WMB Viewpoint Panel
This is an opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions with our Viewpoint Panel, covering our theme Walk the Talk
CIARA DONLON, FOUNDER, THEYA HEALTHCARE
Ciara graduated in 1999 from Trinity and DIT with a B(SC) in Management and an Advanced Diploma in Marketing Techniques. She is a businesswoman with over 15 years’ experience working in marketing roles in companies including RBS, Irish Life & Permanent and Vodafone as Head of the Online Channel.
Ciara entered the lingerie industry when she set up her own lingerie boutique in 2010. After learning the business inside out and researching the gap in the post-surgery lingerie market, THEYA Healthcare was created in 2014. In 2015 Ciara came runner up in the Image Magazine Business Woman of the Year Awards 2015 in the Start-up Category, she was awarded the title of Best Innovative Start Up 2015 by the DCU Ryan Academy, she won a bronze medal at the BOI Start-up Awards in the Innovation Category in November 2015 and THEYA Healthcare was an SFA winner in the Emerging New Business Category for 2016.
In March 2017, Ciara was named Laureate for Europe at the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award 2017 and has just been shortlisted as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Ciara is married to Laurent, they have a four year old son, Senan, and a cat called Chablis!
SONIA DEASY, CO-FOUNDER, PESTLE & MORTAR
While working alongside her husband, an acclaimed international photographer, Sonia Deasy saw at firsthand how dry, dull and patchy skin looked up close. She knew there had to be a better way to achieve a natural look without layers of makeup. So she began to research one herself, working closely with her sister who is a biochemist.
Founded on the principle that ‘less is more’ in skincare, Pestle and Mortar fuses break-through formulations with a stunningly refined black & white aesthetic. By decoding confusing, multi-step skincare routines, Pestle & Mortar has created a line of no-fuss products, free from harsh chemicals or worrisome ingredients. Natural healing principles were instilled in Sonia and her siblings from a young age – whenever there was an ailment in the family, her father remedied it naturally. Sonia’s grandfather was the medicine man in his village in India and this tradition of natural healing has continued in her family for six generations. Since launching Pestle & Mortar, the busy mother of five, has created a formidable skin-care business, chalking up ‘sold-out status’ for its “Superstar Retinoid Night Oil” on QVC in the USA. With down to earth origins, sky high ambitions and a wealth of business knowledge behind it, Pestle & Mortar is a brand to watch!
DR. CIARA KELLY, COLUMNIST & BROADCASTER
Ciara began her media career when she first started to write for the Sunday Independent in 2008 and her debut article won a Medical Journalism Award. Her column ‘Doctor’s Orders’ regularly gets the nation talking and often trends on social media.
She is the Medical Expert on the nation’s leading health show, Operation Transformation on RTÉ.
Ciara is also a broadcaster with Newstalk where she presents her own show Alive and Kicking Saturday mornings from 9 – 10am. She also joins George Hook every week on High Noon, and regularly guest presents on the show.