Why EQ.ie?


Barbara Nugent built her high performance career having excelled academically and following her passion for 20 years as a Senior Finance Executive in Multinational Organisations, European Public Organisations and Irish industry and Accounting Practice. Her qualifications include:

  • MSc in Business Practice – University College Cork
  • Post-Grad Diploma in Executive Coaching (First Class) IMI/UCC
  • Post-Grad Diploma in Leadership (First Class) UCC/IMI
  • Post-Grad Diploma in Organisational Behaviour (First Class) UCC/IMI
  • FCCA – Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants

Accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council
Also accredited by RocheMartin for ECR 360 and MBTI (Myers Briggs)
Nominated for EMCC Coaching Awards 2016

EMCC logo - Solidarity Coaching

EMCC Council - awards - 2016 - coaching - nominated


With over 20 years post-qualification experience, Barbara’s finance career led her to Senior Management positions both internationally and in Ireland.

Most recently, Vice-president of Finance for EMEA and India with Premiere Global Inc’s European HQ in Cork, she led the operational finance functions from initial start-up in 2002 to 2014. Setting in place structures, systems and controls, the finance function evolved into a Shared Services Centre for Europe and India. During that time she led her team through a number of acquisitions and divestments. She initiated a “Tiger Team” – a cross-functional team which joined together elements of several department functions.

Barbara has a wide span of experience ranging from the European Commission Tacis programme to running educational programmes for entrepreneurs and start-ups.

Barbara also has a unique blend of practical business experience in organisations of varying sizes, coupled with a background of mentoring and coaching people to achieve their very best potential. Understanding the pressures of working in busy companies, across departmental, cultural and departmental lines, Barbara coaches individuals and teams to work to a higher level. Her focus is on real and tangible results that deliver value in the workplace.

Coaching has proved invaluable to Barbara during her own career as a leader. It helped her see and use her own strengths for optimum effect and recognise behaviours that were limiting her potential.

Her particular passion is developing the power of Emotional Intelligence with her clients, which accelerates and enhances their leadership skills, ability to influence and their communication skills. Barbara carries out the ECR 360 report and coaches clients on the feedback in an empowering and positive way.

Barbara has a range of programmes for individuals and teams, speaks to groups on a range of topics such as career choice and progression, professional productivity and relationships in the workplace.

Barbara is a much sought-after speaker at Seminars and Briefings for senior business leaders and decision makers. Recent events included:

  • 2017: Cork Chamber of Commerce Annual Forum on Wellness and Focus in the Workplace.
  • 2017: Chartered Accountants Breakfast Meeting
  • 2017: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Annual Training Conference.

Click to view Barbara’s profile on Frontrowspeakers.com or contact Barbara directly at bnugent@eq.ie to discuss speaking topics, ideas or any upcoming presentation opportunities.