The BB18 line up:

Announcing the first of our great line up of 20 speakers for BorderBizcamp 2018:


Vincent Browne

Vincent Browne is a print and broadcast journalist with Monaghan roots. Having trained as a He began his journalistic career by reporting from Prague from August to November 1968 on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia for The Irish Times.  He edited Nusight magazine in 1969 and 1970 and in September 1970 he went to Belfast as the Northern Ireland news editor of the Irish Press group. He worked for the Sunday Independent from 1974 and in 1977 he founded Magill magazine and was editor of that until 1983. He was editor of The Sunday Tribune from 1983 to 1994. He then became a columnist for The Irish Times. He presented a radio programme “Tonight with Vincent Browne” for RTE from 1996 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2017 he presented “Tonight with Vincent Browne” for TV3.

John McCormick

John McCormick, a native of the Broad Road, Monaghan town, spent much of his teenage years helping his father deliver eggs and day old chicks from the Elmbank, and latterly Monaghan Poultry Products hatchery, to customers on either side of the border.  Little did he know then that this exposure to demanding clients and delivering a product, alive and on time, prepared him well for what was to unfold in the rest of his career.
John has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Bahrain, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong.  In a banking career that spanned 35 years (1978-2013) he led a range of businesses across (retail, commercial, wholesale and investment) banking – most recently as the Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland Group activities in Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong.  At its peak in 2008, he had 28,500 staff, in 17 countries (with a top line revenue of US$3.2 billion).  A trader at heart, John was in the Dublin foreign exchange market when the Irish Punt broke the link with Sterling in April 1979.
Having retired from banking in 2013 John moved back to London and went (back) to university for the first time In 2017, John completed an MSc in Coaching & Behavioural Change at Henley Business School.  He jointly founded DMC Coaching LLP in 2014, and now coaches, mentors and facilitates senior leaders & executive teams in the UK, Ireland and Middle East.   John has also become a  Non Executive Director for Lombard Risk Managment plc (2013-2018) and was recently appointed Independent Non Executive Director of the National Bank of Greece.


Sinead Devlin

Sinead Devlin brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of Organisation Development & Leadership to her role as Managing Director for Emergenetics Europe. Sinead has been an Emergenetics practitioner since September 2011. In 2006, Sinead founded Develop Associates to deliver consultancy, talent management, management and leadership development as well as career coaching services to a number of public sector, SME and blue chip organisations across the UK and Ireland. As a consultant, she worked with leaders and teams in companies such as PayPal, Microsoft and she has delivered many engaging sessions at conferences such as the IoD’s Women’s Leadership Conference in 2013.  While serving as Head of Organisation Development for Ulster Bank, Sinead honed her skills in the areas of talent management, change, company culture, strategy development, employee engagement, leadership and management development. Prior to Ulster Bank, she spent eight years operating in various Human Resources’ roles within the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, at both a national and international level.  She has a first degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Human Resource Management. Sinead is married with three young children, a girl and twin boys.

Simon Wall

Simon Wall has been Town Architect to the multi award winning Town of Westport Co Mayo for almost two decades; he is responsible for the built environment as part of the Town Management team.

Regina Byrne

Regina is a mentor and facilitator who supports business owners and managers to have real conversations at work and in doing so improves the relationships, the communication and the business itself. Having worked for over 25 years in Human Services transforming models of care and growing services Regina learned (often the hard way) the importance of good clear communication and the value of staff who are actively engaged and enthused about what they do.

Paddy Matthews

Paddy Matthews is the Managing Director of Matthews Coach Hire. Paddy founded the company in 1995, when he and his wife Mary purchased a small minibus with the primary purpose of transporting their six children and foster children. They grew the company steadily into a modern and innovative commuter, tours and corporate service operator. Matthews have received numerous awards for their ground-breaking work in the areas of management, safety and energy conservation.

Matthews Coach Hire are recognized as being leaders in the coach transport industry in Ireland. They were the only transport company in the state to have secured a contract at the London Olympics, where they sent 15 coaches and 30 drivers. They are the only transport company in Ireland to have alcolocks installed – and every Matthews coach and support vehicle carries one of the devices. The company have been recognized nationally as exemplars of best practice in energy management, most recently when they scooped their second Energy Awareness title in four years at the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards 2012. They became the first public transport company in the UK or Ireland – and only the second in the world – to achieve the new ISO 50001 energy management accreditation. At the heart of this family-run company is the ethos that the customer experience is paramount.

Kitty McCormick

Kitty is the Head of Innovation for Coutts, bringing new technology and capability to the bank and its clients.  She has more than 10 years’ experience across technology and financial services in the UK and USA.  She has held client facing and business development roles in both industries, most recently managing a complex lending requirement for private banking clients.  Kitty has a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University and an MSc (Distinction) in International Management from Kings College, London.

Kitty was recognised in the 2017 Women in Finance awards as a rising talent in the Wealth Management industry and is the 2016 Winner of the Women in the City Future Leaders Award.  She is passionate about building and sustaining diverse and successful businesses.

Barry Connolly

Barry Connolly

Barry began his career with a successful electrical contracting business.  From running a business Barry developed an interest and discovered the benefits of having a positive attitude to all aspects of life. Barry turned his attention to studying part-time at night as he run his business to become a college lecturer.  From this he trained as a life & performance coach and NLP Practitioner, which he now uses to help promote positive learning attitudes to the students.

Eavan Rooney

Eavan Rooney is a Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Clinical Director of Thrive Occupational Therapy. Eavan returned home to Monaghan in 2014 and set up Thrive OT after a number of years away living and working in London and Sydney. Fast forward to 2018 and the Thrive OT team are now providing therapy services to children with additional needs who travel from all around Ireland to avail of therapy services of the highest quality and standard in their highly specialised therapy clinic based in Clones. Eavan is very passionate about helping children and families and fully believes that, with the right support and guidance, every child has the potential to Thrive.

Aran Blackbourne

Aran’s passion is to “Create places that enhance the lives of people”. He is the developer behind Ireland’s tallest building “The Obel” and more recently the conversion of the beautiful 1907 built Armagh House in Belfast into fantastic new offices for First Derivatives plc. He is currently working on the redevelopment of 3 other listed buildings included the famous Gilford Mill, originally built in 1841, which was once the world’s largest producer of linen thread.

Aidan McKenna

Aidan is the Regional Director, North East & North West for Enterprise Ireland. In his role, Aidan will be responsible for implementing Enterprise Ireland’s strategy for entrepreneurship and indigenous enterprise in the Border Region. Working with stakeholders, Aidan will support the growth, innovation and competitiveness of Enterprise Ireland clients and the business environment within the Region. Prior to taking up the post, Aidan was Development Advisor for the Paper, Print and Packaging Sector. In his role, he led Enterprise Ireland investments in company expansions, R&D projects and market diversification for a broad range of clients across the sector.

Aidan’s previous roles have included ten plus years in International Business Development roles including heading up International Sales for the award-winning Irish exporter, Combilift Ltd. Aidan has founded two start-ups, successfully raised seed and follow-on investments and has been an advisor to several fast-growing technology businesses. Aidan is passionate about ensuring entrepreneurs and businesses in the Region have the necessary supports required to succeed and grow their businesses globally.

Dr. Maria McGee

Dr Maria McGee graduated from Manchester Medical School in 1979 and has since gone on to found the award-winning Marble Hill natural skincare range which sells internationally online.

Declan Savage

Declan is the founder of workplace health company HealthCo. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology in UCD, a Masters in Physical Activity and Population Health from UUJ and is studying for a Masters of Business with the IMI. He works with clients including the HSE, Mater Private Hospital, UPMC Whitfield Clinic, ABP Food Group and Cpl Resources as well as many smaller local businesses. HealthCo assists organisations with their workplace health goals making it pay dividends for their business.

Helen McCrarren

After 27 years of working as a mental health professional Helen has seen first-hand how important it is to manage stress and worry and take personal responsibility of our lives. Helen, a mother of 5 and the financial controller of two companies recognizes that when we worry we limit ourselves and our goals.

Seany McKenna

Seany McKenna

Seany Mc Kenna is Co-Owner of Blasta:Gourmet Street Kitchen. Seany, along with his partner Nikita returned to their hometown of Monaghan in 2017 with the aim of modernising the local food scene. Just 18 months in business, the pair have won numerous awards, have run various successful  Pop-up Eateries & Events, and established a full-time catering business.

Michael Cullen

Michael Cullen is CEO and co-founder of Beacon Medical Group (BMG) in Sandyford, Dublin.  BMG owns and operates Beacon CARE Fertility and Beacon Renal’s three dialysis clinics in Sandyford, Tallaght and Drogheda under contract to the HSE. Beacon Medical Campus also now incorporates healthcare facilities such as Beacon Consultants Clinic and Concourse; National Spinal Institute, Beacon Pain Clinic; Beacon Face and Dermatology among others. Michael is a Commerce graduate of UCD, a founding director of The Soul of Haiti Foundation and was a finalist for the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  A keen motor enthusiast, Michael has won Eight National Motor Racing Championships and was European Ferrari Challenge Champion in 2005 and 2007.

Gwen Noone

Gwen Noone co-founded and runs The Digital Bakery. With over 15 years leading Digital Marketing strategies across multiple industries, her experience encompasses both B2B and B2C strategy, content marketing, web analytics and more.

She brings together web design expertise, social media, and creative content marketing to create great brand experiences for customers. She is a firm believer in the power of social media to connect consumers to brands. Her expertise is focused on building relationships between brands and customers through the combination of technology, video, and communications.

Paul McPhillips

Paul McPhillips is a 17 year old student at St. Macartan’s college in Monaghan.  Last year Paul  got involved in the Enterprise module at school and set up Freeflow Bunkers  which went on to win first place in the senior category of the Monaghan Student Enterprise Awards in 2018.  The Student Enterprise Programme is the largest enterprise competition for students in Ireland which helps students learn real life business and enterprise skills. This qualified Paul and the project to compete in the national final at Croke Park, where Freeflow Bunkers achieved 3rd place.  Paul has a keen interest in engineering and currently works part-time in Combilift also planning to study Engineering at third level.

Orlaigh Flanagan, Eoghan Courtney & Eimear McPhillips

Orlaigh Flanagan, Eoghan Courtney & Eimear McPhillips 6th year students at Largy College, Clones. They are representatives from Young Social Innovators (YSI) group that won the National Gold Award in 2017 with their project “Mend a Mind – it’s a disorder not a decision” which promotes positive mental health and eliminating stigma that surrounds mental illness in society.  Having won the national award during their transition year in 2017, they continued to build their campaign and in August of this year they travelled to Durban in South Africa to represent Ireland at the SAGE Young Social Entrepreneurs World Cup.

Marcus McCabe

Marcus McCabe is passionate about hemp. An experienced lecturer in Horticulture, Agricultural Engineering and Organic Agriculture at a number of third level Institutions in Ireland, Marcus was seminal in creating new thinking around the design and construction of human settlements bringing to life the first Permaculture Project in Ireland to include use of biomass materials and ecological wastewater systems based on reed-bed systems, scientific composting systems, passive solar design, orchard gardens and education. He has brought some of this technology to market through the provision of Ecological wastewater treatment systems using a number of technologies which use waste to generate resources and aid biodiversity. Clients included many local councils, as well as businesses throughout Ireland. He has been a leading light in the introduction of Hemp cultivation to Ireland and has been growing hemp in Monaghan since 2013 and across the border from as early as 2006. Hemp processing is now the main focus of his work.