Meet The Team

Brendan McGinty


Managing Partner, Stratis Consulting


Brendan is a leading expert in people strategy, employee relations, employment policy, communications, change management, dispute resolution and public affairs with 30 years of experience backed judgement.


Brendan worked with the business organisation Ibec until 2013, where as a member of the leadership team he had a successful career as Director of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Services. He made an outstanding contribution to Irish business as a leading national representative of business and employers. An as effective influencer, advocate and communicator, Brendan imbues integrity and authority and instils credibility and confidence in clients and stakeholders. He engages with trade unions, government, state agencies, with other stakeholders and as a commentator. He had a central role in the resolution and avoidance of numerous sensitive national disputes both as a member of the National Implementation Body and since.


He is a member of the board of Resolve Ireland and is Chairman of the Board of Skillnets Ltd, the business support agency for enterprise-driven talent development. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Governing Body of the National College of Ireland. He previously served as a board member of the Labour Relations Commission until 2015 (now the Workplace Relations Commission). With an excellent appreciation of national and European developments, he works with the International Labour Organisation on assignment.


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Liam Doherty – PhD


Senior Partner, Stratis Consulting


Liam is one of Ireland’s foremost experts in the area of dispute resolution and holds a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast having examined conflict management and dispute resolution systems in multinationals. Liam focuses primarily on providing high level Industrial Relations advice and support for large scale restructuring and change management assignments. He specialises in designing and providing independent problem solving and dispute resolution services.


Liam was previously a Director of IR and HR with Ibec having spent over 20 years coordinating and providing service support to Irish business. He has a deep interest in building management capacity in workplace problem solving and dispute resolution. Liam has also been nominated by the state dispute resolution bodies to investigate and to resolve employment disputes. Liam is a member of the Board of the Industrial Relations Research Trust and has also published widely on a range of HR and IR themes.


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Brendan McCarthy

Senior Partner, Stratis Consulting


Brendan focuses primarily on enhancing organisational effectiveness. He has a history of providing pragmatic and innovative strategies, practices and initiatives to enhance the people contribution within organisations. Brendan has over 15 years’ experience as a consultant specialising in improving organisational effectiveness, whilst also coaching at senior management level. For ten years he was head of HR and operational responsibilities for a leading publicly quoted organisation and a further ten years with Ibec with responsibility for advising employers, training IR\HR staff and setting up and leading the Management Development and Training Services offered by Ibec.


Brendan has lectured in strategic management, business strategy and on HR in the National College of Ireland, UCD and DCU at postgraduate level. He previously served on the Board of the Employment Equality Agency and as an employers’ representative on the Social Welfare Appeals Tribunal.


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Paul O’Brien

Associate Partner, Stratis Consulting

Paul was previously Head of Organisation Transformation in Bord na Móna and has significant experience in the semi-state sector delivering change programmes. Paul is a highly experienced Employee Relations, Change Management and Organisational Development Specialist with over 30 years senior management experience in the Manufacturing, Service, Construction and Energy sectors. Paul has a proven ability to manage challenging Industrial Relations issues and lead high level organisation development programmes drawing on his strong business acumen and background in operations management

+353 87 997 8117


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Karl McDonagh

Associate Partner, Stratis Consulting

Karl was previously the Employee Relations and Change Director with Diageo Ireland with responsibility for driving organisational, cultural and employee relations strategies for the Diageo businesses throughout Ireland. Karl has extensive experience and a successful track record in delivering change and re-structuring in complex employee relations environments.

+353 1 216 6302


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Joe Culbert


Associate Partner, Stratis Consulting

Joe is a highly experienced Senior Employee Relations Professional with a successful track record of managing employee relations and change in complex, multi-union environments in both the public and private sectors. He was the Employee Relations Manager for Diageo Ireland and previously in eircom. He has a strong reputation for supporting leadership teams in managing IR/ER risks, generating ER solutions and promoting positive ER environments.

Joe has developed ER strategies and tactical solutions to support business and organisational change. He supports leadership and teams in managing change, optimising business performance while fostering a positive employee relations culture. He has extensive experience in workplace consultation, leading Union negotiations and representing employers at the WRC and Labour Court.

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Caroline Jenkinson


Strategic Adviser, Stratis Consulting

Caroline worked in the Labour Court in Dublin as Deputy Chairman for the past 22 years, where she adjudicated on employment law cases and on industrial relations disputes between employers and workers. Prior to 1998 she was employed by Ibec dealing with industrial relations issues and social policy.

Caroline's tremendous experience and unique track record of success as one of Irelands foremost adjudicators provide us the opportunity to add further value to our work and client engagement through her guidance and perspective. She will help guide Stratis as we target new opportunities and will add significant value to our engagement with clients in leading their strategic employment relations.

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David Horgan

Associate Partner, Stratis Consulting

David is a senior HR leader with a successful track record at both strategic and tactical level, with a pragmatic, business-oriented perspective. He has extensive experience of the development and implementation of significant organisational and cultural change strategies to deliver organisational goals. David has an established track record of successful Employee Relations leadership and change management in complex unionised environments and has significant experience of third-party dispute resolution practice. As a supportive and challenging coach to leadership teams, he also possesses a strong capability in deploying HR and cultural levers to drive performance.


David was formerly Transdev’s HR Director for UK and Ireland as part of his 15 year career with the French-based international public transport company. Most recently, he was HR Manager with the Institute of Technology, Carlow.

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