Helen Downes

Helen Downes

Chief Executive, Shannon Chamber

Email: hdownes@shannonchamber.ie

Helen is responsible for the operational activities of the Chamber, working with the President and Board of Directors in developing the overall strategic plan of the Chamber and coordinating its implementation.

Cillian Griffey

Cillian Griffey

Network Manager Shannon Chamber Skillnet

Email: cgriffey@shannonchamber.ie

 

Cillian’s role encompasses the co-ordination of training that the network provides over the 12 month period. Through training needs analysis and ongoing dialogue with member companies he aims to facilitate their training needs by providing high quality and excellent programs.

Vicky Howard

Vicky Howard

Operations Director, Reagecon

Chairperson of Shannon Chamber Skillnet Steering Committee

Email: vicky.howard@reagecon.ie

A graduate of NUIG, Vicky has worked in the field of human resources since 1998.  She started her career as an HR Advisor for the financial services group, INVESCO in London prior to joining Reagecon in 2004. 

A member of CIPD, Vicky has also graduated from the University of Limerick with an MSc in Human Resource Management – her areas of remit at Reagecon include HR, Training and Health and Safety.

Orla McCarthy

Orla McCarthy

HR Director, Pepper Finance Corporation Ireland

Email: OMcCarthy@peppergroup.ie

Orla is an experienced Human Resources Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Orla is skilled in Organisation Design, Talent Management, Compensation, Employee Engagement, Succession Planning, and Talent Acquisition. She has degrees in

Education and HR and is CIPD and PMP qualified.

 

Liam Kirby

Liam Kirby

Operations Training Leader, AXA partners

Email:  Liam.kirby@partners.axa

Liam is  the Operations training leader for AXA Partners – Credit & Lifestyle Protection a leading provider of credit and lifestyle protection insurance across Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. He has over 10 years’ experience in local, international and remote team management,  training  development, and facilitation in the insurance industry. Liam is responsible for the training and development of all  European operations teams with particular focus on  enhancing the customer journey, system/ technical skills and developing a learning culture.

Edmund Jennings

Edmund Jennings

Managing Director, CREGG Group

Email: edmund@cregg.ie

A microbiology and biochemistry graduate from the National University Galway (BSc, HDip in Ed, Dip QA.,) Edmund Jennings is managing director of the CREGG Group – a group of independent companies involved in automation, European sales, outsourcing, recruitment, and resources, that collectively trade under the Group banner.

Edmund was Chairman of Shannon Chamber Skillnet from September of 2015 to February 2019.

Barry Lowe

Barry Lowe

Engineering Manager, Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon

Email: barry.lowe@ltts.ie

Barry is the Engineering Manager at Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon, a leading aero engine parts repair facility in Shannon.  He commenced his career as a product development engineer with Hyster Automated Handling Ltd in Dublin after which he spent a number of years with Crown Gabelstapler GmbH in Munich. Barry returned to Ireland and joined BS&B Safety Systems, Limerick where he worked in a number of different technical and commercial management positions.  He joined Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon as Marketing & Sales Manager in 2001.

Barry is a Chartered Engineer with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from UCD and a Masters of Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Lean from UL.

Barry is on the National Council for Engineers Ireland and Leads the CPD Working Group for the Thomond region.  He is also a member of the Talent Working group in ‘Limerick for Engineering’.  Barry is a  strong advocate for Continuing Professional Development.

Aidan McMahon

Aidan McMahon

Founder and CEO, Gentian Services Ltd.

Email: aidanmcmahon@gentianservices.com

 

A graduate of the University of Limerick, Aidan holds a degree in Electronics and a Masters in Project Management, specialising in international projects. With over 20 years’ experience in the electronics industry, spanning both the multinational and SME sectors and a specialism in global projects, coordinating teams located at multiple geographical locations worldwide, Aidan has a strong track record in organisation transformation and organisation design and development. He founded Gentian Services in 2007 and has since developed an organisation with a strong R&D capability complemented by a follow-on turnkey supply and manufacturing operation with a track record on delivering to both large and smaller customers.

 

 

 

David Brown

David Brown

Finance Manager, IDEX Pump Technologies (Ireland) Ltd.

Email: dabrown@eircom.net

David is an accountant by profession and has spent his entire working career with US multinationals in Ireland, holding senior management roles in operations, customer services, compliance, and finance.

His working experience has and is in the electrical, electronic, and mechanical industries.

David is originally from South Africa but a long-time resident of Shannon and citizen of Ireland.

Fiona Gilchrist

Fiona Gilchrist

Shannon R&D Strategy Lead, Jaguar Land Rover.

Email: fgilchri@jaguarlandrover.com

Fiona has broad expertise within the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Engineering & Life Science Sectors. Fiona’s expertise includes applications for EU Horizon 2020 projects with a large consortium of industrial partners in addition to Enterprise Ireland feasibility grants, Innovation partnerships and commercialisation fund programmes. Fiona has also broad experience in managing the identification and capture of intellectual property arising from EU, EI and SFI State funded research projects. Considerable experience in managing industry focused projects  for both MNCs & SMEs and contract research projects, technology assessment and implementation, writing business plans & RFPs, creating laboratory infrastructure, board level communication, intellectual property assessment and due diligence.