Our Panel of Mentors consists of experienced professionals who will assist (gratis) those who can benefit from individual guidance for a defined period.


Mentoring has become an increasingly popular means of supporting personal development. Essentially, an experienced person supports a less experienced person in a supportive and informal way, with meetings taking place as required. It’s not just about someone answering your occasional questions or providing ad hoc help. It’s more about a continuing relationship of discussion, learning and challenge.


Request a mentor: If you would like to engage with a mentor please select a mentor from our panel. Once you have familiarised yourself with the terms of engagement, you may submit a request in writing to including your contact details, your preferred mentor and the area in which you would like to be mentored and we will get back to you.




Noel Caffrey
Noel Caffrey (BBS (Hons), MSc, ADipPEC, MSc FIITD Chartered FCIPD, FICMA) has coached and mentored hundreds of manager in several countries across Europe and North America. He is vastly experienced in one-to-one and team coaching, and mentoring. He has worked as head of T&D/head of HR for Burlington Industries, Molex SA, Bausch & Lomb, Coca Cola Ireland and Becton Dickinson.


Michelle Canny
Michelle Canny is passionate about helping individuals and teams be the very best they can be. Michelle is a Chartered Psychologist with The Psychological Society of Ireland; Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the Division of Work & Organisational Psychology and a qualified Personal & Executive Coach (Distinction). She has extensive experience of working across both the public and private sectors providing professional Human Resource solutions, often in organisations undertaking significant change. 
Her current areas of special interest include succession management, leadership & management development, performance management, change management, executive coaching, recruitment & selection, organisational development, and team development.


John Gorman 

John Gorman is a HR and L&D professional with extensive experience in the FMCG food industry in Ireland and the UK. As HR Director for Green Isle Foods Ltd and with multi-location experience in operational and HR/L&D roles he led the people agenda across Ireland, the UK, as part of a privately-owned multinational business and has experience of working in a multinational plc.
John has an MSc in Training and Performance Management (University of Leicester), a Diploma in Training and Development and a Certificate in Employment Law. John is a past President of the Irish Institute of Training and Development.


Tricia Hayes
Tricia Hayes’s 25-year teaching/training career began with a City & Guilds NVQ in 1995, a PGCE in 1998 and an RSA Assessor Award in 2000. Tricia developed a FETAC Level 6 Award in Mediation Skills/Practice with the NCI in 2006, also a FETAC Level 6 Award in Training Trainers in 2014 with the OTC. She lectures occasionally in NUIM and offers training/mentoring services to a number of voluntary organisations.


Kevin Henry
Kevin Henry has 20 years experience in people development and OD. He currently leads the Learning & Talent team in Permanent TSB to support the business strategy by designing and delivering a wide range of fully aligned interventions. His expertise includes talent management, performance management, leadership development and coaching, recruitment & selection, succession planning, organisational development and strategic HRD.


Maura Jakksen Byrne
Maura Jakksen Byrne of Your Business Smart Coach is a Kingstown College qualified Senior Executive Coach and Mentor. She is a qualified Behavioural Analyst and Psychometric Tester using the TTI International DISC system. She is a member of the European Mentor and Coaching Council (EMCC) abiding by their code of ethics. 
Maura is a marketing graduate who has run several successful small businesses and is a published author. In 2019, Maura has worked with senior leadership teams in the medical, media, financial and recruitment sectors. She lectures on Emotional Resilience at Work and has written articles for The Sunday Business Post on Employee Retention Strategies.


Brendan Kellett
An experienced L&D professional with over 25 years in L&D roles, Brendan Kellett, who is accredited to Masters level, has lectured on an undergraduate L&D programme in UCC for six years. In the work environment he has delivered on the introduction of operator accreditation, traditional apprenticeships, new technology introductions, new product introductions and leadership programmes. He is a qualified life and business coach and has also completed Programme Validator training with QQI.


Lindsay Malone
Lindsay Malone is the Deputy Head of Faculty of Lifelong Learning with IT Carlow. Lindsay has spent the last number of years as an Associate Lecturer teaching across Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts programmes. Lindsay has held Senior Management roles across both the Voluntary and Community Sector and the Private Sector. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts (hons), a post-grad Diploma, a Masters of Arts in Teaching & Learning in Further & Higher Education. Lindsay is currently a PhD in Education and Social Justice Candidate with Lancaster University. Lindsay is a Fellow with IITD and her specialities include management and leadership development, learning & development, further and higher education, lifelong learning and people management.


Noel McDermott
Noel McDermott has over 15 years’ experience as a learning professional in a variety of roles and organisations, primarily with a global focus. He can share his experience and insights into learning and development, with a particular focus on stakeholder management, performance consulting, learning management, change management, training delivery and evaluation.


Majella McGill
Majella McGill is a highly motivated, hard-working Learning & Development Consultant who is passionate about learning and development practices and solutions. She has a proven track record, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services, which enables her to engage, build relationships and work effectively across all levels in an organisation through excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong focus on diversity and inclusion across groups, quickly building trust and credibility with stakeholders. Her strengths lie in identifying new solutions and workarounds during times of ambiguity and in fast-changing environments. Majella implements best practice learning methodologies, encouraging people to think, learn and perform at their best in order to deliver process improvements and tangible business results. She has worked for KPMG, the Irish Stock Exchange, State Street, and currently works for AIB.


Louise McNamara
Louise McNamara has extensive operational, human resource, learning and development and general management experience in a variety of organisations as well as 20 years' experience consulting, coaching, designing and delivering learning and development solutions and facilitating in organisations around the world. She works with senior managers and leaders in the areas of strategy and business planning, unleashing people potential, aligning ways of working to enable strategy and all areas of interpersonal skills. She is a business owner and director of Invisio.


Niall O'Ceallaigh
Niall O'Ceallaigh is an experienced senior executive with a track record of delivering results in challenging environments. He was appointed from the private sector in the Department of Finance in 2011 to professionalise the HR services. He completed his apprenticeship as an Aircraft Engineer with the Irish Air Corps, holds an MBS from DCU and a Diploma in Coaching from the IMI. He is a Master Practitioner in NLP and is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach. He is a Fellow of IITD.


Ailish O'Connor
Ailish O'Connor is the Managing Director of Olas Software Training and Development. She has over 30 years' commercial experience in the professional IT services sector in Ireland and globally. Ailish is also is head of the Corporate Training division in Olas, and works with a variety of clients and projects locally and for a range of global clients. She is passionate about adding value to a company through technology, and making its employees more productive and efficient while also reducing stress in their working environment.


Want to be a mentor? We’re always delighted to add suitable mentors to our panel. To discuss the possibilities, please contact us: