Foundation Board Members
Mr Thomas Lynch, Chairman
Tom graduated from Queen’s with a BSc in Economics in 1978 and is a former President of the Students’ Union. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and became a Partner in 1990. Tom is Chairman of ChronTech Pharma AB, ICON plc, Molecular Medicine Ireland and the Dublin Academic Medical Centre. He serves as a Director of GW Pharma plc, and is also a former Chairman and CEO of Amarin Corporation plc. Directorships have included IDA Ireland, Pembroke Capital, Nanogen Inc and Warner Chilcott (founded by Tom, the company was acquired by Galen).
Mr Garrett Curran
Garrett is UK Chief Excecutive of Credit Suisse Group AG, an international financial services group. A managing director, he most recently served as the Head of Fixed Income Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa within Credit Suisse's Investment Bank. He is a member of Global Fixed Income Management Committee, the Investment Bank Management Committee and the Bank’s EMEA Operating Committee. He previously worked for nine years at Dresdner Kleinwort Ltd, the former investment banking subsidiary of Allianz Group SE, where he was a Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee. Prior to banking, Garrett read Law at St Catharine's College, Cambridge University and spent a year at the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain.
Mr Michael Doran
Michael joined White & Case LLP, a global London law firm, in June 2010 as a partner in its Global Capital Markets Practice and a member of its Sovereign Advisory Team. Michael graduated from Queen's in 1986 (LLB Hons) and The Institute of Professional Legal Studies in 1987. He spent one year as a sabbatical officer in the Students’ Union in 1987-1988. He qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland before joining the law firm Clifford Chance in 1989. Michael became a partner in the US law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in 1999 before joining the London office of the international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in June 2003 where he was a partner for seven years.
Mr Richard Ennis
Richard was educated at Wallace High School, Lisburn and graduated from Queen's in 1989 with a BSc in Economics. He is married to Kathryn and has three children. He trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers with whom he spent time working in Belfast and Hong Kong. In 1995 he took up a position as a senior associate with a Belfast-based corporate finance boutique. In 1997 he joined Ulster Bank and is currently a Director in its Northern Ireland office, having previously held the positions of Head of its Corporate & Property division and Head of Business Credit in Northern Ireland. From 2004 until 2008 he was a Trustee Director of the Ulster Bank Pension Fund. Richard is also currently a Non-Executive Director of Creative Composites Limited and The Belfast Odyssey Trust.
Dr Sheila O'Malley Fuchs
Sheila is an officer and serves on the Board of Directors of The American Ireland Fund. She is also an officer and director of the Irish Georgian Society, Inc. She has served on the boards of American Ballet Theatre, Stonehill College, Ashford Castle Hotel and Resort and The Women’s Campaign Fund. She and her husband own and operate Rockfleet Broadcasting, Inc, a group of small market television stations in the United States. She started her career in marketing with Estée Lauder Company and was Vice President of Product Development at Revlon, Inc. She received a BA in Political Science from Marymount Manhattan College. In 2007 Sheila received an Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s.
Dr Alan R Gillespie, CBE, Honorary Patron
Alan was educated at Grosvenor High School Belfast and Cambridge University where he was awarded BA (Hons), MA and PhD degrees. His international banking career began in 1976 with Citibank in London and Geneva. In 1986 he joined Goldman Sachs & Co in New York and then spent 14 years with the firm in London, as a Partner and Managing Director. Following his retirement from Goldman Sachs in 1999, Alan took on a public sector role for the UK Government as Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Development Corporation, completing this assignment at the end of 2002.
He was Chairman of the Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board from 1998 to 2002 and Non-Executive Chairman of Ulster Bank Group from 2001 to 2008. Alan was appointed High Sheriff of Co Down in 2008 and also joined the Board of the British Irish Association. He is currently Chairman of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation, Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council, and a Non-Executive Director of United Business Media plc and Senior Independent Director of Old Mutual plc. In 2005 Queen's awarded Alan an honorary LLD in recognition for his services to business and commerce and for public service. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.
His Grace the Duke of Abercorn KG, Honorary Patron
James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Abercorn was educated at Eton College and the Royal Agricultural College. In 1952 he was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards. From 1964-70 he was MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, serving as High Sheriff for Co Tyrone in 1970.
The Duke formerly served as Director of the Northern Bank, Northern Ireland Industrial Development Board and InterTradeIreland. He was a former Chairman of Laganside Development Corporation and he is currently a Board Member of Titanic Quarter. He is a former President of the Building Society Association and former Patron of the Royal Agricultural Society.
The Duke was appointed a Knight of the Garter in 1999 and Honorary Colonel of the Irish Guards from 2000 – 2008. The Duke received an Honorary LLD from Queens in 1997.
Dr Alistair Hanna
Alistair graduated from Queen's in 1968 with a first class honours degree in Physics and a PhD in Nuclear Physics in 1972. In 1974 he graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA with distinction and joined the management consultancy firm, McKinsey & Co, becoming a Partner in 1979, a Director in 1986, and Managing Partner of the Stamford Office in 1993. He led the firm's microeconomics and software practices and was a leader of the telecommunications and aerospace units. Since retiring from McKinsey in 1997 he founded the not-for-profit organisation "Alpha North America" which offers the Alpha course to churches in the USA to help them bring in new members. Since then he has opened up the Alpha Latin America office to bring the Alpha course to the countries south of the United States. He continues to do consulting projects, runs the Ardtara Country House Hotel in Upperlands, Northern Ireland and is engaged in developing a Resort Hotel complex outside Bushmills. He is also President of Friends of Queen’s University Belfast, Inc. Alistair also serves on the boards of Fountain House and Trinity Wall Street. He lives in Lawrence, New York and is married to the Reverend Nancy Hanna with a daughter Anne Warner.
Dr Neville Isdell, Honorary Patron
Neville is the former chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. He took the world’s largest beverage company to new heights during his tenure. He expanded on the company’s proud legacy of corporate responsibility by embedding sustainability throughout every facet of the organisation and helping ensure its role as a community-connected 21st century enterprise. These efforts resulted in The Coca-Cola Company’s return to Fortune’s “World Most Admired Companies” list in 2006. A native of Ireland, Neville joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1966 in Zambia. After a career spanning almost four decades and several continents, he retired in 2001. From January 2002 to May 2004, Neville was an international consultant to The Coca-Cola Company. In June 2004 he came out of retirement to lead The Coca-Cola Company as Chairman and CEO. He serves on the boards of a number of NGOs, including CSIS. He also chairs the Investment Climate Facility and is Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund US. Neville is a member of the Board of Directors of General Motors. He is a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award. Neville received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School PMD. He is the recipient of four honorary degrees, including one from Queen’s University in 2009 for services to business and commerce.
Mr Colin Johnston
Colin was educated at The Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Belfast and Heriot Watt, Edinburgh followed by a post graduate diploma at Queen’s (1987-1988). He trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG and was chairman of the Ulster Society of chartered accountants in 2006/2007. He heads a group of companies largely trading under the name Clear. These include: a retail pharmacy chain trading in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man; private day nurseries in Northern Ireland; a healthcare distribution company trading throughout the British Isles and has interests in residential and commercial property. Mr Johnston is a member of the Board of Governors for The Royal Belfast Academical Institution.
Mr Johnston’s charitable interests have included directorships and trusteeships of national charities and he is one of the founders of Landmark East, a not-for-profit property development company. He is also a director of East Belfast Social Economy Company and its subsidiaries. He is married to Alison and has four children.
Dr Edmund F Kelly
Ted Kelly is Chairman of the Board of Liberty Mutual Group. Dr. Kelly joined Liberty Mutual in 1992 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and was elected Chief Executive Officer in 1998. Dr. Kelly was elected Chairman of Liberty Mutual Group in April of 2000. He retired from Liberty Mutual in June 2011 and continues as Chairman of the Board.
He is also a member of the boards of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, the EMC Corporation, the American Ireland Fund, and he serves on various other community and education boards. In September 2011, Dr .Kelly became the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Dr Kelly is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Born in Ireland, Dr Kelly graduated from Queen's University in Belfast and obtained his PhD in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from Queen’s in 1996.
Dr Stephen Kingon, CBE, Board Adviser
Stephen graduated from Queen’s in 1968 with a BA degree. He joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1969 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1972. By 1993, he was Managing Partner in charge of the Northern Ireland firm. In 1998, he became Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers following the merger of Coopers & Lybrand with Price Waterhouse. He is currently the principal of Stephen Kingon Associates Chartered Accountants and holds several non-executive positions including Allied Irish Bank (UK) plc. He is a former Chairman of Invest Northern Ireland, the Ulster Society of Chartered Accountants, the NI Chamber of Commerce, Business in the Community NI and the Institute of Management Consultants. Currently he is Chairman of the NI Centre for Competitiveness, Northern Ireland Electricity and the Balcas Group of Companies. Stephen also serves on the board of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners.
Mr Norman Lyle, OBE
Norman lives in Hong Kong where he is a Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong and Grosvenor Asia Pacific Ltd. He is also Supervisor of the Standard Chartered subsidiaries in China and Taiwan and a Non-Executive Director of Dohaland (a subsidiary of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community).
Prior to retiring in 2005, he was Group Finance Director of Jardine Matheson, having relocated to Hong Kong from London in 1997. Before this he worked in the UK, Malaysia and Kenya for ICI where he was Group Treasurer before becoming General Manager of Finance for Zeneca Group on its demerger from ICI in 1993.
Born and educated in Northern Ireland and the USA, where he attended the Harvard Business School, he is a Fellow and past President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He was a member of the Royal Parks Board in London and Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Norman was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to UK-Hong Kong business.
Dr Harvey McGrath
Harvey McGrath is the former Chairman of Man Group Plc, one of the world's leading specialist fund managers and largest futures brokers. He joined Man Group Plc in 1980 and was appointed Chief Executive in 1990 and Chairman in March 2000, ultimately leaving the firm in 2007. Harvey subsequently joined the board of Prudential in 2008, becoming Chairman in 2009, a role he relinquished in 2012. He is a former Chair of the London Development Agency, London First, the East London Business Alliance, and a former Vice Chair of the London Skills and Employment Board. He was appointed as Chair of Governors of Birkbeck College in 2010 and formerly served on the board of governors for Tower Hamlets College.
Harvey is a founding donor and trustee of New Philanthropy Capital, a research-based charity which gives advice and guidance to donors; a trustee of Charity Technology Trust, which is focused on helping the charitable sector use information technology more effectively; and a trustee of the Royal Anniversary Trust which operates the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education. Harvey is a supporter of the Integrated Education Fund and is Chair of The Prince’s Teaching Institute. He received the Beacon Award for City Philanthropy in 2013.
He was educated in Belfast at Methodist College and received an MA in Geography from St Catherine's College, Cambridge. He was awarded an honorary DSc in Economics from Queen’s in 2008.
Sir John Parker, GBE, Honorary Patron
Sir John is Chairman of Anglo American Plc, Vice Chairman of DP World (Dubai), Non Executive Director of Carnival Corporation and EADS (Airbus). He was elected President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011.
He is a former Chair of National Grid Plc and Chair of the Court of the Bank of England. Sir John was also recently Joint Chairman of Mondi Plc, a Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Council for Britain, Chair of the BAe-Vosper Shipbuilding Joint Venture, and Chancellor of the University of Southampton. Born and educated in Northern Ireland, he studied naval architecture and mechanical engineering at the College of Technology and Queen's University Belfast, prior to joining the ship design team at Harland & Wolff. He returned to Harland & Wolff as Chairman and Chief Executive in 1983. Past senior positions include Managing Director of Austin and Pickersgill Shipbuilders in Sunderland, Deputy Chief Executive of British Shipbuilders Corporation, Chairman and CEO of Babcock International plc, Chairman of RMC Group plc and Chairman of P&O.
He is a recipient of honorary doctorates from a number of universities in the UK and Ireland, including a DSc in Engineering from Queen’s in 1985. Sir John was knighted in 2001 for Services to the Defence and Shipbuilding Industries and was appointed GBE in 2012 for Services to Industry and the Voluntary Sectors. He is a past President of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and currently serves as a governor of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Mr Robert Sinclair
Robert graduated from Queen's in 1979 (LLB Hons) and The Institute of Professional Legal Studies in 1980. He is the founder and Senior Partner of Belfast city law firm Robert G. Sinclair and Co. He holds directorships and shareholdings of several property companies and also acts as trustee for a number of local businesses. A keen runner, he has completed the New York marathon. Robert has owned several leading racehorses which have won various prestigious events including races at the Cheltenham Festival. He is a keen golfer and is a member of the K Club, Helen’s Bay, Clandeboye and Dunham Forest in England.
Mr Anthony Russell
Tony graduated from Queen’s in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering followed by a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from The University of Leeds. In 1968 he joined the consulting engineering firm Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners and was based in London before taking up assignments in Germany, Malaysia and Kenya. A keen rugby player, he played in NI, England and for the Kenya national side in 1975. In 1976 he joined Acres International, a global Canadian consulting engineering firm, working in Nepal and Lesotho for ten years before taking up a position in Toronto where he became a Director and Senior Vice President responsible for the firm’s transportation engineering practice. Upon the purchase of Acres in 2004 by the Hatch Group of companies, Tony became the Senior Vice President of Hatch Mott MacDonald responsible for the operation and development of the firm’s transportation practice in Central Canada.
In 2010 Tony was recognised as the Canadian Transportation Person of the Year for his leadership and advancement of the aviation, rail, transit and highway sectors of the transportation industry in Canada. Tony has served on the education advisory boards of community colleges in Ontario and on the board of the Sheridan Science and Technology Park, Canada’s premier industrial research community. Although now retired he continues to provide advice on major infrastructure projects and otherwise divides his time between Toronto and Donegal.
Dr Edward Vernon, OBE
Ed graduated from Queen's University in 1981 with a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, in 1982 with an MSc in Electronic Engineering and worked in Queen’s Wolfson Unit. He co-founded B.I.C. Systems in 1984 which became a leading technology systems integration business which was acquired by BT plc in 2004. In 1997 he joined the board of the NI Software Industry Federation, held the position of Chairman in 1999 - 2000 and remained a board member until November 2004. In 1999 he led a Strategy Development Group which produced a landmark plan for development of the ICT sector in Northern Ireland. Ed received the British Computer Society IT Professional of the Year award in 2002, the Institute of Directors’ award of Excellence in 2005 and in the same year became an inaugural member of Invest Northern Ireland's Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. He is a former board member of Invest Northern Ireland, the IOD Northern Ireland Committee, the CBI Northern Ireland Council and former member of Matrix serving as Chair of the Matrix ICT Panel. He is Chair of the Riddel Hall Founders’ Club and was appointed to the board of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners in 2012. He is Chief Executive of Synetecs, Chairman of Macildowie and Strategic Advisor to BT Ireland and Assets Advisor to the Northern Ireland Executive. Ed was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012 in recognition of services to economic development.
Dr Anthony Watson, CBE
After graduating from Queen's in 1967 with a degree in Economics, Tony joined Prudential as an economist. He continued his sporting interest after his graduation, playing for London Irish Rugby Football Club until 1968. His career has included terms with the investment firms Touche Remnant, Citibank and AMP Asset Management. Tony retired as Chief Executive of Hermes Pensions Management in January 2006.
He is a former Chairman of Marks and Spencer Pension Trust Limited, the Asian Infrastructure Fund, and the Strategic Investment Board in Northern Ireland. He was on the Advisory Board of Norges Bank Investment Management until December 2011. Tony is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Lloyds Banking Group plc and Hammerson plc, and the Senior Independent Director of Witan Investment Trust. He is a non-executive director of Vodafone plc and a member of the Shareholder Executive Board. Called to the English Bar in 1976, he is now a Bencher at Lincoln's Inn, and serves as Chair of the Lincoln’s Inn Investment Committee. In January 2009 Tony was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to the economic redevelopment of Northern Ireland. He received an honorary DSc in Economics from Queen’s in 2012.