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Barbara Nugent

Barbara Nugent

Graduate Business School


Barbara Nugent is an Executive and Business Performance Coach.

With over 20 years post-qualification experience, Barbara’s Accountancy and Finance career has led her to Executive Management positions both internationally and in Ireland.

Most recently, as Vice-President of Finance for EMEA and India, she led the operational finance functions for a US multinational, from initial start- up through growth and managing expansion of the Organisation over 12 years. During that time, she led a significant number of teams, global projects and change implementations.

Armed with her experience and her recent MSc in Business Practice, Post-Graduate Diplomas in Leadership, Executive Coaching and Organisational Behaviour,  Barbara left the Corporate world and set up Transilient Coaching to fulfill her passion of helping individuals, teams and businesses tap in to their latent potential.

Understanding the pressures of working in busy organisations, across departmental, cultural and management matrices, Barbara shares her knowledge and experience through coaching, mentoring, customized programmes and workshops.   Her focus is on real and tangible results that deliver value in the workplace through empowerment of employees, with the use of tools and process strategies with proven outcomes.

Her particular specialism is developing the power of Emotional Intelligence with her clients, which accelerates and enhances their leadership skills, their ability to influence and their performance results.

Barbara has been published in Business and Finance, Accountancy Ireland, Irish Tatler, The Irish Examiner, Cork Independent Newspaper and has a weekly column in The Evening Echo.  She has spoken at the Cork Chamber Annual Forum, Chartered Accountants Breakfast Morning, Network Cork Workshops and the annual Continuous Professional Development seminar for the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants and has shared the stage with Niall Breslin, Olive Loughnane, Lucy Hyland along with other key speakers.

Barbara was recently nominated for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council’s coaching awards 2017 and 2016, along with a nomination for Cork Business of the Year (Education and Training) 2018 and most recently a finalist for Network Ireland’s Cork Business Woman of the year 2018.