Our Associate Team

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Mary McWilliams Director

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Director of McWilliams Associates, professional trainer, coach and mediator. I have 25 years experience in designing, delivering and evaluating high impact leadership and organisational development programmes.

I am accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Investors in People (IiP). Our programmes are custom designed to meet your organisational needs.

I am also a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI).

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism
    Robert Schuman Institute, Brussels
  • BA Honours Degree in Communication
    Dublin City University
  • Diploma in Education
    Physical Education College, University of Ulster
  • Practitioner Licence in Mediation
    Mediation Northern Ireland, Belfast
  • EQ-i Certification
    (BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory)

    Multi-Health Systems Inc., Dublin
  • Director of McWilliams Associates, we design and deliver training and consultancy in leadership and management development.
    (2001 - present)
  • Management Skills Specialist in the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin.
    (1996 - 2000)
  • Training Specialist in the Aer Lingus cabin-crew training centre in customer care and communications.
    (1977 - 1994)
  • Teacher in St. Mary's Secondary School, Clady.
    (1974 - 1976)
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Professor Monica McWilliams Associate

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Professor Monica McWilliams is a highly skilled consultant with over twenty years’ experience in human rights, negotiation and conflict resolution and extensive overseas experience with national human rights institutions and international organisations.

Monica was a visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago for the Spring Semester 2014. She has been involved in Training and Capacity building on gender based violence with civic society organisations in a range of conflict societies.

Monica advised the Irish Ambassador in Uganda in developing the work of the Ugandan Human Rights Commission and delivered presentations to foreign diplomats and delegations on the Northern Ireland peace process. She has also been involved in UN and EU meetings on gender based violence and human rights and she has published widely on human security and the role of women in peace negotiations such as the article in the Solutions Journal.

She has been instrumental in the development of the first government strategy on domestic violence in Northern Ireland.

  • BSSc Honours
    Queen's University, Belfast
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning
    Queen's University, Belfast
  • Masters in Urban Planning (MUP)
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • Doctor of Humane Letters
    Lesley College, Massachusetts, USA
    Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, USA
  • Commissioner, Independent Reporting Commission for the Disbandment of Paramilitary Organisations in Northern Ireland
    (Jan 2017 - present)
  • Professor and Associate Researcher, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, Belfast, United Kingdom
    (2011 - present)
  • Oversight Commissioner for Prison Reform, appointed by Minister of Justice, Northern Ireland Assembly
    (2011 - 2014)
  • Chairperson Interpeace, Geneva, Switzerland
    (2018 - 2020 years)
  • Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
    (Sep 2005 - Sep 2011)
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly
    (Jun 1998 - Nov 2003)
  • Founder, Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, elected to Northern Ireland Forum and the Multi-party Peace Negotiations
    (1996 - 1998)
  • Appointed by the Home Secretary to the Board of the National Lottery Charities.
    (1994 - 1998)
  • Appointed by the Taoiseach to the National Economic and Social Forum
    (1994 - 1996)
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Anne McCallum Associate

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Anne McCallum is an associate trainer for McWilliams Associates, experienced in designing, delivering and evaluating high impact leadership and organisational development programmes.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • BA Honours Degree in International Business Management
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    (1989 - 1993)
  • Ecole Superieure de Commerce
    Grenoble, France.
    (1990 - 1991)
  • Trainer in Leadership and Management skills for McWilliams Associates, in Private and Public sector organisations.
    (2006 - present)
  • Lecturer NRC-Northern Regional College.
    I deliver levels 2-5 - Level 5 IATI (Institute Accounts Taxation for Ireland Examinations); Level 5 HND (Higher National Diploma) in Business, Business Strategy and Internet marketing; Level 3 BTEC (National Diploma in Business Marketing and Economics); Level 3 ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management; Level 2 BTEC First National Diploma and ECDL (European Computer Driving License).
    (2000 - present)
  • Export Sales Manager, Desmond & Sons clothing company, responsible for selling £2m excess stock.
    The first woman from Northern Ireland to take part in the largest ever trade mission to the Middle East with the IDB.
    (1994 - 2000)
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Claire Bain Associate

Claire has over 20 years experience in Training Consultancy focusing on Coaching and Management Development. She has designed and delivered training across the Public and Private Sector. She is an accredited Executive coach and former Chair and Board Member of the Association for Coaching in Ireland.

    Accredited Executive Coach
    Association for Coaching
    Certificate in Coaching with Neurobehavioural Modelling
    Professor Paul Brown
    Certificate in Workplace Wellbeing & Resilience
    Diploma in Business Coaching
    The Coaching Academy UK
    Certificate in Training Practice
    Certificate in Personal Development Coaching
    The Coaching Academy UK
    Certified and licensed facilitator for Myers Briggs & DiSC
    BA (Hons) Business Studies
    Liverpool John Moore’s University
  • Associate for McWilliams Associates, 2022, delivers ‘Coaching and Mentoring’ workshops.
  • Associate Trainer and Coach delivering a career transition programme in Michelin Ballymena. Facilitated workshops and face to face coaching in preparation for assessments and interviews.
  • Senior facilitator and Interim Manager for Marcomm at a time when local government reform was being implemented. A period of significant change with design and delivery of coaching and training across all council areas. My area of expertise was competency based interview training.
  • Senior facilitator for HPC (formerly MaST Ireland ) providing coaching and training across many industries in both private and public sector. My area of expertise was change management and leadership development.
  • Leadership and management roles with GlaxoSmithKline. Operational responsibility for a global logistics department that supplied over 165 countries from 8 UK manufacturing sites. Leadership role in a change programme to streamline and integrate the logistics department. Involved reducing staff levels from 220 to 80 across 8 UK locations whilst maintaining business continuity.
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Ciara Boyes Associate

Ciara delivers ILM accredited training in the public sector and lectures in leadership and management in a private organisation and a further education college. For over 15 years worked in the business sector where she successfully identified and developed new business opportunities in a highly commercial environment.

  • Postgraduate Certificate Enabling Business Recovery
    University of Ulster
  • Level 7 Award Strategic Management and Leadership
  • ILM Level 3 Certificate in Effective Coaching
    2000 weeks Ltd.
  • BA Open (History and Business)
    Open University (2018)
  • Associate for McWilliams Associates, (2021 - present) delivers our virtual workshops, ‘Managing and Motivating hybrid teams’.
  • Lecturer, Southern Regional College, Professional Services Faculty (2020 - present)
  • Owner, Purple Box Consulting, delivers business consultancy in the SME sector.