• Chambers Ireland welcomes new President & Deputy President

    At their Annual General Meeting, Chambers Ireland has elected Margaret Brennan and Fiona Candon as new President and Deputy President for 2020/21 respectively.

    Margaret Brennan, nominated by Cork Chamber, is the Head of Business Banking, Permanent TSB, while Fiona Candon, nominated by Sligo Chamber, is owner and director of First Western.

    The AGM also saw Fingal Chamber Chief Executive, Anthony Cooney returned to the board as he continues in his role as Chairperson of the CEO's Forum for a second successive year.

    Fingal Chamber Chief Executive, Anthony Cooney said,

    "I congratulate Margaret Brennan and Fiona Candon on becoming President and Deputy President of Chambers Ireland. They were impressive nominees for the roles and I look forward to working on the board with them in what will be a challenging year ahead for business.  

    I also wish to thank outgoing Chambers Ireland President Siobhan Kinsella who completes her term. As a past President and Director of Fingal Chamber, Siobhan was our nominee to the role of President at Chambers Ireland. I thank Siobhan for doing a great job in representing businesses across Ireland, and wish her the very best she leads The Noel Recruitment Group with 8 offices Nationwide providing contingent and permanent workforce solutions."

    Chambers Ireland President 2020/21

    Margaret Brennan
    Mags is a career banker with extensive experience in banking both in Ireland and internationally. Mags has spent the last 10 years operating in the Irish SME market and she has recently taken on responsibility for Business Banking in Permanent TSB. Prior to joining Permanent TSB Mags held senior roles in SME at AIB including most recently having responsibility for National Sectoral Strategy and Specialism. Mags was also Head of Business Banking Cork City and County from 2012 to 2014 at AIB and during this time Mags would have served as a board member for Cork Chamber. Prior to that she played a key role in addressing and supporting the restructuring of the bank’s lending book while based in Cork with responsibility for Munster. From 2002 to 2011 Mags held multiple senior roles in AIB’s North American Business, spending most of that time living and working in the US. Margaret started her career in a branch, having spent 6 years in Dublin City Centre. Margaret has an MBA from DCU.

    Chambers Ireland Deputy President 2020/21

    Fiona Candon
    Fiona Candon understands the local, national, and international business environment. She has advocated for and championed Irish business in international arenas. Her company, First Western manages 150 plus expert companies and individuals to deliver development solutions and innovations that help organisations, sectors and destinations grow and develop. · Fiona is an Irish Management Institute trained facilitator · She holds a PDP in Strategic Management from Cornell University · Postgrad Dip in Local and Regional Development and MA in Rural Development. · Her previous roles include Manager of Regional Development, at the Western Development Commission. · Fiona is a board member of Chambers Ireland · 2018/2019 President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce.








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