Our Speakers


Geraldine Nolan

I have experience working with clients on exploring and developing confidence and I have witnessed the personal and professional transformation when they embrace an opportunity to explore, develop and embrace their confidence.

Career and Life Coach, Advanced Coach Practitioner, Certified Trainer and Facilitator

I am a passionate Career, Executive and Life coach with additional skills and qualifications in Professional Practice and Ethics having qualified with Positive Success Group in September 2016. I subsequently completed the Certificate in Career Coaching at PSG and I hold qualifications in lecturing, training and Business Management.
My career history to date has mainly been in the academic field and I discovered my interest in coaching several years ago whilst working with Students.  My combined experience in the academic and corporate sectors adds value to assisting individuals and groups in achieving their personal and professional goals.
My passion for coaching shines through my work and I enjoy facilitating clients on a 1-1 or group basis.  An area I am really interested in is “confidence” and my coaching experiences with clients to date have shown me how confidence supports success. A combination of relevant skills, qualifications and self-belief gives rise to professional success and fulfilment.

Topics I deliver

  • Resilience and self-care
  • Living with confidence
  • Career coaching
  • CV tips and techniques
  • Interview preparation
  • The Power within

I am active in Continuous Professional Development through QCC (Quality Coaching Circle) and I am an active member of LBCAI (Life and Business Coaching Association of Ireland).

I am available for 1-1 coaching sessions or group sessions


David Greene

I have employed my extensive corporate experience when working as a professional role player, in delivering feedback, facilitating group discussion and coaching.

Personal Profile

I have worked extensively as a freelance Corporate Role Player and Training Consultant. In October 2014, I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Bachelor of Business in Entrepreneurship from the Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT, Dun Laoghaire). I was awarded the Professional Practice Certificate (Distinction) from the Irish Institute of Training and Development in May 2013.

My client base includes leading business schools, accountancy firms and banks. I have supported Learning and Development programmes with Smurfit Business School, KPMG, Deloitte, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank and Bord Na Mona amongst others.

I am a qualified Dramatherapist and received my MA in Dramatherapy from NUI, Maynooth. Dramatherapy is a creative arts therapy that applies drama based techniques as a means to achieve personal growth. I have seen the benefits of creative interventions prompted by drama techniques and personal story work. The interactive nature of such sessions have proved an excellent asset when applied to Learning and Development.

Topics Delivered

  • Change Management – process of change and the Hero’s Journey
  • Interview Skills – delivering your best at a job interview
  • Telling your Story – the art of being memorable
  • What’s Stopping You? – the obstacles holding us back

Areas of Expertise

  • Roleplay
  • Personal Story
  • Dramatherapy
  • Coaching
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Plans
  • Group facilitation and feedback

Michael Gough

Business Mentor with the Dublin City LEO, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown LEO, and the Small Business Advice Programme.

Business Mentor

Michael has collaborated with a diverse range of start-ups and small businesses, specialising in contract negotiations, strategic planning and business plan implementation.

Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has an MBA from UCD and a post graduate diploma in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise with UCD.

Michael previously held senior management roles in Irish, UK, and US multinationals, primarily in the manufacturing and distribution sectors. His responsibilities included business planning, marketing, human resources, product development, and all financial matters relating to business performance.


  • Negotiation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business planning
  • Raising finance
  • State supports


Stefano Messori

Stefano fosters a strategic design agenda in organisations pursuing organic growth

Design Strategist, Business Trainer and Facilitator.

Stefano collaborates with the management of medium-sized and large organisations (on ad hoc projects) but also with start-ups, through online learning and group facilitation sessions.

In addition to promoting and facilitating the adoption of a strategic design agenda within organisations, Stefano encourages managers to challenge their current understanding of their work and the mental models they have created to explain reality.

Stefano’s on-line programmes invite participants to take part in a conversation about entrepreneurship and its purpose in society. These programmes introduce the concepts of strategic and design thinking and creativity for business innovation.

Find out more at www.stefanomessori.com


Ronald Hughes

Ronald is currently conducting research into leadership whilst designing, testing and validating learning tools and systems as the head of Training at RoundPeg Republic.

Subject Matter Training Specialist

In 1999 after an extensive career in Operations Management at sales and marketing centres, Ronald immigrated permanently to Ireland. A thought leader and sought after trainer in relation to inside sales and customer service centres, he brought the wow factor to customer service and sales. Working with organisations like Sky Television, IBM and the British Government, Ronald was at the cutting edge of many of today’s best known processes in Total Quality Management (TQM).

In Ireland, Ronald established a professional association to push quality across the industry and later, become the training director for a unique sales recruitment venture. SOS School of Sales LTD, as it was called, was best known for breaking the mould as it stormed the marketplace.

During the recession Ronald re-invented himself, studying for two qualifications, and establishing himself as a leading authority in the use of Identity Structure Analysis. Ronald became best known for working to train change into the lives of many whose careers had been thrown into chaos by the economic meltdown. Ronald’s referees attest to his commitment to build strong customer ties through high quality learning systems, and, his uncompromising and demanding need for excellence.


Bernadette & Dermot

Side by side with providing consultancy services for larger clients, Solutions Consultancy Ireland have created a place for themselves in the support infrastructure for enterprise and innovation in Ireland.

Solutions Consultancy Ireland

The team have been travelling the country working with entrepreneurs showing them how to design and build sustainable businesses from the off, by using the most current methods available. These workshops and mentoring sessions have been very well received and have seen great results from the attendees. One of the reasons for Solutions Consultancy Ireland’s success in this area is the fact that they are in constant contact with some of the top learning institutions in the US, for whom they test courses on the subject, providing valuable insights and tweaks before they are launched with executive students.

Topics covered:
Applying Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Lean For Manufacturing and Services, Start Your Own Business, Idea Generation, The Business Model Canvas, Service Design, Enterprise, Design Thinking, Customer Journey Mapping, Organisational Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Innovative Digital Marketing Planning, The Business Plan, Pitching and Selling, Delivering Your Presentation, Sales Strategy.


Deborah Carberry

A modern-day inventor, Deborah toils in her studio over multiple design concepts with a view to improving learning, culture and society.

Roundpeg Republic

With innate facilitation skills and, using methods and processes from self-designed and other popular sources, Deborah is in a unique position to guide Individuals and Teams through design projects and change management.

Deborah commenced her second venture, RoundPeg Republic Ltd, late in 2016. Of this she said,
“I wanted to create a design zone that was driven by exploration, self-expression and excellence”.

She holds 3rd level qualifications in Engineering, Analytics and Entrepreneurship.

Deborah currently lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.