The Ireland Funds Great Britain appoints Dermot Skinnader as Chair of the Young Leaders Committee

18th November, 2021 : Great Britain

The Ireland Funds Great Britain (IFGB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dermot Skinnader as Chair of the Young Leaders Committee.

IFGB would like to take this opportunity to express sincere thanks to outgoing Chair, Padraig O’Connor for all his hard work and wish him every success for the future.

Dermot Skinnader’s Biography

Originally from Donegal, Dermot has been a member of the Young Leaders since 2016 and has been involved with the Committee since 2018. He is a Senior Construction Risk Consultant with Aviva.

Dermot graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a First Class MEng in Civil Engineering and began his career in civil construction and marine renewable energy projects before moving into insurance. Outside of work, he’s interested in travelling, live music and is a keen GAA supporter, forever hoping for those sunny days in Croke Park.

On his appointment, Dermot said,

“I am delighted to be nominated as Chair of the Young Leaders Committee. I look forward to helping shape the Young Leader’s impact through the outstanding organisations and projects that The Ireland Funds supports.”

He went on to highlight how Young Leaders make a difference, commenting that,

be it from our inaugural Young Leaders Grant last year to our members offering non-financial support and expertise to charities on legal, financial & operational support through the Forás Forum programme, I’ve seen how the support of Young Leaders can make a real difference, generating positive impact in the community.”

When asked his aims for his term as Chair, Dermot expressed his intention to build on the strong membership base with a programme of events to raise the network’s profile with young professionals in London and beyond. Reflecting on being Irish in London, Dermot noted that whilst embracing the vibrant multicultural aspects of London, he has always been conscious of the generations that came before, and the contribution they have made to city life. He concluded that as demographics change in the London Irish community it proves even more important to engage with organisations supporting Irish culture and providing essential services for those in need.