Christine (Chris) Winning is a qualified nurse and midwife from Bantry in West Cork. She began her nursing career in Ireland and developed a keen interest in working with the elderly, which eventually resulted in her establishing an innovative Day Care Centre for the Elderly based in the community.This was a very new concept for the Health Board at the time and provided Chris with valuable management and entrepreneurial experience.
Newly qualified as an architect, Denise O’Connor moved to London in the late 1990s after graduating from UCD. First she worked at architect firm, Walker and Martin until 2002,before joining leading design practice Target Living as a senior Architect.
Fergal Keogh is an example of Back for Business in action. His story demonstrates that it is not only those who return from living overseas, while still in their twenties or early thirties, that can successful start a new business on their return.
Julie Currid had always wanted to start her own business. For her, it was a case of finding the right opportunity at the right time. Having studied Management and Marketing in DIT, Julie began her career in marketing and sales, gaining experience in both Irish companies and multinationals.
Hungry for new experiences, Nikki left Ireland for Australia in the late 1990’s. She began working in the burgeoning IT industry in Sydney, before following an exciting opportunity to Auckland. It was a formative time that would prove invaluable in the years to come.
As was the case with many electronic engineering university graduates in the early nineties, Thomas Marry went abroad to look for work. He chose Siemens in Germany and was engaged in the area of industrial automation. He returned seven years later to work for Siemens in Ireland. He subsequently took on the role of Managing Director of a new IDA backed German company, InFoScore , which was setting up operations in Kilkenny.