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Lead Entrepreneurs

The Lead Entrepreneurs are not, and cannot be, experts in every area of business but they have first hand experience of facing the challenges of growing a business. They all agree that if such support were to have been available to them when they were growing their business, they would have found it most beneficial. Each of these busy and successful woman give their time to the initiative in a completely voluntary capacity.

Breege O’Donoghue

Breege is a highly experienced former Board Member at Primark and her most recent role, until mid-Sept 2016, was Group Director, Business Development & New Markets.  She managed, with others, a business through significant growth and expansion from 17 stores to over 320 in 11 markets. She has an extremely successful track record of 37 years of her executive career across many functions, with considerable expertise in European and US markets, significant experience of leadership, diverse teams and complex cross-functional business projects.

Breege also has extensive experience as a non-executive Director in the private sector, public commercial sector and in education at university level. Her awards are many. Among the most recent are -  Fashion Retailing Personality of the Year, Drapers UK, 2016; Irish Tatler Hall of Fame Award, 2016; Knight (Chevalier) of The Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur 2016 ; ‘Iconic Businesswomen of the Decade’ WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM, New Delhi, India, 2016. She also recently received a Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa, from DIT.