Mike Gaffney, Managing Director

Mike is a highly effective facilitator helping organisations and their management teams determine what their key challenges are and how best to address them. He brings a philosophical perspective to understanding one’s own personal effectiveness. This is combined with the engineer’s perspective on solving problems which together work well in the murky areas of people management and leadership.

Mike thoroughly enjoys developing and delivering Management and Leadership training programmes and has been doing so nationally since 2000, when he founded LEAP with Tricia Cunningham. In setting up LEAP, Mike wanted the challenge to see if his approaches to management development would gain an audience in the broader business community outside the confines of the corporate organisation (Nortel Networks) where he had spent the previous 13 years. Thankfully this has proven to be the case.

Mike is a keen rower, who makes up for with enthusiasm what he lacks in ability. He has inflicted his coaching on multiple crews in the Galway rowing clubs from young beginners to Olympians, for the past 20 years.

Mike qualifications:

  •  Honours degree in Industrial Engineering from NUI, Galway
  • Masters degree in Computing Engineering from Manhattan College, New York, USA
  • Diploma in Project Management PMI, in association with UCC
  • Diploma in Training and Education from NUIG

Testimonials from some of Mike’s clients:

“ICBE have happily run the Front Line Managers Programme with Mike and the LEAP team for a number of years. The response from participants consistently strongly endorse Mike’s inclusive and facilitative approach to learning and ease of application of ideas.”
Gráinne Walsh, Irish Centre for Business Excellence, Limerick

“LEAP did a great job with SAP. They kept us honest in implementing our strategic plans and have provided insightful support to our management team.”
Geoff Moran, MD, Sap Landscapes, Maynooth

“When our member companies come to me looking for a tailored intervention for their management team, the first people I call is the LEAP team. Mike and the team are professional, reliable and very effective.”
Ashling Ward, Carlow/Kilkenny Skillnet

Tricia Cunningham, Co-Founder & Senior Partner

If you want your Supervisors and Managers to successfully grasp the People Management nettle, then talk to Tricia. With over 30 years experience (it’s an old photo, they all are!) in Training and Development Tricia brings a wealth of expertise and insights to all of her clients’ development programmes.

She has a great record assisting leaders and managers in understanding themselves, their strengths and how to maximise their impact on their organisation. Tricia also works with individuals on a one-to-one basis providing coaching support to address identified business performance issues.

Having spent an extensive period of time as a training and development professional in the United States, where she earned a Masters of Science in Training and Development (Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1998) Tricia returned to Ireland and joined Nortel Networks where she was appointed Training & Development Manager before co-founding LEAP in 2000 with Mike Gaffney.

With LEAP clients Tricia’s work has significantly improved management team and business performance. Because of her consistently high standards and personal integrity in what she does, Tricia’s clients develop a strong collaborative, on-going relationship with her.

Testimonials from some of Tricia’s clients:

‘LEAP is an important partner for the University. They bring unique insights and abilities to the table which have helped the growth of our employee development programmes. I would recommend Tricia very highly.’
Carmel Brown

“Tricia got us to set realistic and challenging goals and then made sure we achieved them. She is highly motivated, which keeps everybody on their toes. We found her approach easy to understand and the management team immediately bought into it and became invigorated by the work we did.”
Evelyn O’Toole, MD, Complete Lab Solutions

“I have been working closely with Tricia, for the past 4 years. She is a joy to work for. Nothing is ever a problem. She has successfully delivered multiple training programmes to both our UK and Irish staff.”
Áine Doyle, Training Manager, Dalata Hotel Group

Galway Clinic

John Raftery, Senior Partner

John is not your typical consultant. He will tell you the bad news up front, regarding you and your business. If you are part of the problem, he will let you know. He will work with you (if you are willing), not just to resolve it, but to also help you drive the company and team forward.

John is practical, pragmatic and very incisive. These capabilities make him a much sought after business advisor and strategic coach, particularly with owners and their management teams.

His candid no nonsense approach enables managers to deliver on their capabilities in a supportive and decisive environment. John specialises in providing executive coaching support to high performers, enabling them to realise more of their potential, in a practical manner. He also challenges those he coaches to step up to the next level of performance, which results in significant transformation in individual manager’s capabilities and contribution.

John has worked as a lecturer in Operations Management for the Irish Institute of Industrial Engineers, and has developed and delivered Personal Development Programmes for a wide range of organisations.

Prior to joining LEAP in 2007 John ran his own successful consultancy business working with business leaders. John holds a Diploma in Personal and Business Life coaching, a Diploma from the Project Management Institute in association with University College Cork, and an Irish Management Institute Diploma in Manufacturing Management. Additionally, he has a Diploma in Training & Education from NUIG.

Testimonials from some of John’s clients:

“Working with John has been an excellent experience, he highlighted the issues that needed to be addressed in the company and put a strategy in place.”
Barry Shevlin (Global Home Improvements, Dublin)

“John has given us great focus, I highly recommend working with him.”
Ronnie Fleming (Software Support Group, Dublin)

“LEAP’s energy and vision provided impetus for SLE to build an ambitious three year strategic plan that we believe in and are delivering.”
Brian King, MD, (Smithstown Light Engineering, Shannon)

“John opened our eyes to what was going on around us; things we did not see. This in turn stepped us up a level for leading the business forward.”
Eugene McBrearty, MD, (KER, Killybegs Donegal)

“The work John did with our Supervisors was excellent. As the programme progressed I could see our Supervisors grow into managers, in ways that worked for them individually. This is a great achievement as the lads have found it challenging to step away from their former team mates on the shop floor. Well done John and thank you.”
William Egenton, MD, (Dromone Engineering, Meath)


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