Members of the Science Gallery Governance Board are:
Head of Public Programmes at the Wellcome Trust
Ken Arnold studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and completed a Ph.D. for Princeton University on the history of English museums in 1992. He has himself worked in a variety of museums (national and local) on both sides of the Atlantic. His arrival at the Wellcome Trust in 1992 allowed him further to pursue his historical interests, but also to present his findings in the form of exhibitions. His recent research has also taken him into the fields of contemporary art and science. He is currently Head of Public Programmes at the Wellcome Trust, running a department that oversees the development of a variety of events and exhibitions (permanent and temporary) presented in a new cultural venue Wellcome Collection that opened in June 2007 – a free venue for the ‘incurably curious’, dedicated to exploring the connections between medicine, art and life.
Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin
Prof. Vinny Cahill is Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin where he has responsibility for coordinating the university’s research, innovation, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship strategies.
Prof. Cahill has previously served as Head of the Department of Computer Science, Director of Research for Computer Science and Statistics, Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) for Computer Science and Statistics, Head of the Distributed Systems Group, and Course Director for the M.Sc. in Computer Science (Networks and Distributed Systems) and the M.Sc. in Computer Science (Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing).
His research addresses many aspects of distributed systems, in particular, middleware and programming models for mobile, ubiquitous and autonomic computing with application to optimization of urban resource usage and service delivery in order to improve the quality of life and sustainability of cities. He is an SFI Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator of Lero – The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.
Head of Office at Facebook Ireland
Sonia joined Facebook as Director for User Operations in EMEA in November 2009 and more recently, has been appointed as Facebook Ireland’s Head of Office. Sonia has strong international management experience with multi-national technology companies including Google, where she held several senior roles including Head of Site, Google Wroclaw and Director of User Operations. She was on the team that established Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin. Previously, Sonia worked at ModusLink (global leader in supply chain manufacturing) and Taxback.com (multi-national corporation providing specialist tax return services to private and corporate clients across 100 countries). Sonia is a graduate of University of Ulster at Coleraine in Applied Languages and holds an MA in German Studies from Queen’s University Belfast.
Shay Garvey (Chair)
Shay Garvey is the the current chair of Science Gallery governance board, appointed in 2012, and also a member of the Board of Directors of AMT. He joined Delta Partners, a Dublin-based venture capital company, in 1994 as a General Partner and left in 2012 having raised over €250 million. He serves on a number of Boards, including Biotrin Holdings, Improveline.com, WBT Systems, Ledgeway Software, and Kadius. Shay has wide experience in general management and international marketing. He has worked internationally with Exxon, Corning Process Systems and McKinsey Inc. A graduate of University College Dublin in Chemical Engineering, he has an MS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Canada and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School.
Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin
Prof Linda Hogan is the Vice-Provost/Chief Academic Officer and as such has overall responsibility for research and education in the university and special responsibility in relation to academic staff matters. She is an ex officio member of the Executive Officer Group, the university’s Senior Management Team, along with the Provost, Chief Operating Officer and the Faculty Deans.
Prof Hogan is also Professor of Ecumenics and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is a theological ethicist with research interests in the field of social and political ethics. She has published widely on the ethics of human rights, on intercultural ethics, and on gender. She has been the principal investigator on a number of research projects focussing on religious pluralism and inter-religious ethics.
Senior Lecturer and Head of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin
Dr Marples is a Senior Lecturer, Head of Zoology and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She did her first degree in Oxford University, and her PhD in University of Wales Cardiff. She held post-doctoral positions in University of Leiden, Netherlands, and Sussex University before taking up the post in TCD of Lecturer in Animal Behaviour in 1996. She is an enthusiastic communicator to the public and to students, and received a Provost’s teaching award in 2002. Her main research interests are behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology, which has led her into extensive collaborations with Dublin Zoo, carrying out research into optimal enclosure design. Her research has also included a series of field studies in Indonesia, looking at the evolution of birds on small islands; research carried out each year with the assistance of undergraduate students in association with Operation Wallacea. She also has interests in badger biology with a view to reducing their impact on farm animals, as well as carrying out pure research on the impact of bird foraging behaviour on the evolution of their insect prey populations.
Director of Geo Operations EMEA at Google
David Martin has been with Google since 2005. He currently runs a global operation as Director of Geo Operations, before which he was Director of EMEA Finance and Business Intelligence. Prior to Google, David was Head of Strategic Planning for eircom and has also spent several years as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Co. David returned to Ireland in 1997 as Business Development Manager for a Dublin based opto-electronics start-up. David has also worked as an Engineer with the Toshiba Corporation both for several years in the USA as an Advanced Market Development Engineer and for five years as a Laser Application Engineer based in Japan.
Manager of the Naughton Scholarships
Rachael Naughton is the manager of the Naughton Scholarships, a programme established in 2008 to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level in Ireland. She is also on the board overseeing the Naughton Graduate Student Exchange Program in Science and Engineering which enables students to experience international education at one of Ireland’s leading universities or at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Previously Rachael qualified as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland and spent a number of years practising as a financial services lawyer with Dillon Eustace solicitors including establishing the firms’ representative office in the United States. She holds a degree in History from Trinity College Dublin and a diploma in legal studies from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Niall Ó Donnchú
Assistant Secretary-General of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism
Niall Ó Donnchú MPhil, BScEcon, CDipAF, is the assistant secretary-general of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism where he is responsible for the arts, culture and film policy dossiers. He is a graduate of Queens University, Belfast and the London School of Economics. Prior to this, he was head of ecommerce and broadband policy at the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and head of alternative energy policy at the Department of Energy. From 1986 to 1992 he was company secretary of the State-owned seaweed processing company Arramara Teo. He is a board member of the National Concert Hall, Culture Ireland and Energy Action Ltd.
Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History and Vice-Provost for Global Relations at Trinity College Dublin
Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith Professor of Modern History and Vice-Provost for Global Relations at Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Ohlmeyer is an expert on the New British and Atlantic Histories and has published extensively on early modern Irish and British history. Her books include "Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms. The Career of Randal MacDonnell, Marquis of Antrim, 1609-1683" (Cambridge, 1993; reprint Dublin, 2001), "Ireland from Independence to Occupation, 1641-1660" (ed., Cambridge, 1995) and "Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland" (ed., Cambridge, 2000). She is currently writing a book on the Irish peerage in the 17th century.
Dean of Engineering, Science and Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin
Prof. Clive Williams is Dean of Engineering, Science and Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin and is responsible for provision of academic and strategic leadership within the faculty. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and has published over 100 papers on his various topics of research.