Advisory Board

Dick Lehane - Chairman

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Dick has over 40 year’s multinational experience, serving with General Electric Corp, Wang Laboratories and EMC Corporation. He joined EMC as General Manager of the company’s new facility in Cork, Ireland and was subsequently appointed to Senior Vice President of EMC Corporation World Wide Manufacturing based in Hopkinton, MA, USA.

Now retired from EMC, Dick sits on a number of boards including those of Seabrook Technology Group and Wisetek.

Dick’s achievements in business were recognised with an Outstanding Achievement in Business Award from Cork Chamber in 2016.

Dick holds a BE (Electrical Engineering) from University College Cork, an MBA from University College Galway and an MS in Management from Trinity College, Dublin.

 

 

Dan Byrne

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Dan is Co-Founder and Chairman of Lincor Inc.

He was a senior director of Apple Inc’s European Operations based in Paris, France before moving to California to become a worldwide Vice President for Apple Inc. After Apple, he was Vice President of European Operations for Digital Equipment Corporation’s Personal Computer Division. He co-founded Lincor Inc. a healthcare IT company with two ex-colleagues from Apple Computer where he remains as a Board member. He also acts as Chairman of a number of Irish technology companies.

Dan was a finalist in the 2010 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in recognition of his achievements in business.

He is a graduate of University College Cork holding a BE (Electrical Engineering).

 

 

Kieran Calnan

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Kieran is former CEO of South Western Services (SWS) Limited, a highly successful West Cork company that provided Business Processing Outsourcing services to blue chip clients in the food and drink, media, banking, telecommunications, retail and energy sectors. As CEO he led the diversification of SWS from a single service provider (agricultural services) to a multi-service company that included Renewables, Business Process Outsourcing, Forestry and Business Services.

Kieran has also been responsible for driving job creation and revenue to the West Cork region through the development of a state of the art Business/Technology Park culminating in upwards of 1,000 people currently employed on the site.

Now retired from SWS, Kieran sits on a number of boards including those of Lakelawn Energy, a renewable fuels company in the USA and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Ireland’s seafood development agency.

Kieran’s achievements were recognised by University College Cork with an Honorary Doctorate of Economic Science 2016.

 

 

Mark Hurley

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Mark is Country Manager UK/Ireland at Chr Hansen A/S.

His early career was as Research Scientist at University College Cork and then Teagasc before joining Chr Hansen as Sales and Marketing Manager for dairy ingredients business in Ireland. He rose through a number of management roles before being appointed Country Manager for UK and Ireland in 2004.

Mark holds an MSc and BSc from University College Cork.

 

 

Aiden Lee

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Aiden is Founder and Managing Director of Eolas International.

Aiden set up his first business in 1997 before founding Eolas International in 2002. The company provides market research, sensory research, lab research and consumer research services to a wide range of clients worldwide.

Aiden was a finalist in the 2010 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in recognition of his achievements in business.

Aiden holds a BSc (Food Chemistry) from University College Cork and an MSc (International Business) from Trinity College Dublin.

 

 

Pat Lynch

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Pat is a successful serial entrepreneur, business owner, angel investor and author. He is CEO at EviView, Finance Director at Compliance & Risks and sits on a number of Boards including those of Inhance Technology and Omnivend Systems.

He founded his first business Microtech Cleanroom Services in 1998 after leaving Seagate Technology where he was Finance Director.

Pat was a finalist in the 2018 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in recognition of his achievements in business.

Pat has an MBA from The Open University.

 

 

Dave Ronayne

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Dave is Chairman and CEO of Irish Mainport Holdings, a provider of support vessels and managed services to the specialist marine industry.

Dave was a finalist in the 2007 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in recognition of his achievements in business.

He holds a BComm from University College Cork.

 

 

Seamus Coghlan

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Seamus has significant experience in strategic planning and economic development in the public sector.

In his role as Head of Economic Development at Cork City Council, he leads the team that collaborates with key stakeholders in Cork City region to develop the city as a competitive location for FDI and for start-up and scaling companies.

Seamus holds a BEng (Civil Engineering) from University College Cork, an MEngSc from University College Dublin and an MBA for Dublin City University.

 

 

John Forde

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John has significant experience in strategic planning and economic development in the public sector.

He is Senior Executive Officer at the Directorate for Economic Development, Enterprise & Tourism at Cork County Council with specific responsibility for economic development and was formerly Director at the South West Regional Authority.

John holds a BEng (Civil Engineering) and an MBA both from Queen's University Belfast.

 

 

Prof Anita Maguire

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Anita is the Vice-President for Research and Innovation at University College Cork.

She leads an active research team focusing on synthetic organic and pharmaceutical chemistry, which interacts extensively with the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and internationally and is Director of the interdisciplinary research centre, the Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility established under PRTLI3 and is currently lead Principal Investigator from UCC in the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), led through University of Limerick.

She is actively engaged nationally in strategic policy development in relation to research, Science Technology and Innovation policy, the academic industry interface and strategic development of the pharmaceutical industry, including as a member of the Advisory Science Council and the Irish Research Council.

She is a member of the Boards of Tyndall National Institute, Molecular Medicine Ireland, ICHEC and the SFI Centre Governance Committees for Insight, APC, Infant, IPIC, Amber and MaREI.

Anita holds BSc (Chemistry) and PhD degrees from University College Cork.

 

 

Dr Rónán O’Dubhghaill

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Rónán is the Vice-President for External Relations at University College Cork.

Prior to joining UCC,  Rónán worked with EMC Corporation as Senior Director of Engineering and Operational Excellence and held roles with responsibility for supply-base management, new product introduction, engineering and operational excellence. Rónán also worked with Bourns Electronics and Farran Technology and had 19 years industry experience prior to joining UCC in 2006.

Rónán holds BE (Elec) and PhD degrees from University College Cork and an MBA from Henley Management College.

 

 

Sean O’Sullivan

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Sean has extensive experience in enterprise development at regional and national level.

He is Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office for South Cork having formerly been CEO at South Cork Enterprise Board.

Sean holds a BComm from University College Cork.

 

 

Adrienne Rodgers

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Adrienne has extensive experience in enterprise development and support.

She is Head of Enterprise at Local Enterprise Office for Cork City and was formerly CEO at Cork City Enterprise Board. Adrienne’s early career was in banking.

 

 

Alan Hayes, President UCC Students' Union

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The President of UCC Students’ Union is an ex-officio member of the IGNITE Advisory Board.

 

 

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