Meet Catherine Duffy Senior Vice-President and General manager of one of the world’s leading financial services institutions, Northern Trust’s office in Limerick. Here Catherine shares the successful expansion story of Northern Trust as well as her own experience of moving to, and making the mid-West, home.
“In 2006 Northern Trust opened its doors in the National Technology Park in Limerick where we had a team of 19 people. Since then we have undergone rapid growth; having expanded into second facility in Limerick in 2013 we are now in phase three of our development, currently extending our footprint to house an additional 250 staff; by 2017 we will be employing 1,000 people in Limerick. The pace of our progress is significant and testament to the Limerick region as a place which provides talent. Our relationship with the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology has been crucial in supporting this growth as they continue to supply suitably skilled graduates.
For Northern Trust, Limerick is a super place to do business. Excellent infrastructure. Top class facilities. A superb calibre and pool of graduates...people with experience are coming to our door.
It’s a great place to live, with a very vibrant city. It’s a multicultural destination. It’s easily commutable. There is a very strong sporting tradition. There is a plethora of great eateries and an array of independent shops. Northern Trust encourage its employees to be part of the fabric of Limerick by supporting the community through volunteering.”
Of course, Catherine’s move to Limerick with Northern Trust also meant a significant change for her husband and four children.
“My husband Eugene is a farmer, so he was thrilled with a move to the countryside, although for me, having grown up in Dublin, I was worried about leaving the vibrancy behind. I need not have worried. Our family enjoy a quality of life here that we could never have achieved in a capital city. We now enjoy the best of both worlds, city life with country living. We love it here. The welcome from the community was great and I couldn’t imagine us living or raising our family anywhere else.”