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We currently have a panel of professional advisers who are available to serve you throughout the country. Profiles of some of the mentors are described below.

Billy O’Connor

Billy O’Connor is a Commerce Graduate from UCC and has worked as a qualified Chartered Accountant for over 25 years. He has had wide exposure to numerous business sectors including a variety of senior executive roles in financial services in the earlier part of his career.

In the mid-90’s he established his own successful accountancy practice and in 2001 founded a specialist business advisory consultancy focusing on facilitation of organisational and business development.

Billy is an experienced businessman, facilitator and trainer specialising in partnering with owner-managers and management teams to achieve financial goals and develop company strategies to improve performance.

Robert Grealis

Robert graduated in business from GMIT in 1984 and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Robert has held a number of senior management positions across the private and public sectors in Ireland and overseas and has extensive experience in the Service, Retail, Aviation and Education industries.
Robert was Chief Executive of Ireland West Airport Knock where, under his leadership, the company received numerous business development and service awards. He has also held a number of other senior financial and general management positions, including divisional finance director for Bunzl plc, the global support services company.

Veronica Murphy

Veronica is a Commerce Graduate from University College Cork and subsequently completed an MBA in 1999 in Strategic Management and Strategic HRM.

Veronica is an experienced facilitator of business and organisational development programmes including a speciality in providing training and mediation  services to private clients and semi state organisations. She has 22 years combined experience with international and indigenous companies in the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Retail and Banking sectors. She has held positions at senior management level in Operations, Human Resources, International Supply Chain and Business Information Systems. Veronica is a practising Accredited Commercial and Civil Mediator with ADR Group U.K. (Alternate Dispute Resolution) and FriaryLaw, Ireland facilitating mediations between business partners and employer/employee situations. She has a practitioner's Employment Law qualification and is an accredited trainer and facilitator (Irish Institute of Training and Development).

Ted Brooks

Ted is a Commerce graduate from UCD and is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Institute. He has 25 years of experience working in the manufacturing industry in Ireland.
Following a period working as a financial accountant he held various production management roles and became General Site manager of a large multifunctional site. He served for 10 years as a Global Executive Director of Element Six (formerly De Beers Industrial Diamonds), a multinational manufacturing company. During this time he held specific responsibility for the creation and execution of an international strategic review process of all aspects of the business. He also held global Supply Chain management/ IT/and Legal roles at executive level. He has experience in business acquisition, international relocation and business branding.

Bob Chestnutt

Bob is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Management Consultants.
Bob has over 35 years experience in the hotel, food processing, distribution, retailing, education, professional services and property sectors. He held senior roles in finance with the Kerry Group, Clover Meats, H Williams Supermarkets and Irish Country Meats. At EGB, (controlled by the Irish-American philanthropist Chuck Feeney), as Finance Director and Chief Executive, he operated hotels, a third-level school and serviced offices. He lead the purchase and construction of two hotels and helped launch a senior level Executive Search and Selection and HR Consultancies. He later established a company to operate two hotels in Limerick on behalf of private investors.

An initial consultation, advice and support is provided free of charge. For further consultations, charges will apply. Bank of Ireland has agreed with Enterprise Builder that charges for further consultation will be set at a capped per diem rate.