Kris McElhinney is a graduate of National University of Ireland, University College Cork (UCC), where he achieved an Honors Bachelors of Arts in the study of Politics and History. He later achieved a Masters in Business at Honors level in the fields of Management Information Systems and Managerial Accounting Systems.
Before returning to higher education to undetake his Masters, Kris was elected Southern Area Officer of the Irish National Student body – USI (June 2008). As Southern Area Officer, Kris had responsibility for organizing campaigns and supporting the work of the member Colleges in the South of Ireland. This was the culmination of a range of both full time and voluntary positions within his own Students’ Union including President (FT), Publications & Communications Officer (FT), Media Development Officer (V) and President of the Societies Executive (Guild)/ Societies Officer (V). During his time as a student he was heavily involved with various Political/Debating societies, student activities and the UCC Express (newspaper)
18 months after graduation was spent working with a leading SME engaged in public sector software development. Here, Kris serviced the role of Business Development Manager where he developed his skills, interest and experience in project leadership, social media and enterprise content management platforms. After this he moved to Dublin where he took on the role of Project Manager with an independent, nonprofit technology project working to build a comprehensive, live database (MS SQL) of Irish non-profit organisations. The organisation established itself as the provider of data services to government, philanthropy and the non profit sector.
Kris then held the role of Global Project Manager with a world leading provider of translation, development and testing solutions – Lionbridge Technologies. The firm focused on enabling clients to create, release, manage and maintain their technology applications and Web content globally.
Initially based in the European head office in Dun Laoghaire and then later working remotely, he worked within the Microsoft group (Windows & Windows Live International) to co-ordinate translators and software engineers in local and international offices (e.g. Mumbai, Beijing and Slovakia) in the localisation and testing of core software and web services into over a hundred major and long tail languages.
Moving on from Dublin, Kris joined Lloyds Banking Group to work at the Scottish Widows head office in Edinburgh (Scotland). Here he fulfilled a number of project delivery roles including most recently as Programme Manager within the Group’s business and IT ‘Transformation Division’ .