Business Movers

Here is a selection of people starting new roles with companies in Ireland, including law firm Philip Lee, IT firm Paradyn, media sales house IRS+, PR firm FH, digital state agency OpenSky, the Law Reform Commission and marketing group Core Sponsorship.

Business Movers

Thomas O’Malley has been named as a partner with law firm Philip Lee, focusing on real estate. Previously a real estate partner at McDowell Purcell (now Fieldfisher), he brings 30 years of experience to the role. He specialises in commercial real estate with a focus on social housing and property development. He acts for investment funds, property developers, housing and State bodies on large-scale, mixed retail, commercial, and residential projects, plus the property elements of renewable energy projects. He holds an LLB from TCD, he is also a CEDR (Centre for Effective Resolution Dispute) Mediator, which enables him to advise on a variety of property-related disputes.

Wayne de Vos has been appointed as senior technical consultant with Paradyn, the end-to-end IT and communications company. He will lead the firm’s technical consultancy team. He brings 16 years technical experience in IT. He has worked with enterprise level clients operating on a global scale. He joined Paradyn earlier this year, following eight years with Eurosteel Group, as head of IT. He has also held a senior role with South African ICT firm Business Connexion, and has held roles with SPAR Group and Dulux Paints. He holds an Advanced Server Design certification from Microsoft, and he is also a Veeam Certified System Engineer.

Nicola Murphy has been appointed as head of brand development with IRS+, the media sales house for 15 independent radio stations in Ireland. She joins IRS+ having left her prior role as business senior marketing manager and CVP for Business with Virgin Media last December. She brings more than 15 years experience in brand and marketing strategies within telco and engineering. She will be responsible for developing IRS+ brand and communications strategy while directly contributing to the growth of the business. She will be responsible for brand and communications strategy while directly contributing to business growth.

Paul Bradley has joined FleishmanHillard International Communications (FH) as a director on the firm’s reputation management team. He joins FH from the National Lottery where he was interim head of corporate communications and PR since last year. Prior to that he was at eir for 14 years as director of corporate affairs. Before starting his career in communications, Paul was a journalist and worked for ITN in London and Washington DC. He holds an MA from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, a post graduate diploma from Cardiff School of Journalism, Cardiff University, as well as an MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Helen Cole has been named as head of digital services with OpenSky, a provider of digital transformation and automated solutions to public sector bodies, government agencies and financial services companies. She will drive growth of the digital services division. She brings 20 years experience in IT and expertise working with public service organisations, notably workig with Version 1 for 11 years, including as service delivery manager of the local authority housing system iHouse. She also worked for Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and SOLAS. She holds a BSc in Computer Science from Maynooth University and is a certified Scrum Master (CSM).

Rebecca Coen has been named as director of research with the Law Reform Commission. She is a graduate of UCC and holds a BCL and an LLM in Criminal Justice, and also qualified with King’s Inns. She was called to the bar in 2005. From 2008-09 she was a senior prosecutor and deputy head of the prosecution policy unit at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. From 2009-20, she worked in DPP’s Directing Division as a principal prosecutor. She is the author of Garda Powers: Law and Practice’ (2014) and co-author of the ‘Law Society of Ireland publication Criminal Litigation 4thedn (2016). She has also contributed to the Irish Journal of Criminal Law and the British Journal of Criminology.

Sean Rea, Sarah Geoghegan and Karen Doyle, new roles with Core Sponsorship.
Sean Rea, Sarah Geoghegan and Karen Doyle, new roles with Core Sponsorship.

Marketing group’s three senior appointees

Core Sponsorship, part of the Core marketing group, has appointed Karen Doyle and Sean Rea as sponsorship directors and Sarah Geoghegan as a senior media sponsorship manager.

Jill Downey, managing director of Core Sponsorship, said the new appointments enhanced the company’s capability and experience will accelerate its growth efforts in 2020 and beyond.

Karen Doyle brings 10 years of industry experience across multiple disciplines. She joins from IRSPlus, where she worked in sales and marketing.

Sean Rea has been newly appointed head of media sponsorship after six years with Core. brings experience in account management and client services roles with Ulster Bank, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Betway. He will lead the planning of media sponsorship campaigns.

Sarah Geoghegan joins after five years as as partnerships manager at Virgin Media Television, where she led campaigns including P&G’s sponsorship of Ireland AM and Xposé, Homebase’s first ever TV sponsorship in Ireland, as well as Gillette and ‘Strong Roots’ broadcast sponsorship of Virgin Media’s coverage of the Guinness Six Nations.

Core employs a team of 321 people and consists of nine practices: Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy.

Core has recently been voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the eleventh year running.

Core Sponsorship also recently picked up four awards at the European Sponsorship Awards, including Sponsorship of the Year An Post’s sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards.

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