The newly appointed Chamber Council for 2020/21 are Robert Murray (President), Miriam Simon (Vice President), Breanndán Casey (Secretary), Ken Rooney (Treasurer), Eddie Phelan,
Niall Kierans , Collette Farrell, Bridget Kerrigan, Michael Gerrard, Paul Berrill,
Stephen Mc Donnell, Tamara Howard, Linda Ennis, Steven Rice, and Robert Doran.
Robert Murray, President
Head of Marketing,
First Citizen Finance
Robert has been working in retail financial services since 1999, when he joined Irish Permanent Finance – subsequently called Permanent tsb Finance after a merger in 2001 and now known as First Citizen Finance following a Management Buy-Out in 2012 by the Senior Management Team of Permanent TSB Finance.
First Citizen Finance provides competitive finance solutions to consumers and non-consumers across the Motor, Agri, SME Equipment and Commercial Real Estate sectors in the Republic of Ireland. Robert works nationally across both the Sales and Marketing divisions of the company, based in Drogheda.
Robert joined Drogheda Chamber in 2009 as a member and has been a Council member since 2017.
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Miriam Simon, Vice President
Growth Strategist, PTO.ie
Miriam Simon is founder of PTO.ie (www.pto.ie), a consultancy that specialises in trading & consumer strategy. An experienced Business Mentor with over 30 years experience working at board level within the Retail sector, alongside cross industry mentoring with Enterprise Ireland, Miriam helps CEO's and Business owners grow their business and get great results - at pace! Miriam has added tens of millions to the bottom lines of the businesses she has worked with, and as such is ranked by Linkedin as within the Top 1% for Retail.
In addition, Miriam is an accredited executive coach, has studied Corporate Governance and Strategy with the Institute of Directors, and is also advisor to Ireland's finalists for the SME Instrument Horizon 2020 programme, which has a strong track record of fund achievement..
Breanndán Casey, Secretary
Connected Health & Well-Being’ Cluster, DKIT
Breanndán Casey is the Education and outreach Manager for the newly-established ‘Connected Health & Well-Being’ Cluster which is based at DKIT, and aims to support the creation and expansion of Digital Health companies and services across the North-East region.
Breanndán has twenty years’ experience in economic development, small business support, development of business Clusters, and until recently, was the Innovation & Enterprise Manager of The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda which supports startups and entrepreneurship in the greater Drogheda region
Ken Rooney, Treasurer
Rooney & Associates
Ken has over 15 years Banking experience mainly involved in commercial & property lending at a senior management level. Qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in the late 1990’s, and have worked both in practice and industry. Ken also leads a wholesale and retail business, involved in the import and distribution of household products throughout Ireland and the UK. Ken has been a Chamber Council member since 2012 and is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee.
Michael Gerrard, Chamber Council
Social Media Consultant
Michael has been working in the media Industry for more than 30 years. In that time Michael has worked in Radio TV and Newspapers, local and National.
Still involved in the Radio Industry, he has his own business, Michael Gerrard Media. He helps companies with their digital marketing strategy and manages their Social Media platforms on a daily basis.
Bridget Kerrigan, Chamber Council
Bridget Kerrigan, is the founder and creative director at BAMMEDIA, a creative branding and web agency based in Drogheda, Co. Louth. After graduating from design college with qualifications in both Graphic Design and Digital Media, Bridget set up BAMMEDIAin 2006. Under her creative direction, Bammedia has carved out an extensive client base and built a reputation as a small yet impactful design studio, creating and developing some of the North East’s best known corporate, retail and tech brands.
Tamara Howard, Chamber Council
Tamara Howard Communications
Tamara is a brand & creative marketing consultant who founded her own Brand & Marketing agency Tamara Howard Communications. She has a diverse background having worked to deliver through-the-line advertising campaigns with some of the largest blue-chip Irish & International brands, as well as having exposure to start-up/challenger brands. She brings this full spectrum of knowledge to her vibrant book of clients.
Eddie Phelan, Chamber Council
Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and Director at VCL Consultants
Eddie is a chartered Civil and Structural Engineer and managing director of VCL Consultants. He has operated the practice for the past 20 years providing consultancy services to the construction industry both locally and throughout Ireland. Eddie has been a council member of the Chamber since 2012 and was Chamber president from 2015-2017. Eddie originally hails from Kildare but has lived in Drogheda since 1995 and he and his family have been embedded in the community since that date.
Paul Berrill, Chamber Council
Associate, Berrill Kiernan & Associates
Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2014 working in a Big 4 Firm where he gained extensive experience across a myriad of different industries, including technology, manufacturing, distribution, pharmaceutical and retail.
Paul works with and advises businesses of all stages, including those in the growth and maturity stages and has an avid interest in start-up businesses. Paul is passionate about assisting and promoting local trade and enterprise.
Collette Farrell has worked in the cultural sector for the past 30 years. Starting out as an actress, she completed the Diploma in Theatre & Media Studies with the Abbey Theatre, and taught drama in the Gaiety School of Acting. She was General & Programme Manager of the City Arts Centre, Dublin, Producer for Calipo Theatre & Picture, Drogheda and in 2017 she became Director of Droichead Arts Centre. Collette co-chairs Drogheda Arts Festival, is a member of the Louth Creative Ireland, and has an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice and Entrepreneurship with Ulster University.
Steven Rice, Chamber Council
Big Wheel Marketing
Steven is the founder and CEO of Big Wheel Marketing (www.bigwheel.org), a marketing consultancy with offices in both Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. Since inception in 2015, Big Wheel has worked with over 60 clients in areas of expertise ranging from marketing strategy, video production, digital marketing technology, creative services and public relations.
Steven is also an international tourism consultant and has contributed to many projects in the areas of national tourism strategies, travel technology and marketing, and travel-related investments and private equity.
Previously, Steven was the Managing Director (Ireland) and Commercial Director (Europe) for online travel agent ebookers.com, and the former CEO of the Tourism Development Authority of the emirate of Ras al Khaimah, UAE.
Stephen Mc Donnell, Chamber Council
M1 Drogheda Chamber Skillnet
Stephen McDonnell has many over 30 years’ experience managing high performing diverse teams in the Defence Forces and the corporate world. Since 2017 he has been running his own successful executive coaching business (Timesworth Ltd) and has a real passion for learning and guiding people to achieve their potential. As Network Manager of the M1Drogheda Chamber Skillnet, he has a direct influence in helping regional businesses develop staff and business models.
Robert Doran, Chamber Council
Operations Director at Jack Doran Motors
Robert joined the family business
(www.jackdoranmotors.ie) in 2018. Jack Doran Motors is the main Kia and Citroen dealer in Drogheda and was established in 1998. Previously, Robert worked in the FMCG industry for over 20 years in a wide range of commercial roles dealing with some of the most recognisable brands and companies. Robert became a Council member this year.
Linda Ennis, Chamber Council
Employer Engagement Officer, LMETB
Linda Ennis is the Employer Engagement Officer for the Louth Region, with the Louth Meath Education and Training Board. Linda’s role is to support local employers and employees with SOLAS Funded Training Courses to support upskilling, reskilling, career transition and career progression. Linda holds an Honours Degree in Training & Education and has over 20 years of experience in the training & education sector. She also ran her own private training college for 12 years so has a clear understanding of all aspects of business and an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities surrounding running your own business. Linda is passionate about supporting both company and career progression through lifelong learning “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” Malcolm X
Niall Kierans, Chamber Council
MD of Kierans's Bros. Ltd
A family run business based in Droghedas' main street, West St. Originally set up in 1918 as a grocery store by brothers, Michael and Owen Kierans, the business has continuously adapted over the years to its present format as a Delicatessen. Now in its third generation the business has in recent years branched into outside catering, catering for corporate and domestic business in the Drogheda and East Meath area. Niall is a graduate of the College of Commerce in Rathmell and is presently Chairman of the recently established LoveDrogheda BID (Business Improvement District) a Ratepayer funded initiative, established to promote Drogheda as a place to work, live and socialise. His involvement with Drogheda Chamber continues his families involvement with , Owen 1934/5, Tommy 1952/3, Malachi 1994/5 and Eugene 2006/8 all holding office as previous Presidents of Drogheda Chamber.
Ronan Whitty, Chamber Council
Director of Business, Innovation and Enterprise at the Mill Enterprise Centre Drogheda
Ronan is the Director of Business, Innovation and Enterprise at the Mill Enterprise Centre in Drogheda. He is a multi-award winner for Entrepreneurship at both a National and World level. Ronan's specialities are in the areas of business strategy, revenue management and profit optimisation.
Prior to joining the Mill, Ronan worked as the Director of Revenue, Pricing and Deal Management for the Mater Private Hospital Network. Ronan has over 15 years' experience in Director and senior Commercial roles across tourism, aviation, telecoms and healthcare and has worked in across the Caribbean and in North Africa.
DROGHEDA & DISTRICT CHAMBER
WHO ARE WE?
We are Drogheda & District Chamber, located in Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland. As the leading business organisation in Drogheda, our mission is simple, to promote, engage, support, and ultimately make business better for our members and the wider community. We are a volunteer led organisation and for over 125 years Drogheda & District Chamber has been the beating heart of the business community.
How we collect information about you
When you browse our website www.droghedachamber.ie, we may ask for personal information such as your name, email address. We may also collect information about you when you are on the internet such as the website you came from, IP address, domain types, i.e., .co.uk and.com), your browser type the country where your internet service provider is located, the pages of our site that were viewed during your visit and search terms that you used. This information is only used for our own research and to improve our service to you. We will only collect your personal information when you provide
it to us, when you email us, send an enquiry through our “Contact Us” page and when you subscribe to any of our services. Drogheda & District Chamber use the social media platforms of Facebook, and Twitter to keep our members informed of events and services which we consider may be of interest..
What Personal Information Do We Collect?
When you visit our website, we collect particular information related to your device, such as the IP address, referring website, details of the pages your device visited and the time that your device visited our website.
Drogheda & District Chamber respect your right to privacy, and we will only collect personal information when you provide this to us. When you submit an email enquiry, subscribe to our mailing list or newsletter or register for an event, or complete any of our on line forms we will process your personal information for specific purposes which allow us to provide and deliver our services to you. The categories of personal information that we collect from you include, names, email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers, transactional information (including invoices due and paid).
How We Use Your Personal Information
Drogheda & District Chamber will process your personal information for a variety of legal purposes, including but not limited to the following:
• To provide services to members and potential members
• Networking opportunities
• To respond to any communications, you might send to us
• To send you email alerts and newsletters that you have opted in to receive
• Educational events
• Promoting members
• Start Up Business Assistance
• Process membership transactions (including transaction confirmations and invoices
• Send members industry updates, event/news/notifications, and administrative communications
• Manage members use of our services and to respond to enquiries and comments and provide membership services and support
Use of Non-Personal Information
We gather statistical and analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to our website www.droghedachamber.ie. This non-personal information encompasses data that cannot be used to identify you.
Our Legal Bases to Process Your Personal Information
We detail below our identified legal bases which allow is to process your personal information:
• Processing is necessary for the performance of a Contract to which the Data Subject is party or to take steps at the request of the Data Subject prior to entering. The Contract
• Legal Obligation
• Legitimate Interest of the Data Controller
• Public Interest
If we process personal information based on your Consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of processing which took place prior to its withdrawal.
Sharing of Personal Information
There may be occasions when it is necessary for us to share your personal information with our external working Partners and Stakeholders for the purposes of providing our services to you. We detail below some of our external Third Partners; however, this is information is not an exhaustive list.
• Web Hosting Company
• Saas Providers
• Email Platform
• Payroll Provider
There may also be occasions when in accordance with Independent Statutory Legislation we are obligated to share personal information. Under certain circumstances, we may be required to disclose your personal information in response to valid requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
Is Personal Data Transferred outside the EEA?
We do not knowingly transfer personal information outside the EEA, however our CRM system is Hub Spot and is hosted in Europe.
How we keep your Personal information Safe
Drogheda & District Chamber are committed to the protection and security of your personal information. We use a variety of technologies and procedures to protect your personal information from, “unauthorised use, and access, accidental loss, unlawful destruction, alteration, unlawful disclosure. As effective as security practices are, no physical or electronic system is entirely secure. We cannot guarantee the complete security of our data base or can we guarantee that information that you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the internet. We have implemented strict internal guidelines to ensure that your privacy is safeguarded at every level of our organisation. We will continue to revise policies and procedures and review our systems and we will implement additional security features as new technologies become available. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. When we receive your personal information, we use appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being compromised in any way. When you contact us to ask about your personal information, we may ask you to identify yourself, this is to help protect your personal information.
How Long Do We Keep Your Personal Information?
We process and retain personal information to meet our legal and regulatory requirements and for as long as necessary to enable Drogheda & District Chamber to provide our services to our members. It is not our practice to retain personal information for longer than is considered necessary.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, do not access, use, or provide any personal information on www.droghedachamber.ie or through any of its features. If we learn that we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13, without parental consent, we will delete that information.
Your Personal information Rights
In accordance with The EU General Data Protection Regulation and The Data Protection Act 2018 you are afforded the following rights in certain circumstances. However, not all “Rights” are absolute, and exemptions may apply.
Right of Access: You have the right to obtain confirmation from us whether or not we process personal information about you and where that is the case, access to the personal data, including the purposes of the processing and the categories of personal data concerned. The recipients or categories or recipients to whom the personal information have been or will be disclosed.
You may also submit a written request for a copy of personal information you believe we may be processing about you. Upon such a written request, Drogheda & District Chamber will verify the validity of the request for security purposes. Your subject access request will be responded to within thirty days, However, where the request is unreasonable, or onerous such requests will be responded to within a two-month time period.
Right to Rectification: You have the right to the rectification of inaccurate personal information about you without undue delay.
Right to Erasure: You may ask us to delete your personal information, however this is not an absolute right and any such request will be considered in connection with our legal obligations and under the legal framework of the EU GDPR
Right to Restricting and Objecting: You have the right to restrict or object to us using your personal information.
Right to Data Portability: Upon your written request, where possible we can share a digital copy of your personal information with you or another organisation.
How to contact us
Should you have any questions regarding how we process your personal information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also address your correspondence The Data Protection Compliance Officer, Drogheda & District Chamber, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland.
The Data Commissioners Office can be contacted at www.dataprotection.ie
Updated - December 2020