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Mentor Profiles

Evelyn Fitzpatrick

Evelyn is an accountant also holding a qualification in Economics. In 2009 she set up her own consultancy as a Financial Advisor and Trainer to the Charity Sector. She is a member of a consultative group who are making recommendations to government on the implementation of the charity legislation. To date their Fundraising Code of Practise has been accepted by the Department and is being implemented. She was Director of Finance and Administration of Focus Ireland for 8 years. During that time their Annual Report won the Chartered Accountants Published Accounts Award five times, which recognises excellence in reporting. Prior to this she was Finance Director and Company Secretary of Marks & Spencer Ireland for 10 years. Evelyn has also served on the board of Dublin Inner City Partnership. She was a board member and trustee of The Irish Youth Foundation for nine years and served eight years on the board of the Irish Association of Corporate Treasures. She has delivered papers and training presentations at conferences and seminars on corporate Governance, Best Practise in Financial Reporting, the new charity legislation and has published articles on the Charities Act in both accountancy and charity publications. She won a Government tender with the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform, to provide training seminars to charities funded by the commission for the support of victims of crime.

Patrick T. Burke
General Manager

Patrick is a general manager who now acts as a consultant to a number of International Companies in the Beverage and Food industry with regard to strategic management and the branding of consumer products in the USA, UK and other EU markets. Having spent much of his career outside of Ireland with a major international company Allied Domeq Plc., his time was evenly balanced between the direction of strategic and commercial affairs and manufacturing operations in Europe, Asia and the US. He also held a number of Non-Executive directorships in the Service area, IT & Branded goods. He is a mentor on the Enterprise Ireland panel for small business/Start-ups. He is also mentoring at the Smurfit Post Graduate Business School and with the Begin Again Programme sponsored by the Dept. of Education.

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.

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.

John Burke

John is Director of Burke Consult specialising in management consultancy, executive coaching and mentoring. He was previously CEO of Aer Rianta (now the Dublin Airport Authority). He is a former President of ACI (Airports Council International) Europe. John has a very strong background in business strategy and managing change with particular emphasis on employee participation and partnership.

He is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD). He has a B.Comm degree from University College Dublin (UCD) and a M.Sc degree in Organisation Behaviour from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). John is also a professional coach and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Diarmuid Everard

Diarmuid is managing director of Printcom. Diarmuid started his own company in 1990, prior to that he was a director in a division of a large multinational group. He is a graduate of the College of Marketing and has recently completed a Masters where he graduated with First Class Honours. He studied Coaching, Communication, Teamwork, Marketing, Leadership, Finance and a thesis entitled “Can ongoing coaching and training contribute to the long-term survival of SME’s in Ireland”. As a business owner Diarmuid has experience in all aspects of starting and running a small company including; Financing, HR, Production, Procurement, Marketing (Inbound and Outbound) and every function associated with keeping a small company open in this environment. He is chairperson of the Board of Management of Whitecross National School since 2008 and a board member since 2000. He is on the steering committee of The Design Print and Packaging Skillsnet since its formation in 2006. He has experience of recruiting and managing staff since 1983 in companies from 8 to over 50 staff. His specialities include; Marketing, HR and Customer Service.

Justin Kilcullen

Justin served for twenty years as CEO of Trócaire, one of Ireland’s largest international development organisation with an annual turnover of €65 million and a staff in excess of 400, overseas and in Ireland. He graduated from UCD with a degree in architecture. After working overseas as a development aid worker for a period he returned to Ireland and joined Trócaire in 1981. Justin has extensive experience of organisation governance and management. As Trócaire CEO, he led the organisation through three distinct periods of development and renewal. As part of his professional development he has attended the Strategic Perspectives in Not for Profit Management programme in Harvard Business School; The Challenge of Leadership – INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France and Financial Management for the Non-Financial Manager in the Irish Management Institute; Justin has recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching at the UCD Smurfit Business School, Dublin.


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