Provost’s Council: Community
The Provost’s Council brings together a network of leading international Trinity alumni and supporters who will act as advisors to the College. Council members are based in Ireland, UK, France, Germany, US, Middle East and Asia. Their business interests include finance, manufacturing, retail, investment, property, law, film, and new ventures.
Alan Dargan founded the London-based private equity firm Lonsdale Capital Partners in 2009. Lonsdale has a portfolio of small and medium sized businesses in the UK and Europe. He is also Chairman of Lansdowne Capital, an advisory firm he founded in 1997.
Alan has worked in private equity and investment banking for over 30 years, as managing director at both UBS and Credit Suisse in New York and London. He graduated from Trinity with a degree in Business and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Trinity's Student Managed Fund and was President of Trinity Rugby in 2014-2015.
Alan Foy is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of Blueface, a pan-European hosted unified communications provider. Alan previously worked with NCB Group which was acquired by Investec. Alan is a graduate of Trinity Business School and was President of the Trinity Business Alumni 2012-2013. He is currently a board director of The Ireland Funds, a philanthropic organisation that supports charities in Ireland. Alan is a Trinity Angel investor in the LaunchBox programme.
Anke Heydenreich is a founding partner of the investment team at Attestor Capital, an investment manager based in London. Prior to founding the firm, Anke worked at CarVal, as Managing Director in the GCS Global Credit Situations European team from July 2009 until November 2011. She was responsible for analysing complex distressed investment opportunities. From May 2004 until July 2009, she was a senior analyst and subsequent Head of EMEA Distressed Debt Research at Merrill Lynch International Bank. Anke started her career in 2000 as an equity research analyst with Morgan Stanley. Anke graduated with a degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin.
Annrai O'Toole is Chief Technology Officer, EMEA, at Workday. He is responsible for technology strategy across Europe and helping to drive innovation globally. Previously he was CEO at Cape Clear, acquired by Workday in 2008. Prior to Cape Clear, Annrai founded and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at IONA Technologies.
Dr. Beate Schuler graduated in medicine from the University of Tübingen in Germany. In 1981, she and her father founded the company Iropharm Ltd. in Arklow, Ireland for the manufacture of bulk pharmaceutical ingredients and fine chemicals. In 1997, she sold Iropharm which, by that time, employed 75 people and was FDA approved. Today Beate lives in Germany and is dedicated to promoting education. She is mainly engaged with Trinity College Dublin and the University of Auckland supporting research projects in both institutions. Formerly a member of the Trinity College Foundation Advisory Board she is now a member of the Trinity Campaign Cabinet.
Brian Caulfield is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is a partner at Draper Esprit, the leading European venture capital firm, and is based in Dublin. Prior to joining Draper Esprit, he was a partner at Trinity Venture Capital where he sat on the boards of or led investments in AePONA, ChangingWorlds, CR2, SteelTrace and APT. Brian sits on the boards of Clavis Technology and The Irish Times and is also a private investor/advisor in a number of early stage technology companies. Brian graduated from Trinity with a degree in Computer Engineering and is the current Chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association.
Chris O'Dea is Chairman of Techrete Limited which he co-founded in 1985. Techrete is a specialist manufacturer of concrete facades with production facilities in Ireland and the UK and is the largest company in the design, manufacture and supply of architectural precast cladding to the UK and Irish construction markets. Chris is a University College Galway graduate and holds post graduate qualifications from Imperial College London and University College Dublin.
Colm Duggan is a partner at Arthur Cox in Dublin specialising in Mergers and Acquisitions. Previously Head of the Corporate Department from 2006 to 2013, Colm deals with mergers, acquisitions and disposals on behalf of international and domestic clients and both public and private companies.
Conor Killeen is CEO of Key Capital, a company which he founded in 2001. Prior to establishing Key Capital, he was Global Head of Equities and a Member of the Executive Committee of Dresdner Kleinwort. Before this, he held senior product and management positions at UBS and Schroders. Conor is a non-executive director of Lombard Street Research and a governor of St Patrick's University Hospital.
Danielle is the founder of ROADS Group, a contemporary and global lifestyle brand, which encompasses three companies: a publishing house, a film production company and a fragrance house. Born in Ireland to a Sri Lankan-German mother and an Irish father, Danielle's family are the founders of Ryanair and a number of other successful businesses. Graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Danielle recognised the lack of an equivalent training academy in Ireland and went on to establish The Lir in partnership with Trinity and RADA. She continues to support the academy in her capacity as a director on the board and divides her time between London and Dublin.
David McConnell is a graduate of Trinity (1966) and Caltech (1970) and the author of more than 100 scientific papers. He was elected a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation in 1976. An Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow at Harvard University (1976-77), he served as Professor of Genetics in Trinity from 1990 to 2014 and served as Vice-Provost from 1999 to 2001. He was Chairman and President of the Adelaide Hospital, President of the Zoological Society of Ireland, and Chairman of the Irish Times Trust. He is currently Honorary President of the Humanist Association of Ireland and President of the College Historical Society. He was elected Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2016.
David Went is former Chair of the Irish Times Limited and the Financial Services Consultative Industry Panel. David sits on the Board of Trustees of the Mary Robinson Foundation and Covestone Asset Management. David served as Group Chief Executive of Ulster Bank Group, Coutts Group and Irish Life and Permanent plc, was a non-executive director of Goldman Sachs Bank (Europe) Ltd and the VHI. He is a former Chair of Trinity Foundation and is Trustee Chair of Trinity Foundation.
Declan Sheehan 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, US and Asia. Declan was a member of the Board of the Trinity Foundation and is currently a Trustee of the Foundation.
Eric Kinsella is founder, majority shareholder and Executive Chairman of Jones Engineering Group, an international engineering construction group based in Dublin. The group, currently employing over 2,000 people, also provides technical specialists, experienced supervisors and project management personnel on medium term assignment to its international client base. Eric is also founder of Esprit Investments Ltd., an Irish investment and property development company and SARL Esprit du Midi, a French investment and property development company. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, London and an M.Sc. graduate of Trinity, awarded in 1970.
Fergal Naughton is CEO of Glen Dimplex, the largest electrical heating company in the world. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Ireland Council at the University of Notre Dame. 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 Chairman of the Provost's Council.
Fiona Thomas is a shareholder of the Gowan Group and joined the Group Board in 1990. She graduated in 1987 with a B.B.S. degree from Trinity and in 1993 with an MBA from INSEAD. She has also worked for McKinsey & Company and Elida Gibbs, a division of Unilever.
Gilliane Quinn de Schonen
Gilliane Quinn de Schonen is President and Managing Director of a chain of juice bars throughout France and Europe, operating under the Zumo brand. She was President of Network Irlande, the network of Irish professionals in France, which was created in 2010 following the initial Global Irish Network (GIN) meeting held in Farmleigh. Gilliane was also a Director of Superquinn. Gilliane is presently the Chairperson of the TCD Association and Trust.
Issam Alsabban graduated from Trinity with a degree in Business in 1971. He joined the family business, the Sabban Group, in 1973 and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in 1976. Under his stewardship the family business quickly expanded from pharmaceuticals distribution into property development, hotels, hospitality and furniture retailing. Issam ensured that the Sabban Group continued to remain relevant with a focus on disruptive technology and venture capital in his role as CEO until 2010. He has now retired as CEO assuming the role of Chairman where he remains actively engaged.
James Osborne is a Consultant with A&L Goodbody. He became Managing Partner in 1982 and spent 12 years in that role. James has served on a number of boards including Bank of Ireland plc, Golden Vale plc, Adare plc, Carrolls Holdings plc and numerous Irish private companies. He contributed to the flotation of Ryanair and is on the board of Ryanair Holdings. James is a non-executive director of James Hardie Industries N.V. and is Chairman of Centric Health, Easons and OneView Healthcare plc.
Jay Krehbiel is a partner at KF Partners, a family office headquartered in Chicago. Previously Jay was Director of Business Development at Molex, Inc. a large international manufacturer of electronic components, having also served with Pacific Equity Partners in Sydney. Before that, Jay held the roles of associate at Audax Group, and consultant at Bain & Company.
John Daly is Chairman of Global Equity Capital Markets (ECM) and serves on the Investment Banking Division Americas Operating Committee. He first joined Goldman Sachs in the Corporate Finance Group within the Investment Banking Division. Prior to assuming his current role in 2016, John was head of the Americas Equity Capital Markets Group. He serves as a Board member of the Irish Arts Center in New York City and on the Leadership Council for the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation. John graduated with a BAI in Engineering and a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
John Hegarty served as Provost of Trinity College Dublin from 2001 to 2011, following a period as Dean of Research and as Head of the Physics Department. Over the course of his career, John co-founded Optronics Ireland and Eblana Photonics. He was a research scientist at Bell Labs from 1980 to 1986 and before that at the University of Wisconsin. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and Sony Corporation Japan in 1995. John is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He is currently director of Innovation Advisory Partners.
John Macken held the positions of President, CEO and Director of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd (Turquoise Hill Resources) during his tenure between 2003 and 2012. Prior to joining Ivanhoe, John spent 19 years with Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold, most recently as Freeport's Senior Vice-President of Strategic Planning and Development. John also served as Chairman of SouthGobi Energy Resources. As a member of the Trinity Engineering Board, John has been advising on the College's E3 plans.
Dr Leo Chuang is a director of Lap Heng Investment Co. Ltd., a family owned company with real estate holdings in Hong Kong, Vancouver, Sydney and London. He was Managing Director of Lap Heng Co. Ltd., a publicly traded company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Leo graduated from Trinity College Medical School in 1972. He is currently on the board of governors of the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Hong Kong.
Leo Crawford is Group Chief Executive of BWG Group. Having joined the company in 1996 as Managing Director, Leo was appointed Chief Executive in 1999. In October 2006, Triode Investments Ltd, a company controlled by Leo, John Clohisey and John O'Donnell purchased the BWG Group from Electra (Cognetas). Leo was appointed to the SPAR International Board in 2001 and, in 2005, became the first Irish President of SPAR International. Leo is also a non- executive director of Stafford Holdings. Leo graduated from Trinity with a business degree and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Mark was formerly the Country Managing Director of Accenture in Ireland from 2005 to 2014. Mark completed a 32 year career with Accenture having joined as a Science graduate of Trinity in 1982. He played numerous executive roles in Accenture delivery strategy, technology and business change programmes. He is currently on the Board of Wells Fargo Bank International and the Abbey Theatre. He was previously President of the Trinity College Business Alumni from 2008 to 2010. He also served on the Board of the National Concert Hall from 2005 to 2011.
Martin Frank is CEO of the SchuF Fetterolf group of companies. SchuF, headquartered in Germany, is an international industrial valve company that specialises in the design and manufacture of process critical valves. The company has design and manufacturing centres in Germany, USA, UK, Ireland, India, Italy and Brazil. As a member of the Trinity Engineering Board, Martin has been advising on the College's E3 plans.
Martin Naughton is Chairman, Supervisory Board, Glen Dimplex Group, the largest manufacturer of electrical heating appliances in the world, which he founded in 1973. Martin received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Trinity College in 1995. A former Trustee Emeritus of Notre Dame University, Martin 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.
Mike Peirce graduated from Trinity's School of Engineering in 1964 and then moved to ICI in the UK. He returned to Trinity and was awarded a Ph.D in 1976. Mike established one of the first campus companies at Trinity in 1978 and subsequently became the Managing Director of Mentec Ltd. Mike has been actively involved in numerous high-technology start-ups in Ireland, including Parthus, Mentor Capital, Vedia, Iontas and Amiba. As a member of the Trinity Engineering Board, Mike has been advising on the College's E3 plans.
Patrick O'Sullivan has been Chairman of Old Mutual since January 2010. Patrick was previously Vice Chairman of Zurich Financial Services (ZFS) from 2007 to 2009, where he had specific responsibility for its international businesses. Prior to that, Patrick was CFO of the ZFS Group and CEO of Eagle Star Insurance Company. He held positions at Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Financial Guaranty Insurance Company and Barclays/BZW. Patrick has also previously held a number of non- executive roles including Chairman of the UK's Shareholder Executive, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ireland, Senior Independent Director at MAN Group plc, Chair of the Audit Committee at Collins Stewart plc and Cofra Group AG.
Paul Coulson graduated from Trinity with a business degree in 1973. He spent five years with Price Waterhouse in Dublin and London qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1978. In 1980, he established his own accounting firm before setting up Yeoman International and developing it into a significant leasing and structured finance business. In 1998, he became Chairman of the Group and initiated the transformation of Ardagh into a leading global packaging company. Over the past 30 years he has been involved in the creation and development of a number of businesses including Fanad Fisheries, a leading Irish salmon farming company, and Sterile Technologies.
Paul Drechsler is the President of CBI, Chairman at Bibby Line Group, Chairman of Teach First, Chairman of BitC's Education Leadership Team and a member of the Trinity Business School Advisory Board. He was Chairman of the UK National Skills Funding Agency Advisory Board until September 2015. Paul was appointed Chief Executive of Wates Group in September 2004 and was Chairman and Chief Executive from 2006 until 2013. Prior to joining Wates, Paul spent 24 years with ICI plc, holding main board and senior positions; living in the UK, Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands. Paul is an engineering graduate from Trinity College Dublin.
Paul Johnston is President and CEO of Exponent, Inc., an engineering and scientific consulting firm headquartered in California. He joined the company in 1981 and became President in 2007. He served six years on the Utilities Advisory Commission of the City of Palo Alto and also served on the city's Telecommunications Advisory Panel. Paul has been a member of the Stanford School of Engineering Advisory Council and is a member of the Trinity Engineering Board. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an engineering degree in 1976, where he was elected a scholar the year before, and went on to earn his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1981.
Pradeep Kar is Chairman and Managing Director of Microland Limited, India's first Hybrid IT infrastructure services provider, which he founded in 1989. Headquartered in Bangalore, Microland has over 3,400 employees across North America, Europe, the Middle East and India. A serial entrepreneur, Pradeep also founded and sold four technology companies notable amongst them was Indya.com and Planetasia.com, India's first Internet professional services company. He is a Non-Executive Director of UBM plc, on the Board of Telstra Telecommunications India and is the Chairman of the Governing Council of Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology. Pradeep holds a postgraduate degree in Management and a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Richie Boucher was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Ireland Group in February 2009 having previously held the position of Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland Group’s Retail Division from January 2006. Prior to joining Bank of Ireland Group in 2003 Richie held a senior position in the Corporate Division of Royal Bank of Scotland in London having gained extensive experience before that in Retail and in Corporate Banking with the Nat West Group and its Irish subsidiary Ulster Bank. Richie was born in and educated in southern Africa and graduated from Trinity with an Economics degree.
Sean Melly graduated from Business in Trinity in 1985. Following a Master's Degree in Finance, he spent 10 years in banking in London and New York working for Citi and the investment vehicles of the Belzberg family and Dermot Desmond. Following this, he became a telecoms entrepreneur establishing businesses in the US, Ireland (TCL Telecom acquired by Verizon) and Eastern Europe (eTel acquired by Telekom Austria). He is now Chairman of Powerscourt Investments, a venture capital and private equity firm that invests in technology based high potential start-ups. He is Chairman of the Trinity Business School Advisory Board and adjunct Professor of Finance on the MBA Programme.
Shane Naughton is a technology entrepreneur and executive based in New York, and serves on the boards of a number of Irish and US based technology companies. Previously, he was Co-Founder and CTO of TaxStream, sold to Thomson Reuters. Shane is active within the Irish community in New York, serving on the boards of The Irish Arts Center and the American Ireland Fund. He graduated with an M.A. in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity, and an MBA from TRIUM, a collaboration between NYU Stern, HEC Paris and London School of Economics. Shane is a member of the TCD North America Advisory Board and a trustee of the USA Fund for Trinity.
Dr Stanley Quek is the Executive Chairman of Region Development Pte Ltd, a Singapore property development company founded by him in 1987. Region Development has successfully developed residential projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom over the past 28 years. He is also the Executive Chairman of Greencliff Holdings Pty Ltd in Australia and the Group Chief Executive of Frasers Property (UK) Ltd, a joint-venture partner with Frasers Centrepoint Limited, developing residential and mixed use properties in the United Kingdom. Stanley is a former medical practitioner having studied at Trinity and was the Irish Honorary Consul General representing Ireland in Singapore from 1994 to May 2000 and is presently the Chairman of The Singapore Ireland Fund.
Stuart Coulson has a background in software development and has founded a number of start-ups, including Gradient Solutions, a pioneer in the technology behind travel reservations websites. He is a business angel investor and mentor to early stage technology start-ups in Silicon Valley and an advisor on innovation and entrepreneurship to university and government agencies. Stuart is a founding member of Trinity Angels and the LaunchBox incubator programme at Trinity College. He graduated from Trinity with a degree in Computer Science in 1984 and also holds an MBA from the University of Geneva and an EMBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Stuart is Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University’s d.school where he focuses on design thinking and business modelling for social enterprises and for-profit start-ups.
Susannah McAleese, is a member of the investment team at Attestor Capital based in London. She is responsible for the origination of transactions, across a number of sectors including real estate, shipping, and corporate credit. Prior to joining the firm in early 2014, and since 2008, Susannah was a director at Lloyds Bank, in the Corporate Solutions Group. Susannah holds a diploma in corporate finance from London Business School (2004), and a degree in Economics and Business from Trinity. Susannah is a trustee of Trinity's UK Trust.
Terry Gallagher is a retired IT executive who spent most of his career in the United States, principally in New York and Chicago. Terry was educated at O’Connell Christian Brothers Schools and attended Trinity in the 1970s graduating with degrees in Mathematics and Physics. Post retirement, Terry obtained graduate degrees in Financial Markets and Finance from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Terry Neill is a member of the board of UBM plc (now the world's largest events company). He is a past Chairman of both Andersen Worldwide and Accenture, and a past board member of Bank of Ireland Group and CRH plc. Terry is Chairman of the National Development Council and Chairman of Wexford Festival Opera. He is a board member of the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA). He was Governor for 13 years of London Business School and was chairman of Barry Douglas's orchestra (Camerata Ireland) for over a decade. Terry is a member of the Governance Board of the Trinity Long Room Hub.
Tom Mitchell served as Provost of Trinity College from 1991 to 2001. As a Professor of Classics, his research interests centred in the history and politics of the late Roman Republic, and Tom won wide acclaim for his work on Cicero. His most recent book ‘Democracy’s Beginning: The Athenian Story’, was published in October 2015. Tom is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society, and is a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St. John’s College, Cambridge. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and eight honorary doctorates from universities around the world.
William Sargent, a business studies graduate from Trinity, co-founded Framestore in 1986. He has been part of Framestore’s rise from an award winning commercials house to world renowned film VFX and animation company based in London, New York, Los Angeles and Montreal. William also served as Permanent Secretary Regulatory Reform Cabinet Office, Board Director of HM Treasury; received a CBE in 2004 and was knighted by the Queen in 2008.