Our Team

Student Innovation Ireland CLG is a non-profit body which is dedicated to delivering the F1 in Schools Ireland programme. Our team is comprised of award-winning F1 in Schools alumni and STEM advocates.

Meet all the fantastic members of our team below:

National Director

Aaron Hannon

Team: Team AIB Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Singapore 2015. 

About: Aaron is the co-founder and CEO of Galway-based startup Lily Devices, and was recently named as one of the Irish Independent's 30 Under 30 Rising Stars in Business. Since beginning his journey as an engineer in F1 in Schools, where his team took home 3rd Place in the World Finals, Aaron has represented Ireland at both IChO and ISEF. 

National Director and Teams Liaison Lead

Paul Flynn

Team: Team AIB Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Singapore 2015.

About: Paul is one of two In Country Coordinators of F1 in Schools Ireland. He was a member of Team AIB Racing who competed at the World Finals, in 2015, and won the Best Pit Display Award as well as winning 3rd Place overall. His motivation for organising this competition is to offer secondary school students the chance to compete in the best STEM competition around, and to experience the same opportunities he has benefited from.

Sponsorship Manager

Ruth Conway

Team: CJJ AutoVinco, F1 in Schools World Finals, Singapore 2018.  Victorum Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Malaysia 2017

About: Ruth has been Team Manager to two very successful teams throughout her experience with F1 in Schools, leading both teams to World Finals. She has won both 2nd and 4th Place Overall, alongside the Marketing and Sponsorship and Best Verbal Presentation awards at World Finals level. Ruth is now studying Applied Languages at the University of Limerick and aims to pursue a career in Marketing within Formula 1. 

PR Manager

Richard Grimes

Team: Unity Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Malaysia 2017.

About: A first year Aeronautical Engineering student in the University of Limerick, also studying alongside Williams F1 team as part of the Unilever Williams Engineering Academy. Richard competed in the 2017 F1 in Schools World Finals as Team Manager and Design Engineer of Unity Racing.

Technical Team

Ciarán McDermott

Team: Hurricane Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Texas 2016.

About: Ciarán was manufacturing engineer for Hurricane Racing, Irish National Champions 2016. Since then he has gone on to represent the country with Ireland's only Shell Eco Marathon team; the Geec (Galway Energy Efficient Car). He is also the Electronics Lead in Éirloop, Ireland's Hyperloop team. Ciarán's objective is to promote STEM within Ireland, and push the country to being one of the best STEM nations in the world. 

Technical Team

Omar Salem

Team: FM-1 Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Singapore 2018.

About: Omar was instrumental to the success of his school's first-ever F1 in Schools team, highlighted by their top-20 finish at the 2018 World Finals, and his selection for the Williams Engineering Academy. In 2019, he returned to the World Finals as a race control judge. He has carried that same passion into his current aerospace engineering degree at Queens University Belfast. 

Sponsorship and PR

Órla McNabola

Team: Pact Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Singapore 2015

About: Órla was part of Tracktion and subsequently Irish-German team Pact Racing, which placed 7th overall and was awarded “Best Team Identity” at the World Finals. She puts her degree in Irish and Media Studies from DCU to use by hosting her Irish-language show on Shannonside Northern Sound radio and teaching in her local Gaelscoil. She hopes that F1 in Schools will bring students the same experiences and enjoyment that she felt.

Events Manager - West

Mark Caffrey

About: Mark Caffrey is a third year Applied Physics student in NUIG. Mark has a passion for Formula 1 and while he was not involved with F1 in schools during his school years he is now determined to ensure its long-term future in Irish schools. As part of the events team Mark will be involved with securing venues and looks forward to ensuring the smooth running of F1 in Schools 2020.

Logistics Manager

Enda Flanagan

Team: Team AIB Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Singapore 2015.

About: Enda Flanagan was a member of Team AIB Racing. His role on the team was Resources and manufacturing engineer. This year he will be the logistics lead for F1 in schools 2020 season. F1 in Schools started his engineering career as he is currently in 3rd year of Civil Engineering in UL. F1 in schools offers a great opportunity to learn a whole range of new skills and allows you to interact with new people and world class companies.

Events Manager - East

Sorcha Nic Conmara

Team: Pact Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Singapore 2015.

About: Sorcha is currently in her final year of studying Computer Science with Data Science in University College Dublin. She was a member of the 2015 F1 in Schools World Finals Irish-German collaboration team Pact Racing in Singapore. Pact Racing placed 7th overall in the world finals and were awarded “Best Team Identity” by Scuderia Ferrari.


Darren O'Hara Duggan

Team: Hurricane Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Texas 2016.

About: My name is Darren O’Hara Duggan, I’m 20 years old studying Physics in Trinity College Dublin. I was manager and design engineer for Hurricane Racing, Irish F1 in Schools Champions 2016.

Technical Team

Adam Fahey

Team: Supermacs' Racing, F1 in Schools World Finals, Texas 2016

About: Adam is currently studying Electronic and Computer Engineering at NUIG. Between competing and mentoring, Adam had been involved in F1 in Schools since 2014 and has attended 3 World Finals in that time. It's Adam's goal for F1 in Schools Ireland to give all its competitors the same great opportunities it offered him.

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