People who are starting a new job in Ireland
Here is a selection of people starting new roles with Ardonagh Group, Ethos, Legal & General Investment Management, European Union Military Staff, Wrightbus and Galway City’s new Irish language plan.
Rory Best has been appointed Director of Development at insurance broker Ardonagh Group. The Irish rugby star, former captain of Ulster, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, will work with the group’s management teams, including its subsidiary Arachas. He will campaign for his community and charitable projects and will be appointed to the board of directors of Ardonagh Community Trust. From Poyntzpass to Co Down he won 124 caps for Ireland. Coming from a farming family, he holds a degree in agriculture from Queen’s University, Belfast. Since retiring from rugby he has mainly focused on his charitable activities and is an avid philanthropist. He will lend his voice to work with Ardonagh in support of mental health awareness and other issues affecting young people.
Shana Singh has been appointed Marketing Manager at Ethos, the mechanical and electrical consulting firm. A highly experienced marketing professional with expertise from former positions at Virgin Media Ireland, CityJet DAC and One4All, Shana will be responsible for leading a team tasked with developing the Ethos brand in the EMEA region through strategic and tactical initiatives that enable achieve the objectives of the business plan, leveraging marketing communications, media and direct marketing. It will also develop and implement a new communication platform focused on internal and external audiences. She will also support new sales activities and responses to offer proposals, also advising the company on new market opportunities. Irish company Ehos has significant growth and development ambitions for the EMEA region.
Steven de Vries has been appointed Head of Wholesale and Retail Distribution, EMEA, with Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), and will lead his wholesale and retail efforts in Europe. Reporting to Honor Solomon, Head of Retail, LGIM, EMEA, Stephen will manage the distribution of the company’s mutual funds and ETFs in major European markets, such as Germany, Italy and Switzerland. With 25 years of experience in asset management, Steven worked for Janus Henderson Investors as Managing Director of Global Financial Institutions (GFIs) from 2017 to 2020. Prior to the company’s merger, he held positions of management at Henderson Global Investors from 2001 to 17, notably as sales manager for Europe for six years. He recently acted as an independent consultant advising boutique asset managers on European distribution, among others.
Seán White, Brigadier General of the Irish Defense Forces, has been appointed Director of Communications, Information Systems and Cyber Defense of the European Union General Staff (EUMS) within the European Service for the external action (SEAE) in Brussels. It will develop policies and concepts for Military Communication / Information Systems (CIS) and Cyber Defense, which build on the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy. He is a Communications and Information Services Officer with over 35 years of service in the Irish Defense Forces and has held domestic and foreign positions in a variety of military roles. Educated at Summerhill College Sligo, he holds a Masters Degree from UK Defense Academy (Cranfield University) and NUIM, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Management and Technology, also from NUIM.
Neil Collins has been appointed Managing Director of Wrightbus, the Co Down-based bus manufacturer. A seasoned general manager, he is also well known as a goalkeeper for the Down GAA team, winning two All-Ireland titles in the span of four years. He will work closely with Wrightbus Executive Chairman Jo Bamford, who rescued Wrightbus from administration in 2019, and CEO Buta Atwal. Neil is stepping down as Managing Director for Ireland at Rubble Master, the Austrian mobile crushing company. He was also previously Manufacturing Manager for Northern Ireland of the Heating and Ventilation division of the Dimplex Group. He has championed various net zero initiatives during his tenure at both companies and is keen for Wrightbus to continue to push the boundaries in the years to come.
Micheál Óg Mac Aoidh has been appointed coordinator of Galway City’s new Irish language plan. A graduate of NUIG, Micheál grew up in an Irish family in Salthill. He has worked for several Irish-speaking theater companies, including An Taibhdhearc, (Amharclann Náisiúna na Gaeilge) Fíbín and Na Fánaithe. He has volunteered for the Galway International Arts Festival, Macnas and Cúirt. He spent ten years working as an arts officer in the Gaeltacht regions. He was the very first responsible for planning the Irish language in Ireland. He worked as a language planning officer for three years in the Gaeltacht region of Cloich Cheann Fhaola in Donegal, initiating many innovative language projects. He also worked for two years for a publishing house in Sao Paulo, Brazil.