Steve Aiken was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the British Irish Chamber in 2011. As CEO, Steve is responsible for delivering the vision, strategy and development of the Chamber. Steve came from a background of senior UK Government policy making positions including leading the influential Global Strategic Trends group, advising on issues of Climate Change, Energy Security, Europe and Resource Scarcity amongst others. Previously he also had a career as a Nuclear Submarine Captain and has had extensive experience of the Polar regions, South Asia, the Middle and Far East. He holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, a MA from Kings College London, and is completing a Doctorate, again in International Relations, at Cambridge.
M: +353 86 0411 803
T: +353 1 400 43 12
Membership and Events Director
Yve O’Driscoll was appointed in February 2011 to develop the membership of the British Irish Chamber and her role has since been expanded to include event management. Yve’s previous career included several marketing positions and contracts, including international conventions, sales force incentives, financial service product development and internal publications.
M: +353 86 041 1831
T: +353 1 400 43 14
Michael Keaveney was appointed Director GB in October 2012 and is based in London. As Director GB, Michael is responsible for representing and promoting the interests of the Chamber’s British based members as well as membership development. A former diplomat, Michael was previously posted to the Embassy of Ireland in London and has held several other roles with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including; multilateral disarmament, establishment of North-South Institutions in Ireland and as Vice-Consul in Sydney. A graduate of the University of Manchester, Michael also holds a MA in International Studies from the University of Limerick.
M: +44 (0) 756 814 2698
Ronan Harbison was appointed in March 2014 to head up membership development of SME, Food-Agribusiness, Life Sciences and ICT sectors. He comes with extensive experience and knowledge within drinks, food, hospitality and tourism industries with a keen professional interest in Life Sciences, ICT and Digital Media/ Marketing. Ronan’s career roles have spanned sales, marketing, key account management, project management, and consulting. He has worked in SMEs and multinationals as well as being a luxury hospitality owner. A Philosophy and Political Science graduate of TCD, he holds a M.Sc. in Marketing from DIT and a number of business Diplomas and Certificates.
T: +353 86 8058624
Emily joined the British Irish Chamber in 2012 as a Policy Research Executive. Emily is the point of contact for the Chamber’s policy subcommittees with responsibility for implementing the Chamber’s communication strategy. Emily studied International Relations, graduating with a B.A in 2010, subsequently completing an MSc in International Politics in Trinity College in 2011.
T: +353 1 400 43 17
Seán joined the Chamber in 2014 as a Research Associate. Seán graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. in Sociology and Social Policy in 2010 and subsequently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Law in Dublin Institute of Technology in 2011. Seán has extensive experience across multiple sectors including roles with HSBC, The European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland and Amnesty International Youth Section.
T: +353 1 400 43 23
British Irish Chamber Board:
Brian Britton (Oriel Windfarm)
Nicola Byrne (11890)
Brian Daly (KPMG)
Aidan Lynch (GSK)
David McCann (Fyffes)
Jacquie Marsh (The Butler’s Pantry)
Peter O’Brien (Diageo)
Peter O’Shea (ESB)
Stephen Young (HSBC) Steve Aiken, CEO (British Irish Chamber)
Tony Burke (Mason Hayes & Curran)
Maeve Carton (CRH)
Eamonn Egan (Lloyds Ireland)
Martin Mackin (Q4PR)
John McGrane (Ulster Bank)
Jim Mulqueen (RSM Farrell Grant Sparks)
Eoin O’Neill (Aviva)
Alan Sullivan (Meditec Medical)
Eoin Tonge (Greencore)
Peter Byrne, Secretary (South Dublin Chamber) Orla Tunney (Irish Embassy Representative)