New and Notable Appointments at Three Ireland, Trigon Hotels, Bank of Ireland, Accenture, The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, and Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland

By Business & Finance
04 July 2024
Pictured: Deirdre Ardagh of Three Ireland.

New and Notable Appointments at Three Ireland, Trigon Hotels, Bank of Ireland, Accenture, The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, and Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland.

Deirdre Ardagh, Data Protection Officer and Senior Regulatory Counsel,
Three Ireland

Three, Ireland’s largest telecommunications provider, announces the appointment of Deirdre Ardagh as Three Ireland’s Data Protection Officer and Senior Regulatory Counsel. Deirdre provides in-house counsel on matters of data protection and regulation and is deeply engaged in fostering a compliance-driven culture while steering strategic growth initiatives. Deirdre works closely with her counterparts across CK Hutchinson in the data protection and privacy field, regularly engaging on privacy projects, GDPR compliance and AI governance.

Externally, Deirdre represents Three Ireland before regulatory bodies, in both policy development and legal matters. With many years of experience, as both a barrister and a solicitor, Deirdre provides timely legal counsel on data protection, commercial law, and regulatory compliance. Prior to her appointment, Deirdre acted as Senior Privacy and Public Policy Counsel at Three Ireland, was formerly a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Law team with Sherwin O’Riordan as well as having worked in the area of EU Regulatory Affairs with IDA Ireland.

Deirdre holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from University College Dublin, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The Institute of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Law Degree from The Honourable Society of King’s Inn. As a practicing solicitor, Deirdre is a member of the Law Society of Ireland.

Mandy Young, Group Director of Revenue,
Trigon Hotels

Mandy Young has recently been appointed as Group Director of Revenue at Trigon Hotels, the Cork-based group which operates The Metropole Hotel and the Cork International Hotel.

The Cork native started her career in an advertising agency in Paris working for over 10 years on global accounts including Nestle and l’Oreal.

She has extensive experience in revenue growth for domestic and international companies here in Ireland.  She also has experience working in the newspaper, airline, leisure centre and car rental sectors.  Mandy will now apply her years of experience to the hotel industry.

Managing Director of Trigon Hotels, Aaron Mansworth said, “I am delighted to welcome Mandy Young to the Trigon team.  She has extensive experience and has gained a wealth of transferable skills across a number of sectors in France and Ireland.  Mandy will be an integral part of our wonderful teams in both The Metropole Hotel and the Cork International Hotel. We look forward to continuing our growth together.”

Mandy lives in Ballygarvan and brings her skills in revenue management, multi-market development and marketing to the hotel group in her home county. The professional also served as the Chair of the Marketing Institute Southern Region.

Speaking of her recent appointment, Mandy said, “I am looking forward to working with such a progressive and forward thinking team.  Trigon Hotels has embraced technology to continually deliver the best customer experience and I believe together we can further enhance the business with customer experience always to the fore.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue learning with a company that always strives for excellence, is open to change and embraces new ideas.”

Marie Meehan, Area Director for the West, Midlands and North East,
Bank of Ireland

Marie Meehan, Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland has appointed Marie Meehan to the role of Area Director for the West, Midlands and North East, which includes over 500 colleagues and 61 branches across 14 counties. Marie has more than 20 years’ experience working in financial services with extensive leadership experience across branch banking, fund administration and asset management. A native of Galway, she holds a BA (Irish & Economics) from UCD, a H.Dip in Financial Services and a Professional Diploma in Financial Advice (QFA).

Bank of Ireland has 182 branches across the island of Ireland, 169 in Ireland and 13 in Northern Ireland. The Bank recently announced an investment of more than €60 million in branch improvements, including its largest single investment in ATMs in the last decade. Commenting on the appointment, Alan Durcan, Director, Distribution Channels, Retail Ireland, said:

“The face-to-face service which our branches provide is an important part of Bank of Ireland’s offering as a full service retail bank and Marie’s proven knowledge, experience and dedication to supporting our customers will be a huge asset in this role.” 

Marie will oversee the Bank’s branch network in Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath.

Pamela Barry, Marketing and Communications Lead

Accenture has announced the appointment of Pamela Barry as Marketing and Communications Lead for Accenture in Ireland.

Pamela joins the Ireland Leadership team and in her new role, Pamela is responsible for creating and executing Accenture’s marketing and communications strategy in Ireland. She will oversee all activity across Accenture’s marketing team in Ireland, including Accenture’s local brand and reputation, its talent brand and people communications, and CMD communications.
Pamela has held a number of senior roles in Accenture over the last 10 years. Prior to stepping into her new role, Pamela was the People Communications Lead for Growth & Strategy at the office of Accenture’s Chief Strategy Officer, Bhaskar Ghosh. In this role, she was responsible for communicating programs and content globally across Accenture’s 742,000 people.
Commenting on Pamela’s appointment, Hilary O’Meara, country managing director of Accenture in Ireland said:
I am delighted to announce Pamela Barry’s appointment as Marketing and Communications Lead for Accenture. Her extensive experience and strategic acumen position her perfectly to steer our marketing and communications strategy in Ireland. As a key member of our leadership team, Pamela will play a pivotal role in ensuring alignment and excellence in our brand, reputation, and people communications. With a track record of success spanning various industries, she brings with her a wealth of insight and knowledge to our team. We’re thrilled to welcome her into this vital role, as we continue to strengthen the Accenture brand in Ireland, and I wish her every success.”
Commenting on her appointment, Pamela said: 
“I am thrilled to step into this new leadership role at a time when we are increasingly looking to align our business strategy with our internal and external communications and marketing strategies. I’m looking forward to leading our team of talented marketers towards innovative solutions and impactful communication strategies that support business growth.”
Before joining Accenture, Pamela held marketing positions in companies across multiple industries including advertising, FMCG, banking and telecommunications.
Pamela lectures part-time in DCU for its undergraduate degree in Marketing, Innovation & Technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business studies and a master’s degree in marketing, both from DCU, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Event Management with PR from the Fitzwilliam Institute. Pamela is IMI Certified, having completed the Taking the Lead – Women in Leadership course.

Kevin Hollingsworth, President
The Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland

THE Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) has announced the appointment of Kevin Hollingsworth as its new President. Kevin, Managing Director of Omega Surveying Services, brings extensive experience and a distinguished career in the building surveying industry to his new role.

Kevin, who formerly held the role of Vice President of the SCSI for two years, has been instrumental in positioning Omega Surveying Services as a trusted partner for Owners’ Management Companies (OMCs) in the Government Legacy Defects Scheme. This initiative focuses on remediating structural defects in numerous apartments and duplexes built between 1991 and 2014. Under Kevin’s leadership, Omega Surveying Services has gained a reputation for meticulous attention to detail and unwavering dedication, resulting in high-quality and reliable project outcomes.

Omega Surveying Services is a part of Murphy Geospatial, which was recently acquired by the global architecture, engineering, and consulting firm, Woolpert. Kevin’s expertise and strategic vision have been crucial in integrating Omega’s operations with its parent company, ensuring continued client satisfaction and business growth.

Kevin Hollingsworth commented on his new role: “I am honoured to take on the role of President of SCSI. I aim to bring a new level of enthusiasm and engagement, promoting further involvement in the APC process and advancing the surveying profession. Our focus will be on continuous improvement and addressing the critical issues facing our industry.”

Shirley Coulter, CEO at SCSI said “We are delighted to welcome Kevin Hollingsworth as our new President. His extensive experience and dedication to the surveying profession will be invaluable as we continue to advocate for our members and the public interest.”

Helen Nolan, Board Chair
Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland

Aviva Life & Pensions Ireland DAC recently appointed Helen Nolan as Chair of its Board replacing Paul Raleigh who stepped down from the position after six years at the end of May.

In her executive career, she held a number of senior roles with Bank of Ireland Group, including Group Secretary and Group Chief Internal Auditor.  She is also a non-executive director of Dole plc, Companjon Insurance DAC and the Institute of Directors Ireland.

Commenting on the appointment Barry Cudmore, CEO at Aviva Life & Pensions said: “We are delighted to welcome Helen as the new Chair of our Board as we continue to make progress on our ambitious growth objectives for our business in Ireland. I would also like to thank Paul Raleigh for his leadership and dedication as Chair of the Board over the past six years.”


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