Meet The Team

Your Holistic Academy Team

John Donnelly Director
John Donnelly

John started his personal development journey over 30 years ago when he left the safety of employment and set out in business for himself.  Over many years, he experienced a rollercoaster ride in business and personal life, met some inspired leaders and experienced many stressful and challenging circumstances that helped develop his never give up spirit. Personal growth became a necessity when he realised how tough it was to survive in business. He quickly embraced the positivity and welcomed spending time around high achievers. John has a strong business and accountancy background, however over the last 10 years he has trained as a Bio Energy Therapist and is currently training to be an Infinite Tai-chi teacher.  John is the visionary behind Your Holistic Academy.  The idea for Your Holistic Academy came from a series of conversations with business professionals and holistic practitioners. After a profound energetic transformation on his own personal spiritual journey, he started with the intention to enrich the lives of others by sharing his inspiring journey of self-empowerment. The many professional holistic service providers John came to know, and love inspired him to create a support platform where he could share his vision of empowering others. The collaboration of business and holistic professionals on the same platform seemed the obvious solution.

Therese O'Connor Project Manager
Therese O’Connor
Project Manager

Therese has over 25 years of business management experience within the service sector and is director of Blueprint Solutions.  Therese has been frequently described as the ‘great multi-tasker’, the ‘glue that brings everything together’ and the person that gets things done.  Therese excels when given a challenge and has the passion and drive for success and delivering results.  Her expertise lies in many areas especially; training and mentoring; sales and marketing management including digital Marketing; event, operations and project management; customer relationship management; and implementation of quality orientated systems.

Adrian Gallagher Financial Consultant
Adrian Gallagher
Financial Consultant

Adrian has 45 years of business experience gained from working at Director or Managing Director level in a range of business from oil recycling, oil distribution, print and digital media and latterly in insurance, mortgage and pension services. He qualified as a Financial Advisor in 2016 and is currently Director of Greenway Finacial Advisors.

Married with three adult children and four grandchildren, Adrian uses his life experiences to help advise clients on how to manage their personal and business financial lives so they have the financial resources to achieve their goals and dreams.

Adrian has been interested in sailing and boats all his life. In 2013 he took a year off work, calling it his “Gap Year “and took a motor cruiser from Ireland to Berlin via Paris. You can see more on this on

Vivian Mc Kinnon
Vivian Mc Kinnon
Programme Co-ordinator

Vivian McKinnon is a multi award winning Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author and Therapist.  Vivian was born and grew up in a small rural village in Scotland in 1971. In 1982, she started working for a local confectionary company going door to door selling fudge, puff candy and various other sweets. Vivian loved being able to earn her own money and has never been out of employment since.

She attended Edinburgh Napier University to study social sciences. She left when presented with the opportunity to move to Northern Ireland. Vivian’s experience spans over 3 decades where she has studied many healing modalities, theories, and approaches with some of the most fascinating minds of our time. This has allowed her the opportunity to gain working knowledge and understanding in the field of trauma and adverse childhood experiences.  Because of this Vivian brings a wealth of experience and insight to all the projects she lends herself too. Your holistic Academy will be no different.

Vivian’s greatest achievement is her 3 children. She is so proud and inspired by their existence. As the owner of a floatation centre Hydro Ease, she also loves nothing more than spending her free time floating and pondering over her gratitude for her full and busy life.

Patrick Mercie
Patrick Mercie
Sales Strategist

A few things you might want to know about Patrick Mercie. And it’s all kind of quirky (in a good way) 😊

1– He is from Belgium and therefore an authority on Chocolate, Beer and Waffles.

2– His career was very varied until he read ‘The 7 habits of highly effective people’ by Stephen Covey.

  •       1 Year conscription in Belgian Army.
  •       5 Years Hospitality sector.
  •       2 Years front of house Customer Relationships.
  •       4 Years in Customer Service Management roles in a Top 5 Computer Manufacturing company.
  •       2 Years European Escalation Manager in a Global Telecommunications Corporate.
  •       4 Years in National Retail Management.
  •       And now ….
  •       13 Years as Health & Wellness Business Owner and is currently Director of the Intentional Academy.

3– Current relevant diplomas and certificates:

  •       Dip. In Life & Business Coaching, Career Coach, Mind Coach, Change Expert
  •       Master NLP Practitioner
  •       Qualified Trainer
  •       Science of Wellbeing
  •       Basics of Social Psychology (studying)

4– Other things I pass my time with:

  • Long distance running – Currently the counter stand at 124 Full & Ultra Marathons 😊
  • Cooking – Hey, he is Belgian 😉
  • Radio – Presents a weekly Health and Wellbeing show on Limerick City Community Radio – loves talking 😊
  • Music – Literally does not watch TV at night, just listens to tunes – his neighbours love him 😉
  • Outdoors – Why be inside, it is too warm there 😊
Danny O'Brien Social Media Strategist
Danny O’Brien
Social Media Strategist

Danny is Digital Marketing Manager at ICHAS as well as a lecturer in Digital Marketing as well as in Enterprise & Innovation at Griffith College. He has been working in marketing since 2013 and has experience creating, executing, and managing online campaigns for brands in a wide range of industries. His focus has been on social media as well as content marketing and the related areas of online advertising and email marketing. He also presents a weekly sports show in his spare time.   

Your Holistic Academy is where a team of business and holistic professionals come together to provide creative solutions in the area of health and wellbeing.