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
Karen Loxton

Karen Loxton

Karen Loxton is a member of SECAD’s Community Development and Wild Work team and has worked with the organisation since 2018. Her role as Development Officer focuses on using nature to engage individuals and communities. She also leads SECAD’s Stepping Stones, a well-being programme providing an outlet to the outdoors.

Education and Skills

  • BSc in Ecology and Post Graduate degree in Zoology.
  • Extensive experience leading nature walks, talks and children’s educational events.
  • Trained in the identification and monitoring of various animal and plant species.
  • Science communicator with experience presenting at international conferences.
Vicki Kelly

Vicki Kelly

With over 15 years’ experience in the Aviation Sector as Cabin Crew and Cabin Manager, based in Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports, Vicki excelled as a member of the frontline staff. The focus was entirely rooted in excellent interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and has provided a foundation for dealing with people throughout her career.

Following a period of time at home raising her young family, Vicki returned to education to upskill, return to the workplace and change her career direction.

She has since studied for a number of qualifications, her proudest achievement is completing a Masters in Coaching, at UCC. Given her vast and varied experience, Vicki is ideally place to support other people on their return-to-work journey.

For several years, Vicki has worked as a consultant coach with the EGF (European Globalisation Fund) primarily coaching NEETs - those under 29, (Not in Education Employment or Training) with great success.

Currently, Vicki is working with SECAD as a Course Coordinator for a Level 5 QQI Healthcare Programme which supports women back into education and the workforce. She also facilitates Personal Development Programmes for SECAD clients and provide them with a coaching framework as they move forward to the next chapter in their lives. Within SECAD Vicki also am part of the ABILITY team as we train young people of varying abilities and explore their potential moving forward.


  • Post Grad Higher Diploma in Coaching Psychology, University College Cork
  • Masters (MSc) in Personal and Management Coaching, University College Cork
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation Certificate Level 8, Griffith College, Cork
  • QQI Train the Trainer Level 7
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment) Therapist
  • LIFT (Leading Irelands Future Together) Facilitator
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