Dave A. Barry, Chartered FCIPD

Founder & Chief Connection Officer at Conexion.ie®, Speaker, HR MC & Moderator

A human resource management postgraduate of University College Cork, after initial roles in travel and retail Dave joined global biopharmaceutical Eli Lilly in 1999 for thirteen years across human resources, lean six sigma and finance.

Keen to diversify via leading in other sectors, Dave left Lilly in 2011 and following a telecoms project role joined cybersecurity leader Trend Micro in 2013 as head of HR – EMEA operations centre/Ireland and interim southern Europe.

Passionate to continue 'joining organizational dots', Dave left Trend in 2016 to management consult in life sciences – including a HR leadership secondment to BioMarin – before establishing organization development and HR consultancy Conexion.ie® in 2018, partnering with a diverse range of SMEs and specializing in biopharma and related.

In addition to keynote speaking on organizational connection, people leadership and more, Dave also hosts or moderates corporate, HR and other events, plus part time teaches strategic human resource and talent management with UCC.



Dave Signature Speaking

The organizational series:

1. Connect unjoined dots impacting your business

2. Ensure you never have accidental managers

3. Achieve people-first talent management competitiveness

The motivational series:

1. Discover your life and work purposes

2. Create your legacy from 30 onwards

3. Bring optimal joy into your life


Dave Previous Speaking

- 24 Stories (Cork)

- Bright Horizons (Ireland)

- Cork Chamber Skillnet

- Cork Entrepreneurs Network

Customer Contact Management Association (Ireland)

- Department of Defence (Ireland)

- EmployFlex (Cork)

- Family Friendly Ireland Awards

- International Society of Automation (Ireland)

- Irish Institute of Continuing Professional Development

- Local Enterprise Office Cork City

- Local Government Management Association (Ireland)

- Network Cork

- Public Affairs Ireland

- Rezoomo (Ireland)

- Republic of Work (Cork)

- Saros (Ireland)

- Skillnet Ireland

- The Sweeney Show (Cork)

- Teagasc (Ireland)

Conexion Trusted Associates

- Research, strategy and initiatives: Colette Quinn at Real Insights

- Careers, coaching and wellbeing: Aideen Shannon at FlexiSmart

- Change, leadership and EQ: Anne Marie Crowley at AM Crowley Coaching 

- Events, brand and sponsorship: Leigh Gillen at Leigh Gillen Events


Conexion Trusted Providers

- Financial wellbeing: Karen Goodliffe at SurePlan Financial

- Website and support: Łukasz Mądrzak at REDStudio