Both an entrepreneur and coach, Cara’s journey began at 5 years old, growing up in a family business where her education started around the kitchen table…


Cara worked for 15 years as a Director in the family business; The Award-winning Macklin Healthcare Group & Malone Lodge Hotel, and was instrumental in it’s growth becoming a multi-million pound organisation from 3 businesses with 250 employees to 7 businesses and 600 employees, then starting her own business.

Cara held various roles with responsibilities both operationally and strategically including; Strategic Development, Operations Director, New Business Opening, Sales & Marketing, Head HR & Transformation, Procurement Director, Culture, Customer Experience and Financial management.

Having graduated with an MBA from Cass Business School London and gaining international experience Cara returned to the business and opened NI’s first Lifestyle Care Home, cited by Institute of Director chair as a “world class concept.”

Key highlights include:

  • Managing Director of four businesses with 50 – 120 staff per site and multi-million turnover
  • Created NI’s first Lifestyle Care Home Milesian Manor –
    • Year 1 achieved 100% occupancy, prices 30% above competitors
    • Awarded Care Home of the Year 2018
  • Strategic Development & Innovation –
    • 3 business openings
    • Embedded world class practices throughout the business
    • Inspired and supported others in implementing a clear strategy for growth
    • Increased profit up to 70%
  • Procurement Director with an annual budget of £1.2million saving 10% – 12% in year 1
  • Led improvement & change projects, adding tangible value whilst engaging others through change and maintain stability in difficult times.
  • Speaker & writer – Institute of Directors, Invest NI, Skal, Business First & Women in Business
  • Holds an MBA from world ranked Cass Business School London, gaining international experience in Iceland, China and South Africa and working with leaders from over 30 countries.

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As an entrepreneur Cara’s enthusiasm comes from three things; Imagination, Inspiration and Impact. Striving to create something no one imagined, inspiring people to believe it’s possible and implementing action to make it a reality.

With a desire to help other successful leaders do the same, Cara completed the Coaching Development Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills with ICF, as well as mentor future coaches. Coaching leaders to ensure they focus on developing themselves, their people and business through maximising potential, adding value and achieving growth they never imagined. Cara is honoured to partner with these leaders helping them achieve the success they want.

With a personal philosophy of continuously improving, ambition and drive to achieve at the highest level, whilst staying humble and authentic. Belief that positively impacting people and building trusting relationships develops and inspires others to achieve things they never believed possible.

A growth mindset takes courage and can be uncomfortable but with action improves confidence and competence.



  • Coaching Development Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills with ICF approved training

  • Mentor – Coaching Development Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills

  • MBA (Distinction) World top ranked Cass Business School, London

  • Predictive Index Profiling

  • Institute of Directors – Managing an effective board

  • Invest NI – Strategic development and leadership Programme

  • Georgina Campbell – Leadership Development


Without a doubt, the amazing coaches I’ve had over the years have contributed to my developments and achievements. As a coach I’m so fortunate to work with successful entrepreneurial leaders and see the value coaching brings to them and their business.

Dr. Bryan Keating CBE

Bryan Keating CBE is the managing partner of the CIP partnership, visiting Professor at the University of Ulster and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship in Belfast. In 2006, he was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. He was appointed Commander of the same Order (CBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland.

Ailbhe Harrington MA PCC

Ailbhe Harrington is a skilled executive coach, trainer, coach supervisor and facilitator and has achieved the Professional Certified Coach credential (PCC) of the International Coach Federation. Her 25 years of experience spans organisational development, transformational coaching, third level education and enterprise development within the private and not for profit sectors across Ireland, Europe and USA. Ailbhe trains coaches through the Coaching Development Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills with ICF. Ailbhe has been recognised for her success as a coach, being awarded ICF Ireland Coach of the Year 2016 & ICF Coach Trainer 2017.



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