Denis Hayes, Managing Director at the IRDG Innovation Network
Committed to helping Irish businesses achieve growth through strategic innovation, Denis has lead IRDG (Industry Research & Development Group) to become the foremost Innovation Network in Ireland, trebling its membership in recent years.
Prior to becoming Managing Director of IRDG in late 2011, Denis had over 30 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry working in a number of leading consumer products companies. This included director and senior management technical roles within C&C, Glanbia, Heinz and Cadbury covering Research, Development & Innovation, Quality, Health, Safety, Risk & Environment.
His most recent role prior to IRDG was at Bulmers as Innovation and Technical Director. Denis holds Master degrees in Biochemistry and Food Science in addition to an MBA.
Leah Pittam, Managing Partner at Progressive Financial Services
Leah Pittam is Managing Partner for Independent Financial Advisory firm Progressive Financial Services. Progressive help companies retain talent by arranging benefits on a group basis, Such as Pension, Death In Service, and Income protection. They also work with self-employed project managers to fill the gap left when leaving larger employers by arranging individual Pensions, Life Cover, Protection, and overall tax advice.