It’s a true privilege and honour to assume the role of the Trinity Business Alumni President. As a long-time graduate (BBS 1982), my career has benefited enormously, not only from the quality of the education I received, but even more so from the friendships that were forged during my four years in Trinity.
I’m currently Head of Corporate Finance and an Executive Director at Investec Ireland. In a diverse career, my key business partners at TCL Telecom, Goodbody Stockbrokers, Key Capital and NCB Group, in particular, have all been friends that I met in Trinity. This common bond has contributed to close and open working relationships that have stood the test of good and more challenging times.
Early in my career, I got involved in the TBA and served on the committee for a period of time. I did this to sustain existing relationships but also to extend my business network which was particularly relevant to my role as a corporate advisor. But there was also another purpose and that was to continue close ties to the institution itself that was such an important early influence on my life. You and the TBA will benefit from your active participation.
Today, the TBA is now an even more extensive and relevant network for graduates of Trinity who are involved in business. Through our programme of dinners in camera, social events and masterclasses to provide an element of continuing education on key business issues of the day, we look to engage with and stay relevant to our alumni base. In addition to this, the TBA also supports a number of initiatives in the college for students: Business Student of the Year Awards, mentoring programmes of course and the ever-enduring Foresight Business Group.
2019 is also a milestone year for Business education in Trinity, with the opening in May of the new world-class Trinity Business School. Trinity Business Alumni played a critical role in supporting this development. Therefore, I’m especially pleased that the first event of the current TBA programme is an Open House visit to the TBS hosted by Dean Andrew Burke on 3rd October. Details of the event can be found on our website and on LinkedIn. It will be a great opportunity to explore and experience, perhaps enviously, the fantastic new facilities for today’s business students.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the great work of my predecessor, Wendy Hederman, who over her two-year term ran a highly interesting and diverse range of events that extended the reach of our network, and also ensured that the TBA fulfilled our mission of giving back to the college where Wendy personally gave much of her time to student events.
On behalf of the TBA, I look forward to engaging with you over the course of my two-year term.
Head of Corporate Finance and Executive Director, Investec Ireland