Helen Downes

Helen Downes

Chief Executive, Shannon Chamber

Email: hdownes@shannonchamber.ie

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

Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly

Shannon Chamber Skillnet Manager

Email: akelly@shannonchamber.ie

 

Alan manages all aspects of the Chamber’s Skillnet network, sourcing and delivering a suite of training programmes to enable member companies and their employees to acquire the skills to enhance their businesses and career development opportunities.

Dr. Wassim Derguech

Dr. Wassim Derguech

Chairperson of Shannon Chamber Skillnet Steering Committee

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, FMCI

Email: info@futuremobilityireland.ie 

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.

 

Orla McCarthy

Orla McCarthy

HR Director, Pepper Finance Corporation Ireland

Email: OMcCarthy@peppergroup.ie

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

Education and HR and is CIPD and PMP qualified.

 

Edmund Jennings

Edmund Jennings

Managing Director, CREGG Group

Email: edmund@cregg.ie

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

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

Aidan McMahon

Aidan McMahon

Founder and CEO, Gentian Services Ltd.

Email: aidanmcmahon@gentianservices.com

 

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

 

 

 

Maria Frost

Maria Frost

Vice President, Human Resources, Engine Lease Finance

Email: maria.frost@elfc.com

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.

David Brown

David Brown

Finance Manager, IDEX Pump Technologies (Ireland) Ltd.

Email: dabrown@eircom.net

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

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

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

Fiona Gilchrist

Fiona Gilchrist

Shannon R&D Strategy Lead, Jaguar Land Rover

Email: fgilchri@jaguarlandrover.com

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

Lijana Kizaite

Lijana Kizaite

Events & Office Manager, Shannon Chamber

Email: lkizaite@shannonchamber.ie

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.