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Five Pitstop programmes with Foroige, Dublin Institute of Technology, Department of Social Protection, Exchange House, and Cork College of Commerce. took place between Oct & Nov 2016.  

Pitstops are bespoke leadership development interventions for teams from within an organisation and can be tailored to suit any organisation.



The final of the four Navigator programmes compiling the 100 Leaders project in Limerick began on 16th November and finished on the 25th November. Another successful programme to close an exciting and unique initiative for the region.



This year's Meridian programme in Dublin got off to a great start at Belvedere House on the 27th October. A total of 59 dynamic leaders from across the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors have come together to form this year's group.



We received funding from the Cork ETB and The Cork County Council to run our Your Turn Programme in Cork in October. A total of 9 schools came on board and we ran an exciting 3 day programme for 27 transition Years students to explore their leadership capabilities and how they can make a difference to their schools and communities.



On September 29th our Limerick Graduate Connect Event took place in The Absolute Hotel in Limerick. The Market Place for Ideas session really encapsulated 'Limerick pride' with exciting discussions about how graduates could help to stimulate the city. Following this we had our Keynote speaker and would like to thank Rose Hynes for contributing to the event. Rose is the Chairman of Origin Enterprises plc, the Chairman of Shannon Group plc and is also a non-executive director of a number of other companies in various sectors. Graduates were very impressed with this session as Rose has an impressive career history leading through many significant periods of change in Limerick which she shared with the group. Thank you to all who attended this event and to The Absolute Hotel for hosting us.



We were delighted to welcome Gerard O 'Mahoney, Managing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as our keynote speaker for our Cork Graduate Connect Event which took place on September 15th at The Imperial Hotel in Cork. Gerard is a very well connected leader in Cork and is also a director of the People In Need Trust, the Chairman of the Scala Advisory Board, the Chairman of the Cork Development Forum and the Chairman of Cork Tourism. Interesting discussion and ideas emerged from our 'Market Place for Ideas' session followed by a very thought provoking talk and Q&A session with Gerard O' Mahoney. Participants really enjoyed the event and thoroughly embraced the opportunity to reconnect with fellow graduates and Common Purpose. Special thanks to our keynote speaker, our graduates and The Imperial Hotel for hosting the event.



Our Dublin Graduate Connect event took place on the 8th September and focused on the theme 'Changing Leaders: Leading Change." We were delighted to welcome graduates from as far back as the 2000 Matrix group. Those in attendance engaged in discussion and brought forward ideas during our 'Open Space' session which was followed by a dynamic leadership insight session with keynote speaker Niamh Bushnell which is Dublin's Commissioner for Start-ups. We want to extend an enthusiastic thank you to all involved and to The Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Square for hosting us on the night.



A two day programme for leaders who want a briefing on Dublin. This programme was a unique opportunity for leaders who relocated to Dublin, and those who are established leaders who wanted an update on key institutions and local issues outside of the current area of work.


NAVIGATOR 2016 (Dublin / Limerick / Cork)

In May and June, the 2016 Navigator Programmes brought together emerging leaders from across the sectors who have been identified as key people now and into the future. The 5 day course, spread over two weeks in Dublin, Limerick, and Cork, offered an accelerated leadership development opportunity that encouragesd participants to consider how they can bring their abilities to a wider context in their organisations to influence change. Our team was excited to see the leadership growth amongst participants over the course of the programmes.



In April, young leaders (aged 15-17) had the opportunity to take part in our Your Turn programme in Dublin. Nearly thirty young leaders from ten schools participated in the three day programme. Your Turn challenges young leaders to think critically about their community, city and world and aims to unlock their leadership potential by offering the information and inspiration they need to make a difference.



During February and March, 65+ third level student leaders took part in our Frontrunner programmes in Dublin and Cork. This is the first time we ran this programme in Dublin, and our 6th year in Cork. Students from 17 colleges and universities will graduate from our Frontrunner programmes this year. We are extremely grateful to those that have hosted and supported the programmes, particularly Bank of Ireland, The National Maternity Hospital, Quality and Qualifications Ireland and Clúid Housing Association.


FOCUS 2016

The Cork Focus programme began with a residential 2 days on 26th January. This year, the programme brings together 32 senior leaders from public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Cork and the surrounding area.



Common Purpose (Ireland) officially launched its 100 Leaders project in the Mid-West region with an event in Mary Immaculate College on the 20th of January. Tying in with the launch was the annual Graduate Connect Event and over 45 graduates, contributors and supporters of programmes old and new were in attendance.

The '100 Leaders' project has run 2 programmes in Limerick in 2015 and the next programme starts in May 2016. The aim of the project is to engage and develop the leadership abilities of over 100 emerging leaders from the various sectors whilst building a new, diverse and vibrant network in the area.


MERIDIAN 2015 /2016

This year's Meridian Programme in Dublin kicked off on the 5th November at Core Day One at Croke Park, welcoming 62 participants from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in the Dublin region.



Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd is running a new and exciting initiative in the Mid-West region of the country. The aim of which is to engage and develop the leadership abilities of over 100 emerging leaders from the various sectors whilst building a new and vibrant network in the area.

To do this Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd has secured support from 10 key organisations in the area to partner with us in order to run four Navigator programmes over 2 years. The organisations are both public - e.g. local authority and universities - and private - e.g. the banking and IT industries - and provide financial support and 2 participants for each programme.

To ensure the diversity of each programme group Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd then recruits up to 10 more participants per programme from the non-profit sector and also from small to medium enterprises. This allows for an extremely diverse participant group.

The first programme was successfully run in May 2015 with our second starting November 2015 and two more will follow in 2016. Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd is delighted to have gained the support of the region and to be building a network of emerging leaders in the Mid-West of Ireland. 


Please see below for some feedback from the May 2015 programme:

"This was an excellent networking opportunity to learn more about Limerick and a good opportunity to engage with key stakeholders locally. I felt it was very safe environment to learn and grow; I enjoyed it immensely and learnt a lot."

Manager, Financial Services, Allied Irish Bank 

"The most valuable part of the course has been on a personal level; I have reflected on my position over the last number of years and how it has changed/evolved and how I can change going forward. I will reflect quite a bit on the views and ideas discussed...It was a great way to see Limerick as a collaborate community and certainly increases your awareness of other roles and the challenges in other organisations"

New Frontiers Programme Coordinator, Limerick Institute of Technology

"I gained confidence, networking skills and I was inspired by certain speakers. I gained great knowledge of how different businesses work and how leaders can vary. The programme was great for broadening horizons for one self and in terms of meeting people. It is a great networking opportunity but also a great chance to learn about yourself."

Recruitment Consultant, Cregg Group



This year the Dublin office relaunched the Profile programme-- our fast-paced two-day programme which provides an in-depth briefing on Dublin from a diversity of perspectives across the public, private and non-profit sectors.  A group of 9 senior leaders came together to take a fresh look at Dublin in its current context and to explore the important issues, players and institutions that are crucial to the area's success.


NAVIGATOR 2015 (Dublin / Limerick / Cork)

In May, the Dublin Navigator Programme brought together 35 emerging leaders from around the country. The five day programme took them outside their typical environments, giving them an opportunity to learn from  leaders representing a broad diversity of perspectives. 

Also in May, 25 emerging leaders took part in the first of four Navigator programmes Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd will run in the Limerick region between 2015-2016. The aim of the project is to engage the next generation of leaders, creating a network of over 100 leaders in the Limerick and Mid-West region.

This year's Navigator programme in Cork, in June, was the second to be run in the region. We engaged 16 participants from a broad spectrum of organisations and the 5 days proved to be popular. The group met with a varied group of contributors over the 5 days and got to experience/meet with organisations which would not normally show up on  their radar in the course of their work. 


FOCUS 2015

The Cork Focus programme began with a residential 2 days in January 2015. This year, the programme brings together 36 senior leaders from public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Cork and the surrounding area.

The Focus programme finished successfully with its final final day on May 28th. Participants looked at leading real change in their organisations while reflecting on the learning they have undergone over the past five months.



MERIDIAN 2014 /2015

We are pleased to report that this year's Meridian Programme in Dublin kicked off with Core Day One at Croke Park with our largest group to date, 67 participants.



Our third Frontrunner programme engaged 25 third level students from 9 different institutions throughout Munster - CIT, University of Limerick, IT Tralee, Mary Immaculate College, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork College of Commerce, Colaiste Stiofan Naofa, Mallow College of Further Education and St. John's Central College. The participants involved had already shown evidence of leadership skills in civil society through their activities and the aim of the programme was to inspire them to continue producing real change in their future careers.

The Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd team also ran two 3-day Your Turn programmes in Midelton and Carrigaline in Cork
in partnership with SECAD, we hope to run a third programme in Ballincollig in February 2015.

What did people have to say about Frontrunner?

"I hadn't much confidence in myself as a leader.  I felt like I was chosen by chance but I grabbed the opportunity.  Common Purpose give you so much confidence and motivation to become" - Cork Institute of Technology Student

"It is an extremely insightful programme that helps you engage with people you generally would not.  Some of the speakers can inspire and motivate to go and get what you want.  If you fully participate it is a great way to network" -Cork College Of Commerce Student

"That it is very worthwhile and that it is extremely inspiring to listen to the guest speakers about their lives and their success.  I would recommend it as you also make new friends and new connections that could be useful in the future" - Waterford Institute of Technology Student



We have held two Pitstops, in the past quarter,one with Cork College of Commerce and one with DIT. We engaged with over 60 students on the two Programmes and will be working with CIT, IT Tralee, NUI Maynooth and UCC in 2015.

We were also recently invited by three Local Childcare Committees to host a one day Pitstop for Childcare and Early Years professionals from community and private providers across the region. Normally quite isolated in their roles, the day was a chance for them to learn, be inspired, and network with each other.

The day focused on Leading Beyond Authority. Contributors included two dynamic leaders, one who led a successful bid for a referendum on children in the constitution and the other who is a leading voice in conversations regarding Ireland's referendum for Equality in Marriage.

The day was a resounding success with 45 participants,boasting a collective total of 569 years of experience in their sector, leaving more positive, connected, and energised to lead.

What did people have to say about PITSTOP?

"I enjoyed this course.  It provided me with great insight into what a leader should have.  It also has provided me with a new sense of confidence.  If I was to have a complaint, I wish more people could be aware of how great this course is."
- Cork College of Commerce Student

"Overall it was been an excellent experience and it is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  I would do it all over again."- Cork College of Commerce Student

"This was a good training of giving a comprehensive overview on how to become a leader, how to improve your own values.  Therefore it was a great environment to exchange ideas, communicate and meet with different students who are the leaders of DIT." - Dublin Institute of Technology Student

"There was no time wasted and every activity was beneficial and presented me with new outlooks.  Special mention to our guest speaker, Lynda, who was articulate, confident, and overall pleasant to listen to.  I particularly loved how responsive she is and how every answer she gave was fast but well thought out and personal" - Dublin Institute of Technology Student



Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd are delighted that the 3rd annual Frontrunner programme will take place in Cork in November 2014. This will bring together students from 10 third level institutions across the Munster region to explore the different themes of leadership. There are plans to host a Frontrunner in Dublin in the spring of 2015.





This year's Dublin Graduate Connect Event was held on 4th September. The evening was hosted by the National Maternity Hospital at Holles Street and was kindly sponsored by IPB Insurance. A lively open space session brought together the 80+ graduate attendees with a variety of issues and ideas raised. Following this we heard a dynamic keynote from both Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of Holles Street and Paul O'Toole, CEO of Solas.

What did people have to say about the Dublin Graduate Connect Event?

"Excellent speakers from very diverse industries.You still continue to surprise, brilliant!"


"Another thought provoking and insightful guest speaker session - both very impressive and interesting perspectives."


"Excellent keynote speakers that reminded me that     personal vision and strategy is hugely important to maintain. Great to be reminded, now to take it away."


"Two great speakers. A great reminder of the value of Common Purpose."




Our 2014 Graduate Connect Event in Cork took place on the 11th September. We were delighted to hear a reflection on leadership from Padraig Dalton, Director General at the Central Statistics Office. It was generously hosted by Cork City Hall and reunited over 30 graduates from the region.

What did people have to say about the Cork Graduate Connect Event?

"Reconnection is always a positive experience for me.  It's good as an opportunity to devise plans, strategies, or new approaches.  An excellent day and a really authentic experience. Thank you."


"I enjoyed the event and found the ideas people came up  with very interesting and important."


"I feel the afternoon was very useful, broadening the experience of Common Purpose to another level."


""Keynote speaker was excellent.  Very enjoyable and inspiring."



Recruitment is currently underway for our senior leaders programme in Dublin and Cork.

For information on the Meridian programme please contact the Dublin office on 01-8729322, for Focus information contact Cork on 021-4924694, or email for information on either programme.



Congratulations to the participants Navigator in Cork on their completion of the programme, to go on to become Common Purpose graduates. We thank them for their participation, and engagement over the 5 days and wish them well.

A special word of thanks goes to our many contributors who supported us and helped to make the programme the success that it was. Whether it was contributing as a site visit host, as a speaker who came in to meet the group or as a venue host on one of the day, we thank you for your continued support.





The Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd team in Cork are delighted to congratulate our thirty Focus participants who came to the end of the programme on 29th May.

Well done to all of the participants, and thank you to the contributors who made the programme a great success yet again. Thank you to the site visit hosts, speakers and hosts.

The above photograph shows our Focus group engaged in a cafe conversations style session with contributors who gave their time to come to speak to the group about their work




Building on the success of our Dublin programme and in response to an increasing demand for a programme of this type in the Munster region, we are delighted to announce that we will be piloting Navigator in Cork this coming June. More details to follow shortly. Should you wish to finds out more about the programme please contact Rob O'Halloran, our Programme Manager in Cork. 

Dublin Meridian 2013/14


The final Meridian programme day of this year's programme took place in mid-April at the Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge.  The keynote speaker on the day was Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of the Irish National Rugby Union team. The theme for the day was "Preparing to Lead Change" and Joe shared his personal story with the group, allowing them to get a greater understanding of how he lead throughout his career and achieved through good and bad!

Congratulations to the graduates from this year's programme. It was a delight to meet you all and we welcome you to the Common Purpose network.


Cork Focus 2014


The Focus participants completed Programme Day 5 of Focus in Cork County Hall recently. The theme of the day "Tackling a Challenge" had the group work on a challenge set by the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Noel O'Connor. The challenge itself centred around disability awareness within the county, and how the council might improve their facilities and systems to make it more user friendly for those with various disabilities. The photograph shows Jackie Butler, CEO of Common Purpose (Ireland) Ltd, and Mayor O'Connor, along with County Council official Sean O'Callaghan.


YourTurn programme - Limerick 2014


Limerick County Council and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick were hosts for the 2014 Limerick YourTurn for teenagers aged 15 to 17. Twenty-four students from 8 schools across Limerick took part on this years programme they explored themes of power, influence, making change happen and debated on a real issue facing society in Limerick. Thank you to our sponsors, Vistakon for helping to make the programme happen.

Upcoming events

Navigator 2017 (Dublin)

17 May 2017
We are accepting applications for our Dublin-based emerging leader programme - May 17th, 18th, 19th, 25th & 29th 2017.

Focus 2017 (Cork)

29 March 2017
We are welcoming applications for the 2017 Focus programme which begins start on the 29th & 30th March.