About Our Tutors

Pat Gaughan

Pat Gaughan has over twenty years’ experience working at a senior level in Facilities Management both in Ireland and abroad.

Most recently he has worked for CBRE as an Account Director in EMEA. Pat has also worked for a variety of blue chip companies such as Aviva, Virgin Media, Bilfinger and the National Museum.

Pat is an experienced and qualified tutor and has previously delivered FM courses for BIFM.

Pat has an Honours degree in European Studies and Law from UL and is a Qualified Lead Auditor. He is currently Chairman of BIFM Ireland.

Melissa Curley

Melissa is the founder SocialBee, an innovative events company that imagines and creates beautiful events where conversation and connection are the core focus and outcome.

Before becoming chief Tea Lady at SocialBee events, she was an enthusiastic secondary school teacher and avid world traveller.

She moved to Dublin in 2012 to complete a Postgrad in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and has delivered presentations and workshops on social connection, relationship building, and the value of your social capital in today’s hyper connected world. These topics sit nicely with SocialBee values and inform our event planning thinking.

Gerry McKiernan

Gerry McKiernan is the Supply Chain Manager with Three Ireland and has functioned in an ever changing business and industry for the last 10 years.  

In total, Gerry has over 20 years’ experience leading Supply Chain teams in dynamic, fast-paced organisations. Given this, he has developed effective purchasing, logistics and distribution models aligned to evolving marketplace demands.

Recently, the acquisition of Three by O2, saw Gerry lead a number of projects in delivering consolidated models, thereby capitalising on synergies from both organisations.

Conor O’Brien

Conor O’Brien has worked in project and programme management for over 30 years. Projects have been in manufacturing, financial services, building and infrastructure projects, software development, and information management. 

Conor is a certified Project Management Professional and is a member of the IEEE, PMI, and DAMA.  A number of projects involved green site conversions to modern state of the art highly digitized work environments that leveraged automated environmental monitoring and control systems.

Conor has spent recent years researching in IT, Project, Programme, and Project Portfolio management.

Des Stapleton

Facilities & Safety Managing Director with over 20 years experience Graduated from Dundee University with a B.Eng , continued studies with a Post Grad from UCD in Safety Health and Welfare at Work.

Des has specialised in Safety Management systems for in both indigenous and multinational companies forming his own FM company in 2007 providing Safety Management Services to all sectors within Ireland and Northern Ireland including Retail, Office, Service and Manufacturing Environments.

Richard Whitty

Richard Whitty is a very experience and committed professional tutor with over forty-five years working for blue chip companies, and a leading charity organisation in a variety of fields including manufacturing, customer service, shipping, environmental, health, safety, security, facilities and property management.

Last year Richard retired from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as National Facilities Manager. He is a member of IOSH, RICS and SCSI.

Karen O’Connor

Karen O’Connor has over 13 years’ experience with both indigenous and multinational companies across a broad range of industries such as Manufacturing, ICT, Event Management and Customer Service.

As a result, Karen brings with her a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of people management. Because of her passion for HR, Karen has now set up her own HR consultancy which offers HR support to small and medium businesses across several sectors.