Maighréad Kelly

Following an extensive career as a Senior Operations Manager in the Social Care Sector Maighréad transitioned to Freelance Management Consultancy in 2018. Maighread is a solutions focused consultant who will assist employers to address issues which can arise in the day to day operations of any business. She works with a wide and varied range of clients including;

  • Small Businesses
  • Voluntary Agencies & Not-for-Profits
  • Local Authorities & Government Agencies
  • Consultancy Agencies
  • Social Enterprises
  • Startups
  • Block Management
  • Home Care Providers
  • Health Professionals

Maighréad works alongside business owners and senior managers advising and supporting them on how to effectively manage their staff and develop policies and procedures to support effective operations. She will also work as an external consultant who will undertake investigations or sit in on interview boards.  She offers independent, impartial advice and expertise to companies which can include but is not limited to; sitting on interview boards, carrying out investigations, reviewing of documentation, report writing, auditing of services, writing organisational policies and procedures, risk assessments and quality assurance.


  • Masters of Science in Business Management from Dublin City University, 2014
  • QQI Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Training & Development 2020
  • Level 7 Certificate in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work from University College Dublin, 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Service Management from Dublin Institute of Technology, 2004
  • Certificates in Office Management Skills, Care Practice and Disability Studies


The Potential of Social Enterprises to Support People with Intellectual Disabilities to Overcome Barriers to Employment.

Published in O’Brion, D. & Hyland, M. (2014) “Innovation in the Social Economy”, Glasnevin Publishing, Dublin. The research study demonstrated that social enterprises that have been designed specifically to support people with intellectual disabilities have more potential to support their employees to overcome the barriers to employment. The findings also warn of the dangers of establishing social enterprises which are nothing more than a modern version of the segregated sector of sheltered workshops and job enclaves. See publication:


Maighread is also a Director at Collaboration Ireland. Collaboration Ireland provide an end to end facilitated process for organisations seeking to Collaborate. They will broker collaborations with key stakeholders, support the formation of sustainable and effective services in the Third Sector. They also help organisations develop a social economy strategy and for start up social enterprises to grow.


Since completing a Masters in Business Management Maighréad has worked extensively as a voluntary company director and HR consultant to social enterprises in the Cork Area. She advises and supports these organisations on the recruitment of staff, on how to introduce a governance structure / organisational policy & procedures, review their services, manage their staff and develop their strategic plans.