who we are…
Lawrence is a highly experienced business professional who has worked in many sectors but specialises in retail. During which time he has developed wide experience in all areas of the sector. Lawrence brings with him a track record of strong leadership and project management experience, coupled with strategic planning ability that has enabled him to bring some major rationalisation and organisational projects to a successful conclusion.
As Chief Executive of the Cork Business Association Lawrence works regularly with all major stakeholders in Cork city. He has also worked extensively in business development and consultancy within the SME sector. Lawrence is passionate about consistently delivering a customer experience above his clients expectations and within budget.
Sinéad Dunphy has been involved in the arts for over twenty years as a performer along with being a producer, director and event organiser of many prestigious arts Festivals, shows and events. Sinéad served as Festival Director of Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2018 and successfully rejuvenated this festival to international acclaim. Her work with the Festival received further recognition in winning the Cork Business Association Overall Business of the Year Award 2018.
Previously she was the Festival Manager of the Cork International Choral Festival, where she saw the Festival double in size while also increasing its international profile through its artistic programme. Sinéad was the recipient of further awards with her work with the Choral Festival, winning Best in Tourism and Arts, together with winning Cork Business Woman of the Year with Network Cork. Her commitment to both the arts, in all its forms, and tourism sectors has been apparent and acknowledged by several national and local bodies through various awards, both as an individual and for the companies she represents as well as receiving invitations to speak on an international level as a guest speaker and academic.