Meet The Team

Welcome to the colourful universe of Kollect. By skillfully juggling bins, skips and junk removal we create alternative waste solutions that give people more flexibility than ever. Kollect is a young Irish Start-up and our overall mission was "to create simple ways to collect and recycle waste, innovating customer service and creating consumer delight. We work really hard on creating simple ways to get customers' waste collected while innovating in customer service. This is a new modern era of startups akin to Uber, AirBnb, and Just Eat using contractors to perform the fulfilment and focusing on rapid customer acquisition. From the get-go we’ve wanted to change the waste industry, give freedom back to the people and offer alternative waste methods.

Our professional and outstanding ideas from our passionate teams makes us unique in every sense.

We feel pretty blessed that each day we can do what we love most. And that’s exactly the vibe we maintain within our office – a place with unconditional space for creativity, expression, reflection and having a good time.

Each and every one of our employees represent the spirit of our company:

  • Exceed Expectations: Deliver Wow through Customer Service.
  • Be You: Authentic, Positive, with a Can-Do Attitude
  • Honest: Be Straight Up, Always do right by our Customers.
  • Responsive: Be Prompt, Always Keeping Customers in the Loop

The Sales Team


Mark here from Kollect, I have a lovely daughter Megan, she means the world to me and would be lost without her. I am a huge Liverpool fan and go to many games throughout the season, I am on the sales team here and am loving every minute of it. Give me a call and we will sort you out for any of your needs.


Hi my name is Pat and I am Married to the wonderful Fiona who has been great in keeping the kollect team fed on occasions with her amazing quiche ? Pat has two wonderful boys Liam & Rian who mean the absolute world to him. I work in sales here at Kollect, my favourite thing is talking to people.


Hi Thomas Power is my own name, I am probably the joker of the group :-) I have a 9 year old son Jake, My best Friend! Always looking to do my very best for the customer and go above and beyond for anyone I deal with. I have been in sales for as long as I can remember, came from the newspaper industry which is vastly different but I have fit into the Kollect family better than I could have ever expected. I look after the commercial side of sales, so any business out there looking to save money on any aspect of waste removal, give me a call.


My name is Darren and I am the Operations manager for our Junk service. I have previous experience in the construction sector as well as Telecommunications and people management. I enjoy watching Soccer, Combat sports, TV boxsets. I also enjoy travelling and Barcelona is my favourite city I’ve visited.


Hi, My name is Con, i joined the team @ Kollect in June, part of the sales team, this is a great place to work. I have a strong customer service back ground having spending the best part of my working life so far in this field, i really enjoy working in different aspects of customer service. having now joined a sales team i have taken this change of pace in my stride. When i am not in work i enjoy heading off with my 2 boys on fun adventures. I am also a Man United fan and follow all aspects of sport.


My name is Ellen and I've recently joined the sales team here at Kollect. I was one of the last babies born in Airmount Hospital (not to give any ages away) and was raised in Waterford. I have a background in customer service and have found the perfect way to marry the love of helping people and decluttering here at Kollect! Outside of this, my passion is animals; if I'm not out in the yard riding or grooming horses, I'm out walking our dog Lexie, the apple of my eye!


Hi I'm Alan, I am part of the sales team here at Kollect, I have a huge passion for sales, in particular selling skips, having worked in the construction industry for many years I am skilled at matching the skip size to the right job. I have worked in various sales positions worldwide in the past. My interests are bikes, cars and travelling.


Hello, My Name is Eva, I'm one of the newest members of the Kollect team and really enjoying working for this fun, fast paced, growing company. I work as part of the sales team here at Kollect. While I am not a native of County Waterford I crossed the border from Tipperary to join the Kollect team and have been welcomed from all the Deise natives with open arms and the occasional Hurling jibe. When I'm not working, I enjoy travelling, going to the cinema and spending time with my family and friends.

The Customer Service Team


Hi I’m Megan, I work in the customer service team in Kollect, I would be known as the mad one of the group, always laughing and joking, I don’t like to take things too seriously. I have a beautiful daughter Mia, who is my favourite thing in life. I love spending time with Mia just to mess around and have fun.


Hi im erica, I am a huge lover of the waterford hurling team and I will follow them through thick and thin, I have one son, Bradley and makes me proud everyday, I give 100% to Kollect as I believe in the guys. I also love working out, doing kettlebells and general gyming. I love getting glammed up for any type of event.


Hello Tara here, I am a proud mother of 3 beautiful kids Adam, Abigail and Hannah, I love a good night in with a bottle of wine and Netflix, I love working at Kollect as its a fun atmosphere among the team. I like to unwind by sitting down and talking with my kids.


Hi Aine here, I have been apart of the Kollect team from the start. Seeing our growth and how we have evolved as a business over the years, is just a world wind. We couldn’t do it without having an amazing team by our side with every day being so different. Being Operations Manager within Kollect means you have to wear many hats on a daily basis and just get stuck in where is needed. Home time is relaxation time and spending it with my family means the world. We love to go on adventures at the weekends, it is just the best way to unwind after a busy week.


Hi I’m Georgina, I am from Bunclody in Wexford. I have always worked in customer service so it has become a passion of mine, I love the constant interaction with people. I dont have many hobbies but I love going to the cinema


I'm hardworking, willing to learn determined and driven to achieve my best I'm working in customer services. I love interacting with people. Love working for kollect and think the team are great.


My name is Chantelle Sweeney. I have two beautiful boys who are aged and three and nine years old. I love spending as much time with them, we always go walking on the beach or playing sports in the local pitch.


My name is Valerie. I have two daughters and two jack russells. I enjoy reading and watching documentaries. I love spending time with my daughters and bringing my dogs on walks.

The Digital Team


Hi, I'm Claire. Head of the Digital Marketing team here at Kollect. I am passionate about developing, implementing and managing digital marketing campaigns to acquire leads/customers. Creative by nature, I enjoy making things look pretty - even within the waste industry! In my spare time you will find me doing up my house, watching movies or a good series, spending quality time with friends and family or planning (dreaming of) my next holiday destination.


Hi I’m Niall, I am part of the digital marketing team in Kollect. I am currently a student in W.I.T studying digital marketing, it was a subject that I fell backwards into. I also have graduated in business management in W.I.T so business has always been a passion of mine. I love football which is a sport I grew up playing and will continue playing for as long as possible!


Hi, I’m Sarah! I’m part of the Digital team here at Kollect. I am passionate about all things digital marketing and love showing my creative flair. When I’m not working, I love listening to true crime podcasts, drinking a nice glass of red wine and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.


Hi, Im Andrew and I work as a Consultant for Kollect. I am a Facebook Ads Specialist and I also have years of experience working with Google Ads, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Web Development. I use Advanced Advertising Strategies to maximise online lead generation and sales.

The Finance Team


Born in Latvia, here since 2005 almost 15 yrs now. Lived 10 yrs in Thurles and last 5 in Waterford.. Have Irish man as my partner for last 8 yrs. Have teenage daughter.I have bachelors degree in Environmental Seance that is why I'm all about preservation/keep clean environment and big animal lover which leads of not eating them (vegan). Have 2 animals myself cat Bella and dog Pepper. Big ice hockey fan and also hurling too. Love travelling..

The Co-Founders

John O'Connor

CEO and Co-founder of Kollect. I have a business Degree from the University of Limerick and has 15 years’ experience as a founder and CEO running various start-up companies with online, retail and waste emphasis. I have extensive experience in the waste industry and has been the founder and CEO of two waste start-up companies, The BIGbin Company (2010) and now (2016). Both of these companies have developed totally innovative and first-to-market B2C solutions and have created their own niches within the waste industry. BIGbin is the first waste drop-off company globally and has sites with Circle K and Centra stores. Both these businesses are driven by a vision to make it simple for people to get waste collected and recycled globally.

John Hegarty

John Hegarty is a qualified Sustainable Energy Engineer with extensive experience in operational roles. Up to 2009 he spent 5 years as operations manager in a large law firm in Waterford city, managing 17 members of staff. After which, he spent 4 years as a self-employed energy assessor, carrying out hundreds of building assessments throughout Ireland. At this time, keen to develop his sectoral skills, while also self-employed, John went back to college, completing a degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering, with first class honours. After meeting John O’Connor and Robbie Skuse, they collectively started a home cleaning platform called upChore before they formed Kollect. John has spent the last three and a half years working in the Waste sector supporting the set up and management of a number of new verticals, helping to lead their aggressive growth strategies. John has extensive knowledge of the waste sector, particularly the logistical aspects of the business.

Robbie Skuse

Head of Business Development and Co-Founder. I graduated from Business Information Systems in UCC. I went straight into start-ups once graduating and have never looked back. I love the challenges and learning that come with growing a business. Myself and John O’C can often be seen have morning meetings running around Tramore, or myself and John H discussing strategy on the P&P course in Tramore after work. Its what makes us a great co-founding team, we’re always switched on even when we’re trying to switch off. Robbie was 2nd runner up in Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur Competition 2018. Robbie sits on the board of Start-up Waterford for his involvement with the start-up scene and is twice listed in Irelands 30 under 30.