Staunton Henderson Director awarded place on Ireland’s ‘Back for Business’

By contributor Lucretia McCarthy

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Maeve at the Back for Business opening conference

Director Maeve Staunton Henderson is taking part in Ireland’s prestigious new Back for Business mentorship scheme. 

Currently in its first year, the scheme follows a hugely successful pilot in 2018 and is aimed at returning Irish emigrants. It’s funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and matches these new business owners with inspiring entrepreneurs. 

Superstars of the business world, the mentors empower mentees through training, networking, and invaluable advice, arming them with top skills they need to take on the challenges of starting out in competitive fields after a spell away from Ireland. 

Maeve has worked internationally, from New York, London all the way to Cambodia. Establishing Staunton Henderson in her homeland of Ireland brings together a lifetime of unique knowledge and experience in architecture and interior design, which can be successfully harnessed for Ireland and beyond with help from her mentor Mary McKenna. 

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Mary McKenna - entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor

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McKenna is a formidable businessperson. After an interesting public sector career and then several years as a Silicon Valley dotcommer, she co-founded e-learning company, Learning Pool, and over time built an online sharing community of over one million learners. Mary successfully exited from the business in 2014 after eight years, so that she could return to working with earlier stage start-ups. McKenna has been awarded an MBE for services to digital technology, innovation and learning.

The mentorship will allow Maeve to deliver the same great service and design expertise her clients are used to, with ever richer local knowledge and an edge that can only be gained through nurturing from the best. 

I’m so excited to be working with phenomenal businesswoman Mary McKenna, it’s a big opportunity and I’m up for the challenge to push myself, and my company to the next level!
— Maeve Staunton Henderson, Director

It’s an exciting time for Staunton Henderson, watch this space!