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Advisors

Tapping into local experience and knowledge to stay on course

Mol Teic is the legal entity that operates the Dingle Hub. We also get input from a youth advisory board.

Board of Directors

Bord Stiúrtha

Youth Advisory Board

Bord Comhairleach Óige

Board Members

Muireann Kelliher

Global Head of Bio-Technology for AB-InBev

Chair, Dingle Hub Board

Muireann holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford respectively. From there she worked with strategy consultants, McKinsey & Co, across the Australian & New Zealand and the UK & Ireland regional complexes.

She is the Global Head of Biotechnology for AB-InBev. Prior to this, she worked in a variety of corporate strategy, innovation and growth roles in Glanbia plc and Glen Dimplex. She worked with strategy consultants McKinsey & Co. and later established her own boutique strategy advisory consultancy. 

She is a long-time strategic advisor to Other Voices, an international music and cultural festival and media platform. She is a co-founder of Ireland’s Edge, an interdisciplinary conference interrogating the merging of the arts, technology, industry and education in Ireland.

She is a member of the Ireland Council at the University of Notre Dame. 

Gráinne Kelliher

Founder, Greenbroker Consulting

Grainne recently set up Greenbroker Consulting and works on sustainability and regenerative projects across all sectors. She recently stepped down as CEO of Airfield Estate www.airfield.ie after an 8-year term and has now relocated permanently to Dingle.

Airfield is a visitor experience which is home to a regenerative farm, food and ornamental gardens, heritage experience and cookery school, run as a self-funding social enterprise. It is also a Research & Education Base for Food & Agriculture with a mission to inspire and enable people to make food choices that benefit people, planet and pocket. Prior to Airfield, Gráinne spent 25 years working at executive level in organisations such as Disneyland Paris (Area Manager Tourism and Food & Beverage), Quinlan Private (CEO Property & Asset Management) and Aramark (Direct of Property & VP Food Services).

Brendan Tuohy

Chair of Eirgrid and Chair of MaREI

Brendan graduated as a Civil Engineer and has over 40 years’ relevant experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as over 15 years’ experience at senior level in Government departments responsible for energy.

He was secretary general of the Department of Public Enterprise from 2000 to 2002, and occupied the same role in the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources from 2002 to 2007.

Mike Fitzgerald

Chair Net Feasa

Mike Fitzgerald has 28 years of experience in software and wireless networking companies.

Originally a software engineer at Ericsson Mike entered the business arena in 1991, he was a Vice President of two NASDAQ-quoted companies (ADC Telecommunications and interWAVE Communications), he carried out a Management Buy Out (Microcellular Systems Ltd.) in 1999, a trade sale (to interWAVE Communications) in 2000, he co-founded the indigenous Irish software company Altobridge Ltd (2002) and between 2000 to 2015 has been a founding investor or board member of several companies including; NewBay, AMCS Group, Mobinets, Mianach Venture Capital, Propylon, Blue Ocean Wireless, Cross Atlantic Productions.

He graduated from University College Cork in 1988 (BA Special Honours (Computers and Mathematics)) and Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2008 (Leadership 4 Growth). In 2009, he was named Ernst & Young’s Irish Entrepreneur of the Year (Emerging category) and in 2012 a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum.

Tanya Moore

Senior Community Manager, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Tanya worked for many years in investment banking, healthcare and the not-for-profit sector in London. 

She returned to Ireland in 2019 and has been working to support social entrepreneurs since then. Tanya now works for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), an Irish not-for-profit that supports high potential social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to social or environmental problems. Her role involves harnessing expertise and pro-bono support for SEI’s growing community of social entrepreneurs to accelerate social and environmental change. In addition, she is leading on the development of an Investor Readiness Pathway for social entrepreneurs scaling their impact.

Marguerite Sayers

ESB Deputy Chief Executive

ESB Deputy Chief Executive.

Prior to her appointment, she worked in various technical and managerial positions in ESB, including Generation Manager, Head of Asset Management for ESB Networks, Executive Director Customer Solutions and Managing Director of ESB Networks DAC. With a degree in Electrical Engineering from UCC, Marguerite is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow and Past President of Engineers Ireland, a Fellow of the Academy of Engineers, a Board member of Energy UK and a Governor of The Irish Times Trust.

Kevin O’Donovan

Financial Services Professional

Kevin is a Financial Services professional with over 40 years experience in the sector.

As a qualified Financial Advisor of the Institute of Bankers and a graduate of UCC with an MComm Hons Degree in Strategic Learning in Organisations, Kevin now advises a small number of client companies on various aspects of business. A key strength is business development allied to a disciplined and structured approach to business growth. Having grown up in a family retail business, customer service has been his career hallmark to date.

Aodán Mac Gearailt

Principal of Meán Scoil Nua an Leith Triúigh

Aodán has been Principal of Meán Scoil Nua an Leith Triúigh in Castlegregory since 2011.

Prior to that I worked as a PE and Gaeilge teacher for 10 years in Carrigaline Community School. I also work with TG4 as an analyst and co-commentator on the sports programme GAA Beo.

As a Gaeltacht native, I have worked in many areas of tourism in the Dingle Peninsula including The Dingle Tourist office, The Blasket centre, Oceanworld and also as a massage therapist in The Dingle Skellig hotel. I have a keen interest in education and the Irish language. I was on Comhairle Raidió na Gaeltachta for a number of years and have also worked with Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne teaching Gaeilge to second and third level students.

I played Gaelic football at all levels for my club An Ghaeltacht and for Kerry. I won 2 Senior All-Ireland medals in 2000 & 2006 as well as a U21 All-Ireland in 1998.

John Loughrey

Rural Development Officer, LEADER Rural Development Programme

 

John has 33 years’ experience working in various fields in the community and voluntary sector.  

This work has included youth work, community development, adult education and research in the UK and Ireland.

I have been working in the Statutory, Community and Voluntary sectors in the South West of Ireland for 18 years now providing a range of services, including facilitation, planning, training, project management and external supervision. In January 2012, I started working on the LEADER Rural Development Programme at North & East Kerry Development as a Rural Development Officer, while continuing to provide consultancy services to the community sector.

From 2009 to 2011 I lectured part time at the University of Limerick in the department of Politics and Public Administration. Previous to this I managed adult education provision in the UK. In more recent years I have conducted research for the University of Strathclyde and provided project management and facilitation for the Scottish Universities Institute.

In 2008 I invented a board game which sold globally, and was retailed by both Amnesty International and the Nobel Peace Prize Centre in Oslo.

I am also an artist, specialising in portraiture.

Specialties: Rural Development, Business Development, Training/Lecturing, Planning & Facilitation

Youth Advisory Board

 Dingle Hub believes that for our sustainable growth vision to be realized we need the energy and input of the peninsula’s young people. We’ve had an active and creative youth advisory board in the past, and are actively recruiting a new board. We want to make sure young people — the ones who will build their future careers and businesses on the Dingle Peninsula — are listened to as we plan and build a thriving community.

Interested in being on the youth advisory board? Contact Deirdre at deirdre@dinglehub.com