safety. He is the editor of the Gower Handbook of Quality Management. He is currently director of Stellar Certification Services Ltd, an accredited certification body working in the private security field, and certifying security companies in preparation for licensing by the PSA.

Christian Shaw

Christian graduated with First Class honours in BA Industrial Design (Engineering) in Manchester in 1984, Following studies at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology. For a number of years he worked as a product and interior designer with the national design service for Ireland (Kilkenny Design Workshops) and in 1989 helped to form Kilkenny Design Consultancy as a private concern. His Christian faith has helped to shape the conviction that design should be elegant, functional and worthwhile, attributes seen throughout the created world. His track record includes product design for multinationals (including Krups, Ferno and Abbott) as well as many smaller indigenous companies and individual entrepreneurs. With a breadth of experience of materials and processes, he has harmonised styling, ergonomic and engineering demands in consumer, electronics, food, industrial and giftware sectors, and has helped generate intellectual property for a number of clients.  

Aidan Shine

Aidan advises entrepreneurs and small companies on all aspects of business planning and development, with a special emphasis on financial planning and sourcing funding.  Aidan brings a wealth of corporate finance and accounting experience to the BIC having worked in Japan and Ireland in areas as diverse as group consolidations and as factory accountant.  He manages the Halo Business Angel Network in the South East region where he prepares companies for investment and matches them with suitable investors.  An MBA, Aidan has special interest in areas involving strategic management, creativity and knowledge management.  He has delivered various training sessions and workshops in business planning, business modelling and financial planning to Start-Your-Business Courses, New Frontiers Programmes and IBYE Bootcamps. 

Karen Sommerville

Karen Sommerville is the owner of Call Focus, specialists in effective customer communications”, by helping companies develop greater customer relations, maximise opportunities & increase sales by focusing on how engage and communicate with their customers. With over 25 years’ experience, Karen has a worked in many areas of sales and marketing extending across a wide range of industry sectors for both the business and consumer markets. She is especially known in the area of cold calling, telesales, customer service and direct marketing. 

As a mentor and trainer, her delivery style is very energetic, practical, and interactive; with all exercises and discussions focused around participant’s real life situations and business needs.  As a result, Karen regularly achieves satisfaction ratings exceeding 85% on many of her training programmes. Karen’s holds qualifications in business, marketing, training and mentoring.  She works with many different groups including Skillnets, LEO’s, Business Associations and educational bodies as well as a number of private clients. 

Carole Thurston

Carole is an experienced Business Consultant with South East BIC and has over 15 years experience providing advice and assistance to start-ups and SMEs in the south east. The BIC works closely with Enterprise Ireland, and other local and regional agencies in delivering concept feasibility, mentoring, business planning, modelling and sourcing finance to start-ups and SMEs. Prior to moving to Ireland, Carole had over 15 years experience in management positions in CinVen a VC organisation in London and a Sears group company (Miss Selfridge) managing their IT departments and implementing use of technology to meet strategic goals. Carole co-founded an IT start-up company in Ireland in 2000, an online marketing business for retailers called homemaker.ie, sadly the company did not survive the dot.bomb era in the early 2000’s. However, valuable knowledge and insights were gained into the challenges of entrepreneurship and business start-ups. Carole has a Msc from UCD Smurfit Business School in Digital Innovation.

Kamal Tribak

has extensive experience in the commodities trading and knowledge between North African countries, Middle East, India, Brazil and EU since 2006, at which time He was engaged to open trade talks of agriculture commodities, real estate, investment and internationally renewable energy projects, He has developed the skills, knowledge and a wide contacts in connecting companies abroad.

Kamal gained a wealth of experience in a wide variety of sectors, He has MSc in Advanced Environmental Science and Renewable Energy, Postgraduate qualifications in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise and HDip in Media Design. He set up TRANSITCOMM Consultancy in 2017 to build on the experience and to offer consultancy advice to individuals and to companies irrespective of their size in a fresh Innovative and Design Thinking platforms. Kamal seeks through his TRANSITCOMM Consultancy, to link business to businesses through his network and to expedite trade by way of completing the necessary paperwork to satisfy administrative and legal requirements.

Kamal is extremely passionate about education and training people in growing their business through QQI and short training programmes including; business start-up businesses, innovation, entrepreneurship, business model development, marketing, leadership and coaching.

Rosemary Ward

Rosemary is a Business Consultant at South East BIC. Her role is to advise and assist entrepreneurial clients throughout their startup journey using business modelling, business planning and strategic planning. She has successfully worked with clients in their preparation  to access private funding through business angels, venture capitalists and private investors as well as financial institutions and government agencies. Rosemary is ten years at South East BIC, before which she worked for interiors retailer BTW, where she held the position of Marketing Manager, driving and managing their rebrand. With five years’ experience as Trade Marketing Manager with Waterford Crystal, and more than ten years sales and marketing experience in multinational and national telecoms consumer goods and retail companies, she is in an excellent position to foster innovation and trade in the South East. Rosemary is a B. Comm (International) graduate from UCD.

Denise Whitmore

Denise Whitmore, with an Honours Degree in Information Technology, a Diploma is Teaching ICT and a Diploma in Digital Marketing, founded The Social Media Department, a leading digital marketing agency. Denise is a fully qualified Digital Marketer, Trainer, Consultant and Speaker. She manages social media campaigns as well as Google AdWords and PPC for businesses on a global scale with clients across Ireland, UK, US, South Africa and Australia. Denise also has Project Management and Event Organisation skills as the Lead Curator of the popular TEDxWexford. Having over 10 years experience in teaching computing on every level from beginners to advanced ECDL, Denise has an extensive knowledge base and mentoring skills.

 

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