The Board

Tom Lynch (Chair)

Chair of Queen’s University Belfast Foundation, Tom graduated from Queen’s with a BSc in Economics in 1978 and is a former President of the Students’ Union. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and became a Partner in 1990. Tom is Chairman of ChronTech Pharma AB, ICON plc, Molecular Medicine Ireland and the Dublin Academic Medical Centre. He serves as a Director of GW Pharma plc, and is also a former Chairman and CEO of Amarin Corporation plc. Directorships have included IDA Ireland, Pembroke Capital, Nanogen Inc and Warner Chilcott (founded by Tom, the company was acquired by Galen).


Michael d’Arcy

Michael d’Arcy is a concert violinist and professor of violin performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has been the concertmaster of Camerata Ireland since it was formed in 1999, and has also been the concertmaster of both the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and the RTE Concert Orchestra. He has performed throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He was a member of the board of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin for many years.  Further information can be found at www.michaeldarcy.com


Ellvena Graham

Ellvena is a Non-Executive Chairman and Director working across a number of different sectors in UK & Ireland.  She has over 30 years experience in Banking, most recently at Executive Management level within Ulster Bank, where she was the Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland & Managing Director of SME Banking across the island of Ireland.  Ellvena has global experience within the wider RBS Group, having managed large scale Operations in EMEA for Royal Bank of Scotland.

Ellvena embarked on a portfolio career in 2015 and holds a number of private and public sector roles.  She is Chairman of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), one of the major state-owned utilities in Ireland, with generation assets in NI, Great Britain & Ireland.

Ellvena is also Chairman of the Belfast Waterfront & Ulster Hall (Conference & entertainment venues), is President of the NI Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Group (EAG) in Northern Ireland.  She is a member of the Senate (governing body) of Queen’s University Belfast and a member of the Prince’s Trust Council in NI.

She was awarded the OBE in the 2018 New Year Honour’s List, for Contribution to the Economy and the Advancement of Women in Business.

She was previously a Board member of Barretstown, a charity helping children with serious illnesses, up until June 2012, and a member of the Advisory Board of Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in Ireland until 2016.


Rosemary O’Mahony 

Rosemary O’Mahony was a partner with Accenture, where she spent 28 years between the Dublin, Chicago and Paris offices.   She specialised in Information Technology (IT) solutions and worked with clients in over 20 countries.   Rosemary had global responsibilities for Accenture’s technology practice, including management of the technology research office in Sophia Antipolis, France.   After her retirement from Accenture, Rosemary was an Executive Advisor to Fujitsu Services from June, 2008 to December, 2009.  Rosemary has used her professional experience of 30 years in consulting to help charities and social enterprises in both the UK and France.  In the UK, she has assisted IntoUniversity and the Prince’s Youth Business International (YBI) with the implementation of new IT systems.  In the case of YBI, Rosemary has also led the re-design of its accreditation process for its programmes in some 40 countries around the world.   She is Chairman of the Board of OneWorld UK, an organisation that exploits web-based and mobile technologies to develop solutions for disadvantaged populations in developing countries.  Rosemary is a member of the Board of “1001 fontaines”, a French charity that creates social enterprises to provide clean drinking water to improve the health of isolated rural villagers in developing countries.


Seán Shine

A graduate of University College Cork in Ireland with an honours degree in Civil Engineering, Seán is a former president of the Republic of Ireland Council of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Fellow of the Institute. He is based in Dublin, and in 2015 retired from his post as senior managing director for Accenture’s Health & Public Service EALA operating group in which role he had responsibility for expanding the core Health & Public Service business while leading efforts to grow Health Services across the EALA region.  Previously he was the global managing director for the Accenture Health & Public Service operating group’s Systems Integration & Technology practice. In Ireland, Seán worked directly with many clients including the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Justice. He has also worked with many other European and American government agencies.


Paul Smithwick

Paul Smithwick is the Founder and Chairman of Sullivan 1702, a craft beer brewery in Kilkenny, Ireland. He is the 8th generation of his family to continue the Smithwick family’s 300 year old brewing heritage in Kilkenny.  Mr. Smithwick has significant experience in the agriculture, energy, finance, mining, oil, pharmaceutical, and timber sectors.  He is Chairman of Unicorn Mineral Resources, a metals exploration company in Ireland, and has served as Chairman of Kells Minerals Plc., Ovoca Gold Plc., and Grosvenor Recycling (London).  He has extensive global contacts in the diplomatic and commercial arenas.  Mr. Smithwick is a board member of the Jack and Jill Foundation, a member of the Knights of Malta, and an Honorary Freeman of the City of Kilkenny.


Noreen Wright

Ms. Wright, a barrister, joined Northern Ireland Electricity’s (NIE) in-house legal team in September 1976 and remained with NIE/Viridian until 2001. She held a number of senior management posts in the company, including that of Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services.

Ms. Wright holds a number of public appointments in Northern Ireland including Member of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals, Lay Magistrate and Member of the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal. She is also a Director of Springvale Training Ltd and Co-operation Ireland Ltd and is a Trustee of Garfield Weston Trust, University of Ulster.

She has previously served as Commissioner for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, as a Council Member of the University of Ulster, and as a Trustee of the Bytes project.