2014 Speakers

    • Eoin Donnelly - Lily O'Briens

      Eoin Donnelly – Lily O’Briens 

      Eoin Donnelly Managing Director Eoin joined Lily O’Brien’s in 2009 & his primary focus has been in leading the Company’s strategy & brand evolution as well as re-positioning the business for long term success. In tandem with delivering on the Company’s strategic objectives Eoin continues to oversee various cost reduction and production optimisation programmes ensuring a continued emphasis on sustainable profitability, cash management and growth. Prior to joining Lily’s, Eoin held senior roles in Strategy, Sales & Finance with Nestle and Green Isle Foods. He holds a primary degree in Sales and Marketing and read for his MBA in UCD Smurfit Business School. Eoin is also a Chartered Management Accountant

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    • John Teeling - Great Northern Distillery

      John Teeling – Great Northern Distillery 

      Dr John Teeling, Executive Chairman, 162 Group Dr John Teeling holds degrees in Economics and Business from University College Dublin. John, a serial entrepreneurial, has established several companies in the oil and gas and resource sectors for more than 30 years. He is the founder and chairman of Connemara Mining, Petrel Resources, Minco, African Gold, Persian Gold, West African Diamonds and Botswana Diamonds all listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is also the founder and a former director of Kenmare Resources and a former...

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    • Vincent Carton - Manor Farm

      Vincent Carton – Manor Farm 

      Vincent Carton, managing director of Manor Farm, represents the eighth generation of the Carton family to work in the Irish family chicken business. Manor Farm currently employs 700 people directly, including 162 poultry farmers, and supports the employment of an additional 1,000 people throughout Ireland, from farmers growing wheat through to suppliers. Manor Farm is a proud member of Origin Green, Bord Bia's national sustainability programme. Innovation and sustainability have been central to Manor Farm's business model since the company's establishment in 1775. Vincent Carton...

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    • Conference Chairman - Simon McKeever - (Irish Exporters Association)

      Conference Chairman – Simon McKeever – (Irish Exporters Association) 

      Simon McKeever's career to date has encompassed senior executive roles in global financial markets, business consultancy in Ireland, and more recently an outstanding track record in development of trade and trade policy & strategy across Ireland and UK. In addition to his background in Financial Services, his recent role at the British Embassy in Dublin placed him at the forefront of joint trade strategy between Ireland and the UK, where he developed a close working relationship between UK Trade and Investment and Enterprise Ireland. He was the driving force behind the creation of the B...

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    • Caroline Keeling- CEO, Keelings

      Caroline Keeling- CEO, Keelings 

      Caroline Keeling is the CEO of Keelings. Keelings is a 100% Irish-owned family business which started producing fruits and salads on their farm in the 1930’s supplying produce to local Dublin markets. Keelings are focused on growing and sourcing the best fresh produce from around the world.

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    • Vincent Cleary - Glenisk

      Vincent Cleary – Glenisk 

      Vincent Cleary is managing director of Glenisk, while his brother Gerard is chief financial officer. The Tullamore-based company is a producer of organic dairy and goats’ milk products including yogurt, cream and crème fraiche. Glenisk was founded in 1987 by their father – Offaly dairy farmer Jack Cleary. Following his death in 1995, Vincent and Gerard took over the business along with t...

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    • Kathryn Costello - Bewleys

      Kathryn Costello – Bewleys 

      Kathryn Costello, Operations Director, Bewley’s Kathryn Costello is Operations Director of Bewley’s - Ireland’s market leading coffee and tea company.    She has been instrumental in the development and leadership of Bewley’s sustainability programmes which are integrated across the entire organisation.  This is underpinned by a company-wide commitment to ethical trading, environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility.  Bewley’s has major coffee roasting, tea blending and distribution operations in Ireland, the UK and the United States. Bewley’s seek long-term sustainab...

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    • Jens Bleiel - Food for Health Ireland

      Jens Bleiel – Food for Health Ireland 

      Jens Bleiel became the Chief Executive Officer for Food for Health Ireland in August 2009. Jens is a business economist by training. His past assigments have brought him from Germany (his home country) to the Netherlands and Argentina. After five years at a management consultancy in Germany, he joined Dutch company Numico where he held several management and executive functions in the baby food branch of the company (Cow&Gate, amongst other brands). After 10 years in this business with the nicest customers of the world – babies – Jens Bleiel joined Dutch multinational DSM, world. ...

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    • Padraig McEneaney - CEO, Celtic Pure

      Padraig McEneaney – CEO, Celtic Pure 

      Padraig and his wife Pauline founded Celtic Pure Limited 2000. In the early days they worked from the garage of their home, with the help of their two young children at the time, Cian and Sinead, bottling water by hand during the day and then delivering to houses and small shops in local towns by night. Today Celtic Pure is the largest independently owned water bottling company in Ireland and in 2016 will supply circa 70 million bottles of water to its customers. When not working in Celtic Pure, Padraig’s two main hobbies are farming and gaelic football. Before setting up Celtic Pure, Padraig...

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    • John Walshe - Callan Bacon

      John Walshe – Callan Bacon 

      As MD since 1985, John is the man behind Callan Bacon. He has nearly thirty years experience in the sector and is a qualified chartered accountant. John holds post grad diplomas in several key areas of strategic business management, including International Selling and Research and Development. He has also worked in senior roles in multinationals across Europe and South Africa.

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    • Niall Rooney

      Niall Rooney 

      Niall Rooney is a lawyer and trademark attorney with over 15 years experience in IP and brand protection. Niall has represented clients in sectors including technology, media, healthcare, retail, food and beverages. He has advised start-ups, SMEs, multinationals and world-famous brands. Niall is Managing Director of Rooney Intellectual Property and is a former partner with a large firm of Patent and Trademark Attorneys in Dublin.

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