The mentor is a resource to the owner-manager to help identify solutions to obstacles arising in the business or highlight opportunities that the mentee may have previously been unaware of.

The role of the mentor is to:

  • Listen
  • Advise
  • Provide suggestions to overcome challenges identified by the business

The service is completely confidential and the mentor effectively acts as a “sounding board” who can identify courses for action for consideration by the business involved. Whilst the mentor will suggest approaches to solving problems, their role is not to deliver these actions for the business, as they are not a consultant and cannot become involved in running the business in any way. Mentor Mayo is here to offer encouragement, support, suggestions, and advice.

Mentor backgrounds

Our mentors at Mentor Mayo are people with extensive expertise and experience in Ireland and Internationally as entrepreneurs, senior business managers and also as people who have started their own businesses. They are also interested in sharing their knowledge with other Mayo business people who are starting up new businesses or looking to grow or diversify their existing businesses. As you will see from the sample of mentor profiles below, the knowledge available includes all aspects of business management. We will continue to add new mentors to cover as wide a range of business sectors and specialities as possible.

Here is a sample of our mentor profiles:

CEO of Retail Group with over 30 years’ experience in the business, which main responsibilities is the strategic direction of group including diversification and on-line sales.

Financial Director and Business Systems Consultant, with experience at both multinational and Irish owned companies in the Medical/Pharma, Agri Food, Textile and Energy sectors for over 40 years, as well as co-founding three start-up companies.

Founder & CEO of own company based in Mayo and growing successfully in international markets. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he set up his company after identifying a market opportunity for a product in the hospitality industry. He has subsequently gone on to develop a range of other products for the larger recycling industry and is now recognized as one of the leaders in that space

HR Director in the Pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and Europe with experience in all aspects of human resources management for manufacturing and also for some commercial areas. Worked as Country Manager for the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland) and UK with responsibilities for commercial, regulatory and R&D activities.

A leading entrepreneur and businessman, having successfully grown his business in Ireland and is expanding internationally, with extensive experience of manufacturing and sales in other continents

Managing Director of own private company, who also previously worked in the pharmaceutical sector, with experience in selling, marketing, finance, HR, distribution. Specialist knowledge in dealing with pharmacists and members of the medical and pharmaceutical professions, along with the key influencers and decision makers within that market.

Finance Manager for two Irish manufacturing sites including one in Co. Mayo. Extensive experience in finance, strategy and business planning, as well as internationally working in a variety of geographic locations leading strategic planning and business continuity processes.

Retail & Business banking for 40 years. Has experience as Branch Manager and latterly a Senior Manager with responsibility for managing portfolios of the Bank’s SME Customers. A key part of the job included engaging with companies in the SME Sector at all stages from Start Ups to established businesses.