After such an fantastic start to the year with some absolutely unforgettable events, it might seem like we’ve been little quiet of late but we assure that couldn’t further from the truth. While London has been sweating in summer sun, we’ve been working hard at LIBS HQ and are excited to reveal our new senior leadership team.
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Laura O’Callaghan and Shane Kelly will be taking over from Karl Duffy and Jill Tully as Chair and Deputy Chair respectively.
We would like to take this opportunity to pay a huge thanks to Karl and Jill who have been with LIBS since day one helping to build the society from a simple idea into London’s biggest professional network.
Laura O'Callaghan - Chair of the London Irish Business Society
Laura O’Callaghan joined LIBS in 2016 and has been a driving force ever since. A Dublin native, Laura works for Facebook here in London recruiting the most talented people in this ever-evolving sector.
Shane Kelly - Vice Chair of the London Irish Business Society
Shane Kelly will be a familiar face to many of you having been a key figure in the society since 2012. A proud Mayo man, Shane works in offshore wind construction for Swedish power giant Vattenfall.
It’s hello from Laura…
I am delighted to be given the opportunity to build on the hard work that Karl Duffy has done to date. We’ve had a great first half of the year already, the highlight of which was the evening with Her Excellency Mary Robinson.
Going forward, I am really enthusiastic about increasing our engagement with the Irish community in London with more events, informal catch ups and on our social media channels. Keep an eye on your emails as we’ll be posting details of our next event soon.
It’s goodbye from Karl…
George Bernard Shaw said, "progress is impossible without change." In the spirit of progress, I am thrilled that Laura O'Callaghan has agreed to take over as Chair of LIBS. Laura is uniquely suited for the role as she brings a wealth of experience as well as boundless enthusiasm and new ideas.
When we had the idea to set up LIBS in 2009, it was as a means to; connect with Irish people in London, network with leaders of our time and create opportunity for our members. Without a doubt I think we achieved these goals, and some!
I will remain involved with LIBS in a non-executive capacity. Based out of Dublin I will build the LIBS NED Board with the express purpose of advising, enabling and supporting the new team to the best of our abilities.
For now, my deepest thanks to all who have contributed to the LIBS team over the years; thank you for the efforts and the memories. It's been my privilege to be a Co-founder, Deputy Chair and Chair of LIBS. I look forward to seeing how Laura and the team write the next chapter of our story.
Ger Fitzgerald, Chief Operating Officer, Morgan McKinley Group:
"Morgan McKinley is delighted to continue its long standing association with LIBS. We would like to wish Laura and her new leadership team well in their future endeavours to grow and develop the Irish professional network in London. With operations across Ireland, the UK and 10 countries globally, Morgan McKinley understands the challenges and opportunities of the recruitment landcape in both London and Ireland. There is an uncertainty now about what impact Brexit will have for both London and Ireland however despite that there is an expectation that both markets will continue to be bouyant with strong expectations for the future"