Council of Trustees of the DCU Educational Trust
Chairman of the DCU Educational Trust
Larry has been a trustee of the Trust since 2004 and was appointed Chairman in November of 2009. Larry founded and is a shareholder in a number of Irish technology companies, which are recognised as innovators in supplying software products to the mobile communications industry. He is an industry expert with over 30 years of international management experience. He currently serves as Chairman on the Board of Accuris Networks, a globally focused communication technology company. In addition he led Atlantic Bridge Venture’s £265 million buyout of Acision, formerly Logicas Telecoms Product Division, in 2007. He also holds various non-executive Board seats, and is a private investor in a number of other technology companies, including Altion and Ammeon. Larry is a Chartered Engineer and holds an Honours Degree in Engineering from University College Dublin.
Director of the DCU Educational Trust
Professor Brian MacCraith received his B.Sc and PhD in physics at NUI, Galway. He joined the staff of Dublin City University in 1986, establishing the Optical Sensors Laboratory. In October 1999, he became founding Director of the National Centre for Sensor Research at DCU and in 2005 was appointed Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, an Academic-Industrial-Clinical partnership, after receiving the largest award in the history of the Irish state for scientific research. Professor MacCraith has served as a Visiting Scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, was granted a Fellowship of the Institute of Physics, is a previous winner of the Mallin Invent Award for innovation, and in 2007, was elected to membership of the Royal Irish Academy. Professor MacCraith was appointed President of Dublin City University on 13 July 2010.
Director of the DCU Educational Trust
Eamonn is an investor and active director in a number of companies associated with the retail industry. Until 2005 Eamonn was Marketing Director and Deputy Chairman of Superquinn supermarkets. The company was subsequently sold and a family office was created. During this time he also chaired the Marketing Committee for the European-based Consumer Goods Forum and served on the US-based FMI Operating Executives Committee. Currently Eamonn is Chairman of Kelsius, a food safety compliance system to the food retail, food service and hospitality sector. In addition, he is Director of Nualight. Nualight is a VC backed enterprise selling LED lighting to the supermarket industry in Europe and the US. He is also a director of Endeco, a smart grid technology company that works with retailers and distributors to maximize energy efficiency and smart grid pricing. Eamonn holds an MA from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA (Retailing and Wholesaling) from Stirling University. Eamonn's two daughters have attended DCU. Eamonn Joined the DCU educational trust in 2011.
Director of the DCU Educational Trust
Jerry was Managing Director of AIB Capital Markets, with overall responsibility for Investment Banking, Global Treasury and Global Corporate Banking in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA & Asia. Before his appointment as Head of Global Markets - Jerry also held a number of senior management positions with AIB Retail Bank bejore joining International Corporate Banking in 1992. Following this, Jerry was appointed Head of Corporate, Institutional and Commercial Banking by the New Executive Chairman of AIB in 2011. Jerry was a board member of AIB Capital Markets PLC, a member of various AIB Group Credit, Equity and Risk Management Committees. He was also a Director of a number of AIB subsidiaries. Jerry is a Past President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland. His is also a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Chair of Finance Committee of the DCU Educational Trust
Bernie is a creative and energetic leader and has been involved in business, primarily the software sector for a number of years in both executive and non executive director roles. Bernie is CEO of Pragma (www.pragma.ie), a company providing HR and strategic business solutions for companies in the small and medium enterprise sector in Ireland and overseas. Bernie is also a non executive director of Crest Solutions an Irish company selling packaging control solutions into the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors and is the Deputy Chairman of Science Foundation Ireland. Prior to her Pragma, Bernie was CEO of Clarigen, and earlier SteelTrace, In these roles, Bernie has played a key role in driving growth through sales and acquisition. Bernie has held challenging roles driving business growth within organisations, in some cases, coming from a troubled business base, delivering significant results in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Bernie is also a past Chairman of the Irish Software Association (ISA), the representative body of the technology sector in Ireland and a past President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in Ireland. It was in her capacity as Chairman of the ISA that Bernie devoted much of her focus of that role to working with Enterprise Ireland on the development of the Leadership 4 Growth program which has now run successfully for a number of years. Bernie has a BComm and an MBA from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Member of Finance Committee of the DCU Educational Trust
Raymond Reilly graduated from DCU in 1988 with a BA in accounting & Finance (Hons). Following that he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and is now a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Raymond is CEO McGarrell Reilly Group, where he has worked since 1995. This is a family based Irish Property Group with operations in Ireland, Germany and UK. Founded in 1981, it specialises in high quality commercial institutional property investments and property development having produced many landmark developments in Dublin and since 2005 has expanded successfully into Germany. A native of Cavan, Raymond lives in Dublin, is a member of the Funding Initiatives Board for Property Industry Ireland and in his spare time supports committees in GAA, Comhaltas and Young Entrepreneur in the community.
Mr. Cooney is Managing Director of Aureo Partners Ltd. a consulting company that specialises in investment opportunities for the insurance and reinsurance industry. From 1999 - 2008 Mr. Cooney was President and Chief Executive Officer of Max Re. Ltd. In 1998 Mr. Cooney became President and Chief Executive Officer of XL Insurance Ltd. and Executive Vice President of XL Capital Ltd. From 1995 to 1998 Mr. Cooney was President and Chief Operating Officer of XL Insurance Ltd. From 1983 to 1987 Mr. Cooney held various senior management positions at Trenwick Group, Inc. a U.S. based insurer and reinsurer, and its Bermuda based subsidiary, Trenwick Services, Ltd., including the position of President of Trenwick Services, Ltd. from 1986 to 1987. Mr. Cooney received his B.S. in Geology in 1976 from Mount Allison University and received his M.B.A. from Queen's University in 1978.
Originally from the DCU neighbourhood Collins Avenue, Tommy has over 35 years experience of the engineering, construction, oil & gas, leisure and property sectors here and abroad. He is UK Construction South Business Unit Leader for Laing O'Rourke. Tommy spent 4 years in Australia for Kentz and prior to that 25 years working for McInerney Holdings Plc in the Middle East, Spain, Portugal, the UK and Ireland. He has represented the Irish House Builders Association as a National Committee member, is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a member of the European Federation of Engineering Organisations. Tommy is a graduate of Trinity College and holds an honours Degrees in Engineering and Mathematics and a Diploma in Computers for Engineers. He has enjoyed great sporting success and played for St Aidan's Secondary School in Whitehall, Whitehall Colmcille GAA club, and St Kevin's Soccer Club. He then went on to represent TCD at Combined University level in Soccer & Gaelic. In playing for the Dublin Gaelic Football Team for ten years he made it to seven All Irelands, and won three, one as Captain. Tommy has four GAA All Star Awards and was voted Texaco Footballer of the Year in 1983.
Robert M. Dunn Ph.D.
Robert M. Dunn is the Managing Director of the Center for Low Energy Systems Technology in the College of Engineering, at the University of Notre Dame. LEAST is a SRC sponsored center that coordinates research at 10 universities investigating the physics of new materials and devices toward disruptive advances in integrated circuits and systems. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Bob worked with IBM Corporation for 33 years. At IBM, Bob worked in development, manufacturing, and corporate staff positions.
Pamela Farrell Venzke serves as Global Government Relations Leader for GE Thermal Energy. In this role, Pamela manages our key Federal, State and Provincial relationships, as well as coordinating business support initiatives in North, Central and South America, Europe, China and Australia. She serves on the staff of CEO GE Thermal Products, Paul Browning, providing government relations and policy counsel to the operating team globally. Pamela joined GE in March 2001 as the Government Relations Leader for GE Global Research. In 2005, she took on a regional management role for corporate government relations for GE based out of New York. In 2007, she joined GE Consumer & Industrial to lead a program focused on building government partnerships for the business's ecomagination offering. She returned to Washington, DC, to join GE Energy in May 2009. Prior to joining GE, Pamela served for six years as professional staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services focusing on science and technology programs and policy. From 1999 - 2001, she served as lead staff for the Committee's newly formed Emerging Threats & Capabilities Subcommittee. She has a bachelors' degree in Philosophy from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, and an MBA from the American University in Washington, DC. Pamela serves as a Member of the New York City Investment Fund – CleanTech Task Force. Locally, Pamela is a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade Green Committee.
Paul Kerley is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He founded Norkom Technologies in 1998, an award-winning provider of financial crime and compliance solutions, serving as the company's CEO until its acquisition by UK defense firm, BAE Systems Limited, for €217 million in 2011. Throughout his tenure, Paul pursued an aggressive growth strategy, achieving year-on-year profitability through organic and acquisitive growth. He led Norkom's acquisitions of two technology companies before taking the company public in June 2006 when it was quoted on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges following a successful IPO.
Liavan Mallin graduated from DCU in 1985 with a BSc in Computer Applications. She later received a degree in Applied Finance from the Irish Management Institute. Ms. Mallin is the founder, Chairperson and CEO of ShopDirect as well as being founder and Chairperson of Onemade.com. A member of the Board of Trustees, Dublin City University since 1998, she has worked with the DCU Educational Trust to improve teaching, sports and social facilities at the University. Ms. Mallin is also on the Board of Directors, 2003 Irish Special Olympics. Ms. Mallin is a successful entrepreneur who established several companies, one of which, Celtic Hampers, became the largest mail order company in Ireland. Liavan received the DCU Individual Leadership Award at the 2016 DCU Leadership Circle Dinner & Awards Ceremony.
John Martin graduated from DCU in 1986 with a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering. A native of Co. Cavan, he emigrated to the United States after graduation and settled in the Boston area. John is the founder, President and CEO of The Cavan Group, an IT Professional Services and Consulting firm. He has always been passionate about business and his company is focused on leveraging technology to enable business growth and efficiency. John has been active in promoting the ties between DCU undergraduate /post-graduate students and the business sector. He participated in the Citi Speaker Series in 2009 and hosts an annual DCU MBA lecture series in Boston every Fall. Prior to The Cavan Group, Mr. Martin held technology leadership positions in several respected corporations including Houghton Mifflin, Racal DataComm, and Fidelity Investments.
Born in Texas, Marianna O'Dwyer spent her childhood moving around the United States as the daughter of an Air Force officer. When she was a student at George Washington University, she met and married native New Yorker Brian O'Dwyer, and has lived and worked in New York City for almost thirty years. Marianna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Arts degree in education from George Washington University, as well as a law degree from Hofstra University. Most of Marianna's professional life has been devoted to education. She has been a nursery school teacher and a college administrator. As a lawyer, she litigated several cases involving education. Marianna currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor of The State University of New York. She coordinates presidential searches at all sixty-four campuses, and also works with the Chancellor on the performance evaluations of campus presidents. In 1968, Marianna re-discovered her family's Irish roots in County Mayo on a trip with her husband and his father, Irish American Lawyer, Politician, and Civil Rights Leader, Paul O'Dwyer. In addition to her professional career, Marianna has also involved herself in various community and civic affairs as a volunteer, including service as a charter member of the Westchester Human Rights Commission. She and Brian have two children, Brendan and Kathleen.
Michael D. O'Halleran is Executive Chairman and founder of Aon Benfield, the largest reinsurance brokerage and capital advisory firm in the world. Aon Benfield has operations in more than 50 countries and employs in excess of 3,000 professionals. Mr. O'Halleran also serves as Senior Executive Vice President of Aon Corporation, the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage and human capital consulting, with $10.7 billion in revenue and operating in more than 120 countries and 500 offices. Mr. O'Halleran was previously President and COO of Aon Corporation and has held senior operating positions throughout his 41 year career in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Mr. O'Halleran also serves on the boards of World Business Chicago and CareFusion Corporation. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago and World President's Organization. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Providence St. Mel School, serves on the boards of Dublin City University in Ireland and the American Ireland Fund. He is the recipient of numerous civic awards including the Ellis Island Award, the American Ireland Person of the Year and the American Ireland Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. Mr. O'Halleran is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Accounting and Finance.
Michael Bennett is the driving force behind The Bennett Hospitality Company, LLC, located in Historic Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Through his leadership, vision & foresight, this company has renovated and developed in excess of $500,000,000.00 of real estate. As a native Charlestonian, Mike believes strongly in the future development and vitality of his hometown, as well as in the projects he develops beyond. Bennett Hospitality has developed and currently owns twelve Hilton & Marriott Hotels located in Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Marathon, Florida; Bozeman, Montana; and Billings, Montana. In addition to these great hotels, Mike has developed, renovated and/or owned numerous shopping centers, apartment complexes, office buildings, homes, parking garages, and high-end resort developments, just to name a few. Outside of the office, Mike has been married for over 19 years and together with his wife, Amy, has two great sons, Jack and Brennan, with whom he enjoys baseball, sport fishing, traveling and hunting, among many other activities.
Mary Shine Thompson
Mary Shine Thompson PhD (UCD), MPhil (TCD), BEd (NUI), CertRemEd, ATG. Mary Shine Thompson was formerly Dean of Research and Humanities at St Patrick's College, DCU, and a member of DCU executive. She is chair of Encountering the Arts Ireland; outgoing chair of Imram, the Irish-language literary organisation; former chair of Poetry Ireland, the national organisation for poetry; and former president of the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. She was Principal Investigator of An Foras Feasa (St Patrick's College), a project applying technological and scholarly resources to Irish culture and traditions as part of the Humanities Serving Irish Society platform. She chaired the third series of Seamus Heaney Lectures and has published widely on Anglo-Irish and Young People's Literature. She has worked with the Arts Council and IMMA to research and promote arts in education. Prior to her appointment as dean, she lectured in the English Department.
Gay White graduated from DCU in 2001 with a BA in Humanities, which she completed as a part time student through Oscail. She then continued her studies with an MSc in Organisational Psychology, by distance learning through Birkbeck, University of London. She joined the Alumni Council in 2010 and became Chair of the Alumni Council in 2012. Gay is a member of the DCU Leadership Circle and has taken part in the DCU Mentorship Programme over the past few years. An Association for Coaching accredited coach, Gay is a Business and Executive Coach. Her background is in Financial Services, having spent many years in First Active in a variety of roles in the core business before moving into Learning and Development where she took a leading role in a number of initiatives. In 2006, she left the bank to set up her own consultancy business, providing HR consultancy services to a range of clients in the public and private sectors, both in Ireland and the UK. A Registered Occupational Psychologist, Gay is now Head of Human Resources at the Institute of Bankers.
Colin commenced his career in Esat Digifone where he worked in the technical department supporting the successful rollout of the GSM network throughout Ireland. Colin then co-founded and became the CEO of Vilicom, a company providing technical consultancy and property management services to the telecoms industry both in Ireland and overseas markets including UK, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Dubai, the Caribbean, and India. As CEO of Vilicom Colin spearheaded the successful delivery of some of Ireland’s largest shared distributed antenna systems in venues such as the Dundrum Town centre and the Dublin Port Tunnel. Colin has a wealth of experience managing Telecom Infrastructure portfolios including Coillte Telecoms and the Office of Public Works (OPW), and in the provision of Towers, Distributed Antenna Systems and Fibre solutions within the industry.