Gavin Hennessy

Gavin Hennessy

Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Group HR - Irish Life

Gavin Hennessy

Gavin is an alumnus of UCC and UCD Michael Smurfit Business School, holding a BSc in International Development and MSc in Management Consultancy. His academic and other achievements earned him the Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholarship at UCC and the UCD Aspire Scholarship. During his time at UCC Gavin founded the International Development Society and was appointed to the University Diversity Advisory Board. At UCD, he partnered with UCD Dept. of Health to develop the first paediatric community physiotherapy programme in Uganda.
In his early career, Gavin worked across the globe in Africa, India and Eastern Europe developing projects to support the education and livelihoods of people living in extreme poverty. Today, Gavin is Head of D&I at Irish Life & Canada Life, having previously held D&I roles at LinkedIn and Business in the Community Ireland. With his work he has established ground breaking programmes to reduce barriers to returning to the workforce for family carers, hard to reach youth, persons with disabilities, and refugees. This has positioned him as a thought leader in the corporate D&I space and he is often invited to speak at high profile events to share his insights and work. Gavin’s passion lies in bringing authenticity to corporate culture and driving change in the most challenging areas of inclusion