Our carefully designed course programmes are given by our professional coaches and industry experts.

Our specialist experts provide the financial and health modules.

We have teams based throughout Ireland to allow us deliver our quality service in locations nationwide.

John Leonard Course Specialist – Finance

John graduated from Dublin City University with a degree in Accountancy and Finance. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

In addition John:
• specialises in investment appraisal and strategic decision-making and has held senior management positions with some Top 100 European companies
• has lectured on both financial management and taxation for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional accountancy exams
• holds a FETAC 6 training qualification.

Since 2008, John has worked with the Retirement Planning Council delivering financial and taxation course modules.

Fiona Finnerty Course Specialist – Finance

Since 2006 Fiona Finnerty has been a Taxation Consultant.

Fiona has also:
• trained in taxation with KPMG
• worked as a Corporate tax manager
• worked with DHKN
• lectured in corporation tax for the Institute of Taxation.

Fiona has been working with the Retirement Planning Council since 2008.

Catherine Desmond Course Specialist – Finance

Catherine is a Senior Tax Manager with responsibility for the human resources (HR) Services Group in PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cork.

In addition, Catherine:
• has more than 12 years’ experience advising on employment and personal taxation issues
• has been involved in a number of Revenue audits involving a variety of indigenous and multinational clients
• is a lecturer with the Irish Tax Institute and lectures their professional qualification programme
• has contributed to a number of Irish Tax Institute publications.

Tom Collins Course Specialist – Finance

Tom Collins lectures in International Tax and Advanced Tax in the BA (Hons.) in Applied Taxation and in Wealth management in the M Sc Computational Finance) at the National Centre for Taxation Studies, University of Limerick.

Tom has more than 25 years' experience with Big 4 tax practices in Ireland and New Zealand.

He has worked as a consultant with the Retirement Planning Council since 2008.

Gabriel McCarthy Course Specialist – Finance

Gabriel is a Qualified Financial Advisor with more than 30 years' experience within the financial services industry.

Gabriel specialises in offering bespoke solutions to suit individual circumstances.

Since 2011, he has been working with the Retirement Planning Council delivering the financial module of the course.

Hugh Johnson Course Specialist – Finance

Hugh has worked for more than 30 years in the banking and financial sector. Fifteen of these years were in wealth management. This culminated in his role as Head of Client Relations, South & West, with Bank of Ireland Private Banking.

Hugh also:
• is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
• is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA)
• is a member of The Institute of Bankers in Ireland
• holds a Diploma in Wealth Management.

Hugh has advised corporate and personal clients, on retirement planning, portfolio management and income protection. He also works with clients on tax and estate planning.

Sarah Keogh Course Specialist – Healthy Lifestyle

Sarah Keogh, MSc, BSc, MINDI, has a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College.

Sarah also:
• has worked in hospitals both in Ireland and the UK
• is the former Head of Nutrition at the Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin
• specialises in giving advice on nutrition and diet
• has worked with some of Ireland’s leading food companies.

Sarah writes for Easyparenting Magazine and is a regular on TV3’s 'The Morning Show'.

Since 2006, Sarah has worked with the Retirement Planning Council delivering the Healthy Lifestyle course modules.

Aisling Snedker Course Specialist – Healthy Lifestyle

Aisling holds a Bsc hons in Home Economics, PGDip Nutrition and Dietetics, PGCert in Sport and Exercise nutrition and FAETC. She has been qualified as a clinical dietitian for 20 years.

Aisling also has:
• worked in a variety of hospitals in the UK and Ireland
• a special interest and qualification in Adult Education
• an ongoing passion and interest in nutrition and exercise for the 'Third Age'.

Aisling has worked with the Retirement Planning Council since 2008.

Niamh O'Connor Course Specialist – Healthy Lifestyle

Niamh O’Connor RD, BSc (Hons), Dip (Hons), MINDI is an honours graduate of Trinity College and Dublin Institute of Technology. Having completed her internship at St. James Hospital Dublin and Cork University Hospital, she has practised as a dietitian and nutritionist in Ireland since 1993.

Niamh also:
• has held senior dietitian positions in teaching hospitals throughout the country
• held a research and lecturing nutrition post with the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance.

Niamh's specialist interests include:
• gastroenterology
• paediatrics
• EU food labelling legislation.

Niamh is an active member of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI), the professional body for dietitians and clinical nutritionists in Ireland. She advocates for her patients and for her profession. She is a regular contributor to local and national radio, television, print media and social media on all things nutrition.

Niamh has worked with the Retirement Planning Council since 2012.

Caoimhe McDonald Course Specialist – Healthy Lifestyle

Caoimhe graduated from Trinity College with a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

She is a nutrition consultant to several clinics and has worked as a research dietician in the Osteoporosis Clinic in St James Hospital Dublin.

Caoimhe is currently a dietician in St Mary’s Nursing Home and is a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute.

She has worked with the Retirement Planning Council since 2011.

Dr David Boylan Course Specialist – Healthy Lifestyle

David is a GP in Limerick who has been a representative on the Mid-Western GP Unit for the past six years.

He is Chairman of the Primary Care Subcommittee of the Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention Programme in the Mid-West Region. This committee represents a wide variety of stakeholders including:
• Mid-Western Health Board
• Health Promotion Unit
• dietitians
• public health nurses
• ambulance services
• voluntary groups.