John McGrane, Director General

John McGrane is the Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, a private sector organisation which he co-founded in 2011 to represent businesses with interests in the two islands and their economies. He is also the Executive Director of the Family Business Network Ireland and Founder and CEO of, the enterprise solution tech start-up. Retired from a forty-year career in business banking, his interests weave through commerce, culture and community. He sits on the Boards of Fishamble: The New Play Company and the Irish Film Institute and he has led numerous public policy initiatives including the Government’s Forum on Philanthropic Funding of the Arts and the creation of the National Concert Hall Quarter.

+353 (0) 87 245 9898

Paul Lynam, Deputy Director General

Paul Lynam is the Deputy Director General for the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for leading the Chamber’s Policy and Public Affairs agenda. Previously, Paul served as the Chamber’s Director of Policy and Head of Sectoral Policy. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2016, Paul was the Policy and International Relations Manager for the Royal Irish Academy and he worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in the Oireachtas. Paul has a Degree in Social Science from UCD, where he was also President and Education Officer of the Students’ Union. Paul has a Masters in Economic Policy from Trinity College Dublin and is Certified as a Mediator.

+353 (0) 86 049 9252

David O’Reilly, London Director

David joined the British Irish Chamber of Commerce in September 2017 as Director, London.

In this position, David assists the Chamber team with ongoing business development in the London area and engagement with members of the Chamber and key stakeholders across an extensive range of events each year in the London region.

He is an advisor to several companies across the UK and Ireland in sectors such as cyber security, education and IT and a non-executive director on several boards.

David is the founder and managing director of Wimbledon Park Capital, a leading corporate finance advisory firm in London, where he advises clients on a wide range of corporate finance matters including debt finance, equity investment, and M&A.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and a Masters in Finance degree from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

+44 (0) 777 600 5972

Catherine Coffey, Chief Membership and Services Officer

Catherine joined the Chamber team in July 2017 as Executive Assistant – Sectoral Policy. She has over 20 years’ experience working in such diverse sectors as shipping, finance, ICT, facilities management and International trade development. Since the beginning of January 2018 Catherine has taken over Event Management and Facilities Management.

Catherine has worked with a variety of companies in a wide range of sectors such as healthcare, construction, engineering, education, ICT and global trade and business development.

Catherine has a strong background in office management, administration, procurement, project management, event management and international business development.
+353 (0) 86 459 4985

Aidan Finnegan, Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Aidan Finnegan is Policy and Public Affairs Manager for the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. Aidan has worked across various sectors in both Ireland and the UK, most recently working in the Oireachtas. He completed his undergraduate degree in Corporate Law, during which he spent a year studying Civil Law in France. He received his master’s degree in Public Affairs and Political Communication, completing a dissertation examining international transfers of personal data between the EU and the USA.
+353 (0) 86 459 5203

Ruby Shirt, Chief Marketing Officer

Ruby Shirt is Chief Marketing Officer for the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. Having worked previously in e-commerce and social media marketing, Ruby joined the Chamber in 2021 with a strong background in events and event production. Ruby holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from University College Dublin as well as certifications from the Digital Marketing Institute.

+353 (87) 169 2705

Cillian Molloy, Policy and Public Affairs 

Cillian Molloy is Policy and Public Affairs Manager for the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for the Chamber’s Sectoral Committees as well as assisting with the development of Chamber Policies. Cillian completed his undergraduate degree in History, Politics, and International Relations, before receiving his Master’s in Common Law from UCD, during which he specialised in International Tax Law and International Commercial Arbitration. He also received a Certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics. Cillian is a member of a number of organisations including the IIEA, RUSI, Chatham House, and CEF. 

+353 (83) 461 7464