About H-Training

About Us

Meet the Team

H-Training, was founded in 1989 by Helen Hourican, and became one of the earliest providers of learning & development solutions in the Republic of Ireland. Since its advent the central ethos has been developing excellence through partnership. The focus is on three core elements to navigate client progression, Career Service, Learning & Development and Strategic Consultancy.

Our work in the area of interview coaching, application form development, CV and LinkedIn profiles along with General Career Development, continues to grow from strength to strength. We firmly believe there has never been more opportunity in the professional world than there is today – coupled with access to information and development – its an exciting time for people seeking to better themselves and realise their goals.

In terms of Learning and Development, H-Training is very focused on the provision of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring programmes at a levels grounded in real world and everyday application and has developed a reputation for delivering excellence and providing managers with the tools to deliver results.

Maintaining relationships with industry partners has led to strategic consultancy becoming a core aspect of our practice. Guided by thirty year’s experience of working behind the scene with organisations, we are uniquely equipped to deliver value to our clients through drafting impactful strategies, target L&D solutions, recruitment best practice, HRM consultancy, grievance management, organisational development, as well as executive level mentoring and coaching. We are also advocates of the OKR process and see this as a key tool for ambitious organisations.


Ciaran Hourican

Ciaran is the Managing Director of H-Training and operates as an Executive and Performance Coach, high impact trainer and strategic consultant. In addition to this he has built a team to scale and deliver Interview Coaching, Career Development, Leadership and Coaching Programmes and is very active across the Public Sector, SMEs and with High Potential Start Ups. Ciaran’s approach is to build honest relationships that support real conversations and build cultures of accountability. He is a gifted storyteller and uses his experiences and passion as a voracious reader to both inspire and challenge. Having coached over 10 CEOs he has facilitated impactful change within both their organisations and lives. And while Ciarán is a passionate guardian of ambition, he is also deeply committed to the wellbeing of business owners and advocates a balanced approach to life and its many forms of success.

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Lorraine Lucid

Lorraine is a Career and Performance Coach operating as Business Unit Manager on the H-Training team. She is primarily focused on candidates seeking to develop their careers, and acquire roles across the public & private sectors. Lorraine has experience of coaching and mentoring in the public sector, with more recent involvement with tech and the startup world. Passionate about service development and systems building, she is currently contributing to H-Training in a strategic capacity, overseeing partner development, CRM rollout and service standardisation. Lorraine holds a Bachelor in Clinical Law (BCL) degree from University College Cork and graduated with first-class honours in her LLM Master of Law. She has since completed an internationally recognised qualification in Coaching and Mentoring and is an advocate for ambitious people who yearn to do more.

Margaret Collins

Margaret Collins has spent her career working in people Development. She is adept at facilitating clients in unlocking their own potential through effective coaching she will assist you in clarifying your thinking, articulating your competencies, and building your competitive advantage. With over 20 years experience as a senior HR professional, Margaret has designed recruitment processes for many clients and also brings extensive experience of the public sector interview process to the work of Interview Coaching. She is a registered Emotional Intelligence Coach and achieved a first-class Masters in HRM from MTU

Elizabeth Kingston

Elizabeth Kingston is a Senior HR Consultant and Coach with over twenty years’ experience as a Human Resources Manager working at a number of leading multinationals. Elizabeth’s particular areas of expertise is around best practice competency-based performance management, one to one coaching and talent management, which uniquely positions her to support candidates preparing for interview. She is passionately committed to helping clients maximise their potential through coaching and training. Elizabeth is also a CIPD and IITD member as well as an EQi & EQ360 coach.


Helen Hourican

Helen founded H-Training in 1989 and was a pioneer of learning and development in Ireland at the time, leading the the business in a very interesting time as Ireland modernised and became a hotbed of foreign direct investment. Helen grew her team significantly and opened offices in Cork City and later Glanmire. Her clients were extensive and she serviced major contracts for various government departments along with mentoring senior leaders around strategic initiatives. 

She oversaw a series of bold changes in her time as Managing Director of H-Training and moved to a remote working arrangement in 2006, which was, like so much of what she did, well ahead of the curve. Helen has impacted the lives of thousands of clients at all levels and is well regarded across a very eclectic mix of both workplaces and society. Her humorous and direct approach was revered by many and the H-Training team is proud to shepherd her legacy into the digital age and beyond. Helen retired in 2020 due to ill health, but continues to inspire us all, with how gracefully she has continued on. 

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