Genio Board of Directors

The Genio Board of Directors is responsible for governance of Genio Limited, an Irish registered company (Reg no. 454839). All members of Genio boards and committees give their time on a voluntary basis. 

Members of the Genio Board of Directors


Shay Garvey, Chair
Shay Garvey is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures and one of the most active and experienced early-stage technology investors in Europe. He has had a wide and varied career - covering corporates (Exxon, Corning, McKinsey), startups (Glentara Foods, Irish Seafood Producers Group), and venture capital (Delta Partners). Throughout his career in venture, he has been part of teams that have raised eight funds, totalling a combined $500 million through 3 different economic cycles. Shay has engineering degrees from University College Dublin (BSc) and University of New Brunswick Canada (M Eng). He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He has long been interested in the convergence of startup culture and society, as well the internationalisation of companies and ideas. He is Chair of the Science Gallery Trinity College, as well as Genio.

Madeleine Clarke
Madeleine Clarke is Founding Director of Genio which develops cross-sector collaborations to reform social services in a context where many countries are confronting shortfalls to provide current levels of services to future populations. Awareness is increasing that standardised social services that are not tailored to meet individual needs are expensive and unsustainable. Genio has developed a model to bring about reform using private funding as a catalyst to reconfigure public spending to demonstrate and scale service improvements. Genio is currently exploring the application of this model within an international context. Prior to establishing Genio, Madeleine worked in the social sector for thirty years as a professional psychologist, senior manager and independent consultant working with statutory, philanthropic and non-governmental agencies. Madeleine Clarke is the current Chair of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, a membership association consisting of over 200 organisations interested in, or practising, venture philanthropy and social investment across 29 countries in Europe. Madeleine holds an M.A. psychology, University College Dublin and M.Sc. [Econ.] University of Wales

Dr Cathal Coleman
Cathal Coleman teaches politics and philosophy at NUI Maynooth and at UCD. He has contributed a chapter to Power to the People (2006), a TASC publication that examined the state of democracy in Ireland. Previously Cathal worked for ESB as IT Training Manager, where he promoted eLearning and online training. He has been a trustee of ESB Pension Fund and is a former board member of Marian College, Dublin.

Brian Dunnion
Brian Dunnion is a strategy consultant in marketing, branding, and communications. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin and the London School of Economics he worked for many years with Saatchi & Saatchi. He was CEO of various Saatchi companies in the EMEA region – including Poland where Saatchi was twice voted one of the country’s ‘10 Most Admired Companies’ – and also a member of the Saatchi Europe Financial Services Marketing Group and the Saatchi Worldwide Brand Consulting Group. He has also been Executive Director with leading organisations – such as Vodafone where he was Marketing Director and a member of its Global Brand Council – and with start-ups. He has advised numerous political parties, the European Parliament, and Mary Robinson. More recently he has been a member of the Mise Eire think-tank developing strategy and implementation proposals for government and public sector reform.

Teresa Kilmartin
Teresa Kilmartin has been a board member of Genio since 2008. She is a HR professional with 25 years' experience, working across a wide spectrum of Irish Organisations. In 2006 she co-founded a consultancy business, Symbio, based in the IFSC. She holds a Bachelor of Law, an MBS in HR Strategy and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Paddy McGowan
Paddy McGowan is currently employed as a lecturer with DCU School of Nursing. He recovered from Schizophrenia with the support of other survivors and professionals and can speak authoritatively and humanely from the inside out, relying not on the presuppositions of dubious and largely unproven scientific theories, but from reflecting sensitively, honestly and often painfully on the experience of “hearing voices”, which is often associated with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He was involved in organising the first “Voices” conference in Derry in November 1999. As a member of the Institute for Recovery in Mental Health and a prominent member of the International Network of Treatments Alternatives for Recovery (INTAR), Paddy is committed to creating alternatives to the so-called medical or maintenance model. He set up the first user group in Ireland in1994 and was the founder and first Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Advocacy Network, heavily involved in developing peer advocacy training alongside staff awareness training in user empowerment and advocacy to an accredited degree level. He served on the National Disability Association’s Ad Hoc Focus Group on Mental Health and the Management Committee of the United Kingdom Advocacy Network. He has also been instrumental in designing and implementing user-led research focusing on user-satisfaction with statutory mental health service  throughout Ireland and continues to lecture on mental-health advocacy and recovery oriented approaches to severe psychiatric disability in universities and colleges locally, nationally and internationally, alongside facilitating training for mental-health and allied professionals, families and carers.

David McNamara 
Mr McNamara is a proprietary private equity investor. Having spent over 21 years as a debt capital markets specialist in major investment banks, mostly in London, from 1987-2008, David has moved on to a new phase in his career. His current business interests include chemical manufacturing (Micro Bio Ltd), internet technology, financial innovation, European real estate and wealth management. He served as director of  Merrill Lynch International Bank between 2012 and 2015 and sat on the bank's Risk Oversight and Audit committees. David sits as a non-executive on the boards of several companies, is a director of Vision Sports Ireland and is chairman of VSI's Finance committee. David has a degree in Law from Trinity College Dublin, is a Master of Business Studies specialising in Banking & Finance (UCD) and has the Executive Diploma in Corporate Governance from Smurfit Business School.

Dr. Iognáid (Iggy) Ó Muircheartaigh
Iognáid (Iggy) O'Muircheartaigh was President of NUI Galway from August 2000 until March 2008. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Glasgow, held a Fulbright Fellowship at Stanford University, and a U.S. National Academy of Sciences Senior Research Associateship at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He was conferred with honorary Doctorates by both the University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts. During his period of office as President of the NUI Galway, student numbers at the University grew by approximately 50%, the annual research income of the university grew by more than 400%, and a large capital programme (including a new sports building, a nursing building, a student centre, an extension to the business school) was undertaken and completed. Since his retirement from the Presidency of NUI Galway, he continues to undertake research in Statistics, and is a member of the Boards of a number of companies.

Geraldine Ruane
Geraldine Ruane was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Ordnance Survey Ireland and is now Chief Operating Officer of Trinity College, Dublin. Her consultative management style has been backed up by her lifelong learning on leadership, coaching and mentoring from Harvard University, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Institute of Directors in Ireland (IOD), Irish Management Institute (IMI) and University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. With a strong commercial and finance background and 25 years as a Senior Executive, Geraldine Ruane has led and developed strategic vision, implemented growth strategies and efficiencies within the pharma, ICT, manufacturing and public sectors.

Barney Whelan
Barney Whelan retired from An Post as Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs in 2016. He is currently working on a number of exciting projects. Having spent many years in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for public relations and brand communications at the ESB from 1992 to 2002. He subsequently held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing at safefood, The Food Safety Promotion Board. He is currently a Governor of the National Gallery and also sits on the Foundation Board of the National College of Ireland and the Board of Drinkaware. He has chaired a number of non-profit organisations over the years.