Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council Is made up of industry experts and influencers, partners, stakeholders and former Network Ireland Presidents to provide a sounding board and support for the Network Ireland National President.  In particular:-

  • To offer fresh perspective on issues or opportunities that might arise
  • To advise on funding, programmes, partner engagement and forward planning
  • To ensure continuity and provide an opportunity for partners to network while also enhancing the relationship between Network Ireland and Partners.

Each member commits to a two-year term.  The Council meets five times a year and members are available to the National President  on a one-to-one basis throughout the year.

Network Ireland is honoured to have the following leaders on our Advisory Council:​

  • (Chair) Roseann Heavey, Partner in Noone Casey, Registered Auditors & Accountants
  • Rebecca Harrison, Managing Director of Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy & Founder Food at Fishers
  • Sandra Healy, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, DCU
  • Annette O’Donoghue, Head of SME Market Engagement, AIB
  • Mark Ryan, Non-Executive Director Touchtech Ltd & Wells, Fargo Bank Intl, Former Country MD of Accenture
  • Maurice Pratt, Chairman, Uniphar Group
  • Lorraine Bowen, The Entrepreneurs Academy

Rebecca Harrison

Rebecca is managing director of Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy Ltd – a unique family-run department store located in a tranquil setting in Co. Wicklow and founder of Food at Fishers Cafe an award winning casual dining daytime restaurant.

Her 20 year career in retail and marketing has seen her bring to the fore all that is good about small business in Ireland.

A graduate of Trinity College’s Business School specialising in international Business and Marketing, she is passionate about championing women in business and the power of having a positive support network around you. She has been an active member of Network Ireland all her working life.  Rebecca served on branch committees in Dublin and Cork, and was elected as President of Network Ireland Cork branch in 2012.  Since then she sits on the National Executive, the governing body of Network Ireland and was elected to the role of Network Ireland President for 2017. She now serves as Ex-Officio and Chair of their Advisory Council.

Rebecca sits on the Retail Consultation Forum for the Government’s Action Plan on Jobs chaired by the Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation and is a member of their Digital Economy & Skills working groups.

Rebecca is also a Council member of Retail Excellence Ireland and actively involved with the Small Firms Association.

She is a two-time winner of the Regional Businesswoman of the Year in 2009 and 2014 and national finalist in those year.  Last year Rebecca was a top 5 finalist in the Women Mean Business Awards 2017 (Empowering Women Award).

Sandra Healy

Sandra Healy is Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Dublin City University. Before moving to DCU, Sandra held a number of leadership positions spanning 20 years in the telecoms industry across both the UK and Ireland; the most recent being Head of Customer Delivery for Vodafone Ireland.  Sandra also Chaired the Vodafone Women’s Network and the Diversity and inclusion committee.

Over the past eight years, Sandra continues to be an advocate for inclusion and gender equality in Ireland with core expertise in Diversity and Inclusion best practice.

Sandra holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and First Class Masters in Organisational Psychology from DCU. Sandra is an NLP Master Practitioner and Sales Academy Coach with expertise in delivering large-scale business transformation, building high performing teams and delivering cultural change.

Annette O’Donoghue

Head of Market Engagement, Business Banking AIB

Senior position within AIB Bank. Strategic role within Business Banking.

Responsible for the development of an SME Engagement strategy for AIB.

Responsible for the planning of engagement with business customers and Key Bank influencers on a national basis.

The role involves a high degree of engagement with key business and government stakeholders in the market.

Member Board of Directors and Management committee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce.

Member of the Diversity committee, IBEC.

Maurice Pratt

Former Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Ireland Ltd and C&C plc, Maurice is currently Chairman of Uniphar Group plc, Barretstown and European Movement Ireland.

He is a trustee and former president of IBEC, as well as being a nonexecutive director of Boyne Valley Group and Brown Thomas Limited.

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan is a highly experienced director and business leader who has successfully operated at senior management level and currently serves as a non-executive director on the Board of a number of organisations including: Wells Fargo Bank International, The Abbey Theatre, Blue Face Ltd, Econiq & Touchtech.

Mark was Country Managing Director (CMD) of Accenture in Ireland from 2005 until 2014, overseeing a business that employed an Irish workforce of more than 1,600 people. He joined Accenture as a Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin in 1982. He was also Head of Accenture’s Financial Services Practice in Ireland from 1999-2005. During his career with Accenture he spent extended periods working in the both United States & in the UK. He has worked across both the Private and Public Sectors. During this time, he played numerous management & executive roles in delivering major Strategy, IT & Business Change programmes for some of Accenture’s most important clients locally & internationally.

His experience includes: Business Strategy, Financial Services, Information Technology, Organisational Change Management, Business Integration and Outsourcing. He was a member of the Accenture UK & Ireland Executive Management Team. As CMD for Ireland he was also a member of the Accenture’s Geographic Council Group. Mark personally drove major Gender Equality and Diversity programmes within Accenture. He was heavily involved in the setup and development of the Accenture Corporate Citizenship Programme in Ireland working directly with numerous local community organisations.

He is currently a member of the Trinity College Provost Advisory Board, The Leinster Rugby Professional Game Board and is a member of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) Investment Committee (NTMA). He was President of the Trinity College Business Alumni from 2008-2010. In 2008 he sat on a Government appointed Task Force for Public Sector Reform around implementing OECD recommendations for major changes in the public service. He also served on the Board of the National Concert Hall from 2005 to 2011. He is a member of the Institute of Directors. Mark is married and has 4 children.

Roseann Heavey

Chair

Lorraine Bowen