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


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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 (, diagnostic report and phone app bring resilience practices to leaders and teams to help them rise to the challenges of 2021 and beyond.

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.

Donna Mannion

Social Media 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.

Louise Bunyan

Membership 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

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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Maria Desmond

Vice President

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Maria is a Regional Fundraising Manager with Enable Ireland working 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.

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.

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.