Meet the Facilitators

We are incredibly fortunate to work with industry leading experts for our Centre of Learning programmes who work tirelessly to ensure all attendees feel comfortable to grow in confidence and takeaway valuable and practical advice for their personal and professional life.

the Facilitators

Andrew Toogood - Proclaim Consulting

Managing Director 

Andrew facilitates the Brilliant Communication Programme.

An in demand communicator & leader with over 20 years experience working with a wide range of organisations and brands, Andrew specialises in creating high performance culture by developing emotionally intelligent leaders and teams. A certified Herrmann® practitioner, his areas of particular interest include communication, influence & persuasion, resilience, emotional intelligence and high performance dynamics.

Debbie Cousins - Advance Coaching

Head of Career and Interview Training

Advance Coaching facilitate and sponsor the Mentoring Programme. 

Debbie has over twenty five years’ experience working in a variety of demanding roles within the voluntary sector, with sixteen years at senior management level. She brings considerable experience of managing, developing, coaching and mentoring a wide variety of professional individuals and staff teams to achieve personal goals and business objectives.

Emma Gribben - Alchemy Digital Training

Commerical Director 

Emma faciliates Module 1 of the Digital Marketing and Performance programme based on all things social media. 

Emma is a digital marketing consultant, mentor and trainer working with start-ups, SMEs, brands and agencies across NI, ROI, UK and Europe. Emma offers solutions across digital strategy, website performance enhancement, social media, content marketing, SEO, email marketing, online PR and influencer marketing.

Kathryn Pyper - Alchemy Digital Training

Operations Director

Kathryn facilitates Module 3 of the Digital Marketing and Performance programme guiding groups through Google analytics and data driven marketing. 

An award-winning industry leader with over thirteen years experience working within digital industries in Ireland. Her career spans all digital marketing mediums from search marketing to content marketing. She has a strategic and visionary approach to digital marketing ensuring full integration with traditional marketing techniques and is an inspiring speaker regularly delivering digital marketing workshops to businesses of all sizes.

Louise Friel- Desktop Genie

IT Consultant and Owner

Louise facilitates our Excel Essentials programme.
Louise is an IT professional with over 30 years' experience in IT and telecommunications and is the owner of Desktop Genie which provides IT consultancy and business solutions. Louise provides a range of specliast IT Training including MS Excel, MS Word, MS Access, MS Project and marketing through Twitter and LinkedIn training. She is an Accredited Microsoft Master Instructor and an accredited ECDL and Advanced ECDL Tester. 

Niamh Shiells - Advance Coaching

Head of Leadership and Team Coaching

Advance Coaching facilitate and sponsor the Mentoring Programme.

Niamh is an Accredited Professional Executive Coach and Systemic Team Coach. She is former Chair of Association for Coaching Ireland and an AC Fellow. She has extensive experience of working with local and global leadership teams where she consistently achieves exceptional outcomes.

Niamh Taylor - Alchemy Digital Training

Managing Director

Niamh faciliates modules 2 & 4 of the Digital Performance and Marketing programme covering blogging and creative video content. 

Niamh has over 20 years experience in marketing, both online and offline, across B2B, B2C and public sector. She is a digital specialist business mentor and has previously lectured for The Digital Marketing Institute Ireland. Niamh is a regular guest speaker at conferences and delivers training on all areas of digital marketing. Her passion is helping companies get the results they need with tailored digital marketing strategies.

Sandra Lee- Training and Learning Solutions

Managing Director

Sandra facilitates The Power of Diversity programme.

Having been actively engaged in the field of learning and development for over 20 years, Sandra is a highly professional and experienced Learning & Development Consultant who co-ordinates and project manages learning solutions to support the wider business strategy of her clients. She works across sectors and industries both locally in Northern Ireland and globally including global delivery of female development programmes.

Sarah Travers - Bespoke Communications


Sarah faciliates the Powerful Resilience Programme.

Sarah is a former BBC news journalist and TV presenter, with a keen interest in stories and the people that shape them. Sarah has coached hundreds of people in media training, presentation skills and leadership development.  Sarah will always be warm, engaging and encouraging in her training sessions, as she shares her wealth of knowledge with you.

Una McSorley - Marcomm Training


Una facilitates the Empowering Women in Leadership Programme and the Back to Business Maternity Returners Programme. 

An award-winning communication and training consultant, Una McSorley is recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s leading communication trainers. Her expertise is in complex communications issues and skills development. She has also built a reputation for excellence in the field of career transition coaching and is an Accredited Executive coach and member of the Association of Coaching. Una is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations for her outstanding contribution to the PR industry.