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Mentor Profiles

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 www.smallbusinesscan.com. 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

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 MSc degree in Organisation Behaviour from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). John is also a professional coach and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Diarmaid 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.

Nick Gaye

Nick is a retired businessman. He served his apprenticeship as an aircraft Instrument and Electronic technician in the Irish Air Corps. He did further studies in Bolton St College of Technology and Aer Lingus and qualified as a licensed Aircraft Engineer in Instruments and Electronics on the BOAC 1-11 commercial aircraft. Nick worked in England for British Airways as an Aircraft Engineer.

He returned to Dublin and worked as an Engineer with the 3M Company after 3 years became their senior engineer in their business machines division and became their national service manager. After 5 years as their service manager he was given the position of National Sales Manager running the direct sales team. In 1985 he and a colleague set up an office equipment company named Bizquip. This company is now one of the leading companies in its field and at its peak had a turnover of 12 million and employed 70 people. He was fully involved in all areas of this company but my main responsibilities were in Sales and Marketing

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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