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Helen Wycherley, Network Ireland President

Thursday, 28th February, 2019 9:41am

Name and position: Helen Wycherley, Network Ireland President

Age: 29 forever

Lives: Crossbarry

Family: Husband and three children Liam, Laura and Kate

Pets: None

Favourite thing about Cork: The city being on the water and close to the countryside. Everything is close by.

Least favourite thing about Cork: The frequency of flooding in the city.

One thing you’d change about Cork: The Dunkettle interchange

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

I always wanted to work with my dad in the family business.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I went to secondary school in the Convent of Mercy Kinsale and have a bachelor of Business and Legal Studies from UCD.

I qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst and Young in 2007. I am a director at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery in West Cork and the Marina Commercial Park in Cork city - both family businesses.

Network Ireland is an organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women, made up of budding entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals and leaders from charities and non-profits. I joined the Network Ireland Cork branch in 2009, not long after I moved home from Dublin to join the family businesses above. I needed to develop my own network in Cork, so I choose Network Ireland Cork branch. I joined the committee in 2010.

In the Cork branch I was secretary, vice President and then president in 2015. I was then secretary and vice president of Network Ireland nationally. We have three-year succession planning in place in Network Ireland, so at our January 2017 AGM I put myself forward for the presidency in 2019 and was voted in!

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

Meeting like-minded women in business who support you and are there for you always. As the West Cork branch president Ciara Lucy says – they are my tribe!

What motivates you?

Empowering women, helping and supporting others.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

Be grateful for what you have and the opportunities you have ahead. Be kind to people.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

I have a few that are on a par with each other for me for various reasons; achieving a black belt in Taekwondo (few years ago now!); summiting Kilimanjaro; qualifying as a chartered accountant; and of course, my three wonderful children.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

Both my parents.

What is the life dream now?

To live to a grand age and be healthy, with lots of family and friends around. It’s quite simple really.

How do you switch off?

By going to the gym and going out for dinner with my husband. Holidays in the sunshine as well.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Anywhere along by the water, especially the walks from Charles Fort in Kinsale and headland walk from Warren Beach in Rosscarbery. The water can be very calming.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

‘Mind over matter’.

When are you at your happiest?

When my 11-month old smiles at me with pure trust and love – my heart just melts.

Any regrets?

I don’t focus on regrets. I focus on what I can do going forward and absolutely make the most of here and now.

What is your hidden talent?

I make a yummy plum pudding at Christmas!

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I grew up in Dublin, we moved to Kinsale when I was 13. Both my parents, though, are from Cork, and we always spent holidays in Cork. I very much consider myself from Cork!!

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I love the opportunities living in Cork and being involved in Network Ireland has given me.

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