Board

The CTVR Strategic Advisory Board comprises a broad range of technological, industry, business and public policy expertise. It meets quarterly to provide oversight of the Centre’s activities, review the Centre’s progress towards its stated objectives, and to advise the Management Committee on actions required to optimise performance. In addition, the Strategic Advisory Board provides independent assurance that the Centre is performing Well.

Current Board members are:

John Travers – Chair, Helena Acheson – MFG, Julie Byrne – Alcatel-Lucent Ireland, Prof. Vinny Cahill – TCD, Prof. Linda Doyle – CONNECT/CTVR Director, Carol Gibbons – Enterprise Ireland, John Holland – Whole World Band,  Prof. Bernard Mahon – NUIM, and Anne O’ Connor – RTE.

John Travers – Chair

John Travers is an independent Economic and Business consultant and is currently a member of a number of Governance Boards in both the public and private sectors. Previously, he was the founding CEO of Forfás (1993-2002) and of Science Foundation Ireland (2000-2001) where he returned to as acting Director General  (2010 – 2011). John was Chief Economic Advisor in the Department of Industry and Commerce from 1988 to 1993. Prior to that, he held senior management positions in the Department of the Taoiseach, Department of Finance, Department of Local Government and IDA Ireland.

Across all of these positions he has been closely involved in the process of national economic and industrial planning. John holds Postgraduate degrees in Town Planning, Economic Planning and in Business Administration from the Dublin Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania and the National University of Ireland respectively.

Helena Acheson – MFG

Helena Acheson is currently Head of Unit, Innovation Project, Business Developement and Communications at MFG Baden Wurttemberg and has over 20 years experience of working on policy frameworks (science, innovation, regional development, trade, competitiveness, tax & finance) and their implementation on behalf of the Irish government and the EU Commission. She has been actively involved for over 16 years at a policy level with EU Framework Programmes and ERA developments through her participation in CREST (now ERAC) and the Council Research Group. Helena has also led the development of policies and supportive strategies to capture the economic  benefits of State investment in research and innovation including, for the maximisation of Irish industry, participation in EU Framework Programmes (FP4,FP5 and FP6).

Julie Byrne – Alcatel Lucent Ireland

Julie Byrne is Executive Director of Bell Labs UK & Ireland, responsible for all aspects of Bell Labs operations in this region. Prior to her current role, Julie was leading the Industrial Mathematics and Computer Science research department at Bell Labs Ireland. Since joining  Alcatel-Lucent in 1999, Julie’s senior management roles have also included program management of post-merger integration project, as well as leading corporate quality program initiatives across Europe.

Prof. Vinny Cahill – TCD

Prof Vinny Cahill was appointd Dean of Research in 2011 with responsibility for coordinating and overseeing the university’s researach, innovation, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship strategies. Prof Cahill has previously served as Head of the Department of Computer Science and Director of Research for Computer Science and Statistics. He combines his role with teaching and research in the field of distributed computing systems.

Dr. Carol Gibbons

Carol is a Senior Business Advisor with Enterprise Ireland, working with a small team to look out to the future, to identify new business trends and opportunities for Irish companies. Carol has several years experience working directly with CEO’s and Senior Management teams of a number of Ireland’s leading companies, both multinational and indigenous, in Research, Development and Innovation to strengthen their product and service offering, leading to the successful growth and scale of their business. In addition, previous experience in the commercialisation of technology developments has led to the sharing of knowledge and experience of start up environments and how to scale up such companies. Her time as a Policy Advisor in Science and Education continues to give  her a keen interest in the use of science and technology at primary and secondary level education in Ireland.

John Holland – Whole World Band

A respected speaker and presenter at international conferences, John is a senior executive who has built up a wealth of business, regulatory and technical experience covering telecoms, media and utilities over the last 20+ years. He has held a number of C/VP level roles and has considerable rollout and start up experience including five green field mobile network rollouts, a broadband start-up, Telecoms software development as well as extensive Cable TV and the music business experience.

John is now Chief Executive of Whole World Band, working with a dream team on a pretty cool new start up. Their first offering to the market enables artists to create and monetise music in a fun, new and novel way with other musicians and music fans around the world through both sound and pictures.

Professor Bernard Mahon- NUI Maynooth

Bernard Mahon is  Vice – President of Research(January 2013- Present) and Dean of Science (2005-Present) at NUI Maynooth. He is also the principle Investigator leading cellular Immunology group(1994- Present). His background is as an academic Immunologist performing fundamental & preclinical studies of new vaccines and stem cell therapies. He has been a scientific institute director and held management and academic roles in the University sector.

Anne O’Connor, Strategic Projects Manager, RTE

Anne  is Head of Statutory Compliance (May 2011- Present) and Special Adviser to the Director General (July 2003- Present) at RTE.  Her area’s of expertise are: Risk management.Corporate governance. Strategic regulatory and legal compliance with national and international statutory regulation and legislation. Freedom of Information. Data Protection. Child Protection. Equality, Accessibility and all related Irish media Legislation. Relationship management.