Catherine Moroney, Head of Business Banking Market, AIB Bank Ireland
Catherine Moroney, Head of Business Banking Market, AIB Bank, Ireland.
Catherine is Head of Business Banking Market at AIB Bank. She is also Chairman & Non-Executive Director of AIB Corporate Finance and is President of Dublin Chamber 2020/21 and a Board and Council Member of Dublin Chamber. Catherine is also a member of the Advisory Board of DCU Centre for Family Business, a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, a founding member of LIFT, a leadership not-for-profit organisation and a former Non-Exec Director of Aviva Health.
Catherine was awarded the ‘International Financial Leader of the Decade’ award at the Women’s Economic Forum in India in May 2018 and awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the WEF in 2020. In 2018, Catherine was awarded ‘Business Woman of the Year’ at the Irish National In-Business Recognition Awards in December 2018 and ‘Best Business Bank’ in 2019. In 2017 she was awarded ‘Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Ireland’ award from the WXN (Women’s Executive Network).
Catherine is a graduate of UCD Business School and has attended Cranfield in the UK and the European Management Centre in Brussels.
Catherine has spent her career in financial services across Corporate, Business, Treasury and Retail Banking, as well as leading teams in the development of Strategy, Products and large change programmes.
Catherine is a passionate supporter of business owners from entrepreneurs to mature businesses and is particularly supportive of women business owners having designed the AIB Women in Enterprise Programme supporting the coaching and mentoring needs of hundreds of Female owned growth businesses. Catherine was also involved in the establishment of AIB’s award winning i-Matter Resource Groups established to facilitate change and diverse thinking and inclusion across the organisation.
Nuala Canning, Brandfire Digital
Nuala is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Brand Loyalty, Advertising, Integrated Marketing, Loyalty Programs, and Art Direction. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a MBA from University College Dublin.
Brandfire was established in December 2012. We are a fully integrated customer loyalty, incentive and rewards agency. In a nutshell, we are dedicated to making customers happy.
In today’s challenging economic environment, customers are being far more selective about how and where they spend their money. They want to feel appreciated and valued, which is why rewarding loyalty has never been more important.
At Brandfire, we design, develop and deliver innovative loyalty programmes and sales promotion campaigns to help companies acquire and retain customers. We have worked with some great brands including SSE Airtricity, Energia, Heineken, Bank of Ireland, 123.ie Texaco and many more.
Employee numbers: 2
Sharon is an entrepreneurial leader who drives legendary performance through inspiration and motivation. Sharon challenge and stretch to get the best from the teams Sharon work with through innovation and creativity. Sharon have a proven track record of maximising sales by providing an enjoyable customer experience coupled with world class operational standards.
• 20 years of management experience across sales, retail businesses and operations.
• Excellent leadership skills. Led teams of 20+ staff and managed large yearly budgets.
• Set up and managed the Irish operations of U.K. business’s
• Business owner and manager for past 18 years
• Skilled Operations/Sales Management/Brand Management
Dobrawa Brach, Arran Street East
Dobrawa Brach is General Manager of Arran Street East: a luxury, handmade homewares brand, based in Dublin. Prior to this role Dobrawa was senior project manager in MCO Projects Ltd, a project management company specialising in healthcare and environmental project management. In 2015 she worked as Gallery and Exhibitions Manager for Irish Design 2015, a year-long initiative aimed at promoting design. Originally from Poland, in Ireland since 2005. Since the start of pandemic Dobrawa has been juggling work, homeschooling, and her new passion – weaving.
Imelda Ray, Managing Director, Irish Times Training
Imelda has been the Managing Director of Irish Times Training, part of The Irish Times group, for nearly two years. Prior to joining Irish Times Training, where she was initially Head of Marketing, Imelda spent nearly 20 years working mainly across the Tourism Sector in senior roles in JWT and Fáilte Ireland. In 2012 Imelda was asked to join the senior management team for The Gathering Ireland , Irelands most successful Tourism Initiative, where she played a key role in the overall design and implementation of the project as Head of Engagement. The Gathering succeeded in its goals of generating €170 million to the Irish economy and bringing an incremental 375,000 visitors to Ireland in 2013. Imelda is a firm believer in continued learning and education and has seen first-hand the impact continued learning has not only on career development, but also on staff effectiveness, engagement and retention. In the past year Irish Times Training has pivoted from the classroom to the online delivery of its courses. Imelda and the entire team made the brave decision to embrace the changes that they were presented with, and they are dedicated to fostering that spirit of innovation and enterprise throughout their calendar of courses across all business topics. The Irish Times Training Springboard Entrepreneurs programme, in partnership with Ulster University, has been a highly successful one for many years, helping over 250 Entrepreneurs develop their idea into a fully functional and successful business
Ruth Scott, Radio Broadcaster
Partnership with the Local Enterprise Office
Mary McSweeney will say a few words on the LEO, below is some info on LEO. Mary McSweeney is Senior Executive Officer/Deputy Head of Economic Development and Enterprise Dublin City.