Our People

UConsulting comprises of qualified professionals both internal and external that have expertise in the areas of:

  • Financial management
  • Health
  • Career, leadership & Personal Development
Brian Flanagan QFA TMITI SIA CFP®

Brian is the founder and Managing Director of UConsulting and has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Prior to setting up UConsulting, Brian worked with Financial Independence Corporation for over 5 years heading up their Financial Services arm and Cornmarket as a Senior Financial Consultant.

Brian specialises in financial education, portfolio design and strategic financial planning for senior managers, directors and business owners.

Brian holds the prestigious CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation, is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA), Tax Technician (TMITI) Specialist Investment Advisor (SIA) and is currently completing his MSc in Financial Services through UCD

He is also a member of the Financial Planning Standards Board Ireland (FPSB) Irish Taxation Institute (ITI) Institute of Bankers (IOB) and Life Insurance Association (LIA)

T: 021 2409048
E: info@uconsulting.ie

Mark Foley BA QFA SIA CFP®

markMark is an experienced Financial Planner with over 14 years working in the industry.

Mark specialises in holistic financial planning with a particular emphasis on personal risk management. He is known for his engaging presentations and communicating complex financial information simply and effectively to clients.

Mark has an extensive knowledge of financial markets with a solid background working with customers in private and public sectors.

Prior to joining UConsulting Mark held senior Investment and wealth management positions in Cornmarket for over 10 years.

Mark holds the internationally recognised CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation, is a Qualified Financial Advisor, a Specialist Investment Advisor (SIA) and holds a BA in International Business Management

He is also a member of the Financial Planning Standards Board Ireland (FPSB) Institute of Bankers (IOB) and Life Insurance Association ( LIA)

T: 021 2409048
E: info@uconsulting.ie

Ruth Creaven BA Mod(Natural Sciences) B Pharm M Pharm MPSI

noheadshot2Ruth is a qualified Pharmacist and works on developing the Live More™ health initiative as part of our Corporate Service.

Ruth studied science in Trinity specialising in immunology with Bio chemistry. She went on to study pharmacy and is a registered practising pharmacist.

In previous roles, Ruth has developed a health screening programme to identify risks associated with diabetes, hypertension and has a keen interest in Health Promotion within the workplace.

Ruth is a member of the pharmaceutical society of Ireland (MPSI)

T: 021 2409048
E: info@uconsulting.ie

Noreen O’Connell

noreenLeadership, Management & Organisation Development

Noreen is an accomplished executive leader who has worked globally for over 20 years and at executive level with PepsiCo for 12 years. Noreen has developed & mentored individuals, teams, leaders/managers and the organization. Noreen has experience with working cross culturally, building teams, change leadership, career frameworks, competency models, coaching & developing talent, organization design & development, succession planning, organizational health, diversity & Inclusion and strategic planning

Noreen is owner manager of Optime-ize Foods Ltd . She runs workshops & provides guidance to Food Companies who are scaling operations and brands into International markets in addition to providing coaching to Leaders & managers. The Leadership sessions focus on key global leadership & organisation capabilities that accelerate development & performance. You are introduced to concepts, insights & tools that grow, evolve & optimize your & the organisations potential. You will also create a legacy statement and a career plan that empowers you to take charge.

Noreen is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cork Foundation, a guest lecturer on the Agrifoods graduate development program, an advisory board member for sensory food network Ireland and a Mentor with Enterprise Ireland & the Cork Enterprise boards.

Noreen@optf.ie   www.optime-ize.com   Tel: 087 9396750

John O’Keeffe B.C.L., LL.M., Dip. In Comm. LIT., Solicitor.

JOhn O'Keefe PicJohn specialises in Business Banking and Employment Law and also assists our members in areas such as Conveyancing, Wills & Estate Planning. John who owns and manages a successful general practice based on Cork, has been practicing law for over 16 years. He is an associate member of the Law Society of Ireland and frequently lectures on various law related topics

T: 021 2409240
E: john@okeeffesolicitors.com

Damian Wilson Tax consultant AITI, IPASS, QFA

damienDamian offers a professional tax and accountancy service to our clients countrywide through his practice, Irish Tax Support Ltd.

Damian has over 13 years’ experience providing a highly professional and reliable support service to individuals and small businesses countrywide in meeting their tax obligations. He provides a very personable and friendly service with your best interest very much at the core of everything he does.

Damian is a member of The Irish Tax Institute and the Irish Payroll Association and is a Qualified Financial Advisor. Through his practice he also provides professional services by qualified CPA Accountants and Registered Auditors.

Email: damian@irishtaxsupport.ie Tel: 087 2397782 Website: www.irishtaxsupport.ie


Caroline Randles MSc

carolineTalent Development Professional, Executive Coach and Trainer

Caroline’s excellent interpersonal skills and ability to challenge has supported the facilitation of individuals and teams in career and management development.   She has coached and trained a large number of clients in the areas of talent development, career direction, career transition, succession planning, motivating and developing these clients to achieve goals and maximise performance. Caroline has worked with teams and individuals across a number of sectors including: I.T., Pharmaceutical, Health, Financial Services, Medical Devices, F.M.C.G., and Large Government Organisations.

Caroline brings a vast and varied business experience to her practice. Having qualified in Marketing and Business, she has operated in a number of Sales, Sales Management and Marketing Management functions in the Financial Services Industry before moving into the area of Training and Development. Caroline, has an honours MSc in Personal and Management Coaching, is a qualified Psychometrics tester, and is a qualified Trainer. She Caroline connects with clients from a position of real insight and understanding. She achieves lasting change with clients by taking a holistic approach and working with the whole person or organisational system. Caroline manages each client and team interface by building the coaching and training relationship, using her key strengths in the areas of personal development, positive psychology and wellbeing. She uses a range of appropriate strategies, tools and techniques including psychometric testing, gestalt and solution focused coaching and soft skills training to promote desirable and sustainable change for the benefit of the employee and for their organisation thus increasing performance, achieving results and optimising personal and team effectiveness.

Tel: +353 21 240 9048

Email: carolinerandles2@gmail.com

Jonathan Gleeson BSc. Assoc. SCSI RICS

jonathanJonathan is a dedicated property professional. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the property industry both locally and nationally, with a Bachelor of Science degree (with distinction) in Property Valuation and Management, alongside Associate Membership status with the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI). Jonathan has an extensive knowledge in all areas of property services and assists our clients with any related issues they may have

T: +353 (0)504 22997
E: jonathan@tipperaryproperty.com

Karen Ward BA Psych, Dip PM, Dip NT, mNTOI

Karen Ward is a Nutritional Therapist and Asyra Health screening practitioner who lectures for the College of Naturopathic Medicine in Cork. Karen, assists our clients in a range of areas, including:

  • Food intolerance and allergies
  • General Nutrition
  • Sports nutrition
  • Weight control
  • Digestive health
  • Autoimmunity e.g. Crohns, Colitis, MS

Karen’s unique story on how she overcame a chronic condition is inspiring and she empowers people to take control of their own health by providing tailor made, personalised nutritional plans that has helped our clients improve their energy levels, sleep better and overall to help them to live much fuller and happier lives.

Karen specialises in helping people who suffer with Chronic Autoimmune Conditions including MS, Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis as well as the full spectrum of digestive related disorders from bloating and IBS to gluten sensitivity and gluten related disorders. As an ex all Ireland sprinter she also has a special interest in sports nutrition and provides advice on how to incorporate superfoods to boost performance.

Karen, has a BA in Psychology, Diploma in Nutritional Therapy and Diploma in Project Management. She has also appeared on TV providing her insights and expertise and is renowned for her engaging and informative seminars.

E: karenwardhealth@gmail.com
T: 087 9839025
W: www.kwoptimumhealth.ie



Olivia joined UConsulting in 2016 having previously worked with Cornmarket Group Financial Services and has over 17 years’ experience in a variety of roles from administration, compliance and office management.

Olivia is a QFA and LCOI and holds a BA in Economics and French and a Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis and Design. Since joining UConsulting Olivia has successfully completed the Professional Diploma in Compliance through the Institute of Banking.

Olivia is a member of the Life Insurance Association (LIA) and Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI).

T: 021 2409048
E: info@uconsulting.ie

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