New and notable appointments at Aircoach, Trium Ireland and Sisk

By Business & Finance
18 February 2021
Sinead Hickey, Head of Sustainability for Ireland and UK, Sisk
Pictured: Sinéad Hickey, Head of Sustainability for Ireland and Europe, Sisk

This week sees new and notable appointments at Aircoach, Trium Ireland and Sisk

David O’Connor, Digital Marketing Manager,

David O'Connor, AIrcoach

David O’Connor, Digital Marketing Manager, Aircoach

Aircoach, the private coach and bus operator, has announced the appointment of David O’Connor as Digital Marketing Manager.

Formerly Sales and Marketing Manager of Delfin English School, one of Dublin’s longest established English language schools, David brings a wealth of experience from his work in the entertainment, leisure and tourism industries. Prior to this, David also held roles with Frontier Entertainment and Horse Racing Ireland as Sales and Marketing Manager for Fairyhouse Racecourse. During his time with Fairyhouse Racecourse, David successfully delivered award-winning sales and marketing campaigns for their biggest event of the year, the Easter Festival featuring the BoyleSports Irish Grand National.

With his new role, David will be responsible for developing and executing Aircoach’s digital marketing strategies. Celebrating 21 years in business, Aircoach operates key intercity services between Cork, Belfast, Dublin Airport, Dublin City Centre and its suburbs.

Commenting on his new role, David said, “I am delighted to join the team at Aircoach, a company that plays an integral role in Ireland’s private transport industry, facilitating well over 2.5 million passengers annually. The public transport industry is a huge area of importance, not only in transporting the nation but as part of Ireland’s climate change agenda and I look forward to working with the team at Aircoach over the coming months and years.”

David holds a degree in Business Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) along with a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Irish Internet Association. David also holds a Diploma in Business Management and a Certificate in Retail Marketing from DIT.

Commenting on David’s appointment, Dervla McKay, Managing Director of Aircoach said, “David brings a huge amount of knowledge and experience to his new role here at Aircoach and his passion and creativity is a significant asset to the team. David’s award-winning work is testament to this and we look forward to working closely with David as we continue to develop and grow the business.

Shauna Brady, Vice President of Risk,
Trium Ireland

Trium Ireland, a full scope AIFM and UCITS Management Company (ManCo), has hired risk specialist Shauna Brady, as it seeks to capitalise on the increasing demand for the structuring of UCITS and AIF solutions. 

In her new role as vice president of risk, Brady will draw from her rich and varied background of asset management, governance, and regulatory experience. Based in Dublin, Brady will support Trium Ireland as it deepens its presence in the global fund industry and bolsters its operations in the capital over time.  

Third-party ManCos are taking centre stage in the Irish fund industry, as the popularity of self-managed investment companies (SMICs) wanes. The move to ManCos has been driven by a confluence of factors, prompting an increasing amount of asset managers to move away from SMICs. 

Navigating a changing landscape 

Before taking up her role at Trium, she was a trader at BlackRock. She also held a portfolio management and monetary policy position at the European Central Bank. Prior to that role, she worked on asset management and investment strategy at BNP Paribas. 

Brady will report to head of risk at Trium Ireland, Jamie Murphy, and assist clients in navigating risk and regulatory compliance. Trium Ireland delivers comprehensive solutions to established and emerging investment managers. By analysing individual strategy features and corresponding investor audiences, it works together with clients to create appropriate UCITS and AIF frameworks. 

Trium Ireland acts as the main point of contact for the liaison with the Central Bank of Ireland, lawyers and other advisers, the Depositary, and for coordinating matters related to fund governance. Managing the entire fund set up and ongoing running of strategies, Trium Ireland enables investment firms to focus on delivering consistent alpha for clients.  

On her new role, Brady said: “I am excited to join a growing business that is responding to a rapidly changing landscape and supporting clients to evolve their offerings. Alternatives are playing an increasing role in investment portfolios, and I look forward to supporting the team’s effort in deepening our footprint in this space. 

“As demand for different fund structures has grown, Trium has applied an agile and personal approach in partnering with firms to oversee regulatory requirements, including risk and compliance monitoring, annual fillings, board meetings, and service provider reviews.” 

Trium has established two highly efficient routes to market, offering clients a spectrum of choice. The first is a ManCo fund platform structure allowing managers to ‘plug and play’- thus reducing time to market, while keeping costs under control.  The second route, where clients require an increased level of control over the set-up, is a bespoke, personalised option that can include establishing a dedicated fund vehicle with oversight over the key advisers and service providers appropriate to client-specific requirements.” 

Andrew Collins, head of Trium Ireland, said: “We are delighted to welcome Shauna on board. She has a unique mix of international asset management and central bank experience that will allow her to successfully steer clients through the complex regulatory and risk environment. She is a natural fit for the team as she understands the governance and macro backdrop, as well as the technical aspects of the evolving alternatives space. At Trium, we not only operate from a strong platform of risk and compliance knowledge, we also deeply understand the alternatives space from an investment point of view.” 

Sinéad Hickey, Head of Sustainability for Ireland and Europe,

John Sisk & Son has appointed Sinéad Hickey as Head of Sustainability for Ireland and Europe. Sinéad previously held a global sustainability position at US multinational Abbott, the medical devices and healthcare company. Her experience includes work on sustainability strategy development, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) assessments and  social impact programmes.

Sisk has shown its intent with the recent launch of its 2030 Sustainability Roadmap 2030 ‘Building today, Caring for tomorrow’ which includes 21 targets (that outline direct support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals), including how it is going to reach its ambition of carbon neutrality by 2030.

Sisk has further demonstrated leadership by committing to setting targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Wayne Metcalfe, Director – Health, Safety, Sustainability & Quality, John Sisk & Son said: “We are delighted to welcome Sinéad as Sisk’s new Head of Sustainability for Ireland and Europe. I look forward to working closely with her to deliver the ambitious targets we have set with our 2030 Roadmap.”

Sinéad Hickey, Head of Sustainability – Ireland & Europe, John Sisk & Son said: “I am thrilled to join Sisk, the organisation has shown a high level of leadership in sustainability so far. The Sisk 2030 Sustainability Roadmap is a fantastic starting point and enables us to take on the sustainability challenges facing the construction industry and the broader society we serve.”