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Gavin Duffy

Chairperson

Gavin Duffy is publicly known for his work with entrepreneurs on all seven series of RTE’s Dragons’ Den. However, his true vocation is training. He is a passionate and committed trainer, delivering consultancy, facilitation and coaching through Gavin Duffy & Associates for over twenty-five years. He has coached a number of Taoisigh, and the CEOs and SMT Executives of the leading corporations in Ireland and the UK.  He has also delivered training courses and keynotes in the US, Australia, and all over Europe.

Gavin’s career in media started at age seventeen, setting-up a local radio station in County Louth. He was the presenter of the first RTE television business programme, Marketplace, and two years before that in 1985 was one of the first broadcasters on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.  He won the franchise for regional radio station LMFM in 1989, later sold to UTV.

He is a founding member of the Irish Chapter of EO, the international Entrepreneur’s Organisation, and is also a member of Ireland’s Public Relations Institute (PRII).

Fiona McKeon

CEO

Fiona is CEO of BizWorld Ireland. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management and development of the organisation. Fiona bridges the gap between educators and business people in order to produce successful but financially responsible leaders and entrepreneurs for the future.

Fiona is also a public speaker, trainer and lecturer on Professional and Personal Development. She has been working and educating in the industry for 25 years, working with schools, colleges and businesses. Fiona counts IBEC, Fás, DAA, Brown Thomas, Ernst & Young, Darley Flying Start, TV3, TG4 and many educational institutions as her previous clients.

Fiona holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management MA Ed and has developed and delivered entrepreneurial modules for B.Ed students at Froebel Department of Education in Maynooth University.

Edel Flynn

Board Member

Edel is Chairperson of BizWorld Ireland, a voluntary position which she has held since 2014.

Edel is co-founder of Element78 which offers serviced flexible workspace and office space at Georges Quay, Dublin. Previously, Edel was CEO of the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA), the Irish state agency charged with managing The Digital Hub. Edel has contributed to the growth of the agency as being recognised as an international centre of excellence for growing digital enterprises in Ireland.

In 2014, Edel was nominated in Silicon Republic’s Women Invent Tomorrow campaign as one of the leading women in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths.

 

Dear 21 year old me,

Continue to live your life to the full treating every day like a new beginning.  Stay positive and try not to worry about the future so much and how it will affect you and your family.  I know you have had to deal with a family member being ill at a young age, you will never lose that feeling of trying to fit everything into this life before it is too late.  Try not to forget to live in the present, spend more time living and less time worrying and planning for the future.  The future comes around very fast.  Your path in life has a divine way of falling into place in ways that you could have never have imagined, everything happens for a reason and you will find that life works out just as it is meant to be.

You will experience challenges in life and come across people that are difficult and even down right nasty.  Treat difficult situations as valuable life experiences that make you stronger.  Learn to say no sooner and let go of individuals that try to drag you down.  Just remember to do it in a kind way, as it is not always obvious the hardship that they face personally.

Continue to be honest, kind, independent, respecting yourself and others.  Always listen to that inner voice, as it is seldom wrong about people or situations.  Have trust in yourself and your abilities, you do not have to try so hard to prove yourself to others.  You are good enough!

Don’t feel so worried about leaving family behind they will always be there for you, supporting and loving you no matter what.  Just remember to enjoy every minute you have with them when you are together.  It is not always easy to make every moment memorable but spend more time doing that and less time worrying and planning.  Make a bucket list now, of the top 100 places and life experiences you want to have as it is amazing how times flies.

You have already met your soul mate and life will be full of wonderful gifts.  Family really is everything and you are unbelievably lucky to have wonderful parents, a funny crazy sister who will always be your best friend and grandparents that show you every day how to love.

When life and work gets so busy that you no longer have time to look after yourself, don’t sacrifice your love of exercise.   It is much harder to get back into shape and erase the damage caused by convenient eating choices.  You deserve to have time each day that is dedicated to you and your health.  I’ve just begun to realise that again, but always remember it is never too late.  Taking that first step is the hardest.

Keep dreaming – just like the words in Happy Talk by Captain Sensible “You gotta have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”

My final piece of advice is to remember what grandma always said; “what you give out – you get back in return”.  Trust in that wise woman and live your life knowing that if you give out positive vibes you get back positive vibes; and the same goes for the negative ones.  It may just help keep you on the right track.

PS you will never guess who is the President of America in 2018!

Enda Devine

Board Member

Enda is a member of the board of BizWorld Ireland. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer at IPB Insurance. His role includes acting as a strategic partner and advisor to the CEO and playing an active role in shaping and challenging the strategic development plans of the business.

Enda is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and holds a Diploma in Information Systems from Trinity College.

Greg Clarke

Greg Clarke

Board Member

Greg is a member of the board of BizWorld Ireland and a former chairperson of the organisation. He is founder and Managing Director of the Digicom Group which is a leading player in the audio visual, managed print and content management.

Greg is President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and has been an active member for many years.

Orla Nugent

Board Member

Orla is a member of the board at BizWorld Ireland. She is currently Director of MBA Programmes at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and has an international career over 20 years in the Public and Private sectors.

Orla believes that encouraging creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills within the next generation is key so that we can engage their extraordinary capacity and hone their talents for the future.

She is a keen golfer – time permitting!

Michaél Grace

Micheál is former Head of the London Office Law Firm Mason Hayes & Curran. Micheál advises a range of financial institutions, funds and private equity on commercial real estate finance transactions, syndicated credit facilities, tax driven financing structures as well as development, construction and project finance.

In recent years, he has advised both vendors and purchasers in the context of large non-performing loan portfolio disposals, loan on loan financing and distressed asset restructuring. Micheál has particular experience in advising international clients on real estate financing structures secured by residential developments, shopping centres, multi-use developments and data centres.