Ramona is a self-made, award winning, entrepreneur who is Joint MD of the Cara Group, which holds 13 pharmacies, two home stores and a thriving online store.
The Group was formed with her husband in 2002, and over the last 15 years the group has grown organically, through acquisition to a turnover of over €25 million. They employ over 180, with their HQ based in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. A qualified Pharmacist, she is skilled in strategic planning, HR, aggressive purchasing methods, design management, accounting structures, and web development.
Ramona is passionate about retail and brand management on the high street and through e-commerce; and about the growth of entrepreneurship in Ireland, especially female entrepreneurs and is a mentor to female start-ups.
CSR is close to her heart and through the ‘Cara in the Community’ Initiative, they have raised over €150,000 for local and national charities, in particular the Cara 10 Challenge (www.carabundoranrun.com). She believes that in order to receive, one must give back.
She completed two series as a Dragon on the RTE Series ‘Dragons’ Den’ and was the only female and youngest person to complete the series ‘The Secret Millionaire’ in 2012, both experiences have created strong brand awareness for the company.
Ramona was selected as one of the ‘TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN’ in Ireland in 2014. She resides on the coast of South Donegal with her husband Canice, son Alex (8) and daughter Sarah (1).