Chamber Board

CONOR Mc CARTHY is a member of the executive of Sligo Chamber since 2009, Conor took up the role of President for a second time having previously served as President in 2019.  From Lifford in County Donegal, he attended Summerhill College before graduating in Civil Engineering from University College Galway.  Conor has worked for over 40 years in consulting engineering in Ireland and the U.S.  A Director and Partner at Jennings O’Donovan, Conor is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Registered Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland where he has served as President.  A previous Captain of County Sligo Golf Club, he has also been President of Sligo Rotary.  He is Chair of the Sligo Chamber Centenary Committee, Chairman of the Sligo Chamber Skillnet, a member of the National Steering Group Consortium for the New Apprenticeship Programme in Civil Engineering being led out by ATU Sligo and a member of the Environment and Infrastructure Strategic Policy Committee SPC2 of Sligo County Council.

Fiona Candon is a director of First Western Training Ltd and currently Deputy President Chambers Ireland.  She is  She manages end to end turnkey learning and development solutions for a range of public and private sector organisations including recruitment, learning development, trainer panel management, performance management and evaluation.

Key clients include Fáilte Ireland and Diageo Ireland as well as Local Enterprise Offices, Local Authorities and LEADER companies.

Fiona is a Past President Sligo Chamber of Commerce 2018.

Tony Wehrly is a company director at Wehrly Bros. Jewellers which was founded in
1875 by Tony’s Grandfather, Adolph Wehrly.  Tony has been working for Wehrly Bros since the 1970s after completing a watchmaking diploma. He has since completed several diamond courses, making him
an expert in the field. Tony is a Past President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce 2007.

He is skilled in several fields, such as:

  • Customer Service
  • Retail
  • Management

Des Faul is Opeations Manager IT Sligo Foodcourt as well as being director for Sligo Tourism Ltd. Des is a Past President of Sligo Chamber 2016/2017.
Des has been the chairperson of several committees including the Sligo Chamber
of Commerce Retail Committee and Sligo Tidy Towns.
He is skilled in several fields, such as:

    • Food
    • Retail
    • Event Management

David Kiely is the chairperson of the industry committee. A Partner of the Firm Jennings O’Donovan Consulting Engineers, David has 34 years’ experience in design and project management of large infrastructural and renewable energy project

Prior to working in Jennings O’Donovan Consulting, he worked at a site agent for Irishenco and a design engineer at the department of water affairs in Namibia.

David is a Past President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce.

Fergal Burke is the Principle of Burke & Associates. The company was founded in 1989.

Fergal has a diploma in forensic accounting. He is an associate of the Irish tax institute. Fergal was a council member of Chartered Accountants Ireland from 2005-2012 and is a Fellow of the Institute Chartered Accountants.

He served as president of the Chamber in 2010. His vision is to have the Atlantic Economic Corridor grow significantly.

Tara Rodgers is Manager at EBS Sligo.  A member of the executive of Sligo Chamber since 2016, Tara took up the role as President for 2021 having served on the management committee for the past year.

From Bundoran in County Donegal and having worked for over 30 years with Bank of Ireland as Head of Banking for Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon Tara has invaluable knowledge of driving economic growth within the SME sector in the region and is looking forward to continuing to build on existing relationships with all stakeholders and the business community in the region.

Michael O’Hehir – Bio and photo to follow

Lorraine Gribbons is the Managing Director at Fastcom, a position she has held since October 2016.

Before working at Fastcom, Lorraine worked as an audit manager in Gilroy Gannon Chartered Accountants Sligo for 10 years and an audit senior at KPMG Ireland for 3 years.

She has several skills, some of which include

  • Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Tax

Lorraine is also a member of Chartered Accountants Sligo

Ornagh Rynn is Team Lead, Business Banking at AIB Sligo Leitrim and Roscommon. A qualified Chartered Accountant with a proven track record Ornagh is responsible for the day to day management and operation of the Business Team.  Ornagh is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland, with over 4 years’ experience in accounting practice and an active committee member of Chartered Accountants Northwest District Society and held the chairmanship in 2015/16.