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.

The Executive Officers at the 2019 AGM:

Helen Wycherley


Qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 2007. Since then Helen has been working in the family business with her father which consists of the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, West Cork and Marina Commerical Park, Cork City.

Helen’s main focus is strategic and to drive the business forward in all areas. Helen has a particular emphasis on sales, marketing and PR.

The Celtic Ross Hotel is a 66 bedroomed hotel overlooking Rosscarbery Bay and Lagoon on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is a perfect destination to escape from the day to day routine of our lives.

The Marina Commercial Park is a 23 acre site in Cork Docklands consisting of commercial, industrial and office space available to rent. Located only 1km from Cork city centre. It is part of the Cork South Docklands local area development plan. It is the former Ford plant in Ireland.

Helen lives in Cork with her husband John, son Liam and daughters Laura & Kate

Louisa Meehan

Vice President

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.

Barbara Nugent


Barbara Nugent is Treasurer of Network Ireland.

As a qualified Accountant since 1992 Barbara has worked as a Senior Finance
Executive for multinational organisations for more than 20 years. From start-
ups to development of European HQ finance function, her years of leading
teams through change, professional and personal development of new leaders
and improving productivity in operations led her to a new career. In 2014 she
left her high profile corporate role as VP Finance EMEA and India to start her
own business – coaching and mentoring business people in the same skills she
had learned over her years in business. Having completed three post-graduate
diplomas with Irish Management Institute in Leadership, Executive Coaching
and Organisational Behaviour she completed her studies in 2015 with UCC
with an MSc in Business Practice. In 2014 Transilient Coaching Ltd was born,
an Executive Coaching business specialising in the leadership skills of
Emotional Intelligence and Resilience but also providing a broad range of
services encompassing strategy setting, career coaching, development of high
performance teams and quarterly business focus sessions for small business.
Barbara speaks regularly at events on the topics of EQ and Resilience building
aimed at helping others adopt a healthier view of work and life. Barbara is
married to John for 20 years and has a son Sam (18) and a daughter Lorna (14)
and lives in Clonakilty, West Cork.

Roseann Heavy

Ex Officio

Roseann, previously a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young London Roseann is now Partner in Noone Casey. She has extensive experience and knowledge of auditing and accounting, risk management and taxation for all sizes of businesses across all types of industries including IT & Technology, Marketing, Retail and Financial Services.

Roseann now advises SME business owners in maximising profitability and tax planning. She is also heavily involved in making extensive use of Information Technology in all aspects of her practice to enhance the services and efficiencies as well as to advise clients.

Louise Lawlor

Branding Officer

Louise Lawlor is Brand Manager with Network Ireland

Niamh Hennessy


Niamh has 15 years of experience in the areas of communications, public relations and journalism.
She has worked in Dublin, Cork, London and New York and was most recently Media Relations Manager for AIB Bank. She is now Client Director with Healy Communications.
Niamh also worked as a Senior Business Journalist at the Irish Examiner and was Chief Reporter at the Irish Post Newspaper in London. In addition to this Niamh has worked for RTE, the Sunday Business Post and now produces the award winning Red Business podcast on Red FM.
Niamh has a Degree in Government and Public Policy from University College Cork and Diplomas in Journalism and Public Relations. She was placed first in Ireland in the Public Relations Institute of Ireland Diploma in Public Relations. She was also nominated twice for Smurfit Business School Young Business Journalist of the Year.

Vivienne Reilly

Website Officer

Vivienne is a Product Owner in Monsoon Consulting working with a team of designers and developers to plan, design, build and support commercial, scalable and engaging Enterprise Ecommerce and Content platforms that are helping businesses to meet the digital experience expectations of their customers.

She holds a Masters degree in Digital Innovation from Smurfit and has previously worked in Vodafone and EY.

Noreen McKenzie

Branch Liaison

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.

Emily Mahon

Social Media Co-ordinator

Emily is currently the Social Media Manager for Network Ireland and Secretary of Network Ireland Kildare Branch. Emily is the owner and company director of MentorUs Business Solutions an award winning business providing qualified business mentoring to Irish SME’s. Emily holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and an Honours Degree in Health Service Management. Through years of experience of working with businesses and entrepreneurs, Emily has developed a wealth of knowledge in business areas such as Marketing, Human Resource Management, Strategic Planning and Business Planning. Emily is also the Business Manager for the HSE National Ambulance Service.

Ciara Wilson

Business Awards Co-ordinator

Ciara Wilson is the Business Awards Co-ordinator with Network Ireland

Edwina Gore

Communications Officer

Edwina Gore is the Communications Officer with Network Ireland

Adrienne Harrington


Adrienne Harrington is the Secretary of Network Ireland

Marguerite O’Sullivan

Membership Officer

Marguerite O’Sullivan is the Membership Officer with Network Ireland

Muireann FitzMaurice

Mentorship Officer

Muireann FitzMaurice is the Mentorship Officer with Network Ireland

Joan Walsh

Sponsorship Officer

Joan Walsh is Sponsorship Officer of Network Ireland