The Council is elected annually by the members of Galway Chamber. The Council meets monthly and it's function is to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Chamber.
JP Gilmartin, Chamber President
JP is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department of Ronan Daly Jermyn. Prior to joining Ronan Daly Jermyn and moving to Galway, JP worked with one of Ireland’s largest corporate law firms and also spent time in the US working in-house in the legal department of a large US pharmaceutical corporation. JP is a highly experienced transactional lawyer representing a broad range of clients from scaling companies to multinationals. JP is a B.Comm and LL.B. graduate of NUI Galway and has been a Council member of Galway Chamber since 2011. JP chairs the Audit Committee of Galway Chamber and is also a member of the business support committee. JP has a keen interest in all sports, but in particular, hurling, rugby, triathlons and swimming.
Dave Hickey, Vice President
Dave is the Vice President of Galway Chamber and has been a Chamber Council member since 2007. Dave currently chairs the committee on Marketing and Communications. A native of Galway city, he was Group Chief Executive at the Connacht Tribune for 12 years until July 2017 and previously worked in multi-national as well as local companies in Galway spending 12 years in the UK and Middle East before returning to Galway in 1996. He is married with three adult sons and is a keen follower of club and Connacht rugby.
Aengus Burns, Deputy President
Aengus is Deputy President of Galway Chamber and an Advisory Partner with Grant Thornton in Galway. Originally from Dublin he moved to Galway ten years ago. He has chaired the ACCA Connaught panel in recent years. Aengus chairs the Chamber Economic Infrastructure committee. He has a keen interest in Rugby and is a supporter of Connacht Rugby.
Brian Carey, Company Secretary
Brian Carey joined Bank of Ireland in 2007 and is currently Head of Business Banking Galway City, having relocated back to Galway from Dublin in late 2014. He has worked in a variety of roles in Bank of Ireland including Regional Business Manager and Head of Branch Banking, Galway City. He is an ACCA Qualified Accountant and is a previous Chair of ACCA Connacht Members Panel and a member of the ACCA Ireland Executive Council. He is also our Company Secretary. Brian is married with 2 kids and has a strong interest in sports, mainly golf, rugby and football where he is actively involved in coaching within the underage structures in Maree Oranmore FC.
Dermot Nolan, Treasurer
Dermot Nolan is the Group Finance Director for the Headspace Group. Previous to this, he worked with EY and Mazars in various roles up to partner level both in Ireland and internationally. He is a graduate of both NUI Galway and UCD, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Dermot is the Galway Chamber Treasurer, and is also the Chair of the Evolutionary Galway Committee. He is also a Board member of Bia Innovator, which is a food innovation and incubation hub in the West of Ireland and Baboro, the international children’s arts festival based in Galway. He is a native of Salthill, now living in Menlo, married with 2 sons and has a strong interest in sports, and is currently the President of Galway Hockey Club.
Elaine is a transport planner and Regional Director at AECOM. She is an experienced project manager and has lead several large and multi-disciplinary projects within the public and private sectors. Her specialism is in strategic transport and land use planning at a local and regional level. She is based in Galway and has extensive knowledge of the local transport network and relevant stakeholders. Elaine has lead numerous transport projects within the city and also brings experience of transport delivery in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Middle East.
Patricia Staunton is a Chartered Surveyor and Regional Director of Cushman & Wakefield Ireland. Patricia has over 18 years’ experience working as a Chartered Surveyor in both the Dublin and Regional Commercial Markets. Patricia relocated to the Galway Office in 2004 and since returning to Galway she has built up extensive experience in providing Leasing and Development Consultancy to a range of institutional and private clients on all faucets of commercial property.
Enda is Managing Director Winters Property and is a highly experienced senior manager and real estate professional with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. Winters Property is one of Irelands largest property service providers and is the largest operator of purpose built student accommodation. He is a dual status Chartered Surveyor in the areas of Planning & Development and Property and Facility Management, as well as a RICS registered valuer.
Enda is currently Chairman of the West/N. West SCSI Committee and sits on the SCSI National Planning and Development and Property and FM Committees. In addition, he is a member of the Galway Co Council Housing Strategic Policy Committee as well as being a member of the Chambers Ireland Housing Taskforce and the CIF Western & Midland Regional Infrastructure Forum.
Eveanna is the Group Sales and Marketing Manager for Connacht Hospitality Group who own and manage three hotels including the Connacht Hotel, Forster Court Hotel and Residence Hotel and three licenced premises, An Púcan, Bar 1520 and HYDE Bar & Gin Parlour and have recently taken over the Galway Bay Golf Resort . A Galway native, Eveanna has been a member of Galway Chamber since relocating back to Galway from Dublin in 2014. Eveanna brings with her over vast experience within the hospitality/ tourism industry and is passionate about selling Galway as a region to both the domestic and international traveller. She also serves on the board of the Galway Convention Bureau.
Frank Greene Chartered Director (C.Dir), also awarded LIB, QFA, & APA professional designations. Frank is the Chairman of Galway Technology Centre DAC; Director Galway Harbour Ltd; Director of An Mheitheal Rothar and the Business representative on Galway City Council LCDC. Over the past years Frank has served as President of Galway Chamber (2014-16), President of Castlebar Chamber (1996-98), Founder of Gaoth Dobhair Chamber of Commerce, and Treasurer of Mullingar Chamber. Frank is a former 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
Dr. Orla Flynn
Dr Orla Flynn took up the role of President of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in March 2020, having been Vice President for External Affairs at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) for the previous six years. Earlier management roles in CIT included Head of CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Head of School of Humanities and Head of Department of Media Communications. She was a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Computing for 13 years prior to that. Dr Flynn served as a Director on the board of Cork Chamber of Commerce for four years and has a keen interest in driving strong relationships between GMIT and industry/business. A native of County Waterford, Orla is also an amateur beekeeper.
Marilyn Gaughan Reddan
Marilyn is currently Head of Programme for Galway 2020.
Tomás Ó Síocháin
Tomás Ó Síocháin is CEO of the Western Development Commission [www.westerndevelopment.ie] a state agency that supports communities to grow, invests in businesses to scale and is planning for the future of the western region. Tomás was previously External Engagement Programme Manager for NUI Galway where he led the integration of Shannon College of Hotel Management into NUI Galway. Prior to joining NUI Galway, he spent fourteen years as a journalist, editor and producer with RTÉ and TG4, working at home and abroad covering news, business and sport on television, radio and online.
He is a law graduate of NUI Galway, holds a H. Dip in Applied Communications, an MBA and is a doctoral researcher in Information Systems. He is as an External Assessor for the Broadcast Authority of Ireland’s Sound and Vision Fund, a board member of Future Mobility Campus Ireland, GrowRemote, Gnó Mhaigh Eo and was the inaugural Chair of the Regional Skills Forum West.
A native of Clare, he lives with his family in Barna and is actively involved in coaching underage hurling and football.
Pat is a native of Galway and has been working with AIB in Galway for the last 25 years. He is currently Branch Manager of AIB 18 Eyre Square. A qualified Financial Advisor he also holds a Certificate in Marketing from the Irish Management Institute. He has been a member of Chamber Council for the past 4 years.
Pat has an interest in all sports but his passion is Rugby. He was Honorary Secretary of Connacht Rugby from 2004 -2014 and was elected President for season 2016/17.
Anthony Ryan is Managing Director of Anthony Ryan Ltd directing the activities of the 4 stores in the Anthony Ryan Group. Anthony is a graduate of Clongowes Wood College and NUIG where he received a B.Comm.
Anthony is a director of Breast Cancer Research Institute. He is currently Chairman of the Galway Race Committee and a Member of The Turf Club and the Irish National Hunt Society.
A former President of Rotary Club Galway- Salthill, former chairman of Galway City Business Association as well as Former President of Junior Chamber Galway and Former Chairman of Galway International Oyster Festival.
Anthony has two sons Anthony and Joseph who are also directors of Anthony Ryan Ltd. He has a keen interest in Rugby, Horseracing and Boating on Lough Corrib.
Keith is the CEO of Galway Bay FM and presents the current affairs show 'Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan'.
Maurice O’Gorman is Vice Chair of the Enterprise Strategy Group and a member of the Business Support Committee. Maurice returned to Ireland in 2014, having spent 23 years in the Gulf. Maurice spent 15 years with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (Central Bank) and 7 years as Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Strategy at NCB Capital. Maurice was a member of a number of boards including Eastgate Capital Group, a leading private equity and real estate firm. Maurice started his career with the London Stock Exchange. Maurice is a non-executive director of Altocloud, a Galway based technology company.
Dr. Lorraine McIlrath
Lorraine established and oversees the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at the National University of Ireland Galway since 2004 that creates civic and community engagement activities. Prior to joining the University, she spent a decade in Northern Ireland working on various higher education programmes that responded to the peace process at the University of Ulster. She has expertise in the development of social enterprises and has co- founded Campus Engage, Europe Engage Café Saol, the Youth Academy and the NUI Glaway Sanctuary movement that all bring the University and community together. Two of these have been awarded the Chamber Best Social Enterprise/CSR awards in 2018 and 2019. Lorraine is a graduate of the University of Limerick (BA), Ulster Univeristy (MA) and Queen’s Univeristy (Doctorate) and was elected to Galway Chamber in 2020. In her spare time she enjoys painting landscapes in oil and playing tennis with her local club as well as attending her children’s sporting events.
Shane is managing partner of local business law firm, MacSweeney & Company, which he founded in 2003. The firm has won the Connacht/Ulster Law Firm of the Year Award for the past 3 years. He holds a B.C.L. from UCC and an Employment Law Diploma from UCD. Before returning to Galway, he was a partner in a top-five Dublin law firm. He lectures at the Law Society of Ireland, regularly speaks at seminars and contributes to legal publications. He is PRO of the Galway Solicitors Bar Association. In his spare time, he coaches a juvenile hurling team and has a keen interest in politics, history and languages.
Conor is the Chief Executive Officer for The Port of Galway. Before this, he worked with KPMG in their Galway and Dublin offices. Conor is a past president of Galway Chamber of Commerce and currently chairs the Backing Galway Business Committee. He is also a director of the Galway City Innovation District, the company behind the PorterShed.
A native of Roscommon, Conor is interested in golf, horse racing and GAA.
Patrick is a Director in the Advisory Department in KPMG, heading up the Restructuring and Forensics Department in the Galway office. Patrick has over 18 years’ experience with KPMG advising a range of companies across all business sectors in the western region. Patrick has a keen interest in all sports in particular GAA and Rugby.
A native of Dublin, Mark Gantly has spent his entire working life in Galway. An engineering graduate, the core of his career was as an R&D leader with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He also served as site leader and managing director of HP Galway from 2009-15. He was an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce, serving on its board from 2013-19 and as President of the Chamber in 2019. Since retiring from HPE this year, he has taken up an adjunct professor role at the Cairnes School of Business, NUI-Galway and is also a non executive director of two Galway-based tech startups.
Mark is chair of the Western Regional Skills Forum, a government-sponsored initiative to effect a better connection between industry and the education/ training sector. He also sits on the board of Music for Galway.