Our People

Our people are a team of dynamic and highly innovative individuals that embody the Demystify, Derisk, Deliver culture at IMR.

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Our Leadership Team


With over 100 years of combined experience, we’ve got a well-seasoned team at the helm.

Barry Kennedy

Chief Executive Officer

Micheal Cassidy

Chief Technology Officer

Andrew Lynch

Chief Innovation Officer

Maurice O’Connell

Chief Operations Officer

Desmond Thornton IMR's CFO

Desmond Thornton

Chief Finance Officer

IMR Directors and Management Teams


With over 100 years of combined experience, we’ve got a well-seasoned team at the helm.

David McCormack Director of Sustainable Manufacturing at IMR

David leads and develops a sustainable manufacturing research strategy, oversees research grants programs, and evaluates research program effectiveness and impact to deliver outcomes which can be applied for the benefit of industry/ consumers/ customers. He establishes and maintains productive working relationships and networks with stakeholders, public and private sector funding bodies, state agencies, fostering research partnerships across organisational programs and projects to capitalise on funding and resource opportunities.

David McCormack

Director of Sustainable Manufacturing

Ken is responsible for delivering the Robotics research program within IMR, instilling a culture of Innovation and ensuring we remain focused on high impact research for our clients.


Ken’s experience includes; 10+ years of technology research & industrial product development; CTO of tech start up; and leading multiple teams in the delivery of mission critical development projects.

Ken Horan

Director of Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship

John is responsible for managing the Design for Manufacturing team. Using a collaborative R+D model, this team works closely with Irish industry to investigate and validate the adoption of new and advanced manufacturing technologies and associated design tools. This is supported by dedicated in-house assets covering Additive and Subtractive manufacturing as well as measurement and metallurgical analysis. John also oversees the expansion and fit-out of the advanced pilot lab in Mullingar. John has over 25 years’ experience working in the technology industry across engineering, program management (PMP certified), and R+D management levels.

John Enright

Director of Manufacturing Technologies

David Keely, Director of Digitalisation at IMR

David Keeley leads IMR’s Digitalisation pillar.


David is an experienced professional engineer and manager and has spent almost 20 years in technology research and innovation leadership roles in global manufacturing with both SME and MNC companies.


Before joining IMR David worked for 5 years as a Senior Executive in Enterprise Ireland advising Irish companies on their digitalisation and innovation strategies.

David Keeley

Director of Digitalisation

Fearghal O'Hare Director of Software Engineering at IMR

Fearghal leads the Software Development, AR/VR and IT teams at IMR, developing solutions that seamlessly embed into all our network partners facilities. Fearghal also owns the internal IT operations at IMR, ensuring that all our employees and put network partners max their potential with the best IT support.


Fearghal’s experience includes; 14 years’ software engineering experience and is PMI certified with over 10,000 hours project experience working across multiple geographies at the most advanced high-volume factories.

Fearghal O’Hare

Director of IT, Software Engineering and AR/VR

Gina is a qualified financial accountant with over 20 years of practical experience.

She plays a pivotal role in driving financial strategies and ensuring the organisation’s financial health and stability. Gina oversees the organisation’s financial operations, including budget planning, financial reporting, and financial compliance. Gina actively collaborates with the research teams and senior management to develop financial strategies aligned with the organisation’s objectives, ensuring optimal allocation of resources and funding to support IMR.

Gina Horan

Director of Finance

Court Edmondson, Director of Robotics and Automation at IMR

Court Edmondson is the director of IMR’s Robotics and Automation team. He is responsible for building a world-class team of R&A professionals to bring substantial impact to our national manufacturing challenges. With this team of experts leading the way, his vision is to transform Ireland into an international leader in advanced manufacturing capabilities.

Court has over 20 years of professional experience in technical leadership and manufacturing, including successfully delivering R&D programs for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in advanced human-rated robotic systems and life support systems in their International Space Station and Space Suit programs.

Court Edmondson

Director of Automation and Robotics

Tamara Wierks, Director of Learning and Development at IMR

Tamara leads the Learning and Development (L&D) department for Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), aiming to identify and address the skill needs of the manufacturing industry by offering experiential learning courses in key research areas. She also leads IMR’s outreach activities with primary and secondary students as part of Ideas Made Real, and industry engagement around skills needs.

With over 15 years of experience in the electric, banking, and manufacturing sectors, Tamara excels in identifying emerging skills, developing comprehensive L&D strategies, and creating innovative learning programmes that have significantly contributed to workforce development.

Tamara Wierks

Director of Learning and Development