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UCC, Mental Health Reform, Antaris, Envisage, Vyta, and Holmes have all announced new appointments within their organizations.

Professor Valeria Andreoni has been appointed as the new AIB Professor in Sustainable Business at UCC’s Cork University Business School (CUBS). This newly created role aims to promote sustainability in business and is supported by AIB. Prof Andreoni previously worked as a senior lecturer in Economics and director of studies for the BA Business Economics at the University of Liverpool. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bologna and a Masters in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Her expertise lies in ecological economics, energy economics, and degrowth. She has also worked for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change.

John Church, CEO of ISPCC, has been appointed to the board of Mental Health Reform based in Dublin. Church is a prominent advocate for children and young people in Ireland. Since taking on the role of CEO at ISPCC in 2018, he has focused on online safety and mental health and well-being for children and young people. ISPCC is a governing member of Mental Health Reform. Church expressed his pride in joining the MHR Board and his commitment to tackling the mental health challenges faced by children and young people in Ireland.

Ciara Egan has been appointed as a sustainability consultant at Antaris, a firm specializing in ESG, climate change, ISO management systems, and professional training. Egan brings over seven years of industry experience to her new role. Previously, she worked as a project and change manager at Change by Degrees, a sustainability consultancy based in Kinsale, Co Cork. She has also held change management and management consultancy positions in the US, Australia, and Dublin. Egan holds an MSc in Co-operatives, Agri-Food, and Sustainable Development from UCC, a certificate in Corporate Sustainability from Stern Business School at NYU, and is a certified associate of Project Management.

Ivan Darmody has been appointed as the business sales manager at Envisage, a Sage partner in Ireland and a member of the Noledge Group. With 25 years of sales experience in publishing and IT, Darmody will be responsible for driving revenue growth, identifying opportunities, building customer relationships, and advising clients on financial management solutions from the Envisage and Sage product portfolios. He spent 16 years with Sage Ireland, gaining expertise across all aspects of customer engagement. Darmody also served as a business development manager, selling to medium and large enterprises, and managed a key segment of Sage’s business partner community.

Sue Bywater-Read has been appointed as the strategic relationship director at Vyta, a secure IT asset disposition (ITAD) firm that plans to create 100 jobs over the next two years. Bywater-Read previously worked as the IT asset manager at tech firm The Workshop, where she established the IT asset management function. She has been working in the sector for 20 years and began her career at RDC in 2000, developing complete lifecycle solutions for customers. Bywater-Read has also held similar roles at EOL IT Services and Global Resale. She holds a PgDip Certificate in Management from Anglia Ruskin University and has obtained several ITAD industry certifications.

Mark Healy has been appointed as a senior associate in the insurance litigation unit at law firm Holmes. He joins Holmes from global law firm Kennedys. This appointment marks a return to Holmes, where Healy completed his traineeship in 2005. Healy will specialize in personal injury and financial lines litigation for insurers and self-insured corporate entities. Hailing from Co Clare, Healy is a graduate of UCC and UL and brings over 18 years of experience in insurance litigation, with particular expertise in complex professional indemnity claims and policy coverage disputes.

These appointments highlight the ongoing developments and growth within these organizations, as well as the importance of sustainability, mental health advocacy, and expertise in various industries. Each individual brings a unique set of skills and experience to their respective roles, further enhancing the capabilities and impact of their organizations.

Thomas Lyons
Thomas Lyons
Thomas, the founder and chief editor at Top Rated, harbours a deep-seated passion for business, news, and product reviews. His thirst for knowledge and experience has led him on a journey across the length and breadth of the country, enabling him to garner a wealth of insight. At TopRated.ie, his sole aim is to deliver meticulously researched news and provide impartial reviews of fact checked Irish companies, thus helping readers make well-informed decisions.

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