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Meet The Team

Sheila Anne O’Leary

Sheila Anne is qualified Accounting Technician and is a registered Tax Agent with the Revenue Commissioners. She is a member of the Institute of Accounting Technicians of Ireland and the Institute of Training and Development. As well as being a partner with Bridget Lawlor in nua Training and Development, Sheila Anne is owner/manager of West Cork Business Services based in Skibbereen, West Cork where she is supported by 4 staff members. She has been providing comprehensive support, including Book-Keeping, Accounting, Taxation, Human Resources/Employment, Training and Business Development to small and medium sized enterprises for over twenty five years.

She is an experienced trainer and mentor and a member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development. She is a certified Trainer/Facilitator of the Conflict Resolution Network of Australia (United Nations initiative) and a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner.

In addition to her Accounting and Tax qualifications, Sheila Anne holds a Certificate (Distinction) in Training and Development (IITD), a Diploma in Social Studies (UCC), a Certificate in Women’s Studies, (NUID/UCD), a Certificate in Management -Specialism Women in Business (NEBS), a Certificate in Information Technology (DCU) and a Beauty Specialist Diploma (ITEC). Through The Glasser Institute of Ireland she studied Reality Therapy, Choice Theory, Counselling and Quality Management. Other training attended includes PMP Project Management.

Being born to parents who were self-employed in separate family businesses, from a very early age Sheila Anne worked in wholesale, manufacturing, retail and direct selling environments, learning first hand all aspects of running a business. She completed her first Tax Return at 12 years of age, assisting a family member who was blind, so it was inevitable that she would make a career out of taxation and financial management.

She now works closely with entrepreneurs and business owners in the areas of Manufacturing, Food Production, Construction and Allied Trades, Tourism and Hospitality, Horticulture, Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Mariculture, Arts and Crafts, Wholesale, Retail, Mail Order, Publishing and Professional Services.

Sheila Anne has vast experience in the areas of Financial and Business Management and, as well as providing start-up advice and mentoring for clients, she assists them in conducting Feasibility Studies and producing Business Plans. She has acted as mentor to Back to Work Enterprise Allowance participants and First Step Loan applicants for many years. She is also a mentor for West Cork and Cork City Local Enterprise Offices.

Sheila Anne has supported numerous community organisations, assisting them in the areas of book-keeping and financial management, payroll, administration and corporate governance. She has provided mentoring for Rural Social Scheme (RSS) and Community Services Programme (CSP) participants.

Over the past 25 years, Sheila Anne has been involved in a wide range of community and voluntary groups, including a number of successful social enterprises such as a seaweed co-op. She was a founding member of Skibbereen Adult Literacy Organisation and the West Cork Women Against Violence (Domestic Violence Support) Project. She is a Board member and Treasurer of the Project. She is also a Board member and current secretary and staff liaison officer of West Cork Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS), and a Board member of Skibbereen Credit Union.

Bridget Lawlor

Bridget’s qualifications include a BA in graphic design, post graduate diplomas in Business Management, Counselling, and Careers guidance, and a Certificate in Training and Development (Distinction). She is a member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development and a certified NLP practitioner.

Bridget started her working career in Advertising and Marketing as a freelance Graphic Designer in England, managing her own business then moving into the corporate market through newspapers, television (presenting a 5 minute programme for several years) and radio. She changed direction to work in Personal Development, Counselling and Training being employed by the University of the West of England in their Student Services Unit, then returned to Higher Education for more advanced counselling and management qualifications leading her to work in the public sector, both central and local Government in England as a Careers Counsellor giving guidance to Transition level students, unemployed young people, young offenders and adult returners to work. She worked on community projects in Hong Kong with young offenders with Chinese probation officers.

She then ran a walk-in, public Careers Information Centre supported by 10 members of staff to service the general public and secondary and special schools in Bristol. Continuing with Careers Information she ran a similar venture but on-line for Devon and Cornwall Careers Services with a data-based Careers Information System, as well as running conferences, conventions and events. She moved on to a Training and Development role, running courses for teachers; acting as trouble shooter for management issues with Principal Teachers and management teams in state education; mentoring teachers who were studying for post graduate courses. She was involved in one-off projects such a setting performance indicators for recruitment practice in a further education college in Plymouth.

As well as being a partner with Sheila Anne O’Leary in nua Training and Development, Bridget also runs her own business as Nora Strong, journalist and author. She has been in a small business partnership Chagford Galleries, a craft and art shop running exhibitions and sales, where working with colleagues, set up arts community projects.

Bridget works closely with many start-up businesses, assisting them with their planning, marketing and sales functions.

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