Speakers

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    • Tom Thornton- President, IIFA

      Tom Thornton- President, IIFA 

      Tom has worked in Freight since 1977 where he has worked in all areas of the business and has held senior positions with international companies including CEO and CFO. Tom also holds a Diploma in Marketing and is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. As President of Irish International Freight Association (IIFA), Tom represented IIFA at the 2014 FIATA World Congress in Istanbul and 2015 FIATA World Congress in Taipei. In 2016 Tom was the Irish host for the FIATA World Congress in Dublin in October of 2016, an event which saw over 700+ Delegates from the Global Freight, Transport and Dis...

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    • Dave McClean, Head of PFS Operations, Applegreen Plc

      Dave McClean, Head of PFS Operations, Applegreen Plc 

      Dave has over 25 years’ FMCG multi-channel experienceacrossthe Irish & International retail sectors. A graduate of Griffith College Dublin, he joined Applegreen in 2014 and previously held the role of Applegreen Organisation Development Manager. In his current role as Head of PFS Operations, he is instrumental in the delivery of the Applegreen Retail proposition across the PFS estate Applegreen are Ireland’s fastest growing forecourt retailer, with 255 branches now stretching as far as the UK, and with a growing presence in the USA. From fuel to food Applegreen offer their customers ...

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    • Declan Carolan-Co-Chair, ECR Community

      Declan Carolan-Co-Chair, ECR Community 

      Declan Carolan is Co-Chair of ECR Community, the network of ECR National Associations across Europe. Declan also manages ECR Ireland and was previously Supply Chain Manager with Superquinn Supermarkets.  Declan has spent his career in the grocery sector and is an expert on product availability and category management, their enabling technologies and facilitating industry collaboration.  He places great value on the collaboration, maximising product availability and identifying & satisfying shopper missions. Presentation Title- “Collaborate or Die - A rising tide lifts all boats” ...

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    • George Bertrem- Group Commercial Director (Rocket Restaurants Group – Eddie Rockets, Rockets, Counter Burger, Flash Harry’s)

      George Bertrem- Group Commercial Director (Rocket Restaurants Group – Eddie Rockets, Rockets, Counter Burger, Flash Harry’s) 

      I started my hospitality career in South Africa working in bars and night clubs whilst still deciding what to do with my life. The bug bit and 20 years later I’m still in the industry having worked in various countries and various roles with companies such as GBK, Dominos, Pizza Express / Milano and now Rocket Restaurants Group. Presentation title – How simplification can benefit your business Brief synopsis of talk  - A presentation on how simplifying various aspects of your business can make you more efficient and in turn make you mo...

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    • Adrian Young – Head of Account Management, Deliveroo Ireland

      Adrian Young – Head of Account Management, Deliveroo Ireland 

      Adrian started work as a chef, studied Culinary Arts in DIT and completed a MSc in Food Business from UCC. He has worked in many aspects of the food and drinks industry including fine wine merchants Mitchell & Son, stints in Michelin restaurants and with Kerry Foods. Most recently he ran a gourmet grilled cheese business called Cheesus until taking up his position with Deliveroo.

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    • Liz Collins- Quality Control Manager, Capital Foods.

      Liz Collins- Quality Control Manager, Capital Foods. 

      Liz Collins has been in the food business for over 32 years , first as a chef, then as a Catering Manager servicing Ireland’s largest companies. In 2013 Liz moved to Capital Foods as Quality Control Manager. A forthright and entertaining public speaker, Liz reveals how almost three decades in the high pressure world of food prepared her for a totally unexpected personal challenge, becoming a mother to a child with EB – a rare, genetic and incurable, skin disease.

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    • Rory Esler-Head of Food and Catering Services Procurement, Irish Defence Forces.

      Rory Esler-Head of Food and Catering Services Procurement, Irish Defence Forces. 

      Commandant Rory Esler is Head of Food and Catering Services Procurement in the Irish Defence Forces. He has 19 years military service having joined the Cadet School in 1998. He has worked from Unit to Headquarters level and has served overseas in Kosovo, Bosnia, Syria and Lebanon. Rory has recently graduated with an MSc in Supply Chain Management from Smurfit GBS. Presentation title: Military Catering.   Brief synopsis of talk: My intention is to provide the delegates with a brief description of how we cater to the needs of soldiers at home...

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    • James Burke- Owner & Lead Consultant- JB&A Business Advisors.

      James Burke- Owner & Lead Consultant- JB&A Business Advisors. 

      James started his food and retail career working part-time in Supervalu Bantry. He subsequently studied Retailed Management in DIT and joined Superquinn in 1984. He spent over 20 years in Superquinn, the last 10 of which were at Board Room Level. His Superquinn executive roles included Business Development Manager, Group Purchasing Manager and Trading Manager.   In addition James served on the advisory board of AMS €1 billion European buying group and was a director of the Irish Purchasing Company Aontas. He holds a degree in retailing and wholesaling from Stirling University in Sco...

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    • Dr. Markus Helfert- Director Business Informatics Group, Dublin City University.

      Dr. Markus Helfert- Director Business Informatics Group, Dublin City University. 

      Dr. Markus Helfert is Director of the Business Informatics Group at Dublin City University, and a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems. His expertise includes Digital Retail, Business Models, Process Management and Smart Cities. He is the project co-ordinator at the EU Project Perform - Pioneering the Digital Future for Omnichannel Retail Managers. He advised companies in Ireland and internationally on IT Innovation and Information Management. Challenges for the next generation of Digital Retail Managers Overview of Digital Retail Future Challenge...

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    • Dr  Yvonne Finnegan PhD.- Registered Dietitian & Director of Yvonne Finnegan Nutrition Consultancy, Ireland.

      Dr Yvonne Finnegan PhD.- Registered Dietitian & Director of Yvonne Finnegan Nutrition Consultancy, Ireland. 

      Dr Yvonne Finnegan is a registered dietitian with over 20 year’s experience within the food industry.  She runs her own nutrition consultancy business where she works predominantly with food companies to help them understand the opportunities in health and wellness and to make sense of the often conflicting messages we receive on diet and nutrition. Title of Presentation: FODMAP’s- are they the future of Free From? Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most common gastrointestinal disorder affecting between 10–15% of the population.  However, many people are now havin...

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    • Eoghan McMahon-Managing Director-The Scent Company

      Eoghan McMahon-Managing Director-The Scent Company 

      Eoghan McMahon is the founder and Managing Director of The Scent Company, an Olfactory Consultancy redefining brand engagement through scent. A values-led entrepreneur with experience in brand building, customer relationship and business strategy, Eoghan has extensive experience with luxury brands and understands how to address the needs of specific market segments and the promise of belonging that consumers desire.

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    • Keith Mahon-Managing Director, TheTaste.ie.

      Keith Mahon-Managing Director, TheTaste.ie. 

      Named as Ireland’s No. 1 Food and Drink Journalist in the #MurrayTweetIndex. Highly experienced Online Managing Director with strong technology & commercial management skills, has worked with a number of large companies in Ireland over the past 22 years. Currently the founder and managing director of TheTaste.ie Ireland's No.1 Digital Food & Drink magazine with over 6m readers Worldwide and 1.7m Irish readers. Previously the Managing Director of Digitalworx / The Irish Times Digital Group.

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    • Pauline Kwasniak-Founder, Hotel4Meetings.com

      Pauline Kwasniak-Founder, Hotel4Meetings.com 

      Pauline is a founder of hotel4meetings.com. Female entrepreneur and social media enthusiast and a passionate event manager. An ex fashion model . A big fan of Guy Kawasaki and a firm believer of “The art of enchantment” in both business and personal life. Pauline is now working on a bespoke hotel sourcing platform for meetings and events for companies and corporates.

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    • Andy Greenslade-Business Development Manager, Choice Hotel Group Ltd.

      Andy Greenslade-Business Development Manager, Choice Hotel Group Ltd. 

      I have over 10 years of sales experience both domestic and international working here in Ireland, the UK and North America. During my time, I have always succeeded my goals and have been extremely target focused. I am a team player, but also enjoy the challenges of working on ones initiative.

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    • Alex Coffey-Managing Director, Top Staff Hospitality Recruitment

      Alex Coffey-Managing Director, Top Staff Hospitality Recruitment 

      Specialising in the recruitment of Hospitality staff, here at Top Staff Recruitment, we take personnel, personally. Whilst benefiting from a wealth of first hand hospitality experience, our goal is to provide a personal and quality service to everybody that we deal with. We value the importance of career moves and gaining valuable experience and waiting on the right move in order for this to happen. Presentation Title: The Chef Shortage crisis; where to next?

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    • Keith Slowey-Founder & CEO, iHotelligence

      Keith Slowey-Founder & CEO, iHotelligence 

      Lead designer of iHotelligence Hotel Management Software. Directly involved with sales, project management and installation of Hotel Management Software solutions at hundreds of hotels throughout Ireland & UK. Presentation Title: Steps to Win Back Market share from Online Travel Agents.

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    • Gerard Tannam-Brand Builder, Islandbridge Brand Development/Dublin

      Gerard Tannam-Brand Builder, Islandbridge Brand Development/Dublin 

      This fascination has taken me from my philosophy studies in Dublin to Asia where I worked with brands including the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Remy Martin, Cathay Pacific, Prudential, MTV and Chanel. More recently, on returning to Ireland, I set up Islandbridge where my clients include Topaz Energy, Maldron Hotels, Antaris Consulting, Venture Network and Aussie Ice. I'm Brand Expert on Newstalk Radio's Kick-Start Your Business, and Mentor to Enterprise Ireland's High Potential Start-Ups (as they gear up to export around the world), and to Dublin City University Invent's Incubation Clients....

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    • Cillian Murphy-Owner, CillianMurphyConsulting

      Cillian Murphy-Owner, CillianMurphyConsulting 

      Cillian Murphy co-founded Loop Head Tourism in 2009 to ensure that tourism development of the Loop Head Peninsula would take place in a responsible manner with the full backing of the local community. The peninsula has won many awards for the manner in which it has developed. He has spoken on the importance of community involvement in tourism development many times including at World Travel Market in London and The World Bank Group Tourism Forum in Washington. Currently studying for his Masters in Responsible Tourism under Prof. Harold Goodwin at Manchester Metropolitan University. He...

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    • Breffney O Dowling Keane-Founder, FruitCubed

      Breffney O Dowling Keane-Founder, FruitCubed 

      I am a self-starting enthusiast who is embraces all things food related. I have an honours degree in Food Science from UCC and am a qualified chef, trained in classic french cuisine, in CIT's Professional Cookery- Total Immersion Programme. I am currently enrolled in UCC's Ignite programme, where I am setting up my first company, Fruit3 (Fruitcubed).

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    • Catriona Condon-Sales & Marketing Manager, Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe Co Galway

      Catriona Condon-Sales & Marketing Manager, Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe Co Galway 

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    • Maximilian Thiel-Startup mentor Product-Market fit expert, Workshop facilitator, Sales consultant

      Maximilian Thiel-Startup mentor Product-Market fit expert, Workshop facilitator, Sales consultant 

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    • Muireann Fitzmaurice - CEO, MarketingCoach.ie

      Muireann Fitzmaurice – CEO, MarketingCoach.ie 

      Speaker Bio:  “Engaging”, “Fun” and “Inspiring”: Muireann Fitzmaurice is an experienced Marketing trainer and speaker. She runs a vibrant marketing agency MarketingCoach.ie. She has 15 years’ experience with multinational brands and for the last 6 years has worked with small business owners to build marketing plans that grow sales. MarketingCoach.ie is a boutique agency that provides marketing services to SME’s. The agency has just launched an exciting online tool, Marketing Coach Toolkit, that creates personalised marketing action plan...

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    • Mags Boland Murphy-Profit Planner, Business, Tourism & Hospitality Consultant, Bofin Consultancy.

      Mags Boland Murphy-Profit Planner, Business, Tourism & Hospitality Consultant, Bofin Consultancy. 

      Owner/Manager at Bofin Consultancy, enthusiastic & passionate about business & the tourism & hospitality sectors, champions success. Profit planner, strategic thinker, sales & marketing professional, business mentor, tourism consultant with a record of success and award winning clients. Believes in working with those who are serious about success and getting in front of more of their ideal customers.

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    • Stefano Messori - Design Strategist @ Strategic Design Hub

      Stefano Messori – Design Strategist @ Strategic Design Hub 

      Stefano’s aim is to facilitate a design thinking agenda in organisations pursuing a strategic innovation approach. Stefano collaborates with the management of medium sized and large organisations (on ad hoc projects) but also with start-ups, through online learning and group facilitation sessions. In addition to promoting and facilitating the adoption of a design agenda within organisations, Stefano encourages managers to challenge their current understanding of their work and the mental models they have created to explain reality. Stefano’s on-line courses invite participants to take pa...

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    • Dr. Markus Helfert- Director Business Informatics Group, Dublin City University.

      Dr. Markus Helfert- Director Business Informatics Group, Dublin City University. 

      Dr. Markus Helfert is Director of the Business Informatics Group at Dublin City University, and a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems. His expertise includes Digital Retail, Business Models, Process Management and Smart Cities. He is the project co-ordinator at the EU Project Perform - Pioneering the Digital Future for Omnichannel Retail Managers. He advised companies in Ireland and internationally on IT Innovation and Information Management. Challenges for the next generation of Digital Retail Managers Overview of Digital Retail Future Challenge...

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    • Michael Collins-Founder / MD, TravelMedia.ie Ireland.

      Michael Collins-Founder / MD, TravelMedia.ie Ireland. 

      Michael has worked in the travel and media industries for 17 years. During this time he has worked as a travel journalist, editor and publisher with Backpacker, Abroad and Irish Business Traveller magazines. He has also worked in television and radio as a presenter and travel expert. In 2006 Michael founded TravelMedia.ie (TM), a specialist travel digital PR agency. TM work with Irish and international airlines, tourist boards, hotels, travel tech start-ups and tour operators, assisting them with all things digital, including SEO, SEM, UX, content marketi...

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    • Silviu Preoteasa- Chief Architect,Travel Open Partnership Ireland.

      Silviu Preoteasa- Chief Architect,Travel Open Partnership Ireland. 

      Silviu Preoteasa is a serial entrepreneur, investor and travel technologist. Before joining the Travel Open Partnership, Silviu was Head of Marketing Technology with Hostelworld.com for over 3 years and EMEA Online Business Manager for Dell, before that. Travel Open Partnership is a revolutionary, new project, bringing together technology and travel companies, to create better technologies and stronger partnerships.

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    • Michele Hallahan-LEED AP, Sustainability Consultant Ireland

      Michele Hallahan-LEED AP, Sustainability Consultant Ireland 

      Michele started off as a craft micro-brewer in California, brewing at an eco-designed and sustainably managed lager brewery.  From these humble beginnings, she has become a senior sustainability consultant, with a specialty in the hospitality industry.  She has certified hotels (Hilton, Westin on Times Square, NY, Kimpton hotels) around the world to the Green Seal standard GS33, and has worked with businesses implementing international standard ISO 20121/ BS 8901 for Sustainable Event Management.   She has contributed to LEED certified buildings in the USA and among other projects, ...

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    • Ronan Byrne-Commercial Manager, Dualtron Ltd.

      Ronan Byrne-Commercial Manager, Dualtron Ltd. 

      Ronan Byrne is Dualtron's Commercial Manager. Ronan has been with Dualtron since 2011 and is responsible for sales and account management, and the admin department. Ronan has a background in IT with a degree in Computer Applications from DCU and previously worked as a software developer and telecoms and IT consultant with Accenture. Talk Title- 'Run your business from anywhere' Ronan Byrne from Dualtron will talk about how you can use cloud software to gain control of all aspects of your business from any location. Dualtron are suppliers of EPO...

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    • Mags McAlpin-Founder & Principal Consultant, Creating Retail Magic.

      Mags McAlpin-Founder & Principal Consultant, Creating Retail Magic. 

      Creating Retail Magic is a professional Visual Merchandising & Retail Consultancy providing design solutions, mentoring and training to independentbusinesses. MagsMcAlpin has won many creative sectorbusiness awards and accolades includingthe prestigious international VM Christmas Award 2017 for the phenomenally successful Twilight Market at St. George’s Market, Belfast.

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    • Keith Slowey-Founder & CEO, Ihotelligence, Ireland

      Keith Slowey-Founder & CEO, Ihotelligence, Ireland 

      Keith is the Founder and CEO of iHotelligence. Keith began his career in 1994 working with Slowey Systems, Ireland’s oldest POS Company established in 1926. Since 1994 Keith has been directly involved with sales, project management, installation and training of Hotel Management Software solutions for hundreds of hotels throughout Ireland and the UK. Keith holds a Degree in Management from the Irish Management Institute and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. In 2009, after many years of been a distributor of Hotel Property Management Systems, Keith had a vision of how hotels could...

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    • Thomas Burke-Director, Retail Ireland.

      Thomas Burke-Director, Retail Ireland. 

      Thomas Burke joined Retail Ireland from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) in late 2014. Thomas first joined Ibec in 2005 when appointed as Executive with special responsibility for economic affairs with Food and Drink Industry Ireland (FDII). Among his achievements during his time with FDII was the establishment and execution of Ireland's first National Breakfast Week. During his time in ABFI he was to the forefront of representing the brewing sector and wider drinks industry at National and European level as well as acting as the media spokesperson for the brewing industry. He...

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    • William Brophy- Commercial lawyer, O'Grady Solicitors.

      William Brophy- Commercial lawyer, O’Grady Solicitors. 

      William Brophy is a lawyer specialising in commercial and corporate transactions. He advises SMEs on equity investments and debt financing, sales and restructurings of businesses and general commercial and contract matters. William works for O'Gradys, a full service commercial law firm located in Dublin. Prior to joining O’Gradys, William worked with international law firms in Hong Kong and Brussels. Presentation title: Overview of the Grocery Goods Regulations Brief synopsis of talk: The Grocery Goods Regulations were introduced in 2016 and are d...

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    • Professor Ronan Gormley- School of Agriculture & Food Science Science Centre, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland

      Professor Ronan Gormley- School of Agriculture & Food Science Science Centre, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland 

      Ronan Gormley has a PhD in chemistry (UCD) and worked as a food scientist in Teagasc for a number of years on sea foods, prepared foods, bakery products, fruit/vegetables and dissemination. Currently he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in University College Dublin (UCD) working on outreach, sea foods and on refrigeration & the international cold chain. Presentation Title:  Fish freshness at retail level Presentation Synopsis: The total volatile base nitrogen (TVBN) test was used to estimate freshness of 12 fish species purchased fro...

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    • Susanne Carpenter- Senior Quality Consultant, CG Business Consulting.

      Susanne Carpenter- Senior Quality Consultant, CG Business Consulting. 

      Susanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Degree in Business Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology and a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute. With extensive experience working as a Quality Manager, Quality Engineer and in Operations Management, Susanne has been merited with many opportunities to work with large industries in the development and transition of Quality Management Systems and the deployment of continuous improvement activities. As a Lead Auditor for ISO 9001 and a Q Mark Assessor Susanne has worked with many organisations t...

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    • Brian Walsh- Packaging Technologist, Repak Ltd.

      Brian Walsh- Packaging Technologist, Repak Ltd. 

      Brian Walsh is responsible for the management and implementation of Repak’s Packaging Waste Prevention programme. He advises manufacturers and retailers on Packaging Optimisation and Packaging Waste Prevention initiatives, both in-house and on-site.  Brian has over sixteen years experience working within the food manufacturing and packaging industries in packaging development and project management roles. He helps Repak’s members to save on both materials and money through optimising their packaging systems. Presentation Title Repak and the Prevent and Save Programme – B...

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    • Andrew Murphy-Innovation Manager , An Post.

      Andrew Murphy-Innovation Manager , An Post. 

      Andrew Murphy is the Innovation Manager for An Post. Andrew’s role is to develop new business for An Post with a particular focus on the growing eCommerce delivery market. Presentation title: eLocal.ie adding the power of online to your business. Brief synopsis of talk: An overview of An Post new web platform elocal.iewhich will enable retailers to sell online without incurring any set-up or maintenance costs.

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    • Diarmaid Murphy -CEO & Co-Founder, Promo Pads Ltd.

      Diarmaid Murphy -CEO & Co-Founder, Promo Pads Ltd. 

      Diarmaid Murphy, CEO of Promo Pads Ltd. With an MBA from Smurfit Business School, Diarmaid founded Promo Pads Ltd in 2016, to develop Europe’s first digital tabletop ordering system. Previously a military project manager working across industry sectors including Food Service, on projects with values ranging up to €20 million. Presentation Title Technology - Changing the Game in Food Service Brief synopsis of talk Since James Jacob Ritty patented the first cash register in 1879 "to keep his bartenders honest", the accepted paradigm in f...

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    • Colm Hanratty – CEO, Sixtwo Digital

      Colm Hanratty – CEO, Sixtwo Digital 

      Colm Hanratty is Founder and CEO of Sixtwo Digital, a digital marketing agency that helps businesses get more from their social media and content marketing… by being social. Having worked with Hostelworld.com for almost 11 years, he set up his business in November 2013. Since then he has worked with clients across a wide rang of industries including East Coast Bakehouse, ding* (formerly known as ezetop), Digicel Bermuda, Homestay.com, Tourism Ireland, The Irish Sun, Trekksoft and Erdinger Ireland. He also lectures on social media with the Marketing Institute of Ireland. Presentation...

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    • Liam Lewis-Centre Manager, Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis CIT

      Liam Lewis-Centre Manager, Centre for advanced Photonics and Process Analysis CIT 

      Liam Lewis received his PhD from (UCC) Tyndall Institute in 2007. After working as a post-Doctoral researcher for 12 months he moved to a position of research engineer at the newly formed Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis in 2008. During his time there he worked on several Industry led research projects and successfully raised over €400K worth of project funding for the centre. In 2012 he was promoted to senior researcher, with responsibility for further project management and raising new capital investment. In 2014 he took up the position of Centre Manager. The centre current...

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    • Maria Jackson- Head of Operations, Northside Home Care Services and KARE Social Services

      Maria Jackson- Head of Operations, Northside Home Care Services and KARE Social Services 

      Presentation Title – Community Food Services KARE Social Services and Northside Home Care are not for profit charitable organisations in operation for 52 years providingHome Care Services, Meals on Wheels with Community Kitchens and Citizens Information in North Dublin.They have recently merged and every year the food service provides approx. 45,000 meals, comprising of sit down meals in Community Kitchens and Meals on Wheels Deliveries to elderly people in North Dublin. Its mission is to provide support, information and home care that helps improve quality of life, gives people in need an ...

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    • Gordon McCready-National Sales Manager, OspreyDeepclean.

      Gordon McCready-National Sales Manager, OspreyDeepclean. 

      Gordon is National Sales Manager for OspreyDeeepclean covering all the UK and Ireland. Gordon has worked extensively in the food industry for various companies firstly in the supply detergents and sanitisers, through to Contract Cleaning, and now with Osprey supplying bespoke steam cleaning and sanitation solutions. Our Steam cleaning machines and the Dry Steam they produce are able to clean and sanitise through heat transfer on to the surface they are cleaning. Our machines were originally produced to remove Healthcare Affected Infections (HCAI) from hospitals. The move into food was a nat...

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    • Tony Kerins- Employment Law & Health and Safety Specialist,Peninsula and Graphite HRM

      Tony Kerins- Employment Law & Health and Safety Specialist,Peninsula and Graphite HRM 

      Tony Kerins is an Employment Law & Health and Safety Specialist. He has over 20 years’ experience of training personnel within Government departments, as a HRM specialist and as a health and safety lecturer. He delivers employment law and health & safety seminars which are comprehensive and concise in his own style of delivery.   “How to safeguard your Business”. This will include insights into:   Staff conduct and performance in the workplace Using contracts and employee handbooks to protect your business Comp...

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    • Lorcan Bannon-Head of Client Strategy, Olytico.

      Lorcan Bannon-Head of Client Strategy, Olytico. 

      Lorcan Bannon is Head of Client Strategy at Olytico where he leads Social Media Monitoring activities for leading brands like Heineken, Safefood and Electric Ireland. Prior to joining Olytico, he worked at Pernod Ricard as Senior Global Brand Manager for Jameson Whiskey working across multiple markets leading strategic marketing plans for key activation pillars. Title: “Hi @AllBrandsEver, Are you listening?” Details: 5 ways Social Media Listening can have a big impact on your food or drink business.

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    • Chris Swaffin Smith- Director,Raynor Foods Ltd.

      Chris Swaffin Smith- Director,Raynor Foods Ltd. 

      Chris has been a Non -Executive Director for Raynor Foods for five years. He has worked in this capacity  for  several businesses during his career. He has worked as an adviser to family businesses in both Europe and Asia , been a visiting member of Faculty  at Regents University in London, and  has published a number of articles relating to family businesses. Presentation title- Linking succession to the development of a Sustainable Business Dilemmas facing the Family Business   In this presentation Chris will identify the challenges and opportunities that famil...

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    • Peter McCloskey-Managing Director, Collar of Gold Ltd.

      Peter McCloskey-Managing Director, Collar of Gold Ltd. 

      Peter McCloskey MBA is founder and MD of Collar of Gold Ltd: Ireland's first Edible oil refinery - opening in 2018 at a Capex of €2.0M. Peter will explain the high usability benefits and USP's of this exceptionally pure and versatile Irish oil which does not add any taste or aroma to both hot and cold foods.   Presentation Title: Exceptionally Pure Irish Cooking Oil for HORECA Professionals

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    • Ahijit Chatterjee- Owner, My Apricot Kitchen.

      Ahijit Chatterjee- Owner, My Apricot Kitchen. 

      Ahijit is an entrepreneur and owner of My Apricot Kitchen, a startup food producer. He holds a post-graduate degree in Computer Science and has over twenty years of experience in information technology specializing in analytics, machine learning and Internet of Things with a focus on the food and restaurant industry. Presentation Title Cutting Edge Food Technology with Artificial Intelligence Synopsis Artificial Intelligence (AI) is disrupting the food industry in multiple ways providing a plethora of opportunities for early adopters. Food producer...

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    • Liam Murphy- Co-Founder and Director, HPP Tolling.

      Liam Murphy- Co-Founder and Director, HPP Tolling. 

      Liam Murphy is Co-Founder and Director of HPP Tolling who  opened Ireland 's first BRC Approved High Pressure Processing (HPP) central treatment facility in 2014 .Liam  is an Honours Science Graduate from UCG and has held a  broad range of leadership positions over the last 28 years in Ireland and the UK working for blue companies such as  Kerry Group and the Vion Food Group.    Presentation Title :High Pressure Processing (HPP) the Future of Food Preservation     The presentation will give an introduction to H...

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    • Eilis Quinlan- Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

      Eilis Quinlan- Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

      Eilis Quinlan is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She is a registered Auditor and runs a successful Accountancy practice in Kildare.  Eilis holds a Dip IoD, an Accredited Mediator award, a Certificate in Computing from DCU and is a member of MENSA.   Eilis sits on the Board of the SBCI, is a member of the SME Committee of the British Irish Chamber, a past Chairman and current Board member of ISME, and her main expertise lies in the areas of taxation advice, small company development and corporate finance. Eilis is also a regular contributor to National...

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    • Nial Molloy- Diageo Reserve & World Class Ireland Brands Ambassador, Diageo Ireland

      Nial Molloy- Diageo Reserve & World Class Ireland Brands Ambassador, Diageo Ireland 

      Twenty four years in hospitality may seem like a long time, but to Nial its gone by in the blink of an eye. “It changes so quickly that you have no choice but to keep young and think forward at pace. I’ve worked at everything from tending floor in the country local to exhibition bartending and industry consultancy, yet even today I find myself in awe of where we are at and what’s possible!” With extensive experience across multiple channels, Nial continues to embrace trends with passion and foresees a very different future for Irish Bars. He is currently the senior Brand Ambassador for Diageo ...

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    • Fiona Lee- Owner, Fix it Food.

      Fiona Lee- Owner, Fix it Food. 

      Fiona Lee lives on her sheep farm with her family in Co. Leitrim. Previously she worked in hospitality and catering Management in London. On returning to Ireland she completed an Honours Degree in Psychology and worked for 10 years with the challenges of food and behaviour. Today Fiona owns her own online Company www.FixitFood.com. Presentation Title :Know Your Customer, Value Yourself.   Brief Synopsis: As individuals, we are usually mightier than we think we are. Our personality can sometimes undermine our abilities. Knowing your personality type and that of your Customer ca...

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    • Fiona Maher-Owner & Founder, Fiona's Nutterly Nutritious - 100% Natural Nut Butter Range

      Fiona Maher-Owner & Founder, Fiona’s Nutterly Nutritious – 100% Natural Nut Butter Range 

      Fiona Maher has over 15yrs experience in the food and drinks industry, is a self taught cook with an unwavering passion for good food and is a past participant on MasterChef Ireland (2011). After a minor health scare in 2014, Fiona embarked on her quest to find a healthy, nutritious whole food snack with proven health benefits to meet the ever increasing dietary demands of our population. Her love of natural food prompted a move in the right direction and she launched her range of Gluten Free, Dairy Free, 100% Natural Activated and Roasted Nut Butters in September 2016.   Pr...

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    • Austin O'Keeffe-Owner, AOK Cafe.

      Austin O’Keeffe-Owner, AOK Cafe. 

      With a background in sales and marketing, he came across a new coffee that had a positive effect on him. He thought other people could benefit from drinking it and so started a coffee business from home, promoting this healthier coffee. A few years later, he is now a mentor to others who want to start a coffee business from home and he is the first in Ireland to be awarded the title of Star Diamond Distributor by the DXN company who supply the coffee. DXN is a Malaysian company whose main product is Ganoderma coffee, but they also have supplements and personal care products. This year they ...

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    • Kerry Curran-Policy Research Manager, InterTradeIreland.

      Kerry Curran-Policy Research Manager, InterTradeIreland. 

      Kerry is the Policy Research Manager at InterTradeIreland, theCross-Border Trade and Business Development Body. Her research at present has a focus on the implications of Brexit on the all-island economy and more broadly on methods to enhance cross border co-operation in trade and business development. Kerry has previously worked in policy research roles for Queen’s University Belfast, The Environment Agency (UK) and Renewable UK. She is currently a Board Member for Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and a Committee Member for the Association of Research Managers and Administrators.

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    • Deaglán Ó Broin- Quality Control Manager, Parkside, Irl Ltd.

      Deaglán Ó Broin- Quality Control Manager, Parkside, Irl Ltd. 

      Industrial Chemist.  MD of  2 manufacturing companies exporting to France, Germany and Belgium.  Consultant to Parkside Ltd., janitorial/hygiene supplies company, supplying supermarket chains, hotels, nursing homes, food processors. Responsible for process water treatment plant installation in major poultry plants in ROI and NI.  Responsible for compliance with REACH, CLP,  Health & Safety, Directives, Statutory Instruments. Presentation Title- BREXIT AND THE FOOD INDUSTRY.  In our parents or probably more accurately , our grandparents time, food ...

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    • Finbarr McCarthy-Product Director, One Posting.

      Finbarr McCarthy-Product Director, One Posting. 

      Finbarr is a highly experienced executive, entrepreneur and business advisor, having worked with enterprises large and small, domestically and internationally.  A director of a software company, head of operations for a service company, management consultant & sports coach, he can identify and apply practical solutions to significant business challenges. Presentation Title - You have completed the Enterprise Ireland Brexit Scorecard - What Next? Presentation Synopsis Many businesses will have completed the Enterprise Ireland Brexit Scorecard and will have received a report identif...

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    • Sarah Martin-CEO and Founder, Mamabud

      Sarah Martin-CEO and Founder, Mamabud 

      Sarah Martin is CEO and founder of MamaBud, a platform that helps companies sell direct to Chinese consumers, quickly and cost effectively. Sarah has a background in International marketing and worked for 9 years with Unilever in their global Ice Cream category mostly at their HQ in Rome, Italy. She also spent 3 years in the Caribbean working for the telecommunications provider Digicel, where she held a number of roles, including Commercial Director for the Eastern Caribbean as well as Fibre M&A. She returned after almost 10 years abroad to complete an MBA at Smurfit Graduate Business S...

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    • Derek McGarry-Head of Innovation & Engagement,National College of Art & Design

      Derek McGarry-Head of Innovation & Engagement,National College of Art & Design 

      Derek McGarry has worked in design education for more than 25 years. His research has been presented and published internationally.  His design work has won numerous awards and has been purchased for significant international collections.  In 2016, McGarry was awarded President Emeritus of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.  He is a former board member of the Crafts Council of Ireland and current board member at the Rediscovery Centre. Throughout his teaching career McGarry has focused on working with external partners in business and the communit...

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    • Derek Trenaman- Registered Architect, and Startup Innovator 

      Derek Trenaman- Registered Architect, and Startup Innovator  

      Derek Trenaman is a Registered Architect and Director of Ceardean Architects and CiC Branding Innovation with 15 years commercial experience working with restaurants, cafes and retailers to open and expand businesses.   Presentation title- Kick your existing business or start up into action with Ceardean Architects and CiC Branding Innovation Brief synopsis of talk  Learn what you need to know when designing your business premises to ensure compliance with the Planning Regulations, Building Regulations, Fire and D...

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    • Jarrod Cuffe-Partner, Off The Cuffe.

      Jarrod Cuffe-Partner, Off The Cuffe. 

      As an ex-chef, Jarrod Cuffe has always believed in the importance of flavour balance. He also likes interacting with people so he left the kitchen life behind and became a bartender. Originally from Australia, Jarrod has worked in bars in Paris, London & Dublin.

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    • Joe Kelly-Microsoft Dynamics Director, ProStrategy.

      Joe Kelly-Microsoft Dynamics Director, ProStrategy. 

      ProStrategy is a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner and recognized as the leading partner in Ireland for Microsoft Dynamics and Analytics solutions.  Since 1985, ProStrategy have been helping businesses to streamline their operations and gain deeper insights into their business processes. To do this, we bring over 30 years’ experience of the industry and world-class software to the table.  ProStrategy’s success to date has been built on an impressive track record of high quality service delivered to a diverse customer base.     Synopsis of Talk:   Joe will talk abou...

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    • Emma Lacy-Marketing Manager, Horan Automation and Consulting.

      Emma Lacy-Marketing Manager, Horan Automation and Consulting. 

      Having graduated WIT with an honours marketing degree in 2001, Emma has amassed over 16 years marketing experience in high level and varied roles.  She has worked as a marketing consultant and trainer for the past 10 years before joining the team at Horan Automation and Consulting as their marketing manager.  Title: Reasons to Automate your Production The presentation will address how automation makes production more effective.  It will address cost issues such as return on investment and staff issues.  It will also outline Horan Automation and Consulting’s unique...

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    • Conor Hyde- Managing Director / Owner , Bullseye Food Marketing.

      Conor Hyde- Managing Director / Owner , Bullseye Food Marketing. 

      Conor Hyde founded Bullseye Food Marketing in 2001 to service a growing demand for expert, best practice, business marketing support for Irish food companies. ( www.bullseye.ie ) Conor has over twenty-five years Sales, Marketing, & Food Exporting experience having held senior Marketing Manager positions with Golden Vale/Kerry & Dairygold Co-op. Conor has lectured in food marketing for UCC, BIM, Teagasc, ICOS, Food Academy, Udaras Na Gaeltachta, and various City & County Enterprise Offices around Ireland. He is also an approved food busines...

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    • Suzanne Flood-Managing Director/Export Specialist, Open Ventures Consulting.

      Suzanne Flood-Managing Director/Export Specialist, Open Ventures Consulting. 

      Suzanne Flood has over 20 years’ experience in helping companies enter new markets globally & exporting. Amongst other projects, she launched the .mobi domain in Europe and has brought an Irish travel company into Germany.  She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and has an MBA from the Smurfit School of Business, UCD. Title of Presentation :  Diversifying Away from the UK and Looking at New Markets in the face of Brexit. (Challenges of New Market Entry). Presentation Synopsis 37% of all Irish Exports go to the UK and whilst the UK will remai...

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    • Eddie O'Gorman PhD-Director and owner, KBH Nutrition.

      Eddie O’Gorman PhD-Director and owner, KBH Nutrition. 

      Eddie is director and owner of KBH Nutrition which is a small Irish R&D company focusing on clean label as well as vegan friendly creatine drinks and new high protein vegan frozen deserts, with collaborators in Switzerland, Germany and Serbia. Eddie did his PhD at the ETH Zurich investigating creatine depletion as a model for mitochondrial myopathies and has maintained his interest in this field ever since. Title: A Vegan Friendly Creatine RTD After years of testing, we have successfully generated a new patent pending creatine shot, that is easy to manufacture and also provides high ...

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    • Doireann Barrett-Founder and Owner,The Gluten Free Kitchen Company.

      PIC: Pauline Dennigan, Dennigan Photography, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Ph: 086 345 4620

      Doireann Barrett-Founder and Owner,The Gluten Free Kitchen Company. 

      Bio:-After a lifetime of symptoms, Doireann was finally diagnosed in 2004 with Coeliac Disease. She saw a gap in the market with the Café/Deli offering & began her journey to develop The Gluten Free Kitchen Company. Her ambition is to create a safe brand of outlets that cater health foodies & allergen consumers without the unfortunate stigma & label that currently excludes a person with dietary nee...

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    • Ursula Walsh –Creator,  Mom Fitness Diary.

      Ursula Walsh –Creator, Mom Fitness Diary. 

      Ursula Walsh is a qualified Health and Nutrition Coach and creator of Mom Fitness Diary. She has grown her social media platforms by inspiring other mothers to be healthier and fitter, and by showing how a healthy lifestyle can be achieved through quick and delicious recipes and simple exercise plans that can help anybody live a healthier life. Speech title will be “Do you know what you drink?” Ursula Walsh – Mom Fitness Diary  (https://www.instagram.com/momfitnessdiary/?hl=en)

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    • Declan J. Troy - Assistant Director of Research, Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Development Authority/ Director of Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Teagasc Food Programme

      Declan J. Troy – Assistant Director of Research, Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Development Authority/ Director of Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Teagasc Food Programme 

      Declan J. Troy is the Assistant Director of Research for Teagasc – the Irish Agriculture and Development Authority. He is also Director of Technology and Knowledge Transfer for the Teagasc Food Programme. Declan is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry and completed his post graduate studies at University College Dublin in 1986 investigating the biochemistry of muscle proteases as a function of pH. He later became Head of the Meat Science Department in The National Food Centre, Dublin. During this time, he has published over 100 scientific peer reviewed publications, book chapt...

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    • John F. Whelan, BSc. MBA. – Chairman

      John F. Whelan, BSc. MBA. – Chairman 

      John is an independent consultant specialising in international trade. He was appointed export industry adviser to the AIB group in January 2014. He is the former chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association   and chairman of the Institute of International Trade. He is chairman of the EU funded Access 6 project to assist the development of   small food and drink businesses on international markets with support from Scottish Enterprise , Invest Ni and Bord Bia On a day to day basis he has been advising Irish exporters large and small on their international trade financing, their ...

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    • William Despard- Owner and Managing Director,The Bretzel Bakery.

      William Despard- Owner and Managing Director,The Bretzel Bakery. 

      17 years in the baking business as owner and managing director of one of the last inner city artisan bakeries. Presided over the expansion into a purpose-built baking facility in 2013. Fiercely determined to make good bread while preserving the Bretzel’s hundred year old heritage.  An original thinker with lots of ideas, open and honest about the management of a small to medium business. Title: Sourdough: health and profit Long fermentation, its health and taste benefits.

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    • Greg Fry-Training Manager, SocialMedia.ie

      Greg Fry-Training Manager, SocialMedia.ie 

      Greg is an international trainer and one of Ireland’s top Social Media experts. He believes that in order to make social media work for your business you must have a clear business goal, a clearly defined strategy, great content and make sure that everything you do is measurable. Greg has worked with top companies including: Bord Bia, Carbery Group,  BWG Foods, Beannchor Group, Bord Bia, Dublin Food Chain, Coca Cola Hellenic, Enterprise Ireland, Ulster Bank, Microsoft, Vodafone,  Virgin Media, Symantec and many of Ireland’s Local Enterprise Offices. Send him a tweet @gregfrysocial or con...

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    • Tara Calihman-Content Marketing Strategist, Zahra Media Group

      Tara Calihman-Content Marketing Strategist, Zahra Media Group 

      Tara Calihman recently moved to Ireland from the US, looking for a new adventure. She is the Content Strategist at Zahra Media Group, where she works with blue-chip clients, helping them develop content ideas that resonate with their audience and support their business objectives. Presentation title: Cooking up Tasty Content: A Recipe for Content Marketing Success Presentation synopsis: Some 59% of 25- to 34-year-olds head to their kitchen with either their smartphones or tablets, and search interest for “best recipes” on YouTube is up 48% year ove...

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    • Laurann O’Reilly-Food Manager, Coeliac Society of Ireland.

      Laurann O’Reilly-Food Manager, Coeliac Society of Ireland. 

      Laurann is Food Manager with the Coeliac Society of Ireland, the national charity that represents the 1% of the population living with coeliac disease. Laurann is responsible for liaison with all manufacturers and suppliers of gluten free products in the Irish retail and foodservices market. She oversees the production and publication of the Society’s annual Food List, a definitive listing of all gluten free brands and also deals with food-related queries from the Society’s membership and from manufacturers, suppliers and retailers. Talk Title- “Catering for the Gluten Free Diet” to disc...

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    • Jonathan Dawson- General Manager, Bia Ganbreise.

      Jonathan Dawson- General Manager, Bia Ganbreise. 

      Jonathan has worked in The Bakery Industry for 17 years as a baker, café owner and bakery manager. He now runs Bia Ganbreise, a dedicated Gluten Free contract bakery which produces cereals, biscuits and mixes for numerous Irish Food companies. Bia also produces it's own range of products (Bias Brownies and The Gookies Range).

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    • Tony Gordon – Atradius Ireland Senior Manager, Risk Services Ireland.

      Tony Gordon – Atradius Ireland Senior Manager, Risk Services Ireland. 

      Tony has more than 20 years’ experience in Credit Insurance including both the commercial and risk sides of the industry and is a former Irish Institute of Credit Management “Risk Analyst of the Year”.  A well-known figure within the Dublin market place Tony has led the Atradius Ireland Risk Services team since 2012.

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    • Michael Thomas –Executive Manager –  Atradius Risk Services UK & Ireland

      Michael Thomas –Executive Manager – Atradius Risk Services UK & Ireland 

      Mike  has nearly two decades of experience at Atradius, joining in 1999. Initially appointed as an underwriting and recovery specialist his roles included underwriting  Atradius’ intensive care portfolio. He then became responsible for  managing higher risk multinationals within the automotive, IT and industrial sectors. This international remit included leading teams in Baltimore, Paris, Antwerp and Atradius’ UK headquarters in Cardiff before he returned to a special risks role within the UK. For the last two-and-a-half years, Mike has broadened his scope within Atradius, heading up the Risk ...

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    • Tony Murphy-Associate director, McGowan's Print.

      Tony Murphy-Associate director, McGowan’s Print. 

      Tony Murphy has had extensive retail experience since joining Quinnsworth in 1976 with further experience in marketing research and consultancy in 1983 to 1988.A move in 1988 took him into the Human Resources field with Wang Computers before moving back to the retail sector with XTRA VISION. Since 1992 Tony has been involved with the  Print marketing and design sector and is currently in a working relationship with McGowan’s Print since 2012.   The Evolution OF Print   What it means to The Foodservice, Hospitality and Retail sectors. I make my living selling print, I’v...

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    • Don Collins: Managing Director and Ula Wesolowska, Consumer & Sensory Research Manager: Innovate Solutions

      Don Collins: Managing Director and Ula Wesolowska, Consumer & Sensory Research Manager: Innovate Solutions 

      Don Collins is the founder of Innovate Solutions, the Irish food consumer research, sensory testing, product assessment and recruitment specialists. Don’s colleague and co-presenter Ula Wesolowska is Innovate’s Consumer and Sensory Research Manager.  Innovate provides internal and external contract sensory and consumer panels to multinational organisations and food manufacturers including panel recruitment, screening, training and management. Clients include manufacturers, retailers, food start-ups, ingredient suppliers, cash and carry and foodservice groups throughout Ireland. Don’s extensive...

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    • Mike Nugent- CTO and Co-Founder, Cognition.

      Mike Nugent- CTO and Co-Founder, Cognition. 

      Mike Nugent is Co-Founder and CTO for Cognition.  Mike is an experienced CIO and technology solution delivery specialist building on his experience as a Board Advisor  In Cognition, he’s designed an IoT and Big Data solution that delivers Performance Optimisation to the food and drinks sector. Title of presentation:  Your costs need to reduce but you’ve tried everything you can think of. What next?   Presentation synopsis:  Improving productivity, stock management, production waste, production uptime, yield and streamlining processes are your foc...

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    • Declan Ryan-Managing Director, Ryan’s Arbutus Bread.

      Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times Photographer. 9/6/08 ------------------------------------ Declain Ryan with some of his Arbutus Bread , baked in Cork City.

      Declan Ryan-Managing Director, Ryan’s Arbutus Bread. 

      I trained for Hotel Management in Hendon in London, but was relegated to the kitchen when I came home. I gained Ireland’s first Michelin star in 74’ at Arbutus Lodge Hotel in Cork and again at Cashel Palace in 81’. I retired from the hotel Business in 99’ and set up a retirement project of a tiny craft bakery in a two-car garage.  This has grown quite a bit as now we have 19 employees, 5 five vans and national distribution of our par baked frozen breads. Presentation  Title:          Because we need the Dough Synopsis:   History of Arbutus Lodge Bread ...

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    • Tom O'Toole-Country Director, One Water Ireland.

      Tom O’Toole-Country Director, One Water Ireland. 

      Tom O’Toole is Country Director for One Water in Ireland. Following an unexpected redundancy, within the facilities management industry in 2013, Tom was looking for a new challenge and direction. He was inspired by One Water in the UK - a company that had donated all it’s profits to fund clean water projects in the world’s poorest communities. Tom contacted them and, after finding an Irish spring water source and bottling partner, launched the Irish business in 2014. Presentation Title: One Water - the ethical bottled water choice. Presentation Synopsis:...

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    • Mark Chandler-Managing Director, Intrum Justitia Ireland.

      Mark Chandler-Managing Director, Intrum Justitia Ireland. 

      With over 18 years of Financial Services experience with MBNA, Bank of America, Arvato and currently Intrum Justitia Ireland. Experience of the full customer cycle areas from acquisition, credit underwriting, customer service, credit management and debt collection. Leading the credit management and collections of invoices and debt generated across Europe, Asia and Australasia. Working for exporters and importers using local market skills and knowledge. Presentation Title: Getting Paid Faster… The presentation will be about the challenges to SME’s in growing and managing their b...

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    • Derek Dunne -Custom Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group.

      Derek Dunne -Custom Compliance Manager, Quality Freight Group. 

      Derek Dunne is the Customs Compliance Manager for the Quality Freight Group. Having worked with Customs issues for over thirty years he is well placed to evaluate and navigate the potential challenges of Customs compliance post Brexit. Derek has worked with several companies helping them to achieve Customs Approved Economic Operator over the past number of year. Presentation Title The Benefits of Customs Approved Economic Operator status post Brexit Brief Synopsis of Talk The Talk intends to highlight the importance for importers and exporters of A...

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    • Jackie Gibney B.Sc.-Food Safety Manager, Complete Laboratory Solutions.

      Jackie Gibney B.Sc.-Food Safety Manager, Complete Laboratory Solutions. 

      I currently work in the microbiology department of CLS (Complete Laboratory Solutions) as the Food Safety Manager and specialize in hygiene training and food safety audits with particular focus on - consultation and guidance on food safety legislation; microbiological testing including shelf life testing and nutritional analysis; auditing compliance for catering and retail sector - as well as coordination and management as a sampling technician on more than 900 client food safety programmes. As health screening manager I was responsible for the setup of the Health Screening Department at CL...

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    • Thomas McGrath- Chief Executive, Cognition.

      Thomas McGrath- Chief Executive, Cognition. 

      As Managing Director for Elutions Inc, Thomas industrialised Operational Intelligence solutions using automated advanced analytics. An experienced board advisor, latterly as a Director at KPMG in London, Thomas held several leadership roles including Head of Transformation at Mouchel plc, and at Hedra plc. He was strategic advisor on Regulated Industries at Grant Thornton and was Head of Performance at Mayor of London, responsible for overseeing a significant amount of world-leading projects.   Presentation Title: “Intelligent Operations? How to release...

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    • Warren Singh-Director, Sandpiper Technology.

      Warren Singh-Director, Sandpiper Technology. 

      Warren Singh is an accountant who specialises in IT strategy and IT implementation. He works with Sandpiper Technology to help businesses find the right entry point for Salesforce CRM into their companies and the execution of that proposed strategy. Prior to joining Sandpiper Technology he worked for many years within EY's IT Advisory service. Presentation Title: How CRM technology can help your business today Synopsis of Talk: CRM stands for "Customer Relationship Management". And a CRM application, in its simplest description, is an application which m...

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    • Orla Battersby- Divisional Manager, Food Division, Enterprise Ireland

      Orla Battersby- Divisional Manager, Food Division, Enterprise Ireland 

      Orla Battersby is Divisional Manager for Food with responsibility for supporting both established and start up Food companies as well as the mandate for Foreign Direct Investment in the Food sector.  Previously, Orla held a number of senior positions in Enterprise Ireland, most recently as Divisional Manager, High Potential Start Ups and prior to that was Enterprise Ireland’s Territory Director for North America, based in New York.   She has also led Enterprise Ireland’s Client Management Development Department which runs Leadership and Management Programmes for Enterprise ...

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    • Leonie Ferguson- Owner, Lainey's Handmade Foods.

      Leonie Ferguson- Owner, Lainey’s Handmade Foods. 

      After many years of baking for friends & family, I set up my own food business, Lainey's Handmade Foods. Based in Kilquade, Co. Wicklow and born out of a passion for great food and quality ingredients, we have developed a range of confectionery products. Our award winning Dark Chocolate Biscuit Cake, Milk Chocolate Biscuit Cake and Carrot Cake Flapjacks are a celebration of the traditional family favourites that taste like home!

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    • Dee Alfaro- Connector.

      Dee Alfaro- Connector. 

      Dee recently completed a Joint Honours degree in Information & Social Computing and Linguistics in UCD, but wants to pursue a career in Digital Marketing and Media. Kick-starting her career, she is interning full-time at Connector, coordinating our influencer campaigns, managing / contributing to social media content creation. On the side, she also runs a personal style and lifestyle blog – a brand she created in 2015 that Dee aims to hone into an inspiring fashion empire in the future

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    • Eugene M. Ferris-Managing Director, Prima Escrow International.

      Eugene M. Ferris-Managing Director, Prima Escrow International. 

      Eugene has been executing escrows since 1988.  Background in international Escrows, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial and Private Banking. He applies his knowledge and experience to help Irish businesses in all sectors use Escrows to widen their market and lower risk. He’s successfully executed escrows for Irish companies in three continents. Title of Presentation: The question of payment and risk with new customers and suppliers; Escrow is often a good answer.   The presentation will start by explaining an escrow, what it is, who can use it, how it’s use...

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    • Jack Hamilton- Marketing & New Markets Director, Mash Direct.

      Jack Hamilton- Marketing & New Markets Director, Mash Direct. 

      A sixth generation son of the soil, Jack grew up on the family farm and helped to dig and peel the first vegetables that went on to become Mash Direct products. Following a career in journalism that would take him around the world from Nigeria, to Washington DC to London and finally back home to Mash Direct again, Jack used his experience to grow the Mash Direct brand through marketing and exports. Jack won the Belfast Telegraph’s Young Business Person of the Year and has recently been shortlisted as Ulster Tatler’s Businessman of the Year Award. Presentation Title: Expo...

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    • Stephen Doyle-Robotics & Motion Manager, ABB Ltd.

      Stephen Doyle-Robotics & Motion Manager, ABB Ltd. 

      Stephen Doyle manages the Robotics & Motion Ireland division of ABB, a global technology leader within the industrial, utility and infrastructure markets. With 20 years’ experience in Irish industry and degrees in Electrical engineering and Marketing, he is well placed to provide guidance on implementing the right products and solutions to suit a customer needs. Title: Energy efficiency for the food & beverage industry        The importance of doing more with less. Synopsis: From giant operations to niche producers, more and more food and beve...

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    • Stephen Rust-CEO, Engage.

      Stephen Rust-CEO, Engage. 

      Stephen, Director and CEO of engage, has over 17 years’ experience in delivering and embedding consumer and shopper insights into the heart of organisations. He has held a number of senior positions in the sector, including Head of Planning & Insight with eir, Head of Category & Insight with Kerry Foods and Market Planning with Diageo. Title: ‘Insight needed for effective and profitable shopper engagement’. Short Synopsis: This talk will focus around the growing importance of the shopper, the ROI opportunity and the 3 way Insight needed ...

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    • Declan Billington- Chief Executive of John Thompson & Sons Ltd

      Declan Billington- Chief Executive of John Thompson & Sons Ltd 

      Declan is the Chief Executive of John Thompson & Sons Ltd, Northern Ireland's largest animal feed processor. Started out his career a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Declan worked within its Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Department for a number of years before moving out into industry. Following three years working in the meat processing industry for Dunbia, he moved into the engineering sector, spending several years with Copeland (NI) Ltd, based in Cookstown. In 2005, Declan made the transition back i...

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    • Nessa McManus-Founder, Spiced with Love.

      Nessa McManus-Founder, Spiced with Love. 

      A project manager, life coach and passionate cook, Nessa has extensive management experience having spent 10+ years in the software localisation industry managing strategic accounts. She also spent a further 10 years in the internet travel sector. As a seasoned traveller she has enjoyed food as a uniting force across culture and language and made friends and memories for life. She founded Spiced with Love to share her love of food in general and spices in particular. Presentation Title : Spicing up our lives – history and myths Synopsis: History of Spices Spices ...

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    • Seamus O'Sullivan-Financial & Commercial Controller, Glenilen Farm.

      Seamus O’Sullivan-Financial & Commercial Controller, Glenilen Farm. 

      Seamus is Financial & Commercial Controller with Glenilen Farm, a dairy company based in West Cork. He is a Chartered Accountant having qualified in 2009 and has worked in both Practice and Industry. Seamus has previously worked with GlaxoSmithKline, Kerry Group and Apple before joining Glenilen Farm in his current position.   Seamus will discuss Brexit, the potential impact it will have on their business and what they are doing to combat the challenges they will potentially face as a result of Brexit.  He will also give a brief history of Glenilen Farm and they're products.

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    • exhibitor - Seamus Kane –Director of Security, GSLS

      Seamus Kane –Director of Security, GSLS 

      Seamus has spent 39 Years in An Garda Siochana. Seamus was ranked as Detective Superintendent within the Organised Crime Unit until March 2016. Seamus has worked Nationwide in the prevention of Tiger Kidnapping and brings vast experience to his position in GSLS. This is an ideal opportunity to learn how to protect your staff and assets from the risks currently facing retailers.  

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    • Denise McCarthy-Sales Manager, GSLS.

      Denise McCarthy-Sales Manager, GSLS. 

      As Sales Manager of GSLS Denise is responsible for engaging with prospective clients about the benefits of having a cash handling supplier  in the retail and hospitality sectors. Denise helps business owners reduce bank charges by offering a more cost effective money processing solution. Denise will speak about the benefits of having a Cash in Transit supplier and how this can save your business money whilst improving on security.

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    • David Thomson - CEO, Food and Drink Federation Scotland

      David Thomson – CEO, Food and Drink Federation Scotland 

      David is responsible for the overall strategy and management of FDF Scotland and is part of the senior FDF management team. He liaises with government, regulators and other external organisations to identify and act on issues that impact on food and drink manufacturers. FDF Scotland works in partnership with related bodies to help contribute to the growth of the sector and David sits on Scotland Food & Drink's Executive Group. David previously worked at the Scottish Government, including five years as Head of Food, Drink and Rural Communities and two as Head of Primary Care. David wa...

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    • Karen Tyner -Senior Manager Prepared Food & Beverage  Division, Bord Bia.

      Karen Tyner -Senior Manager Prepared Food & Beverage Division, Bord Bia. 

      Karen’s educational background is in food science.  She has worked in the UK food ingredients industry and in global key account management before returning to Ireland to work as a category and account manager for Mars Ireland.   Karen was the Superquinn senior food buyer, the Topaz food service buyer and a senior buyer in Tesco prior to joining Bord Bia in 2015.  Karen now works with prepared food and drink companies to identify new export business opportunities. Bord Bia’s Brexit Response The UK is Ireland’s largest food and drink export market, worth over €4 billion i...

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    • Mal McGowan- Owner, McGowans Print.

      Mal McGowan- Owner, McGowans Print. 

      Mathematician turned digital printing pioneer. 25 years creating one of the biggest digital printers in Europe, diversifying and expanding through investment innovation. Leader of both the pack and industry advancements, it’s a case of get it done - every time. When not at the helm of the printing ship, can be found hunting out the next big idea in digital print technology.   Plans to speak about the latest, revolutionary printing methods in packaging. Set to change the marketplace in Ireland and beyond, the Nozomi C18000 printing press from EFI is one of the fastest machines on ...

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    • Simon McKeever- Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association.

      Simon McKeever- Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association. 

      As Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association, Simon leads a team of 20 people who work with companies across the Irish export industry, including SME’s who are beginning to think about exporting for the first time right through to global multinational companies who are already extensively exporting from Ireland. Presentation title and synopsis of talk: Brexit: the challenges and opportunities for Irish exports – Simon McKeever will discuss the impacts of Brexit to date, challenges that Brexit may bring to the industry specifically around customs and supply chain, contingency/mit...

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    • Sarah Kiely- Managing & Creative Director, Sadie's Kitchen Ltd.

      Dragon Alison Cowzer with Sarah Kiely from Sadies Kitchen who produces Broths at the launch of the new series of RTE’s Dragons Den. kobpix/NO FEE

      Sarah Kiely- Managing & Creative Director, Sadie’s Kitchen Ltd. 

      After years working in a stressful media job, my digestive health was not good. After trying almost every supplement and treatment, I discovered bone broth. I set up Sadie’s Kitchen in late 2015 to launch Ireland and Europe’s first bone broth. Since then, I’ve grown the business into over 200 stores, including Dunnes and Supervalu, secured two investments in my company, won two start-up awards and begun exporting to NI. Presentation title: ''Using the power of PR to launch a first to market product i...

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    • Mella Frewen- Director General, Food, Drink Europe, Brussels (Belgium).

      Mella Frewen- Director General, Food, Drink Europe, Brussels (Belgium). 

      Director General of FoodDrinkEurope, representing Europe’s largest manufacturing industry, since July 2007. Mella Frewen’s previous positions include Director for Government Affairs EMEA at Monsanto, dealing with agricultural biotechnology, conventional agriculture, seeds and agri-chemistry. Prior to that, she was Director, International Relations for Cerestar, then Europe’s biggest starch producer. From this role and her earlier ones in the Ferruzzi and Eridania Bégin-Say Groups, stationed in Brussels, she has a wide experience of relations with International institutions, with the Institutio...

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    • Elaine Sloan-Director, Behaviour & Attitudes.

      Elaine Sloan-Director, Behaviour & Attitudes. 

      Elaine is a Director of B&A.  She began her career in Irish Marketing Surveys and joined B&A when it was initially established in 1985.  Elaine handles both quantitative and qualitative consumer studies and now has 32 years’ experience of listening to and reporting on consumer trends. Presentation Title Is the image of the drinking Irish now a myth?   B&A have been collecting information on frequency of going to pubs, restaurants and home consump...

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    • Dónal Comerford- Head of Reserve Brands Ireland, Diageo Ireland.

      Dónal Comerford- Head of Reserve Brands Ireland, Diageo Ireland. 

       I’ve worked with Diageo since 2010, starting as a Brewer before moving across to the Sales arena via Customer Marketing. I’ve been based in Ireland, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, and London. I recently returned to Ireland to set up a team dedicated to promoting premium and luxury spirits for Diageo across the Island of Ireland. My main focus brands include Ketel One vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN gin, Roe & Co. Irish whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon, Ciroc vodka, Ron Zacapa rum, Don Julio tequila and our Classic Malts. Collectively they are known as our Reserve Portfolio. Pres...

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    • Aileesh Carew -Director of Sales and Marketing, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

      Aileesh Carew -Director of Sales and Marketing, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. 

      Aileesh is the Director of Sales and Marketing at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum – an award winning museum in Dublin dedicated to the story of the Irish and their extraordinary influence on the World. She is also a director of Real Experience, specialising in advising clients on customer service. She has spent much of her career opening and managing hotels, most recently she launched the multi award winning Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois, voted Best Hotel in the World by Conde Nast Traveller. She is a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, with a MBA from Copenhagen Business School a...

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    • Simon Gray-Partner and Head of Trade Marks, Tomkins.

      Simon Gray-Partner and Head of Trade Marks, Tomkins. 

      Simon is a qualified Trade Mark Attorney and well known in the Intellectual Property field.  He has a strong sense of business and what it means to a client to be effectively represented.  Simon’s expertise in Trade Marks over 25 years has taught him that a client needs not just a cold legal appraisal of their Trade Mark rights, but what is the best business focused solution for a client to protect their rights and their reputation. He has vast experience and holds recognised knowledge in all aspects of Trade Mark law and practice in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe.  Simon is the Presid...

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    • Cormac Healy- Senior Director, Meat Industry Ireland (MII).

      Cormac Healy- Senior Director, Meat Industry Ireland (MII). 

      Cormac Healy is currently the Senior Director of Meat Industry Ireland (MII), the Ibec sector organisation representing the meat industry in Ireland.  MII represents the beef, pigmeat, lamb and poultry meat processing sectors.  Prior to that, he was Director of theIrish Dairy Industries Association (IDIA), which represents the primary dairy processing sector and the infant formula manufacturers in Ireland.  Cormac has 20 years’ experience working in the food industry in Ireland, principally as a representative of industry but also spent a number of years working with a processing company. ...

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    • Gavyn Pedley- C.E.O. Moodley Manor Ltd.

      Gavyn Pedley- C.E.O. Moodley Manor Ltd. 

      Gavyn Pedley, Bsc in Entrepreneurship founded Moodley Manor Ltd. in 2014 and has innovated in the sustainable food sector with his ever-developing range of meat-free meat alternatives. Since beginning in 2014, Moodley Manor now supplies across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK with launch in mainland Europe planned later this year.   PRESENTATION TITLE Normalising the niche in emerging markets in line with ethical eating trends   Brief Synopsis Gavyn is an expert in making niche products mainstream within developing and emerging markets. This talk will outline th...

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    • Róisín Maxwell- Communications Executive, NCBI.

      Róisín Maxwell- Communications Executive, NCBI. 

      Róisín Maxwell is a graduate of MA in PR course in DIT, now Communications Executive in NCBI. Róisín works to create awareness of NCBI services and campaigns, activing fresh and engaging campaigns for good. Achieving 14 million impression for the Dine in the Dark Campaign in 2016. Róisín is passionate about spreading the Dine in the Dark experience nationwide. Synopsis: Culinary Campaigns for Good.  The food and beverage industry is powerful in itself, not only does the industry create magical experiences, but we have seen how they ca...

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    • Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick- Corporate Engagement Executive, NCBI.

      Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick- Corporate Engagement Executive, NCBI. 

      Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick is NCBI’s Corporate Engagement Executive.  NCBI believe that just because someone can’t see shouldn’t mean they don’t have a vision for their future.  Amie works alongside businesses to maximise their impact, fulfil their CR objectives and to support Irish companies in creating an Ireland where everyone is included and valued. A Keynote speaker with expertise in; business development and inclusive business practices, Amie has worked alongside leading companies such as; Deloitte, Telefonica and McDonalds, supporting these companies in becoming more inclusive of custome...

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    • Eimear O'Connor-Business Development Manager, TransferMate Global Payments.

      Eimear O’Connor-Business Development Manager, TransferMate Global Payments. 

        Eimear O’Connor has 15 years in B2B account management and building strong strategic partnerships to open up new processes and revenue streams gained through her FMCG background at Kerry Group and Nielsen Market Research. Today Eimear is using this experience to work with companies to provide a more streamlined FX payment solution. TransferMate offer speed and significant savings in terms of the FX rates provided but we also want to stay ahead of the curb tailoring our customer experience based on our client’s requirements whether this is phone, online or integrated to your existing ...

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    • Paul Tierney-EHS Director, EazySAFE.

      Paul Tierney-EHS Director, EazySAFE. 

      With over 30 years working in health and safety, Paul's expertise is invaluable to our clients and team. Paul founded Phoenix Safety in 1999 and has since merged with EazySAFE to provide a holistic EHS offering incorporating online and blended learning programmes. Around here, we call Paul 'the guru'!   Title of Presentation: A Recipe for Safety Brief Synopsis:  Paul is going to give an overview of the importance of EHS compliance for the food and drink industry - looking at inductions, training and wellness of workers. The recipe for safety i...

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    • Dermott Reilly- CEO, NanoLandGlobal Ltd UK.

      Dermott Reilly- CEO, NanoLandGlobal Ltd UK. 

      Dermott graduated in economics & history, moved to London and ran his own food packaging and distribution business for 16 years. Frustrated by wastage and inefficiency in the food supply chain, Dermott was attracted to RFID and nanotechnology and has unique solutions for the food sector. Talk Title- Health and wellbeing for all and the planet. My talk will be brief but will cover novel eco-friendly methods to address issues in the food sector such as: Making assets last longer, removing metal stress, vibration and noise Eco-hygiene, how new technology is r...

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    • Brian Lee- Founder, Chopped.

      Brian Lee- Founder, Chopped. 

      Brian Lee has built a business empire with his passion for health and fitness, along with his partner Andy Chen, with business ventures including FIT Studios and Freshly Chopped, the healthy food company. Brian has a passion for business that can be traced back to when he was 11 and set up a gardening company. Throughout his teenage years, he ran his own stalls at Christmas markets. By age 22, Brian owned a successful property management company and a convenience store in Dublin city centre, funding both ventures with money he saved up from working as a carpenter throughout his late teens. In ...

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    • Marek Pokorny-Director, Shamrock Escargots.

      Marek Pokorny-Director, Shamrock Escargots. 

      Marek Pokorny is originally from the Czech Republic but living in Ireland almost 13 years. He is a qualified Civil and Environmental Engineer.  He is the founder of Shamrock Escargots which is a snail farm in Co. Kildare. He is the pioneer in snail food processing in Ireland . Synopsis of presentation: Commercial Snail Farming in Ireland:   Topics: Setting up a Snail Farm Snail Food Processing Overview of Irish Snail Farming Future for Shamrock Escargots...

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    • Ieva Johnsson- CEO / Board Member, Amie Export Ltd/  Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce

      Ieva Johnsson- CEO / Board Member, Amie Export Ltd/ Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce 

      12 years experience importing from Baltic States and Russia to Swedish market, building business relations. Today I have over 10 years experience in export. Since 2005 in FCMG. Amie Export is helping companies to find new export opportunities and viceverse to enter the Baltic or EU market. ’What New Opportunities are there from the Baltic Suppliers?’’   Introduction to the country and food suppliers that are so near but still unknown for Irish consumers. The aim is to encourage audience to look towards Baltic suppliers and to try their products.

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    • Hugh Kelly – CEO, Associated Marketing

      Hugh Kelly – CEO, Associated Marketing 

      Hugh Kelly is a recognised expert in the field of international business and export market development. He is a former President of the Irish Exporters Association and Chairman of the IEA’s Asia Trade Forum. He is CEO of Associated Marketing Ltd., an Export Management Company (EMC) that assists companies to enter and accelerate their sales in export markets. His market experience spans the Middle East, Far East, Australasia and Southern Africa while his sectoral experience covers both B2B and B2C. Presentation Title- “Preparing for the Brexit Challenge”?

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    • Rosy Temple-Sales Manager Ireland, Rebel Kitchen.

      Rosy Temple-Sales Manager Ireland, Rebel Kitchen. 

      For two years, Rosy worked with the pioneering UK organic food brand, Rebel Kitchen. Rosy developed sales in London. Having gained experience in managing wholesale and retail sectors and running a field sales team, Rosy made the move to return home to Ireland. Rosy is now establishing Rebel Kitchen in the Irish market. Talk title: Breaking the mould: innovation in the free-from category   Synopsis Introduction (2 slides) – brief over-view of the growth of the free-from market (globally – Mintel report stats) and in Ireland (Board Bia report stats) Product innovation (3 s...

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    • Mark O'Donovan-Engineering Manager, NeoDyne Limited

      Mark O’Donovan-Engineering Manager, NeoDyne Limited 

      Mark O’Donovan has been providing engineering solutions to the Food and Beverage sector for the past 15 years. Mark has focused on delivering to process control and reporting solutions to aid companies in meeting increasing demand for traceability from customer and regulatory bodies. Presentation Title: Increasing performance through Overall Equipment Effectiveness Measurement The presentation will focus on how the real-time measurement and reporting of Equipment Availability, Throughput and Quality to calculate the Overall Equipment Effectiveness to drive changes to increase efficien...

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    • Carol Griffin- Food Industry Development,Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown.

      Carol Griffin- Food Industry Development,Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown. 

      Carol Griffin works in New Product Development and Sensory Analysis at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown.  She manages the sensory analysis facility which provides services ranging from trained descriptive panel profiling to focus group and consumer testing of a wide range of food types.  She is an experienced trainer and provides a wide range of bespoke training programmes in sensory analysis and descriptive panel training. Presentation Title: What can Sensory Science do for you?   Synopsis: Food sensory science is a multidisciplinary field which investigates how human...

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    • Donal O'Donovan-Business Development Manager, Protel Associates Ltd.

      Donal O’Donovan-Business Development Manager, Protel Associates Ltd. 

      Donal is responsible for capex project research for the Irish market for Protel Associates – Europe’s leading supplier of project intelligence covering the food & beverage industry and wider process manufacturing sectors. Having worked in technical sales and procurement roles for 25, Donal has developed unmatched insight into the capex landscape across Ireland.   Talk Title- "Capital Expenditure - Pharma, food & Drink - Ireland - year on year review" will be the topic focusing on the numbers for 2016-2017 and any threats perceived from Brexit in the sectors I cover.

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    • Paul Reardon- CSO, Account Management Director, BlueChief.

      Paul Reardon- CSO, Account Management Director, BlueChief. 

      Paul is an expert on bringing brands into the digital landscape, through the use of innovative marketing techniques in areas such as psychology and branding. An entrepreneur from the age of 18, Paul advanced to the CSO position within a year of working at BlueChief Social, and currently, directs account management operations at the agency.   Presentation Title: Why A Digital Brand Beats Everything

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    • Blathnaid Bergin- Director, The Business of Food.

      Blathnaid Bergin- Director, The Business of Food. 

      A graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management, Blathnaid Bergin has been setting up and streamlining food service businesses for decades. Her unique Business of Food Courses are designed specifically to give entrants to the industry the tools, skills and knowledge to do it right first time and keep it right. Title of Talk: ‘Why Restaurants Close and what to do to avoid it’   Synopsis Death by a thousand cuts Systems Facts versus Fiction How to fix it.

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    • Ken Halpin-Founder & Managing Director, Celtrino Ltd.

      Ken Halpin-Founder & Managing Director, Celtrino Ltd. 

      Ken leads the Celtrino team and is instrumental in developing its vision, products and technical operations. He founded Celtrino almost 30 years ago, carving out a niche building electronic trading systems for leading supply chain organisations in the Retail Grocery and Food and Drink Sectors. He has overseen Celtrino’s growth into an international brand, helping companies transact business across complex supply chains with total confidence.   Topic: Digital Transformation In Retail Grocery Symbol Groups   Synopsis: 2017 is an...

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    • Julie Sittlington- Scientific Assistant (Human Intervention Studies Unit), Ulster University.

      Julie Sittlington- Scientific Assistant (Human Intervention Studies Unit), Ulster University. 

      Julie Sittlington PhD SENr is a Scientific Assistant within the Human Interventions Studies Unit in Ulster University, Coleraine.  The unit, dedicated to carrying out human intervention trials,provides a range of services including body composition, bone health testing,biomarker analysis, and both dietary and food composition analysis.She has actively been involved in food industry, nutrition, and health research for 17 years.She is a Sports and Exercise Nutrition registrant. Presentation title:Food Industry and ResearchDevelopment: What can Ulster University offer? ...

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    • Lorraine McCann- Senior Manager and Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Ireland

      Lorraine McCann- Senior Manager and Leader, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Ireland 

      Lorraine McCann is a Senior Manager and Leader of EY Ireland’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice.  Lorraine has extensive global cross-sectoral experience in helping companies comply with ever increasing regulatory and voluntary sustainability performance measurement and reporting requirements, to improve efficiencies, lower costs and optimise performance. Presentation title: Sustainability in the Food & Beverage industry – what does it really mean?   Presentation synopsis: Whether you’re...

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    • Keith Symes-Managing Director, Sussed Nutrition Ltd.

      Keith Symes-Managing Director, Sussed Nutrition Ltd. 

      Keith Symes, farmer and owner of Wicklow Rapeseed Oil, comes from three generations of family farming, originally sheep, tillage and dairy. It seemed apparent to Keith in order for small to medium sized farmers in Ireland to survive in the long term they must either find an off farm income or diversify.  Recently the Rapeseed Oil market has become saturated leading to further diversification and the launch of Sussed Nutrition Ltd producing the Healthiest Foods for your Heart...... Presentation Title: Brand Diversification  

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    • Alejandro Rosales- Science and Technology Manager, Visum Ltd.

      Alejandro Rosales- Science and Technology Manager, Visum Ltd. 

      Alejandro Rosales (M.Sc. in Physics) is Science & Technology Manager at IRIS, a Barcelona-based advanced engineering company, the parent company of Visum Ltd. (Dublin). Alejandro manages the company’s Innovation Portfolio from a scientific and technological perspective and facilitates strategic alliances with providers of both knowledge and technology. His expertise comprises both theoretical and hands-on skills in several scientific and technological areas, in particular, spectroscopy, chemometrics and design of measurement instruments and their integration in industrial lines as well as ...

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    • Tim Daniels- Marketing Manager, Autoscribe Informatics UK

      Tim Daniels- Marketing Manager, Autoscribe Informatics UK 

      Tim has over 30+ years of experience working in national and international markets across a range of software/high-technology products. He is currently the Marketing Manager at Autoscribe Informatics, based near Reading in the UK. Autoscribe Informatics provides database management solutions such as Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) that, uniquely, are graphically configurable requiring no scripting or custom coding to configure solutions. Tim‘s broad background provides a unique blend of practical knowledge and insight to drive all aspects of product and corporate marketing wit...

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    • Brian Downes-CEO, Performance Cubed.

      Brian Downes-CEO, Performance Cubed. 

      Brian Downes is the founder of performance consultancy, Performance Cubed. He is a specialist on people centred performance for business growth, a sought after public speaker and the creator of the Performance Cubed approach, the Performance Equation and the Business Design methodology. Brian’s performance through people approach to business growth and change is founded on 20+ years of business experience around the globe, a successful career in sport and an academic background in business, accounting and behavioural science. Brian works with organisations and leaders in a variety of industrie...

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    • Jim Harding- Director, Herbal Tisane.

      Jim Harding- Director, Herbal Tisane. 

      Jim Harding has many years experience in the Irish public and private sectors, working at a senior level in marketing and communications. His communication concepts and projects have won many national and International marketing and advertising awards. He has previously been a guest lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He organised an event which was listed in the Guinness Book of Records in 1995, and despite numerous attempts to break it this record still stands. presentation title Herbal Tisane: Catering for the health conscious coffee and tea drinkers. -brief synopsis...

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    • Brendan Sheppard- CEO, SmartFactory.

      Brendan Sheppard- CEO, SmartFactory. 

      With over 20 years industry experience, Brendan Sheppard is the driving force behind SmartFactory. Throughout his Engineering career, Brendan has worked with leading multi-nationals such as P&G, Accantia, Tambrands & Boeing. His commitment to continuous process improvements, lean manufacturing environments, data capturing and reporting was the foundation for the vision behind SmartFactory.   Title of the talk – “The Smart Factory”   Abstract – In this presentation, Brendan will demonstrate the real possibilities of the Internet of...

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    • Vincent Carton- Managing Director, Manor Farm.

      Vincent Carton- Managing Director, Manor Farm. 

      Vincent Carton is Managing Director of Manor Farm, Irelands Largest chicken processor, processing over 970,000 birds per week, compounding 160,000 tons of chicken feed p.a., employing 850 people with 174 farmer suppliers and turning over €275m in 2016. In July 2017 it was announced that Scandi Standard was acquiring Manor Farm for circa €95m, continuing their strategy of acquiring European chicken processors who have the largest market share in smaller markets and then transferring best practice and efficiencies from their Scandinavian base.

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    • Aidan Harte-Managing Director, Optimum Results.

      Aidan Harte-Managing Director, Optimum Results. 

      Founder of Optimum Results (Business Skills Training) and Customer Perceptions (Consumer Research) in 1995, Aidan continues to act as Managing Director of the training aspects of the business which includes his role as Director of Management Training (Middle East) with International Development Ireland (IDI). With over 30 years of wide ranging management experience across many sectors, Aidan is known for the design and delivery of highly results focused, practical and cost effective services to “Improve the performance of organisations through improving the performance of its people”. Ov...

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    • Micheál McArdle-CEO, McArdle Skeath.

      Micheál McArdle-CEO, McArdle Skeath. 

      Micheál McArdle is CEO & Managing Director of McArdle Skeath.Micheál holds an Honours Degree in Transport from the University of Ulster. He has over a decade of experience within the supply chain management industry with his specialties being in the compliance of storing and distributing medicinal products for the pharmaceutical industry. Presentation Title- Supply Chain Quality Demands.  

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    • Bob Powles-Managing Director, Needham Coding Ireland Limited.

      Bob Powles-Managing Director, Needham Coding Ireland Limited. 

      Bob Powles has 20 years’ experience of the coding and marking industry. Bob was the owner of distributor ACS, until it merged with The Needham Group to create Needham Coding Ireland Limited.The Mullingar-based business is backed by Needham Coding UK Limited, Needham Inks Limited and Needham Coding Distribution Limited Presentation title: Keeping it Continuous Synopsis Many of today’s food and drink manufacturers, processors and packers have complicated coding and marking needs due to an increasingly demanding legislative environment and stringent retailer requirements. ...

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    • Roisín Hogan- Director,HIRO.

      Roisín Hogan- Director,HIRO. 

      It’s hard to put Róisín in one box - she is a food obsessed accountant, an entrepreneur, and impressed on screens when she appeared on The Apprentice on BBC 1, making it to the famous Final Five.Described by The Telegraph as “Lord Sugar’s biggest ever mistake” when he fired her, Roisin showcased her flair for business through her creativity and straight talking common sense.   What started with giving up smoking for a New Year’s resolution has turned into ahealthy food adventurefor Róisín. She is so passionate about her products that she left her corporate career to follow her dream...

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    • Niamh Lacey- Business Development Executive, Wright Insurance Brokers.

      Niamh Lacey- Business Development Executive, Wright Insurance Brokers. 

      Niamh is on a mission to help companies manage their insurance requirements by offering bespoke solutions depending on the real needs of her clients.Having previously worked for a large global insurer, specialising in food and drink manufacturers and the hospitality industry, she is in a unique position to understand exactly what the exposures are to your business and how they can be managed.   Presentation title: Mind Your Business   Synopsis of talk –  You know your business inside out – but does your insurance provider? As your business grows, you need to be confident ...

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    • Robert Tyrrell- Commercial Director, Campion Insurance.

      Robert Tyrrell- Commercial Director, Campion Insurance. 

      Robert Tyrrell is commercial director of Campion Insurance.  Robert specialises in insurance product design (including solutions for the hospitality, financial & construction sectors) & negotiating with insurers on client behalf. Robert has extensive experience of the Irish & London market. Campion Insurance is one of Ireland’s largest commercial insurance brokers.   Hospitality Sector – Insurance, challenging times Why are insurance premiums continuing to increase? What is the Outlook? How to manage what is within your control

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    • Dervilla Kenny-Senior Manager, Ulster Bank Markets-Ulster Bank Ireland DAC.

      Dervilla Kenny-Senior Manager, Ulster Bank Markets-Ulster Bank Ireland DAC. 

      Dervilla is Senior Manager at Ulster Bank Markets, a member of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. She has 17 year’s experience in the Capital Markets, specialising in the business to business delivery of Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate solutions to a broad range of customers both corporate and commercial. She currently manages a team of treasury experts who work alongside Ulster Banks' client relationship managers providing currency and interest rate solutions for business and corporate customers. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Dublin City University, a Bachelor’...

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    • Emily Barton-Events Officer,Plan International Ireland

      Emily Barton-Events Officer,Plan International Ireland 

      Emily has over 7 years’ experience in the strategic, commercial and logistical project management of events, corporate, experiential and large scale outdoor events. After completing her Masters in Classics, she went on to do a post graduate diploma in Event Management and PR.  For 3 years she worked on St. Patrick’s Festival, Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary arts Festival which takes place annually over a 4-5 day period in celebration of Ireland’s national holiday, St. Patrick’s Day; then made the move to managing the development of all fundraising events for Aware, one ...

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    • Cormac Devlin-Director of European Communications & Event Management,Moonshot Collective

      Cormac Devlin-Director of European Communications & Event Management,Moonshot Collective 

      Cormac has extensive experience in the areas of communications, public relations and event management. He along with his colleagues in Moonshot Collective offer a wide range of services which relate directly to this conference. Moonshot Collective works with corporate and individual clients in the areas of; Communications, Coaching, Connecting (B2B & B2C), Consultancy and Events. Through Moonshot Connect we offers our corporate clients the ability to forge new domestic contacts, investors, international partners and access to new global markets. Cormac looks forward to an energise...

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    • Maria Edgeworth-Associate, Leman Solicitors

      Maria Edgeworth-Associate, Leman Solicitors 

      Maria Edgeworth is an Associate in Leman Solicitors. With a niche expertise in Liquor Licensing, Maria works for the country’s largest entertainment groups and venues, licensing many well-known ventures, including hotels, restaurants, pubs and retail units. Recent work includes licensing large scale commercial units/developments, some receiving multi-million euro fit outs, and also providing bespoke advises on unique projects which can involve conservation and/or planning considerations. All applications are strictly project managed to ensure all premises are licensed on time and at an agreed ...

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    • Phil Nicholls, Managing Director, Medatech, UK

      Phil Nicholls, Managing Director, Medatech, UK 

      Phil Nicholls provides top-level leadership for the UK and Ireland operations. He firmly believes the company’s mission is to deliver a variety of creative, inclusive solutions to satisfy customers’ dynamic IT needs. He graduated from Exeter University as a Mechanical Engineer and remains a Chartered Engineer with I.Mech.E. Presentation Title: Priorities in Food and Drink Software Synopsis: Food and Drink items take a long time to get to the shelf, and there is a whole raft of operations that go on behind the scene before we purchase our chosen products. In a world where health and sa...

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    • Melody Chadamoyo-Relationship Coach, Heart Passion Institute.

      Melody Chadamoyo-Relationship Coach, Heart Passion Institute. 

      Melody Chadamoyo is a personal and professional coach who works with individuals and business people to understand their key strengths and motivators and helps her clients channel these resources to deliver their maximum potential. A student of relationships, Melody is a certified life coach, and manages a blog at http://heartpassioninstitute.com/. Presentation Title: Evolving relationships with customers to increase profits. Synopsis: How can you get loyalty from customers? Connect-learn about them & build...

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    • Dr Maeve O’Riordan- Programme Manager, Irish Research Council.

      Dr Maeve O’Riordan- Programme Manager, Irish Research Council. 

      Dr Maeve O’Riordan is Programme Manager at the Irish Research Council with responsibility for the enterprise programmes (Employment-Based Programme and the Enterprise Partnership Scheme). These programmes provide excellent value-for-money opportunities for collaboration between early-stage researchers, companies, and academia. Past award holders have conducted targeted research within the food industry in Ireland; from farming to consumer behaviour. The...

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    • Ciara Jackson-Food, Agribusiness & Drink Practice Leader, AON.

      Ciara Jackson-Food, Agribusiness & Drink Practice Leader, AON. 

      Ciara leads Aon’s Food, Agribusiness and Drink practice, working with clients to to deliver innovative industry-specific risk management solutions and services, with an emphasis on risk identification, assessment and developing solutions for emerging risks.Over the course of her career, Ciara has worked with Kerry Group, General Electric and Grant Thornton. Emerging risks in the Food, Agribusiness & Drink sector What keeps you awake at night? Whether you run a local, regional or global business, threats to your business come in all shapes and sizes and those threats ...

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    • Kieran Downey-General Manager, Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL).

      Kieran Downey-General Manager, Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL). 

      Kieran Downey is a graduate of Food Science and has a post graduate Master’s degree in Business Practice. He was appointed General Manager in 2011 of Moorepark Technology Ltd (MTL) which is a Food Industry Pilot Plant Facility with 7 Operating Units. Kieran leads a staff of twenty comprising food technologists, process engineers and plant operators and maintains MTL as a leading international provider of pilot-plant services, with particular expertise in wet processing, separation technologies and spray drying. MTL’s core business is the rental of that pilot plant to food companies and p...

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    • Oli Cavanagh-Founder,Flender –Crowd Finance for the Hospitality Industry  Ireland

      Oli Cavanagh-Founder,Flender –Crowd Finance for the Hospitality Industry Ireland 

      Oli has a background in technology startups. He founded or led sales in several technology firms with successful exits (ChangingWorlds, Brite:Bill, CI Solutions, fPrint) achieving a total acquisition value of over £170 million. Prior to founding Flender, Oli ran ICT sales in Ireland for Ericsson, the world’s largest communications technology company. Presentation Title:  Crowdfunding For Bar & Restaurant Expansion

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    • David Fitzsimons-CEO, Retail Excellence

      David Fitzsimons-CEO, Retail Excellence 

      David Fitzsimons is Chief Executive Officer of Retail Excellence. David was involved with the establishment of Retail Excellence in 1995, when he worked with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce. David oversees the strategic direction and operations of this not for profits organisation. Retail Excellence is Ireland’s largest retail industry body representing the interests of 1,600 leading companies who employ 110,000 people in the Irish market. David sits on a number of global retail committees including the NRF Global Retail Council. Presentation Title - How to Survive and Thrive in Retail. ...

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    • Andy Buchan-Divisional Managing Director, ACO Building Drainage.

      Andy Buchan-Divisional Managing Director, ACO Building Drainage. 

      Having worked in ‘drainage’ for over 20 years Andy has a wealth of experience across a number of different material options including clay, plastics and concrete. Predominantly associated with manufacturing companies (Hepworth and Saint-Gobain) prior to ACO, Andy specialised in the development of new products, particularly within plastic pressure systems.  He launched the famous Hep3O Water Pressure System and following market-leading research on the ‘failure mechanism of road ironwork’ (partnered by the Highways Agency & Nottingham University) the UK’s biggest selling manhole c...

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    • Feargal Brady-Co-founder, Blue Face.

      Feargal Brady-Co-founder, Blue Face. 

      Feargal Brady is co-founder of Blueface, the Cloud Communications company, which recently raised €10M to drive their global expansion. Blueface service a global customer base with their proprietary platform, providing cloud telephony and related services to businesses, government bodies, enterprises and carriers. Feargal holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from DIT, a BSc Eng from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from H.E.C. Paris. He is also an experienced keynote speaker, regularly contributing to events all over Europe including UCExpo, FutureScope, InnovActionLab, DLR Summit and man...

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    • Barry Connellan-Managing Director,Franchise Development Solutions International, Ireland

      Barry Connellan-Managing Director,Franchise Development Solutions International, Ireland 

      Founder of Franchise Development Solutions International – a Wholly Irish owned Franchise Consultancy, Strategy & Media company. Working with some of the biggest brands in the world, FDSI offers advice and solutions to franchise investors and to the most credible, ethical and future focused franchise brands across the globe.

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    • Ruth Robertson-Management Systems Consultant, Bambus Solutions.

      Ruth Robertson-Management Systems Consultant, Bambus Solutions. 

      Management Systems Consultant providing sustainable, value add solutions for quality, environmental and safety performance. Ruth has over 25 years’ experience implementing and operating ISO management systems in companies involved in manufacturing, logistics, waste management and service industries. She understands the need for a practical approach to ensure safety, quality and environmental systems and processes that work for the company in a positive way. Ruth provides services and support in Safety Management ISO Management systems ISO 9001, 14001...

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    • Tim Casey-Country Manager, Innocent Drinks.

      Tim Casey-Country Manager, Innocent Drinks. 

      Tim is Country Manager for innocent drinks and has worked there since 2010. Prior to joining innocent Tim gained +20 years’ experience working within the FMCG sector, representing household brand names like KitKat, Nescafe, Kettle Crisps and San Pellegrino. In his role, with innocent drinks, Tim has played a key part in successfully developing the brand to be the number one Chilled Juice brand in the Irish marketplace*. He is proud to work with a great team, who share the same core values and who want to “leave things a little better than they find them” *Nielsen value sales Tot...

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    • Mary McCarthy - Professor of Marketing, CUBS, University College Cork.

      Mary McCarthy – Professor of Marketing, CUBS, University College Cork. 

      Mary McCarthy (BSc, MBA, PhD) is a Professor of Marketing at CUBS, UCC and is a PI in the HRB Centre for Diet and Health Research.  Mary’s research interests lie in the field of consumer behaviour with particular reference to food. She explores the social, cognitive and economic factors that influence consumer decision processes and behaviours. Presentation Title- A new media landscape: Implications for managing food supply chain crises

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    • James Doyle-Managing Director, Synergy Network Ltd.

      James Doyle-Managing Director, Synergy Network Ltd. 

      James Doyle qualified as an accountant in the 1980s and established Synergy Network Ltd over 20 years ago to implement accounting and stock control systems in SMEs; James is now heavily involved in implementing a cloud manufacturing solution, ExactOnline, for SMEs. Presentation Title     ExactOnline - Cloud Manufacturing system for small food & drink companies   Synopsis   Imagine a system where you can record all your customer interactions, new business opportunities, service requests so that all your ...

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    • Dr. Paul Cummins- Managing Director SeaChange Ltd.

      Dr. Paul Cummins- Managing Director SeaChange Ltd. 

      SeaChange is an Organisational Development company that designs and implements Risk Management solutions to improve Safety Culture. Paul has a BA and MSc in psychology, an MBA, and a PhD in Organisational Leadership. Paul has extensive experience leading Organisational Safety Culture through lean and practical means that tap into ‘human-factors’. Presentation title- LEADING SUSTAINABLE SAFETY CULTURE CHANGE Presentation Synopsis- Paul will be looking at the core human beliefs and attitudes that lead to unsafe behaviours in the work...

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    • Erica Sheehan- Founder, Homespun Foods.

      Erica Sheehan- Founder, Homespun Foods. 

      Erica Sheehan is founder of healthy food brand Homespun. Homespun makes Quinoa Crunch, a multi award-winning range of quinoa-based breakfast products, which are gluten, wheat and refined sugar free. Erica launched Homespun in 2016 after a career in television, journalism and public relations, latterly at Coca-Cola Ireland where she led the corporate communications team. She received a degree in Economics and Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Erica has participated in the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers program for Emerging Entrepreneurs and in the Supervalu  Food Academy Advance b...

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    • Pauline Fitzgerald-Director, Woof Stuff LTD, Ireland.

      Pauline Fitzgerald-Director, Woof Stuff LTD, Ireland. 

      Pauline Fitzgerald, a director of Woof Stuff has a First-Class Honours Business in Entrepreneurship Degree and a Master’s in Public Cultures and Society. Woof Stuffcreates low fat dog treats, made in Ireland with fruit and vegetables. Food Academy participants and awarded FinalistAgri Business of the Year-Emerging 2016. Title "How to start a business with a bag of porridge and a couple of carrots". Brief Synopsis "Woof Stuff started when we rescued Zuomo from the side of a busy road, when he was eight weeks old. He is our inspiration for startin...

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    • Cormac McElhinney PhD-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Teagasc

      Cormac McElhinney PhD-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Teagasc 

      Cormac McElhinney Ph.D, AMRSC is a post-doctoral researcher and laboratory manager at the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre at Teagasc. Cormac specialises in the chemical analysis of food and animal feed and has extensive experience in the research of chemical contaminants in food and feed, including mycotoxins, pesticides and veterinarian drug residues. He has also conducted research on macro and micro nutrients in food and feed and is most passionate about food safety, sustainability and quality, from farm to fork. Title Talk is: Is Grass-fed Beef healthier for us than...

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    • Larry Kirwan-Lead Trainer,Guardian Fire & Safety

      Larry Kirwan-Lead Trainer,Guardian Fire & Safety 

      Larry is a qualified Fire Risk Assessor and certified in the provision and maintenance of Fire Extinguishers to IS291.  Lead trainer at Guardian Fire & Safety, Larry is responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive range of fire safety training programmes across all sectors of industry. Passionate about empowering employees and helping business owners/managers fulfil their obligations, Larry also holds a certificate in Training & Continuing Education from NUI Maynooth. Presentation Title: Right Extinguisher, Right Risk – Managing fire safety to minimise costs and downtime Prese...

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    • Lorraine Carter-Branding Maven, International Speaker, Multi-Award Winner, Mentor, Writer & Designer-Persona Branding & Design, Ireland

      Lorraine Carter-Branding Maven, International Speaker, Multi-Award Winner, Mentor, Writer & Designer-Persona Branding & Design, Ireland 

      Lorraine Carter, Adv. Dip. Des. DIT, MMII, MIDI, MICAD, is founder and principal of Persona Branding and Design, a multi-disciplinary branding and design company leading their clients to become No. 1 in their target market. A winner of numerous awards over 20 plus years, she takes no-name companies and transforms them into highly recognised brand names amongst their primary audiences. She’s worked with brands from a multitude of sectors for both the national and international markets, many of which are household names.

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    • Conor McCarthy-CEO, Flipdish Ireland

      Conor McCarthy-CEO, Flipdish Ireland 

      Co-founder of Flipdish, an online ordering platform designed for restaurants who want to take command of their brand presence online. Flipdish, founded in 2015, handled online ordering for 15% of Ireland’s restaurants – from standalone stores to some of Ireland’s largest chains.   Presentation Title:  Online Orders 101 - A practical guide to building online order volume   Presentation Synopsis: Conor will bring you through you getting your delivery / collection restaurant set up for taking online orders. Conor will show wh...

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    • Andrea Linehan-Commercial Director-GRID Finance, Ireland

      Andrea Linehan-Commercial Director-GRID Finance, Ireland 

      Andrea is a commercial, finance and marketing professional with over 15 years of international experience across a range of products and services. She spent 10 years in the Middle East working on commercial and leisure development for the Omani Government and is now Commercial Director at GRID Finance providing finance to small and medium Irish businesses and wealth products for individuals. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Finance, is a Postgraduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketers, has an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an MBA from Trinity College ...

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    • Vera Flynn-Service Delivery Manager and Team Leader, Capita Customer Solutions.

      Vera Flynn-Service Delivery Manager and Team Leader, Capita Customer Solutions. 

      Over 30 years experience in a variety of agricultural/information technology positions at home and abroad.  Joined SWS in 1996 as Administrator for the LEADER programme in West Cork, which awards EU funds to rural development projects. Followed this 1999-2000 as Co-ordinator of a local beef quality assurance scheme in partnership with Teagasc to market beef as part of a regional branding initiative under the “Fuchsia” label, involving Food Assurance audits.  From 2000-2006 spent managing the Milk Recording Dept. day to day on-farm recording act...

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    • Richard Stafford-Founder & CEO, Apridata.

      Richard Stafford-Founder & CEO, Apridata. 

      Richard founded data analytics consultancy and solution provider, Apridata, in 2014. Apridata help businesses leverage data across the supply chain to drive efficiency and gain competitive advantage. He started his career as a software engineer with Oracle in California and since then has clocked up twenty years experience in business and technology leadership roles across a range of industries. PRESENTATION TITLE:   Analytics driving supply chain efficiency. Where you can apply analytics and how. BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF TALK:   When businesses gain insight an...

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    • Michael Kervick- Business Unit Manager, Mason Technology

      Michael Kervick- Business Unit Manager, Mason Technology 

      Michael Kervick of Mason Technology has worked with many companies in the Irish Foood Industry for the last 20 years.  He works closely with R & D and QC Departments  installing state of the art laboratory equipment and  implemting new technologies. presentation title TEXTURE ANALYSIS- REPLICATING CONSUMER PREFERENCES IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY   and brief synopsis of talk Major food companies routinely apply texture analysis techniques both in new product development and as part of quality...

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    • Declan Sinnot, Managing Director, Rhenus

      Declan Sinnot, Managing Director, Rhenus 

        Declan Sinnott has worked in the Logistics Industry for over 25 years and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in Supply Chain Management. Declan is Managing Director of Rhenus Logistics Ltd., a global leader in the supply of forwarding and logistics services. In the past Declan has been the Global Account Manager for a number of multinational companies, across a number of sectors, focusing on supply chain optimisation, re-engineering and developing integrated logistics solutions in many different geographies.   Presentation Title: Supply Chain Collaboration Opportu...

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    • Mark Bannon- CEO of VT Networks

      Mark Bannon- CEO of VT Networks 

      Mark Bannon is the CEO and cofounder of VT, an internet of things company that sells devices that range from satisfaction terminals to simple temperature sensors. VT also operates the nationwide Sigfox network in Ireland.   Talk title: Cutting costs and increasing efficiency in convenience retail with the internet of things   Synopsis: The introduction of new connectivity options has opened up a wide range of ways for retailers to cut costs, improve efficiency and ensure customer satisfaction. Mark Bannon, CEO of VT, will talk about how IoT is changing business, from easy...

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    • Avril McCarthy - General Manager, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists

      Avril McCarthy – General Manager, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists 

      Avril McCarthy has worked in the Contract Cleaning Sector since 2000. Her knowledge and experience of this sector has led her to be a key opinion leader. Avril is an approved BICSc Assessor and in 2008 she held the position of Vice Chairperson for Irish Contract Cleaning Association. In 2009, she was Chairperson for Irish Contract Cleaning Association. As General Manager, Avril oversees the daily operations of Derrycourt Head Office. With her hands on approach she co-ordinates and develops Derrycourt’s Head Office supports required to delivering a fully managed solution for its clients. Avr...

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    • Louise Concannon- Project Mobilisation Manager, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists

      Louise Concannon- Project Mobilisation Manager, Derrycourt Cleaning Specialists 

      Louise Concannon has worked in the Contract Cleaning Sector since 2011. She has extensive hands – on – Operational experience. Previously, Louise was the Environmental, Quality, Health and Safety Manager at Derrycourt. She was responsible for maintaining, our quality standards and working with our clients to audit the cleaning standards. Today, in her position of Project Mobilisation Manager – Louise has over seen the mobilisation of numerous contracts. In particular, she has worked very closely with a number of our key accounts in food manufacturing and retail arena. She supports our clien...

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    • Colm O’Reilly – CEO, Irish Pubs Global Federation

      Colm O’Reilly – CEO, Irish Pubs Global Federation 

      Colm is CEO of Kilcullen Kapital Partners a boutique Private Equity investment platform that are investors in Irish Pubs Global Federation. Colm is currently working on a year-long secondment with Irish Pubs Global Federation. Colm has 20+ years’ management experience in the Drinks, Leisure Retail, Licenced Trade and Hospitality industries gained in Ireland and the UK. After starting his career in leisure retailing and licensed premises with Bass Plc, Colm went on to hold senior finance and leadership team roles at Horizon Technology Group Plc, Diageo Plc, Choice Hotels Ireland Group and most ...

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    • Adrian Neilan AN, CD, Commercial Revenue Unit, Trinity College Dublin.

      Adrian Neilan AN, CD, Commercial Revenue Unit, Trinity College Dublin. 

      Engineering Qualified with a Masters in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. He completed an MBA in 2001.  He completed a senior executive program in the London Business School.  In 2016 he completing an executive diploma in digital business.
Previous roles include IT Director with Hewlett Packard and CEO of Bord na gCon. He joined Trinity College Dublin in 2014 as Commercial Director.  

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    • Ella Nilakanthi Ford- Director Satamana, Managing Partner Integral Performance

      Ella Nilakanthi Ford- Director Satamana, Managing Partner Integral Performance 

      An international professional advising on business development especially in new markets, organisational transformation and effective leadership including Cultural sensitisation, Diversity  andTalent Management.   Used to working across cultures and international borders NilaKanthi has been Chairperson or a Guest Speaker at several conferences including NilaKanthi Ford has worked in organisational restructuring and transformation, leadership and culture development for 30 years.  She has been involved closely with international stakeholders at all lev...

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    • Eoin Lowry - Agribusiness Editor, The Irish Farmers Journal.

      Eoin Lowry – Agribusiness Editor, The Irish Farmers Journal. 

      Eoin Lowry is the Agribusiness Editor at the Irish Farmers Journal. From a tillage farm in Ratheniska, Laois, Eoin graduated from UCD with a BAgrSc in 2001. After completing a MAgrSc he started his career as product manager with the French fertilizer company Groupe Roullier. He then moved to the position of operations manager with the Cooney Furlong Grain Company in Wexford. In 2008, he graduated with an MBA from Smurfit School of Business. In the same year he was appointed managing director of Target Fertilizers. Eoin is the current vice president of the Agricultural Science Association (A...

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    • Dermot O’Leary- Chief Economist, Goodbody

      Dermot O’Leary- Chief Economist, Goodbody 

      Goodbody, founded in 1876, is Ireland’s longest established broker. It has been recognised as Ireland’s leading institutional broker in this year’s Extel awards and has a large and growing wealth management business. Dermot is chief economist since 2004 and is responsible for the firm’s macroeconomic output. He is a well-known economic commentator and is regularly quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Irish Times and CNBC. Presentation title: Brexit – How bad could the economic damage be? Dermot will discuss address the complex economic and political aspects of Brexit, incl...

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    • Ian Mullin- Head of Innovation, Fresh Ways.

      Ian Mullin- Head of Innovation, Fresh Ways. 

      Ian has worked in the food industry for over 17 years with 8 off those years specifically in Food to go & Convenience. Passionate about all things food he currently heads up the Innovation team at Freshways Food Co, Irelands Largest & leading Food to Go Kitchen. Having grown up surrounded by great food his passion is about making Great food accessible to everyone. Follow his love of food on Instagram @ianmullin16 Presentation title, #LetsTalkLunch   brief synopsis of the talk Ian will look at some of the biggest challenges faci...

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    • Michelle Fennell- Marketing Director, Musgrave Wholesale Partners

      Michelle Fennell- Marketing Director, Musgrave Wholesale Partners 

        Michelle Fennell is Marketing Director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners, with responsibility to develop and manage the SuperValu, Centra and Mace brands in Northern Ireland, and the Musgrave MarketPlace and Daybreak brands in ROI & NI.  Michelle has worked across all brands in the Musgrave Group since 2002. Before joining Musgrave, Michelle worked with Cantrell & Cochrane for five years.  She holds an MBS in Strategic International Marketing and a BA in International Marketing & Languages from DCU.   Presentation Title: 'Musgrave Redefining Wholesale'  ...

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    • Katharine Crawford- Owner, Cosmopolitan Communications and Events

      Katharine Crawford- Owner, Cosmopolitan Communications and Events 

      Katharine Crawford is a University College Dublin graduate, with 20+ years experience working in the areas of communications and event management gained both in Dublin and London. She established her business www.cosmopolitan.ie almost 10 years ago. The focus is on networking (online and offline), social media and marketing communications for small and medium businesses, and has organised and managed 100s of events during that time.

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    • David McCarthy-Head of Hospitality & Tourism, AIB Retail & Business Banking

      AIB corporate portrait - David McCarthy. Picture Colm Mahady / Fennells - Copyright© Fennell Photography 2017

      David McCarthy-Head of Hospitality & Tourism, AIB Retail & Business Banking 

      David McCarthy has over 12 year experience working in Business Banking, and through significant experience of lending new money to the hospitality sector has recently been appointed Head of Hospitality & Tourism for AIB Retail and Business Banking across the Republic of Ireland. Presentation Title: “AIB Bank and the Hospitality Sector”.   Brief synopsis of the talk: Some high level market statistics about the hospitality sector, AIB’s interest in the market, case studies.

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    • Alan Russell- Director of Operations Ireland, Gather & Gather.

      Alan Russell- Director of Operations Ireland, Gather & Gather. 

      Alan joined Gather & Gather in January 2014 to manage the business in Ireland. He has a wealth of experience in the industry having previously worked for Compass for 9 years, most recently as Head of Operations. Prior to this Alan held a number of operational roles within Compass & Sodexo. Over the past 3 years Alan has been responsible for the development of Gather & Gather as a leading player in the workplace catering market in Ireland   with annual turnover of €22m. Presentation Title- ‘ the connected workplace’ the important role  of food today in the workplace and How...

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    • Guy Douglass -Strategy Director of Parker Williams, part of Sun Branding Solutions UK and Ireland

      Guy Douglass -Strategy Director of Parker Williams, part of Sun Branding Solutions UK and Ireland 

      Guy Douglass is Strategy Director of Parker Williams. A highly effective brand strategist with a potent combination of strategic rigour and creative verve, and expertise in strategic planning, brand positioning, brand design, packaging, innovation and facilitation.  Guy has over 30 years experience in the design industry both agency and client side. Talk title: Inclusive design inspired by an ageing population Talk synopsis: Today there are more than 11.6m over 65s in the UK and Ireland, holding 80 per cent of the nation’s wealth, and outnumbering the under 65s three ...

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