Director Training

Chartered Director Course Leaders

Eileen Gleeson

Programme Director

Eileen Gleeson is a Chartered Director and has been a director of 16 companies over the past thirty years in business, at Chair, Non-Executive and Executive levels. She has advised some of Ireland's leading business and political leaders on communications and public affairs, including a seven year period as Adviser to President of Ireland Mary McAleese. Eileen has served as a Non-Executive Director on State boards, plcs, financial services organisations and family businesses. She also conducts board performance evaluations on behalf of the Institute of Directors, and she leads workshops on Leadership, Reputation and Crisis Management.


Dr. Deborah Benson

Deborah has over 20 years experience as both an Executive and Non-exec Director, in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors and is currently an NXD of Scottish Canals (waterways, tourism and regeneration), a Trustee of Edinburgh Women's Aid, (refuges & support services). Deborah was the youngest and the first female to be appointed as a director at the Miller Group (Construction). Having started her career in advertising and marketing in London and gaining an MBA. Deborah joined Millers as National Marketing Director, and when still in her 30's, became Regional Managing Director of ‘affordable‘ and then ‘mainstream’ residential development businesses with T/O's to £40m (c.£100m, in today's values), negotiating single contracts up to £38M value. She was later head-hunted to lead Wilcon Homes as MD for Scotland.

Later, after running her own property and consultancy businesses, Deborah returned to academia part-time, achieving a Doctorate in Business, researching leadership. This led to her establishing Leaders for Leadership Ltd. providing leadership and strategic development to individuals and companies. Deborah is also the Programme Lead for the Inst. of Directors' Leadership programme, Course Leader for the strategy programme and regularly speaks at conferences and events, and guest lectures at University Business Schools, in Scotland and Germany.


Carol Bolger

Carol Bolger is a Chartered Director (C Dir), a Certified Bank Director and a highly skilled non-executive director. She is an experienced Assessor with the IoD’s Board Evaluation Service where she also undertakes bespoke governance training. She has 30 years' Corporate & Business Banking expertise gained in Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank where she held senior roles including Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy & Planning. Carol is currently a Board Member of: An Post, the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and the Health & Safety Authority. She is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Justice and Equality. Carol is an experienced Audit Committee and Finance Committee Chair and has successfully chaired governance and risk reviews.

She holds qualifications in Finance, Strategy and Innovation (UCC) and has an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.  She is a Fellow and a former Council Member of the Institute of Banking where she held the position of Vice President in 2005.


Dr Simon Haslam

Dr Simon Haslam is the head of the strategy faculty for the Institute of Directors UK and has been part of the IoD team since 2004. He is the co-owner of a strategy research and consulting firm, based in Scotland, and also has two non-executive directorships. He has worked in the consulting sector in Ireland for 20 years. His firm has clients across the private, public and third sectors from SMEs to global brands.

Simon has an MBA from Durham University Business School and a PhD from Strathclyde Business School. He is a Visiting Fellow at Durham where he leads the Strategic Management module of its Global MBA programme. He also leads on MBA modules on Consulting Skills and Change at three other business schools. His book (co-written with Dr Ben Shenoy) on Strategic Decision Making is due to be published by Kogan Page in 2017.


George Bartlett

George Bartlett has been a company director for over thirty years. For more than a decade he was also Group Company Secretary of a listed company headquartered in the UK with manufacturing operations in six European countries, serving on the boards of all of its principal subsidiary companies.

Since 2002, he has been a self-employed consultant specialising in corporate governance and risk management.