Board of Directors
Board of Directors
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.
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.
Dr. Rick Officer
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!
John is CEO of WestBIC and has accumulated over 20 years experience working with startups and scaling SMEs in the West region. John previously held the position of Financial Controller, WestBIC, where he specialised in the provision of financial modelling support to startups seeking seed capital from Enterprise Ireland and the wider Business Angel and investment community. John has also led WestBICs involvement in a number of EU innovation initiatives and works closely with EU BIC colleagues across Europe, including the European Business Innovation Centre Network (EBN) based in Brussels.
Michael is a Lecturer in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway, lecturing in innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic management. He holds a Master of Engineering Science degree from NUI Galway and an M.B.A. degree from University College Dublin. Prior to returning to NUI Galway to lecture, he worked in the ICT industry for 25 years with a variety of start-up, indigenous and multinational organisations, including Digital Equipment Corporation, Lotus Development Corporation, Claris Corporation and Saville Systems PLC.
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 bases 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 a 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.
CEO and board member of itag (Innovation Technology AtlanTec Gateway) since 2002, Caroline leads Ireland’s largest industry-led community of indigenous and multinational technology companies along the AtlanTec Gateway, Ireland. Itag is a thriving community of technologists, innovators and influencers. With a 20-year history, itag members are leaders in tech collaboration, connecting through networking events, tech talks and social events.
Caroline is the promoter of itag Skillnet which provides member companies with upskilling opportunities for leadership and future skills development, ensuring innovative training and development activities for engineering and ICT staff. Itag Skillnet is the largest tech network and last year trained in excess of 3,000 staff.
Extensive experience in industry engagement, Caroline is co-founder of the AtlanTec Festival – a global technology festival along the AtlanTec Way, co-ordinator of Western Region Cyber Ireland Chapter, promoter of itag’s Teens in Tech, Digital Women and an entrepreneur.
Breda was CEO at the Galway County & City Enterprise Board since 2010, and has led the LEO office as Head of Enterprise since it was established in 2014. Since she took up her role with the enterprise board, Breda has been consistently driving a client focused service where start-ups and small businesses can come for help, assistance and guidance. Breda is key to the supportive environment that has developed to promote entrepreneurship in business and within schools and colleges. She has a 20:20 vision for the Galway LEO brought from her experience in both Entrepreneurial and Multinational businesses in the private sector. Breda uses this experience to help drive economic development for Galway County & City.