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Inspiring speakers announced for Regional Leaders Programme

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Waterford Chamber has confirmed three inspiring speakers for their Regional Leaders Programme, which begins in September.

Dr Norah Patten of the International Space University; Founder of Dublin Aerospace Conor McCarthy and Waterford businessman Michael Doherty, who is CEO of Woodbrook Group, will all address participants during the nine month programme.

Dr Patten became Ireland’s first scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) in 2017 and is the founder of Planet Zebunar which develops products to inspire the next generation of engineers, astronauts, scientists and innovators. She holds a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering and a 1.1. bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Limerick. Norah has worked as a lecturer at the University of Limerick and spent three years at the Irish Centre for Composites as the Communications and Outreach Manager.

Conor McCarthy is no stranger to the Regional Leaders Programme, having been a mentor in the inaugural programme. Conor’s impressive 39-year career in Commercial Aviation includes CEO of Aer Lingus Commuter at 28 years of age, Director of Group Operations at Ryanair, Director and Co-founder of AirAsia – Asia’s largest Low Cost Airline), Director of Pegasus Airlines, MD of PlaneConsult and Executive Chairman of Dublin Aerospace.

Conor has extensive knowledge and experience with Commercial start-ups to established businesses worldwide. Dublin Aerospace started from the ashes of SR Technics in 2009 which today is a €50million, 400+employee business. Recently, Conor was appointed non-executive chairman on the board to Stobart Air, which operates across 43 routes throughout 11 European countries.

Waterford businessman Michael Doherty has led the Woodbrook Group through a period of significant international expansion since the 45-year-old set up the financial advisory company five years ago. The rapidly-growing company is looking at potential takeovers in South America and the Middle East and is currently in talks with a view to making a public offering on the NASDAQ Stock Market in the United States. Michael is also CEO of Mutual Trust, whose clientele includes high net-worth individuals, local and international companies and government agencies, and Robusto Asset Management.

Michael set up his own mobile phone company when he was just 17, which he sold on a few years later before going on to establish the Waterford-based logistics company Osprey with his father Andy and brother Richard. Last month the Cheekpoint native was recognised as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the Global Financial Services Sector’ by the respected International Advisor publication.

Joining the three speakers are a host of well-known business leaders who will act as mentors throughout the programme, offering one to one mentoring sessions and group mentoring sessions.

Speaking about the programme, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “We are delighted to have secured such high profile speakers for our second Regional Leaders Programme. The life-experience and knowledge they have amassed throughout their careers will no doubt inspire and motivate our programme participants, who are all potential leaders themselves. That coupled with the experience and understanding our mentors offer, participants will gain the confidence to reach their own potential and become leaders in their chosen field. We are very grateful to have the support of Bausch + Lomb, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and new partners Waterford Institute of Technology, all of whom are important advocates for learning and development. We would encourage anyone in business, or heads of business who have identified potential leaders within their organisation, to give serious consideration to taking part and ensuring the future of their business.”

To find out more about the Regional Leaders Programme or to book a place, please see www.waterfordchamber.ie or call 051 872639.

 

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