Paul Keogh (Chairman)
Paul Keogh was Chief Operating Officer for ten years at Ballymore, a large family owned property developer, until 2017. He is also Chairman of the board of The Hermitage Medical Clinic in Dublin. Prior to Ballymore, Paul worked in Staffordshire UK and Savannah Georgia USA for JCB, the iconic equipment manufacturer, first as Worldwide Marketing Director and then promoted to Vice President for The Americas covering Canada, North America, Central and South America.
Before that, Paul was Managing Director of PolyGram Records, PolyGram Video and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in Ireland working with Irish artists such as Van Morrison, U2, Bob Geldof, The Cranberries, Chris de Burgh, Hothouse Flowers, Paul Brady and Boyzone. Before the record business, Paul worked for Guinness in New York and was Marketing Director for lagers at Guinness Ireland. He was responsible for bringing Budweiser to Ireland, working closing with Anheuser Busch. Paul went to Belvedere College and later graduated with a B.Comm and MBS from UCD. He started a PhD at Staffordshire University and hopes to finish it one day.
Catherine Moroney (AIB)
Catherine Moroney is the Head of AIB Business Banking for AIB Bank in Ireland. Her business experience includes 18 years in AIB Corporate Banking, structuring acquisition, buy-out and project finance and 10 years’ heading Business Units responsible for the development of Strategy, Products and Services for Personal & Business Customers.
Prior to her current role, Catherine was the Regional Director for AIB in Dublin, where she was responsible for the Retail Network and for the Personal and SME client base in AIB for the Dublin Region. Catherine is also a Nonexecutive Director for Aviva Health and a Council Member and Nonexecutive Director of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of UCD Business School.
Paul Hennessy (PwC)
Paul Hennessy is a partner in the audit practice and leads PwC's private company services team which provide a range of services to individuals, privately owned companies, not-for-profit organisations. Paul has extensive experience of advising private companies, family businesses and not-for-profit organisations on issues such as structuring, governance, succession and strategy. Paul also has significant experience in the public sector having carried out assignments for the EU, government departments and other public sector organisations. He acts as audit partner to a number of hospitals and advises hospitals on critical issues in the healthcare sector. Paul is a member of PwC's Eurofirm Private Companies Services Leadership Network. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
Claire Whelehan (DCU Educational Trust)
Claire Whelehan joined the DCU Educational Trust in September 2005. Her current role as Director of Development is to develop and maintain a portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation relationships. Claire works closely with the Trustees and Chief Executive to further the mission and objectives of the university through external funding and offers guidance in establishing and implementing a wide range of advancement policies and procedures. Claire has over 15 years of experience in development and alumni relations, within the education sector. Claire came to DCU from The Roxbury Latin School in the United States, where she was Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations. Prior to that Claire worked as a Development Assistant at the Harvard College Fund. Claire originally hails from Dundalk and holds a BA Degree in Hotel and Tourism Management from the University of Ulster..
Colm O’Gorman (DCU)
Professor Colm O’Gorman is a leading international scholar on entrepreneurship research. His research interests include entrepreneurship and enterprise policy; high-tech entrepreneurship; management of small and medium sized enterprises; commercialisation of university research; family firms and high growth firms. In recent research projects he has explored the nature and extent of entrepreneurial activity in Ireland (the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project) and strategy in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). His research has been published in leading international journals including Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, The Journal of Tech Transfer, and International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business. He is author of several award winning case studies. He has worked on Irish and EU funded research projects.
Eric Clinton (DCU)
Dr. Eric Clinton’s research interests are concerned with strategic entrepreneurial practices in multi-generational family firms. In particular, seeking to understand how family firms can foster entrepreneurship across generations and thus improve their transgenerational potential. Dr. Clinton has published in leading journals such as the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Family Relations, Entrepreneurship Research Journal and presented at leading international conferences such as the Academy of Management Conference, Strategic Management Society (SMS), Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC), and the EIASM Family Firm Management Conference.