With over 30 years of business experience and with a strong human resources background having held HR specialist and leadership roles in the utilities and energy sector in Ireland within ESB and Ervia Group, I bring experience and insight from working in large organisations.

Back in 2013, following an extensive career, I established a business (MaryD Consultancy) providing services across HR consultancy, coaching and mentoring.  Overall, for well over a decade, I have worked as a coach and mentor both internally within organisations and externally with individual clients across a range of industries.

In 2017 I undertook research at University College Cork to explore the impact of coaching on leaders as they transitioned to a new role.   The research findings were shared as part of new research at the Psychological Society of Ireland 2017 Conference and in 2019, I presented the research findings at the EMCC 9th Global Annual Research Conference at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and was subsequently published in the EMCC 2019 Research publication.

A book based on the research, which has been co-authored with research supervisor, Inge Nieuwstraten, was published by McGraw Hill, Open University Press on 18 June 2021 with the title: Leadership Transition Coaching.


  • MA Coaching Psychology & Positive Psychology (University College Cork)
  • HR Degree (University of Limerick)
  • Post graduate Cert in Psychology (PCI College Dublin)
  • Certificate in Psychotherapy (PCI College Dublin)


  • Senior Coach Practitioner (EMCC)
  • Associate Member (Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group) at the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD)


  • MBTI (Step I and Step II)
  • Emotional Intelligence (EQi 2.0)
  • 360 Profilor
  • Strengths Finder