Celebrating with Pride at Abtran

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Proudly Supporting Cork Pride Awareness Week 2018

Last week saw an action-packed, fun-filled event schedule at Abtran to celebrate Cork Pride 2018. Events kicked off in high spirits as people from around the company were invited to bid on the opportunity to “Pie-A-Manager” to raise funds for charity.

Competitions, bake sales and quizzes organised by Abtran’s LGBT group together with a talk delivered by Cork’s Pride Chairperson, Clive Davis, were just some of the highlights marking last week’s events as people from around the company gathered to fly the flag during Sunday’s Cork Pride Parade. All funds raised throughout the week will go to charities nominated by staff: The Cork Gay Project, HIV Ireland and The Irish Cancer Society.

Pride Flag Cork City“Pride week at Abtran was all about celebrating LGBT awareness in the workplace,” says Aoife O’Neill, our Internal Communication, Brand and Engagement Specialist. “It was fantastic to see so many people take part and support their colleagues while raising much needed funds for such worthwhile causes.”

According to John Horgan, Abtran Product Specialist and one of the people who initially proposed Abtran’s celebration of Cork Pride, added; “Support within the workplace for events such as Pride shows our LGBT+ co-workers that the company we work for, supports our rights and respects our individuality. It shows future employees that this is an environment where you do not have to hide who your really are. For me pride in the workplace is all about allowing you to be who you are and in a comfortable environment. Abtran is a workplace that is thriving with individuality, uniqueness and talent and this was all celebrated during Abtran’s Cork Pride week.”

Abtran Pride BannerTara Cregan from Abtran’s LGBT group added; “It was fantastic to be able to get so involved and to help Abtran’s Pride week become a great success. I had the opportunity to delve into all aspects of the week’s activities from charity events to photography to promoting the great line-up of initiatives. Abtran have done amazing work over the last week and I’m certainly proud to have been part of that. The amount of goodwill and support throughout the company during Cork Pride week has been absolutely overwhelming. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed and took part to drive and support LGBT workplace wellbeing and awareness.”

While Cork Pride week may have finished for another year, you can catch up on some of the fun-filled events and festivities at Abtran by visiting our Facebook page.

Gary Sayers

Chief Operating Officer

Gary has been with Abtran since 2011 and in his role as COO, he has overall responsibility for Abtran’s operational process. He ensures that Abtran maintains service excellence through consistent, industry leading delivery solutions. Gary works in close partnership with operational teams to execute the company’s vision, goals and growth strategies.

Gary has a wealth of experience in Customer Service Management, Operational Transformation, Customer Engagement, Operating Model efficiencies and Stakeholder Management across a number of sectors. In his role as COO, Gary has a significant focus on sponsoring the career development pathways of our people.

Gary holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and has a Degree in both Civil Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technology 

Marie Downey

Chief Performance Officer

Marie has worked with Abtran since 2019 and has 20 years of experience as an IT and service optimisation leader. In her role as Chief Performance Officer, Marie has overall responsibility for Abtran’s product service offering, service design, and service capability including all PMO activity. She is a highly skilled relationship and people manager and constantly seeks to innovate and collaborate to deliver the best service outcomes.  Since joining Abtran, Marie has overseen a number of successful mobilisations of new service contracts and led our strategic initiative portfolio. Prior to working with Abtran, Marie worked with several leading multinational organisations. She is a graduate of University College Cork, holding a Bachelors degree in Commerce and Masters degree in IT and Management Accounting.

Chief Technology Officer

Paul joined Abtran in early 2020, bringing nearly 20 years experience in the IT industry. 

As CTO, Paul’s technical leadership is centered upon articulating a clear vision and strategy. He is responsible for aligning the technology vision for Abtran with the business objectives. He has overall leadership of the execution of technology strategy, partnerships and external relationships. Paul draws on a wealth of experience in designing scalable distributed systems and is focused on evolving our IT engineering capability. Prior to joining Abtran, Paul worked with international FinTech and Telecommunications organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from the University of Limerick.