New and notable appointments at Fieldfisher, Expereo, Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS), and Bristow Ireland

By Business & Finance
11 April 2024
Pictured: JP McDowell, Managing Partner of Fieldfisher Ireland LLP (centre) with newly appointed partners Jonathan Moore (left) and Johan Verbruggen (right).
Pictured: JP McDowell, Managing Partner of Fieldfisher Ireland LLP (centre) with newly appointed partners Jonathan Moore (left) and Johan Verbruggen (right).

This week sees new and notable appointments at Fieldfisher, Expereo, Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS), and Bristow Ireland.

Jonathan Moore, Partner in Planning and Environmental practice, and Johan Verbruggen, Partner and Head of its Medical Negligence practice,

Fieldfisher Ireland LLP has appointed two new partners. Jonathan Moore has been appointed to Partner in its Planning and Environmental practice while Johan Verbruggen has been appointed as a Partner and Head of its Medical Negligence practice.

The appointments represent an expansion of the partnership in Fieldfisher Ireland to 15 partners and follow the recent appointment of Ciara Burke as Partner and Head of its Data Protection and Privacy in late 2023.

Jonathan Moore’s appointment as Partner in Fieldfisher Ireland’s leading Planning and Environmental practice signifies a substantial commitment to its long-term regulatory clients in this complex and growing area. This comes after the recent establishment of an Environmental High Court division, which has dealt with approximately 300 judicial reviews since 2020, many of which Jonathan’s team has been involved in. The Planning and Environmental team was recently ranked Tier 1 in the Legal 500 rankings. The EU Green Deal is also bringing about a swathe of new environmental regulations – not least of which require companies to report ESG impacts starting from early 2024. Jonathan heads up the multi-disciplinary ESG Services Team which will assist clients with these new requirements.

Leading the medical negligence practice for Fieldfisher Ireland, Johan Verbruggen will play a crucial role in steering the firm’s delivery of exceptional service to clients seeking justice in cases of medical wrongdoing. He will also collaborate closely with Fieldfisher’s international team, working with counterparts in Fieldfisher UK’s renowned medical negligence practice, headed up by Iona Meeres-Young. Verbruggen, a Galway-native, ran a branch office of a very successful medical negligence practice in the west of Ireland. Since qualifying in 2016, he has represented injured patients and families of those who have died in hospital, in a number of high-profile cases and inquests.

Commenting on the appointments, Fieldfisher Ireland Managing Partner JP McDowell said: “The expansion of Fieldfisher’s expertise aligns seamlessly with the firm’s extensive institutional knowledge and years of experience in the healthcare, planning and environmental spaces. We’re delighted to welcome Johan and Jonathan to the Partnership and I have no doubt that both will be great assets to our firm in their new roles.”

Jonathan Moore, commenting on his appointment, said: “I have enjoyed being part of Fieldfisher’s exceptional Planning & Environmental team for the last number of years and I look forward to delivering strong results for clients over the coming years in my new role, in both planning and environmental law, and the wider ESG area.”

Johan Verbruggen, speaking on his appointment, said: “I welcome the opportunity to join a leading international firm and collaborate with my new colleagues across Ireland and internationally. As somebody who has been personally affected by medical negligence, I understand the difficulties faced by injured patients and their families, and I look forward to helping clients across Ireland navigate the complexities of these cases in my new role”.

Ben Elms, Chief Executive Officer, and Irwin Fouwels, Executive Chairman,

Expereo, the world leading global intelligent internet company that connects people, places and things anywhere today announces the appointment of Ben Elms as Chief Executive Officer and Irwin Fouwels as Executive Chairman, effective May 1st, 2024.

This strategic move is part of Expereo’s commitment to driving sustained growth and building on its legacy of innovation and global customer success. With their combined experience in the telecommunications and technology sectors, Elms and Fouwels bring a wealth of expertise and leadership to their new roles within the business.

As CEO, Ben Elms will be responsible for driving the company’s strategic vision, enhancing operational efficiency, and fostering innovation to meet the evolving needs of Expereo’s global customer base. He brings over 25 years of relevant experience having held key executive roles at prominent firms and prior to joining Expereo as the CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise Business, serving its multinational customers around the world.

Since joining in 2022 as Chief Revenue Officer, Elms has successfully led transformative initiatives such as expereoOne Expereo’s digital customer experience platform and driven its direct enterprise go-to-market strategy. This has positioned Expereo as a recognized global leader in delivering unique transformative customer value through its global enterprise network and cloud access solutions.   In the first quarter of this year, Expereo launched its Enhanced Internet proposition, optimizing global cloud application performance through a proprietary AI-driven routing optimization platform.  Leveraging Elms’ strong background in IoT and mobility, Expereo also added enterprise grade Fixed Wireless Access and Low Orbit Satellite solutions to its wide array of managed global connectivity solutions.

Elms commented; “I am honoured to lead Expereo during this exciting next phase of growth and innovation. Expereo has established itself as a global leader in internet-based connectivity solutions, and I look forward to working closely with the talented team to drive further success and deliver unparalleled value to our direct enterprise and wholesale customers. We have a strong foundation and a reputation for excellence in the industry. I am thrilled to lead the company with Irwin’s support as Executive Chairman. With the entire team we will capitalize on new opportunities, further expand our market presence, and drive continued innovation including driven by increased adoption of AI and the opportunities that creates for Expereo – “faster to the future”.”

Fouwels, assuming the role of Executive Chairman brings a strategic mindset and a passion for innovation which has contributed to Expereo’s success. As Expereo CEO over the last decade, he has transformed and scaled Expereo to the world leading global intelligent internet company delivering unparalleled internet performance, led the company through multiple investor rounds and a series of acquisitions whilst delivering strong financial performance and investor returns.

Fouwels commented: “It is a privilege working with the global Expereo team and its investment partners over the last decade delivering unique value to our customers in a dynamic technology and telecoms market. We have been pivotal in transforming the way global enterprises architect global connectivity and application performance, leveraging the agility of the internet, whilst making it enterprise grade in terms of performance and security. And this anywhere on the globe, through any access technology.

Over the last two years Ben as CRO has been invaluable in accelerating our growth path, strengthening our go to market in direct enterprise whilst ensuring scalability throughout the organization, driving further automation, transformation and building global recognition of the Expereo brand and notably transforming expereoOne to a unique digital customer experience and platform.   expereoOne turns the fragmented global internet landscape into a unique one-touch customer experience and has grown significantly with the addition of a large number of globally recognised large multinational enterprise customers.  Ben has also brought in exceptional talent, strengthening the team as a foundation for further growth and solid financial performance.  I am very much looking forward to working alongside Ben providing strategic guidance and supporting Expereo’s leadership team”.

With Elms’ and Fouwels’ combined leadership, industry knowledge and track record of success they are confident in accelerating Expereo’s growth trajectory, and in delivering exceptional value to their customers and partners.

Cathy Bowes, Director of Medical Services,
Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS)

Cathy Bowes, Director of Medical Services, Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS)

Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS) has announced the appointment of Cathy Bowes to the position of Director of Medical Services.

Bowes has extensive medical science, diagnostic laboratory and commercial expertise and will lead the expansion of the medical services division at CLS. Focusing on providing world-class clinical laboratory solutions and working with the senior management team, Bowes will be responsible for strategic development, innovative and customised services and delivery to national and multinational clients.

A native of Galway, Bowes holds a Bachelor Degree in Medical and Molecular Cytology from Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) (Science Foundation Ireland Bursary recipient), a Bachelor Degree of Biosciences from South East Technological University (SETU) and a Diploma in Management from Irish Management Institute (IMI Dublin). Cathy has specialisms in molecular and gynaecytology and prior to joining CLS, she held positions in LetsGetChecked and Medlab Pathology.

Philip Bartlett, Director, Irish Search and Rescue (SAR),
Bristow Ireland

Bristow Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of Bristow Group Inc, the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, announced the appointment of Philip Bartlett as Director, Irish Search and Rescue (SAR), effective immediately.

With over 33 years’ experience in Irish and U.K. aviation, Bartlett brings a thorough understanding of the Irish aviation industry to this important new role. In August 2023, Bristow Ireland signed a contract with the Department of Transport for the provision of rotary and fixed-wing aviation services for the Irish Coast Guard. In early February this year, Bristow received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), marking a significant step towards the next generation of Coast Guard search and rescue aviation services in Ireland. In this new position, Bartlett will be responsible for leading the Bristow Ireland team responsible for delivering life-saving missions across the country.

Most recently, Bartlett was the Chief Technical Officer for Shannon Technical Services, a global technical services provider for aircraft owners, lessors, and airlines. As part of the senior leadership team, Bartlett established the Continuous Air Worthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) department for a wide range of regional, commercial, and corporate aircraft, including several helicopter types.

Prior to that, Bartlett was a Technical Operations Manager for Nordic Aviation Capital, where he gained a perspective on the regional aircraft leasing business, including managing aircraft deliveries and returns, to and from various international airlines.

Philip Bartlett, Bristow Director for Ireland said: “I look forward to joining the experienced and skilled Bristow Ireland team as we transition to this new contract and establish the next generation of search and rescue operations on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard.”

Neil Ebberson, Bristow Director Government Services, said: “Philip brings significant experience of Irish aviation to Bristow. His appointment follows the recent award of the Air Operator Certificate, which is a fundamental requirement for delivering SAR operations in Ireland. We are delighted to welcome Philip to the team and look forward to his leadership of the transition to the new contract getting underway this autumn.”

Philip holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Hons) in Aircraft Engineering, Aerodynamics, Business, and Quality from Kingston University; is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; an Incorporated Engineer with the U.K. Engineering Council; and holds an EASA Part 66 and National Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License from the Irish Aviation Authority.

The new SAR contract will see Bristow Ireland operate six SAR-configured AW189 helicopters from dedicated bases in Shannon, Sligo, Waterford, and Weston. In an expansion to the current service, the new contract will include a day and night fixed-wing service operating out of Shannon.

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