How the Grey Matters Network evolved

The Story Begins...

So, picture the scene, it is 2014 and three individuals with some prior knowledge of each other are chatting over a coffee in a hotel lobby. They are discussing their respective careers and their future.

They are ordinary people who followed a familiar career path. Starting out as trained and qualified specialists, working hard and progressing to generalist and successful senior professionals in their latter careers.

Now at a crossroads, their Corporate careers had reached their natural conclusion, but they weren’t done yet, not by a long shot.

The chat continued; more coffee arrived.

Each reminisced about what they had learned formally and informally in all their years across a variety of organisations both nationally and internationally. There was a lot of “if I knew then what I know now”. There was shared realisation that we had each learned a lot about ourselves, about working with people, about getting results, about seeing the possibilities and the constraints.

There was a strong feeling that there is a value in all these lived experiences. We and our contemporaries had so much to give.

Our vision was clear, we just needed to establish the mechanism to deliver it. We needed to ensure that people with a massive amount of expertise accumulated over many years would be accessible to those organisations who could benefit from it.

It then became a question of how to operationalise the vision. Our mission was clear, the way forward was to mobilise others who were of similar mind and who shared the vision of building a business around the provisioning of highly experienced and proven professionals.

The Story Continues...

We formalised The Grey Matters Network in July 2015 and our early clients helped us realise that they truly valued our experience and trusted us to get the job done. They encouraged us to expand and extend the range of capabilities that we could provide. There was and is a demand for experienced professionals from all areas of functional expertise and sectors.

Thus, formed the concept of creating a panel or network of highly experienced professionals, each bringing their own expertise. The idea was and is that organisations, no matter the sector, could find the proven professional needed to get the job done – in one place. That person would be available in whatever working arrangement would best suit the customer requirement. That could be a short advisory engagement right out to a full-time permanent hire. The key component is the Experienced Professional.

Back to the name, I expect it has become obvious now if it was not before. We genuinely believe that the years of experience often manifested in a change in hair pigmentation really does Matter. It is no coincidence that wisdom comes with time on the planet and our grey matter develops through our accumulated experiences.

We would be delighted to have the opportunity to share our experience with you.

In the words of our professionals

Michael Ryan
David Fox and Eleanor Noonan

I have been part of this network for over 6 years and not only have I secured some great placements myself I found it is also a great source of top-class people.  What I like most about it is the ease of being able to access great people who hit the ground running and are ready to roll up their sleeves from the get go. Very little wasted time in getting people up to speed.

Ronan Murtagh

When I decided to go the self-employed route, I knew at the outset that I needed a good partner who would find me interesting and rewarding work opportunities. I found that with The Grey Matters Network. They took the time to know me, know what I can deliver, and have matched me to the type of assignments that can best utilise my background, skills, and experience. It’s re-assuring to have a partner that understands and promotes the value of people, like many of us, in late-stage career. I look forward to many more years collaborating with the team at GMn.

Neil Collins

Meet our Managing Partners

Declan Hughes

Declan Hughes

Managing Partner

Tony Devine

Tony Devine

Managing Partner

Mick Furlong

Mick Furlong

Managing Partner