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Dermot DuffDermot Duff is noted for his practical application of management “theory” and the resolution of complex business issues. He can draw on an unusual depth of experience across service industries and he has successfully helped develop an array of enterprises, large and small, in Ireland and abroad. An Adjunct Professor (Teaching Fellow) at Trinity College Business School, managing the MBA Strategic Company Projects, he lectures in Operations Management and Strategy. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham.

An electronics engineer by training, he held senior management positions in ITT Alcatel in Holland and was European Transformation Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation prior to its acquisition by HP. His early career was in oil exploration in Africa and the Middle East, followed by circuit design and international business development. His success in managing significant change in these large corporations led to his appointment as Senior Specialist and eventually Executive Learning Director with the Irish Management Institute.

He currently leads IMI / UCC Diplomas in Management, Strategy & Innovation. He is a member of the boards of Irish companies in financial services, heavy machinery, security and IT services, and is a business advisor and coach for Enterprise Ireland. His participation in a wide variety of management programmes has allowed him to absorb the teachings of many of the world’s leading business people and academics, particularly in the areas of Strategy, Lean, Innovation and Enterprise Development. He has published the following books: Project Management: A Practical Guide (2010), Strategic Cost Reduction (2011), and Managing Professionals and Other Smart People (2014).


Johnny CosgroveJohnny Cosgrove, Financial Director, Manor Farm
After qualifying as an accountant, he took up a commercial role with MCJ Ltd, a high performing telecommunications start-up company. In 1998 he joined Guinness Ireland / Diageo as financial accountant for their Kilkenny and Waterford breweries. In 2000 he was appointed finance manager of the newly-built Guinness Storehouse visitor centre, and in 2005 was made commercial manager. He left Diageo in 2008 to establish Galileo Underwriting, a global equine underwriting agency between Swiss Re and Howard Global, the UK’s largest independent equine and livestock broker. He returned to Ireland in 2010 and since then has been finance director of Manor Farm, Ireland’s largest chicken processor with an annual turnover of €250m and over 900 employees, which is listed as 242nd in the 2014 list of the top 1,000 companies in Ireland.