John Hogan spent 25 years working in commercial roles in the retail industry both in the UK and Ireland. In the UK, he worked with French Connection (£70m sales), a major fashion retailer, and then with Martin McColl (£400m sales) a chain of 750 convenience stores. In 1996 he joined Heatons Department Stores, Dublin, as Financial Controller, then IT manager/Business Analyst, then CFO. Whilst there, the business grew 10-fold (to €250m sales), he was second in charge for most of this time.
This hands-on experience included growing the Sports business from start-up to 3rd largest in Ireland, implementing EPOS and ERP systems, setting up a Merchandise Planning department. In Nov 2010, he set up as a retail Advisor (Rhodium Retail), doing work with clients in Agri, Fashion, Department Stores and Pharmacy.
Conall Lavery is an entrepreneur, Entropy one of the companies he founded was the leading company in Ireland in IT security. Conall has worked in the Communications and IT industry in Ireland since 1986; previously he worked for Motorola, Philips and Marconi. In 2000 Conall was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (EoY). He was voted HBAN Angel investor of the year in 2011. Types of early stage businesses he has helped are from the ICT, accounting services, SaaS, travel, and renewable sectors.
Conall is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. In September 2008 Conall completed the Diploma in Corporate Governance (UCD).