Aisling O'Neill is the new national president at Network Ireland for 2021 after the group's AGM at the weekend. 

The Waterford woman will be working with more than 1,200 members across 14 regional branches during the year to raise the profile of women in business in Ireland and to support them as they develop their careers. 

Aisling is manager of ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre at WIT. She holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and so advancing the cause of women in business is a topic very close to her heart.

Her priorities for her term in office include showcasing the power of Network Ireland in all its forms, including the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

She will also promote Network's popular Mentoring for Success programme, increasing membership, and strengthening links between branches.

"I can't overstate how inspirational this group is for members. We're spread out across the country with our own lives and jobs or businesses, but when we get together on something Network Ireland is definitely more than the sum of its parts," Ms O'Neill said. 

"We support each other through tough times, offer expertise and professional advice when needed and celebrate the wins, big or small. I can’t wait to get started on the projects I have planned for the year ahead," she added. 

Network Ireland has also confirmed its renewed its partnership with AIB for 2021 for the ninth year in a row. 

Catherine Moroney, from AIB, said the pandemic has called on the pioneering character and courage of Network Ireland members to find a way forward and work through the challenges it presents.

"The members' collective determination to succeed and to support each other is admirable, and is at the core of what Network Ireland represents," she added.