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Brian Downes & John McNamara

Brian is a teacher, a storyteller, an observer, a curious soul. He has always been fascinated by people – why they do what they do what they do and how they can do it better. Following 15 years in senior positions across a diverse range of industries, in 2011 Brian decided the time was right to focus his energy full time on what makes him tick, developing people. The world of work is not geared for getting people to perform at their best. We have an engagement and enablement problem that is leaving the potential of people untapped. It doesn’t have to be this way.

As a master trainer, facilitator, coach, consultant and speaker, Brian’s drive is to make the world of work a better place to be. To help create the environments where people can perform at their best and create leaders that will constantly encourage them to do so.


John’s passion for people and human excellence shines through in everything he does. He is deeply curious and brings huge energy and enthusiasm to his work. He is an accredited personal and executive coach, with a QQI Diploma as well as an Advanced Diploma in Coaching with Neuroscience. He is also accredited by the International Coach Federation (ACC) who are the global standard bearers in coaching.

John has also been on the Positive Success Group (PSG) professional coaching panel for the past 3 years. In addition to this John is an accredited trainer and practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming. He is also a business graduate (BA) with ten years industry experience, working with Symantec Corporation and the Smurfit Group. In this time he amassed some invaluable experience working on global deals with the largest financial institutions across the globe.

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