PAI prides itself on bringing together the very best trainers to help us develop and deliver our courses.

Below is a list of some of our regular trainers.

Margaret BouchierMargaret is a leading employment mediator, facilitator, trainer and investigator. Her interest in team dynamics and collaborative workplace development originated from her work as operations manager with creative teams in the graphic design field throughout the 90s and early 2000s. She is an experienced and highly-regarded trainer who has devised and delivered a broad range of training programmes through Working Solutions and Erwin Bouchier Professional Solutions. She was recently awarded the EMIN 2016 Sheeren Award for her work in relation to the development of ethical standards in elder mediation.

David CoffeyDavid Coffey is founding partner and Director of Clearview Group. He has extensive experience in strategic and procurement change. Previous roles include the US Head of Procurement for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, VP of Cor­porate Planning and Strategic Sourcing with ABN AMRO North America. David also worked as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Strategic Change Group, and Director of Services and Supplierforce.

Andy CullenAndy Cullen is a former Assistant Secretary in the Civil Service where his career focused mainly on cor­porate governance and regulation in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors and strat­egy and investment in the public transport sector. He has extensive experience in dealing with State bodies and with the EU and international bodies, in­cluding serving for a period in Brussels with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Andy runs our course on Public Sector Corporate Governance.

Karen ErwinKaren started her professional career as a lawyer and was, for 15 years, a commercial litigation partner in A&L Goodbody, where she developed her practice in employment cases and contract law. In 2002, after eight years as Executive Director and General Counsel at The Irish Times, Karen trained as a mediator and established her own company, Erwin Mediation Services Ltd – which is one of the leading mediation providers in Ireland. Karen’s training style is very interactive and she gets points home by giving “living” examples derived from her wealth of experience either as a Mediator or as a chairperson.

Picture of Economic Consultant Tom Ferris, who comments on the iMFTom Ferris is an independent consultant economist specialising in Public Sector Governance, Better Regulation and Transport Economics. He was Senior Economist in the Department of Transport until February 2006. Since then, he has undertaken consultancy projects for the World Bank, the OECD and a number of private sector companies. He is an occasional lecturer in public sector economics at University College Galway, University College Cork, and Public Affairs Ireland. He writes regularly for Public Affairs Ireland. He holds an MA in Economics from University College Dublin and a Fellowship from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Alison Hand - PictureAlison Hand is a consultant, facilitator, and executive coach with over 18 years’ experience working across both public and private sectors. She is an experienced relationship manager with proven programme management and project management skills, with client programmes winning IITD and ISA awards in 2014. Alison holds an honours degree in Social Science from University College Dublin, a Diploma in Executive Coaching, and a CIPD Diploma in HRM. She is currently working towards her CIPD Award in Digital and Blended Learning. Alison is an accredited MBTI ™ and BarOn EQi™ practitioner. She is also an accredited facilitator of the Career Directions Workshop™.

Ashley HughesAshley Hughes is a training and development specialist with over fifteen years’ experience working in both academic education and management development arenas. Working across public and private sectors, Ashley has designed and delivered bespoke management development training for a range of organisations operating in Ireland and across Europe.   She is an active member of the associate faculty of the IMI and is a regular contributor on many of their programmes. She is a qualified practitioner in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Step 1 & 2, and has used this instrument extensively on open programmes and with in-tact teams.  She recently qualified in Situational Leadership in the UK. Ashley currently lectures at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business teaching Management and Organisational Behaviour on the MBA programmes. She is a HETAC qualified Master Trainer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATina Kinirons develops and delivers training on the topics of people management and leadership, interview skills (for interviewers and interviewees), soft skills (including presentation skills, problem-solving and communications) and training (training other trainers).  She held senior management and consulting roles with large organisations before retraining as a business psychologist.  Her coaching work in the public sector includes management coaching and interview skills coaching.  She holds an MA in Occupational Psychology.

alan lyonsAlan Lyons is a director at KinchLyons – Ireland's leading firm of organisational psychologists. Alan has practiced as a professional psychologist for over 15 years. As a registered psychologist, he undertakes rigorous continuous professional development (CPD). He belongs to both the Division of Work and Organisational Psychology and the Division of Counseling Psychology within the Psychological Society of Ireland. Alan is a qualified coaching psychologist and a founding member of the Society for Coaching Psychology within the British Psychological Society. He is also a recognised professional member and accredited sport psychologist by the Irish Institute of Sport where he works with high-performance elite athletes. He is a highly-experienced and accredited facilitator who works with a large number of blue chip organisations, facilitating leadership and team development programmes as well as delivering individual executive coaching.

pauric_murrayPauric Marray is Associate Director at Quigg Golden. Pauric has over 10 years’ experience advising on construction claims and disputes involving mediation, conciliation, adjudication and arbitration. Pauric also regularly provides advice in relation to procurement issues. He has developed a particular specialism in supporting suppliers through tender processes. A qualified trainer, Pauric has worked extensively in the design and implementation of training programmes for both public and private organisations on a range of legal issues affecting the construction industry. Pauric is the lead trainer on the Public Works Contracts courses provided by Quigg Golden for Engineers Ireland.

Una McDevittÚna McDevitt B.Comm FCA MScOB started her own Training & Development consultancy business in 2002 after a number of years working in the field of training for a large national organisation. Over the years she has honed her own individual style which never fails to receive excellent delegate feedback from all of her events.  Having worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors for many years, Úna has a wide range of experiences to draw upon and as such her training sessions are very practical, hands on, enjoyable and designed to bring about changes in behaviour that enhance performance. Úna develops, designs and delivers training to many of the top public and private sector organisations in Ireland and has been doing so in partnership with Public Affairs Ireland for a number of years.  Her training delivery covers a broad spectrum of relevant business topics including management development, organisational, administrative and time management skills, financial programmes, presentation skills, and interpersonal skills programmes.

daragh_headshot2Daragh O’Brien has almost seventeen years’ experience in Data Quality and Data Governance roles across a variety of industries. He spent a number of years in roles with operational responsibility for Single View of Customer strategy and regulatory governance in the telecommunications sector.  He is a strong strategic thinker, with a focus on improving how people in organisations can use data and information more effectively to improve the bottom line, society, and personal satisfaction. Daragh has contributed to Irish Government policy development on data protection and data governance, and freedom of information. He is also a regular media commentator in Ireland and internationally on data management related issues.

sileSile O Donnell is a HR and Training Consultant and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Trinity College Dublin. She has over 25 years’ experience of designing and implementing best practice HRM, change management and training strategies, initiatives and policies in the public sector. She was Director of HR in the Eastern Regional Health Authority for five years and an Assistant National Director of HR in the HSE for five years. She provides a range of HR services (including individual and team coaching, line management and change management training, HR strategy and policy development, employee relations advice and representation) to many organisations and individuals in the public and private sector.

Patricia Pleass is a professional Training Consultant with almost twenty years industry experience in Training and Development.  She started her career working in front-line customer service with Aer Lingus, progressing on to becoming a senior trainer in the Aer Lingus training centre, delivering quality customer care and safety training to front-line staff and returned to the company years later to manage cabin crew.   She is the owner of a busy preschool and holds a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Education.  Patricia tutors part-time in Early Childhood Education and Care.   During her career, Patricia has delivered training initiatives to both public and private sector organisations, including Aer Lingus, AIB, Dell and Bank of Ireland. She has delivered training programmes in areas as diverse as Customer Service, Supervisory Management, Managing People, Proactive Calling, Train the Trainer and Interpersonal Skills.

jamesJames Sweetman has established himself as one of the pre-eminent Business & Personal Coaches and Trainers in Ireland.  James has held senior positions in a number of blue chip companies, working in the areas of Change Management, Business Development, In addition to his Executive Coaching practice he regularly facilitates training workshops in the areas of Leadership, Management Development Skills, Assertiveness Skills, Presentation Skills, Time Management, Emotional Intelligence & Communication Skills, Motivation, Interviewing Skills and Personal Branding.Sales and Customer Services. James completed a Masters of Business Administration in 1998. He has a Diploma in Business and Personal Coaching and is a certified Master NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner.

In addition to his Executive Coaching practice he regularly facilitates training workshops in the areas of Leadership, Management Development Skills, Assertiveness Skills, Presentation Skills, Time Management, Emotional Intelligence & Communication Skills, Motivation, Interviewing Skills and Personal Branding.

bluesky who tutor on facilitating meetings and workshopsMáire Kearns and Deirdre Fox are directors of Blue Sky Training & Consulting, a company that trains and advises multinational, private and public sector clients in project management and project implementation. They have 21 years’ experience in management and implementation of major strategic projects. In particular, they have extensive experience in implementing software solutions. They are co-authors of the highly acclaimed book The No-Nonsense Project Handbook and are both FÁS-approved trainers.

J Carroll MacNeilDr Jennifer Carroll MacNeill is a political scientist and barrister. She is a former government adviser in the Department of Justice and the Department of Children and former legal adviser to Enda Kenny.

Michael Connellan BL, leader of courtroom skills trainingMichael Connellan BL is a practicing Barrister. He works primarily in the areas of Labour & Employment Law, Tort & Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law. Michael holds a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh and is also a graduate of University College Dublin and The Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

Sharon-Dillon-Lyons BLSharon Dillon-Lyons is a Barrister-at-Law. She practises in civil litigation including tort and contract law. She has experience working in policy and compliance with non-governmental organisations; specifically legal duties of bodies including legislative compliance with data protection, freedom of information and health and safety. She also has experience of best practice tools to monitor implementation of policies, procedures and compliance with legal and contractual obligations.

Garrett FennellGarrett Fennell is a solicitor and a specialist consultant in regulatory and public affairs. Garrett has advised a large number of public bodies on compliance issues and practices. Garrett is a founding Director of Public Affairs Ireland and established a specialist regulatory and public policy consultancy in 1997. He formerly worked as a public affairs consultant with the ESB.

Kenan Furlong A&LGoodbodyKenan Furlong is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of A&L Goodbody. He has advised on some of Ireland's most high-profile corporate crises in recent years. Kenan heads A&L Goodbody's Fraud & White Collar Crime Unit with Joe Kelly. He advises clients on internal investigations, whistleblowing issues, dawn raids, and money laundering issues. He also advises clients on managing their relationships with various Irish regulators and the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and on assisting with investigations by foreign regulators such as the SFO, the IRS, and the SEC. Kenan is a regular contributor to the national and international debate on white collar crime. In July 2012, he presented to an Irish Government Committee on Ireland's whistleblower legislation. In recent years he has chaired international conferences in Dublin, Dubai, and Istanbul. In 2014, "Who's Who Legal" rated Kenan as "among the world's leading Business Crime Defence lawyers".

claireClaire Hogan is a barrister with a mixed civil and public law practice. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Law and French, having been elected a Trinity Scholar in her Senior Freshman year. She went on to attain a Masters in Law (LL.M.) from the University of Cambridge, for which she was awarded a Cambridge University European Trust Scholarship.  In 2009, Claire qualified as a barrister with the highest overall degree mark and became a John Brooke Scholar of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. Claire returned to the law school in Trinity College Dublin to complete a Ph.D. on the theme of constitutional freedom of religion. This work was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and supervised by Prof. Gerry Whyte. Claire lectures part-time in Civil Procedure in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, in Administrative Law in the Institute of Public Administration, and in Constitutional Law in the Law Society of Ireland.

elaineElaine Kelly is a Partner in the ByrneWallace Employment Department and since qualifying, has practiced exclusively in employment law. She has presented a number of papers on employment-related and administrative law topics as well as lecturing both to members of the legal profession and to students of law. She has lectured widely on employment issues including for the Law Society professional education and diploma programmes and at external conferences including Legal-Island. Elaine is co-author of the Law Society Employment Manual and is a member of the firm’s Knowledge Management Committee.

michael-kinsleyMichael Kinsley BL is a practicing Barrister and holds a Bachelor of Corporate Law degree and a postgraduate LLB from NUI Galway. Since being called to the Bar, he has developed a wide ranging practice with a focus on labour and employment matters. He has also gained experience in designing and delivering courses in labour, employment and equality law to students and as part of professional training courses. Recently, he published an article analysing the Protected Disclosures Bill, 2013 in the Irish Law Times.

William Maher picWilliam Maher is a practicing Barrister specialising in civil law concerns including Personal Injuries, Equitable and Professional Regulatory complaints. He has extensive experience of court procedures and the Discovery process. Previously, he worked with IBEC influencing Irish and European decision makers on behalf of the Irish Food & Drink Industry. He has lectured on Irish and EU Constitutional arrangements and the Irish and European legal and political process.

Sarah MarriottSarah Marriott is a highly-experienced trainer and former journalist who specialises in delivering writing skills courses for the public and private sectors. Sarah has worked as a feature writer and sub-editor in The Irish Times and has been involved in training Irish Times editorial staff. She is a former lecturer on the MA in Journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology and is author of Common Errors in Written English.

Corné MoutonCorné Mouton is a partner within the Mazars Governance, Risk and Internal Control division, with particular responsibilities in the areas of corporate governance, risk management, internal audit, IT audit, regulatory compliance and special investigations. In this capacity, he has led assignments for many large corporate and public sector organisations. Corné is a qualified accountant, member of the IIA (UK & Ireland) and a qualified IT auditor. He has over 14 years’ experience within governance, risk and internal control related services.


Richard O’Callaghan is Director of BizWise Ltd. He is the former Chief Executive of a Recognised Accountancy Body. An experienced civil servant, he has worked with Irish Rail, the Department of Social Welfare as a manager and inspector in the Special Investigation Unit, the Patents Office, the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment. He has a BBS and MA in public administration from the Institute of Public Administration and is both a Chartered Management Accountant and a Chartered Public Financial Accountant.

He also lectures on Corporate Finance, Audit, Tax and Management Accounting in DIT and IADT

John O'Down who speaks on Industrial relationsDr John O’Dowd is a specialist in organisational change and conflict resolution. John was a Director of the former National Centre for Partnership, based in the Department of the Taoiseach. He was the General Secretary of CPSU between 1988 and 1997 and was also a member of the Executive Council of ICTU during that time.

Jim Power

Jim Power is a graduate of University College Dublin.  He has worked as Chief Economist and an economic advisor to Friends First Group. He previously worked as Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland Group and Treasury Economist at AIB Group. He is owner-manager of Jim Power Economics Limited and conducts economic and financial consultancy projects both in Ireland and overseas.  He teaches Business Economics on the Executive and Full-Time MBA at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin.  He is a board member of Agri-aware, a food awareness body and is Chairperson of Love Irish Food. He is editor of the Friends First “Quarterly Economic Outlook”, which has become established as one of Ireland’s leading commentaries on the Irish economy.  His first book Picking up the Pieces was published by Blackhall Publishing in November 2009.

Emmet WhelanEmmet is a senior associate in the employment department of ByrneWallace, one of Ireland’s leading employment law practices, with 10 years’ specialist experience in the area. He holds BCL and LLM degrees from UCD, a Diploma in Employment Law and a Certificate in Pensions Law from the Law Society. Emmet has lectured on the Employment Law course at Griffith College Dublin, is a tutor on the Law Society Professional Course and is a regular speaker at employment law seminars for Public Affairs Ireland and other professional bodies. Emmet has published employment law articles in the Irish Employment Law Journal, Employment Law Review and the Public Affairs Ireland Journal, and is a co-author of the text book, Employment Law, and the Law Society’s Employment Law Manual. Emmet advises some of Ireland’s largest employers and specialises in advising public sector bodies on all aspects of employment law, equality, pensions and employee benefits.