Director Plenary Group - ICE Patron
Former Bank of Ireland
Kieran was a career banker with Bank of Ireland holding a number of Senior Management roles in his 40 years with the bank. His most recent role was the Commercial branch Manager in the flagship branch in College Green in Dublin. Kieran is a Qualified Financial Adviser with the institute of Bankers.
Professor Luke O’Neill
Luke O’Neill holds the Chair of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin. He is an internationally renowned immunologist, ranked in the top 1% internationally. His research is in the area of inflammatory and infectious diseases. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal for Life Sciences, the Royal Dublin Society Boyle Medal and the International Cytokine and Interferon Society Milstein Award. He is the co-founder of 2 Biotechnology companies, Sitryx and Inflazome. Both companies are attempting to find new medicines to treat inflammatory diseases including Crohn’s disease, COPD, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Inflazome was recently bought by the pharma company Roche. He also has a passion to communicate science, having a regular science slot with Pat Kenny on Newstalk. He has written 3 best-selling books on science: for children ‘The Great Irish Science Book’, ‘Humanology’ and most recently ‘Never Mind the B*ll*cks, Here’s the Science’ which won an An Post Book of the Year award for best popular hardback non-fiction book
A Chartered accountant, Vincent has worked for Independent News and Media (INM) and related companies for 24 years. He held various roles in INM, including CEO of INM’s Australian associate, APN News and Media PLC based in Sydney, and chief executive of INM itself. He retired from INM in May 2014 and is currently chairman of the newspaper industry body, National Newspapers of Ireland. Vincent currently sits as a non-executive director of C&C and Grafton Group. Vincent will bring extensive business experience, media connections and other contacts to ICE.
Owner and founder Poulet Bonne Femme
Coming from a very strong marketing background at Budweiser, Sara is the joint CEO of Irish rotisserie specialists, Poulet Bonne Femme. Poulet Bonne Femme was started by Sara and her husband, Gavin when he lost his job as a result of the Recession. Originally a simple rotisserie van at various farmers markets throughout the country, 9 years on, Poulet Bonne Femme now has 6 concessions in Avoca Monkstown, Rathcoole, Suffolk St Kilmacanogue, Dunboyne and now Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge. Poulet Bonne Femme has recently started delivering its meals directly in their electric cars and bikes-an exciting new development which the company plan to expand. Poulet Bonne Femme have won the SFA-Emerging new Business 2010 & Lovin Dublin-Best Sandwich in Dublin 2014 & 2015. Sara is the Image Business Woman of the Year, (Entrepreneur) winner for 2015 as well as a finalist Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 for Women Mean Business Awards.
OWNER & CEO, BANKHOUSE PRODUCTION AND BANKHOUSE MEDIA
As the founder of Bankhouse Media, Matthew has first-hand experience in starting, growing and running businesses. In 2018 Matthew created Bankhouse Media, his first Digital Media Agency that focuses solely on making businesses money online. In addition to his digital agency Matthew also runs an award winning film production company ‘Bankhouse Productions’ which most recently won a humanitarian rights award for their film Street Leagues which documents the work of the Irish Homeless World Cup Team.
Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City Council
Greg Swift was appointed Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Dublin City Council. Previous to this role Greg was the CEO of Dublin City Enterprise Board. He was CEO in Plato Dublin, a management development network and part of an EU wide network for SMEs. He also worked as Director of International Marketing in a family business, manufacturing and exporting shop equipment. He is a board member for the Guinness Enterprise Centre and several related boards including Inner City Enterprise, Plato Dublin and Plato Ireland, the Dublin City Local Community Development Committee in Dublin City Council and the Management Works Advisory Committee.
Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Sodexo
Margot was appointed managing director of Sodexo in September 2012, having worked for the global company since 1991. She followed this role by being appointed as country president in 2015 and Global Diversity & Inclusion Chief in 2019. As country president, Margot’s role includes corporate governance and directorial responsibility for growing the various business segments - corporate, government, education, healthcare and homecare that operate in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Margot is committed to furthering the Diversity and Inclusion agenda within and outside the company and in October 2012, Sodexo was one of 11 founding partners and signatories of Ireland’s first Diversity Carter. Margot is a member of Sodexo's global LGBT network leadership team, which has been influential in promoting and championing LGBT equality across the world. She also chairs the UK and Ireland sexual orientation workstream, part of Sodexo’s diversity approach. She was the founding chair of Sodexo’s Women Work network launched in 2011 to help female employees enhance their professional and personal growth.
partner at Attestor Capital
Susannah McAleese is a partner at Attestor Capital. She joined the London-based investment manager in 2014 and is a senior member of the investment team. Prior to working at Attestor, Susannah worked for a number of different London-based financial institutions since 2000, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Lloyds Bank. She also spent time during 2005 and 2006 working with CIPPEC, an independent think tank, based in Buenos Aires. Susannah is a member of the Provost’s Council, an advisory group set up by the Provost of Trinity College Dublin, to help shape future initiatives and projects across College. She has also been involved in different fundraising projects over the years and enjoys working with others to help young people realise their true potential, be it through education or other means.