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We’re a team of thought leaders, story-tellers, thinkers and explorers in business, the arts and leadership development.

PADRAIG HYLAND
PADRAIG HYLANDAudience Alchemist

Padraig is a founder and CEO of The Core Story™ and is a specialist in business strategy & engagement. Padraig is a thought leader in the evolution of authentic strategy and using story to evolve leadership and engage audiences. He has designed a framework, The Core Story Process™, to create authentic strategies that will engage and excite audiences. It has been successful in many global blue chip organisations such as Heineken, Smurfit Kappa and Paddy Power. He has developed business content for the Internet, TV, and Radio, appeared on BBC TV and Radio as well as TV AM in Ireland. He has written and presented two series of leadership training videos for The Ninja Leadership Training Academy on Meet The Boss TV. He has also written and performed stand-up comedy shows for the Edinburgh Festival based on a coaching theme.

Muireann ran away to join the circus (well, to become an actor), when she was in her twenties, and has been on a quest to thrill audiences ever since. She gets as much satisfaction from enabling others to excite an audience also. Muireann is a Facilitator and Vocal Coach. Her passion is to help people connect with their authentic voice to enable them to speak from a connected place.

She is an accomplished teacher, singer and actor. She has played lead roles on stage and screen. She is currently the musical director for a number of choirs and has a passion for bringing out the hidden voice in us all. Muireann studied her craft extensively including Meisner at the Actors Temple in London & Voice Technique at Bristol Old Vic.

MUIREANN RYAN
MUIREANN RYANAuthentic Voice Fairy
SHEILA RYDER
SHEILA RYDERStory Wizard

Sheila wrote her first story when she was 7. In it, the princess saves the prince from a life without jam. Sheila has always written stories with strong heroines. Sheila loves to work with story and uses it and creative writing to connect with people, win bids and drive performance. She is an experienced business trainer, facilitator and coach.
Sheila specialises in Applied Story and Story Craft. She studied Playwriting and Performance in the Method Studio London and holds a Masters in Screenwriting from Royal Holloway University of London. She wrote and performed comedy sketches in London and Edinburgh for 5 years and has a number of writing projects for stage and screen currently in development. Alongside Sheila’s writing career she has worked as a business consultant for over 15 years in Start-Up Enterprise and SME business development both in Ireland and the UK. She holds a bachelor degree in Commerce and a Masters in Accountancy.

Colette has spent her career uncovering stories, encouraging people to tell theirs, and more recently, making her own up. She started out as newspaper journalist before moving to the BBC where she spent a decade as a national news and political correspondent.

She is the author of four critically acclaimed psychological thrillers. Her third book, An Act of Silence was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.

Colette also teaches creative writing and mentors for a scheme backed by JK Rowling.

COLLETTE MCBETH
COLLETTE MCBETHStory Master
NIGEL GREEN
NIGEL GREENThe Maker of Maps

All epic stories are about change and the journey of that change. Nigel Green is a Change Designer; he specilaisies in navigating change journeys. Over his career, he has developed change strategies, and business-technology architectures, for both established and start-up organisations around the world. He is recognised worldwide as a thought-leader and author. In 2007, Nigel co-authored “Lost In Translation: A handbook for Information Systems in the 21st Century”. This book discusses the trend towards distributed data processing and other concepts that underpin today’s digitally enabled world. Today, Nigel advises companies worldwide on how to plan and execute large-scale, digitally- enabled, change programmes.

Una started her career as an executive in an ad agency when shoulder pads were “de rigeur” and she spent most of the following 15 years facilitating a perpetual cycle of ideation and creation for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Black and Decker. Remember them? Yes, Adland was very glamorous back in the 90’s! Always one for the relationships and very much a people person,

she was frustrated by the fact that Clients and Agencies didn’t always get along, that relationships were often fractious and that people shouted a lot. Una has developed process that creates an environment for multiple people and teams to deliver great work. Una is a natural born facilitator, communicator and connector of people. She is creative and resourceful and starts every day with the intention to bring progress to the Client and Agency world. She has a Honours BA in languages from UCD and a post-grad in Advertising and Marketing from DIT.

UNA HERLIHY
UNA HERLIHYSenior Facilitator
MARIA MCHALE
MARIA MCHALEStory Hacker

A chance meeting with South African journalist Donald Woods in Galway when she was 16 inspired Maria into a life of stories. Fired up by his tales and life story, she left the west of Ireland to go to London and become a journalist where she worked for several national newspapers and magazines in a variety of roles before striking out on her own in 2001. An award-winning blogger and journalist, she is a regular contributor to the Irish Times newspaper. Maria is also the editor of the Slainte health blog.

She works with entrepreneurs to help them showcase their passion and purpose and tell their story for ultimate publicity. She also runs high-level mastermind groups for business people who are action-takers and serious goal-setters.

Neil can transform the energy in a group and teaches others to do the same. He is a Professional Improviser and stage performer, which brings a unique energy and practical approach to his work. Neil has performed his signature improv show, Neil+1, to audiences around the world. He is also the Founder and Director of Improv Fest Ireland and Assistant Director of Improv Utopia Ireland.
Neil has 20 years of management and corporate experience in an international context. He has led teams throughout his career having held a senior leadership position in the Irish subsidiary of a multinational organisation.
Neil has a Masters in Training & Education with his Masters Dissertation focusing on Improvisation as a Training Method to Develop Effective Teams in the Workplace with a Focus on Promoting Confidence, Interpersonal Skills and Relationship Building. He is also a qualified Executive Coach.
Neil has regularly appeared on national TV and in numerous national newspapers over the years including Newstalk, Irish Times, RTÉ and TV3 (Now Virgin Media One)

NEIL CURRAN
NEIL CURRANThe Transformer
ANNEMARIE STEEN
ANNEMARIE STEENSpeaker on Playfulness & Playful Learning

Annemarie is a master facilitator and speaker. She creates playful and effective learning experiences to meet this need. Active, experiential, improvisational & fun. Topics: creativity, innovation, leadership, culture change.

She is part of the faculty at THNK School of Creative Leadership and is a guest lecturer at the Estonian Business School.

PADRAIG HYLAND
PADRAIG HYLANDAudience Alchemist

Padraig is a founder and CEO of The Core Story and is a specialist in business strategy & engagement. Padraig is a thought leader in the evolution of authentic strategy and using story to evolve leadership and engage audiences. He has designed a framework, The Core Story Process™, to create authentic strategies that will engage and excite audiences. It has been successful in many global blue chip organisations suchas Heineken, Smurfit Kappa and Paddy Power.

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MURIEANN RYAN
MURIEANN RYANAuthentic Voice Fairy

Muireann ran away to join the circus (well, to become an actor), when she was in her twenties, and has been on a quest to thrill audiences ever since. She gets as much satisfaction from enabling others to excite an audience also. Muireann is a Facilitator and Vocal Coach. Her passion is to help people connect with their authentic voice to enable them to speak from a connected place.

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SHEILA RYDER
SHEILA RYDERStory Wizard

Sheila wrote her first story when she was 7. In it, the princess saves the prince from a life without jam. Sheila has always written stories with strong heroines.Sheila loves to work with story and uses it and creative writing to connect with people, win bids and drive performance. She is an experienced business trainer, facilitator and coach.

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COLLETTE MCBETH
COLLETTE MCBETHStory Master

Colette has spent her career uncovering stories, encouraging people to tell theirs, and more recently, making her own up. She started out as newspaper journalist before moving to the BBC where she spent a decade as a national news and political correspondent.

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NIGEL GREEN
NIGEL GREENThe Maker of Maps

All epic stories are about change and the journey of that change. Nigel Green is a Change Designer; he specilaisies in navigating change journeys. Over his career, he has developed change strategies, and business-technology architectures, for both established and start-up organisations around the world.

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UNA HERLIHY
UNA HERLIHYSenior Facilitator

Una started her career as an executive in an ad agency when shoulder pads were “de rigeur” and she spent most of the following 15 years facilitating a perpetual cycle of ideation and creation for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Black and Decker. Remember them? Yes, Adland was very glamorous back in the 90’s! Always one for the relationships and very much a people person, she was frustrated by the fact that Clients and Agencies didn’t always get along, that relationships were often fractious and that people shouted a lot.

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MARIA MCHALE
MARIA MCHALEStory Hacker

A chance meeting with South African journalist Donald Woods in Galway when she was 16 inspired Maria into a life of stories. Fired up by his tales and life story, she left the west of Ireland to go to London and become a journalist where she worked for several national newspapers and magazines in a variety of roles before striking out on her own in 2001. An award-winning blogger and journalist, she is a regular contributor to the Irish Times newspaper.

 

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NEIL CURRAN
NEIL CURRANThe Transformer

Neil can transform the energy in a group and teaches others to do the same. He is a Professional Improviser and stage performer, which brings a unique energy and practical approach to his work. Neil has performed his signature improv show, Neil+1, to audiences around the world. He is also the Founder and Director of Improv Fest Ireland and Assistant Director of Improv Utopia Ireland.

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ANNEMARIE STEEN
ANNEMARIE STEENSpeaker on Playfulness & Playful Learning

Annemarie is a master facilitator and speaker. She creates playful and effective learning experiences to meet this need. Active, experiential, improvisational & fun. Topics: creativity, innovation, leadership, culture change.

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