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Meet The Team

Marian Manning, Founder/Director

I’m passionate about training and personal development, every learner is treated as a unique Individual and at Barrow Training an enjoyable training experience with a positive outcome for all our learners is our goal.

Outside work I love a challenge and enjoy cycling, spinning, fundraising & spending time with my family.

Joe Manning, Director

Tutoring is my thing. People and their potential is my priority. Barrow Training make this happen.

When not saving Africa, I can be seen cycling between Carlow and Kilkenny or on the tennis court.

Liz Doran, Director

With over 15 years experience, I ensure that your development as an Individual or as an Organisation is fulfilled to the highest standard.

Outside my work my 4 kids, horses and triathlon training keep me busy!

Siobhan McNally, Project Manager

The vast majority of my experience is in Management, both people and operational and I have yet to find a project I have not found interesting. However, I also love getting out of the office with my Healthcare Tutoring duties.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my little boy and girl, fitting in some laps on the running track and having a few sociables with family and friends.

Norah Ryan, Training & Finance Manager

For many years, I worked as an Operations Manager and I am now using my organisational and management skills to ensure your training experience is positive and enjoyable.      

When not working I am a first year Accounting Technician part time student.   

I am also an avid GAA fan and passionate about Tipperary hurling.

Vicky Nolan, Quality Assurance Manager

As Quality Assurance Manager at Barrow Training it is my responsibility to ensure you are provided with the highest quality service from beginning to end - from programme development and preparation to delivery & fair assessment.

To ensure this standard I organise continuous professional development workshops for staff and tutors, visit classrooms to monitor tutor delivery,  conduct internal verification of assessments and results, and arrange external authentication of assessments prior to certification.

Attention to detail and critical analysis are vital for my work, and I pride myself on having a keen eye for detail.   My colleagues will tell you that this usually manifests itself in my quick sense of humour - I never miss a trick!

Outside of work I have a passion for food and fitness.    Food is my first love, and I hold a BSc(Hons) Human Nutrition from University College Dublin 

Donna Purcell, Technology-Enhanced Learning Manager

I hold a level 8 BA Honors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care and I combine that with over 12 years hands on working experience in the childcare sector. My goal as a tutor is to ensure that you enjoy your learning experience whether in the classroom or online. I aim to support your learning experience.

Outside of work, I am a Mum of 2 children who keep me very busy going for walks along the barrow track or having picnics in the winter. I also love spending time with family and friends.

Sandra Thompson, Senior Training Administrator

I am a native of beautiful Borris, Co Carlow.   I am passionate about seeing people upskill in their chosen fields.    I hold a BA (Hons) in Social Care from WIT and I am also a Qualified Financial Advisor.  With many years experience in Administration & Management I have a strong belief that good organisation benefits everyone.  As a member of the Barrow Training team is a pleasure to help people meet their goals.

Outside of work I am happiest when holding a cup of Mc Donalds coffee on a walk with my husband and little boy.  Regularly exercising helps me match my love of Italian food.

Leona O'Shea, Online Training Administrator 

As an online administrator my role involves the technical and functional support in the daily operations of our blended learning Moodle platform. I also support the development and delivery of learning content.  

Outside of work I have a huge passion in all aspects of beauty as I hold the CIDESCO Diploma, the world's most prestigious qualification in aesthetics and beauty therapy.

Florence Leonard, Training Administrator

As an administrator my role consists of assisting customers with booking their courses and giving them the information to choose the right course for them. I have spent many years in the retail industry and customer service is one of my key strengths. As a member of Barrow Training my main goal is to help people have a positive and friendly experience with us.  

Out of the office I love to walk and get to see some our wonderful sights we have in Ireland anFlorence Leonard, Training Administrator

Lisa Healy Moore (BSc. Pharm)

I qualified as a pharmacist in 2002 and, since then, have been passionate about improving health and promoting health education in the local community and beyond. I am co-owner of two pharmacies in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow and have been Supervising and Superintendent Pharmacist since 2005. Throughout my years of work, we have often taken students from the local Institute of Technology for work-placement, and have been a vital part of their education. This, along with being responsible for the training and development of our employees, inspired me to look for further opportunities for education and training, so in 2015, I completed a Special Purpose Award in Training and Development. Following this, I collaborated with Barrow Training to develop and review some of their Training Programmes, in particular those training courses associated with the administration of medicines. It is a role I particularly enjoy, and it allows me to contribute to my own Professional Development by encouraging me to keep me up-to-date with the latest developments in medication administration and disease management. Plus, it allows me to interact with and contribute to the Lifelong Learning of a wide and varied group of people. Continuing Professional Development or Lifelong Learning should, in my opinion, be an essential part of any persons’ role. It allows for development, progression and a sense of challenge and responsibility, thereby keeping knowledge fresh and exciting, which in turn leads to greater job satisfaction and a sense of self-improvement and value.

Outside of work, I enjoy running, reading, mindfulness, gastronomic experiences and holidays with my husband and family. I love being outdoors and trying any type of sport or new challenge in general. I’m all about striking a good balance between work, play and that oh-so-important downtime!

Margaret Griffin, RGN

Margaret Griffin is a Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disabilities since 1992, having originally trained with the St. John of God Order. Margaret has 30 years’ experience in supporting persons with varying degrees of intellectual disability, Autism, persons with behaviours of concern, communication difficulties, dual diagnosis and a wide range of associated conditions. Margaret is passionate about mentoring and teaching others in becoming effective, competent carers and support workers in Healthcare and Social Care roles, supporting persons with intellectual disabilities. In addition to her role as a Senior Staff Nurse and A/CNM2, Margaret has completed the QQI Level 6 Train the Trainer to further enhance her role as a tutor in this area.

Kathleen Kinsella, RGN, BSc, MBA, PhD student

Kathleen Kinsella has over 30 years’ experience in both private and public sectors of healthcare in Ireland. Her career began as a registered general nurse working for many years in a large teaching hospital.

Kathleen holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School at UCD, and a BSc (Hon) Business Studies from the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff. She is currently PhD student. She is an Honorary Senior lecturer specialising in organisational behaviour, HRM and Leadership in the School of Nursing at the RCSI. Kathleen was conferred with Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RCSI in December 2019.

She has considerable teaching experience across QQI Framework of Qualifications from level 5 to level 9. Kathleen has a keen interest in education and training from a healthcare perspective. She is a firm believer in developing the skills of leadership, resilience and team building. Kathleen works with her clients to obtain these skills through training, coaching, mentoring and facilitation interventions which ensure that they develop into highly effective and productive individuals who can achieve excellent results in challenging environments.

Kay Coburn, RGN, RPN, SCM

Kay has worked extensively in all nursing disciplines of the healthcare sector in General, Midwifery and laterally Psychiatric nursing. Following her years of experience and multidisciplinary background, she became Assistant Director of Nursing in the Carlow/Kilkenny Mental Health services.

Kay has been a healthcare trainer since 2005, both within the HSE and as a private contractor. She firmly believes that good communication skills are a key trait to succeed in the healthcare sector. She promotes this aspect to her students on a daily basis.

Outside of work, Kay enjoys walking by the beautiful river Barrow in Bagenalstown. Kay is also one of the many volunteers who work with Éist, the local cancer support service in Carlow.

Bridget Kirwan, RGN

Over 40 years in the nursing profession, including role of Director of Nursing in the Private Hospital Sector and 12 years as Person in Charge in the Nursing Home Sector working to HIQA standards.

Experience in delivering training in Care of The Older Person, Dementia, Palliative and End of Life Care.

Alan Purcell, CMILT

Alan's qualifications are spread across Logistics, Transport, Safety and Health, Training and Development, Leadership, Management and soft skills.

Alan studied Supply Chain Management in IT Carlow and a Postgraduate certificate in Change Leadership in LIT. 

Having studied in the Defence Forces Alan began teaching various subjects in 2004 and went on to complete 21 years service including 5 tours of duty in the Middle East and Africa, he also worked on projects with other militaries abroad and gained valuable expertise throughout his experiential learning.



Here at Barrow Training & Consultancy, we’re passionate about personal and professional growth. If you want to take the next step in your career, why not apply to be a tutor at our fantastic training facility, with classroom and online course options available for new tutors. Share your knowledge and expertise in an area that you’re passionate about, with course options including:

  • Online Courses

  • In-Class Part Time Courses

  • Healthcare Courses

  • Health & Safety Courses

  • Childcare Courses

  • Early Childhood Education Courses

  • Management Courses

  • Hospitality Courses

  • Personal Development Courses

  • Professional Development Courses

  • Workshops

  • QQI Accredited Courses