April 12, 2016

For most organisations, partnership is a central theme - either for financial or functional reasons.

Increasingly, I've found myself questioning the rationale by which these partnerships effectively operate - where they might have been improved, why they are thriving or how they flounder.


Of course, there are a whole series of reasons why a partnership...

March 29, 2016

In a bid to pull together some of the most useful business blogs penned over the past few years, I've compiled a 'rattle bag'  of the top five posts - covering five issues which are recurrent themes for business and arts organisations alike.   These 'fab five' (warning: misnomer!) cover bugbears which repeatedly rear their head, namely: communication,...

March 15, 2016


Unconscious bias.  Two words.  Unconscious. Bias

What do you think when you hear these two words? Is it something we can control? Something we're cognisant of? Or something pre-programmed, hard-wired and deeply embedded?


In the immediate period following a stint working with the NWCI on a pilot Unconscious Gender Bias programme - I found myself...

March 1, 2016

Funding for the arts and creative projects has long been the subject of heated discussion, and not without good reason.  


Having spent many an hour (or day, for that matter) scrutinising funding submissions for both arts and business proposals - I'm more than a little familiar with the painful process of validation, economic statistics and projections.


February 9, 2016

 This post was written for the NWCI Blog in 2013 - as the organisation celebrated 40 years of EU membership, as well as its fortieth birthday... the video "Leading Change: 40 Years of the National Women's Council of Ireland' can be viewed here.


I started my business three years ago.  To this day, I remember the first networking event I attended 'flying...

January 18, 2016

If I had a Euro for every time I was asked why I thought there were proportionately less women in certain roles, in leadership,  in decision-making –  or indeed, why they’re often cited as earning markedly less than male counterparts – well, I’d have quite a few Euro.  Probably enough to pay for several train journeys, like the one I’m making back home...

November 23, 2015


Like so many participants in the Twittersphere, I was completely overwhelmed by the incredible groundswell which enveloped social media and public discussion on foot of #WakingTheFeminists.  It’s a narrative that has resonated deeply with huge swathes of the population – male and female, across professions and irrespective of location. 


While #Wa...

September 25, 2015


Written as an OpEd for The Gloss Magazine, September 2015.


My story is a familiar one, like many others, I started to work for myself in the teeth of the recession – 2010 – when the economic landscape was bitingly bleak, change was constant and fear was ever-present.  To be honest, I really didn’t know what I was doing – I had good experience, a degre...

September 1, 2015

Writtten for the NWCI Blog - December 2014 


Last year marked National Women’s Council’s fortieth birthday; it also coincided with the occasion of forty years of Irish membership of the European Union.  Undoubtedly, two significant anniversaries for both Irish society and economy.  Two weeks ago, the Women’s Council opened the doors to their new home in...

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