connect 2018 • 44 NEWS Born in Dublin, Rory is the founding partner of Powerscourt, a leading London-based financial and strategic communications consultancy that combines capital markets experience with a widely-recognized expertise in helping companies at times of rep- utational stress. Powerscourt recently collected awards for Best Crisis Management and Best IPO communications. Clients include many leading FTSE and international companies including: Airbus, BP, CRH, DCC and Volvo. The company also has an office in Dublin and has worked with many of Ireland’s leading companies. Prior to founding Powerscourt in 2004, he was Director of Corporate Affairs for Goldman Sachs International. Before this he was an established award-winning journalist in Ireland and then the UK including periods as Ireland Editor and then Business Editor at The Sunday Times. Jamie is a former Irish rugby union player who played for Leinster and Ireland. He earned 95 caps for Ireland during his international career from 2006 to 2017,making him one of the most capped players in Irish national team history. He was a member of the victorious Irish team who won the Six Nations Championship in 2009, and again in 2014 and 2015. Jamie has captained the Irish team, and was a member of the British and Irish Lions squad for the 2009 and 2013 tours. He was nominated as player of the year, and won Try of the Year award in 2016. Jamie retired from international rugby in February 2018, and is now an entrepreneur and investor in high potential early stage technology companies. RORY GODSON Appointed Chair Of The Ireland Funds Great Britain JAMIE HEASLIP Appointed Chair of The Ireland Funds Young Leaders in Dublin