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Paddy Matthews (President)

Paddy Matthews is the Managing Director of Matthews Coach Hire.  Paddy founded the company in 1995, when he and his wife Mary purchased a small minibus with the primary purpose of transporting their six children and foster children.  They grew the company steadily into a modern and innovative commuter, tours and corporate service operator.  Matthews have received numerous awards for their ground breaking work in the areas of management, safety and energy conservation.  Matthews Coach Hire are recognised as being leaders in the coach transport industry in Ireland.  They were the only transport company in the state to have secured a contract at the London Olympics, where they sent 15 coaches and 30 drivers.

They are the only transport company in Ireland to have alcolocks installed – and every Matthews coach and support vehicle carries one of the devices. The company have been recognised nationally as exemplars of best practice in energy management, most recently when they scooped their second Energy Awareness title in four years at the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards 2012.  They recently became the first public transport company in the UK or Ireland – and only the second in the world – to achieve the new ISO 50001 energy management accreditation.  At the heart of this family-run company is the ethos that the customer experience is paramount.

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Holly Dance (Vice President)

Holly Dance leads Prometric’s operational team for the Test Development Solutions organization—a team of 90 experts who deliver exceptional service in Ireland, India, Japan and the US. This team supports the various components of the test development lifecycle, including: software development of sophisticated applications, item management and test publishing solutions; test development operations including item editing, item migration and product user support and training; test publishing, focusing on the effective creation of exams; test quality services focusing on the quality control of exams; and master scheduling, which provides oversight and project-management of all work as it travels through the test development lifecycle. In this role Ms. Dance focuses on improving the client experience and understanding current and future needs in the test development marketplace.

Since joining Prometric in 1997, she has held a series of leadership roles in both operations and finance that have included international assignments with Prometric’s Japanese operations and a two-year European relocation. More recently, her efforts in candidate services have optimized the Prometric self-service contact center presence. Among her accomplishments is the development of a standard method for issue tracking, escalation and swift root cause resolution.

Holly and her husband moved to Lordship in September 2011.  At that time, she began to establish the team and facility for the Dundalk office of Prometric in the Finnabair Technology Park.  Recently, Prometric Dundalk announced reaching its 100 Dundalk jobs milestone, a pledge made in November 2011.

Mrs. Dance holds a bachelor‘s degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


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