September 28, 2021
By Donal Brady
I’m delighted to share some exciting news in the development of HR Duo. We have added three new members to our Board; Caroline Jenkinson, PJ Timmins (Chairman)
and Joe Hogan will join as non-executive directors.
Former President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, CEO of Clerys, and Chair of Drinkaware PJ Timmins will become the Chairman of the Board of HR Duo. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with PWC and has been a member of various boards for over 33 years, across software, property, retailing, healthcare, and music industries in addition to not for profits organisations.
He is a founder Director of O’Leary Opticians ltd, Dublin City Business Improvement Districts Company Ltd, Retail Ireland, Alcohol Awareness Foundation and The Alternative Board. He is a Non-Executive Director of Global Standards 1 (Ireland) and Chair of Youbloom plc.
Former Deputy Chairman of the Labour Court, Caroline Jenkinson has over 20 years adjudication experience dealing with cases on employment law and industrial relations disputes throughout the public and private sectors. Caroline also worked for Ibec for over 20 years dealing with industrial relations and social policy. During her time with Ibec, Caroline represented employers’ interests at both national and EU level.
Commenting on her appointment to the Board of HR Duo, Caroline Jenkinson said “I’m delighted to be joining the Board of HR Duo, a most impressive organisation, providing a full-service HR solution for companies. I’ve been really impressed by the excellent service it provides to clients through its innovative software, its access to professional well-informed senior advisors and dedicated HR managers. I very much look forward to working with HR Duo.”
Joe Hogan founded Openet Telecom Group in Dublin in 1999. He had noticed the growth in the mobile communications market in the 1990s, along with the introduction of new standards such as The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). He has served on the Openet board and as CTO. Joe is the principal architect of Openet’s product portfolio and has over 45 patents in 5G technology. He is responsible for technology innovation in Openet and is also a joint winner of the European Entrepreneur of the Year (2012) and EY Entrepreneur of the Year (2011).
These three new senior appointments to the Board come at a pivotal time for HR Duo, as the company prepares to expand into the UK market. HR Duo has experienced rapid growth since it officially opened its offices in Dunshaughlin Co. Meath in January 2020. It has doubled its workforce in the past year, and now employs 26 people. It is hoping to grow further in the coming year.
“These new senior appointments to our Board will provide vital support to the HR Duo team as we embark on new growth plans,”said Jerome Forde, Managing Director of HR Duo. As thousands of employees return to the workplace this week, and more businesses switch to hybrid working, there is a greater need for HR expertise, skills and experience. Businesses need to comply with over 50 pieces of employment legislation. Through the use of technology and HR expertise, we created an integrated HR platform. This unique software automates the day-to-day HR practices and enables businesses to manage their people management requirements. Our team of HR practitioners are also available to our clients 24/7 for HR expertise and advice,” he added.