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Biographies

Andrew Burke

Chair of Business Studies at Trinity College Dublin

Professor Andrew Burke is Chair of Business Studies at Trinity College Dublin. He served two terms as Dean during 2015-2023 when Trinity Business School tripled in size and secured Triple Accreditation (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS) placing the School in the top 1% of business schools in the world. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and has served on the Board of the University and Audit Committee. He has also served on the Governing Body of UCD. He was Bettany Chair and the Founding Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield School of Management, UK.

He was Chairperson of the Centre for Research on Self-Employment (CRSE) in London from 2014-2020. He has held visiting professorships at UCLA in 2002 and 2012 and was a Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Germany. He is widely published in top ranked international journals including the Harvard Business Review, and the Journal of Management Studies. His work has been presented at the EU Commission, World Trade Organization, HM’s Treasury, UK Houses of Commons and Lords as well as through media such as Forbes Magazine, the Financial Times, RTE and BBC television and radio.

He graduated with a D.Phil (Oxford University), MSc (London School of Economics), MA (NUI) and an honorary MA (Dubl.). He is an executive coach and holds a Certificate in Executive Coaching from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former President and Ents Officer of UCD Students’ Union hosting bands such as the Pogues, Dr Feelgood, the Damned, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the Human League and Wilko Johnson during his time in these roles. During his student days he played in a number of indie bands which were commercially unsuccessful but enjoyable experiences for the band, if not the audience!

Na Fu

Professor of human resource management at Trinity Business School.

Na Fu is a professor in human resource management and Co-Director of Trinity Centre for Digital Business and Analytics at Trinity Business School. She is the Founder and Director for the award winning MSc in Human Resource Management program, a Fellow of Trinity, and an Academic Fellow of CIPD.

Professor Fu’s research focuses on strategic human resource management, professional service firms, people analytics and digital transformation where she has published extensively in high impact international journals. As a recipient of multi-awards in research and teaching, Professor Fu is passionate about helping organisations to achieve their employee’s full potential in all aspects. She has led a number of research projects in both the private and public sectors around people management relevant to organisational growth and innovation.

Professor Fu’s work benefits to the economy and society beyond academia. Insights derived from her research have been directly applied by professional bodies including the Great Place to Work and the CIPD. Professor Fu is a respected and sought-after speaker, giving keynote talks at industry events, serving as judge for industry awards, and publishing industry reports to inform policy makers.

Jimmy Sheehan

Managing Director of Contracting Plus

Jimmy Sheehan is Managing Director of Contracting Plus, a forward-thinking firm dedicated to empowering self-employed professionals through comprehensive accounting, tax, and financial services. With a mission to simplify the complexities of financial management for contractors, freelancers, and other self-employed individuals, Jimmy leads the company with a focus on growth, innovation, and client success.

A seasoned accountant with an entrepreneurial background in business development, Jimmy brings over two decades of experience in scaling businesses and implementing innovative solutions that enhance operational efficiency and client satisfaction. His expertise lies in crafting tailored strategies that address the unique challenges faced by self-employed professionals, helping them to not only meet their financial obligations but also to thrive in competitive markets.

His professional journey is marked by a proactive approach to leveraging technology, which has positioned Contracting Plus as a trusted partner for self-employed professionals seeking reliable and innovative advice in the areas of tax, accounting and financial services.

Acknowledgements

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the professional contractors and organisations who actively participated in the study, offering invaluable insights into Ireland’s project economy landscape. A special acknowledgment is owed to Geraldine Penney from Contracting Plus for her timely assistance throughout the project.

We also want to express our gratitude to Lavinia Zunino, whose expertise in data analysis proved invaluable. Additionally, sincere thanks go out to Lucinda Gavigan, Sarah McLoughlin, Conor Edwards, Pamela Hennessy, Julianne Corrigan, Daisy Cruz, Una Hennigan, and Claire Johnston at Trinity Business School for their unwavering support, and to Sarah Merrigan, Mary Eboh, Eva Byrne, Aoife Lennox and Kayleigh Cronin in Contracting Plus for their valuable assistance.