LIBS 2016 – A Year in Review

Reeling in 2016

What a rollercoaster 2016 has been, as you all wind down to take some well deserved time with family and friends we’d like to take this opportunity to look back on our activities this year and give you a glimpse into what we have planned for the year ahead.

We certainly had a busy year as I’m sure you did too! In addition to our usual event calendar, we also worked on some exciting ‘behind the scenes’ projects. We stepped up the coaching aspect of our network, working again with partners Enterprise Ireland to deliver another City Insights Programme which was so successful in 2015. The programme brings together Enterprise Ireland’s high-potential Fintech start-ups looking at entering the UK market together with sectoral experts from the LIBS membership. This unique group challenge value propositions in the UK and help accelerate the market readiness. It was another hugely successful session, and many thanks to our members who participated and supported.

We also worked closely with the Department of Finance and the Embassy of Ireland to strengthen the link between Ireland and the LIBS professional network, contributing to think pieces, facilitating networking and feedback sessions as we continue to draw on the considerable expertise of our members to promote strong connections with the diaspora.

A synopsis of this year's events

Beyond the Centenary Event

To mark centenary celebration we held an event at the Irish Embassy in London on April 14th. The panel included:

Robert Franks, Head of New Business Strategy & Planning Digital, Telefonica UK (O2)

Regina Finn, Chair, Mutual Energy

Prof. Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics, NUI Galway

H.E Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the UK


Listen to the podcast here.

Brexit Event

Before the referendum that we’ll now never forget, LIBS held a passionate discussion with a panel including:

Lord Robathan, former Northern Ireland Minister

Dr. Paul Gillespie, former foreign policy editor with The Irish Times

Brian Kennelly QC


Listen to the captivating debate here.

Tech Event

For this event Google kindly allowed us to invade their London headquarters where we ran a hugely energetic event showcasing some exciting Irish tech start-ups, namely:

CityHook | Firstage | | Linked Finance

Business Leaders Event

Another inspirational talk in our business leaders series with Paul Kelly of Applegreen and David Forde of Heineken UK, held in the beautiful Ham Yard Hotel in Soho London.

The Business of Football with Packie Bonner

In September we welcomed the legend Packie Bonner who regaled us with highly entertaining stories from his football career as well as explaining how many of his experiences with Celtic and Ireland translate to the business world, such as building a team that can take responsibility and handle pressure.


Packie is a fantastic speaker and can really aid companies seeking to improve employee morale and engagement. 

A note from the Chairman on 2017

2017 is shaping up to be another great year, with some exciting events already in the pipeline. In early Q1 2017, we will revisit the ongoing discussion on Brexit, including the impact and potential opportunities on the Irish economy and for those of us working in London. We also expect to run an event on start-up tech and innovation in the first half of 2017 and, of course, have one or two of our very popular “Leaders Series” events with some household names from the Irish Business, Political and Sports areas. We have a few more events in the works which we will reveal later in due course. After a year hiatus, we are delighted to announce the return of the LIBS Ball in 2017.


All in all – 2017 is looking like another very busy year for LIBS as we build on the strong platform of events delivered in 2016, and indeed since our inception in 2009. Thanks to all our members who support us and make what we do worthwhile, see you in 2017.


- Karl Duffy, Chairman of the Board, London Irish Business Society

We welcome a new member to our board

We are delighted to welcome a new member to our board, Stacie Green. Stacie works at Deloitte UK as a Recruitment Team Lead and we are looking forward to working with her in the New Year!

We are always interested to speak with any prospective new board members who feel that they can add to our team and help drive LIBS on to even greater things. So please do get in touch.

We are delighted to welcome World First as a sponsor of LIBS for 2017!

And of course a huge thank you to our sponsors for their support throughout 2016