LIBS Business Leaders Series: Dr. Hugh O’Donnell

Dr. Hugh O’Donnell – Crisis, Growth & Globalisation: Leading Kentz to International Success

The London Irish Business Society was delighted to host the first instalment of the the ’Business Leaders Series’ for 2014. Dr Hugh O’Donnell was CEO of Kentz from 2000 – 2012 and transformed a relatively small private engineering company into a global leader listed on the FTSE 250.

Under Dr O’Donnell’s direction, revenues grew from $120 million (€92.8m) to $1.3 billion through diversification into new sectors and over 30 global markets.

LIBS invited guests to join us and hear his experiences on leadership, developing business internationally and growth through times of crisis.

Coaching & Leading: The Challenges of Success in Sport and Business

The London Irish Business Society, in association with The Irish Times, was delighted to announce its first event of 2014 – an evening’s discussion on the challenges of succeeding in elite sport, in business and the lessons to be learned from both.
Panellists Include:
  • Pat Gilroy, Former All-Ireland Winning Dublin Senior Football Manager & CEO UK & Ireland, Dalkia
  • Eamon O’Shea, Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager, Professor of Economics, NUI Galway
  • Bob Casey, Former London Irish RFC Captain & Irish International, Senior Business Development Manager, Powerday
  • Moderated by: Malachy Clerkin, The Irish Times

Ireland’s Property Market – Time for Opportunity?

 With Ireland having faced one of the world’s most dramatic property market crashes, the London Irish Business Society, in association with CBRE, examined the future for the industry and why many believe a great deal of opportunity now exists within the sector. The audience on the night had an opportunity to hear from some Ireland’s leading experts in retail and commercial property.

The event took place at 18.30 on the 18th of September in CBRE’s London headquarters in Henrietta House. If you would like to find out more  about the event, you can do so  by clicking here.

Irish Business Leaders Series: Mr Tommy Breen (CEO, DCC) & Mr Patrick Coveney (CEO, Greencore)

On Tuesday, June 18th, the London Irish Business Society (LIBS), in association with Davy welcomed two of Ireland’s most senior business leaders to the Andaz hotel on Liverpool Street. Tommy Breen, CEO of DCC PLC, and Partrick Coveney, CEO of Greencore Group PLC, continue to run two of Ireland’s most successful businesses through one of the mostly challenging times in Irish corporate history. Drawing on both their domestic, and international experience, London Irish Business Society members gained an invaluable insight into the inner workings of large Irish corporations.

Paddy Fun Run

On Friday the 31st of May, a group of young Irish people are organising a charity 10k run in Battersea followed by an after party. The run takes place at 6:30pm with the post run celebrations set to commence at 8pm! All of the details about the event and how to register for the event can be found at
The event is raising money for two very worthy Irish charities, RESPECT and the Irish Youth Foundation, and we hope this event will go a long way towards helping them reach their goals for the year.

Ireland: The New Tech Capital of Europe – Slides Available

With information communications technology (ICT) now one of the fastest growing sectors in Ireland, the London Irish Business Society, in association with PWC, looked at how Ireland has become one of the most popular hubs for both indigenous and global ICT companies.

Falling labour costs, a youthful workforce, and an increasingly supportive business environment has led to 9 of the top 10 global ICT companies now maintaining a strong presence in Ireland. This has resulted in an abundance of young start-ups choosing to grow their businesses in Ireland, and setting the stage for it to become the European destination of choice for ICT. 


LIBS Legal Series: Gold Medal Transaction – The Lawyers who delivered London 2012

Following the success of London 2012, McCann FitzGerald in association with the London Irish Business Society, is pleased to invite you to an evening with Ms. Terry Miller, General Counsel – London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Mr. Tim Jones, Partner – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, the official legal services provider to London 2012. At the event, speakers will address their experience of helping to organise an event that brought together 9 million spectators and 16,500 athletes from 205 nations. We look
forward to hearing about their involvement in the context of planning and staging such a complex event.. Their presentations will be followed by some Q&A. Please click here for more.