The following mentors make up the approved Panel of Mentors for 2016 - 2018.

[Listed in alphabetical order by surname.]

Don Arthur

Don has over 35 years banking experience to Senior Manager level. He is currently the principal of Arthur Finance Solutions. His background includes financial accounting, business performance measurement, ICT systems, internal audit, sales management, credit underwriting and relationship management. His firm has extensive knowledge of bank finance proposal preparation at all levels. They have a wide network of contacts within banking and the general business community and offer independent validation to the banks by our involvement in client cases. Don is an External Assessor for Microfinance Ireland which provides small business loans of up to €25,000 to applicants meeting certain criteria. He is a Licentiate of The Institute of Banking, holds Diploma in Financial Advice from UCD and is a Qualified Financial Adviser. He also holds Accredited Product Adviser (APA) designation for Debt Management from the Institute of Banking.

David Bell

David Bell qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and has worked as an in-house solicitor for companies ranging from a start-up company to a major publically quoted food company. During that time he provided legal advice to the board of Directors, business managers and other staff in a wide range of areas particularly in the area of Employment Law. In 2006 David took over the HR Department, a company that provides small-to-medium-sized organisations with the expertise and support to build and maintain a comprehensive and legally compliant human resources function, without the overhead of a full time HR professional. David is a regular contributor on Newstalk’s Down to Business with Bobby Kerr and The Last Word with Matt Cooper on Today FM.

Mags Boland

Mags owns and runs Bofin Consultancy, providing a full range of professional strategic business, sales, and marketing consultancy solutions specific to the client’s requirements. She has over 18 years experience in the private commercial arena. She works with a variety of professional sectors including tourism & hospitality, food, construction, agriculture, retail and media. She has acted as course lecturer at HSI College, Limerick, Ireland and as guest lecturer at University of Wales, Cardiff and to business students in Sweden.  As part of her business she has written programmes for business; Optimum Tourism Trading (OTT) programme, the Get SMARTT programme and the Business Time Live Programme. Mags is known for her honest advice and encouraging simple strategy. 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.

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.

Brendan Byrne

Brendan has over 30 years experience at senior level in a wide variety of industries including retail, manufacturing, services and the financial sector.  He is an adept finance professional with significant international experience, both administrative and operational.  He is a skilled strategist - transforming plans into workable solutions with World Class results. His breath and depth of knowledge facilitate the identification of simple workable solutions to the problems of your business.  He holds extensive qualifications and works nationally with educational and professional bodies to pass on his skills to others.  Brendan has supported numerous national award winning companies and can help your business obtain the winning edge.

Denis Casey

Denis can relate to your business whether you are a local retailer, hospitality business or small engineering company. During his 29-year career he has worked with small businesses and large multinationals. He is a member of six LEO mentor panels and has successfully supported companies at all stages of development: pre-start-ups, businesses ready to expand and those needing help with rescuing their business. Do you need help with your Microfinance Ireland application, business plan / financial projections, cashflow management, increasing sales, pricing and product margins, controlling overheads or tendering for public contacts? If so, Denis has the knowledge and experience to support you. His business experience is underpinned by an Engineering Degree and Masters in Business Administration, both from UCC. He has a down-to-earth style, which he attributes to his farm upbringing and has the ability to put people at ease which makes him an excellent mentor.

Jo Collins

As MD of Sales Performance, Jo works with businesses and their sales teams to reach their full sales potential through specialized coaching and training. Jo works with Companies to grow their Profits, by introducing Effective Processes and Structures for their business. Jo gained valuable sales and sales management experience, where she worked for Independent Newspapers for over 20 years. The last 8 years was in a group role where she had responsibility for the advertising sales team. People who know and work with Jo, comment on her passion and commitment to her clients, and say she is the client’s champion, and is focused on delivering value. Jo enjoys working with people who share the same positive approach, with high energy, commitment and passion to achieve results.

Declan Cosgrove

Declan has over 20 years experience building businesses from scratch, to multi € million in turnover and is a guest speaker and mentor for the internationally renowned Manchester Business School. He can help start ups and existing businesses achieve rapid growth and maximise profits, with specific skills in effective business planning and strategy, using internet and cloud based systems to reduce costs and maximise growth, and achieving rapid growth without needing large investment, building national and international networks of home based employees and self employed workers.

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.

Eugene Daly

Eugene is a capable, results orientated Operational Excellence management consultant with experience of developing SMEs by successfully increasing sales and productivity whilst reducing costs and inefficiencies. He is also a seasoned and successful change manager with a track record of producing, presenting and managing the implementation of innovative business solutions. Eugene possesses excellent client facing and configuration skills and is highly successful in helping define company direction, achieving goals and optimising continuous improvement initiatives. He is an experienced Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor/Assessor with a consistent track record of delivering Excellence Through People and ISO 9001:2008 registration and surveillance audits/assessments. Eugene has over 20 years business mentoring experience working with SMEs and micro-enterprises on business process improvement, LEADER funding applications, employee performance development and sales process improvement.

George Delaney

George runs Delaney Corporate Finance which is a specialist corporate finance advisory firm focusing on the SME sector. He is a Chartered Accountant, with over 25 years’ experience in senior corporate finance roles in Big 4 accounting firms, industry and commercial banking in Ireland, US and Eastern Europe. He advises clients on strategy e.g. restructuring, capital investment, JVs, acquisitions or sales. George also contributes towards the successful execution of these strategies by carrying out investment appraisals, due diligence, negotiations and selecting appropriate structures. He advises clients on how best to fund their business’s working capital and investment requirements. He has also developed a number of key relationships, in particular with non-bank funders. This, along with his knowledge of the Irish and UK funding landscape, allows George to advise on and source finance, be that debt, equity, EIIS, grant, project or mezzanine finance.

Jim Doyle

Jim is Owner/Partner of RDA Accountants Ltd since 2002. ACMA, QFA, and CGMA qualified, Jim has more than 20 years of experience supporting and advising business owners on all aspects of their business. Whether it be money saving tax strategies, tactics for increasing profits, negotiating deals with banks, business re-structuring or investment advice, Jim uses a practical and commercially aware approach with every client Jim is especially committed to assisting business people to agree and achieve simple goals for themselves and their business using a combination of tax & strategic planning and business advice. Jim’s area of expertise are: General Management, Financial Management, Business Strategy & Planning, Long-term life time cash financial strategy, People Development, Financial lean systems, Banking Relationships & Negotiations. Business & Management Reporting systems.  The industry specialities include: Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, Printing, Food, Automotive, Retail, Health Care & Medical Legal & SME’s.

Paul Dixon

Paul Dixon FCA has over 20 years ‘hands-on’ experience of financial and operationalmanagement at executive level in organisations experiencing significant change. A team player, his expertise includes strategy development, financial and treasury management,business restructuring and turnaround, process automation and internal control development work. He has instilled accountability in the organisations in which he has been involved with a constant focus on cash and governance improvement. Paul relishes problem solving in challenging environments and has deployed lean and six sigma methodologies to deliver measurable savings to clients where applicable. Paul’s experience has been gained across a range of sectors including third level institutions, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and distribution.

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 ( and managing partner of Advisory Ireland ( 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.

Karl Fitzpatrick

Karl is the Managing Director of Chevron Training & Recruitment, the Master Franchisee for Bricks 4 Kidz & Sew Fun Studios. Karl is the President of Wexford Chamber of Commerce and also presents Business Matters, South East Radio’s flagship business programme. This media platform provides Karl with unrivalled access to leading business figures from across the country, in both the public and private sector. He has participated in Enterprise Ireland’s International Selling Programme, which is designed to assist high potential Irish companies strengthen their positions in international markets. Throughout his career, Karl has garnered substantial experience across a diverse range of business sectors, which include financial services, renewable energy, media, healthcare and education. Karl has developed a unique ‘business builder model’, which consists of 500 activities, that have been proven to grow any business. Having a passion for business, Karl enjoys working with ambitious start-ups and growing businesses.

Sean Fleming

Sean is a highly experienced Management Accountant with over 26 years’ experience in senior financial positions. He has served as a Financial Director and Controller in a number of multi-national and family businesses in Ireland and the UK. The industries in which he has held these roles include Food, Engineering and Business Services. He is currently Managing Director of Financial Clarity, a Kilkenny City based Business Advisory and Accountancy practice. The client base is predominantly small and medium enterprises across a broad range of industries and market sectors. He is specifically responsible for all Business Support Services provided by the practice to its clients such as: Business Strategic & Operation Planning; Business Turnaround & Process Improvement; Profitable Product & Service Costing; Business Funding; Financial Control; Systems Implementation; and Performance Measurement. He acts as a Mentor with Wexford, Kilkenny and Wicklow Local Enterprise Offices as well as Enterprise Ireland.

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.

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 for more.

John Glynn

John is the owner manager of Glynn Food Services (GFS) a business based in Kilkenny. GFS was established in 2005 to provide technical consultancy, mentoring and training support to small and large enterprises. John is Mentor Coordinator in the Food and Industrial Products sectors with Enterprise Ireland. He is an experienced Business Mentor with Enterprise Ireland and a number of County Enterprise Boards. He is an approved Advocate with Enterprise Ireland to provide Research and Development (R&D) consultancy to companies in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sector. John has over 25 years experience in senior management roles in food product development, quality assurance, food legislation and regulatory compliance, and total quality management with Avonmore, Golden Foods and Glanbia Cheese. John is a food science graduate (B.Sc.Dy.) of NUI Cork.  He is a member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology Ireland and the Society of Dairy Technology.

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 has over 25 years experience in International Management and Food Marketing. Since 2007 he has operated his own marketing consultancy in Wexford working with a number of companies in the public and private sector developing strategies in the areas of Branding, Food Tourism, Distribution and Export Promotion. His clients include Bord Bia, Invest Northern Ireland, Alltech, and The Taste Council of Ireland. He works as a mentor to a number of food & drink companies and producer groups in Waterford, Wexford, Cavan, Leitrim, and Mayo. Muiris also lectures in UCC on their MBS Food Masters Programme. He was Director of Marketing for Bord BIA (1995-2007) and worked in CTT (1983-1995), now Enterprise Ireland as Manager for East Asia and as Country Manager for Italy. His qualifications include a Primary Degree in Marketing from DIT, and an MBS from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD.

Deirdre Keogh

Deirdre has almost 30 years working in a senior marketing capacity. She has 20 years hands-on marketing experience within blue chip multinational manufacturing and distribution companies - Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline, Irish Sugar and Georgia Pacific. During this time, she created and delivered results-driven, innovative marketing strategies. Exposure to multifunctional disciplines at Board level has given Deirdre a deep understanding of the wider commercial environment. As founder of Halo Marketing, an Outsourced Marketing Consultancy, Deirdre has worked for over eight years with SME companies in the South East to develop and implement bespoke marketing plans. She has strong proven strategic capabilities but is also a “doer” with a keen eye on detail. She brings the best of multinational company insights and big brand experience to local businesses. Deirdre successfully utilises a blend of traditional and digital marketing tools for both Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer activities. Her friendly approach is fresh, informed and practical.

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.

Brian Matthews

Brian has 35 years experience helping companies to achieve efficiency with expertise in areas such a: 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 2,500 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.

Evelyn Morley

Evelyn is a Chartered Accountant who has held a number of senior management positions in the education, retail/wholesale and telecommunication sectors. Evelyn is a member in practice of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She is the principal of EM Financial Solutions and specializes in the strategic development of SMEs’ with particular emphasis on the financial aspects of the business. Client deliverables include: Financial Planning and preparation of business plans; Review of company’s costing of products/services; Advice on financial structure of business; Implementation of financial systems and processes; Review of financial procedures and controls; Training on production of monthly financial information; Review and analysis of financial information for key business decisions. Evelyn has acted as a mentor for LEO’s (previously Enterprise Boards) and delivered training programmes for Enterprise Ireland, Waterford Institute of Technology and a number of Enterprise Boards.

Seamus Murphy

Seamus has 30+ years experience at management level. From a farming background, he keeps up to date with food/farming trends and has experience in the construction services industry over the last 15 years. Seamus was a Commercial Director of a mechanical services company. He was also the MD of a UK mechanical services business and helped develop that business to a real turnover of in excess of £5 million in 2012. Seamus is a 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.  He has previous experience in logistics and distribution in the area of FMCG and has experience in assisting start-up businesses. He has a postgraduate Diploma in International Selling from DIT and has a strong knowledge of international sales and new market development. Seamus is mentor with Wexford and Carlow LEOs and FutureSME.

Sean Mythen

Dr Sean Mythen is the former CEO of Wexford County Enterprise Board, a position which he held for 15 years.  In 2009 he set up his own company, AdSum Training and Consultancy Ltd and has completed numerous consultancy assignments, including studies relating to tourism, leisure,  food and manufacturing. He recently completed international consultancy assignments for the Institute of Public Administration and has completed numerous mentoring and assignments for Carlow Local Enterprise Office, Wexford LEO, Wexford Chamber , Wexford Local Development and Wexford Enterprise Centre. He has worked with many businesses at both start-up and expansion stages. He has a keen interest in entrepreneurship, digital marketing and small business, community development and the creative arts. He is Chairman and a founder member of, Enniscorthy Enterprise & Technology Centre as well as being a non-executive director of a number of other companies in the commercial and non-profit sectors.

Billy Power

A qualified accountant (F.C.I.M.A.), Billy worked for over thirty years in Waterford Crystal. For the first 20 years he worked in various financial roles including Chief Management Accountant. He then moved to general management and spent five years as General Manager and Director of Operations and the last three years as Managing Director before retiring early. For the past twenty five years he has operated as an independent consultant to small and medium businesses and during this time he has worked with over 400 different businesses  as a consultant, mentor and non-executive director in some cases. Some of this work was carried out for F.A.S., Enterprise Ireland and the following Enterprise Boards Wexford, Waterford City, Waterford County and Kilkenny. Billy’s expertise is in all aspects of finance including raising finance, management accounts, performance measurement, profit planning and improvement, costing and pricing and also in strategic planning.

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  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.

Paula Ronan

Paula is an award-winning marketing consultant with over 20 years experience developing strategic, original, effective marketing and brand solutions for small and big businesses across all industry sectors. She has a proven track record as a visionary marketing professional who has radically changed the businesses that she has worked with for the better. “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. Always good fun to work with too.” - Ed Hendrick, Sonru.

Yvonne Scully

Yvonne Scully has a background in investment banking and ran a national food business supplying all of the multiples in Ireland for several years. Yvonne now provides training to clients of Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, InterTrade Ireland and Bord Bia through workshops, clinics and one-to-one mentoring on the topics of business feasibility studies, business strategy, raising and managing funds, business planning, , consumer and market research, sales and marketing and export strategies. In the food sector, Yvonne runs Food Academies, Kickstart Your Food Business and Foodservice Programmes and for businesses in general runs Investigate Your Business Idea and PR, Sales and Marketing Programmes. Yvonne holds an MBA from the UCD Smurfit Business School and a MBS from Trinity as well as a Certificate in Adult Education and Continued Training from NUI Maynooth.

Matt Seaver

Dr. 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 ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 13485 (Medical Devices), BRC, ISO 22000 and Bord Bia Quality Schemes (Food), ISO 14001(Environmental), 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.

Beverley Webster

The success of Start Up’s and small businesses often rest on the personal attitudes, thinking styles and emotional toughness of the owner. How we think and feel affects how we plan, make decisions, communicate with others and react to success and setbacks.  Beverley Webster provides 1:1 training and coaching to help people reach their professional goals. As a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Executive Coach she specializes in helping people identify thinking errors and unhealthy emotions that block success in business. She then teaches her clients to change their thinking and put their learning into action in relation to specific areas of their business. Beverley provides 1:1 training and coaching in areas such as Public Speaking and Presenting, Effective Decision Making, Planning and Goal Setting and Developing Emotional Resilience. Beverley has run her own business for over 14 years and she understands the challenges of self-employment in good and bad times.