About Us

About LIBS

LIBS was established in December 2009 to provide a forum for Irish business professionals to network and share ideas. Our events provide a platform for the business community to get together and address some of the problems that face the Irish economy, and the businesses that exist within it. In unifying these business minds we hope to generate long lasting partnerships and create new opportunities through the ideas we share.

With the rapid expansion of the Irish community in the United Kingdom, it is becoming increasingly important to maintain and develop a strong business community which can embed itself in a foreign context. To find out more about our next event, visit the events section.

If you are an individual or business looking to get involved with LIBS, please contact us or sign up to our members list by joining here.

The Board

Laura O’Callaghan (Chair)

Company: Facebook

Industry:  Technology & information services

Laura currently works for Facebook’s London office and is responsible for building out Facebook’s teams of product designers and product managers in London. Previous to this she has held a variety of roles within the recruitment industry with a primary focus on technology within financial services, most recently with Deloitte in London.

Laura holds a BComm International with Italian from University College Dublin  and she speaks Italian at business level.

In June 2018 Laura was elected to the role of Chair of the London Irish Business Society. Since joining the LIBS team in 2016 she has been a driving force in many of our best events and brings huge energy and passion to the role.

Shane Kelly

Company: Vattenfall

Industry: Renewable Energy

Shane joined the board of the London Irish Business Society in January 2012. In recognition for his years of passionate commitment to LIBS Shane was elected as Vice Chair for LIBS in June 2018.

Shane works in the wind energy business of Swedish State Utility Vattenfall, where he is Head of Construction within the Operational Readiness division. Here he heads up the international team responsible for the delivery of new onshore and offshore assets into full operation at one of the world’s largest wind developers. Shane has previously worked for Enterprise Ireland’s London office supporting the UK market entry and strategic business development of Irish SMEs in the energy and built environment sectors.

Shane holds a BSc. (Hons) in Quantity Surveying and MSc. in Economic & Environmental Modelling.

Karl Duffy (Non-Executive Director)

Company: Three Ireland

Industry: Information & Communication Technology

Karl is a co-founder and, having returned to his native Dublin, has recently stepped down as Chairman of LIBS, having previously operated as the network’s Vice Chairman for the five years from the creation of the network in 2009.

Karl has recently taken a role as Head of Enterprise and Public Sector with Three Ireland and moved back to Dublin in June 2018. Prior to leaving London Karl was an Executive in BT Group where he is responsible for the Transformation of Openreach Ethernet Delivery in the UK. He has seven years’ experience in enterprise sector strategy, delivery and transformation as well as business management and operations for complex contracts. He is a member of the BT Group fast track talent programme and a member of the Irish Government’s Future Leader Programme.

Karl has a first class honours MSc in Management Consultancy from the Smurfit School of Business, Dublin.

Ronan O’Brien

Company: Lacima Group

Industry: Energy Trading

Ronan joined LIBS as an operations team member in June 2012 and was appointed as a Board Member and Head of Finance in January 2015. As Head of Finance he is responsible for the financial strategy, cash flows and accounts of LIBS.

Ronan has been Lacima’s UK lead Quantitative Analyst since November 2015. He is responsible for the development and implementation of risk, valuation, optimisation and portfolio management trading models for major energy utilities, trading houses and funds across Europe.

Prior to Lacima Ronan was a Senior Consultant at Baringa Partners’ Energy Advisory practice. At Baringa he gained 5 years’ of energy market experience focusing on risk and pricing; transaction and investment advisory; commercial and market due diligence; and European power and gas market fundamentals. In January 2015 He qualified as an Energy Risk Professional (ERP) under the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Ronan holds an Msc. in Financial Mathematics from the University of Warwick and a first class honours Bsc. in Economics & Finance from University College Dublin.

Ian Kearney

Company: ITV

Industry: Media

As Head of Press, Ian is responsible for the society’s communications strategy and relationship with the media. This involves securing coverage around events, creating press partnerships and managing social channels.

Ian has been a Senior Producer and Programme Editor at ITV since September 2013. He currently produces Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. In this role he holds responsibility for overseeing the editorial content of the programme, managing both the talent and the newsroom and well as outputting the show while it is live on air.

Prior to ITV, Ian spent two and a half years working at Sky News. There he gained experience both in studio and in the field working on major events including; the London Olympics, 2012 U.S. presidential election and Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Ian holds an MA in Television and Current Affairs Journalism from London’s City University.

Conor Redmond

Company: Global Payments

Industry: Payments & Fintech

As the Head of Technology for LIBS, Conor is responsible for all things technology, principally with regard to maintaining, developing and improving the LIBS website and backend, as well as adding new features and integrating new solutions to improve LIBS offering to our members.

Conor is a Director in Global Product, and leads Digital Solutions for Global Payments, based in Dublin. Digital Solutions develop innovative payments technology for eCommerce and support Global Payments’ customers around the world

Previously Conor held roles with Retail inMotion, Creditinfo and Zopa.

Conor holds a Masters in Management from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at UCD and a BSc in Sports Management.

Stacie Green

Company: Axiom Law

Industry: Legal Services

Stacie joined the LIBS board in January 2017 having been an active member for a number of years.

Stacie works at Axiom Law as Manager of Global Recruitment where she is responsible for their recruitment strategy in Europe and Asia. Prior to this, Stacie spent 4 and a half years at Deloitte in a variety of recruitment roles, mainly focused on technology and analytics recruitment. She worked as a team lead in the UK as well as undertaking a number of international assignments and project work throughout.

Brian O’Connor

Company: Dropbox

Industry: Technology

Brian works as an Account Executive for Dropbox in London, where he heads up the construction and retail industries for the UK and Ireland. Previously he spent three years at Dropbox’s EMEA HQ in Dublin across several roles. Brian holds a first class honours BA in Biochemistry from TCD.

Daire Creighan

Company: Beechbrook Capital

Industry: Finance

Daire currently works in the investment team in Beechbrook Capital, a private credit fund focused on investing in SMEs and lower middle-market companies across the UK and selected European markets. Prior to joining Beechbrook, Daire spent 3 years in Paris working with Bank of Ireland’s leveraged acquisition finance team where he was responsible for originating and structuring financing solutions to support private equity led transactions in France and Europe.

Daire holds a BComm (First Class Honours) from University College Dublin.

Neil Pimley

Company: Independent Contractor

Industry: Fintech

Neil currently provides his services to Rabobank London as part of a team that built a Client Onboarding and Know Your Customer application from scratch for the bank’s global customer base. Like many Irish banking technologists, he came to London with First Derivatives before exploring the opportunities London has to offer. first in a Fintech startup then as a contractor.

Neil holds Bsc in Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast but his passion has also been building things with computers. With his team he won the Santander Open Banking Hackathon’s £10k top prize in 2018 and he also volunteers at the CoderDojo in the London Irish Centre.

In June 2020 Neil joined the LIBS board as an associated member and immediately began work on our new website (to be released shortly)

Kenneth O’Connor (Vice Chair)

Company: e-Frontiers

Industry: Recruitment

Kenneth (Kenny) was elected as Vice-Chair of Libs in 2019, taking over the position from Shane Kelly following his relocation to Taiwan. Kenny leads e-Frontiers’ UK operations and has been a vocal member of the Libs community and promient board member for several years.

Aine Connellan

Company: Marks Sattin

Industry: Recruitment