Proposers: Anne O'Leary, Vodafone; Cecilia Ronan, Citi
Experienced, pioneering, corporate real estate executive, with a particular interest in sustainability, now Technical Director/Co-Founder at Vivid Edge, a company that is stimulating smart cities and energy efficiency. Grounded, no-nonsense, individual with a passion for all things Green. Winner of multiple energy, environmental and CSR awards. Chartered engineer, energy manager and auditor with an MSc in the Green Economy.
Deeply passionate about sustainability in business and how it can deliver a positive bottom line impact while embracing a low carbon economy. I have almost halved the energy bill for some multinationals I have worked with while improving operational resilience and delivering an enhanced working environment. I am interested in practical steps that make sense. Climate change is real and we need to act now. If we don't, the socio-economic costs whether it's taxes, levies, utilities, insurance, business interruption, material damage or personal loss will continue to escalate.
Promote an increased sense of urgency at Council level for sustainability.
Promote sustainable business, establishing realistic energy efficiency and environmental targets.
Promote sustainability through serving on a Chamber taskforce.
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The Reputations Agency
Proposers: Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland; Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport
Founder & MD, The Reputations Agency, strategic communications & reputation management consultancy, part of JWT/WPP.
Served two terms on Dublin Chamber Council, and, on Dublin Chambers nomination, elected President of Chambers Ireland in 2016 & 2017 and is now Immediate Past President.
On board of The Friends of St Luke's Cancer Care. BA & MBS, UCD and HDip Ed, TCD.
A member of Dublin Chamber since 2006, energetic Council member since 2013, active member of the Council Governance, Membership and Infrastructure Task Forces.
Nominated to Chambers Ireland board by Dublin Chamber in 2015, elected President of Chambers Ireland in 2016 & in 2017 and became Immediate Past President in 2018.
I have considerable experience and enthusiasm, and, if re-elected, my priorities are to:
Leverage my reputation expertise to help build a global brand for Dublin, a great global city which plays a critical role in shaping our national economy
As an SME founder & business owner, be a strong voice for the needs of SME members at Council
Lobby & promote the vital role of Dublin business amongst key stakeholder groups
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Proposers: Eoghan Quigley, KPMG; Claude Saulnier, Wandsoft
Managing Partner of Fuzion Communications, a full-service Marketing, PR and Graphic Design agency with offices in Dublin and Cork. He is responsible for Strategic Communications with specific Digital expertise, a Chartered Certified Accountant with previous general management roles with Guinness and Heineken. He also owned a chain of music stores. Greg is an SME Member and has served on Council since 2016.
As an ambitious SME member who works with a diverse range of businesses in the Dublin region, I have two core ambitions for a second term on Council
To fight hard to make sure that Dublin Chamber is an organisation that properly and fairly represents the interests of all of the members.
That Dublin Chamber operates in such a way that it attracts all types of members and is truly representative of the business landscape in the region.
If we achieve these Dublin Chamber will: - Improve the experience for all members - Increase SME retention - Attract new members - Attract tech and new wave entrepreneurs - Play a more pivotal role in Dublin for business
Wind of Change TWS Ltd
Proposers: Peter O'Brien, Blackrock Ventures; Rob Roe, Safety Squad
I have 22yrs of international corporate experience, 4yrs in wellbeing. My experience ranges from social development programmes to 18yrs in global equity markets focused on environmental, social, governance based actively managed funds including 10yrs managing food & agriculture funds.
My strengths: Business strategy & early trend spotting. I combine business & healthcare acumen to see the gaps and provide solutions.
I am a big believer in collaboration in the industry and between companies from different sectors and sizes. Dublin Chamber plays an active role in bringing all these stakeholders together. I think I can help the Chamber's objectives by taking active role in projects which look to help make corporates' and their employees' life better. Be it working to reduce the impact of current punitive system of ESOP to health and wellbeing at workplace and improvement of corporate return on investments in those areas.
I am also passionate about projects related to environmental strategies and international development. Given my significant years of experience in these sectors, I believe I will be a very positive contributor.
Proposers: Brendan Foster, Grant Thornton; Joanne Hession, The Entrepreneurs Academy
Susan O'Dwyer is Chief Executive at Make-A-Wish Ireland and has 25 years' experience in the non-profit sector. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to seriously ill children across Ireland.
Through Susan's expertise and determination, Make-A-Wish has become a leader in the non-profit sector in terms of governance, development and transparency. Susan has an MBA from the IMI and sits on their council.
We have a young, educated population that is a real differentiator for Dublin and companies operating here.
Having witnessed the incredible talent that exists amongst our young people, my belief is we need to hold onto them as they are the future of this country and this city, and as employers we need to set examples to follow.
Today, balance between work/family life has become skewed, employers have a duty of care to ensure our people spend time with those that matter most to them. Our wish families say there is nothing more motivational than a child smiling after a challenging day.
I believe we can make Dublin known across the World for its incredible talent and for supporting families.
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Premier Lotteries Ireland
Proposers: Brendan Foster, Grant Thornton; Declan Harrington, PLI
Currently Chief Executive of the National Lottery. 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.
In 2001, he was appointed Commercial Director of Vodafone Ireland.
He is a non-Executive Director of EuroMillions and of E-Services Credit Union.
Education: B. Comm UCD, FCCA.
PLI are members of Dublin Chamber of commerce, IBEC and Business in the Community, I am a strong supporter of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce strategic objectives.
I am particularly keen to assist the council with its corporate social responsibility agenda. I feel my experience in leading the National Lottery for the last 13 years will be particularly relevant in that regard.
I look forward to help create an environment that supports business and community in Dublin to thrive.
Proposers: Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport; Catherine Moroney, AIB
Tara is a partner at EY with clients ranging from multinationals to indigenous. Originally from South African, Tara came to Ireland on a two-year secondment in 2000 and has remained since. EY is a professional services firm supporting clients across all industries. 21 years old, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ has been a strong supporter of Irish business.
Since arriving, I have seen how Dublin has evolved and grown. I have experienced first-hand the impact of this growth and what it is like to arrive new to the city; sourcing accommodation and transport challenges, in addition to adapting to cultural changes socially and in the workplace.
As an employer now, I know and understand the importance of these factors in attracting and retaining staff. I am asking for your support in the Chamber elections to actively contribute to this agenda and to help support the Chamber to advocate strongly for policy decisions that increase Dublin's competitiveness and favourability for talent and investment into the future.
I remain committed to advocating a Dublin that encompasses all cultures and nationalities.
Head of Marketing
The Irish Times
Proposers: Liam Kavanagh, The Irish Times; Greg Clarke, Digicom
With 20 years experience in FMCG, retail and news publishing, Tania is a creative and innovative marketer and motivational team leader. Working with leading brands she has delivered high impact, integrated campaigns across TV, print, PR, experiential, Out Of Home and digital.
A Dublin native, Tania studied International Marketing & Languages at DCU and is a member of the MII.
I would be honoured to serve on the Council of Dublin Chamber of Commerce on behalf of The Irish Times and work alongside others who believe in the continued potential of our city as a place to do business, to live and to enjoy.
My goal is to be part of a team which strives to create vibrant communities throughout the city where everyone has an opportunity to contribute and to enjoy the benefits of a dynamic, multicultural and considered environment.
I have worked in marketing and PR in Dublin for almost 20 years and would be delighted to use my professional experience to contribute to my local community and the initiatives and projects of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
Proposers: Anne O'Leary, Vodafone; Derry Gray, BDO
Rowan is Country Manager of DXC Technology in Ireland. He started his career in the Defence Forces and served overseas with the UN in Lebanon. An Electronic Engineering Graduate of UCG he also holds a Masters in Business from UCL.
Married to Miriam, they have 4 children aged from 12 to 18 years. Enjoys Rugby, Golf, Gardening & Piano.
A pamphlet issued in Dublin contends that the coming century will see Ireland take its place among the Nations of the World, creating an industrial base capable of supporting a population of 8-10 million but despite our great scholastic tradition we have much ground to make up in Science and Technology.
The year was 1892. While we have made great progress since then, Dublin still has some way to go to fulfil its true potential as a Global Capital. In a post-Brexit era, I am ambitious for Dublin as a great place to work, live, play and grow old in. If elected, I will share my passion for technology to help drive better, sustainable outcomes for Ireland's Capital. Thanks, Rowan
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Senior Project Manager
Proposers: Greg Clarke, Digicom; Andrew Muckian, William Fry
Tony heads up Project Management and manages the construction portfolio for Hammerson Ireland, one of the largest property investors in Ireland through its assets in Dundrum, Swords, Ilac Centre and development sites in Dublin's city centre. Tony's history is rich in development, working as Director for an international consultancy to top-tier developers worldwide, now back home to make a difference.
I will bring to Council experience of major infrastructure and development projects from the Middle East, Australia, Canada and the UK. I intend to work with Council to ensure Dublin can succeed and thrive, which will only happen by efficient, uninhibited processes, achievable within acceptable timelines. Protecting our city from overdevelopment and inappropriate development will be vital, as will focus on initiatives for revitalising dilapidated areas, making Dublin a more desirable place to live and work.
This city needs the strategy necessary for an expanding population, I would hope to help by offering my international experience, adding value to the shared goals of the local constituent by creating destinations that deliver net positive impacts, economically, socially and environmentally.
Proposers: Derry Gray, BDO; Brendan Foster, Grant Thornton
Tony O'Malley, CEO Fujitsu Ireland, is responsible for leading Fujitsu Ireland and working with its 350 plus team to provide innovative ICT services to customers. In his role, Tony is committed to assisting customers with their transformation agendas and bringing forward Fujitsu's vision of Digital Co-Creation, so that ICT no longer just supports business processes, but enables genuine transformation.
Technology is rapidly shaping society. I want Dublin to be a smart, open, diverse city, at the forefront of attracting talent, investment and promoting responsible business. I believe in digital opportunity for everyone. Our team at Fujitsu Ireland support and fund initiatives so that Ireland has the skills to support a thriving digital economy. The promotion of technological innovation to plan and deliver the city we desire and need will be my priority.
I will leverage my own experience as well as Fujitsu's global experience to inform Dublin's development. Fujitsu and I have shown our commitment to Dublin Chamber over the past three years through our continued support of the Dublin 2050 series, the CTO series and International Women's Day.
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Proposers: Catherine Moroney, AIB; Greg Canty, Fuzion Communications
Eoghan is a Chartered Accountant and a tax partner with KPMG, specialising in assisting both indigenous Irish businesses and foreign multinationals establishing Irish operations.
He has been on the Dublin Chamber Council since 2016, on the Chamber's board for the past year and chairman of its audit committee for the past two years.
I have loved my three years on Council and have been very actively involved with the Chamber, both on the policy side where I have been heavily involved in shaping the Chamber pre-Budget submissions and the operational side in my role of chairman of the audit committee and board member.
My tax background is particularly relevant as tax is a key determinant in business decision making and particularly in matters regarding location of investment. I have advocated strongly for domestic entrepreneurs and the SME sector.
As a father of three young children, I am passionate about helping this city fulfil its potential and continued involvement with the Chamber is a wonderful way to do that.
Proposers: Sharon Daly, Matheson; Brendan Foster, Grant Thornton
Paddy is a corporate partner, and a former head of the Corporate Department, in Matheson. He joined the firm in 1994, having graduated with a first class honours law degree from Trinity College Dublin.
Paddy is a trustee of Dublin University Football Club, a member of The Island Golf Club Development Committee, and a director of Junior Achievement Ireland.
In my role with Matheson, I work with internationally focused organisations looking to establish and grow in, and from Ireland. Having lived and worked in Dublin and abroad during the last twenty years, I am keenly aware of the opportunities and challenges facing the city in a rapidly changing, globally-competitive environment.
If elected, I will endeavour to utilise my experience to further the work of the Chamber, in continuing to drive Dublin's positive business culture. As a globally recognised place to do business, I firmly believe that Dublin is well-placed to take advantage of emerging opportunities and meet any challenges, further delivering on its potential as a diverse, inclusive and thriving city.
Proposers: Hugh Lambert, New Ireland; Stephen O'Connell, Bring it to the Lab Ltd
I was born in Dublin and have lived most of my life in the City. My career has been in technology, and now help companies understand how technology can make them work more efficiently and productively.
I have a strong interest in the outdoors, and spend a significant amount of my leisure time walking and climbing in the hills.
I'd like to help the Chamber encourage our ties and relationships with Europe and North America and help ensure that Dublin retains its position as a city of global excellence and a centre of inward investment.
We need to guarantee that Dublin continues to provide the education facilities and city infrastructure that those companies investing in the city need, and the living environment their staff want.
We have a thriving city, located within easy access of the Dublin mountains and the maritime facilities of Dublin bay. I'd like to see that those leisure facilities are available to all, and that their use is encouraged and developed in an environmentally friendly way.