Derek is an experienced executive and chartered accountant who has worked in a variety of organisations, across industries around the globe. He began his professional career in Goodbody Stockbrokers and Ernst and Young. He subsequently worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin, Boston and Los Angeles with a specific focus on financial services and private companies. He also led a variety of special projects within the firm. Following PWC he worked for 4 years with aid agency GOAL, initially as Financial Controller in Uganda but then as Country Director in Haiti following the 2010 Earthquake. With his experience in financial services and exposure to microfinance he returned to Ireland in 2013 to found a business that positively impacts people and society by promoting and delivering financial wellbeing.
Andrea is a commercial and marketing professional with over 15 years of international experience in sales, marketing and commercial development across a range of products and services. She spent 10 years in the Middle East developing commercial and leisure brands for the Omani Government. She sits on the board of the Small Firms Association and is a founding member of Sharing Economy Ireland. Andrea holds a BSc (Hons) in Finance, is a Postgraduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketers, has an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.
John O’Callaghan has 25 years’ experience in banking and financial services having worked for Bank of Ireland, EBS and Postbank. He led the set-up and development of Postbank’s credit department. He has an MBA from University College Cork, an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and is a Personal Insolvency Practioner.
Gary is a financial services professional with over 10 years’ experience across different areas of banking and insurance in Ireland and the UK. He has worked predominately in advisory and account management roles. He worked with Citi Bank and Bank of Ireland in Dublin and HSBC Bank in the UK leading wealth management and retentions teams.
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Governmental agency responsible for investment and the development of Irish businesses internationally. Enterprise Ireland have invested in GRID Finance through their elite HPSU programme. They provide ongoing non-financial advice and market development support to GRID Finance. In 2015, PitchBook, a leading Venture Capital and Private Equity Investment Platform, has put Enterprise Ireland at number 3 in terms of Top VC investors in global seed funding rounds since 2010. (Google Venture ranked No. 5).
Kilcullen Kapital Partners, led by Enda O’Coineen and Donal O’Shaughnessy is a dynamic investment platform in Funds, Hospitality, Renewable Energy, Property and Technology. Kilcullen adds value through an experienced team of professionals and is led by Partners and Directors who have owned (and sold) enterprises themselves. In addition to Corporate Finance and Advisory, they invest their own funds alongside those of their clients and build long-term relationships. Kilcullen Partners also believe in putting something back-in to the community by devoting time and resource to projects such as the Atlantic Youth Trust Charity and Haiti.
We are driven by the belief that small businesses are the engine of change in society. GRID enables these creators and doers to generate economic activity that creates employment because of the products they have built and services they deliver. The impact that business owners have on broader society is discreet, uncelebrated and profound. They are the people worthy of backing and support as they are the true vehicle of change in our society. Those vehicles are peddled by hundreds of thousands of people on a minimum or living wage who have been excluded from accessing the financial opportunities, products and services afforded to others. As a cohort, these people collectively have the means to drive the Irish economy by giving them the tools and the access to participate and be included.