Derbhela is the Managing Partner of The Learning Hub. Whilst having overall responsibility for management of the company, Derbhela’s principle consulting responsibilities lie in the areas of research management, strategic planning, innovation, and evaluation. She has undertaken such projects on behalf of a wide range of organisations within the public, private and voluntary sectors. Assignments have spanned a broad spectrum, ranging from an in-depth research assignment on Northern Ireland SME attitudes to employing immigrants to the evaluation of enterprise training under the LEADER Programme for rural development. The quality of the services she provides is enhanced by her familiarity with wide-ranging networks within economic development and by her extensive knowledge of local, regional and European funding mechanisms.