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

Mentor Profiles

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.

Seán Mistéil

Seán’s main experience has been in the public sector (civil service, commercial, non-commercial) – Departments of the Gaeltacht, Public Service, Labour, Telecom Éireann, Bord na Móna, Combat Poverty, Citizens Information Board – interspersed with a period freelancing as a consultant and trainer with private and public bodies/companies. His background has been in HR and Organisational Development and Strategy. He worked closely on several management change programmes over the years e.g. Telecom (Eircom), Bord na Móna. Since leaving CIB in August 2014, he joined a MABS Board and a CIS Board. Since 2009 he has been a Member of the Board of Management of Coláiste Eoin, Stillorgan. He has a long-time keen interest in organisational and interpersonal communication. Seán has a M.Sc. in Organisation Behaviour a Diploma in Mediation and a Certificate in Coaching and is currently doing a Higher Dip. in Translation Studies.

Vincent Murphy
Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary

Vincent is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary with experience at senior level in the Republic of Ireland, Britain and Northern Ireland in the manufacturing, service and technology sectors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants In Ireland. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (first class honours) and Masters of Accountancy Degree both with University College Dublin and he has recently obtained both the Certificate and Diploma In Company Direction with the Institute Of Directors.

Vincent is currently employed as Finance Director with the Aviva Stadium and he reports to the company board. He is interested in corporate governance and business improvement and has worked with a number of listed companies in these areas.

Eamon Ryan
Co-founder of Creative Organisations

Eamon is a co-founder of Creative Organisations, a consultancy specialising is helping organisations align their people, strategy and work practises to better serve their collective vision. In this role Eamon has a broad experience in organisational challenges, change management, business planning and leadership team development. At the core of this work is a people centric approach, the belief being that organisational structures should always help enable people to contribute to their capabilities.

He also, with Practical Business Solutions, works with start-ups and scaling businesses, primarily in technology sectors, to help grow and develop their businesses. He has been involved as a founder in two technology start-ups as well as contributing to the Endeavour incubation programme.

Prior to commencing consultancy work Eamon was Director of Operations for Analog Devices and has Engineering and MBA qualifications. He is a mentor with EI as well as a participant on several of their business development panels.

Brendan Lenihan

Brendan is Managing Director of Navigo Consulting (, a management consultancy specialising in strategy and business planning, corporate governance and navigating significant change. A First Class Honours graduate of UCC (B.Comm 1990) and UCD (Dip Prof Acc - 1991), Brendan qualified as Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. Leaving Andersen in 2002 as a Partner located in Dublin, he founded his own boutique management consultancy, Brendan Lenihan & Associates, through which he advised a range of indigenous Irish and multinational clients. From 2007, he held executive roles in industry, including as Group Finance Director of O’Flynn Group (2007-2015), a successful multinational real estate company and also as Group Finance Director of one of Ireland’s largest nursing home operators. Brendan is a former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (2013/14). In addition to having professional roles as either Executive Director or representing shareholders’ interests in hundreds of companies across multiple jurisdictions, Brendan is currently a Non Executive Director of Good Shepherd Services Limited, a charity which operates an emergency shelter, educational and aftercare service for the homeless. He was previously a Non Executive Director and Chairman of a charity in the educational area.  He is a member of an Advisory Board for a religious order.

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.


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