From Kilkenny to Kathmandu: The Life & Times of a HR Director

John Kavanagh, Group HR Director at Kentech, knows about company culture. Witnessing our business evolution over the last 36 years, he knows more than most about how we’ve shaped the culture that we hold dear today. One that he says carried us through 2020 and will accelerate us into the future.

In this conversation Mandy Kennedy, Head of Learning and People Connections at Kentech, shares a conversation with John about why a combination of the Irish weather and a lost pair of wellington boots transformed his career path in a way he never expected, and his advice for the next generation entering the industry.

Welcome to Episode 2 of Spark Generation.


On Tuesday 9th February 2021, we announced an agreement to acquire the oil & gas business of SNC-Lavalin’s Resources Division.

This business includes people and assets brought together through their acquisition of the Kentz and other energy services businesses. This transaction marks an exciting, ground-breaking development for Kentech to reinforce our position as a leading integrated energy services provider and introduces us to the renewable / clean power marketplace. We now move forward together with a global network of more than 10,000 professionals united by a commitment of common values and strong partnerships with clients from across the world.

By investing now, we are strategically positioning the company to take advantage of the next cycle of growth.

Our complementary businesses will join forces, creating a stronger offering across the full asset life cycle – from consulting to design and build, commissioning and start-up, through to maintenance, modification and turnaround, as well as decommissioning services.