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Second leading Irish executive seeks to make London attractive for businesses

Second leading Irish executive seeks to make London attractive for businesses

 


Tipperary native Evelyn Bourke
Tipperary native Evelyn Bourke

Tipperary woman Evelyn Bourke, the CEO of global health giant Bupa, has become the second top Irish executive to take up a senior role at London First, a campaign group seeking to make the British capital attractive for businesses.

She will work alongside Paul Drechsler, the Dubliner who chairs the not-for-profit organisation. Like Bourke, Drechsler also worked his way up through the ranks of various British firms, including manufacturing giant ICI, finance and logistics firm Bibby Line, and private property firm Wates Group.

Drechsler, a graduate of Trinity College, also previously held the role of president of the CBI, Britain’s largest business lobbying group.

Welcoming Bourke to her new role as a non-executive director on London First’s board, Drechsler said: “I am delighted that Evelyn is bringing her global business perspective and experience in health, financial services and strategy to our organisation.

“Her involvement at this critical time will help us better meet the challenges ahead. Evelyn also brings with her a strong track record as a champion of diversity and inclusion, which is vital as we work to keep London attractive to the diverse talent we need to compete with other cities around the world.

“With Bupa headquartered, and many of our teams and customers based in the city, it is important that we support continued investment for business and infrastructure and that it remains a great place where people can live and work.”

The pair will have their work cut out as the fallout from Brexit deters European immigrants from looking at the British capital, and continues to frustrate businesses of all sizes there.

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