Marine Institute

Board Members

Photo of Chairman Dr John Killeen.

Dr John Killeen (2014 - 2019)

Dr John Killeen is an engineer and a native of Co Roscommon who became an Honorary Freeman of Galway City in 2012. His career spans working with Local Government with a multi-national construction company (which built the Grand Canal tunnel in Dublin in 1973) and seven years with Shell International subsidiary. Dr Killeen was President Engineers Ireland 1995-1996 and founding President of the Academy of Engineering in Ireland in 1996-1998. He is a retired CEO of Colas Group in Ireland and a retired managing director of Cold Chon Galway Ltd. Dr Killeen was appointed to the West Northwest Hospital Group Board in 2013 and is currently acting as the Interim Chair. In 2009 he was chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race event in Galway and in 2012 was president of the Volvo Ocean Race finale and festival. It broke all attendance records for a sporting event in Ireland and was worth about €80m in tourism and business income to the city. Dr Killeen is President of the Timoney Leadership Institute - a charity which promotes International leadership training for Irish CEO's.

Prof. Patricia Barker (2013- 2018)Photo of board member Prof. Patricia Barker.

Prof Patricia Barker is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having qualified in 1973. Prof Barker completed an MPhil in Gender Studies in Trinity College. Her PhD developed a paradigm of disclosure of financial information to employees in organisations. She served her articles with Stokes Bros. & Pim in Dublin and worked in Peat, Marwick Mitchell in Manchester. Prof Barker then became a partner in an accounting practice in Manchester for six years and worked in Manchester University as a principal lecturer. 

Prof Barker was appointed lecturer in Dublin City University (DCU) in 1980 and progressed through senior lecturer, Associate Dean (Business School) and University Vice-President (Academic) of DCU. She has worked as a visiting professor in universities in New York, Boston, Angers, Malawi, Dares Salaam, Sydney and Cape Town and has been an external examiner for universities and professional bodies. She served as Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s Accounting Committee for eight years and on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for four years in the 1990s. She is currently a member of the Council. She represented Ireland on the Accounting Standards Board in London for nine years. She chaired the expert group reporting to the European Union on the role, structure and functions of the European Court of Auditors. She had several tours of duty as Election Supervisor for the OSCE in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republica Serpska, South Africa, Kosovo, Kazakhstan and Belarus. 

Prof Barker worked as a Human Rights Monitor in Israel and Palestine. She has been a member of the Boards of Women’s Aid, Sonas Housing Association, the National Chamber Choir and the Higher Education Authority (chairing the Audit Committee), and was the Chairman of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service for three years. 

Prof Barker is currently a Director of Dublin Bus Ltd. and Tallaght Hospital and is Chair of the Education Board of the Chartered Accountants Ireland. In addition Prof Barker is Chair of the Internal Audit Committees for the Marine Institute, Dublin Bus and Rehab. She is currently a voluntary counsellor and trainer for the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. She has written books on Group Accounting, Flexible Working in the Profession and more recently on women who have succeeded in the Accountancy profession and on Corporate Governance and Professional Ethics.   

Dermot Clohessy B.Sc Eng (2015 - 2020)Dermot Clohessy

Dermot Clohessy (B.Sc. Eng.) is an engineer by profession with post graduate qualifications in both Business Strategy & Finance. He has an extensive understanding of foreign direct investment having spent 28 years with IDA Ireland. 

Dermot was IDA's Executive Director/COO from 2006 to 2015 and was directly involved in the development and successful implementation of IDA's corporate strategies during this period. His broad responsibilities also included expanding the global markets from which Ireland competes for investment and developing new business areas for FDI into Ireland.

Dermot was a member and a subcommittee chairman of the Development Task Force established to support the implementation of 'Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth' - an integrated marine plan for Ireland.Prior to joining IDA in 1987, Dermot worked with an engineering design consultancy and as technical director of a construction related manufacturing company.

He is now a strategic advisor with IDI - the Irish based International Economic Development Consultancy.

Prof Alan DobsonProf. Alan Dobson (2015 - 2020)

Professor Alan Dobson studied biochemistry at the National University of Ireland, Galway and following his PhD worked as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He then moved to the School of Microbiology at University College Cork (UCC), where he is currently Chair of Environmental Microbiology.

From 2005 - 2014 he was Director of the Environmental Research Institute at UCC. His main research interest focuses on the study of microorganisms in marine and terrestrial environments and their potential biotechnological exploitation and his research group have published numerous scientific papers in this area.

He was a Fulbright scholar in 1992 and was awarded the Royal Irish Academy Medal in Microbiology in 1999. He was subsequently awarded a DSc in Microbiology & Molecular Biology in 2005 from the National University of Ireland and was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) in 2013.

Professor Dobson has previously been a member of the European Space Agency, Life and Physical Science Advisory Committee (LPSAC), 2003 - 2005, and from 2009 - 2012 was a member of the panel of Experts which advised the then Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government, Professor Patrick Cunningham. He has also been a member of the working group which prepared the European Science Foundation and Marine Board position paper "Marine Biotechnology: A European Strategy" in 2010 and has been a Member of External Review Working Group (ERWG), monitoring the Quality of the Scientific Outputs of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) (2012 - 2015). He is currently a member of the International Advisory Group of the Marine Biotechnology ERANet (ERA -MBT) and a Board Member of the International Marine Biotechnology Association (IMBA).

Prof J Owen LewisProf J Owen Lewis (2015 - 2020)BArch(NUI) MSc(Manch) FRIAI FCIBSE FEI Eurlng CEng MIEI

Prof J Owen Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Architectural Science, UCD Dublin, is chair of the Royal Dublin Society Board of Management (founded 1731) and chair of the Irish Green Building Council (founded 2011). Member also of the Boards of the Grangegorman Development Agency and the Tipperary Energy Agency.

Cheif Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) 2009 - 2012, and chair of inter-departmental and inter-agency Ocean Energy Steering Committee. Qualified as architect, engineer, and energy technologist has practised professionally in Ireland, England and Zambia. Executive Director for Innovation and R&D at Bord na Móna 2006 - 2008. Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Architecture UCD Dublin and later Principal of the UCD College of Engineering, Mathematical & Physical Sciences 2001 - 2006. In 1976 co-founded the Solar Energy Society of Ireland.

Photo of board member Lorcán Ó Cinnéide.

 Lorcán Ó Cinnéide (2015 - 2020)

Lorcán Ó Cinnéide is curently National Secretary of the Irish Fish Processor's and Exporters Association (IFPEA) and Board member of the EU processor's organisation AIPCEE. He is a member of the board of the Aquaculture Licence Appeals Board (ALAB) and a member of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority Consultative Committee (SFPA). He is a former CEO of a fishing representative organisation, the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO) and participates in many forums and management structures related to the fishing industry in Ireland and at EU level over the past two decades. He has also been involved in the evaluation of various marine science programmes on behalf of the EU Commission.

A former fishing vessel owner, Lorcán has a degree in Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin. He maintains a wide range of local development, conservation and broadcasting interests including Chairmanship of the Advisory Board of RTE Radio na Gaeltachta, TV production, and as Secretarry of the Blasket Island Foundation. He lives in the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry. 

This is Lorcán's second term as a Board member of the Marine Institute and he is a former Chairman of the Institute's Audit Committee.

Dr. Berna Grist B.L

Dr. Berna Grist B.L. (2016 - 2021)

Dr. Berna Grist B.L., a barrister and chartered town planner, is Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin. She holds a PhD from the University of Ulster on The Legislative and Regulatory Framework for Development in the Republic of Ireland and has published widely in the fields of planning and environmental law, public policy and governance. Together with the late James Macken SC, she co-edited the Irish Planning Law Factbook (2003), which she continues to update annually, and in 2012 she published the second edition of An Introduction to Irish Planning Law.

Dr. Grist was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board on its establishment in 1998. During the period 2001-2006, she served as a member of An Bord Pleanála and, in 2013, she was appointed to the Expert Group advising the Minister for Housing and Planning on a successor to the National Spatial Strategy 2002-2020. She has contributed to a number of environmental research projects sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and is a member of the Irish Environmental Law Association.

Mr David Owens (2012 - 2017)Photo of board member David Owens.

Mr David Owens (F.C.A) is currently Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations for SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI). Prior to joining SolarWinds, Mr. Owens worked for Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company, for over seven years, where he served initially as Director of Global Logistics and Production and then as Senior Director of Finance- EMEA.

Mr. Owens qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Mr Donal Kelly (2013 - 2018)Photo of board member Donal Kelly.

Mr Donal Kelly is Managing Director of Fast Fish Ltd, a successful fish sales and oil supply business based in Castletownbere. Mr Kelly served on the Celtic Sea Herring Management Committee for 10 years and on the West Pelagic Committee for 3 years.

Mr Kelly has served on a number of boards both in the private and voluntary sector.  He has been a Cork County Community and Volunatry Fora, Cork County Development Board and has acted as Chairman of Castletownbere GAA, Management Committee of Berehaven Golf Club and Castletownbere Community Development Association.