Meet our team dedicated to championing business in Ireland.
Brid O’Connell, MMII, MMPRII, MSc (Hons), was appointed as CEO to Guaranteed Irish in July 2016. Brid has a long career in marketing, branding, communications and PR. She has welcomed the opportunity to add value to Guaranteed Irish members through her revitalising and repositioning of the organisation to reflect modern Ireland in a global economy.
Jean joined Guaranteed Irish in early 2009 as Accounts Manager and Credit Controller having gained vast amounts of experience in various companies such as Drought Ltd, Total Haircare Ltd, Pitney Bowes, Lely Ireland, and MSL.
Ciarán joined Guaranteed Irish as a Graphic Designer in May 2022. He creates and manages print and digital graphics, video production, and visual assets for Guaranteed Irish. He recently graduated with a HND in Graphic Design from Ballyfermot College of Further Education.
Ciarán previously graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from NUI Galway in 2014. He worked in the Four Courts as a Judicial Assistant to the High Court for two and half years before seeking a more visually creative career. He has an interest in sustainability and supporting Irish, and is very excited to be part of the Guaranteed Irish team.
Christina joined Guaranteed Irish as a Senior Marketing Executive in January 2019, taking up the role of Marketing Manager in December 2019.
Christina’s background is in marketing & PR, having previously worked on marketing, PR & sponsorship campaigns for brands such as Insomnia, Bacardi, Swatch, Failte Ireland and PlayStation in agency. She enjoys copywriting & social media.
She holds a MSc in Marketing Practice from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Business Mgmt from NUI Maynooth.
Lauren joined the Guaranteed Irish team as Marketing, Events & People Executive in May 2022.
Lauren completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Business and French in TU Dublin in 2019 where she took a keen interest in Marketing and Management. She then went on to be a retail and healthcare manager in a multinational pharmacy chain where she further developed her people, customer and management skills. Lauren has joined Guaranteed Irish to continue and further develop her skills and is proud to be part an organisation supporting and promoting Irish jobs, community, and local economy.
Rowena joined the Guaranteed Irish team in February 2020
where she carries out the role of Membership and CRM Executive. She recently graduated from University College Cork with a MSc degree in Food Marketing and a Bachelor’s in economics and loves the concept of supporting Irish.
Rowena has worked alongside small start-up Irish businesses
where she developed and maintained client relationships, was responsible for content creation and undertaking marketing campaigns.
Róisín joined the Guaranteed Irish team as an Events & Membership Executive in November 2021.
Róisín completed her Bachelor of Business studies with German, specialised in Marketing, from the University of Limerick. Having worked in Marketing and Business Development for small-medium sized businesses both locally and internationally, she has experience in digital marketing, CRM, advertising, and sales. She is enthusiastic to turn concepts into reality and instil that, as a nation, we truly are all together better.
Patrick joined the team in November 2021 as the first Sustainability focused team member since Guaranteed Irish was established in 1974. Patrick graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology having studied the Bachelor of Business Degree in Marketing. Following his graduation, Patrick worked for a not-for-profit independent energy agency in Kilkenny City, where he promoted energy efficiency and sustainability practices to businesses, homeowners, community groups and Local Authorities across the Southeast region. Patrick has experience in marketing government grant schemes to the above parties, which empower all members of Irish society to start their decarbonization journey. Patrick is delighted to join such a highly respected company and is proud to start in this brand-new role for Guaranteed Irish.
Damien McGinley joined the team at Guaranteed Irish as a Graphic Designer in November 2021. Damien graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2017 with a B.A in Visual Communication. He previously worked freelance for various companies across Ireland, developing his style in both graphic design and video editing. Damien is delighted to join Guaranteed Irish, supporting local Irish businesses and communities throughout the country.
Josie Power joined the team at Guaranteed Irish as Digital Marketing & Media Executive in May 2022.
Josie holds an MSc in Marketing, Consumption and Society from the University of Limerick and a bachelor’s degree in International Business with French from CIT. Josie’s passion for marketing began while working as a marketing intern in a French start-up in Paris. Since Josie has gained influencer marketing, PR and digital marketing experience in both small Irish and global companies.
Seán joined Guaranteed Irish in September 2022 as PR & Communications Executive. Seán graduated from DCU with a Bachelor’s in International Business & French, specialising in Marketing. He has lived, worked & studied abroad in both France and Canada.
Seán has a passion for Marketing, Communications & Events, having worked in multiple industries & companies both home and abroad, from Facebook & Accenture, to Gumball 3000 and Windsor Motors, and even freelanced as a Digital Marketing & Social Media Consultant for Irish SMEs during the pandemic years.
Seán is excited to put his experience to good use helping to promote Irish business and Irish jobs.