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New era dawns for Waterford Chamber

AGM 2018 Kathryn Kiely

Kathryn Kiely co-owner and Director of Glazik Ltd., was elected President of Waterford Chamber at the 231st AGM in the Granville Hotel last night (Monday, 28th May 2018).

Kathryn has worked closely with Waterford Chamber for the last six years, as a member of the Jobs Enterprise & Innovation Committee, the Executive Committee and also as a board member. Prior to her current role she worked as Head of Industry Services in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) where she played a significant role in developing and managing the Institute’s research, innovation and enterprise development programmes.

Addressing Waterford Chamber members, she said: “One thing which we are all certain of in business, is that change is the only constant. In Chamber over the last year we have had many discussions with our members on what they see as the key challenges. While challenges in business can be very specific to the day, sector or size of your company, there are a number of common themes which now prevail or are predicted to be challenges in the coming years. These include access to a skilled workforce and talent required now and for the workforce of the future; our susceptibility as an open economy having to face factors such as Brexit, impact of changes in US economic policies, EU regulation, introduction of disruptive technologies which fundamentally change established business models and ensuring the competitiveness, attractiveness and vibrancy of Waterford as a location for companies to provide sustainable employment and quality of life.

“Reflecting on these challenges and building on the work of Chamber over the last number of years, I have set three key priorities in my role as over the next 12 months – enhancing connectedness, capability building and continuing to influence the planning and development of Waterford as the regional city of the South East.”

Outgoing President Paul Nolan thanked his family, colleagues at Dawn Meats and Chamber staff for their ongoing support over the past twelve months and said while he was looking forward to having a bit more free time, he was certainly going to miss the role of President and the opportunities it presented to represent the business interests in Waterford throughout the year.

“There have been so many highlights since I took office, but the standout for me was to have An Taoiseach Leo Varadker and the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe come to Waterford and announce the plan for Ireland 2040 and the role Waterford will play in them as Regional Capital. The vision outlined, coupled with the announcement on the same day regarding the Technological Universities Bill, ensures a brighter future for Waterford.”

Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley reported that Chamber is performing better than it has in years, which was reiterated by outgoing Treasurer Ronan Brazil, who confirmed that membership was growing and Chamber is in a very solid position to develop going forward.

In recognising outgoing President Paul Nolan for his tireless work and thanking all sponsors who have supported the organisation throughout the year, Mr Hurley said: “It has certainly been a busy year on the Chamber front, as being relevant to our members is our primary focus and so as to ensure that we adequately represent the voice of our members, we introduced policy Advisory Panels, to guide our policy positions on issues that are impacting on our members businesses.

“Throughout the year we made a number of submissions to Government Departments, working with our members, through our Policy Advisory Panels, we have gathered, analysed and presented the clearest of pictures in terms of what the Waterford City region needs to prosper and we are delighted to see some of our agendas feature in the Ireland 2040 plan. Our panels offer a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience and I believe that by working closely together – sharing our ideas and our influence – we can make an even bigger impact on the future of Waterford.

“We also met with many local and national elected representatives to lobby on behalf of Waterford businesses, will continue to do so in earnest in the year ahead. Networking and connecting business people is at the core of what we do and our free Business After Hours, Business Expo, President’s Lunch, Annual Dinner and other key events continue to prove popular.”

A special motion was put to the floor following the voting and passed unanimously, “To increase the maximum number of elected Directors appointed to sit on the Board of Directors of Waterford Chamber from eleven to twelve, for this current term (May 2018 – May 2020) only2. To that end, the new Board of Directors is as follows:

President: Kathryn Kiely, Glazik Ltd

Deputy President: Jonathan Earl, B2B Communications

Vice-President: Danette Connolly, Home Instead Senior Care

Ex-Officio: Paul Nolan, Dawn Meats

Honorary Treasurer: Martina Curtin, PwC

Brian Devereux, EY

Ciarán Cullen, ArcLabs

Derek Lowry, Almega Business Consulting

Edel Spillane, Sun Life Financial

Jacqui Kielthy, Fieldmaster

John McSweeney, AIB Bank

Kieran Walsh, Munster Express

Niall Griffin, Metalman Engineering

Nuala Browne Treacy, Meraki Marketing

Pamela Pim, Bank of Ireland

Richard Hurley, The Granville Hotel

Valerie Farrell, Nolan Farrell & Goff

Join President Kathryn Kiely and the incoming Board of Directors at Waterford Chamber’s President’s Lunch on Friday, June 29th in Faithlegg, where a Senior Representative from the British Embassy will make the keynote address. For bookings contact Lynda Lawton on 051 311130 or see www.waterfordchamber.ie.

 

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