Fingal Chamber Chief Executive
Anthony was appointed the Chief Executive of Fingal Chamber in August 2017. Previously, he held senior director roles in the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) industry, B2B support services and the HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant & Catering) services. He was also a director of the Irish Foodservice Suppliers Alliance (IFSA).
As Chief Executive, Anthony is responsible for the operational activities of the Chamber, working with the President, Board of Directors and Chamber Council in developing the overall strategic plan of the Chamber and coordinating its implementation. Anthony oversees the day to day running of the Chamber which has a membership of 400+ businesses in Fingal. Anthony sits on numerous committees within the county as the key business representative in Fingal on behalf of the Chamber.
Locally, Anthony represents the Business Sector on Fingal County Council's Economic Enterprise & Tourism Development Strategic Policy Committee, which has responsibility for the tourism strategy and economic development; the enterprise support functions; the Local Enterprise Office; and, the preparations, implementation and review of the economic elements of the Local Economic and Community (LECP). He is also a member of the Fingal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), which is responsible for coordinating, planning and overseeing local development initiatives including the implementation of the Fingal Local Economic & Community Plan (LECP).
Nationally, Anthony is the chair of the Chambers Ireland Chief Executive's Forum that addresses issues of concern to its members and advises the board on issues affecting local chambers.
Anthony has also sat on the judging panels of a number of awards including the National Recruitment Federation Awards, the Drogheda Business Excellence Awards, and the Dublin People Awards.
Anthony leads the Chamber's lobbying operations, where he works to influence key decision-makers on matters of concern to members. To find out more about the Chamber's advocacy work, click here.
Helen McNamara, Bank of Ireland
Fingal Chamber President 2023
Helen has been working in the financial services sector for the past 19yrs and has a comprehensive knowledge of the financial services industry and its procedures within retail banking, commercial lending, and financial/credit analysis; rules and regulations. Currently a Business Origination Manager, for Area East with Bank of Ireland, working with SMEs from across all sectors in the development of financial strategies that will facilitate growth and expansion of the business over the short medium to longer term.
Helen is both honoured and delighted to be taking over as President of the Chamber 2023. She is looking forward to continuing the excellent work of the Chamber CEO Anthony Cooney, and the Chamber board members, as the Chamber continues to lobby and represent business and drive economic growth in the Fingal region for our members.
Fingal Chamber Board of Directors 2023
Company Secretary & Chief Executive
Anthony Cooney | Fingal Chamber
Helen McNamara | Bank of Ireland
Kevin Smith | Fujitsu
Deputy Vice President
Immediate Prior President
John O'Donoghue | Aramark
Maura Cassidy | daa
Guy Thompson | Castleknock Hotel
Bill Kearney | IBM Ireland
Jock Jordan | One4all
Andrea Molloy | Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport
Past Chamber Presidents
1994-1995 Tony Lambert 1995-1996 Tony Lambert 1996-1997 David Donnelly 1997-1998 David Donnelly 1998-1999 Pat McNamara 1999-2000 Vincent Shannon 2000-2001 Helen Dunne 2001-2002 Pat McNamara 2002-2003 Pat McNamara 2003-2004 Pat McNamara 2004-2005 Catriona O’Leary 2005-2006 Declan Monaghan 2006-2007 Francis Whelan 2007-2008 Francis Whelan 2008-2009 Andrew O’Neill 2009-2010 Andrew O’Neill 2010-2011 Siobhan Moore 2011-2012 Siobhan Moore 2012-2013 Siobhan O’Donnell (Moore) 2013-2014 Siobhan Kinsella 2014-2016 Siobhan Kinsella 2016-2017 Guy Thompson 2018-2019 Jock Jordan 2020 Bill Kearney 2021 Andrea Molloy 2022 John O'Donoghue
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