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, and advising on the issues of Climate Change, Energy Security, Europe and Resource Scarcity amongst others. Previously he 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 communications 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
Steven joined the British Irish Chamber in 2014 as a Research Associate. Steven’s role is to assist with research on inter-island relations, commercial and regulatory space, draft documents and catalogue information, as well as assist in the preparation of chamber events, public relations activities and social media management. Steven recently completed a B.A in European Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
T: +353 1 400 43 24
British Irish Chamber Board:
Martin Macken (Q4 Public Relations)
Eoin O’Neill (Aviva Health Insurance)
John McGrane (Ulster Bank)
Jim Mulqueen (RSM Farrell Grant Sparks)
Aidan Lynch (GSK)
Brian Daly (KPMG)
Eamonn Egan (Lloyd’s of London Ireland)
Brian Britton (Oriel Windfarm)
Peter O’Shea (ESB)
Matthew Cole (Mason Hayes & Curran)
Annette O’Donoghue (AIB)
Jack Golden (CRH)
Bernard McEvoy (Brown Rudnick)
Richard Eardley (Hays Recruitment)
Paul O’Connor (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
Orla Tunney (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Shirley McCay (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Peter Byrne (South Dublin Chamber)
John Shine (Eircom)
Nicola Byrne (11890)
Joanne Hession (QED Training)
Conor Mullany (Mullany Walsh Solicitors)
Jacquie Marsh (The Butler’s Pantry)