Sector Supports

40,000 people throughout Ireland access Carmichael Centre services and supports annually.

Mentor Profiles

Ken McIntyre – Barn
Founder and Managing Director of Commercial Excellence

Ken is the Founder and Managing Director of Commercial Excellence – a sales and marketing consultancy which helps organisations and people achieve growth. Ken is also a Director of Hicks Kimber Mears Executive Search. Prior to this Ken was a Senior Commercial Manager in a number of multinational organisations (Unilever, Heineken, Wella, Kellogg’s) in Ireland, UK and the Middle East.

He is experienced in creating and implementing strategy change and organisation restructure resulting in business transformation. Ken is a Certified Management Consultant, has an honours degree in Manufacturing Systems Management and a diploma in coaching. He is also accredited in Occupational Testing by SHL and the British Psychological Society.

Pat Power
Certified Management Consultant (CMC)

Pat is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors (FIMCA). He is the Owner/Managing Director of Power Quality Management Limited (PQM) which was formed in August 1990 and has 22 years consultancy experience. In that time he has undertaken a number of assignments developing and supporting customer service strategies, such as customer service and TQM, EMAS and European Foundation for Quality Management.

Prior to TQM Pat has worked with companies such as Nokia Ltd and Pharaon Textiles in Waterford. His experiences include implementation of major projects such as Total Quality Management and Environmental Management System ISO 14001.

Kevin Smyth
CEO of two charities

Kevin has over 20 years’ experience at management level in the commercial sector, and he has been the CEO of two charities. One of which was 75% state funded, and one which was just 15% state funded. He has also served on the board of 2 charities. Kevin has also been a volunteer for most of his adult life.

He has been involved in mergers, downsizing, transformation, service evaluation, fundraising, and strategy formation and implementation. Prior to joining the charities sector, Kevin worked for many years in the private sector including Statoil where he was Vice President Energy Operations.
He has an MBA (first class honours) from Smurfit School of Business and he is a qualified workplace mediator.

Alan Costello
founder/director of Ruby Consulting

Alan is the founder/director of Ruby Consulting which is a strategy and innovation consultancy with a strong ethos of supporting Irish companies to expand and scale. Alan is also an Enterprise Ireland and accelerator programme mentor. He has designed and delivered many strategy and innovation programmes for public and private clients. He has a strong interest in supporting the not for profit sector and local economic development through scaling and supporting efficiencies.

Projects include;, and developing a business incubator/innovation centre to include space for charities alongside entrepreneurs. Alan has previously worked with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals, SEECOM Investment Partnership and PA Consulting Group. His specialities include; strategy design, innovation, strategic business development, marketing plan development and delivery, leadership development and fundraising.

Gerry Culligan
commercial director with Irish Rail

Gerry is the commercial director with Irish Rail and is responsible for managing the company’s marketing, sales and customer relations activities to achieve increased passenger numbers and profitable sales revenues. He has previously worked with Aviva, eircom and Mars Ireland.

Gerry is an experienced mentor and has extensive experience in finance, sales, marketing change management, communication, industrial relations and union negotiation. He has a track record of customer retention, profitable growth and business transformation. He is a qualified accountant (CIMA) and Associate Member of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland (AITI). His specialties include; strategy development and implementation, sales and marketing, finance, operational excellence, cost reshaping, people management and development.

Ron Immink
CEO of Bookbuzz

Ron is the CEO of Bookbuzz and co-founder of Both these companies combine social media, narrative, storytelling, dialogue learning, collective wisdom, peer-to-peer and social learning with achieving business success. Ron has wide global experience in entrepreneurship and SME development, training, consultancy, publishing, education, innovation and tech transfer.

In 2004 Ron managed the commercialisation gateway of DCU called Invent. His role was to re-invent Invent and linking Irish businesses with the research and knowledge developed in DCU. He has written a number of best-selling business books in the area of business planning, entrepreurship and strategy. He is also a regular contributor on Newstalk radio and his articles are regularly featured in national newspapers and magazines.

Barbara O’ Connell
Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Barbara is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland a national not for profit organisation, employing over 250 staff, who provide residential and community neuro rehabilitation programmes to people with an acquired Brain Injury (ABI) since 2002.

Barbara is on the board of the Disability Federation of Ireland, European Brain Injury Society and The Wheel. She sits on the international standards review group on Brain Injury (IBIS) and has led the way in international accreditation through CARF (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland achieving distinction for 9 years now.

Barbara has an MBA from the Michael Smurfit School of Business, UCD and has attended the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management programme. She was also voted WMB Social Entrepreneur of the year 2012.

Peter O’ Neill
Certified Mediator and Executive coach

Peter is a Certified Mediator and Executive coach specialising in the areas of skills and performance, personal development and leadership. He is former Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources where he was most recently responsible for communications, postal and broadcasting policy, for overseeing the State’s shareholder interest in a number of State bodies and for corporate governance oversight of the Broadcasting and Communications Regulators.

He has served on the boards of State companies and has chaired high-level groups, both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Public Appointments Service interviewers’ panel. He holds a degree in Public Administration from the National University of Ireland and has completed leadership and senior management courses at Boston College, INSEAD and Harvard Business School.

Peter is a Director and Company Secretary of a charity and a volunteer mediator with meditation Northside. His specialities include; strategy, governance, leadership and dispute resolution.

Adrienne Collins

Adrienne is a Social Policy & Research Executive with the Citizens Information Board. She has also worked in the HR & Governance and Training teams in CIB. She worked previously for Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, Irish Council for Overseas Students and Co-operation North. Adrienne has sat on boards of Irish Refugee Council and Voluntary Service International.
She has done short term voluntary work in India, Sri Lanka and Ghana and performed a range of other volunteer roles. Adrienne has a Degree in Economic & Social Studies, a Master of Equality Studies, an Advanced Diploma in Personal & Executive Coaching, a Certificate in Corporate Governance for Not For Profit Organisations and an Advanced Facilitation Skills certificate.

Keith Adams

Keith has 35 years of professional business experience, starting with 18 years in banking in Ireland and Poland with the last 17 years operating in a senior management role delivering projects and change management. More recently Keith has operated at CEO level heading up the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. This is a charity with 4 paid staff and a network of 16 branches all run by volunteers.

As CEO of a small organisation the role demanded the full gambit of expertise or at least working knowledge of everything from Corporate Governance, board relationship management through to grant applications and fund raising. Keith also sits on two boards and has the benefit of understanding both sides of the table which is beneficial in ensuring the organisation follows the right decision paths


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