Pat Desmond

Managing Director

25+ years experience in leading project teams to deliver fast track projects and the implementation of latest automation and MES technologies to the process industry. Working with clients to realize the benefits of technology to the manufacturing process.

  • Excellent understanding of all aspects of biotechnology/pharmaceutical capital projects execution, cost control and scheduling.
  • Proven track record in team management in dynamic business models.
  • Global experience in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, food processing and wastewater.
  • Extensive expertise in project management, engineering, validation, technical support, maintenance and sales at senior levels.

Specialties: Capital Project Management, Automation Master Planning, Technology Selection, Vendor Assessments, Batch Design, Remediation Planning, Managing Teams

Emerson Kirby

Business Unit Manager

20 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical, Bio Technology, Semi Conductor, Mineral Processing, Oil & Gas,and Renewable Energy Industries from Technician to Senior Management Level. These roles have involved Instrumentation & Automation project management, cost management & project controls, generation of engineering proposals, design, inspection, construction, commissioning, qualification and system turnover of projects in locations such as Ireland, USA, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Russia, and the Middle East. I have excellent client facing skills and strong leadership ability, underpinned by an in depth knowledge of Instrumentation & Automation Engineering across a wide variety of industries. Currently I’m acquiring my Chartership with the Institute of Engineers Ireland.

Daniel Desmond

Operations Manager

Daniel is an experienced Administrator and Operations Manager with extensive experience in both the not-for profit and commercial sectors. Daniel holds a BA degree in Philosophy and Communications and a MA in Philosophy and has trained in Project Management and Digital Recruiting. Daniel is responsible for Administration and Financial Management, Office Systems and Talent Acquisition/HR.

Kevin Nolan

CSV and Compliance Manager

Kevin has over 18 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. His roles have involved the implementation and leading of CSV activities for both new control systems and the remediation of legacy control systems. He is experienced in all areas requiring CSV such as production & utility equipment, building management systems, data historians, GMP networks, computerised laboratory equipment and database systems.

Edel Howick

Client Services Manager

Edel has more than 24 years Sales and Marketing experience and has worked with a number of high profile multi-national companies in the areas of Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences & Food & Drink. Edel will be assisting SimoTech clients with site based resource requirements.

Conor Wall

Automation Project Manager

Conor has over 24 years of experience in all aspects of Control Systems including from front end design through to Commissioning & Validation across multiple platforms. Among his achievements included assisting on the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Batch API programming to S88 standards for a world leading DCS vendor and the successful delivery of a CAPA system for a startup company for a biotechnology customer.

Marian McGurrin

Recruitment Business Manager

Marian has over 10 years experience in the Recruitment industry and has extensive experience in both agency and in-house roles. She has specific expertise in recruitment and talent acquisition for the Science & Engineering sector and has worked with some of Ireland’s leading organisations in the Life Sciences & Medical Device Sectors.

Marian has a proven track record of rolling out talent acquisition plans for Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device clients and has successfully led talent acquisition projects as Lead TA for both Ireland and EMEA.

She has extensive experience in client & candidate management, talent attraction & engagement and talent mapping.

Marian specialises in TA Project Planning, TA Start up, Client Management, Business Development, Recruitment Team Management. She holds a BA in Business & Management and is a Qualified Blackbelt in digital recruitment.

Aishlyn Kerr

Talent Acquisition Specialist

Aishlyn has a wealth of recruitment experience with extensive knowledge of full cycle recruitment, specialising in Science and Engineering.

Aishlyn has successfully recruited for leading Pharmaceutical, Biotech & Medical Device companies across multiple sites for both established businesses and new start – ups.

With a proven track record of establishing both candidate and client relationships, in addition to developing strategies to attract and retain talent. Holding a blackbelt in digital recruitment, she is a specialist in head hunting top talent for technical engineering positions, recruitment team management, stakeholder management, along with talent acquisition strategies.

Aishlyn prides herself on being quality focused with a drive to source the best talent to advance organisations capabilities.