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Growing the Economy Post Pandemic Panel and Host Panel


Conal Henry, Executive Chair of Fibrus


Conal is a Dublin based Belfast man. He currently Chairs, Belfast based telco, Fibrus
and the £500m HM Treasury backed National Digital Infrastructure Fund based in
London. Prior to this Conal was CEO of enet taking it from start up to its £200m
acquisition by the Irish Infrastructure Fund in 2017, as CEO of Enet, Conal also lead
what is now known as NBI to become the winning bidder for the €2bn Irish National
Broadband Plan.
Prior to enet Conal was Commercial Director at Ryanair having been Head of Finance for Non Food
and George Clothing at Asda in the UK. Conal began his career at Procter & Gamble. He is also Vice
Chair of An Cosán Ireland’s leading Community Education Charity and sits on the Board of The
Shannon Foynes Port Company. Conal graduated in Law from QUB in 1991 and is a Chartered
Management Accountant.


Jim Frawley, Founder and CEO


Jim Frawley, Founder and CEO Jim Frawley is a Columbia University certified
Executive Coach and the Founder of Bellwether, a company dedicated to helping
organizations and people build resiliency, adapt to change and thrive in rapidly
shifting contexts. Over his twenty-year career, he has internationally created and
implemented corporate training programs, complex marketing and PR plans,
business strategy and administrative plans and organizational re-designs. He has
worked with clients in eight countries and thirtynine states to date. A few years ago,
Jim came to the realization that he had a unique capability in getting people to do things they didn’t
think they could. After some experimentation on using this capability for good or evil, he decided on
the good. (But not before convincing an Irish cousin to swim in the Hudson River.) He is the host of
the Bellwether Hub podcast and author Adapting in Motion: Finding Your Place in the New Economy,
a practical guide to managing multiple levels of macro change. Jim is a bigtime reader, a small-time
triathlete and a full-time husband and father.
Jim’s most recent book Adapting In Motion: Finding Your Place In The New Economy can be found
here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/JimFrawley/e/B08SYX1N93?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000


Kevin Walsh, Leading GAA Coach, Former All Star & Partner, Growcoach.ie


Kevin Walsh is a partner at Growcoach (coaching coaches) http://www.growcoach.ie.
Before becoming a founding partner at Growcoach, Kevin’s gained his experience
across a number of different sectors. Kevin spent ten years in the construction
business both as company director and developer. He worked for five years in CMCC
financial services – QFA and was a member of An Garda Síochána for 15 years.
Kevin has had a successful career in Senior Football with five years as Galway senior football
manager, five years Sligo senior football manager and one year Galway ladies football coach. Kevin
is a two time All Ireland football champion with Galway Seniors 1998 and 2001 and one Minor All
Ireland champion in 1986. He is a three time All Star 1998, 2001 and 2003. Kevin has also coached
basketball for underage boys and girls for 15 years.
Kevin has been married to Mary for 25 years and has five children from 23 years to 16 years.
Kevin’s biography The Invisible Game can be found here:


https://www.kennys.ie/shop/The-Invisible-Game-Walsh-Kevin


Host
Paul McErlean, Managing Director of MCE Public Relations


Paul McErlean is Managing Director and founder of MCE. He has over 25 years’
experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors at all levels focusing on
business to business, business to consumer, corporate, financial, political and
crisis communications.
Paul previously was joint Managing Director of another major Northern Ireland PR agency,
Stakeholder Communications, which MCE acquired in 2016. His career started in broadcasting
research and news facilitation with leading independent television company, MacMillan Media and
he also spent two years as Head of Communications for one of Northern Ireland’s main political
parties. He has degrees from Queen’s and Cambridge Universities and completed an MBA from the
Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, in 2002.
On a voluntary basis, Paul is the Chairman of the Destination Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement
District, having spent six years as Chairman of the Cathedral Quarter Trust – a government and Belfast
City Council backed stakeholder group charged with developing the regeneration strategy for Belfast’s
most vibrant and historic city centre district. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute
of Public Relations having served as its Northern Ireland Chairman in 2006. Paul also serves as the
Parent Governor on the Board of Governors of his children’s school in south Belfast, Rathmore
Grammar School.
In his younger days, Paul represented and captained the Antrim footballers at minor, u21 and senior
levels and won two Railway Cups with Ulster. In 1986, Paul travelled with one of today’s panellists,
Kevin Walsh, to play for the Ireland U17 basketball team in the ‘home’ internationals. The boys got
the better of Scotland and Wales but were beaten by the old enemy in the championship decider.

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