Cork Committee

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Barbara Nugent

President

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As an accountant and former senior finance executive, Barbara brings together her many years of business experience with her accredited Executive Coaching and Mentoring training. Her company Transilient Coaching and Consulting was borne of the desire to help those in organisations flourish through the challenges. Her focus is on developing leadership at all organisational levels – helping leaders to improve how they manage themselves and others, how to engage their teams and how to be more emotionally intelligent and resilient. Her new online course Resilient Me (https://eq.ie), diagnostic report and phone app bring resilience practices to leaders and teams to help them rise to the challenges of 2021 and beyond.

Maria Desmond

Vice President

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Maria Desmond is Regional Fundraising Manager with Enable Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support children and adults with disabilities.
“Many of the people we support have significant challenges in their lives and I consider myself privileged to work with them. Independence, choice and inclusion are our core values”.
Maria was honoured to receive a Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year award in 2018. She is a UCC BComm graduate and also holds an honours MScComm. Her background is in marketing and market research and having been self-employed for over 25 years, prior to her work in the not-for-profit sector, she is passionate about business development.

Marguerite O'Sullivan

Ex-Officio

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Marguerite is a Senior Innovation Engineering Manager in Johnson and Johnson.

She is very committed to promoting diversity in her industry and is a council member for the J&J D&I program. Marguerite set up a STEM academy to promote stem at all ages.  She is an ambassador for females working in STEM and set up the Reignite program to bring females back to workplace after career breaks.

Gillian Hennessy

Strategic Lead

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Gillian has served on the Network Cork committee for over six years, as Newsletter Officer, Secretary, Vice-President, President, Ex-Officio and now Strategic Lead. She is PR & Marketing Manager and Wedding Coordinator with Triskel Arts Centre, a multi-disciplinary cultural hub in the heart of Cork city. They have music concerts, arthouse cinema, visual arts exhibitions and literary events all year round and also collaborate with festivals such as Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork Film Festival, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival and more.

Karen O'Reilly

Treasurer

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Karen O’Reilly is the founder of Employflex and Employmum. Employflex specialises in flexible work – finding flexible work for candidates and helping companies with their flexible work policy.

Karen is an accountant and has spent most of her adult life abroad, working in Luxembourg, Australia and finally France for 12 years.

Karen lives in Clonakilty with her husband and 2 kids and loopy dog.

She is Treasurer of Network Cork.

Ingrid Seim

Secretary

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Ingrid is an accredited psychological coach with a masters degree in Coaching and Positive Psychology from University College Cork. She is the founder of Avenues Consultancy & Coaching, where she blends two decades of corporate management experience with coaching techniques grounded in positive psychology and motivational interviewing. A strong champion of focusing on strengths and capabilities rather than on weaknesses and deficits, Ingrid works with entrepreneurs and organisations to identify strategies for change in ways that broadens perspectives and encourages creative solutions. Avenues’ Run it Like a Girl programme provides life and career coaching, workshops and team building activities tailored to women-owned businesses, while its bespoke corporate coaching services enable organisations to better achieve a culture of diversity and inclusion.   

Maria Tracey

Public Relations Officer

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Maria has worked for Springboard PR & Marketing, a leading award-winning communications agency for the past four years. A member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, she specialises in the creation and execution of strategic communications, maximising her clients’ brands and achieving measurable marketing results. As client manager, she drove the launch campaign for the Waterford Greenway, a campaign which won Best Public Sector Campaign at the PRII’s 2018 Awards for Excellence in PR.

Marion Courtney

Membership Officer

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Marion has 14 years professional experience having worked in a variety of sectors including Not-For-Profit, Education and Training, Travel and Tourism and Health and Wellness. Marion joined the team at Himalaya Yoga Valley as Business Manager in 2017 with responsibility for Client Care, Marketing, Financial Management, HR and Business Development.

Marion graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from the Cork Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in International Tourism from the University of Limerick. She won the Network Cork Business Woman of the Year Award 2019 in the ‘Shining Star’ category and is passionate about health, wellness, personal development and giving back to the local community.

Himalaya Yoga Valley are dedicated to improving the health, happiness and wellbeing of their clients. Their yoga centres in Cork City and Ballincollig are known as sanctuaries from modern day stress and places where people always leave feeling better than when they arrived! Himalaya Yoga Valley are market leaders in delivering corporate yoga programmes to the local business community.

Louise Bunyan

Membership Officer

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Louise Bunyan, founder of SmartFox.ie, is an award-winning marketing consultant, trainer, speaker and blogger, with over 15 years’ experience in PR, event management, website project management and SEO. Louise now works with business of all sizes in how to harness the power of digital marketing. Quickly becoming one of Ireland’s leading LinkedIn trainers and speakers, she has developed a unique and very successful methodology and has trained over 900 people since 2017. A keen creative fiction, Louise runs an informal writing group and had her first published short story in May 2019. Twitter @louloubunyan

Elaine Wilson

Events Officer

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Elaine has a passion for helping people and working numbers, she marries the two as Qualified Financial Planner helping her clients to achieve their long term financial goals.

With over 20 years’ experience she advises clients on taking their first step on the property ladder to ensuring they can look forward with ease to retirement …and everything else in between.

Her core principles are value, support and innovation, understanding not everyone shares her passion for finance therefore using her experience and expertise she supports clients in achieving their financial success.

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Donna Mannion

Social Media Officer

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Allana Brown

Membership Officer

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Having worked as a Senior Global Human Resources and Strategy Director in Supply Chain & STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math’s) related industries, where she partnered with senior executives to maximise the value of their multinational businesses, Allana Brown became all too aware of the importance of attracting, retaining and developing impactful leaders in this field.

Understanding the competencies required to be a successful leader in Supply Chain & STEM environment, Allana established her consultancy business to work with clients, to help expedite their talent strategies for all leaders across their business and raise their profile as an employer of choice.

As well as organizing STEM events, the consultancy focuses on building programmes to develop leadership capabilities, identifying the habits that hold entrepreneurs or business leaders back and then supports them to achieve optimal performance to rise and reach great heights.  She also builds strategies with leaders who are responsible for Business Excellence and implementing change, Leaders who are looking to map out their next career move or promotional opportunity, as well as supporting them in their first 90 days to expedite their impact within their new role.

Allana is a Business Studies honours graduate of the University of Limerick in Ireland and has also participated in leadership programs in conjunction with Cape Town University Business School in South Africa and Cornell University in North America. She is an accredited Emotional Intelligence (EQ-I 2.0/EQ-I 360) survey administrator and coach.

Allana is also passionate about supporting STEM Female Leadership Development, through the creation of female focused training and mentoring programmes. She also works with female entrepreneurs to help them build the leadership competencies and confidence required to run and develop their businesses for greater success. She also supports companies’ diversity and inclusion initiatives, through her leadership talks and workshop series.

Rosemary McCarthy

Membership Officer

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Rosemary McCarthy, Branch Manager in AIB, 33 North Main Street Cork, working with AIB for the past 26 years. Rosemary can help with all your financial requirements, from opening your business account to buying a home, planning for your future and protecting your family. As a working mother of three teenage boys, she appreciates when things run smoothly and aims for excellent customer service in every interaction.

Karen O'Brien

Membership Officer

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Having spent over 15 years working in the finance sector internationally, Karen has built invaluable experience within a number of roles including Branch Manager at HSBC Offshore and Strategic Projects Manager at HSBC International. Her primary drive and focus is on delivering exceptional customer service at all times, achieved through focused team training and development; establishing and maintaining clear, streamlined processes; and bespoke client relationship management.

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Linda O'Connell, the Online and Media Coordinator for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ireland who won at the Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2020 
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Linda O'Connell

Social Media Officer

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Linda O’Connell has worked in the Non-Profit sector for over 15 years as a communications specialist and qualified with a MSc in Digital Marketing Strategy from Cork Institute of Technology – CIT. Linda is also the founder & owner of Digi Nomad. She has extensive experience with website development, social media platforms, SEO, graphic design & advertising.

Through her business in Digi Nomad she works particular with local artists, artisan food producers, holistic therapists, small businesses all with a view to bringing their products & services to as large an audience as possible through judicial use of various online channels. The reason she works in this particular part of the market is that it chimes with her own personal beliefs, interests and outlook in life.
“While I don’t work for nothing, money is not the main driver for me when choosing who to work with or not; I have to be capable of total belief and commitment in the worth of the product or service promoted so there is a far more personal commitment to the client or product than might be with other companies. That is what motivates me! “
Linda also won the overall Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year Award, & was the Network Ireland Transformative Employee category winner in 2021.
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Margaret O'Regan

Events Officer

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No event runs smoothly without some technical experience, this is where Margaret O’ Regan comes in! Our Network Cork Events Technical.
Margaret is a partner at eventplan.ie and VE Studio Cork, with responsibilities for overall company operations. Margaret loves working and connecting with people; she is determined and focused. Margaret has over 25 years’ experience working in large multinational organisations providing company catering services, event management and hospitality solutions to meet client needs.
With excellent project management skills, and interpersonal skills, coupled with a strategic outlook and proven management skills. Margaret is a graduate of Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), and College of Food and Hospitality Management from University College Birmingham.
Margaret enjoys and excels when working alongside clients and the Event Plan and VE Studio Cork team to ensure each event is unforgettable for all the right reasons.

Konstantina Stefanidou

Events Officer

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Konstantina is a Senior Engineering Manager in Johnson & Johnson. She has more than 15 years of field demonstrated experience in the Aerospace and Medical Devices sectors mainly in Engineering / Research & Development functions.
Konstantina in her current role, in Engineering, Science and Technology is focused in cultivating a culture where brave work, courage, authenticity and whole hearts are the norm.
She has a passion for helping people in any way possible, and is a strong advocate of Women Leadership Inclusion whilst driving positive change in the STEM ecosystem. Konstantina is committed to igniting the talent and passion of the next generation whilst nurturing creativity and innovation within healthcare.
She feels passionate and actively participates in non profit organizations such as Women’s Aid, Jack & Jill Foundation, Volunteer Ireland, LIFT Ireland, Irish Women in Harmony & her local community.

Melissa Curley

Newsletter Officer

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Melissa Curley is the founder and chief conversation starter at SocialBe (https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissacurleysocialbee/), where the passion and focus is on equipping professionals with the skills that empower them to connect with greater impact in their professional lives and businesses.
Connect with communication skills to present and engage memorably.
Connect with key concepts in mindset and resilience to grow, develop, thrive.
Connect with others to build valuable relationships and networks.
Connect with impact.

Maura Mackey

Social Media Officer

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Owner of Maura Mackey Design, Maura Mackey is a qualified Interior Designer/Retail, Displayer/HomeStager and member of the Home Staging Association.
She believes a design needs to compliment functionality in a home, as the choices that you make when deciding how your home will look will have a documented effect on your emotions and perceptions.

Susana Marambio

Social Media Officer

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Susana M. Walker is co-owner of Beacon Business Commercial Services. She has lived & worked in Chile, Spain, The Netherlands, the UK and recently relocated to Ireland.
She uses her expertise in Sales, Marketing & Category/Product Management, helping businesses stop losing customers and sales by improving their customer experience, in turn growing revenue and improving their processes.