Our Story

We have been working with Irish businesses who seek  improvement for over 15 years by providing executive coaching, employee engagement and leadership development to SME and Corporate clients.

The needs of businesses have changed significantly over the last decade and we have changed to meet these needs. With a growing economy we are working with business owners, senior managers and teams to improve Growth Management, Company Culture, Accountability and Leadership.

As part of our client onboarding process we match your needs with the Business Coach or Consultant with the most relevant experience to your needs. Our team of  has a wealth of experience in business from retail, finance, banking,pharmaceuticals, leisure, hospitality and service sectors.

ActionCOACH clients, whether they be small, medium or large in size are forward thinking, willing to learn and grow, and to work as a team player in the development of an organization of ‘people’.

When agreeing to work with new clients we prioritize attitude over size. We offer the most practical, most applicable and fastest strategies on growth. We pride ourselves on empowering people to realise their full potential through business development.

Our Team

Paul Fagan

Paul Fagan

Managing Director

Paul Fagan is Managing Director of ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland – the largest Executive Coaching, Employee Engagement and Leadership Training organisation in Ireland, and part of the world’s number 1 business coaching company, ActionCOACH Business Coaching.

He has mastered the art of making the complexities of running a business simple and gets massive results with his clients by teaching business owners and their teams, easy to implement strategies to increase engagement, performance and ultimately profitability.

As a successful business owner himself, Paul knows the attributes, dedication and disciplines needed by people to grow successful companies. Before establishing his own Business Coaching organisation in 2002, Paul built up a wealth of experience in the financial sector, working in retail, corporate and private banking both in London and Dublin for over 19 years.
Paul is a certified Business Coach and recognised expert in franchising. Due to his expertise, Paul is a lead advisor to several Government agencies and Banks on SME matters and has helped design and deliver a range of national SME support programmes.

Paul believes that SME’s are the future of the Irish economy, and is passionate about helping Irish business owners to grow their business and create new jobs in their local communities.
He will show you how to get immediate results in your business, and how you can increase your sales, achieve more profit, build a stronger team and create a successful enterprise that works without you.

Marina Bleahen

Marina Bleahen

Managing Director

Marina is an accomplished and professional certified Business and Executive Mentor. She is a business success expert who uses a variety of models and platforms to help clients achieve their goals. With more than 20 years experience in the fields of business, healthcare, marketing and communications, Marina works with business owners, executives and entrepreneurs on creating commercial, profitable enterprises. She empowers her clients to become stronger leaders, create and implement solid strategic plans and recruit great team members. Marina’s valuable workshops and seminars on Employee Engagement, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales Strategy, Communication, and Influence produce effective changes and long-term results in organisations.

Prior to joining Business Coaching Ireland, Marina was a Global Director of Strategic Marketing with Elan Pharmaceuticals. Marina studied radiography in University College Dublin and ran a successful private clinic before joining Elan.

Marina specialises in executive workshops, leveraging results through team engagement and building leadership skills. With a proven track record of improving team performance and productivity, Marina is committed to the success of those she works with.

Rory Smyth

Rory Smyth

Senior Business Coach

Rory coaches Irish Business Owners Leaders helping them to increase their profitability, build better teams and systemise their business so that it can run efficiently without them

Rory holds over 20 years’ experience in Senior Management positions across a numbers of industries in Commercial, Sales and Marketing, Communications and General Management roles.

He will show you how to get immediate results in your business, and how you can increase your sales, profits and overall business performance. 

Jeanette Naughton

Jeanette Naughton

Senior Business Coach

Jeannette is a Business Coach with over 13 years experience working in the corporate and SME sector. Having completed a degree in Law in 1999 she started her career in London in the recruitment industry. Jeannette returned to Ireland in 2002. Since then she has gained extensive experience working with both large corporate and SME clients.

Having spent 12 years working in Consulting for PWC amongst others Jeannette is no stranger to providing solutions for issues business owners face in the areas of HR, Recruitment, Leadership Development, Progression Planning and Outsourcing.

At ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland, Jeannette works closely with a portfolio of SMEs  coaching them on strategies to improve in their business performance. She also delivers programmes to corporate teams and senior executives focusing on Strategic Planning, Marketing and Sales Strategy, Communication, Team Cohesion, Employee Engagement and Leadership Development producing effective changes and achieving long-term results in organisations. Jeannette is committed to making a real difference to the businesses she works with through open and honest communication and providing a genuine support to business owners.

In addition to her training with ActionCOACH, Jeannette has completed a Diploma in Professional Executive & Life Coaching with distinction as as a Hdip in Organisational Leadership.

John O' Sullivan

John O' Sullivan

Senior Business Coach

John coaches Irish Business Owners & Managers daily, helping them to increase their profitability, build better teams and systemise their business so that it can run efficiently without them.

John is a champion of the SME sector seeing them as being the key to the future of the Irish economy. Having enjoyed success in business himself he is passionate about helping Irish SME’s grow into larger and more sustainable organisations.

John is very entrepreneurial minded. He has over 15 years’ experience in both setting up and running his own businesses, operating in both the Retail, Service and Digital Media sector.

John will show you how to get immediate results in your business, and how you can increase your sales, profits and overall business performance.

Eddie Walsh

Eddie Walsh

Business Coach

Eddie has run a number of businesses and has a broad experience within the investment banking, media, life & pensions, IT and the fitness industries.
He will show you how to get immediate results in your business, and how you can increase your sales, profits and overall business performance.

Des Ryan

Des Ryan

Business Coach

Des is an expert in retail and franchise management with over 30 years of experience. His retail experience consits of management roles with Superquinn and Musgrave Group, where he managed stores with revenues ranging from €6.5M to €30M per annum. He also facilitated a number of Business Management tools over the last 2 years, delivered to teams across the Musgrave Business.

Being  a business owner himself gives Des an acute understanding of his clients needs.  His businesses include being part of the Senior Management Team which introduced the Bear Factory franchise to Ireland in 2002, opening and running a number of different formats across the country. Des has also owned and operated a successful Hair Studio business with his wife Roseann in Dublin. He is currently developing an on-line sales business as well as being a full time Business Coach with ActionCOACH. 

Helen Burns

Helen Burns

Franchise Partner Business Coach

Helen is a certified Business Coach, providing business help, business advice, business coaching and mentoring services to small and medium sized businesses.

She has a passion for helping businesses like yours grow and become profitable, so you, the business owner can enjoy the lifestyle you deserve.

As your Business Coach and advisor, Helen will help you deliver the results you desire using proven tools, methodologies and systems, tested and perfected over tens of thousands of businesses worldwide for more than two decades. She will hold you accountable for your results and just like a sports coach, push you to perform at optimal levels.
Let’s schedule a Free Business Coaching session to get started …

Derek O'Dwyer

Derek O'Dwyer

Franchise Partner Business Coach

As a passionate Business Coach, Marketing Professional, Professional Speaker and Trainer Derek is dedicated to helping Irish business owners market and sell more effectively and profitably.

As a Gitomer Certified Advisor , Derek represents the worlds leading author on Sales, Customer Service, Attitude and more and can offer a huge variety of training modules to suit your organisation.

He has been a Business Coach with ActionCOACH for over 13 years now. He was the first coach in Europe and has worked 1-2-1 with over 300 businesses. He has been consistently in the top 10 Coaches in Europe for the past 11 Years winning European Coach of the Year on 2 occasions and Global Rookie of the year in 2002.

Two of my PROUDEST achievements are:
Coaching a client to double turnover in 18 months to over €20m in turnover.
Seeing clients to expand their businesses, grow profitably and work less hours each week

Derek is continually looking to reach out and help professionals that need to get more Clients and Customers on a regular basis.

As your Business Coach and advisor, Derek will help you deliver the results you desire using proven tools, methodologies and systems, tested and perfected over tens of thousands of businesses worldwide for over more than two decades. He will hold you accountable for your results and just like a sports coach, push you to perform at optimal levels.

Richard Cullen

Richard Cullen

Franchise Partner Business Coach

Richard is Professional Business Coach. He coaches Irish Business Owners / Managers daily, helping them to increase their profitability, build better teams and systemise their business so that it can run efficiently without them.

Richard believes that SME’s are the future of the Irish Economy, and is passionate about helping Irish SME’s grow into larger and more sustainable organisations.

Richard has over 25 years business experience working in Business Development with SME and multi-national Corporate companies in the I.T. and Technology sector including Cisco Systems, Jabil Global Services and Trio-Tech International.

Richard will show you how to get immediate results in your business, and how you can increase your sales, profits and overall business performance.

Kevin O'Keeffe

Kevin O'Keeffe

Franchise Partner Business Coach

Kevin is a certified Business Coach, providing business help, business advice, business coaching and mentoring services to small and medium sized businesses.
He has a passion for helping businesses like yours grow and become profitable, so you, the business owner can enjoy the lifestyle you deserve.
As your Business Coach and advisor, he will help you deliver the results you desire using proven tools, methodologies and systems, tested and perfected over tens of thousands of businesses worldwide for over more than two decades. He will hold you accountable for your results and just like a sports coach, push you to perform at optimal levels.
Let’s schedule a Free Business Coaching session to get started …

Tony Hayes

Tony Hayes

Franchise Partner Business Coach

I am a certified Business Coach, providing business help, business advice, business coaching and mentoring services to small and medium sized businesses.

I have a passion for helping businesses like yours grow and become profitable, so you, the business owner can enjoy the lifestyle you deserve.

As your Business Coach and advisor, I will help you deliver the results you desire using proven tools, methodologies and systems, tested and perfected over tens of thousands of businesses worldwide for over more than two decades. I will hold you accountable for your results and just like a sports coach, push you to perform at optimal levels.

Lets schedule a Free Business Coaching session to get started