Shane O'Farrell - Head of Operations
Shane has a track record of developing and leading teams through periods of rapid growth and expansion. This experience has been gained across a number of different industries, cultures and geographies.
Most recently, he was Head of UK & Ireland for Selina, one of the world’s fastest growing hospitality companies. Here he was responsible for leading all departments and functions including successfully devising and executing go to market strategy, hiring the executive team, corporate acquisitions, operations, real estate acquisitions, business development, public relations and funding.
Selina have raised funding in excess of US $250m in 2018 and are on track to have grown from 1 to 120+ UK employees throughout 2018.
He gained his first experience in the cannabis industry during his three years as CEO of Lumichip. Lumichip is a technology company focused on manufacture of custom spectrum LED components for use in the horticulture, cannabis and biotech industries. Lumichip LEDs were supplied to some of the world’s largest and most advanced agri-tech and seedling research companies, allowing Shane access and insight into best in class growing operations for a range of different crops throughout the world.
Lumichip carried out R&D at their facility in VTT (National Research Laboratory of Finland) and manufactured products at their company owned production facility in Taiwan, developing a range of IP and a portfolio of proprietary technologies.
Over eight years he held a number executive positions in Lidl (Europe’s largest supermarket group), including Head of Property UK, leading a team responsible for expansion and development. During his time at Lidl UK, the company became the fastest growing UK retailer, investing over $1.25 Bn annually into property expansion and opening a record number of new stores.
Shane holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from University College Dublin.