Tucked away in North Belfast, former leading Barrister and Entrepreneur, Gavan Wall regularly carries out pro bono speed-mentoring workshops to help other business people reach their potential.
At a recent workshop he came across a real life bionic man, Tim Shields, who has fought off life changing adversity to build a growing business, Irish Stone, which is taking the industry by storm.
Tim grew up in the beautiful Mourne’s and said “I developed a love of natural stone from an early age and he wanted to develop a career that could maximize my passion”. After several years in the industry working his way up the ranks, honing his skills and craft, “I was fortunate enough to be managing projects on some of the most prestigious buildings in London and Northern Ireland”.
But that was all to change in 2014! Shortly after getting married and whilst expecting his first child, disaster struck August of that year when “I had an horrific Motorcycle accident close to my family home. I was placed in an induced coma. When I awoke it was only then I realised the extent of my injuries, later that week I was to have my right leg amputated above the knee along with a full hip replacement to the same side. I was devastated, at the age of 26 and at the peak of my career how could this happen?”
Gavan Wall commented “during our speed-mentoring session it was clear that Tim’s determination to succeed had been forged like the Mourne Granite he works with!”
Tim, got himself through rehab in record time for his son being born and then decided that if he could get through this setback that nothing would stop him in the future and that he wanted to be the master of his own destiny setting up Irish Stone. And seized the challenge with both hands!
Tim said “after only 3years Irish Stone is now considered one of the leading stone supply centres in Northern Ireland, and through our recent collaboration with Hardscape Ireland, Irish Stone is bringing the finest quality natural stones, commercially tested and quality controlled, to the domestic market. Our aim is to offer a one stop shop for all our customer’s natural stone needs, whether it be for a hearth for your fireplace or a full design and build for their patio. With our global knowledge and local expertise, the team at Irish Stone can help customer’s from the very beginning.”
Tim added “the help that Gavan has given me through his speed-mentoring programme has been invaluable. I’ve gained a lot of extra belief that we’re on the right track, and Gavan identified a couple of critical areas that were holding us back from additional growth. Our future is bright and I’m testament that with the right mindset, as Gavan coaches, anything is possible, no matter what the adversity.”