Programme Mentors

Roisin McDermott - Seed Mentoring

Roisin McDermott - Seed Mentoring

Trainer and mentor specialising in startup business, female entrepreneurship and social enterprise and has over 20 years in the sector.

Roisin worked for 7 years as Manager of a local enterprise agency, East Belfast Enterprise which involved property management, staff management, fundraising, building developments, programme development and management, delivery of programmes on entrepreneurship and business growth. 

Roisin's greatest achievement was leading the Project Management and build of CityEast business centre on Newtownards Road, a £3m serviced office development, which she lead from concept to opening.

She has delivered a number of business start programmes in Northern Ireland including former Business Start, Go For It, Regional Start programmes and has also delivered on the previous Women into Business programme. Further to that Roisin was an approved mentor on former Invest NI Social Entrepreneurship Programme and delivered on it for 6 years and also delivered training and mentoring on other government funded programmes such as Belfast City Council Hi-growth start up programme, Social Enterprise programme, Strategy in Business programme. 

Alongside a Business Degree and MBA, Roisin has recently completed a Diploma in Digital Marketing. 

Roisin now runs her own successful consultancy Seed mentoring and is heavily involved in delivering and mentoring our Women in Business programmes.

Rosemary Morrison - Directus Training & Consultancy

Rosemary Morrison - Directus Training & Consultancy

Passionate about enterprise development, and a CMI Certified Management Consultant, Rosemary is a specialist in business training & mentoring for start-up & growth businesses, enterprise skills development & career building.

Rosemary has been involved in marketing & business development since 1998 after graduating with a CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. 

Since then, Rosemary has gone on to attain her Level 4 Business Counselling & Level 3 Management qualifications and achieved her Certified Management Consultant award with the CMI. 

She has delivered training and mentoring to literally hundreds of growth & start-up businesses and has recently been a mentor on Belfast City Council’s “Go for Growth” programme, Down DC’s “Beyond” and Women in Business’s “Women INTO Business” programme. She is currently a trainer & mentor on WIB’s Power of 4 Programme and is also a mentor on SBSEH’s “social economy programme”

Rosemary’s own businesses have included food retail & outside catering, holiday lets and training & consultancy, Directus.

The aim of Directus Training & Consultancy is to ensure the development of clients in regard to their personal qualities, skills, knowledge and to develop their understanding of the personal attributes and attitudes which will give them a competitive advantage in the world of work or in developing their own enterprise.

Her newest venture? She, (along with her husband, Gordon), is about to launch her first children’s book,  “The Dogged Adventures of Deefir and Pat”!  ( Please LinkIn for more details)

Jackie D'Arcy – Personal coaching and Training

Jackie D'Arcy – Personal coaching and Training

As a trainer and mentor in personal development, Jackie specialises in Communication Skills. She provides professional advice and guidance with Job Applications, CV preparation, Job Interview Skills and personal presentation skills.

A former senior manager in the public, private and voluntary sectors, with extensive staff management experience, Jackie has been self-employed since 2000. She has a BA Hons in Psychology, MA in Marketing and Communications, and City & Guilds Certificate in Teaching Adults in the lifelong learning sector. 

For over 15 years Jackie has been providing coaching, mentoring, specialist workshops and training programmes for staff at all levels in the public, private and voluntary sectors. In addition to Women in Business, Jackie has provided mentoring and coaching for all Local Authorities throughout NI, local businesses, Government Departments and Charities. She delivers Workshops in: Job Application and CV preparation, Job Interview Skills, Presentation Skills, Resilience and Pressure management, Professional Networking, Effective Interpersonal Skills, Media Skills, Communications Strategy, Managing Difficult People and Confidence Building. 

Nancy Brown - Jakna Consulting

Nancy Brown - Jakna Consulting

Nancy has been training, coaching, mentoring and delivering workshops for over 20 years and has first-hand experience in business that has taken her across the globe.

Her experience within both the private, public and voluntary/third sector as well as social enterprise spans the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Russia. She has worked within a wide range of businesses reflective of diverse sectors inclusive of start-ups and well established Multinationals.  She brings that international experience to local SMEs to support them to grow. She has a passion for supporting NI businesses by developing sales, profit and systems that in turn supports the growth of local SMEs and ultimately creates jobs.

Relevant qualifications and experience including mentoring and delivery of workshops/ seminars:

Nancy has delivered over 170 workshops and seminars as well as provided mentoring in numerous markets. Nancy has worked on programmes for SMEs and start-ups as well as for young people and students. Some of the programmes she has worked on include Dungannon’s Creative Industries programme, Belfast City Council’s Go for Growth programme, Women in Business’ Connect programme, Queen’s SU Women’s Innovateher programme, IntertradeIreland’s Elevate and Acumen programme, SkillsNet programme in Ireland, AIB’s Small Business programme, Business in the Community’s mentoring programming and direct mentoring with business owners on private contracts. Nancy also has experience of working with social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Nancy has delivered over 100 workshops for organisations such as Grafton Recruitment, Young Enterprise, Ulster University, Belfast City Council, Business in the Community, Gauge, FSB, DTNI, Women in Business, Queens University, and Association of MBAs and has worked with MBA schools internationally. She has also delivered a variety of workshops for SMEs and specific businesses depending on the needs of the company – examples include facilitating strategy days and sales training. Nancy was responsible for creating and delivering training workshops across the States for brand ambassadors; companies included Virgin Media, Gap Inc, Coty Rimmel, MTV, Nintendo and FHM Magazine. Nancy also teaches part time at Ulster University. 


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