Chief Executive, Shannon Chamber
Helen is responsible for the operational activities of the Chamber, working with the President and Board of Directors in developing the overall strategic plan of the Chamber and coordinating its implementation.
Dr. Wassim Derguech
Chairperson of Shannon Chamber Skillnet Steering Committee
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, FMCI
Dr. Wassim Derguech is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of FMCI – Future Mobility Campus Ireland based in Shannon. FMCI is Ireland’s first testbed of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and Advanced Aerial Mobility. Prior to joining FMCI, Wassim was a product owner and agile delivery lead at Jaguar Land Rover Ireland where he was leading the SRE team responsible for the deployment solution of the cloud infrastructure for managing real-time vehicle data. Wassim worked as the technical manager at Derilinx, an SME that develops Open Data solutions for clients (such as the Irish Government, Central Statistics Office, the World Bank group and others) interested in publishing, linking, analysing and visualising their data using Linked Open Data principles.
Wassim is member of Robots, Cobots and Robotics Technical Committee TC49 of the National Standards Authority of Ireland. He also worked as a research scientist at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway where got his PhD and worked as the technical lead and solution architect for various national and European projects.
Engineering Manager, Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon
Barry is the Engineering Manager at Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon, a leading aero engine parts repair facility in Shannon. He commenced his career as a product development engineer with Hyster Automated Handling Ltd in Dublin after which he spent a number of years with Crown Gabelstapler GmbH in Munich. Barry returned to Ireland and joined BS&B Safety Systems, Limerick where he worked in a number of different technical and commercial management positions. He joined Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon as Marketing & Sales Manager in 2001.
Barry is a Chartered Engineer with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from UCD and a Masters of Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Lean from UL.
Barry is an active member of Engineers Ireland Thomond Regional committee and very involved in developing collaboration across the industry sector in our region. He is also a member of the Talent Working group in ‘Limerick for Engineering’. Barry is a strong advocate for Continuing Professional Development.
HR Director, Pepper Finance Corporation Ireland
Orla is an experienced Human Resources Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Orla is skilled in Organisation Design, Talent Management, Compensation, Employee Engagement, Succession Planning, and Talent Acquisition. She has degrees in
Education and HR and is CIPD and PMP qualified.
Co-Founder and CEO, FMCI
Prior to his appointment as CEO of FMCI, Russell was an Engineering Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, where he led a team focusing on the new revenue opportunities that are enabled as vehicles move towards an increasing automated and connected future. Based in Shannon, he is also the Chair of the Testbed working group as part of the CAV Ireland initiative, this work led to the proposal for FMCI. His background is in ASIC Design and Communications, and his previous companies include Parthus Technologies, Texas Instruments, Ericsson and Intel.
Managing Director, CREGG Group
A microbiology and biochemistry graduate from the National University Galway (BSc, HDip in Ed, Dip QA.,) Edmund Jennings is managing director of the CREGG Group – a group of independent companies involved in automation, European sales, outsourcing, recruitment, and resources, that collectively trade under the Group banner.
Edmund was Chairman of Shannon Chamber Skillnet from September of 2015 to February 2019.
Founder and CEO, Gentian Services Ltd.
A graduate of the University of Limerick, Aidan holds a degree in Electronics and a Masters in Project Management, specialising in international projects. With over 20 years’ experience in the electronics industry, spanning both the multinational and SME sectors and a specialism in global projects, coordinating teams located at multiple geographical locations worldwide, Aidan has a strong track record in organisation transformation and organisation design and development. He founded Gentian Services in 2007 and has since developed an organisation with a strong R&D capability complemented by a follow-on turnkey supply and manufacturing operation with a track record on delivering to both large and smaller customers.
Vice President, Human Resources, Engine Lease Finance
A business degree graduate from the University of Limerick. Maria also holds a MSc in Human Resource Management and a Specialist Diploma in Aviation Leasing & Finance.
Maria is an experienced HR professional with broad experience within the Aviation Leasing and Semi – Conductor industry.
She currently manages the global HR function in ELF, with offices located in Shannon, London, Boston and Hong Kong.
Maria is a member of the CIPD, and the Chairperson of the ICBE Aviation Skillnet Steering Committee.
Finance Manager, IDEX Pump Technologies (Ireland) Ltd.
David is an accountant by profession and has spent his entire working career with US multinationals in Ireland, holding senior management roles in operations, customer services, compliance, and finance.
His working experience has and is in the electrical, electronic, and mechanical industries.
David is originally from South Africa but a long-time resident of Shannon and citizen of Ireland.
Shannon R&D Strategy Lead, Jaguar Land Rover
Fiona has broad expertise within the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Engineering & Life Science Sectors. Fiona’s expertise includes applications for EU Horizon 2020 projects with a large consortium of industrial partners in addition to Enterprise Ireland feasibility grants, Innovation partnerships and commercialisation fund programmes. Fiona has also broad experience in managing the identification and capture of intellectual property arising from EU, EI and SFI State funded research projects. Considerable experience in managing industry focused projects for both MNCs & SMEs and contract research projects, technology assessment and implementation, writing business plans & RFPs, creating laboratory infrastructure, board level communication, intellectual property assessment and due diligence.
Events & Office Manager, Shannon Chamber
Lijana provides administrative assistance to the CEO and for all Chamber activities including co-ordinating arrangements for Chamber events.
Lijana is the Network Administrator for Shannon Chamber skillnet.