Officers and Council
Dave is the 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.
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.
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.
Peter M. Allen
Peter is the Principal in the Law Firm of MacDermott & Allen. He is the Chairman of the Connacht Tribune Group of Newspapers and Galway Bay FM. He is also Chairman of the Galway Race Committee. He serves as a Board Member of The Kylemore Trust and The Galway Music Residency and is a past president of Galway Chamber. Peter is chairman of Kylemore Abbey and Garden Ltd., Senior Steward of the Irish National Hunt and Steeplechase Committee and Chairman of the Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board. Outside of business, his interests are horse racing, rugby and golf.
Aengus is an Advisory Partner with Grant Thornton in Galway. Originally from Dublin he moved to Galway seven 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.
Emer is a Tax Director with EY, Galway. She has a wealth of experience advising indigenous entrepreneur lead businesses on all aspects of taxations, with clients ranging from start-up’s, scaling companies to professional service firms. Emer, a Galway native, is a graduate of NUI Galway. She has a keen interest in the Irish language and in her spare time coaches’ underage camogie and hockey with local clubs.
Andrew Murphy is the Managing Director of Shannon Airport, part of the Shannon Group, a commercial semi-state company in Ireland incorporating the subsidiaries of Shannon Airport, Shannon Heritage and Shannon Commercial Properties Ltd. He is a graduate of the Shannon College of Hotel Management. Previously Andrew was a Director in Ulster Bank for 4 years based in Limerick overseeing a regional team. He has spent 13 years with Ulster Bank in various management roles in Corporate Banking, Finance and Treasury all based in Dublin. During his initial years with the Bank, Andrew trained as an Accountant with the ACCA. Previous to this he owned his own Restaurant in Dublin City Centre after enjoying a 4 year career in the Hotel Industry with Jury’s’ Hotel Group based in London, Cardiff and Dublin.
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 the Chamber Business Support Committee for the last two years and was elected to council for the first time this year.
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.
Dermot Nolan is the Group Finance Director for Headspace Group Limited. 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 Chair of the Galway Chamber Enterprise and Business Support Committee and is also a Board member of Architecture at the Edge, a Galway based architecture focused festival 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.
Enda Mc Guane MBS, MSCSI, MRICS, CIHM – Managing Director Winters Property
Enda is a former army officer who served in Ireland and internationally with the UN. He is a highly experienced senior manager and property professional with over 20 years’ experience across a broad range of industries in both the private and public sectors. Enda is also a member of the SCSI Western Region Committee as well as the SCSI’s National Planning and Development Committee. His practise areas are Property and Facilities Management and Planning and Development, he is also a RICS Red Book Registered Valuer is a frequent commentator on property issues in the media.
David is the CEO and co-founder of Galway Business School, a leading independent third level college in Ireland. GBS delivers degree programmes, validated by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) which is an independent State agency, responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. GBS prides itself in the ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of students and labour markets. Lecturers are highly experienced in their area of teaching and class sizes make for a great class dynamic. David is the CEO and co-founder of Galway Cultural Institute, an English language school. Galway Cultural Institute has grown into a flourishing institution providing nurturing support and excellent language training to thousands of students around the world. David is chair of Nilands Limited an investment company dealing in property and financial investments. It has been in operation since 1950 and is a family firm. David is the Honorary Consul of Mexico in Galway with jurisdiction in respect of counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Roscommon and Donegal. David was President of Galway Chamber from 2005 to 2007 and has been on the Chamber Council since 2004. David was Chairman of Galway Arts Centre for six years (2002 – 2008). Galway Arts Centre delivers Cúirt, visual arts, music, theatre and community outreach. David enjoys photography, hill walking, running and swimming.
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 Chair of the Galway Chamber Membership Committee. 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.
John is the Director of Management Accounting in National University of Ireland Galway and is responsible for strategic financial planning and development in the University. A native of Dublin, John held various financial roles in multinationals before moving to Galway. He holds a BBS from Trinity College and is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. A former President of Galwegians RFC, he has a strong interest in all sports but is particularly keen on golf, rugby, football and cycling.
Shane is a Galway native and is managing partner of business law firm, MacSweeney & Company, which he founded in 2003. He holds a B.C.L from UCC and a Diploma in Employment Law from UCD. Before moving back to Galway, he was a partner in a top five Dublin law firm. He has lectured at the Law Society of Ireland and regularly speaks at events and seminars and contributes to legal publications. In his spare time, he coaches a juvenile hurling team and has a keen interest in rugby, politics and history. He speaks Irish and German.
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.
Successful entrepreneur and business executive with significant experience in the technology sector. Founded and led companies through start up, scaled volume, geographic growth, and sales exit. Founded and served as chairman and chief executive of Multis Group Ltd., which he led its development to a global enterprise with operations in Galway, Holland and Silicon Valley California. and numbered Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems, HP and Network Engines among its customer and client base.
Chaired, served as director and held chief executive roles at a range of companies and currently is Executive Director of QuantaBits Networks Inc. and Core Mobile Inc. Previously held senior and global executive roles with Digital Equipment Corporation, including Director of Global Operations for the Alpha & Vax Systems Division during which time he was based in Massachusetts USA.
Completed the Stanford GSB Leadership for Growth Program in 2007 and is a lifetime member of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association. Is a recipient of a number of national business awards and nominations including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2008.
Sean is a member of the Board of Galway Chamber of Commerce and Atlantic Economic Corridoor Task Force.
Interests include playing golf with a socially respectable handicap, skiing and motorsport where he was the overall winner of the 1997 and 1998 Formula 2, Tarmac Rally Championship
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!
Patricia Staunton is a Chartered Surveyor and Head of Cushman & Wakefield Galway. 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.
Terri who is originally from Castlebar has worked as a Tax Director in KPMG Galway for the last 13 years. Prior to this Terri worked in Dublin for a number of accountancy practices including primarily Arthur Andersen. Whilst Terri has extensive experience in advising both multinationals and small and medium sized enterprises she also has a special interest in the retail sector having been brought up working in the family pharmacy and news agency businesses. Prior to training as an accountant, Terri worked for a number of years in the UK in the buying department of the Burton Group.
Terri is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, an Associate of The Irish Taxation Institute and holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Studies degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Terri has lectured for many years on taxation matters for both the National University of Ireland, Galway and The Irish Taxation Institute. Terri has a keen interest in the arts and is the company secretary for Music for Galway. She is very interested in the Irish language and can be frequently found walking the prom in Salthill.
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. 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 a decade of experience within the hospitality/ tourism industry and is passionate about selling Galway as a region to both the domestic and international traveller. She serves on the board of the Galway Convention Bureau.
Frank Greene, Galway Technology Centre
Frank Greene Chartered Director (C.Dir), also awarded LIB, QFA, & APA professional designations. Former President of Galway Chamber and current Director, Chairman of Galway Technology Centre DAC; 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.
Bernadette Mullarkey is a director at Bane Mullarkey, a Galway-based tourism consultancy that works in partnership with tourism and hospitality businesses throughout Ireland. A Galway native and a graduate of NUI Galway, Bernadette worked for over a decade in Italy and Dublin before relocating back to Galway. Since her return home she has been involved with a number of organisations in the city. She is currently Chair of Gaillimh le Gaeilge, former Chair of Galway International Arts Festival and also served on the board of COPE Galway. In her spare time, Bernadette enjoys getting out on the water with Gráinne Mhaol Rowing Club.
Conor is the Chief Executive Officer for The Port of Galway. He has previously worked with KPMG Galway and in Dublin until moving to Galway seven years ago. Conor chairs the Audit and Strategic Review committees and is a member of the Business Support and Econominc Strategy committees. A native of Roscommon, Conor is interested in golf, horse racing and GAA.