The HRLocker team are a diverse, fun-loving crew sharing a common goal – to make peoples lives better with time-saving, value-for-money solutions to Business Process and People Management challenges.
Support is the backbone of our business so you’ll only find the corporate big wigs and stuffy old board members lower down the page!
Liz Byrt our Technical Expert, is on the front line for explaining features, problem solving and resolving any client support queries. This role suits Liz to a T, having a background as a software engineer (Quality Assurance) for Motorola among many other varied roles. Liz is a graduate of CIT and loved it so much she went to study there twice! Liz loves her job because she ‘works with fun people, doing something I enjoy and feel I excel at! It’s a change of role and a break from being a full time Irish “Mammy”. The team here’s made up of good people, who work well together and that remember a day is wasted if you haven’t laughed!’ Liz is never seen without a cup of tea in her hand – unless it’s replaced by a glass of wine some evenings!
Blackie: Vice President of Canine Relations. Much more than just the office dog, Blackie’s a founding member of the team. Blackie’s main responsibilities involve doing as little as possible and falling asleep and snoring loudly underneath his colleagues chairs – or sunbathing, usually somewhere that’s in the way. Blackie loves his coworkers, especially the ones who feed him or open the office door to let him in and out. In his spare time he likes long walks on the beach and stealing food from the cat. If any other potential clients’ animals require any unique confirmation of, or insight into the values and work ethic of the HRLocker team, Blackie will be your chief source of references.
Stuart McCamley our Business Solutions Manager is responsible for driving new business and helping prospective customers evaluate the features and benefits of HR Locker. It’s not the most difficult job in the company as the system is so easy to use! Stuart has been a HR Locker client himself and because of this he is just as enthusiastic about promoting the solution as CEO Adam. Stuart’s been involved in multifunctional recruitment, training and HR roles for the past 15 years across the UK, US, Ireland and Germany, recently working with Zimmer, Blue Tree Systems and BrightWork. As a Liverpool FC soccer fan, Stuart shares tales of the glory days with Southampton fan, Adam, who’s still waiting for Southampton’s glory day! Stuart’s colleagues describe him as the ‘Liam Gallagher of the office’ (he loves his parka jackets!) and is most overheard saying ‘flipping macs!’
HRLocker Man our resident Superhero. We like to think that when anyone’s responsible for rolling out HRLocker in their company they automatically become a superhero. And at HRLocker we have a resident, lifesaving superhuman too. Like the rest of the legendary HRLocker support team, HRLocker man gallantly swoops in to rescue Users should they come unstuck with any People Management issues. (When Liz isn’t available.) HRLocker Man’s our protector of customer satisfaction. No challenge is too large or small for him to defend against. Like all saviours, HRLocker man, of course, has a secret life out of hours. We have no idea what he does after he Clocks out. There’s a lot of whispering here about further, hidden characteristics he possesses. We can’t confirm any for sure (apart from that he DOES NOT support Southampton FC) but the rumours include that:
… he’s the local postman here in Lahinch, drives a green van (of course) and swiftly changes into his outfit inside the nearest mailbox if a support call comes in (and Liz is away)
… his costume is actually just a green wetsuit and that he’s the alter ego of our CEO Adam (Caveat: This hearsay was circulated by Adam himself.)
… he gracefully stepped aside to let Pearce Brosnan be the first Irish James Bond
… that he’s actually related to Liz in the support team. They definitely share superior support genes anyway
… his strength knows no bounds and he once underwent cosmetic pectoral reduction procedure
… he’s so super green he can turn organic spinach into kryptonite – apparently he almost exclusively eats curly kale, the purest Irish shamrock and on a night out only drinks absinthe
… his cape has no effect on his flying skill and is actually just a giant handkerchief to offer any damsels in distress
… he’s consistently rejecting multi-million-dollar offers from Donald Trump who’s said to prize his perfect hands
… he once went into anaphylactic shock after eating marmite. (But was revived using Guinness.)
… he wears only the finest French lingerie underneath his costume. No visible lines have been confirmed
… he’s Chuck Norris’ jujitsu instructor
… he safely rehomed all protected snake species that St. Patrick exiled from Ireland
… he has an anorexic cousin called Bill
… He was in a boy band that was destined to win The X-Factor but an HRLocker support call came in just before their audition
… he carries an unlimited supply of dog biscuits (Blackie the office dog mentioned this, unsurprisingly)
Crystel Robbins Rynne is our HR Projects & Services Manager Crystel’s one of the core HR professionals behind the functionality of HRLocker and liaises with clients on implementation and new feature development. She’s worked with The Interventions Group for over 10 years and is the connection between our clients and our technology. Crystel loves working at HRLocker because she ‘gets to explore all areas of the business. I get the most satisfaction at work from brainstorming a problem – and solving it! I like the HRLocker team because some are old friends and some are new, but we’re still a team’ Apparently in her spare time she likes to ‘torment my children by holding family workouts, going on long walks and runs’. She also loves to cook and throw dinner parties and serves a mean Lamb Shank in red wine sauce while enjoying a glass of Prosecco. As well as coaching soccer, she’s studying for a Masters in Specific Learning Difficulties, is Lamh and Hannen trained and is a blogger for The Mighty. When asked where she’d transport herself to if she could travel in time, Crystel says it would be to the year 2000: where she’d tell herself that ‘Goth makeup and piercings doen’t suit anyone!’ Crystel’s unlikely to use buzzwords in meetings and, although she’s a ‘can-do’, ‘yes’ person, she’s often heard saying ‘No!’. Colleagues agree that she’s always right! (But she kind of is.) She’s lethal because she can instantly assess both the big picture and envisage the small details or potential roadblocks to find the most time-efficient solutions. Crystel is a Psychology Graduate of the University of Limerick.
Sarah McMaster Executive Assistant to CEO Sarah has a wide-ranging role here across commercial, sales and support functions. With a strong Project and Business Management background in finance she brings the perfect, agile, growth-oriented, tech-embracing mindset that all progressive companies need. Sarah loves surfing, walking her dog, Dexter and generally ‘doing anything outdoors – and singing. Sometimes both at the same time’. In fact if she could travel in time she’d visit the 1930s just for the music. Her claim to fame is that she played Hockey for Ireland. Also, but, shhhh, don’t tell the boss that she’s moonlighting, but she’s just joined the circus too and is training in aerial acrobatics out of hours!
Paul Joyce our Senior Developer. Surf-loving Galway Man Paul is responsible for technical system support and future development. Paul ‘s our IT Systems Architect responsible for managing future features of HRLocker. He works with a growing list of boundary-pushing functionality that’s currently on our development road map. Paul appreciates good humour and frank, succinct communication. (Straight talking only. No buzzwords allowed.) When he’s not surfing, he loves sharing his love of climbing as an instructor at a local activity centre, and socialising – so the scenic, rugged West Coast of Ireland is the perfect place to live and work. As a kid Paul wanted to be a carpenter, so maybe one weekend, if there’s no boulders to climb or swell to chase, he’ll finally get around to putting some doors on his shed. Prior to working at HRLocker Paul worked with Avaya, as a Senior Developer.
Joe McKnight Software Engineer. Joe has over 15 years experience as a Software Architect across all areas of the SDLC, including requirements analysis, business analysis, full stack .net development and and Interaction Design. He’s also a connoisseur of fine single malts. Apart from being an avid reader of philosophy, Joe gets great satisfaction from working on the next generation of HR Software. ‘Developing technology solutions to improve peoples’ lives is my craft, so what better place to make a difference than in a HR/People management system!’ Joe’s another team member that’s enjoyed moving away from city life and enjoying a great work-life balance here around the National parks and coastline in beautiful County Clare. ‘We all come from different working backgrounds where we’ve gained extensive experience, but somehow all ended up working in Lahinch in the far west of Ireland!’
Jennifer Dempsey our HR Director brings a sense of equilibrium to our Company. Jen gets the best out of people and takes a light touch HR approach that allows people to innovate. Jen is particularly passionate about working with people with disabilities, making sure that they realise their potential. Prior to working with the Group, Jen set up the Irish Overseas Aid division of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and worked in a HR Professional role in Card Services, CSK Software, Symantec Corporation and Rand McNally.
With a Masters in Business from the Smurfit School of Business, Jen is passionate about equality and diversity and enjoys foreign travel. A mention of a trip and she has her passport in hand; “What customer am I visiting and what jurisdiction are they in?” With customers in over 30 jurisdictions we can keep Jen satisfied. Jen is still waiting for our first client in the Bahamas!
Philip Kelly our Operations Manager provides all the blue energy (Attention to detail) we need to keep us on the straight and narrow. Philip has been instrumental in setting up and managing our training brokerage and financial control systems. Prior to working with HRLocker Philip worked with Symantec Corporation, RCI and O2 Ireland/Digifone.
Philip is a Graduate of University of Limerick and can be found on most weekends in Thomand Park supporting Munster Rugby team.
Adam Coleman our CEO has assisted clients in developing and implementing best in class HRIS solutions. He has coached & facilitated companies through difficult change & systems initiatives including start-up & shut down programmes in the Telecommunications, Software, Energy, Manufacturing and Services Sectors. Prior to setting up HRLocker, Adam held Senior HR Positions in both O2 UK and O2 Ireland and was head of HR for Esat Digifone. It’s his vision to continue to develop HRLocker into the best HR product and service company in the world! Adam has years of experience in building culture within companies from the ground up. It’s one of the reasons that Adam decided to put lifestyle first when setting up his own company on the West Coast of Ireland. Based in Lahinch, the surf capital of Ireland, HRLocker has flourished into a worldwide company that serves clients in over 40 different jurisdictions. In addition to Adam’s passion for all things HR related, he is also a keen surfer and an avid Southampton supporter. Adam loves ‘talking to partners and customers and watching his colleagues push the boundaries of the impossible to the possible’. He enjoys coaching with the local youth soccer team and cooking Tom Yamm soup. Adam has a strong interest in Ancient Greek history and, like most Southampton FC fans, rarely attends any games. (So he’ll likely fire the fan of [infinitely more successful] rivals Portsmouth FC who wrote this profile section for him.) One day Adam will finally get his beloved green VW Beetle – that inspired the HRLocker green Brand iD – out of the garage and into restoration so it can be a fitting HRLocker mascot. Let’s hope that doesn’t take as long as it is for Southampton to win a major trophy.
Richard Finn, Board Member has over 30 years experience of International business and has extensive experience in Senior Management roles with US Multinationals – both in Ireland and the USA.
Richard is a qualified Business Executive Coach and enjoys working with start-ups, scaling new businesses and is passionate about Business and Personal Financial Management.
John Ring, Board Member MD & owner of the leading Web marketing consultancy TinderPoint. John has over 25years Experience in Web marketing, SEO & all things internet.
Johns speciality lies in understanding which digital marketing elements make most strategic sense for his clients.
Brian McDowell Tech and Partnerships Marketing Manager Brian’s background is in sports, publishing and marketing. Brian’s focus is on channeling our sweet spot customers into the right package for them and to support partners in communicating how HRLocker can best help their clients. ‘I love my job because there’s tonnes of freedom to try innovative techniques and apply fresh thinking – and a no blame culture for the less successful attempts at new stuff. I get the most satisfaction from tracking progress and seeing results. Even the smallest wins get a fist pump. I like the HRLocker team because they work hard and play hard. And, being Irish they’re all great craic!’ In his spare time he loves to windsurf and surf and sail and swim and fish, brew awful beer and cider, watch and cheer the mighty Portsmouth FC, laugh at how lame Southampton FC fans are, hunt for waves in his noisy retro truck and hang out – preferably in the water or at the beach – with the family and the dogs! While learning to play the guitar he’s been banished to the garage. (Near the homebrew.) As a kid in South Africa he dreamed of becoming a Springbok rugby player, but these days, to everyone’s amusement, because he didn’t grow up in Ireland, Brian helps out with coaching Gaelic football to the local U12s. He’s still no idea what the rules are … luckily the kids don’t listen to him anyway. Brian claims he once came ‘this close’ to being Tony the Tiger windsurfing in a TV advert! ‘I’ve never got over it to be honest…’ If you can handle spicy food then Brian’s Lamb Jalfrezi will blow you away. Just beware, there’ll likely only be some sketchy home-brew to wash it down with
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