Candidates 2018

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Dermot Griffin,
Premier Lotteries Ireland
Vincent Harrison,
Dublin Airport
Joanne Hession,
The Entrepreneurs Academy
Diarmuid Hegarty,
Griffith College
Sean L’Estrange,
Bank of Ireland
Elle Linklater,
The Lore Report & Linklater Consulting
Mary McKenna,
Tour America
Colm McDonnell,
Deloitte
John McGrane,
NSI Technology Ltd
Gerry O’Connor,
Zarion Software
Tony O’Reilly,
Irish Life
Siobhan O’Shea,
CPL Resources
Chan Shi,
ACSK Solicitors
Margot Slattery,
Sodexo Ireland
Wendy Stunt,
Go DigiCard
Willie White,
Dublin Theatre Festival
  • Next Council Elections will be held from November 2018 through to February 2019
  • Candidates are free to contact fellow members of the Chamber between  end January and voting first week in February. Voting open to nominees of Chamber member Companies.
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Candidate Profiles

Dermot Griffin

Dermot Griffin

Chief Executive

Premier Lotteries Ireland

01 8364444
dermot.griffin@lottery.ie

Proposers
Derry Gray, BDO, Anne O'Leary, Vodafone
Biography
  • Chief Executive of Premier Lotteries Ireland (operator of the National Lottery).  Education:  B. Comm UCD, FCCA.  He commenced his career with KPMG Chartered Accountants in 1983.  In 1990 he joined Telecom Eireann, and was subsequently appointed Finance Director of Eircell in 1993, and helped grow the mobile business in Ireland rapidly.  In 2001, he was appointed Commercial Director of Vodafone Ireland following the acquisition of Eircell by Vodafone.  In 2005 he left Vodafone to head up the National Lottery.  He is a non-Executive Director of EuroMillions and non-Executive Director of E-Services Credit Union.
Election Statement
  • Given my experience in rapidly growing sectors and my considerable involvement in working with Government departments, I look forward to contributing positively to the advancement of the Chambers strategic objectives. The National Lottery plays a significant and important role in the community and is a catalyst to support local volunteers improve infrastructure for our society, similarly I recognise the importance of the Chamber in the role it plays in improving and advancing the interests of business in Dublin for the benefit of everyone in the community.  As over 90% of Premier Lotteries Ireland’s business is conducted through our retail partners, positive conditions for the retail trade are an important concern and interest for the National Lottery, this will be a particular area I would like to help promote and advance. I am particularly eager to assist with the corporate social responsibility work of the Chamber and to support the Council implement its strategic objectives and to help fulfil the vision for Dublin 2050.

Vincent Harrison

Vincent Harrison

Managing Director

Dublin Airport

01 814 4197
vincent.harrison@dublinairport.com

Proposers
Anne O'Leary, Vodafone, Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland
Biography
  • Elected to Council in 2015, Vincent also serves as a member of the Dublin Chamber Board. Vincent is Managing Director of Dublin Airport having previously held senior management positions with daa, Esat/B.T. in Ireland and Rubbermaid Inc. in USA and Europe. A UCC graduate, and qualified Chartered Accountant (Arthur Anderson, Dublin) with an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Election Statement
  • Dublin Airport is Ireland’s gateway to the world and the economic engine of the city and region, bringing investment, jobs, tourists and business visitors to Dublin and the rest of the country. At Dublin Airport one of my responsibilities is to expand route network, grow passenger numbers and improve our connectivity. What’s good for the airport is good for Dublin; new services growing the city’s reach, boosting inward investment, aiding exporters and increasing visitor numbers. As a Dublin Chamber Council member, I will work in partnership with key national and local stakeholders to advance our vision for a progressive modern Dublin that delivers for its citizens, its businesses and its visitors.

Aisling Hassell

Aisling Hassell

Director, Global Head of Customer Experience

Airbnb

0879591110
aisling.hassell@airbnb.com

Proposers
Louise Phelan, PayPal, Sharon Daly, Matheson
Biography
  • Aisling is responsible for Airbnb’s customer experience operations globally, focusing on supporting every element of the guest and host experience on Airbnb. She heads Airbnb’s Dublin office, its largest base outside the US. Prior to joining Airbnb, Aisling was director of global CX at Sage and also held senior CX roles at Vodafone and Symantec in Europe and the US.
Election Statement My ambition is to:
  • Elevate Dublin’s position as a desirable place to visit, stay and scale a business.
  • Bring a global perspective from Airbnb, sitting at the intersection of tourism and hosting, helping Dublin become a leader in the Sharing Economy globally.
  • Support Dublin’s ‘pitch’ when courting major global events & festivals
Since returning home to Ireland to lead Airbnb in 2014, I have seen first-hand the value of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce not only as a network, but as a platform for change. I was co-opted onto the Council in 2016, after partnering with the Chamber on a ‘Sharing Economy’ initiative. I would like to continue to contribute to the growth and prosperity of Dublin Chamber and its stakeholders.

Joanne Hession

Joanne Hession

Founder & CEO

The Entrepreneurs Academy

01 4197000
joanne@entrepreneursacademy.ie

Proposers
Catherine Moroney, AIB, Derry Gray, BDO
Biography
  • Founder and CEO of The Entrepreneurs Academy - we’ve trained thousands of entrepreneurs in the development of sustainable businesses. With a strong sense of the needs of Dublin’s SMEs and how best to maximise Chamber’s ability to provide real value to members, Joanne is also a proud Dublin Chamber Council and Board member and the founder of the not-for-profit LIFTIreland.ie.
Election Statement
  • Acutely aware of the needs of business at all levels, my vision involves making Dublin not only the best city in the world to start, grow, work in and lead businesses, but also the best city in which to live. Dublin is a great city for business but much more can be done. It has been a privilege to represent SMEs on Chamber Council and the Board for the past 3 years and in the next 3 if elected, I will leverage my skills, experience and network and strive to make Dublin an even better place to thrive in business.

Diarmuid Hegarty

Diarmuid Hegarty

President

Griffith College

01 4150400
diarmuid.hegarty@griffith.ie

Proposers
Derry Gray, BDO, Anne O’Leary, Vodafone
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  • Professor Diarmuid Hegarty, founder and President of Griffith College is a Barrister and Chartered Accountant.  A former advisor to Vietnam and Consul for Pakistan. 
    • Council/Board Memberships:
    • Higher Education and Training Awards Council; Baggot Street Hospital (Currently); ICA Ireland, representing Ireland on the Accounting Standards Steering Committee
    • Chairman of:
    • Various Technical Committees of ICAI; The Higher Education Colleges Association; The Irish Higher Education Qualifications Network; Friends of the Vocal Arts in Ireland (Currently)
Election Statement My vision is for an inclusive Dublin, an international city where all can share in the benefits of continued change, growth and expansion.

In a time of unprecedented change, tackling the following issues will be key to Dublin’s future:

Ø  The redeployment challenge posed by artificial intelligence and robotics technology.

Ø  The educational challenge posed by the population surge of young people born this century - 50,000 new college places needed by 2028 nationwide.

Ø  Continuing lost opportunities in the education of Dubliners – 16% of school leavers in Dublin 10 go to college, 99% in Dublin 6.

Ø  The potential jobs impact of recent US tax changes and Brexit affecting foreign direct investment.

We need to ensure that in 2050 Dubliners do not tell a tale of two cities – the knowledge worker and the redundant unskilled worker.   If elected to council, I will work with you to address these challenges and help guide the future for ALL Dubliners.

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Sean L’Estrange

Sean L’Estrange

Head of Bank of Ireland Dublin City

Bank of Ireland

0871160250
Sean.L'Estrange@boi.com

Proposers
Mick Sweeney, Bank of Ireland, Derry Gray, BDO
Biography
  • Sean is responsible for leading teams in Bank of Ireland that provides innovative financial and wealth solutions to businesses across Dublin. Over the past 25 years, Sean has been a key influencer developing and helping businesses scale and grow in Dublin. His passion for innovation has been a driving force behind the launch of start-up labs, FDI and enterprise hubs.
Election Statement
  • Dublin is a vibrant, diverse and inclusive society that is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance. I am committed to ensuring that this great City grows in ways that will benefit its diverse businesses and communities. I want it to be a place that future generations will benefit and prosper from. To ensure this happens Dublin must remain competitive. It must have a modern, working infrastructure and accommodation to attract and retain a highly skilled and flexible workforce. I am running for election with the promise that I will do everything possible to support the Chamber members to ensure Dublin can make the most of new and longer term opportunities.

Elle Linklater

Elle Linklater

Managing Director

The Lore Report & Linklater Consulting

0870556552
ellelinklater@gmail.com

Proposers
Howard Hughes, Howard Hughes Coaching International, Wendy Stunt, GoDigiCard
Biography
  • Elle is the Managing Director of Linklater Consulting, working with global industry leaders over 10 years, chiefly in the financial and legal sectors. Elle brings a range of diversity and depth to transformational change including learning development. Elle has worked closely with dynamic industry leaders in achieving global results. Elle is the Managing Director and presenter of the Lore Report, examining business trends, change and leadership.
Election Statement
  • Dublin is already thriving. We must ensure that it continues to thrive. Technology and people are the drivers of change, in community, companies and our economy. They shape our economics across many industries including the exciting field of artificial intelligence. Our changes will keep pace with the ever-expanding and transforming world in which we live. Our changes will help to innovate and support all talents. Our changes will involve partnering together, to foster new growth and development.  My ambition is to help ensure that Dublin keeps moving forward by building exciting and innovative relationships to support the people and businesses. We must keep pace with the ever changing worlds of technology developments and AI to ensure that Ireland leads in creativity in an rapid changing environment.
 
 

Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna

Managing Director

Tour America

0872483293
mmckenna@touramerica.ie

Proposers
Yvonne Muldoon, Aer Lingus, PJ Timmins, The Alternative Board, Ireland
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  • I started my own business 23 years ago from my sitting room, it is now to Ireland's no 1 Tour Operator to the USA and Cruises worldwide. We have 50 staff and have office in Dublin, Cork and Orlando. I mentor female entrepreneurs and have been a Lead with Going for Growth. Completed the Leadership for Growth course with Enterprise Ireland.
Election Statement
  • I see the Dublin chamber as a great opportunity to work with like-minded people in driving the huge growth plans that Dublin has to offer, in particular I am very excited about the future plans and the vision for 2050. I sit on many advisory boards at present, Brand USA, which is the board that represents all the states of America. Also the major cruise companies, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, MSC cruises and Norwegian, and the CLIA board which represents the entire cruise industry in the UK. I also sit on the California advisory board, so I feel I have a lot of experience with destinations. I want to make a difference and help others.
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Colm McDonnell

Colm McDonnell

Partner

Deloitte

01 4172348
cmcdonnell@deloitte.ie

Proposers
Anne O’Leary, Vodafone, Catherine Moroney, AIB
Biography
  • Colm is a member of the Executive in Deloitte and leads Risk Advisory. Colm is with Deloitte for 25 years and has gained invaluable knowledge across all business sectors. Colm and his team support clients in risk management, information and cyber risk, regulatory compliance and internal audit through business process and technology specialism. Colm is a Board member of Barretstown.
Election Statement
  • In an unpredictable business landscape strong stewardship of the Chamber is vital. I believe I can offer the following:
    • Energy and enthusiasm – in abundance. This has enabled me to accumulate significant expertise.
    • Experience – a council member since 2009, prior roles have included Treasurer and chair of the budget taskforce. Proven at delivering.
    • Insight and knowledge – I refer to not just my own as risk partner. Proven at bringing people together from my own organisation and others with knowledge on pertinent issues for the benefit of the Chamber and its members. Insight will help drive our members’ businesses forward.
The Chamber’s role of inspiring business learning and leadership is ever more critical, and I remain as committed as ever.

John McGrane

John McGrane

Founder & CEO

NSI Technology Ltd

0872459898
john.mcgrane@nsitechnology.net

Proposers
Maree Gallagher, MGA, Greg Clarke, Digicom
Biography
  • John McGrane retired in 2014 after a 40 year career in financial services and founded NSI Technology. He turns Not for Profits into Not for Losses by delivering technology and related services that give voluntary organisations a sustainable business model. He leads the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and multiple cause-based fora at the intersection of Commerce, Culture and Community.
Election Statement
  • Dublin is a wonderful city but still not enough people, at home or abroad, are yet aware enough of its outstanding attractions as a destination, whether for business or pleasure. My pledge as a passionate Council Member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce is to champion;
    • 1. the proactive marketing of Dublin's outstanding qualities as a world-class place to make both a living and a life - and Dublin Chamber is perfectly positioned to really get out and market Dublin internationally.
    • 2. the organising of Dublin in the context of the Greater Dublin Region, not only by governance but also through Dublin Chamber extending its resources to the collaborative common good of all business networks and communities in the Region.

Gerry O’Connor

Gerry O’Connor

CEO

Zarion Software

01 2405201
goconnor@zarion.com

Proposers
Brendan Foster, Grant Thornton, Greg Clarke, Digicom
Biography
  • Gerry O’Connor CEO, co-founder of Zarion Software, a Dublin based entrepreneurial software business. With over 20 years’ experience in the global technology and software industry. I have also have had leadership roles in sales, marketing and business development within multinational technology sector, I am past Chair of the Software CEO forum and served on the Irish Software Association’s executive council.
Election Statement
  • As a CEO of a Dublin based technology business for over 20 years, I have been fortunate to engage with many talented and successful entrepreneurs, gaining valuable insights into both their opportunities and many challenges. I believe that supporting the agenda of this vibrant community is vital to ensuring that the City remains an attractive location to start, build and scale, innovative, competitive and ambitious global technology businesses. With my experience, passion and reach, I intend to increase collaboration and engagement with the Chamber. I would welcome your support so I can join the Council and take an active part in contributing to policy, direction and supporting the Chamber’s long-term vision and role as the leading voice of Dublin business.

Tony O’Reilly

Tony O’Reilly

Tied Agent & Financial Planning Partner

Irish Life

0868126190
Tony.OReilly@fcd.irishlife.ie

Proposers
Greg Canty, Fuzion Communications, Alan Shanley, The Right Words
Biography
  • Tony advises private clients and business owners on retirement planning, investments and protection. Since 1987 he has also managed the Irish business of market data companies Dow Jones Telerate and Bridge Information Systems and was the Ireland representative of systems integration company Logica in their financial services division. He was also Sales Director with Irish energy company Vayu from startup.
Election Statement
  • As a long-standing member and former ambassador of Dublin Chamber I have met numerous young talented people with great ideas and ambition to succeed. Alongside that, with the extending working age, I see a growing availability of mature talent, some of whom become self-employed while others enter premature retirement. I have a vision of a proactive future-proof system that matches the wealth of mature business experience with the talent and technical ability of younger entrepreneurs. I believe that Dublin Chamber is ideally placed to play an important role in developing such a system and, given my background and business development experience, I think I could make a valuable contribution to its design and development.

Siobhan O’Shea

Siobhan O’Shea

Director

CPL Resources

0877962067
siobhan.oshea@cpl.ie

Proposers
Anne Heraty, Cpl Resources, Joanne Hession, The Entrepreneurs Academy
Biography
  • Siobhan is Client Services Director with Ireland’s largest recruitment company, Cpl Resources Plc.  She supports customers from SMEs to Multinationals to grow and achieve success by hiring excellent talent. Siobhan previously worked in leadership roles with Morgan McKinley growing a business from start-up, and earlier with CNBC in New York. Active Chamber member, Teenline Board member, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Future Skills group member and UCD BCommerce graduate.
Election Statement
  • Having worked in recruitment for 15 years and being married to a self-employed business owner, I understand the daily challenges faced by Dublin business particularly around skills shortages.
     
    In seeking to join the Council, my ambition is to work on behalf of Dublin business to futureproof our ability to retain, grow and attract talent and investment to our city. I am passionate about personal tax reform; capitalizing on Brexit & Inward Investment opportunity; and improving our global rankings as a city to live and work to attract the best talent.
     
    If elected, I promise to bring my experience, energy, strong network and that of my company Cpl Resources, to support member goals. I also have strong backing from my CEO Anne Heraty. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Chan Shi

Chan Shi

Founding Partner

ACSK Solicitors

01 6686905
chan.shi@acsksolicitors.com

Proposers
Brendan Foster, Grant Thornton, Alan Loughrey, BV Commercial
Biography
  • Chan is a practising solicitor and a founding partner of ACSK solicitors. She holds a LLB degree, MSc in International Marketing (UCD Smurfit) and currently a candidate of MBA (UCD Smurfit). Chan serves as a council member in the Commercial Law committee of Dublin Solicitor Bar Association (since 2017) and the Ireland China Business association (since 2013).
Election Statement
  • Coming from China and having spent most of her adulthood in Ireland, Chan regards both countries as her hometown. Chan is passionate about connecting both countries through business and culture integration.  Chan wishes to contribute her legal expertise, culture knowledge and extensive connections in Ireland and China to facilitate the members of the Chamber to do business in or with China.

Margot Slattery

Margot Slattery

Country President

Sodexo Ireland

01-2833654
Margot.Slattery@sodexo.com

Proposers
Anne O’Leary, Vodafone, Greg Canty, Fuzion Communications
Biography
  • As country President of Sodexo Ireland, part of the French-owned Sodexo Group, Margot Slattery oversees 3,700 employees with a €118m turnover last year. In 2017, for her work in promoting diversity and inclusion and women in business, she was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Ambassador and appeared on the OUTstanding/Financial Times’ list of Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders.
Election Statement
  • My vision for Dublin is of a city that is a global leader in quality of life for citizens and visitors. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and I want to ensure that its citizens have access to the opportunities needed to grow and develop their talents and abilities. I want to bring thought leadership and vision and encourage people to be more driven to see things as they might be and not just as they are. I want to work for sustainable business growth and development for Dublin and Ireland, using the insight and expertise I’ve gained by leading a subsidiary of the world’s largest multi-services company and from my extensive involvement in diversity and inclusion and CSR.

Wendy Stunt

Wendy Stunt

Managing Director

Go DigiCard

0872270499
wendy@godigicard.com

Proposers
Ciaran Blackall, Blackall Financial, Frank O’Donnell, Print Depot
Biography
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  • Wendy brings her skills as a keen networker, communicator & connector to her role as Managing Director of GoDigicard.  She founded the company in 2017 to help business people connect more effectively by way of an innovative Digital Business Card solution.  Her drive has seen GoDigiCard scale rapidly, with over 150 clients and expansion into the UK and German markets. Wendy is passionate about helping companies connect in the Digital World.
Election Statement
  • It is my vision to nurture a collaborative business ecosystem in Dublin that bridges the SME and Corporate business sectors.  My own company is about networking, so naturally, I’m passionate about Dublin Chamber and the fantastic opportunities it provides for people in business to connect.  I want to use my expertise in this area to drive greater connectivity and collaboration between Chamber members of all size and industry. I am keen to understand members’ business objectives, and these insights will guide the work I do on your behalf. Given this opportunity, I am confident that I can make a positive impact as a Council member. 
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Willie White

Willie White

Artistic Director & Chief Executive

Dublin Theatre Festival

0868209089
willie@dublintheatrefestival.com

Proposers
Margaret Fleming, JLL, Declan Gray, evolve
Biography
  • Willie White is Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dublin Theatre Festival. Established in 1957, the annual festival is a flagship event in the city’s cultural calendar. Willie has served on the Council of Dublin Chamber since 2015 and was appointed to the Board in 2017. Married with two boys and a girl, he lives in Phibsboro.
Election Statement
  • During my time on the Council, I have learned a lot more about how Dublin works and the incredible potential for the city’s future. I have contributed my perspectives, as a cultural operator, a citizen and a parent, to the Chamber’s work in supporting the flourishing of Dublin in all its aspects. I want our capital city to be enterprising, welcoming and sustainable, with a distinctive identity and character, an excellent place to work, to live and to play. I will be grateful for the opportunity to pursue this aspiration through serving another term on the Council.