The National Executive

Our National Executive run the organisation on behalf of nearly 1,000 members throughout Ireland. Membership of the National Executive is made up of a team of Executive Officers who are all members from our branches and the Presidents and Vice Presidents of each of our branches.

Some of the Executive Officers at the 2020 Businesswoman of the Year Awards:

Aisling O’Neill

President 2021

Aisling is Manager of ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre, Waterford Institute of Technology’s business incubator, supporting entrepreneurship in the South East of Ireland from their sites in Waterford and Kilkenny.

Aisling has over 10 years experience working across various research and innovation roles, completing her PhD in 2016 in entrepreneurship at Waterford Institute of Technology. Her PhD focussed on the area of entrepreneurship and networks, with specific interest in the gender dimension of network development. Enter Network Ireland! Aisling has presented her research internationally, across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US.

Aisling is President of Network Ireland for 2021 and loves the opportunity that Network affords for members to grow their Network nationally via visiting other branch events, more apt than ever now that all events are taking place virtually – in one week, you could attend events in Galway, West Cork, Waterford or Kildare without leaving your house!

Aisling was President of the Network Ireland Waterford branch for two years (2017 and 2018) and remains an active member of the committee. She is thrilled to be involved with Network Ireland and is passionate about the Network ethos: to drive the personal and professional development of women.

Aisling thrives on working with entrepreneurs and is driven to participate in fostering a sustainable economy in Waterford and the South East region of Ireland. To get in contact with Aisling, please email:

Louisa Meehan

ExOfficio 2021

Louisa is the owner of Woodview HRM offering tailored Human Resource solutions and Workplace Mediation Services to companies in the SME sector. In addition she is a part time lecturer in UCD and Smurfit Graduate School of Business in the fields of HR and Organisational Behaviour and a trainer with IBEC.
Her career has been focused on working with individuals and organisations to support them in maximising the potential of their Human Capital – she considers ‘employees’ to be the greatest asset to any organisation.
As a graduate of UCD, Smurfit, and NUI Galway Louisa has a strong belief in the benefit of life long learning and the importance of continuous growth and development.
She was a founding member of Network Ireland Wicklow and President of the Wicklow branch for 2 consecutive years in establishing the branch at a local level. She has contributed at a National level both as branch President and working on a number of National events.
From Leitrim originally, Louisa now lives in Wicklow with her husband Mark and son’s Ethan and Jacob.

Clair Grant


Emma Early Murphy

Secretary and Vice President Designate

Noreen McKenzie

Branch Liaison and Vice President

Noreen McKenzie, President of Network Galway 2017 is a Qualified Financial Advisor working with Sherry FitzGerald Financial Services. Noreen has 18 years’ experience working as an Independent Broker specialising in Protecting the Financial Future of her clients.
A Graduate of University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Public Administration.
Noreen has served on the Network Galway Committee for the past 4 years and is totally committed to supporting and encouraging all Women in Business to maximise their potential.
Noreen lives in Galway with her husband Martin and daughters, Lauren & Ava.

Amy O’Sullivan

Social Media

Maura Glynn

Business Awards Co-ordinator

Brid Harrington

Branch Liaison

Caroline Murphy

Branch Liaison

Deirdre Martin

Communications Officer

Anna Healy

Mentoring for Success Programme Manager

Dee O’Connor

Events Co-ordinator

Gillian Hennessy

Membership Officer

Clare McSharry

Website Officer

Clare McSharry is the founder of Smiling Spiders Web Design and Web Development.

Over the past 25 years, she has worked in a number of prestigious blue chip companies such as Zurich Insurance and Unilever and has also served her time in the computer consultancy industry in the employment of Cap Gemini Sogeti.

By setting up Smiling Spiders Website Design and Website Development, she wanted to help other businesses create a really good presence on the web by creating websites that will sell their business to their target market.

One thing Clare become keenly aware of through her experience is that there is quite a gap in the market between development and the customer.

There are many agencies creating beautiful websites but the end user needs to be able to use them and understand how to use them without requiring a computer science degree or technology interpreter.

Her solution is to communicate with the client on the planning and execution of the website and provide support when the website is complete. She does this by providing WordPress training, website hosting, website maintenance and website support packages to suit all needs to ensure her clients are in control of their websites and can manage and maintain it themselves with support from Clare.

Louise Lawlor

Branding Officer