Dr Jack NagleDr Jack Nagle

CEO, Alpha Healthcare

Jack is the founder and CEO of Alpha Healthcare, an Irish company dedicated to providing business and management support nationwide to GPs and healthcare professionals in Ireland and the UK.

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The company specialises in practice benchmarking and practice change management and has worked with more than 100 practices. The company won an award for primary care centre initiatives in 2011.
In 2009, the company established Alpha Primary Care (APC) in the UK and has worked in practices in Manchester, Newcastle and London. APC formed a strategic partnership with the NHS Alliance in 2010 focused on practice standards and key performance indicators for general practice.
The company has done extensive work in supporting practices in London, with a combined list of 350,000 patients supporting them with registration and compliance to the Care Quality Commission’s standards and in setting up Quality Management Systems.
Alpha is acutely aware of the challenges facing GPs and healthcare professionals and has developed a range of cost effective services that focus on enhancing patient service and enhancing practice performance.
Jack has been approved by the Institute of Leadership & Management to give training in the areas of practice management and healthcare.
Jack has a keen interest in all healthcare related matters and a particular interest in Total Quality Management, Quality Management Systems and they can lead to quantum improvements in healthcare delivery systems.

Paul A. White

Dip Corp Gov, C Dir – Director – Governance Ireland

Paul A. White is a founding member of DCC Technology, he has held Board and Senior Executive roles for DCC Plc. within the ICT sector in France, the UK, and Ireland. He is currently employed as a Corporate Governance adviser with Governance Ireland Ltd.

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Paul is a graduate of the postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School, he has achieved Chartered Director (C Dir) status with the IOD (UK) He is a founder member of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland (CGAI), a member of the Institute of Directors (Irl & UK), and the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA).

Paul is currently the Chair of the CMRF, the fundraising foundation of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, a member the audit committee of the Office of the Attorney General and a Board Member and Audit Committee member of Tusla.

Kate Colleary

Principal, Colleary & Co and a founder and director of consulting firm, Frontier Privacy

Kate gained an honours degree in law from Trinity College Dublin in 1995. She has been a qualified solicitor since 1999.

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She has also received a Diploma in Arbitration from UCD and a Diploma in E-Commerce from the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. She previously led the IP/Data Protection department of a large international firm. In Frontier Privacy, Kate runs the team that carries out Data Protection audits/gap analysis reporting for clients, large and small. Her team is renowned for providing clear, commercially focused solutions and clearly mapping how to achieve compliance using a project management approach.

Kate is regularly asked to speak on FOI and data protection issues and to comment in the media. She lectures on the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland’s postgraduate courses in technology law.  She was one of only three Irish lawyers nominated for a Women in Law Award by the UK’s Lawyer Magazine. Kate has recently set up a “knowledge-net” group of privacy professionals who meet monthly to analyse the latest developments in privacy and cyber-information. She is also the Irish Co-Chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Keith PheaseyKeith Pheasey

Business Development Manager – ARC Management Systems

Keith Pheasey is the Business Development Manager with Arc Management Systems in Kilkenny.

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Keith has over twenty years experience in the field of Management Systems and Standards and during this time he has held the position of Systems Manager for a number of companies across Ireland & Europe. As part of his current role Keith advises companies and national bodies on their obligations around Standards.

Gerry O’Sullivan

Chartered QS, Barrister-at-Law

Gerry is a highly experienced expert in construction law, & has extensive experience having worked on large & high profile educational, healthcare, commercial, residential & infrastructural projects.

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Working with Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP) since 1989, he has served on many professional committees within the Construction Industry, and is Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors’ Dispute Resolutions Committee, the current chairman of the Construction Liaison Committee as well as Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Dispute Resolutions Standing Committee. He is currently on the panel of conciliators/arbitrators for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, the CIF and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is an accomplished author.

Working with Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP) since 1989, he has served on many professional committees within the Construction Industry, and is Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors’ Dispute Resolutions Committee, the current chairman of the Construction Liaison Committee as well as Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Dispute Resolutions Standing Committee. He is currently on the panel of conciliators/arbitrators for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, the CIF and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is an accomplished author.

Sonya Meekel

MSc M.A, BSc Eng, P.G Dip.Proj Man, P.G Dip Ed, C.Eng, M.I.E.I., Lecturer Dublin Institute of Technology

Sonya has extensive management experience having worked as a Consultant Engineer and as Project Manager within the construction sector for several years.

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Having worked for companies such as ABM Europe, White Young Green and Balzar Engineering, Sonya was responsible for the management and coordination of numerous teams and developed the practice of understanding, developing and deploying people and their skills. Sonya now lecturers in DIT, where she specialises in People and Project Management. She is also currently active in the areas of management and training for international projects.

Fiona Forde

Barrister specialising in Construction Law

Called to the Bar in 2002, Fiona is dual qualified as both a barrister and a mechanical engineer.

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Fiona trained in London with the legal team of a global firm of consulting engineers before acting as legal adviser to their Irish offices and has experience in both contentious and non-contentious legal construction work. She holds a Masters Degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, a Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Construction Law and Contract Administration and an LLM in Public Procurement Law and Policy. As a Barrister, Fiona has been instructed across the full spectrum of engineering and construction disputes from professional indemnity insurance, loss, expense and prolongation claims, defects claims, public procurement and adjudication. Fiona is familiar with all the major forms of construction contracts from the traditional Irish RIAI and IEI forms to NEC, FIDIC and the Irish Public Works forms. 

Peter Plant

BSc.Mgmt., MA, FCCA, Lecturer

Peter has considerable experience having worked in numerous senior management positions, and has delivered training programmes all around the world.

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He has worked for a number of years with Fusco Foods, the JS Lister Group and spent almost 10 years with National Medical Care (a US Multinational Pharmaceutical Company) before becoming Finance Director of Dublin Business School. More recently Peter was the Managing Director of BPP Professional Education where he became actively involved in various aspects of management and professional training for various clients including EY, Eircom, Bord na Mona and many more. He regularly delivers training programmes around the world.

Sean ColemanSean Coleman

Coleman Risk Consulting

Sean Coleman has more than 35 years’ experience as a Risk Management Practitioner with experience across a very broad range of organisations and disciplines.

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He has worked with a number of Insurers and was Risk Consulting Practice Leader for Marsh in Ireland up until 2012. Sean has worked with a diverse range of clients (On line gaming to Government enforcing agencies) in the implementation of Risk Management systems including Business Continuity employing a wide variety of risk assessment techniques.
In terms of ISO 31000 Sean has co-authored the Irish Guidelines and has sat on the NSAI Risk Management Standards Consultative Committee for 6 years. He is currently the Irish Subject matter expert and representative on 31010 Risk assessment techniques (under revision).

Elizabeth RussellElizabeth Russell

BSc MSc CEnv MCIWEM C.WEM – JBA Consulting

Elizabeth has been a key member of the JBA team involved in integrating the Planning Guidelines within the wide framework of the Local Authority planning system.

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She developed the SFRA for Laois, and through an iterative process, worked with the Forward Planning Team to allocate land zoning objectives in the County Development Plan. Elizabeth provided guidance and training to Cork County Council as they undertook SFRA for their LAPs. She has project managed numerous other SFRAs, including Clonmel Development Plan, the Mountmellick and Portlaoise Local Area Plans and the SFRA for the Ennis and Environs Development Plan (2013-2020). She has also acted as Technical Advisor and Reviewer to Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in the preparation of their recent County Development Plans.

On behalf of the DoEHLG and OPW, Elizabeth developed and facilitated a series of interactive workshops aimed at guiding local authority staff through the stages of flood risk identification, initial assessment and detailed FRA. She has undertaken numerous flood risk assessment and modelling projects on behalf of National Agencies, local authorities and private clients. She is familiar with Irish and international hydrology methodologies, and a number of 1D and 2D hydraulic modelling packages.  She is also JBA’s Deputy Project Manager on the Western CFRAM Study, giving her first-hand experience in developing and using the CFRAM map and report outputs.

Stephen Hanaphy

Barrister at the Law Library, Four Courts

Stephen, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and of the King’s Inns, has been practising at the Irish Bar since 2010. His expertise lies generally in the area of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate insolvency and company restructuring.

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He has experience at, District, Circuit and High Court level of a wide range of civil disputes, and has acted for both employers and employees in employment law litigation, for creditors and debtors in debt collection matters, and for debenture holders in receivership cases. Stephen has contributed to programmes on RTE and TG4 on the subject of insolvency and mental health, and recently featured in The Irish Times in the context of his representation of restaurateurs in a high-profile corporate misfeasance action.  

Hugh Jones

Managing Partner – Sytorus Ltd

Hugh is a specialist in the area of Data Protection. With a strong background in IT and business project management, both in Ireland and internationally, Hugh works closely with clients to understand their data management requirements, design practical policies and deploy compliant processes and solutions.

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Hugh regularly speaks at seminars and conferences on the topic of data protection, including recently at the National Pharmacy Summit. He has worked in a variety of industries, including the Financial Services, Retail, Medical, Charity and Direct Marketing sectors. Hugh is an experienced tutor and mentor. 

Brendan Slattery

Partner, Barry Doyle & Company

Brendan has spent the last four years prosecuting environmental offences for the Environmental Protection Agency and defending decisions of An Bord Pleanála from challenge.

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The practice at Barry Doyle & Company is at the leading edge of environmental and planning law in Ireland, working with the Agency, the Board, many local authorities, the Irish Environmental Network, Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Health and Safety Authority. Before joining Barry Doyle & Company in 2013, Brendan Slattery was a partner working within the Litigation Department at Arthur Cox, with specific emphasis on public authority regulation and control. During fourteen years there, he developed a strong practice in the field of environment, planning and climate change. He has extensive experience advising regulatory authorities, developers, funders and objectors on a wide range of local and national infrastructure. Having worked on almost every major energy infrastructure project in Ireland during that period, including every major waste-fuelled power project, and on significant projects within the transport, water, wastewater, pharmachem, building materials and agri-business, sectors, Brendan has been advising on the most important issues in this complex area of the law. He has been recognised by his clients as ‘an expert in national and EU environmental law’ (The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)) and as a leading practitioner of both Environmental law and Climate change law (PLC Which Lawyer?). Brendan has delivered papers on planning and environmental law at Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, the Law Society of Ireland, the Kings Inns, the Irish Environmental Law Association, to Engineers Ireland, the Irish branch of the International Association of Hydrogeologists, the Composting Association of Ireland, the Irish Business Employer’s Confederation and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association.

Donal KeaneDonal Keane

Governance Ireland

Donal Keane is a Certified Management Consultant and a Principal of Governance Ireland, with over 25 years’ experience in strategy development working across a broad spectrum of sectors.

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He is an expert in strategic planning development and implementation. Donal is also a Certified Assessor in Corporate Governance and advises Boards of Directors on effective strategy development and Governance practice. He holds an MBA from Purdue University and a BSc in Finance from TCD. He has a Certificate in Strategy Management from Cranfield University.

Aebhín Cawley

CEnv MCIEEM Director with Scott Cawley

Aebhín Cawley is Director with Scott Cawley.

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She holds an honours degree in Zoology from Trinity College, Dublin and a postgraduate diploma in Physical Planning at Trinity.  She is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with the Society for the Environment (Soc Env) and a Full Member of the CIEEM.  Aebhin Cawley is an experienced ecological consultant with extensive experience in public and private sector projects including renewable energy, ports and other major infrastructural developments.  Aebhín has been undertaking Appropriate Assessment work in Ireland since 2002 and has been influential in determining the direction in which AA work is evolving in Ireland.  She has delivered lectures and training on Appropriate Assessment to a range of organisations and professional institutes (including the Irish Planning Institute, the Irish Environmental Law Association the National Roads Authority, Engineers Ireland and the Royal Town Planning Institute) and provides Appropriate Assessment training to local authorities and other public sector organisations. She also has been Project Director for ecological services for several major transport and infrastructure applications including the M11 Enniscorthy Bypass and is currently managing the ecological aspects of the Galway City Transport Project.

Dave FarrellyDave Farrelly

M.Sc. (Mgmt.), Dip. Finance, BA

Dave has extensive business and technology management experience having worked in leadership roles in the interactive media and technology sector for his entire career.

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Having worked for companies such as Riverdeep and Vivendi Games, Dave was responsible for business management and operations as well as the oversight of all project delivery. Dave is a seasoned lecturer and trainer specializing in data protection and the upcoming GDPR legislation, project management and IT capability management.

Dave Farrelly Brendan Barrett

Media & Business Communications

Brendan Barrett has had a 40-year career in Media and Business Communications.

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He has worked in the Irish Times and was a founder Director of Dublin’s first free newspaper group, Southside and Northside. He held various senior roles including Managing Editor.


He was a Director of The Sunday Tribune.


Brendan has delivered training in Writing Skills in leading Irish and international companies. He has developed a reputation for his training style that helps create change on the part of attendees.
As well as running his own training business, Brendan lectures extensively on Communications and Media.