About INBA

The INBA is run by a Board that is elected annually at the AGM and is presided over by a President.  Our Patron is the Ambassador of Ireland to The Netherlands. The Board members come from both Dutch and Irish private and public sectors and fulfill their duties on a completely voluntary basis.  INBA has an Executive Assistant to the Board who is responsible for regular communications with members and event planning.

Meet the board

H.E. Ambassador Brendan Rogers

Patron, Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Ambassador of Ireland to The Netherlands, H.E. Brendan Rogers is the patron of the INBA. Brendan has worked extensively in Africa with both the United Nations and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and was Director General of Ireland’s aid programme, Irish Aid from 2008 until 2014. Brendan opened Ireland’s new Embassy in Bangkok Thailand in 2014 and was also accredited as Ambassador to Myanmar. Ambassador Rogers returned to Dublin in 2018 as Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and headed Ireland’s successful campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council. Brendan enjoys cycling and jogging (he jogged the New York and Boston marathons) with his spouse Ms. Kevin Doris Ejon and they are also interested in films, travel and media affairs.

Laura Crowley

Chair, Market Manager Bord Bia, The Netherlands

Laura Crowley is Manager of the Dutch market for Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. Born in Cork and raised in Dublin, she has been living in the Netherlands since 2003. Laura holds a Masters in International Marketing from UCD Smurfit Business School, as well as archaeology-related degrees from University College Dublin and Leiden University.

Tomás O'Connell

Treasurer, Associate Director renewables and transport, project finance - Rabobank

Tomás is from Kerry and has been living in the Netherlands since 2019. With a background in physics and economics, he has spent his career working in the renewables and infrastructure finance sector, and is currently working in the renewables project finance team at Rabobank. He previously worked for BlackRock in Dublin and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London.

Ivo Neuvel

Board Member, Director Recruitment - Projob - CONSULTANT - PROJOB COMPANY ONBOARDING

Ivo is the Director Recruitment at Projob where ‘making people happy through good connections’ is the mission statement. Since August 2023, he is also a Consultant for Projob Company Onboarding whose purpose is to make it easy for foreign companies to establish a business in the Netherlands. In that role, he connects with many Irish companies. Ivo has a Bachelor's in Human Resources from the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and a Master of Science in Management from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Emily Gallen

Board member, Senior Market advisor and ICT Team lead - Digital technologies, Fintech and Services - Enterprise ireland

Since 2019, Emily Gallen works with Irish SMEs helping them accessing international markets. As a Strategic Business Consultant at Enterprise Ireland, based in Amsterdam, she has a particular interest in the Digital Transformation, Fintech and strategically providing exporters with the right tools to facilitate successful business partnerships.

Frank Groome

Board member, Head of Economic, Trade and Multilateral Affairs at the Irish Embassy in The Netherlands

Frank Groome is Head of Economic, Trade and Multilateral Affairs at the Irish Embassy in The Netherlands. He has previously worked in various managerial posts in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and has worked in the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

Ben Morgan

Board member, Head of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Ben Morgan is Head of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) for the BeNeLux & Nordic regions, with responsibility for its regional strategic management. He previously worked for international real estate firm, Savills, specialising in commercial investments. Ben has lived with his Dutch partner in the Netherlands since 2018, holds economics and real estate degrees and is a Chartered Surveyor. Ben’s interests include sports, music, travel, and business.

JP McAllister

Board Member, founding partner
of GrowEurBusiness

JP McAllister is a founding partner of GrowEurBusiness, a business consultancy based in Amsterdam helping businesses move and expand to the Netherlands and EU. Originally from Waterford, JP has lived 30 years in the Netherlands, much of that period working internationally in various business development and finance director roles. JP is married to Ingrid, a Dutch national, and they have two sons, Tom and Finn.

Sinéad Sheridan

Board member, Procurement Director, Cloetta

Sinéad has been living in the Netherlands for 11 years and is originally from Dundalk. With a background in food science and business she spent most of her career in procurement at KraftHeinz before joining Cloetta in 2022 to lead their procurement function. She is a passionate foodie and a champion of Diversity & Inclusion.

Ómaí Ransome

Administrative Assistant

Since September 2023 Ómaí Ransome works part time with the Ireland Netherlands Business Association (INBA) as an administrative assistant. Brought up in Cork and Waterford, she has now made Utrecht her home. Ómaí holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Politics, and has been accepted for the Masters Cultural Data and AI starting in September 2024, at the UvA.