MEET THE Lean In Ireland TEAM

Nuala Murphy



Twitter: @nualafmurphy

Nuala Murphy, President/Founder & Regional Leader

Nuala Murphy is a tech entrepreneur and CEO of Moment Health - a technology company focused on female mental and emotional well-being. 


The founder of the Lean In Belfast and Ireland networks she is characterised by energy, drive and commitment to  helping women achieve their ambitions as part of the global Lean In movement.

Maria Cryan, Founding Member

Maria is a lobbyist, a public relations practitioner and a tennis obsessive! She is also the proud mum of Eloise, Zoe and Iris. 


I have been Leaning In for about a year formally, but informally it's always been part of my approach to life and the living of it. 


I am the Managing Director of Hume Brophy Ireland - an international public affairs and public relations consultancy. Prior to that I spent time living and working in London (in government and political consultancy) and Paris (as Irish attaché to the UNESCO and OECD). 


I have 15 years’ experience of government, international relations, public affairs, and strategic communications and my expertise lies in managing integrated, multi-jurisdictional campaigns for brands and organisations across a wide range of sectors. 


The Lean In movement is so important to me - as an illustration of the support and inspiration that's out there, and as a network for lifelong learning, peer support and networking. 

Maria Cryan

Louise Brogan, Director of Social Media

Breda McCague

Twitter: @bredamccague      

Breda McCague, Founding Member

Based in Ulster Bank Dublin, Breda oversees technical European Payments change projects with her stakeholders across India, the UK, Ireland and Europe. Breda is a Qualified financial advisor & Wealth manager via the Institute of Bankers and a qualified Prince 2 Practitioner. Breda spent 20 years in the Reserve Defence Forces and is now an active Veteran with her Battalions veterans organisation. She also plays music with the U Band which is a Dublin based Rock band that plays gigs for charity fundraisers and is also playing with a celtic traditional  Monaghan band called RU4Reel.   Breda loves innovation, shooting, social media and people.  She lives in Monaghan and is Mum to 3 young boys, Darragh 10, Jamie 6 and Kyle who is 2.

Breda’s lean in journey started in early 2016 when she became co-lead on the internal women’s network in Ulster Bank. She began to realise the massive personal benefits of working closely with a small group of women organising motivational events and initiatives. Through research and her love for social media, Breda went on to partner with Nuala Murphy to became co-founder of Lean In Ireland.

Maeve McMahon, Founding Member

Maeve was appointed as Ulster Bank’s first Director of Customer Experience and Products in March 2015. Maeve is responsible for shaping customer strategy, developing customer focused propositions as well as marketing, communications, digital and customer innovation programmes for Ulster Bank. Maeve has a wealth of experience across markets and product types from companies as diverse as GE Capital, MasterCard and American Express.

Maeve holds a degree in Business & French from University of Limerick, Ireland and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK. Together with her husband Aidan, and their two children, Ella (7) and Tom (5), they relocated to Dublin in September 2015. In Maeve’s spare time she enjoys playing golf, watching rugby (supporting Munster) and skiing in the winter.

Maeve’s lean in story is all about how to successfully transition into a new job, new industry, new city (house and schools!) new country all at the same time.  Two years in, she’s happy to share her progress.

Maeve McMahon

Sinead McCluskey, Founding Member

Sinead started her career as a Nutritional Biochemist with Wyeth Nutrition in a technical support role before moving into the commercial side of the business with Johnson and Johnson Medical where she worked internationally in Sales and Marketing roles within the Cardiovascular division. 


Sinead started her own medtech distribution business, Slainte Solutions, in 2010 which was acquired by PEI Surgical in 2015 where Sinead now works as Director of Commercial Innovation. 


Sinead is an Ada Lovelace Ambassador and strong advocate for women in STEM.  She is a graduate of DCU and has a B.Sc. (Analytical Science) and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry.  Sinead is married to Justin, has 2 daughters, Saranne (10) and Alannah (7) and enjoys food, friendship and fashion.

Sinead’s Lean In story started on a flight from London to Dublin over 3 years ago which led to her setting up the first circle in Ireland for women working in the Lifescience sector.  The circle just celebrated its 3rd year together and Sinead looks forward to sharing their story.

Sinead McCluskey
Gayle Alexander





Gayle Alexander, Webmistress


Gayle is a Virtual Assistant and founder of AVA, Alexander Virtual Assistance, offering Social and Digital Media marketing services to SMEs, entrepreneurs and individuals.

She is also GIS/GPS qualified with over 15 years of experience in the Public and Private sectors, and has career pivoted into marketing with a geographic flavour.


After volunteering in 2017 with PlotBox and Lean In gaining valuable experience, studying with Squared Online, HubSpot, Future Learn and Udemy in Digital Marketing and Social Media, Gayle has now launched AVA as it's chief VA and has undertaken research and marketing activities with several new NI start up companies.

Gayle continues on with Lean In in the capacity of webmistress and Panel member responsible for marketing and communications and the same time as growing her new business part time in 2018 AVA Alexander Virtual Assistance.


She relishes new experiences, opportunities for continued learning, traveling, sewing, glass-work and meeting new people, in both work and personal settings.  Gayle hopes to encourage, inspire and enable others achieve their goals, with her new Lean In work, story and journey.

Dorcas Crawford

Dorcas Crawford, Founding Member

Dorcas has been Senior Partner in Edwards & Co Solicitors since 2005 and has managed the firm through the changing landscape of legal services, using innovative methods to develop the practice and winning several awards for her approach to business.
 In 2014 she launched the highly successful #Belfasthour, a Twitter initiative for SME’s to network and promote each other’s businesses, free of charge. 
In 2015 Dorcas  launched a unique service for conflict management,  ‘The Better way’. Through this service Dorcas brings her mediation and facilitation skills to senior management teams and board members in commercial and third sector organisations , as well as conducting workplace and commercial mediations. The Better Way provides education, facilitation and mediation services  to prevent, diagnose and resolve disputes.
Dorcas is a regular speaker at business events and in 2016 she Leaned In and achieved one of her long held ambitions, delivering a TEDx talk – ‘What if We Could Save Time by Taking the Road Less Travelled?’
Dorcas is passionate about inspiring, motivating and encouraging women in their careers and the drive for equality. Having read the book immediately upon its release and having long been a supporter of the Lean In principles, Dorcas was delighted to get involved in the Belfast chapter and privileged to be a Founder Member of Lean In Ireland.

Priscilla O'Regan Founding Member

Priscilla O'Regan