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

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

Alan Foy is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of Blueface, a leading global Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) provider which operates a proprietary platform and services businesses, enterprises and carriers. He works closely with the management team on a day-to-day basis to execute Blueface’s growth strategy and lead Blueface’s expansion into new markets including a US East Coast launch. Alan is also Chairman of VentureWave Capital, a differentiated private equity company. Alan previously worked with AOL, Coyle Hamilton (now Willis) and NCB Group which was acquired by Investec. He is a graduate of Trinity Business School, a former Business Student of the Year and Gold Medalist. Alan was President of the Trinity Business Alumni 2012-2013. He was also an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2017 in the International Category. He is currently Board Director of the The Ireland Funds, a philanthropic organisation that supports charities in Ireland. Alan is also a member of the Provost's Council of Trinity College.

Anke Heydenreich

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

Annrai O'Toole is CEO of Saltees, Inc. a enterprise application start up focused on the area of Contingent Workers. Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer, EMEA, at Workday for 10 years. Prior to Workday, Annrai was a founder of 2 other technology companies: CEO at Cape Clear, acquired by Workday in 2008 and Chief Technical Officer at IONA Technologies, founded in 1991.

Beate Schuler

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

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.

Carol Grigor

Carol Colburn Grigor is Chairman Emeritus and Board Member of the Colburn School and Chairman of the Colburn Foundation.  She is President of Dunard Fund USA, and a director of the Colburn Collection, the Colburn Music Fund, and Dunard Fund in the UK. 

Grigor is a member of the Board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Marlboro Music Festival and the Yale School of Music Board of Visitors.  In August 2013, she was named Honorary Vice-President of the Edinburgh International Festival Society.  Carol Grigor lives in Dublin and travels extensively for both philanthropic and business purposes.

Grigor’s contributions to classical music and the visual arts have been recognized with prestigious honors including Commander of the British Empire (CBE).  She is an inaugural recipient of the Prince of Wales Medal for Philanthropy, and was admitted as a Chevalier into France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Grigor is a pianist.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana School of Music and her Master of Musical Arts degree from Yale University School of Music.  She also has received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Edinburgh Napier University.  She has had wide experience as a concertising artist and as a teacher.

Caroline Haughey

Caroline Haughey a former Trinity law graduate is a barrister at Furnival Chambers and prosecutes and defends across a wide variety of the most serious and high profile criminal cases. She has significant experience in a number of areas of health and safety law, regulatory work and associated areas such as inquests. Caroline has developed a reputation for prosecuting and defending cases where ‘novel law’ / sensitive matters are in issue. She has a particular interest in human trafficking, organised crime, firearms, drugs and violence offences. Caroline is author of the Modern Slavery Review was appointed to the Modern Slavery Task Force, which is being chaired by the Prime Minister, in September 2016.

Cliona Murphy

Cliona Murphy is Vice-President, Global Quality Assurance, PepsiCo and is responsible for the quality policies & standards developed and deployed across the entire PepsiCo portfolio and for verifying and assuring compliance against them. Cliona joined PepsiCo in 1997 and has worked in a variety of R&D and Supply Chain leadership roles across PepsiCo globally. Cliona is a Chartered Engineer with a Degree in Engineering from Trinity, and an MSc in Food, Nutrition & Health from UCD. She is also a member of the Teagasc Authority & a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the UCD Institute of Food and Health. Cliona was recognised by STEMConnector as one of the 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM.

Colm Duggan

Colm Duggan graduated from Trinity with a degree in law and he also holds a masters degree in law from the London School of Economics. He was a partner at Arthur Cox in Dublin for 26 years specialising in Mergers and Acquisitions. Previously Head of the Corporate Department at Arthur Cox, Colm now works as an advisor to companies on mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Colm is chair of the Trinity Law School Advisory Board and the Trinity Alumni Awards Committee. He also acts as non-executive director and trustee and is a trustee of Lessons for Life Charitable Foundation in Ireland. 

Conor Killeen

Conor Killeen is Chairman 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.

Danielle Ryan

Danielle Ryan is an actor and entrepreneur. Born in Ireland to a Sri-Lankan-German mother and an Irish father, Danielle spent her formative years living in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Dublin and London.  Danielle studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. In 2008, Danielle founded The Lir, the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Ireland with Trinity College in association with RADA.
Danielle works closely with UNICEF and has helped them with projects around the world. Especially in Sri Lanka, where she was the driving force behind a project to rebuild schools and hospitals after the civil war. Following the success of the project in Sri Lanka, Danielle now sits on the board of the UNICEF International Council.
She is the founder of ROADS Group, a creative lifestyle brand based in Dublin. It is built around the cornerstones of free-thinking, innovation and contemporary culture. ROADS offerings includes a fragrance company, a publishing house and a film production wing. ROADS products are distributed worldwide.

David McConnell

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

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 former Trustee Chair of Trinity Foundation.

Declan Sheehan

Declan Sheehan was the regional CEO of HSBC Private Bank in the UK and Channel Islands from 2007 to 2012. He joined the 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 is currently a Trustee of the Trinity Foundation and is Chair of the Executive Committee of the Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute. He is a graduate of Trinity College (Economics, 1985).

Dermot Smurfit

Dermot Smurfit is Chairman of John Menzies plc, Aviation/Distribution and Chairman of AustroCel Hallein GmbH. He has spent over 40 years working in the paper and packaging industry mainly with Jefferson Smurfit Group Plc. In 2005, he became Chairman of Powerflute Oyj which was successfully floated on the London AIM market in 2007 and retired in December 2016.
He is a former Chairman of the World Containerboard Organisation, of ML Capital, of FEFCO and of Eurolink Motorway Services Limited and former Director of ACE Limited, and Aon BV. He was a Non-Executive Director of Timber Capital Limited/Forest Company until January 2017. Dermot was awarded with The Knight, First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland in November 2014 for Services to Business.
He is a vice-President of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and a member of the Foundation Board of Limerick University. Dermot became an honorary Doctor of Business Administration for the International Management Centres in 1998.

Emma Goltz

Emma Goltz is a director of Hattington Property Management. She is a former management consultant with Bain and Company in San Francisco and prior to that she worked in banking in Dublin and London. She holds a BA (mod) in economics and mathematics from Trinity College and an MBA from Insead. For the past twelve years she has been actively involved in a wide range of non-profit organisations in the US, UK and Ireland with a focus on fundraising and governance. She is currently the Vice-Chairman of Insead and Chair of the Insead Alumni Fund. She is also a board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Contemporary Art Society in London.

Eric Kinsella

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

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.

Finlay Ross

Finlay Ross founded AquilaHeywood in 1998 and is now Chairman. The AquilaHeywood Group became the largest provider of life, pension and investment administration systems in the UK and Ireland and the fifth largest in Europe. Finlay is a qualified actuary and has over 30 years’ experience in the Life and Pensions industry with significant experience in the development, implementation and running of large life and pensions administration systems. He was bought up in Wicklow and is a graduate of Trinity with degrees in Mathematics (1973) and Particle Physics (1974).

Fiona Thomas

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

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.

Jay Krehbiel

Jay Krehbiel is the President of KF Partners, LLC (KFP), a single-family office based in Chicago. In this role, Jay chairs the board of directors and investment committee, overseeing day to day operations, client engagement and investment decisions. Prior to founding KFP, Jay was the Director of Business Development at Molex, Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic components, working in Shanghai and Chicago. Before joining Molex, Jay was an Associate Director of Pacific Equity Partners, an Australia and New Zealand focused private equity firm, based in Sydney, Australia. Jay started his career at Bain & Company, the global consultancy, working in the Chicago & New York City offices. Jay also serves as Co-Chair of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, a Chicago-based auction house with ~90 employees in seven cities.
 Jay is a Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he serves as Treasurer & Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. Jay is also a Trustee of The Taft School in Watertown, CT. Jay received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Dartmouth College. Jay lives in Chicago with his wife, Silvia, their daughter, Anthea, and a wild Weimaraner named Tosca.

John Daly

John S. Daly is Chairman of Global Equity Capital Markets (ECM) at Goldman Sachs. He started in the Corporate Finance Group within the Investment Banking Division (IBD) and previously served on the Firmwide Commitments Committee and the IBD Americas Operating Committee. Prior to assuming his current role, John was head of the Americas ECM Group and prior to that, held various leadership positions in the Financing Group, both in Hong Kong and New York.
He is a member of the Provost’s Council and the Advisory Board of Trinity Business School. He also serves as a Board member of the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation and the Irish Arts Centre in New York. John graduated with a B.A.I. in Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

John Hegarty

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. He was Professor of Laser Physics in Trinity from 1986. He was a research scientist at Bell Labs in New Jersey from 1980 to 1986 and before that at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He co-founded the national research programme, Optronics Ireland, in 1989 and a spin-off company, Eblana Photonics in 2001. He was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and Sony Corporation Japan in 1995. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He is currently Chair of the Irish Times Trust and member of the Irish Times Board, and board member of The Hugh Lane Gallery, Fulbright Ireland, and C-Path Ireland. He has published 130 peer-reviewed papers and has 3 patents.

John Macken

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.

Kathy Gilfillan

Kathy Gilfillan is a writer and editor and a Director of The Lilliput Press. Her film pieces include Black & White (RTÉ Drama 1994), Sightings of Bono (2000) and The Clinic (2003)  Kathy is the editor of Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Seventies and Alastair Campbell’s The Irish Diaries (1994-2003). Kathy is a board member of Centre Culturel Irlandais, The Nerve Centre and Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation. Kathy studied Modern Languages and Literature at Trinity.

Leo Chuang

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

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. Leo was appointed to the SPAR International Board in 2001 and, in 2005, became the first Irish President of SPAR International. Leo served as President of SPAR International from 2005 to 2016. In June 2010 Leo served a year long term as President of IBEC (Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation) and is now a Trustee of IBEC. 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.

Louisa Leventis

The A.G. Leventis Foundation is a foundation with the aim to support educational, cultural, artistic and philanthropic causes in Cyprus, Greece and elsewhere. Established in 1979, its activities range from the reconstruction of a large number of classical, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine monuments, and the enrichment and presentation of Cypriot antiquities collections in museums around the world, to the systematic granting of scholarships, and sponsorship of nature conservation and sustainable development projects in Southern Europe, Africa and world-wide.

Mark Ryan

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

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

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

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

Patrick O’Sullivan is Chairman of Saga Group plc and Chairman of ERS (Syndicate 218) Limited at Lloyds of London since 2013. He was Chairman of Old Mutual from 2010-2018 and prior to that was Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ireland from 2011 to 2015.  Patrick is a former Chairman of the UK's Shareholder Executive and a former Senior Independent Director at Man Group.  He was Vice Chairman of Zurich Financial Services between 2007 and 2009 where he had specific responsibility for its international businesses. Earlier in his career, Patrick had been 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.  He was educated at Trinity College, University of Dublin and the London School of Economics.

Paul Coulson

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

Paul Drechsler CBE is the Chairman of Bibby Line Group, Chairman of London First, Chairman of Teach First, Chancellor of Teesside University,  Member of Board of International Chamber of Commerce (UK) and member of the Trinity Business School Advisory Board. He was President of the Confederation of British Industry 2015-2018 and 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, he 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 and received an Honorary Degree from the university in June 2018.

Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston is Chairman of Exponent, Inc., an engineering and scientific consulting firm headquartered in California with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. He joined the company in 1981, became Chief Operating Officer in 2003 and was Chief Executive Officer from 2009 until 2018. Paul was previously a member of the Stanford School of Engineering Advisory Council and the Trinity Engineering Board. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an engineering degree in 1976, where he was elected a scholar the prior year, and went on to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering at Stanford University in 1981.

Pradeep Kar

Pradeep Kar is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Microland Limited. Microland guides enterprises in adopting Next-Gen technologies with the outcome of achieving the highest possible levels of reliability, stability and predictability. Headquartered in Bangalore, India, Microland is a 30-year old, globally-engaged technology service provider with 4,300+ digital-savvy technologists across offices and delivery centers in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. A true serial entrepreneur, Pradeep has founded and sold three technology companies:  (sold to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation); (India’s first Internet Professional Services Company); and Net Brahma Technologies. In 1999 Pradeep was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a 'Global Leader for Tomorrow’ — an acknowledgement of his pioneering work bringing technology to India. Between 2006 and 2016, Pradeep served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UBM plc, — a leading business-to-business events organizers listed on the London Stock Exchange. Pradeep is also on the Board of Telstra Telecommunications,India. He is the Chairman of the Governing Council of Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, a Founding Member of the Bangalore Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, and the former President of The Indus Entrepreneurs' (TiE), Bangalore Chapter. Pradeep holds a postgraduate degree in Management and a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. His drive and talent were noted early in his career: he received the “Young Business Achiever Award” from The Indian Express, was featured in Newsweek amongst the “Stars of Asia”, and in Business India amongst the “Stars of India”.

Richie Boucher

Richie Boucher spent 37 years of his career in Banking roles in Ireland, the UK and the USA including as Group CEO of Bank of Ireland from 2009 to 2017. He is currently a non-executive director of CRH plc, Eurobank Ergasias SA and Kennedy Wilson inc. Richie was born and received his schooling in Southern Africa and graduated from Trinity with a B.A. (Mod Econ) in 1980.

Sean Melly

Sean Melly is Chairman of Powerscourt Investments, a venture capital and private equity investment firm where he is an active non-executive director of a range of start-up and developing companies.  He graduated from Trinity with a Business degree in 1985 and, following a Master’s Degree in Finance, 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 and Central Europe.  He is Chairman of Trinity Business School (Advisory Board), and Professor (adj.) of Finance on the MBA Program.

Sean Reynolds

Sean Reynolds is Managing Director and a Senior Portfolio Manager overseeing the Rathmore Alternative Investment Funds, at Lazard Asset Mgmt., New York. He has been the recipient of several awards including the Absolute Returns Arbitrage Fund of the Year in 2010.  Prior to Lazard, he worked as a portfolio manager for convertible arbitrage strategies at SAC Capital Management, and held a similar position at the Clinton Group. He has also worked at Deutsche Bank, UBS Securities and Merrill Lynch. Sean is a board member of the Huntsman International Advisory Board, University of Pennsylvania; the US Advisory Board of Trinity; Advisory Board Member of the U.S. 69th Regiment, “The Fighting Irish”; and Council Member of the GLF, President de Klerk’s Global Leadership Foundation  Sean has a BA in Mathematics and BAI in Engineering from Trinity, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shane Naughton

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.

Sheelagh O'Neill

A History graduate of Trinity College, Sheelagh O'Neill worked in tourism and marketing in Ireland and Australia. A Former member of the Arts Council of Ireland, she is currently on the board of the Abbey Theatre.  She lives in the UK.

Stanley Quek

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 Sterling Realty Ltd 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. He was recently elected as a Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin.

Stephen Vernon

Stephen has been Chairman of Green Property Ltd since 2002 having previously been Managing Director since 1993. Under Stephen’s Chairmanship, in 2013, Green Property REIT Ventures listed the first real-estate investment trust to float on the Irish Stock Exchange. It was sold to Henderson Park Capital in 2019. The company experienced exponential growth having assembled one of the largest portfolios of prime office, logistics and development assets.

Stephen became a partner in St Quintin Chartered Surveyors in 1981 and was appointed managing partner in 1987. He was a Fellow of the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors and has held numerous non-executive positions on the boards of regulated entities and listed companies. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Governors of the National Maternity Hospital and was named Ireland’s national Philanthropist of the Year by The Community Foundation in February 2020. Stephen is the chairman and principal of The John Pollard Foundation and a director of Staycity.

Stuart Coulson

Stuart Coulson is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University’s and a Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business, where he leads the Design for Extreme Affordability program. Student teams develop products and services to tackle poverty in the developing world. Projects and startups emerging from the program have affected the lives of more than 100 million people so far. Stuart is an investor in and advisor to early stage technology and social impact organizations in Silicon Valley and Ireland. He sits on the board of Tangent and is a founding member of Trinity Angels and the LaunchBox incubator programme.

He also grows old-vine Zinfandel grapes and enjoys regularly quality testing the resulting award winning wines. Stuart’s background is in software development, data communications and travel reservations systems. His previous roles include senior leadership in some of the world’s largest travel technology companies and several startups. He co-founded Gradient Solutions, a pioneer in web-based travel e-commerce, acquired by Sabre. Stuart holds a BA (Mod.) in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, an MBA from the University of Geneva and an EMBA from the Tepper Business School, Carnegie Mellon University.

Susannah McAleese

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

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

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.

William Sargent

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.

Yvonne Le Bas

Yvonne Le Bas has 28 years commercial experience across Financial Services, Property and Oil sectors in Australia and Internationally.  Yvonne first joined Westpac Group in 2007, and has held a number of executive roles. In February 2016 she was appointed as Chief Financial Officer, to the wealth management arm of the Westpac Group. 
Yvonne is a Fellow of the Australian and England & Wales Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and Master of Art from Trinity College Dublin, Graduate Management Qualification from AGSM. Yvonne has a strong interest in education and development and serves as a member of the Loreto Kirribilli School Board and Finance Committee and is Chairperson of The Ireland Funds Australia, part of the Worldwide Ireland Funds.