John Adair is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and leadership development. Over a million managers worldwide have taken part in the Action-Centred Leadership programmes he pioneered.
ohn has had a colourful early career. He served as a platoon commander in the Scots Guards in Egypt, and then became the only national serviceman to serve in the Arab Legion, where he became adjutant of a Bedouin regiment. After national service he qualified as a deckhand in Hull and worked on an arctic trawler in Iceland waters. He then worked as a hospital orderly in the operating theatre of a hospital.
After being senior lecturer in military history and adviser in leadership training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and Associate Director of The Industrial Society, in 1979 John became the world’s first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey.
Between 1981 and 1986 John worked with Sir John Harvey-Jones at ICI introducing a leadership development strategy that helped to change the loss-making, bureaucratic giant into the first British company to make a billion pounds profit.
John has written over 50 books, translated into many languages. Recent titles include Lessons in Leadership and How to Lead Others. Apart from being an author he is also a teacher and consultant.
From St Paul’s School he won a scholarship to Cambridge University. John holds the higher degrees of Master of Letters from Oxford University and Doctor of Philosophy from King’s College London, and he is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Recently the People’s Republic of China awarded him the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of his ‘outstanding research and contribution in the field of Leadership’.
From 2009 to 2018, John was appointed Chair of Leadership Studies United Nations System Staff College in Turin.
Dawn is a Senior Manager on the International Productivity Programs team in Salesforce. Productivity programs partner with the sales organisation on their productivity and talent strategy, enhancing their ability to attract, develop and retain top talent. Since joining the team in 2019, Dawn has supported the development of the end to end sales talent journey, driving a number of key initiatives across career management, coaching/development conversations, and leadership development.
Prior to joining Salesforce, Dawn was a Senior Manager in the Deloitte Human Capital Consulting practice where she led the Talent and Leadership practice across Private and Financial Services clients. In her 8 years as a consultant, she gained significant experience in the assessment, development and delivery of transformative programs to support talent management and business strategy. She has particular expertise in the areas of leadership development and assessment, competency framework design, organisation design, talent reviews, succession planning and talent strategy development.
Dawn has an Masters in Occupational Psychology from the University of Nottingham and a BA in Psychology from UCD. She is a qualified Executive Coach and is certified in the use of a wide range of psychometrics to include NEO-PI-R, Hogan Suite of Assessments and Saville Wave.
Anne Caulfield is an Accredited Executive Coach, with a background of 20 years’ international business experience in corporate, working for blue chip companies in the IT, Healthcare and Telco industries, within Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain.
Anne is the founder of ElevateEdge Coaching & Consulting Ltd, coaching senior executives and business leaders in blue chip companies, financial services, SME’s and Third Level Educational bodies.
Anne supports professionals to develop their influence and authority in their business and careers through Leadership Development, Executive Coaching and Career Coaching. This is delivered though one-to-one coaching, workshops and masterclasses.
What we do
Elevating professionals and organizations success potential, fostering creativity and innovation to reinvent and maintain their edge in business. This is achieved through Leadership and Career development, supported by Executive Coaching, Workshops and Masterclasses. Supporting large organisations, business owners and professionals.
I help businesses to develop high performing teams, that deliver higher productivity and results. When they work with me, they discover powerful principles that boost collaboration, engagement, motivation and career fulfilment in every team member. I also support professionals one-to-one, to develop the influence and authority to take control of a more fulfilling and rewarding career path, doing what they do best.
Global engagement strategist & Internationalisation expert
Co-Founder & CEO
The Riasc Partnership
HR professional & Chartered Fellow of CIPD
Karen Maher Associates
Rebecca has held the Global Marketing Director position at iheed for the past 2 years. iheed is an Irish Medical Education Organisation and is leading the way in delivering high-quality online medical education. Built by doctors and healthcare professionals, iheed has over 30,000 users across the globe, and believes that effective, accessible medical education is the key to providing better health outcomes worldwide.
With over sixteen years’ experience in international education across the higher education and medical education sectors, Rebecca has held management responsibility for Griffith College International office (2004 – 2012) and the International Division of UCD College of Engineering & Architecture (2012 – 2017) and has provided leadership to the broader university community on internationalisation, international engagement and international partnerships.
Rebecca has travelled extensively on governmental trade missions and is a specialist in new market development. She has brokered 50+ education bilateral agreements with Universities and Government Agencies in Europe, China and India.
Rebecca is a high-performing professional with strong leadership skills and specialised Higher Education market knowledge. She is a specialist in developing consistent, powerful brand messaging across regional / global markets and customer segments. Adept at the utilisation of web-based communications tools. Rebecca is an international marketing strategist. She has the ability to balance brand custodianship with robust income increases. Energetic, commercially focused, results-oriented strategic thinker, with a keen sense of business awareness including strong analytical and communication skills. Proven ability to lead teams and develop and nurture positive relationships.
Orla is an International Human Resource Executive who has operated at C- Suite level in Europe, US and Asia. Over the past 25 years she has teamed with business leaders in multi-cultural, global markets, focussing on acquiring and growing businesses, in both consumer and enterprise technology. Her previous roles include, EMEA HR Director at HP, Global Vice President HR at Activision Blizzard, and most recently Chief Human Resources Director at eir in Ireland. On leaving eir she founded The Riasc Partnership – which works with a range of Entrepreneurial Companies and Not for Profit organisations on business, organisation strategy, she is also a Director of CDP Leadership Consulting which provides Executive Coaching and Leadership Assessment Programs to the Corporate market. Orla is also a well known advocate for the role of Women in Business and is a member of the Steering Committee of 30% Club Ireland, and the Board of the Shona Project. A Psychology and Economics Graduate from UCC, she completed a Diploma in Executive Coaching at IMI.
‘Having worked in both high growth and start up companies, I have seen the significant financial and market impact of developing, and retaining great people. My passion, is enabling the success of businesses through the development of their people and creation of talent/succession plans which allow our clients identify and retain highly valued leaders. My work enables me to share my experience with our clients to ensure they leverage all of their people and create an environment where everyone can be the best version of themselves. Business now moves so fast, that enabling agile, diverse and resilient organizations is key to success.’
A HR professional and Chartered Fellow of CIPD with a background in Organisational and Workforce Development, HR Consultancy and Management Training delivery. Specialist interests include Coaching, Mentoring, Mediation, Emotional Intelligence, Life Long Learning and Training design and delivery to meet specific organisational needs. Karen gained a wide range of experience in the UK and Ireland in both the Public and Private Sector in HR, Training, Organisational Development and Consultancy before establishing Karen Maher Associates.
Karen Maher Associates specialises in Coaching and Mentoring, Workplace Mediation Services Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Action Planning, Building Resilience, and design and delivery of Management Development Programmes.
Prior to Karen Maher Associates, Karen was a successful Management Consultant for SHRC Ltd and the Health Management Institute of Ireland with a reputation across both public and private health services as a first-class management trainer and coach. Karen was responsible for designing and delivering successful development programmes including a popular Leadership and Management Development programme for nurses and midwives in the Dublin North East area as well as specific courses for Clinical Nurse Specialists and Public Health Nurses accredited by NMBI. She designed and delivered HMI programmes across the country focusing on a range of specific management skills as well one to one sessions dedicated to improving the professional and personal development and wellbeing of individuals from various organisations.
Previously employed in the UK by Cleveland Police specialising in Equality and Diversity, this role included the design and delivery of HR related training to Police Officers of all ranks. Karen was also employed for a number of years in Local Authorities in the North East of England as a Training Manager and Organisational Development Manager before moving to Ireland.
Educated to Masters levels, with a MA in HRM as well as a BA(Hons) in Education. A qualified Executive Business Coach and Mediator, licensed to deliver and interpret the EQi2 Emotional Intelligence Test and skilled in coaching teams and individuals.
Karen is passionate about HR and Organisational Development and helping people realise their full potential. Karen is skilled in a wide range of management disciplines and tools to facilitate Training and experiential learning with a considerable background in working with individuals, facilitating their personal growth and development.
Tanya is a chartered psychologist and a member of the Division of Work and Organisational Psychology and Coaching Psychology Group within the Psychological Society of Ireland. A certified trainer, accredited coach and facilitator, she tailors her coaching and training sessions to the unique needs of every client and focuses on her participants to facilitate high impact events.
Tanya is a guest lecturer on the M.B.A. Programme at the National College of Ireland and the Diploma in Organisational Change and Development at the Irish Management Institute.
Her qualifications include M.Sc. (Work & Organisational Psychology) University of Limerick; B.A. (Psychology) U.C.D.; Adv. Dip. (Personal, Leadership & Executive Coaching), Cert. Solution-Focused Business Professional University of Milwaukee and BPS Certificates in Occupational and Personality Testing.
Own The Room is a training company like no other. We combine highly interactive learning programs and world- class Coaches to arm you with knowledge and skills you can apply immediately.
We believe in teaching for how people learn today: quickly, and by doing. You won’t find boring lectures, powerpoint presentations, or awkward programs here. Through our unique, experiential approach, we bring high-energy, fun, and collaboration to learning. Leaders at all levels are empowered with breakthrough skills to communicate, influence, drive progress, and exude confidence — all while boosting the bottom line.
Since our founding in 2011, we’ve partnered with hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies in 46 countries, delivering training in communication, sales and leadership.
Ber Mulcahy is currently the Director of Nursing in Bon Secours Hospital Cork and has worked there for 30 years in a number of Nursing / Leadership roles as Nurse Tutor, Human Resource Manager and is now also a member of the Hospital Management Team.
Ber has a particular interest in the area of staff development and learning. For many years Ber lectured in UCC in the area of HR management where she used as her motto “People are our greatest asset, they appreciate with investment”.
Having completed a HDip in Coaching Psychology and an MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions Ber identified the potential and great need for the promotion of stress reduction in the work place, particularly in health care where employees often express and suffer the symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout.
Ber believes Mindfulness has a lot to offer employees both for their personal and professional lives in the area of stress reduction and building resilience. In 2016 she initiated a Programme on the introduction of Mindfulness for staff. To date approximately 200 staff have completed the MBSR Programme (8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme). Mindfulness has also been integrated to a number of patient education areas e.g. Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Ber is currently studying for a Degree in Theology to complement the spiritual dimensions of Mindfulness.
While compassion is a core value of Bon Secours and the Irish Nursing profession, Ber believes that compassion needs to be clearly defined, understood, measured and tangible for both patients and staff.
Julian Hayes is a highly experienced Data Privacy and Security consultant with more than 16 years working in the telecommunications and IT industry. As Managing Director of Veneto Privacy Services, Julian provides in-depth data protection consultancy services to clients in diverse industries throughout Europe and the United States. Julian has previously worked in very senior roles, including reporting to the Chief Privacy Officer of Vodafone Group in London. Julian was also Privacy Officer for Vodafone Ireland for many years before moving to abroad for international experience.
Bernard is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a Master’s in Business Management and Marketing.
Bernard is a Co-Founder of PepTalk and Chief Commercial Officer. He also holds a number of other business interests both in Ireland and abroad. He is the current President of the Irish Sport Federation, is a Board Member of Aware.
Bernard has played with Dublin for over a decade, earning 6 All Ireland Medals, 12 Leinster Medals and 4 GAA Football All Star Awards as well as Footballer of the Year in 2010.
Independent News and Media PLC
The Wellness Crew
Mr. Kieran Mulvey has been Non-Executive Director of Independent News and Media PLC since August 29, 2018. Mr. Mulvey has had a distinguished career in public service having been Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission, and formerly Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission, for over 25 years until his retirement in 2016 and has served on the governing boards of a number of public bodies including University College Dublin, the Independent Radio and Television Commission and the National Economic and Social Council. He is a Director of Dublin City University DAC, Chairman of Adare Human Resources Ltd, Chairman of Sport Ireland and Trustee/Treasurer of the registered charity, the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. Mr. Mulvey has extensive experience on projects with the European Union and the International Labour Organisation and since his retirement has been engaged by the Government on a number of strategic issues. He is the recipient of Honorary Doctorates from the National University of Ireland and University College Dublin.
Nick is one of the founding directors of The Wellness Crew and the Managing Director of Employee Financial Wellness, a financial wellness educational programme delivered to companies of all shapes and sizes.
Nick is a financial planning specialist by trade and has developed over the course of his career a deep understanding and expertise in employee financial wellness. He has consistently linked the importance of smart money management with the elimination of employee stress and has developed an educational programme which address this ongoing concern.
Nick is a Specialist Investment Adviser, Pension Trustee Practioneer, and one of a small number of Certified Financial Planners ™ operating in Ireland today.
He is now considered a thought leader on financial wellness in Ireland and has designed and runs Ireland’s leading Employee Financial Wellness programme which promotes a philosophy of “No Surprises”. This philosophy teaches employees how to identify, quantify and target their own future financial events, therefore eliminating the potential stress of not being prepared for the expected and the unexpected alike.
Following on from the success of Employee Financial Wellness, Nick, along with his colleagues decided to expand and launched The Wellness Crew in 2017, which is a one stop shop for employee wellness activities. The Wellness Crew designs and delivers corporate wellness programmes across 4 main pillars of wellness, namely Mind, Money, Fit and Food in a fun, engaging and meaningful way!
Jennifer is a chartered work and organisational psychologist and joined ESB in 2012, following a decade of HR advisory work in the not-for-profit sector.
Working within health, safety and environment – the focus of health promotion (both at individual and organisational level) has been a feature of her work, alongside the application of both behavioural science and psychological perspectives to support the health and wellbeing of ESB’s diverse workforce.
Like so many couples and families out there, we fell into the trap of convenient food, take-aways and eating out, thinking we were far too busy to cook!After our first holiday alone without the boys we returned feeling tired, overweight and almost depressed. Our weight had increased and our energy levels had decreased, therefore we knew something had to change.We set ourselves goals, supported each other and committed to losing weight together.Over the course of two years, we went on to lose a whopping 13 stone.We found a new passion for food which in turn created a motivating interest in cooking.Shopping for, and preparing healthy food for our family has become a daily priority for us.Our fundamental aim is to encourage people to change their lifestyle by eating nutritious, delicious, tasty, healthy and easy to prepare meals for themselves and their families alike.At robandyvonne.ie you will find tips and recipes to support your journey to becoming a better you.
Geraldine is an experienced coach, facilitator, manager and organisational development practitioner, with over 20 years of experience as a coach, mentor and organisational consultancy in health Care working across the UK and internationally. Geraldine was the Head of the Royal College of Nursing Institute for over six years leading them successfully through a large restructure and branding exercise. She was also one of the Lead Coaches in her previous organisation.
Geraldine is passionate about ensuring patients’ experiences are at the centre of service design and delivery. She has a breadth of experience in developing clinical leaders and in managing change creatively, having developed and led the RCN Clinical Leadership Programme which has impacted on the quality of patient care and working lives of healthcare workers internationally. Geraldine was voted in People Management’s list of the top 50 over 50 employees in 2015.
Geraldine is a registered nurse and her first degree is in Nursing. She has an MSc in Organisational Consulting from Ashridge, Geraldine completed her coaching training with the I Coach Academy and is currently completing a post graduate certificate in Advanced Coaching and Supervision. Geraldine is accredited to use a range of instruments including MBTI steps I and II, Hays Leadership and Climate Survey; Aston Team Performance Inventory; NHS Leadership 360;. She is also trained in using a variety of approaches including Thinking Environment and Appreciative Inquiry, a Schwartz round facilitator. She has recently completed a certificate in Systemic Team Coaching with AoEC and a Team Development and Team Coaching Programme with TPC.