Prior to joining IIBN in September 2007, Fionuala was the Executive Director of the Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE UK), a global not for profit networking organisation which spans 45 cities in 11 countries. Fionuala headed up two TiE offices in London and Manchester and worked closely with the Board to help drive strategy. During her 4 years with TiE, Fionuala delivered a technology focused tour in India which showcased over 100 technology start up companies in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. In the UK, Fionuala saw the group triple in membership and corporate sponsorship was gained from 4 key industry sectors. Fionuala also helped to build and deliver a mentoring programme to the growing membership who required business guidance and advice.
Fionuala has also worked for Lehman Brothers Investment Bank within its IBD Technology division. Fionuala is a graduate from the London School of Economics, and her first job after graduating was for a London based charity which focused on alleviating poverty in the UK working closely with the European Union.
Sinead Crowley, Executive Director, IIBN
Sinead moved to the UK four years ago and now shares the Executive Director role at IIBN with Fionuala Pender.
Prior to moving Sinead worked as a Projects Manager with the South West Regional Authority in Ireland for almost 15 years on EU and Nationally funded programmes & projects related to regional and socio-economic development. Areas of expertise include strategic planning, socio-economic development, cross sector partnership development, innovation and knowledge based economy, collaborative environments, broadband and the information society, edemocracy, egovernment and distance learning at regional, national and pan-EU levels.
Sinead is a Joint Honours Arts Graduate of UCC and Post Graduate Diploma in Law from College of Commerce Rathmines.
When not working at IIBN Sinead helps with fundraising, events and strategic planning at UK registered Irish Charity icap.
Eugene Forde, Principal, Indigenous Enterprise Development, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Former Economic Counsellor to the Embassy of Ireland in London (2008 – 2013) Eugene was also Co-Chair of IIBN and an active Board Member during his time in London. Full bio details to follow.
Russell Murphy, Founder and owner, BSI Entertainment
Russell has twenty years international experience in brand marketing, sponsorship consultancy, journalism and event management in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Specific experience includes developing, implementing and managing integrated marketing, media and sponsorship campaigns for blue chip and multinational companies; turning the global passion for sport and entertainment into a successful, measurable (ROI) marketing and business platform for our clients; utilising our experience and international network in the field of sports, entertainment and media to guide clients through this specialist area.
Caitlin O’Connor, Managing Director, Accelerating Performance
Caitlín founded Accelerating Performance in 2005 and has consulted on several positions of trust across commercial policy, marketing, strategy and management in telecommunications, aviation, professional services, mobile payments, parking and service industries. Caitlín is an accomplished commercial professional with 20+ years’ experience across utilities, telecommunications, ICT and transport.
As a strategic, results oriented business leader, consultant and entrepreneur, Caitlin has proven success in exceeding standards and expectations .Caitlín is adamant about a focus on the customer – sets strategic direction and supports teams to deliver with success. One of the core strengths she brings to the table is being commercially astute focusing on ROI while delivering on strategic and tactical marketing. Caitlín has always been a results orientated marketing professional. Accelerating Performance works with organizations, MBA programs and companies using blended learning to develop leadership acumen (using EQ), networking skills and marketing methodologies for commercial growth.
In 2010, Caitlín published “Engage – Lead Generation through networking”.
Caitlin is retained by Mobile Research Solutions trading as parkbytext and has successfully secured CSF and HPSU funding and developed their strategic international roadmap to support the funding. .
.In 2009, with the launch of the IIBN Dublin chapter, Caitlin joined the IIBN board and has been instrumental to the Dublin success in securing sponsorship, key note speakers and contributing to the proposed strategic development of the Dublin chapter. In addition Caitlín is President of PWN Dublin (Professional Women’s Network with 22 chapters and head quartered in Paris). The focus of the PWN is in the development of female executives to board level with a focus on personal development, awarenss and peer to peer networking.Paul McSharry Paul McSharry has over 25 years’ experience working in the Irish communications and public relations industry. Paul mainly works in the areas of corporate PR, issues management and public affairs. He has worked on many high profile issues and campaigns in Ireland for leading indigenous and international businesses. During this time he has worked with companies including Vodafone, AIB, The Health Insurance Authority, Easons, KPMG, Shell and Coca Cola. He was formerly a Managing Director at FTI Consulting, a Director at Fleishman-Hillard’s Irish business and a Senior Consultant at Murray Consultants. Paul has an MA in Economics from University College Dublin. Susan Hayes, Managing Director of Hayes Culleton and author of “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom”
Susan HayesCulleton is Managing Director of Hayes Culleton and co-author of “Positive Economics”, a Leaving Certificate Economics textbook and “The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom” and “The Savvy Guide to Making More Money” with Penguin Ireland. She has passed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst exams.
Hayes Culleton Ltd delivers financial markets, economics and entrepreneurship education to corporate audiences and organisations in Ireland, Malta, UK and the US, and specializes in eLearning development and delivery.
Susan regularly contributes to the national and international media including The Sunday Times (Malta), Irish Post (UK), RTE, Newstalk and Today FM (Ireland), as “The Positive Economist” on matters relating to economics, the stock market and entrepreneurship.
Susan also regularly prepares blogs based on her direct experience as an active IIBN Patron Member.
Pat Carroll, Founder, Touch Communications
With over 25 years experience in traditional sales and marketing, Pat’s business interests evolved, in 2010, into the area of digital marketing. In the roles of Community and Business Development Manager, with Irish social network, ’RendezVous353’, he grew the online membership to over 10,000, in its first year. During this time, he orchestrated the event management of the network’s official launches in New York & London. Working ‘on the ground’ with Irish networks, was key to this, though most of the growth took place online. This was achieved using the main social networks; Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as well as employing other digital marketing tools, such as newsletters and blogs.
These experiences lead Pat to an appreciation of the importance of integrating the on-line with the face to face, in order to achieve really effective networking.With Touch Communications, he utilises his sales and networking skills to help his clients to source suitable partners for their products globally and to integrate digital marketing into their business strategy.Twitter: @patcarrolltouch
Shaun O’Shea, Partner, Beauchamps Solicitors
A solicitor with over 20 years corporate and business law experience, Shaun is a partner and head of the Corporate and Commercial unit at Beauchamps Solicitors. From 2008 to 2011 he served as the firm’s Managing Partner.
Shaun’s practice areas include corporate finance, corporate restructuring, and foreign direct investment. He has represented clients in buying, selling and financing businesses and has experience across a wide spectrum of sectors including life sciences, technology, retail, healthcare and hotel and leisure. In addition to acting for international clients, Shaun works closely with a number of owner managed businesses advising them in all their legal requirements.
Shaun has been recognised for his work and expertise in a number of international legal directories including Chambers Global, Legal 500 and PLC Which Lawyer?
Shaun is also a qualified AITI Chartered Tax Advisor (from the Irish Tax Institute) and an accredited commercial mediator. He is an active member of many chambers of commerce and business associations, and the American Bar Association to whom he has presented to on Ireland’s advantages as a location for Foreign Direct Investment. He also sits on the Professional Affairs Committee of the Irish Taxation Institute.
Richie Smith, Business Development Director for Hays Recruitment Ireland
Hays Recruitment is a UK&I’s leading expert in qualified, professional and skilled recruitment. Last year their experts placed around 55,000 people into permanent jobs globally and around 182,000 people into temporary assignments.
Hays employs 7,800 staff in 245 offices across 33 countries and 20 specialisms. In 2012 they opened new Hays businesses in Chile, Colombia and most recently Malaysia. Hays has operated in Ireland for over 15 years with 8 offices across the island, North & South in addition to over 100 offices across Great Britain.
Richie has worked in a number of senior positions in financial services in Dublin for over 30 years, including 16 years with Bank of Ireland and 13 years with Experian Ireland. He has a broad range of experience in P&L management, sales, relationship management, credit, collections and people management. He joined Hays in 2011 to head up their Business Development activities. A passionate and dedicated networker he is very actively involved in a number of trade bodies, industry groups and chambers of commerce on behalf of Hays.
He has been an ardent supporter of IIBN since joining Hays and is looking forward to making a tangible contribution to the Board in the months and years ahead.
Anyone who would like to connect to Richie can do so via his LinkedIn Profile HERE
Joanne Stuart, OBE , Director Atrrus Limited
Joanne Stuart OBE is a director of Attrus Limited, an IT consultancy services company. Currently Joanne is leading the senior advisory group on the implementation of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strategy in the skills arena and serves on the board of the Northern Ireland Science Park.
Mark Nagurski, Founder, Own Brand Media
Mark Nagurski is Founder of Own Brand Media, a recognised Digital Champion at Digital Derry and Festival Director at Culture Tech Festival. Mark’s aim is to work with the digital content sector in Derry, N. Ireland covering everything from film, TV and animation to mobile and web content and games, encouraging new startups and a range of exciting initiatives in the region – with the overall aim of starting 100 new companies.
Conor Foley, IIBN Founder
Conor Foley founded IIBN in London in May 2007. He continues to take an active interest in all three chapters as he divides his time between New York, London and Dublin.
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