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
    (1991)
  • BA Honours Degree in Communication
    Dublin City University
    (1987-1990)
  • Diploma in Education
    Physical Education College, University of Ulster
    (1971-1974)
  • 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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Monica McWilliams Associate

Professor Monica McWilliams is a highly skilled professional with over 20 years experience in human rights, negotiation and conflict resolution including extensive overseas experience with national human rights institutions and international organisations. She is a pro bono Coach for a range of international NGOs – most recently with women on Afghan High Peace Council. In November 2012 she led a training programme for Syrian women on behalf of the Women's Democratic Network (WDN). She has been a visiting professor at several US universities in politics, human rights and international relations and is currently involved in training and capacity building with civic society organisations in a range of conflict societies.

Monica has a proven track record of corporate governance, strategic planning and change management and, as a guest speaker on the leadership modules for McWilliams Associates, shares that expertise and leadership story with the participants.

  • BSSc Honours
    Queen's University, Belfast
    (1975)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning
    Queen's University, Belfast
    (1977)
  • Masters in Urban Planning (MUP)
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
    (1978)
  • Doctor of Humane Letters
    Lesley College, Massachusetts, USA
    (1998)
    Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, USA
    (2001)
  • Professor and Associate Researcher, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster
    (2011 - present)
  • Oversight Commissioner for Prison Reform, appointed by Minister of Justice, Northern Ireland Assembly
    (2011 - 2014)
  • Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, appointed by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
    (2005 - 2011)
  • Elected member, Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly
    (1998 - 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
    (2007)
  • 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)
Andrea Close

Andrea Close Associate

Andrea has over 20 years’ experience in Coaching and Management Development and is responsible for the design and delivery of ILM Accredited programmes in Coaching and Mentoring. She is an accredited coach and founding member with the Association for Coaching in Ireland.

  • Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching - Academy of Executive Coaching
  • Coaching Models of Practice Level 6 (Merit)
  • Licensed to use MTQ48 Mental Toughness Questionnaire
  • Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching (Distinction)
  • Certificate in Management (CMI) Open University
  • Trainer in Coaching and Mentoring skills for McWilliams Associates, in Private and Public sector organisations. Designed and delivered Coaching and Mentoring Programs approved and accredited by ILM (2019-present).
  • Associate Trainer and Coach delivering a career transition programme in Michelin Ballymena (Jan 2016 to June 2018). Facilitated workshops and face to face coaching in preparation for assessments and interviews.
  • Head of Learning and Development in Concentrix (formerly GEM) (Feb 2012 to June 2015)
    Responsible for the ILM Centre programmes for: Team Leader L2, Leadership and Management L3, Coaching in the Workplace L3 and Business Improvement L2.