Following a degree in Science from University College Dublin and a doctorate from Trinity College, Anne worked in cancer research, before entering the business world with Reckitt Benckiser, Pfizer and Biotrin. Anne gained significant international experience in clinical trials, regulatory issues, product launches and business development. This experience led to Anne co-founding Critical Healthcare in 2000, a leader in the Emergency Services market providing healthcare solutions that enables their customers to do what they do best, deliver patient care at the front line.
Anne and the team brought Critical Healthcare through many milestones, the winning and retaining of multiple public and private contracts including the NHS, and Falck Europe, the largest provider of Emergency Services globally, the design and patenting of innovative new products, the creation of an own brand portfolio of medical consumables & medical devices and the design & development of their own software procurement platform adopted by multiple European emergency service providers.
Anne’s expertise in managing growth internationally resulted in Critical Healthcare’s expansion across 8 European countries.
Following the company’s successful acquisition in 2021, Anne exited the organisation.
A qualified Non-Executive Director from the Institute of Directors, Anne serves on a number of boards, including Bord na Mona, Technological University Shannon Midlands Midwest and the National Maternity Hospital Foundation. Anne has served as Chair of the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan since 2019 and is also a member of the SME & Entrepreneurship Taskforce.
As a result of her own journey through business, Anne believes in supporting other founders/CEOs to manage and scale their business from start-ups to large scale organisations and has been a long-serving volunteer Lead Entrepreneur with programmes Going for Growth, Starting Strong, Acorns and the most recent, Inspiring Women.
Cathriona Hallahan is an experienced non-executive Director who sits on a number of Boards including Keelings, Dalata Hotel Group PLC, Beats Medical, FoodCloud, Tap Retail and the Public Interest Body for PWC. Prior to moving into her role as non-executive, Cathriona had retired after 35 years working for Microsoft with her most recent role as Managing Director for Microsoft in Ireland, saw Cathriona representing the Company in Ireland on all strategic policy, corporate affairs and communications.
Cathriona also sits on Trinity Business School Advisory Board. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Institute of Directors, Institute of Accounting Technicians (IATI) and is a fellow of ACCA, and a fellow of the IMI.
Cathriona is a qualified Executive Coach and is passionate about Change Management and Leadership Development.
Danny McCoy is Chief Executive Officer of Ibec since 2009. Ibec is Ireland’s largest business representative organisation and the country’s largest lobbying group. It has 285 staff in nine locations and has 39 sectoral brands with substantial presence within the European Union through Ibec’s Brussels office. He is a member of the Irish Tripartite Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF).
He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy, Honorary Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers, Adjunct Professor Trinity College Dublin Business School and Vice President of the Statistical & Social Inquiry Society of Ireland and Independent Non Executive Director of Iput Real Estate.
He has held lecturing posts at University College London, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University. He has been senior economist at the Central Bank of Ireland and the Economic & Social Research Institute as well as being a consultant to the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Daragh Sandford has been in the Global Transport business for over 25 years. Previously, a Partner in The Sandford Freight Group, he has also worked in Google in the Streetview logistics department.
Currently Daragh is the International Logistics Manager for Owens & Minor, a fortune 500 Health Care Solutions Company. He leads the logistics teams globally through the Dublin logistics control tower.
Current projects include: creating FTZ facilities in Asia & LATAM, and exploring Data driven solutions to the current Ocean Freight Market.
A self-confessed Logistics nerd, Daragh has a degree in Supply Chain, and has been involved with the Logistics TUD Internship program for over 4 years.
Denise's role is to assist with the development and implementation of policy for the haulage/freight sector in line with the Department's strategic objectives. In particular, Denise assists in chairing the national Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group (LSCSG). Her responsibilities include facilitating the implementation of the recommendations of the LSCSG on HGV driver shortages along with the implementation of a number of the Road Haulage Strategy Actions including Safe and Secure Parking.
Denise’s previous roles within the Department of Transport include administration and management positions held in Corporate Affairs and Maritime Services. Denise previously served in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Prior to becoming a Civil Servant, Denise held roles in the private sector including in retail, wholesale, administration, warehousing and the production of handmade Sliotars.
Denise actively participates in and promotes the work of the Department's Public Sector Duty Working Group and the Disability Support and Awareness Group as well as co-chairing Pride@Transport.
Denise holds an IPA/NUI accredited Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality.
Jack Chambers is the Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West. He is Minister of State, attending Cabinet, in the Department of Transport and the Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications.
He previously served as the Government Chief Whip and was also Minister of State for Sport, the Gaeltacht & Defence. He was elected to Dáil Éireann on his first attempt in the February 2016 General Election and was re-elected in the 2020 General Election.
Before entering the Dáil, he served as a Fingal County Councillor and as Deputy Mayor.
In the last Dáil he served in a range of positions including frontbench Spokesperson for Defence, Communications, Climate Action & Environment. He was an active member of a number of Oireachtas committees including Climate Action, Justice & Equality and the committee on Seanad Reform.
He is a medical doctor having studied at the RCSI and he holds an honours degree in Law & Political Science from Trinity College.
Lorcan Sheehan is the CEO of PerformanSC Supply Chain, a highly regarded supply chain consulting organisation with offices in Dublin, London and Chicago. Working with clients across healthcare, high tech, retail, food and drink and the logistics industries, PerformanSC has established a reputation for leveraging the power of supply chain data to drive strategic transformation efforts.
Lorcan is a member of the Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group since 2019 and is joint chair of the sub-group responsible for the Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Week. He is also chair of Ibec’s Logistics and Supply Chain Peer Network.
A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Lorcan has been quoted on supply chain topics in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and was twice named by Supply and Demand Chain Executive as one of their Supply Chain ‘Pros to Know’
Melissa leads the Commercial Affiliate for global healthcare company, Viatris in Ireland. With its over 120-year heritage in Ireland, Viatris employs approx. 1,600 colleagues, located across five sites in Dublin, Cork and Galway and is the country’s third largest pharmaceutical employer. One of the main suppliers of prescription medicines to Irish patients and the Health Service Executive (HSE), Viatris works in 13 therapeutic areas, incl. Oncology and Anaphylaxis, spanning 140+ brands. The company provides end-to-end capabilities in-country, including supply chain and procurement, development, manufacturing, commercial operations, and life cycle management. In 2023 Viatris Ireland was named in the LinkedIn Top 25 Company List for its commitment to providing its employees a supportive and dynamic workplace that fosters career growth and development and is based on a culture of inclusivity and diversity.
Melissa has over 25 years’ business strategy experience, leading diverse, cross-industry teams around the globe. She has held various supply chain management roles, specialising in Pricing and Process Improvement, in addition to consulting with clients on optimising Customer P&L’s and driving efficiencies in Inventory Systems and Processes.
An authentic people leader, Melissa has a long history of mentoring both women and men in a business environment. She is a “change champion”, who through her own experiences, thrives on guiding others through transition and facilitating positive transformation within organisations and groups. At Viatris she is an active member of the “EmpoWer” female community, a programme centred around the aspirations of current and future female leaders. She is also a mentor to the Canoeing Ireland “Bridge the Gap” Ambassadors Team. Melissa is a regular participant at public and business speaker events on the subject of Empowering Women to live their full potential.
Melissa holds an MSc. in Supply Chain Management, as well as a degree in Finance and Accounting. She is proud of her African heritage and her journey though apartheid drives her to live a life of purpose.
Paul Condon is Corporate Affairs Leader at Camida Ltd, an Irish owned, raw material sourcing and supply company, that serves the pharmaceutical, food and industrial sectors.
Prior to joining Camida in 2022, Paul held senior supply chain leadership roles, at Director & VP levels, in Clonmel Healthcare, Genzyme, Sanofi, Horizon Therapeutics and Amneal.
Paul is a board member of BiopharmaChem Ireland (BPCI) and chairs the BPCI Supply Chain Network. He also lectures part-time in International Strategy in Griffith College, Cork.
Paul holds a BA degree in Management, an MBA and most recently (2023) a MSc in Leadership & Management Practice from UCD, Smurfit Business School.