Carmel O’Keeffe is an Accredited Executive Life and Business Coach with over 20 years’ experience supporting individuals and business owners to make key life and career decisions that enable fulfilment and growth. She holds a BA in Economics and a Diploma in Education from UCC, is a trained NLP Practitioner, Career Coach and an accredited, experienced Trainer. She delivers impactful Career and Life Coaching services as well as tailored training in the areas of Interview Skills Training, Professional Development and Communications.

Carmel has been responsible for empowering hundreds of clients to articulate and achieve their career and personal goals through solution-focused coaching. She takes a holistic approach to Coaching and uses clear compassionate and purposeful questions, to support clients to make life-changing transformations. Carmel helps clients recognise the power of empowering choices and guides them in a non-judgemental way to recognise and believe in their own vast potential. Carmel is known for bringing out the very best in her clients and building their confidence to take on any challenge, either in their careers or personal life. She helps create change to achieve the results a client needs to move forward. Above all, Carmel is known for her professionalism, warmth and sense of humour.

Some of her career highlights included success as CEO of her own Education, Design and Retail businesses. She is also the Founder of a well-known not-for-profit organisation Dress for Success Cork, which empowers women to find meaningful employment. She drove the development and expansion of client programmes in DFS Cork such as Career Centre, Professional Women’s Group and Going Places Network. She is an Executive Member of ‘The Who’s Who’ of World Wide Executives, Member of Cork Chamber of Commerce and Network Cork. She received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her work with disadvantaged women and was nominated for ‘Women Mean Business’ Social Entrepreneur Award. She won ‘Cork Person of the Month’ in May 2019 for being the driving force behind the Cork branch of ‘Dress for Success’ an international initiative that has helped transform the lives of hundreds of local women.

Val is a Career and Leadership Coach who supports, enables and empowers individuals privately and within organisations to achieve career clarity and results in a successful, meaningful and sustainable way.  Val is passionate about coaching realises the benefit of using training and coaching techniques in tandem to enhance and develop a whole array of technical, personal and soft skills that benefit the individual both professionally and personally.  Val works with individuals and organisations in the following areas:

Val is a very passionate, committed individual and possesses huge values, integrity and honesty.  She has a natural intuitive ability to work with and help develop individuals and realise their worth and potential.  She is an excellent listener and her communication style is very open, warm, compassionate and understanding.

Val is a qualified Occupational Psychologist and has worked previously in a Human Resources/OrganisationalDevelopment capacity.  Val has over 25 years’ experience in multinational start-ups (e.g. Boston Scientific, Warner Lambert, Pfizer, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Zenith Technologies).  In these roles embracing and managing change was pivotal to the success of the organisation.  Val was hired as HR/Organisational Development Manager into Warner Lambert as part of the senior management team to help build, support and enable the start-up of Warner Lambert (Pfizer) tablet plant, which was a US$300M pharmaceutical operation.  Her role was instrumental in strategically leading a team to design, develop and implement a non-traditional flat team-based organization, with 'Best Practice' Human Resource Management policies and procedures.  As part of her role, Val introduced state of the art recruitment, learning processes and management development programmes.  Val has a great understanding of the culture of organisations and how individuals behave and work and also understand how industries operate, specifically multinationals within the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

Val has worked with many companies, such as Wyeth Biopharma, Ireland, H+A Visual Communications Group Ireland, Novartis Ireland,Cork County Council Ireland, Pharmacia & Upjohn ltd, AHR Services, GSK helping their HR and Organisational Development needs.


1991 - 1992  MA Degree in Human Resources and Occupational Psychology

1986 -1990      BA Degree Honours Applied Psychology

2009 – 2010  Diploma in Life and Business Coaching ILI (Irish Lifecoach Institute)

Working as a Career, Performance & Mindset Coach with Clearview Coaching Group Anna Marie empowers professionals to connect with their unique skillset, strengths, values, resilience and optimism to maximise opportunities for career growth, transition and management. Anna Marie brings a wealth of experience from her background in industry, psychotherapy and education to her Coaching Practice.


Anna Marie’s career began in the world of multinational and indigenous Irish businesses in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Chemical Manufacturing and Food Biotech industries in the UK and Irish marketplace.  After several years she left to pursue her passion in developing people by training as a Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist and as a Primary school teacher. To further develop her professional and personal skillset she completed an MSc. in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology.

Coaching Approach:

Today Anna Marie uses her experience and evidence-based practices from Positive Psychology, Coaching Psychology and Career Coaching to support others on their professional and personal journey.  Using this skillset develops her client’s ability to not only create their best career but also develops their own style of mental toughness, grit and resilience to successfully manage their career development.  Anna Marie works intuitively and decisively with her clients in the coaching space to navigate successfully the 21st century workplace achieving exceptional outcomes in their lives.  By engaging wholeheartedly with the coaching process, her clients develop the skills, strategies and mindset that work best for them to get the results they want in their professional life.

Relevant Qualifications:

​Anna Marie has an MSc in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (University of East London) a Higher Diploma in Education (Primary Teaching), an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy (Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy) and a BSc (Hons) in Quality Assurance. She has graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and is a member of the Division of Coaching Psychology (DoCP).  She is an accredited EMCC coach at Practitioner level, an accredited Team Emotional Intelligence Survey Practitioner, a Positive Psychology Practitioner and an accredited Mental Health First Aider (Ireland).


Anna Marie specialises in the following areas

Ready to create your best career and enjoy the process? Contact Anna Marie to find out more.

Dolores Andrew is a 2021 All-Star Accredited Lifestyle Leader in Holistic Life Coaching.

Her personal coaching sessions and Corporate Training Wellness programmes are tailored to her client’s unique requirements.

Dolores’ expertise is in supporting people break through their personal barriers and reach their full potential whatever that means to them.  She supports them to reassess their values; effectively navigate their emotions and live their lives in alignment with their authentic selves.

She has also published 2 children’s books and has developed a Children’s Empowerment Programme to support children navigate their emotions.

You can find more details about Dolores and her services on her website.

DM Career Conversations founder, Deirdre, has a rich and varied background to date. She is a highly accomplished, committed and reputable professional.

Deirdre holds a Masters in Organisational Psychology/Behaviour, Bachelor of Education & English, BPS accredited Occupational & Personality Psychometric Test Administration qualification, Postgraduate Dip. in Event Management & PR, Postgrad Dip. in Employment Law and a Postgrad Dip. in Management & Leadership.

Deirdre’s interest in careers and work/organisational psychology stemmed when she transitioned from primary school teaching to entering a successful career in business. Deirdre has worked in the areas of learning & development of employees and leaders, change management, management consulting, employee engagement and work culture, workplace design, people strategy design & implementation, talent development, psychometric testing and career succession planning.

With an overload of online information available at our fingertips it can be difficult to navigate and relate the content to your specific individual needs and requirements.

Clients can expect to meet with us in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Clients come to us with varying needs, skills and at different stages in their career/life e.g., students, college students, early career clients, mid-late career clients.

As someone who has faced these career obstacles herself, at various phases of her life, Deirdre can relate to clients often feeling lost and overwhelmed at not knowing what they want or knowing how to get to where they want to go. Therefore, we recognise the need to provide a highly bespoke programme for clients, who are each unique, brilliant and FULL of potential.

Finally, when the person- job fit feels right it has a multitude of benefits that increase job satisfaction, increase work motivation, engagement and performance, which can ultimately make you happier in your life through increased confidence, sense of belonging, self-efficacy and self-esteem. This is based on research and science. We spend a third of our lives at work so paying close attention to this area of your life is pivotal - for everyone.

Luke Treacy is the General Manager of the Dublin CODING School, a new tech-education business currently based in Dun Laoghaire.

Luke is an experienced executive in technology, media and digital publishing having previously served as CEO/Managing Director of two businesses in the UK and two in Ireland including an AI/IoT focused research business.

Luke holds an MBA from Imperial College London and has previously studied Artificial Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Digital Strategies at the University of Oxford.

Fiona offers Career and Performance Coaching to STEM professionals and those working in highly regulated sectors. She is an Organisational Behaviourist with a Masters’ Degree in Innovation from the National Centre for Quality Management, the University of Limerick. She helps people to learn not what but how to think in order to work confidently and manage risk effectively, particularly in the face of uncertainty. Fiona applies ideas from systems theory, neurobiology and cognitive science to help teams solve complex problems and individuals achieve resilient careers.

Learn more about Think4Purpose Career Essentials Programme right here: T4P Career Essentials Programme

Frank Hynes is the founder and CEO of a business called JobChanger

Through JobChanger Frank helps people find work they truly love and are passionate about. The first step is figuring out what you want from your career, would love to do and will be good at. The next step is to get that job or set up in self-employment.

Frank works with people from all career areas who want to change their current work situation.  Clients include people currently in work but who are looking for something more inspiring and rewarding where they feel their contribution is truly valued.

Frank spent 28 years working in the public sector changing roles many times. He is highly trained in numerous areas including a Master’s degree and a number of Graduate Diplomas including Leadership Development.

He spent several years figuring out what he wanted to do.  He now will show you how to figure this out for yourself literally in a matter of weeks by following a proven step by step process.

Frank also set up a business called “Fresh Pastures” helping farmers and their families cope with the challenges they face and creating space to live fulfilled lives.

Personal & professional development planning

Find out what you really should be doing in your career. There are techniques, exercises and tests based on Big 5 personality inventory, positive psychology and some reflective writing helping you create a personal vision and Mission statement from which you can begin the next chapter of your life.

Pat Finnerty is a psychological coach whose aim is to help people find fulfilment in their careers and all other aspects of their lives, by focusing on their personalities and interests. Pat graduated in Hotel Management in 1998. Since then, he has carved out a successful career in Hospitality, Retail, sales and is also a business owner. He has developed business acumen and has gathered a wealth of experience in team leadership and management. He believes in approaching transformation from an empathetic standpoint and is comfortable making connections in the boardroom or the outhouse.

His interest in personal and professional development stems from his interpersonal observations throughout his own career and personal life. This prompted him to pursue his interest in people and led him to follow academic study as a mature student. He now holds qualifications in Psychology, Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship and Training design, delivery & evaluation. His Areas of specialist interest are in Positive Psychology, Personality Psychology and Neuroscience.

Pat’s methodology is ideally suited to guiding people in the right direction in beginning their careers, finding meaning in their current careers, seeking advancement, changing job/career or returning to the workplace.

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Tara Neary, BA (Hons) Psychology, currently works in a community development setting as a career coach, providing training and one-to-one coaching to those looking to step into a new career.

Tara has also completed a Diploma in Life Purpose Coaching and is passionate about helping people to find the right career path for them, one that lights them up and resonates with who they are as a person, where their natural interests lie and what they love to do.  She is also professionally trained in coaching people in the technical aspects of career development, such as job searching strategies, CV development, interview techniques and goal setting.

In her work, Tara uses an Advantaged Thinking approach.  This takes the positive approach of focusing and building on the persons existing strengths, skills, innate intelligence, knowledge and experience and how these can be used as a platform for further development towards the persons goals.

Through training and coaching people, Tara helps encourage people to step outside of self-limiting beliefs they hold and open up their mind to possibilities available and consider their own potential.  She then supports them in a grounded, practical way to start moving step by step towards achieving their life goals.

Fatou Barry is a Career Coach & Mentor based in Cork City. In July 2019, she launched her career coaching and consulting business “Top of the Pile” with the mission to help her fellow multilingual expats stand out, get hired and no longer feel stuck in their careers. Originally from France, Fatou moved to Ireland in June 2014 and changed jobs multiple times before paving her own career path as a life and career coach. Through her business, Fatou empowers ambitious but frustrated professionals to go for jobs that they really want and pursue a career they will truly love.

Her group mentoring programme 'Get the Job!' has helped dozens of professionals land their corporate dream job in Ireland and overseas. Fatou has also hosted various career workshops & masterclasses for MTU Cork Marketing Society, InterNations, Cork Volunteer Centre, Africa Day Cork, and Junior Chamber International, GoingFar, between others.

Find out more about Top of the Pile's services on or connect with Fatou on LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook, or by email at

Emma Boylan - MD Outside the Box -

Emma is an international business and marketing coach and speaker and has worked with clients and delivered workshops and training all over the world.

Emma helps clients to stand out, reach their ideal client and she's put many clients on a faster path to more money, by doubling and tripling their income

She left her 9 to 5 job 9 years ago to fulfil her dream of starting her own business; when she saw that most marketing was all the same and that businesses were really struggling to attract the right clients and have a message that made them different. Using her passion for creative
content and background in psychology, over the 9 years, Emma built a business that has served 100’s of businesses all over the world, helping them get crystal clear on their message, so they stand out get noticed and fill their businesses with clients in record time!

Emma has a new exciting Instagram programme that can be done online, in your own time -

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