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Team

Duncan Walker

Director

Andrew Talbot

Managing Partner

Maighread Kelly

Director

Chris MM Gordon

Managing Director

Duncan Walker

Director

Duncan is an experienced Project Manager with 25 years’ experience in the Healthcare, Disability and Social Housing sectors. Prior to moving to Ireland in 2003 Duncan worked in the public and private healthcare sectors managing a range of services and projects. He also worked for various Local Authorities in the Greater London region, managing large scale housing projects. For the past 15 years Duncan has worked in the Social/Voluntary housing sector in Ireland, working at all levels from managing individual housing development projects to strategic level on a number of Boards of Management. In 2013, Duncan commenced working for WALK, a disability service provider based in Walkinstown in South Dublin. As well as working on housing projects supporting people with intellectual disabilities to move from group housing to independent, community-based accommodation, Duncan also managed a start-up social enterprise in Walkinstown , Dublin – the Green Kitchen cafés & garden centre. This social enterprise provides training in the hospitality and horticulture sectors and supports people with intellectual disabilities to progress to further training and employment. Duncan is currently working as a freelance consultant in the social economy sector and is a voluntary Board member of the Irish Social Enterprise Network.

Andrew Talbot

Managing Partner

Andrew is a specialist in partnership working, collaborations, charity mergers and governance. He provides group coaching, project leadership, training, facilitation and governance advice to charities, social enterprises and statutory organisations. He also provides independent honest-broker support to collaborations and partnerships:
  • building strategic alliances;
  • developing effective consortia; and
  • leading successful mergers and charity restructurings.
A solicitor by profession, Andrew worked as a corporate/commercial and charity solicitor in leading Corporate Law firms in both Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and in Belfast before specialising in his real passion – which is to provide specialist support to the voluntary and community and social enterprise sector. Andrew worked in NICVA, the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, for seven years, providing advice and support to charities on governance, charity law, partnerships and collaborations. Andrew now delivers support independently with Collaboration Ireland. He is a CO3 Associate, a NICVA Associate and a mentor for Work West.

Maighread Kelly

Director

Maighréad is a highly accomplished business leader with over two decades of Human Resources and Management experience. She has extensive experience of working with a varied range of clients and offers independent and impartial advice and expertise on a consultancy basis. Prior to becoming a consultant she worked for over 25 years in the community and voluntary sector. She has strong knowledge and direct experience of the applicable regulations, standards and policies. In 2014, Maighread’s research, titled ‘The Potential of Social Enterprises to Support People with Intellectual Disabilities to Overcome Barriers to Employment’, was published by Glasnevin Publishing. Over the course of her career, Maighréad has undertaken significant work with a range of disability services including RehabCare, Cheshire Ireland, Brothers of Charity, the National Disability Authority, and Sunbeam House Services. Maighréad also has experience working as a freelance consultant in the social economy sector. She has is experienced and qualified to review publications both regional and national which are now out of date, she will undertake research to ensure the information is accurate and relevant. Since completing a Master of Science in business management Maighréad has worked extensively as a voluntary company director and HR consultant to social enterprises in the Cork Area. She advises and supports these organisations on the recruitment of staff, on how to introduce a governance structure, organisational policy & procedures, review their services, manage their staff and develop their strategic plans. This work is done on a pro-bono basis and is voluntary. Has been a Director on the Board of Sample Studios, Cork Craft & Design, Naomhoga Chorcai and the No-Name Club.

Chris MM Gordon

Managing Director

Chris is Managing Partner of Collaboration Ireland. Chris also serves as CEO of the Irish Social Enterprise Network (SocEnt.ie). Chris is an Adjunct Teaching Fellow of Trinity Business School and is a facilitator for the BCorp community in Ireland. Chris also volunteers as Chair of Far and Wild social enterprise and is Vice President of the Irish US Alumni Association. Chris is the former Director of Social Enterprise NI. Chris’ work focuses on leading and managing European and nationwide projects on Social Enterprise, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Responsibility, Social Impact, Startups, Cooperatives, Exporting, SMEs in Ireland and leading a life of passion and purpose. Chris engages on national discourse and policy development providing sectoral reporting, supports and proposals to government. Chris has featured in the Sunday Times, BBC, Irish Independent, RTÉ, Today FM, Sunday Business Post and other media. He has contributed to national and European policy papers for political parties. Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management in the UK, Social Innovation Fellow from StartingBloc in the US, a Constellations Society Fellow from France, Tällberg Pathfinder Fellow from Sweden and a US Department of State awardee on Social Enterprise and Tackling Long Term Unemployment programme. Chris is trained as a Climate Reality Leader and is a qualified Erickson Coach. Chris is also a Member of the Institute of Directors Ireland. Chris’ passion is in outdoor facilitation, youth work, social inclusion and community development. Chris has a degree in Theoretical Physics from Queen’s University Belfast, a Masters in Business from the University of Ulster and has qualifications from the Institute of Banking, LIA and UCD.