John Ryan


John Ryan has been CEO at Great Place to Work in Ireland since January 2011. Previously, John was self-employed as a management consultant, providing services to indigenous organisations as well as foreign multinationals in the areas of Strategic Decision Making, Communications and Positive Behaviour Building. A former broadcast journalist, John is a graduate of Business from Dublin City University having a specialisation in Marketing. He also holds a qualification from the University of Maynooth. John lives in Bray, County Wicklow, with his wife Kelly and three young children. He loves golf and football (Arsenal fan). He also has a passion for current affairs and was Mayor of his local town. John was recently Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council.

Cathal Divilly


Cathal Divilly brings nearly 10 years’ experience in research and management consulting to his role as Partner of Great Place to Work in Ireland. During his time with the Institute, Cathal has played a significant role in shaping the strategic direction of the business in Ireland and internationally. He also has played a big role in developing and managing some of the Institute’s key partnerships such as the Irish Institute of Sport, the Irish Pensions Board, and Dublin Institute of Technology. Cathal specialises in helping organisations improve their workplace culture by designing company-wide workplace interventions and developing new and innovative people strategies. He is a regular speaker at management events both nationally and internationally. Before joining the Institute, Cathal earned a degree in marketing and went on to obtain a Masters in Strategic Management from DIT. Cathal is a sporting fanatic. Hurling is his number one game, followed closely by a developing obsession with golf.

Jim Flynn


Jim Flynn is an experienced business executive with a broad range of management and leadership experience.  Highly qualified with an MBA and as a Business Psychologist, he displays a passion for Strategic Organisational Transformation. Jim demonstrates deep knowledge of statistical modelling and analysis particularly as it relates to the area of employee trust and engagement.

He has designed, implemented and evaluated large scale culture change programs particularly in the areas of employee engagement, leadership development, high potential selection and succession planning. He is highly experienced in consulting and supporting C-Suite executives in the largest organisations while regularly evaluating trainers and coaches in the context of the facilitation and management of change.

Jim holds a BSc in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Business Administration and an MSc in Occupational Psychology. He is also an NLP Trainer and Certified Clean Language Facilitator.

Mary Lynch


Mary Lynch is a highly skilled and dynamic organisational development and human resources consultant with experience in a wide variety of Corporate, SME, public, private and third sector organisations across Ireland, Europe and the US.

Across her seventeen years in organisation development, Mary has held roles in industry including Learning and Development Manager with three, and most recently HR Director for Ireland in Stryker. In her role in Stryker, she led a team of forty-four HR professionals across four plants and was responsible for all HR activities including recruitment, talent management and compensation and benefits for Ireland. She now brings her expertise in these areas, as well as organisational strategy and culture, and management team facilitation to great workplaces all over Ireland.

Brían Sutton

Client Relationship Manager

Brían Sutton is Client Relationship Manager at Great Place to Work® in Ireland. He focuses on developing clear and strong personal relationships with clients and their individual workplaces to help each achieve their goals on the journey to creating a great workplace. Prior to joining the organisation, Brían worked in many different sectors in Ireland and Europe. Originally graduating in Marketing, he worked in retail and marketing roles in the software industry. He also has several years experience in the Health & Fitness industry. More recently Brían has worked in the financial services market working with varied investment portfolios. In his free time, Brían enjoys an active lifestyle, travelling to new places and spending free time with his young family.

Aideen Waters

Client Services Manager

Aideen joined Great Place to Work® in Ireland as Operations Manager in early 2011. Her background is in Financial Services where she worked as Head of Operations and Head of Customer Focus for a large global insurance company. Aideen used this experience during a stint delivering training on communications, customer service and personal development at Portobello Institute in Dublin before coming to Great Place to Work. A confirmed Francophile, Aideen loves to travel and is a keen photographer - she is at her happiest when combining both of these interests!

Fiona Wilson

Senior Project Manager 

In her role as Senior Project Manager, Fiona Wilson heads up the Best Workplaces Assessment Team and is responsible for the management of various bespoke projects such as the annual Best Workplaces publication in the Irish Times. Over the past few years, Fiona has become expert in the HR practices of Ireland's Best Workplaces. Prior to joining Great Place to Work®, Fiona worked for Vivendi Universal Games where she project managed the sim-ship of multi-platform, multi-language games such as Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Jurassic Park, Half-Life and The Hobbit. In her spare time, Fiona is an equestrian enthusiast and jogs regularly.

Fania Stoney

Assessment Services

Fania joined the Great Place to Work team following the completion of her MSc in Psychology in 2016. She is part of the Culture Audit Assessment Team, and has been involved in a number of training programs, bespoke projects and events. Before embarking on her Masters, Fania had worked in the Non-Profit sector for a number of years. During this time she was a key lead in programme management, spending time between Ireland and being based in-country where the organisations worked. This work was supplemented by facilitating and supporting Irish volunteers in-country, as well as working to engage and educate people in Ireland about the work being done overseas. Fania has also been involved in the development of a new company, bringing strong organisational skills to the entrepreneurial team. Fania, originally from Mayo, now lives in Dublin but gets home as often as she can.

Claire McGeever

Programme Coordinator

Claire McGeever joined Great Place to Work in Ireland as Programme Coordinator. In this role she manages the day-to-day activities of the assessment programme, supporting clients from an array of industries. Prior to joining Great Place to Work, Claire graduated from Dublin City University with a Masters in Human Resource Management. She researched the area of well-being for her dissertation. Before that, Claire worked in Eircom for nine years, starting in Sales and working up to Team Leader and Personal Assistant to the Programme Director. Her time in Eircom developed key interpersonal, communication and organisational skills. Born in the West of Ireland, Claire now resides in Dublin but spends a lot of time in Mayo. Her leisure activities include travel, baking and spending time with family and friends.

Pam Rock

Finance Manager

Pam Rock joined Great Place to Work in Ireland in 2002 and is responsible for all aspects of finance including accounts payable and receiveable, financial planning, and payroll. Before joining us, Pam held similar positions in a variety of companies in the freight sector. Pam has been married to her husband Jim for almost 29 years and has two sons, a daughter and a little grandson. She loves to travel the world, enjoys pilates and long tranquil walks in Skerries County Dublin.

Joseph Benkanoun

Digital Communications Manager

Joseph joined Great Place to Work Ireland as a member of the Client Services team in early 2013, and has since broadened his brief to take responsibility for our digital presence. Prior to joining the team, Joseph had earned a degree in Philosophy and Anthropology from NUI Maynooth, where he was an active student representative and journalist. Since then, he has gained a wide breadth of experience in a variety of roles around the world. Joseph is both fortunate and unfortunate enough to live a short stroll away from Great Place to Work HQ. In what free time he has, he enjoys food, travel, music, and clichés.

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