Our Team

Managing Director-John Cooney

With over 15 years in the Jewellery industry, Managing Director John Cooney’s prosperous journey so far has hinged on three key moments. The first came along when he began working in Fields Jewellers while studying Leisure Management in College. A weeks work led to several years. John got a taste for the Jewellery business and built his knowledge on the industry from the ground up. John left Fields in 1999 to open his own Retail jewellery business where after a few years he expanded to two stores. During this time John formed a partnership with a company in Amsterdam and carried their Brands on an Agency basis. John sold his retail business in 2007 and set up UB Ireland Ltd. In 2013 John Cooney was named as one of the 100 most influencial people in the UK Jewellery industry and featured in the UK Professional Jeweller HOT 100.

James Ivor Cooney-Director

James has a strong understanding of the Jewellery industry having worked for The Anthony Nicolas Group for many Years. He brought his skills and expertise to UB Ireland Ltd and was a major part of the company formation in 2007. An Accountant by profession James (Nickname Ivor) is one of the 3 company directors. Ivor Manages the debtors and all banking as well as making sure all our Creditors are paid on time.

Keith English - Financial Controller

In April 2015 Keith joined UB Ireland as Financial Controller where he has responsibility for Finance, IT, Asset Management and Logistics. Keith brings over 10 years’ experience in financial management, expertise in risk management and regulation, and has strong knowledge of management within organisations. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a B.A. in Accountancy & Finance from Dublin City University.

Keith’s most recent role was as Divisional Financial controller with Siteserv where he was responsible for the Irish and UK subsidiaries specialising in the supply of infrastructure to the construction and events sector. Previous to that, Keith worked with PW Group and BYMAC as Financial Controller. Keith trained with BDO Simpson Xavier as a Chartered Accountant.


Katie D’Arcy-Account Manager IRE

Katie is yet another member of the UB Ireland staff that has come from a Jewellery Retail Background. Formally an employee of Breo Jewellers in Nenagh, Katie joined the staff of UBI in 2013 as an Account Manager. Katie’s role at UB Ireand is to develop and strengthen the relationship between customer and product and to ensure that our brands appeal to their target market. Katie is also responsible for increasing both brand awareness and sales.

Monika O'Hagan-Supply Chain Assistant

Monika was born in Poland and now resides in Ireland. Monika worked in the Shoe Trade in Ireland for 10 years before joining the UB Ireland team in 2016. She works in the operations department. Monika's Role is to ensure we provide the speediest delivery of orders and the best possible customer service at all times.

Tara Lynch Key Account Assistant/Repairs and Returns Manager

Tara started in UB Ireland Ltd as a student, working with us throughout her school and University holidays. She has since completed her degree and is working in the supply Chain department, as well as assisting in the marketing department, mainly focusing on our Brands social Media pages.