Meet the Trainers

Employment Services Trainers
Kieran Butler

Kieran Butler

Kieran is a member of SECAD’s Employment services team and has worked with the organisation since 2012. In his role as a Development Officer most of his work revolves around the provision of individual and group employment support covering areas including career direction, CV design, Interview skills preparation, education/training and community supports signposting. Kieran is also involved in the role out of SECAD’s Employment Fair which has become an annual event since 2018.

Kieran is a qualified coach and practitioner of developmental assessments, Strengths Profile and EQ-i2.0 (Emotional Quotient Inventory). His qualifications include.

  • MA Work and Organisational Behaviour, UCC
  • Career Coaching Certification, Positive Success Group
  • HDip Coaching & Coaching Psychology, UCC
  • Training & Development Special Purpose Award Level 6
  • Strengths Profile Practitioner training
  • EQ-i2.0 (Emotional Quotient Inventory) Practitioner Training
Cora O'Donnell

Cora O'Donnell

Cora is a member of SECAD’s Employment services team and has worked with the organisation since 2006.

  • Experienced Career Coach /Trainer and Community Development Worker
  • Background in Training, Recruitment/HR
  • Has supported Start-ups, as well as business closure & Transfer of Undertaking in Ireland & UK.
  • Worked in Industry, Self-Enterprise, Recruitment, IT, Community.
  • Provided training & employment skills coaching privately and on behalf of other government bodies.
  • Highly experienced in One to One and Group work.
  • Personable with an ability to provide professional tailored supports to the individual.
  • With a genuine interest in empowering and supporting clients to progress.
  • Strong reputation with clients and social partners.
  • Mottos “Do your best every day and every day your best is different” & “There is always something to learn & someone to learn from”.
Margaret Hartigan

Margaret Hartigan

Margaret is a member of SECAD’s Employment services team and has worked with the organisation since 2016.

Margaret has worked as a senior HR professional and Business Coach for more than 20 years.

  • Worked in national and international environments.
  • Has been employee and a self-employed consultant in start-up and multi-national organisations.
  • Worked in a variety of sectors including Energy, Manufacturing, Disability and Community Development.
  • Margaret’s academic qualifications include a BA, an MBA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Management.

Margaret is also a qualified practitioner in the Insights Discovery personality profiling system.

Well-Being Trainers
Frances Doyle

Frances Doyle

Frances is a member of SECAD’s Employment services team and has worked with the organisation since 2013.

Work History

  • Worked in recruitment in the pharma industry for over 5 years, carried out internal and external recruitment process, which included reviewing incoming CV’s, conducting interviews, and onboarding of newly appointed staff
  • Worked in Cork Training Centre as a Trainer on the Life Science and Quality Assurances courses, 2 years
  • Currently working with SECAD over 7 years, as an Employment Support officer. This includes working with unemployed community members and supporting them into employment, education or self employment.
  • Currently co-ordinating SECAD’s Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network ( WREN) -working with women who are interested in setting up their own business as well as people who are already in business to move forward with growth and sustainability.


  • Degree in Training and Education UCG
  • Cert in Youth and Community work UCC
  • Cert as an Information Provider – Citizens Information Service
  • Masters in Personal and Management Coaching UCC
  • Higher Cert in Mental Health in the Community UCC
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