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 (Vice Chair)

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

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.



Jill Tully 

Company: Statoil

Industry: Oil, Gas & Renewables


Jill was appointed vice chairwoman of LIBS in Jan 2015 and held the position until June 2018. Jill joined the LIBS Board in 2010 and has held a number of positions across sales, sponsorship, event planning and finance.

Jill is an Investment Manager within NES Ventures at Statoil where she is responsible for identify new investment opportunities for Statoil in renewable energy solutions. Jill joined Statoil in 2013 and worked in corporate strategy for 2 years. Prior to Statoil, Jill worked for 3 years at IHS in the upstream consulting team, based in London and Brazil, and a further 3 years with Enterprise Ireland, the commercial arm of the Irish Government, where she was an International Trade Advisor covering a portfolio of 120+ renewable energy companies.

Jill holds a BA (Hons) in Business and Economics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.


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.



Brian O’Connell

Company: Alcentra

Industry: Asset Management


Brian joined the LIBS operations team in 2012. In January 2015 Brian was appointed as a LIBS Board Member, taking the role of Head of Events. His responsibilities as Head of Events include the planning and running of each of the LIBS events.

Brian is an Associate on the Alcentra European Direct Lending team. He has four years of finance experience focusing on the sourcing, structuring and execution of European mid-market LBOs. Brian holds a BA and LLB from NUI Galway.



Paul Hernon

Company: State Street

Industry: Banking & Finance


Paul joined the LIBS Board in early 2013 having been a member and supporter of the society since its formation.

Paul works as a Vice President in State Street Corporation, a leading Custodian bank, where he works on Global Recovery & Resolution Planning Prior to State Street, Paul worked in Allied Irish Bank UK, across different roles, including Corporate Banking and Strategic Projects

Paul has a first class honours BSC (Economics and Finance) from University College Dublin and attended Cistercian College Roscrea secondary school. In addition, Paul runs a horse racing syndication business in London.



Daniel McMahon

Company: Worldfirst

Industry: Finance


Daniel joined LIBS at the start of 2015, having been an active member since 2010. In 2015 Dan lead the organisation and delivery of the LIBS Annual Ball while also working with the Sales and Sponsorship Team.

Daniel works as a Senior Corporate Consultant in World First UK Ltd, the UK’s fastest growing FX & International Payments company. At World First he is responsible for FX treasury solutions sales to UK & Ireland SME and Mid-Cap companies. Prior to World First, Daniel worked in Pearson PLC in the Financial Times Group division.

Daniel holds a BA in Economics from University College Dublin.



Ian Kearney

Company: ITV

Industry: Television Production


As Head of Press, Ian is responsible for the Society’s relationship with the media. This involves managing coverage around events as well as maintaining and developing press partnerships.


Ian graduated with a B.A in Journalism in 2010 and he subsequently completed his MA in Television Journalism at London’s City University. Ian then joined Sky News where he spent two and a half years producing Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes.


In 2013, Ian moved to ITV where he was involved in the launch of Good Morning Britain and where he now works as Senior Producer.



Conor Redmond

Company: Coremetrix, a company powered by Creditinfo

Industry: FinTech / Credit Risk


As the Chief Technology Officer 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 works as Head of Operations & Product with Coremetrix / Creditinfo UK. Coremetrix take an innovative approach to traditional credit scoring by using a person’s psychology and machine learning algorithms to build a credit score and expand financial services to new to banking and new to country applicants. The Coremetrix business was acquired from VisualDNA and Conor managed the transition post acquisition and is now focused on scaling the business. Prior to joining VisualDNA Conor worked with Zopa, the UK’s largest Peer-2-Peer lender. In his role with Zopa Conor helped to define, test and release new technologies and new features.

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


Sinead Conlon

Company : Facebook

Industry : Technology


Sinead joined the board of the London Irish Business Society in January 2016.


Sinead has been a Client Solutions Manager at Facebook since August 2014, firstly in Dublin and subsequently moved to the London. Sinead provides marketing solutions across Facebook and Instagram to agencies and clients in the United Kingdom. Prior to this, Sinead worked for six years in the Media industry in Dublin, developing and executing effective, high impact media campaigns for clients across a wide range of industries.


Sinead holds a Bcomm from University College Dublin and an MSc

in Marketing Practice from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.