Operations Management Team

Dr. Frank Smyth – Executive Director

Frank is an experienced researcher and entrepreneur who has been involved with CTVR since 2005. His PhD was undertaken through CTVR-I and included a co-funded internship with core partner Alcatel-Lucent in Bell Labs, New Jersey. Subsequently, Frank carried out post-doctoral research in CTVR@DCU where he developed several patents and began to focus on the commercialisation of his research. In 2011, he co-founded CTVR spin-out company Pilot Photonics which continues to design and develop optical comb sources for the telecoms market. With knowledge of the university-based research sector and experience of the commercial challenges of a start-up Frank brings insight, perspective and leadership to CTVR.

Mark Cooney – Commercialisation and Industry Liaison Manager

Mark has over 20 years experience in the hi-tech and business sectors. He has served in a number of senior technical and managerial roles with Philips Semiconductors, Intel, and IBEC. He promotes commercial development by identifying opportunities within the research programme, and facilitates their progression towards commercially viable enterprises. Mark is also responsible for managing and promoting the relationships with our commercial partners and for seeking out and enabling new opportunities.

Jessica Foley – Education & Outreach

Jessica Foley is an artist and teacher working in the capacity of Education & Outreach with CTVR. Her research and practice often explores aspects of scientific discovery and the evolution of technology, through writing, image and filmmaking. She is currently investigating the Phenomenology of Technology, ways of Seeing/Thinking/Feeling the World, and the nature of Communication.

Shirley Walsh – Financial Administration

Shirley comes from a background of accounts and administration in international construction. She manages the 30 or more budgets and accounts associated with research projects led by TCD researchers. She prepares financial and key performance indicator reports to a broad range of funding agencies including SFI, HEA and EU and also co-ordinates audits.

Penny Storey

Penny has extensive experience of the higher education sector through diverse roles in both the core functions and special projects as well as research management. Her experience has been key to the effective integration of all seven participating institutions. She has overall responsibility for financial management, personnel, co-ordination of events, capital projects and communications at a Centre level as well as integration of the Centre’s strategy and policies with national priorities and partner institutions. Penny recently graduated with an MSc in Strategic Management from DIT and is currently on a career break.