Martin Cronin
Chairman of Board

Chairman of the Board

Martin Cronin was Chief Executive of Forfás, the Republic of Ireland’s national enterprise and science policy research agency, from 2002 until 2009. He is a Board member at Appian Asset Management, the Tyndall National Institute and the Irish Academy of Engineering, and Chairman at the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) research programme. He has been a Board member at the Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, and at the Higher Education Authority, Dublin, a member of the Irish National Competitiveness Council and a member of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Martin was Director of Operations in IDA Ireland, the agency responsible for the promotion of Foreign Direct Investment into the Republic of Ireland, from 1994 until 2002. During that time his responsibilities included the IDA’s project groups which work with visiting companies to secure investment decisions, IDA’s Overseas Marketing network and its Information Technology and Marketing Services Groups. Prior to joining IDA, Martin worked in Tinsley Wire in the production of wire and fencing products. He has also worked with General Electric in the manufacture of power transistors and in the Electricity Supply Board. He is also currently Chairperson of Inter-trade Ireland.


John Irwin is an experienced secondary school teacher and former School Principal. He is currently Assistant Secretary General of the Irish Association of Community & Comprehensive Schools and in this role, he is responsible for the development and management of a network of large community schools across the country.

John is particularly interested in the linkages between education, employment and local development and in his years as a teacher and school principal he was an early adopter and proponent of new and engaging ways to get students interested in STEM issues.


Craig Slattery is a biomedical scientist, a lecturer and a science communicator who is committed to making science accessible and engaging for the general public. He brings science into all sorts of venues including schools, cafes, libraries, museums, theatres and even local pubs! From an early age, Craig was intrigued with how the human body works and most importantly, with figuring out how to fix it when things go wrong. Craig’s own research includes toxicology and safety testing for new medicines, the health complications of diabetes, and investigating cancer biology.  As an experienced science communicator, Craig is also committed to helping other scientists communicate their important messages. He regards this as one of the most important skills the modern scientist should develop and has established pioneering training programmes to help them do this. He believes that communicating science and research, in an exciting and engaging way, is the best approach to encourage younger generations to consider a career in science.

Craig is a County Offaly native who is currently Assistant Professor of Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs at University College Dublin. He is also a member of Midlands Science’s Board of Directors.

Anne Scally

Director of Pro-Activ Management and Associates

Pro-Activ Management & Associates was set up in 2005 by Anne Scally to provide human resources consultancy services and management development programmes to a wide range of businesses. Anne worked at senior management level as a Human Resources Manager/Director with a number of leading multinationals over several years. She has considerable experience in the areas of employee relations, employment law, organizational development, people management and people development.

Anne is particularly interested in helping organizations and individuals to achieve their full potential through business growth and development. Pro-Activ Management now provides HR Consulting, Management Development and Coaching Programmes across a broad client base for the corporate, SME, public sector and not-for-profit sectors.

Anne is qualified to Masters level having completed an MSc.Mgmt. specializing in Organisational Behaviour at Trinity College Dublin in 2005. Anne has also completed a Diploma in Executive Coaching in 2007. She is a fellow of the IITD and is a qualified Trainer and Coach (NUI Maynooth & DDI).

She has vast experience in dealing with and resolving employee relations issues and works closely with several clients in this area. She designs and delivers training and development programmes for a diverse range of businesses. Anne is also an occasional guest lecturer on the MBA programme at Athlone I.T.

Dr. Tim McTiernan

President of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Dr. Tim McTiernan is president and vice-chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He has more than 25 years of senior-level leadership and administrative experience spanning the areas of innovation; research administration and commercialization; social and economic development; and post-secondary education.

Dr. McTiernan has served as assistant vice-president of the Innovations Group, University of Toronto; assistant deputy minister and chief operating officer, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation; president, Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology in North Bay, Ontario; and deputy minister and cabinet secretary  for the Yukon government. He is a member of the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Science Performance and Research Funding, and the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Advisory Board for the National Research Council.

In addition, he serves on the board of the Yves Landry Foundation.Dr. McTiernan has published on innovation, conservation, sustainable development and post-secondary education policy. He is a frequent conference presenter and panellist and has lectured for University of British Columbia. From Kilkenny, Ireland, Dr. McTiernan earned his Bachelor of Arts (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin, and his Master of Arts degree and PhD in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Paul Carroll

Business Development Director, CPL

Paul Carroll is the Business Development Director of Cpl Resources, a resourcing/placement company based in Dublin, Ireland and active on several markets in Europe. His expertise combines 10 years in HR practice, working for companies such as KPMG, Intel, Gateway and Aer Rianta International with 8 years in recruitment with Cpl.

A graduate from Maynooth NUI in Physics and Maths in 1985, he holds a Higher Diploma in Education and has studied Information Technology in DCU. Paul worked as a HR management consultant in KPMG for 5 years before joining the senior management team in Gateway 2000 to establish the HR function.

Brian Garvan
Executive Director

Executive Director

Brian Garvan comes to Atlantic Corridor with 27 years experience working with IDA Ireland, including six years at the IDA office in Chicago and several years as Manager of the International Services Division of IDA Ireland. He has extensive experience of business development, covering both the multi-national sector and indigenous development of SME’s. A qualified Accountant by profession he also worked as an advisor on economic development to the Government of Bahrain for four years. He can be contacted at


Gerry Buckley

CEO, NIS– Network & Infrastructure Support

Gerry Buckley is the founder and CEO of NIS, a leading IT services company based in the Midlands. He is a computer specialist with over 15 years experience in a  variety of roles, specialising in Windows Based server/computing environments and Cisco networking environments. He has previously worked for SSI and Compaq Professional Services and has international experience having worked in the IT industry in  the USA for a number of years.

He is an engineering graduate of Athlone Institute of Technology. He is active in a number of voluntary activities in the region including Tullamore Chamber of Commerce, Invest in Tullamore and has given considerable time and expertise to a range of projects focussed on developing IT and STEM skills in the region, including D2D, a project which links local schools with Georgia Tech, Atlanta for science classes.]

Midlands Science is managed by a voluntary board of directors who have a wide range of experience in industry, education and development. The Company Secretary is Brian Garvan.