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Governance Committee

The Lero Governance Committee works with the Lero management to ensure that the centre operates in lines with its strategy and the expectations of SFI and to provide an informed external perspective on the strategic activities of Lero. This includes awareness of best practice across CSETs, of industry priorities and constraints and of state/agency perspectives.

It meets quarterly and reports to the President of UL. Members include


Dr  Sean Baker, Executive Chairman, Incaplex Ltd

Sean Baker is Lero's Governance Committee chairman and is an entrepreneur based in Dublin and co-founder of IONA Technologies plc, where he held many executive positions including CTO, SVP of Customer Services, Chief Scientist, and VP Applied Research.
He is Chairman of Incaplex, a healthcare IT startup; and a director of Calom Technologies. He is Chairman of the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC), and a member of the centre’s investment committee. He was Chairman of the Irish Software Association from 2009 to 2011.  He is a member of the governance boards of a number of Science Foundation Ireland funded projects including Lero, ICHEC and Clique; and is a member of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. He is also a mentor under Enterprise Ireland’s iGAP programme. He was a member of the boards of Iona Technologies plc, Havok, Gridstore and Delta Index.
Sean is an Adjunct Professor at the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin, and held a tenured post in the Department of Computer Science at TCD, where he helped form the Distributed Systems Group in 1980.

Dr Mary Shire, VPR – University of Limerick

Dr, Mary Shire was appointed Vice President Research at the University of Limerick in 2011.  Over the years, UL has successfully built links with industry and Dr Shire's extensive private sector experience plays an important role in furthering UL's vision to support economic growth for Ireland and the Shannon Region. Dr Shire holds a degree in Chemistry and Biology and a PhD in Chemistry from NUI Maynooth, together with an MBA from the University of Limerick.Previously Dr Shire worked for leading US-based pharmaceutical company, Celgene Corporation. In her role as Senior Research Chemist, Dr Shire developed inventions for drug discovery covered by 20 US patents. A number of these compounds are on the market in the US and Europe for the treatment of life-threatening diseases. Following this Dr Shire returned to Ireland and joined a Japanese Pharmaceutical company, Yamanouchi Ireland, based in Dublin. In 2000, Dr Shire moved to work with Schwarz Pharma Ltd in Shannon where she established a successful R&D team. With the establishment of Accelerated Technology Solutions Ltd in 2004, Dr Shire launched a company, providing training and consultancy to Irish pharmaceutical companies


Mr. Bill Kearney, Director of the IBM Software Group in Ireland

Bill Kearney is Director of IBM Ireland Software Group where 1000 people are employed over three different cities in Ireland. The lab is involved in a wide range of software projects and engages with businesses, communities and universities throughout the country.


Philip Flynn: Non Executive Director/Consultant

Philip is Chairman of Ilex Urban Regeneration Company Ltd. Ilex URC was established by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to promote the physical, economic and social regeneration of Derry-Londonderry and has specific responsibility to manage and re-develop the large former military base of Ebrington. He is former CEO of The Digital Hub a Government Agency established in 2003 to create a centre of excellence for Digital enterprise, education and the arts to accelerate the development of Ireland’s digital economy. 

Prior to the above Phiilp spent 15 years as a senior executive in the ICT sector across manufacturing, services and software as Group COO for Orbiscom, which was acquired by MasterCard, VP International for Visio Corporation, which was acquired by Microsoft and Director at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) now merged into HP.

Philip holds an MSc. (Mgt.) from Trinity College Dublin and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Advanced Management Programme. He is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and the Marketing Institute of Ireland (M.M.I.I). He also sits on the board and Chairs the Audit Committee of IMRO (The Irish Music Rights Organisation) and is a board member of Dublin Simon Community (Chair from 2005-2008).

Mr John McSweeney, Former Head of Innovation, ESB

John Mc Sweeney was appointed  Head of  Innovation of ESB in 2012. He previously held senior positions as Executive Director of Energy International in 2011, Manager of ESB Asset Development ,Manager of Engineering and Facility Management at ESB International and Manager of ESB IT Solutions and Telecoms .A physics  graduate and a mechanical engineer John joined ESB in .1992 and is now retired from this role.

Prior to his career in the energy sector he held senior positions in the Industrial Development Authority including Director Germany and is a former Irish Army Officer.



Jennifer Condon Divisional Manager @ Enterprise Ireland

Jennifer Condon is responsible for the development of Enterprise Ireland’s policy and strategy for the growth of the Irish software industry. This includes software and internet companies targeting key global software markets including financial services, public sector, eLearning, telecommunications and digital media.

Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland, Jennifer gained extensive experience in the software industry having worked in software design and development, project management, software sales and marketing. For a period of 10 years up to 1997, Jennifer was Managing Director of Fujitsu-ICL's Information Technology Centre in Dublin.



Prof. Cliff Jones, Professor of Computing Science at Newcastle University

I'm a Professor of Computing Science at Newcastle University with research interests ranging from theoretical computer science to dependability applications. I've spent over 20 years of my career in industry. My 15 years in IBM saw the creation of VDM which is one of the better known “formal methods“. For most people, their doctoral studies are “post graduate” qualifications — but I had no degree when Tony Hoare agreed, solely on the basis of my publications, to supervise my doctorate. From Oxford, I moved directly to a chair at Manchester University where we built a world-class Formal Methods group. During my time at Manchester, I had a five-year Senior Fellowship funded by the research council; later I also spent a sabbatical at Cambridge for the Newton Institute event on “Semantics”. In 1996 I moved back into industry with a small software company (Harlequin), directing some 50 developers on Information Management projects and finally became overall Technical Director before leaving to re-join academia in 1999 to take my current chair in Newcastle.



Prof. Orla Feehily, Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact, UCD