Meet the Team

Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes

Chief Executive Officer


Maximising potential and enabling the collective growth of his two most important stakeholders, INNOVATE clients and INNOVATE people, is Jim’s passion. By creating a culture for his people to flourish, in turn, equips them with the skills, expertise and passion to design and implement technologies for INNOVATE clients to focus on growth.

Jim was focused on growing an international business even before co-founding INNOVATE in 2005. A B.Comm. in Management Information Systems from UCD and a career in IT provided Jim with a technical grounding, but his interest in people and belief in the power of a growth mind-set has enabled him to found and build a leading IT service provider based on the pillars of excellence, leadership and respect.


Enda Cahill

Chief Technology Officer


Enda is passionate about understanding how technology can be applied to improve organisations and enjoys the challenge of solving technical problems. His mantra of ‘Respond, don’t React’ guides how he leads INNOVATE technological vision. Enda is responsible for all technical aspects of the business, from identifying trends in technology and determining their impact on the market to fostering relationships with suppliers, which enables him to assist customers in building a technology strategy that will achieve their organisation's objectives. 

Enda likes to quote Mary Kay Ash: “There are three types of people in the world: those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those that wonder what happened.” Enda makes things happen, and his ability to distil complex issues and work up business solutions in a pragmatic way is the reason why he is a Cisco Brand Ambassador and was awarded first place in the biggest blockchain hackathon in Europe.


Barry Murphy

Chief Operations Officer


Building a team of leaders based on INNOVATE values of respect, excellence and leadership who work well together and continually do more to help each other equips Barry to be an effective COO. Barry leads the operational aspects of INNOVATE to ensure that clients get the excellent service they are accustomed to by creating a productivity-centred business environment for his colleagues.
Known for remaining calm under pressure and appreciating the viewpoints of both clients and colleagues gives Barry a unique ability to solve problems and get things done.

Barry believes the most important element of any organisation’s IT infrastructure is backup, but you would expect that from someone on the ground in operations.


Gavin O'Donovan

Chief Financial Officer


Gavin enables INNOVATE to achieve its growth agenda by leading the finance, legal, strategic, risk management and HR activities of the business. Initiating INNOVATE ‘as a service’ finance model has enabled clients to invest and grow their organisation with the security of transparent, predictable IT investments. Gavin’s management of the finance and administration teams and processes positions him to assist people across the business to create solutions to problems.

His training as a Chartered Accountant in one of the ‘Big Four’ followed by senior finance roles in large Irish multinationals, equipped Gavin to lead the delivery of INNOVATE financial and strategic objectives as our CFO.


David Laird

Non-Executive Chairman


David has a lifetime of experience in IT managed services and as Non-Exec Chairman of INNOVATE supports our vision to become a market leader in this sector. He enjoys working with the dynamic, talented team within INNOVATE who are driven to unlock the power of cloud technologies for our clients.