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Niamh Costello

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+353 91 730700

Cathy Lydon

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Board of directors

Bord Stiúrthóirí
Frank Greene Chartered Director (C.Dir), also awarded LIB, QFA, & APA professional designations. Chairman of Galway Technology Centre DAC; Former President of Galway Chamber of Commerce and current Director; Director Galway Harbour Ltd; Director Chambers Ireland; Alternate on European Economic Committee (EESC); and member of National Monitoring Committee of Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014-2020.
Retired Senior Manager of AIB. A native of Kilkenny and has a keen interest in Hurling, Rugby, Golf and Racing.
Carmel is a native Galwegian. A former teacher and financial services professional, Carmel has been a Council Member of Galway Chamber since 2003. She was President of Galway Chamber in 2010/2011. Carmel was the first female member of Junior Chamber Galway and rose to become Vice President of that organisation. Continuing a lifetime of volunteering, Carmel became President of Network Galway in 2005. She has also served as a Board Member of GMIT. Carmel’s interests include politics, art and travel. A member of a Galway political dynasty, she is currently Chair of the Seamus Brennan Cumann, Galway.
David is the CEO and co-founder of Galway Cultural Institute, an English language school highly regarded in Europe by Language Travel Magazine and by EAQUALS, the quality schools organisation set up by the European Commission. David is the CEO and co-founder of Galway Business School, one of the leading independent third level colleges in Ireland delivering degree programmes validated by HETAC/QQI. He is chair of Nilands Limited, an investment company dealing in property and financial investments, a family firm since 1950. Honorary Consul of Mexico in Galway, David has jurisdiction in respect of counties Galway, Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal. President of Galway Chamber from 2005 to 2007 and on Council since 2004 David led a delegation to the European Parliament in Brussels and to Galway's twin sister cities in St Louis and Chicago. He was Chairman of Galway Arts Centre for six years (2002 – 2008) and his hobbies include photography, hill walking, running and swimming.
Founding Director of the GTC and Director of WestBIC, Joe`s Team deploy the Investor Readiness programme for Start Ups and Smart Capital networks (Angels), ( and Internationalisation interventions through their EU wide Network, EBN ( He has served two Presidencies of Galway Chamber (`96/7 & `00/`01) and the Presidency of EBN, Brussels (`10 to 12`) and the founding Director of both Irelands first Seed Capital Fund and Gaillimh Le Gaeilge.
Pat is a Senior Business Development Adviser based at Enterprise Ireland’s office in Galway. He is a team member of EI’s Software & Internationally Trade Services Division. Pat has worked with EI for 35 years in Galway, London and Dublin. He has a strong focus on assisting companies to develop sustainable exports which in turn leads to increased employment.
For two decades I have been the Managing Director of both Hygeia Chemicals Ltd in Ireland and its subsidiary Agrichem International in the UK.

I have acted as a Director since 1996 for Galway Technology Centre.
Since 1997 I had been involved as a Director and ultimately as Chairman of Quantum Computing /Quantum Healthcare Informatics which developed an Occupational Health Software System as a market leading product across Ireland & the UK, with blue chip customer base such as Microsoft, Pfizer, BP and Fujitsu. A Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award winner. Acquired by Tempus Computers in 2007, which was later acquired by Medgate.

I am presently registered as a Part Time Lecturer with NUIG in the Plant and Agribiosciences Research Centre, drawing on my previous experiences involved in Agribusiness especially in the regulated areas.

Also I am researching the use of food and food supplements, trace elements and biological supplements as plant growing aids specifically as they might relate to the needs of the Home and Garden user.

I operate Plantasia Consulting, a business Consultancy focused on SMEs, who are either mature but entering a new growth phase or start-ups in the early developmental years, where mentoring and strategising need a tight focus without interfering unnecessarily in the creative process.

I am involved in new product development for a number of International companies focused on opportunities arising from changes in the regulation of the European Home and Garden Market.
As GMIT’s Vice President for Research and Innovation Rick has responsibility for the Institute’s contract and postgraduate research provision, and its two enterprise innovation hubs. Rick joined GMIT in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Science with prior experience as Science Leader for the Queensland Government’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, and as leader of research and assessment teams for Ireland’s Marine Institute and Australian government agencies in Tasmania and Victoria. Rick’s research has focussed on enabling sustainability and improving productivity in the Fisheries and Aquaculture industries. He has extensive experience of competitively funded national and international research projects and programmes. He holds BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Certificate in 3rd Level Learning & Teaching, and is currently completing an MBA in Higher Education Management at University College London. Rick is a member of Galway Chamber’s Enterprise Infrastructure Strategy Committee. He is a keen supporter of Connacht rugby, and a very remote follower of Australian Rules football!