Our Advisory Board
The Trinity Foundation Advisory Board assists Trinity College and Trinity Foundation with their private fundraising activities. Members of the Board act as ambassadors for Trinity College and help Foundation staff by guiding their fundraising strategies, identifying prospects, and exercising personal influence on others (corporations, foundations, alumni and other individuals). When invited by the Provost, the Advisory Board contributes to the development of the College strategy, acting as a sounding board for the Provost and other key academics.
The Advisory Board meets three times annually. Members do not receive any payment, fees, expenses or benefits; members give their time voluntarily to Trinity Foundation and Trinity College Dublin.
Mary was appointed as Trinity Foundation's first Director in May 1994. Prior to that, she worked as a fundraiser for University College Dublin, the Irish Heart Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland, running national campaigns. Mary was educated in Trinity College Dublin and the Sorbonne in Paris where she worked in education for thirteen years.
Based in Silicon Valley, California, Conrad is from Dublin and is the Founder and former President & CEO of Innovalight – a nanotechnology materials company that was acquired by DuPont Corporation in 2011. Prior to Innovalight, Conrad was a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Funds, focused on investments in semiconductor and telecommunications start-up companies. Conrad has extensive international experience having lived for many years and run operations in Japan, U.S.A., Germany and the U.K. At The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Conrad received the Technology Pioneer award for new cleantech innovations and in 2010, Conrad received The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for emerging technologies. He has an M.Sc. in Physics from Trinity College Dublin, a B.Sc. in Physics from UCD and has attended The London Business School
John Daly is Head of Equity Capital Markets for the Americas at Goldman Sachs in New York and serves on the Firmwide Commitments Committee. Previously he was co-head of the Asia-Pacific Financing Group in Hong Kong from 2000 through 2003. He joined the firm in 1989 in Investment Banking. John became Managing Director in 1998 and a Partner in 2000. Before joining the firm he was a manufacturing engineer with General Electric. John has a B.A. in Maths and a B.A.I. in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and an M.B.A. from The Wharton Business School.
Terry grew up in North Dublin and was taught by the Christian Brothers at O’Connell’s School Nth Richmond Street. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Degree in Maths in 1976. He has lived in the United States since 1981 and enjoyed a successful business career. A private investor, he currently resides in Chicago Illinois where he recently completed a Masters in Finance at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
John R. Healy - Chair
John was Chief Executive Officer of The Atlantic Philanthropies from 2001 to 2007 during which time he managed the organisation’s successful transition to a limited-life foundation which expects to cease active grant-making by 2020, an unusual strategy for a major philanthropy. John Healy sits on the boards of The Irish Landmark Trust, the Mary Robinson Foundation –Climate Justice, INKEx – the Irish Nonprofit Knowledge Exchange, and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. He is Chair of Philanthropy Ireland. He is a member of the advisory board of The ONE Foundation and of the Irish Government’s Forum on Philanthropy& Fundraising. He is adjunct Professor in Trinity’s Centre for Nonprofit Management and consults in the fields of philanthropy and foundation management.
Fred is Co-Chairman of Molex Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of electrical/electronic interconnecting products. Fred graduated with a B.A. degree from Lake Forest College in 1963 and did graduate work at Georgetown University and the University of Leicester. Fred is a Director of Molex, past Chairman of the Chicago Zoological Society and a Trustee of the Rush University Medical Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera, Museum of Science and Industry, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Chicago Historical Society.
Seán Melly is Chairman of Powerscourt Capital Partners. He is a successful entrepreneur and investor in the telecommunications and technology sectors. He worked for CitiGroup in London & New York from 1985 to 1989. In 1989 he became assistant to the CEO and VP Corporate Finance at First City. In 1991 he became a Board Director - Corporate Finance, based in New York. He established TCL Telecom, one of the first competitors to the state monopoly, in Ireland in 1995. In 2000 Seán founded eTel Group which he developed into the leading pan Central European competitive telecom operator. Seán has an Degree in Business from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Finance from UCD and he is also a graduate of the Citicorp Institute for Global Finance, New York. Sean is also Chairman of Trinity Business School's Advisory Board and Adjunct Professor on the M.B.A. Program at Trinity Business School.
Martin Naughton is President of the Glen Dimplex Group, the largest manufacturer of electrical heating appliances in the world, which he founded in 1973. He has several other business interests. Martin Naughton was educated at De La Salle, Dundalk and at Southampton College of Technology. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Trinity College in 1995. He is a Trustee of Notre Dame University, Indiana and has made several philanthropic gifts to the educational and arts sectors, including The Naughton Institute, Trinity College Dublin, the Martin Naughton Chair in Business Strategy at Queen's University Belfast, and the National Gallery of Ireland.
Fergal is Deputy Chief Executive at his family's business, Glen Dimplex, with responsibility for operations. Glen Dimplex is the largest electrical heating company in the world, employing 10,000 people with an annual turnover of US$2 billion. He holds a degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Trinity College Dublin, 1998), a Masters of Science (Stanford University, 2000) and a Masters of Business Administration (Harvard University, 2005). He is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Ireland Council at the University of Notre Dame, a Director of Science Gallery International and is on the Trinity College Commercial Revenue Board. He was the Founding President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and is a trustee of the Naughton Foundation, a charitable organisation which supports worthwhile causes in education. Fergal is married to Rachael and lives in Howth, Co. Dublin, with their three young daughters.
Shane Naughton is an Irish-born technology entrepreneur based in New York City, working on a number of technology initiatives. Previously, he was Co-Founder and CTO of TaxStream, sold to Thomson Reuters in 2008. He is additionally an advisor to, board member of, and an investor in select NYC and Dublin based technology businesses. Shane is also active within the Irish community in New York, serving on the boards of The Irish Arts Center and the American Ireland Fund in addition to Trinity Foundation. Shane grew up in Co. Roscommon. He earned his M.A. in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College Dublin, and his MBA from TRIUM, a collaboration between NYU Stern, HEC Paris and London School of Economics.
Terry Neill is a member of the Board of United Business Media (UBM) plc. He is a past Chairman of Andersen Worldwide and a past board member of Accenture, Bank of Ireland Group and CRH plc. He is a Governor of London Business School, where he is chairman of the Finance committee. As well as being a member of the Board Trinity Foundation, he is also Chair of the Long Room Hub External Advisory Board and a member of the Hub’s Governance Board.
Jane is the Vice-Provost for Global Relations and has responsibility for strengthening the university's international strategies and external relationships, both national and international, to effectively deliver the College's core mission in Education and Research. She is an expert on the New British and Atlantic Histories and has published extensively on early modern Irish and British history. She is a founding member of the Trinity Long Room Hub, and serves its Internal and External Advisory Boards.
Patrick Prendergast took office as the 44th Provost of Trinity College Dublin in August 2011. He first came to Trinity in 1983 graduating with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and later with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering. After post-doctoral positions in Bologna, Italy and Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Dr Prendergast returned as a Lecturer to Trinity in 1995, and was elected a Fellow of the College in 1998. Together with colleagues in Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine, and Physiology he established the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering in 2002, was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2008, and awarded an Sc.D. in 2009. He served as Dean of Graduate Studies 2004-2007 and was the first appointment to the expanded position of Vice-Provost as Chief Academic Officer in 2008.
Mike graduated from Trinity Engineering in 1964 and then moved to ICI in the UK. He returned to a lectureship in the Engineering School in 1972, was awarded a Ph.D. for his research in the manufacture of computer systems and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1975. He established one of the first campus companies at Trinity in 1978 and subsequently resigned his position to become the Managing Director of Mentec Ltd. Mike moved from secure employment to establish Mentec and has been a role model for entrepreneurs for over three decades and has employed hundreds of engineering graduates. Mike has been actively involved in numerous high-technology start-ups in Ireland, including Parthus, Mentor Capital, Iontas and Vedia and has actively supported employee spin-off companies in their development and growth. He is a member of the Engineering School Development Board which has developed and is implementing an ambitious 10 year strategic plan.
Stanley studied Medicine in Trinity. Once an eminent family physician in Singapore he is now better known for his spectacular property developments in Singapore, Australia and the United Kingdom. Stanley is the Executive Chairman of Region Development Pte Ltd, and the Group Managing Director and CEO of Frasers Property in Australasia, UK and Europe. Despite his busy schedule, he continues to be involved in promoting medical education, particularly in Ireland, and has maintained close ties with the Irish Universities and Medical Schools Consortium, organising and recruiting appropriately qualified Singapore applicants for all the Irish medical schools since the 1980s.
He was also the Republic of Ireland's Honorary Consul General in Singapore serving the Irish communities in Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia in the 1990s before the Irish Embassy was established in May 2000 as a result of significant increases in Irish consular and trade activities. Stanley also sits on the Trinity College School of Medicine Tercentenary Board.
Appointed CMD of Accenture Ireland in 2005, Mark Ryan has spent his entire career with the company. He joined the company in 1982 as a college graduate. Previous to being appointed CMD, Mark spent time in the company’s US and UK offices, before heading Accenture’s Financial Services practice in Ireland from 1999 to 2005. During this time, Mark played a major role in securiting some of Accenture’s most important and high profile public and private sector client contracts.
In addition, he is a Director of the Abbey Theatre. He was formerly a Director of the National Concert Hall and a former President of Trinity College’s Business Alumni organization. A former sportsman, Mark secured six caps for Leinster from 1985 to ’87 and he also captained Lansdowne FC in their back-to-back League and Cup double triumphs in ‘85/86. Educated at St Mary’s College, Rathmines, Cistercian College, Roscrea and Trinity College Dublin. His hobbies include: golf, cooking & Connemara Ponies.
From 1981-1997 Beate was Owner and Director of the company Iropharm Ltd., Co.Wicklow. The company produced pharmaceutical active ingredients, intermediates and fine chemicals. Beate’s main areas of responsibility were worldwide distribution, finance, development and HR. In 1997, Allied Signal (who merged shortly afterwards with Honeywell) bought the profitable company. Today she is philanthropically involved with Trinity College Dublin. She supports individual artistic and entrepreneurial activities and promotes the educational goals of young people. Now living in Germany, Beate is a Member of Business Angels – Frankfurt, an institution which offers young entrepreneurs both financial and advisory support. Up until now, she has been an angel investor and mentor for two companies, one being a spin-off from the University of Frankfurt (Faculty of Physics), the other in building a Frozen Yogurt Parlour chain.
Declan was the regional CEO for HSBC Private Bank in the UK and Channel Islands from 2007 to 2012. He joined HSBC Private Bank in October 2006, having been responsible previously for private banking and investment banking businesses during his 18 year career with JP Morgan in Europe and Asia. At JP Morgan, he held a number of senior positions in investment banking and private banking in London, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Geneva. Most recently at JP Morgan, Declan was the Area Head for Private Banking in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and prior to that the Area Head for Private Banking in the Asia-Pacific region. After leaving JP Morgan in 2003 and until 2006, Declan established a private financial consultancy based in Dublin.
Melissa is Chairman of the TCD Association and Trust and is a past President of the Irish Federation of University Women and of the Dublin University Women Graduates. She is a Vice President and Governor of the Rotunda Hospital and a former Chairman of the National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght. Melissa was a founder member of the Women’s Political Association in 1969 which was established to encourage women to take part in public and political life in Ireland. She is also involved in a wide range of voluntary organisations- which have included Scouting Ireland and Women in Ministry, the latter of which was instrumental in Women becoming ordained as priests. Melissa graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1965 with a B.A. Mod, French and English and in 1975 received her M.A. In 2008, Melissa was awarded with an Honorary Degree of Doctor in Laws for her commitment to the rights of Women and to TCD which included playing a key role in the development of the Trinity School of Nursing.