Cork Committee

Marguerite O'Sullivan


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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.

Barbara Nugent

Vice President

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Gillian Hennessy


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Gillian has served on the Network Cork committee for over six years, as Newsletter Officer, Secretary, Vice-President, President and now Ex-Officio. 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.

Donna Mannion

Membership Officer

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Karen O'Reilly


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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.

Sian Horn

Events Coordinator

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Louise Bunyan

Social Media Officer

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Louise Bunyan, founder of, 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

Membership 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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Maria Desmond

Events Administrator

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Maria is a Regional Community Fundraising Manager for Enable Ireland working hard to raise 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.

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.

Pam Ryan

Social Media Officer

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Pam is a freelance journalist focused on animal welfare issues and the extraordinary stories of ‘ordinary’ women.

She is a trained journalist, skilled in print – both newspaper and magazine – and online content creation, video and audio production, as well as social media marketing and branding.

Having gained the majority of her industry experience with,, Midleton & District News and Ballinasloe Life, it is safe to say she has a nose for news and a sense of target audiences, which she can transfer into a growing readership.

She has blogged under many website names but has recently started from scratch with Compassionate Fox. At this site she taken her passion for animal welfare and coupled it with her love of writing and content creation to bring readers a place to educate themselves, their family and their friends about living a cruelty-free and vegan lifestyle. They will be able to enjoy features, profiles, interviews, reviews and recipes, and open discussions.

Apart from professional writing she also has a penchant for creative writing. She studied the art with Joseph O’Connor, Donal Ryan, Giles Foden and Mary O’Malley at the University of Limerick. During the course she began writing a novel.

Ingrid Seim


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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.

Kellie Cofield


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Kellie Cofield works as a Psychotherapist in private practice and in the corporate world facilitating behavior and cultural change with individuals, teams and leadership.

Kellie has spent 20+ years working in different industries, half on this side of the world and the other half in Australia, her motherland.  

Kellie has caught the Cork bug and is now as proud of it as her fellow Corkonians. She lives in Cork city with her husband Eddie and their lazy dog Harry.

Kellie is responsible for your news each month through the monthly E-Zine.

Allana Brown

Business Awards

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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.

Karina Taoughlist

Social Media Officer

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Karina is a life coach specialised in confidence building for women and teenagers.

Originally from France she moved to Ireland in September 2010. Here she found what she had been looking for all her life so she never left.

She joined Network Cork in December 2018 and received so much from all the members and committee that she decided to get involved herself and joined the committee this year in January 2020.

Her passion and purpose are to help others release their full potential.

She’s here to help you develop your self-confidence and assertiveness, increase your public speaking skills and make your voice matter.

Change can be seen as scary and difficult and she simply offers the right support to accompany you in this journey.

Karen O'Brien

Events 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.