Shannon Chamber Selects New President

Shannon Chamber is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Dickerson, CEO of Shannon Engine Support as its new President. Ms Dickerson succeeds Kevin Thompstone, managing director, the Thompstone Group, who served a three-year term of office.


Speaking after her selection at a Chamber board meeting held in Shannon on 9 February, Ms Dickerson said: “I am excited to take on the Shannon Chamber President role and look forward to continuing to build on the solid foundation of the chamber network, working with the CEO, Helen Downes, and the chamber executives to support our local businesses, from multinationals to SMEs, and continue to drive opportunities for balanced regional development.”


Outgoing president Kevin Thompstone added: “I am delighted that Julie Dickerson has agreed to become the next president of Shannon Chamber. Julie brings a wealth of international experience, knowledge of the aviation sector and an understanding of Shannon and its role in Ireland’s economic development to this role.” 


In his address to the board Mr Thompstone said: “It was an honour and a privilege to serve as president of Shannon Chamber for the past three years and follow in the footsteps of those who, 20 years ago in 1995, came together to establish Shannon Chamber – the late Austin Collins and Chris Taylor, Paddy Purcell and Mick Guinee.


“I have enjoyed working with the board, CEO Helen Downes, and the chamber executives. It has been a pleasure, in particular, to work so closely with Helen in her relentless and never ending drive to engage with members and to deliver a range of chamber services in response to their issues and needs. This is the foundation on which the continuing growth and success of the chamber is based.”



Julie has been Managing Director of SES (Shannon Engine Support) – a wholly owned subsidiary of CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Snecma (Safran) – since January 2013. Prior to joining SES, she gained progressive experience through GE Six Sigma and Operations in GECAS post joining in 1997 and was promoted to lead the GECAS Engine Leasing P&L in 2007. Julie gained project leadership experience at Standard Bank in South Africa and in credit control/ collections at 3M(tm) in the U.K. She was born in South Africa, where she gained a BComm (Hons) Economics and Business Administration from University of Kwazulu Natal and UNISA before moving to Ireland in 1996.