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

Dr. Craig Slattery, Chairperson

Craig is a biomedical scientist, a lecturer and a science communicator who is committed to making science accessible and engaging for the general public. Craig’s own research includes toxicology and safety testing for new medicines, the health complications of diabetes and investigating cancer biology. 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 currently Assistant Professor of Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs at University College Dublin.

Anne Scally

Anne is a highly experienced Principal Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the human resources industry. Skilled in Talent Management, Outplacement, Career Development, HR Consulting, and Coaching, she established Pro-Activ HR in 2005.  Anne has 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.

Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll is formerly Business Development Director of Cpl Resources plc. His expertise combines 10 years in HR practice, working for companies such as KPMG, Intel, Gateway and ARI with an additional 18 years in recruitment with Cpl. A graduate from Maynooth NUI in Physics and Maths in 1985, he holds a Higher Diploma in Education. Paul worked as a HR management consultant in KPMG for 5 years before joining the senior management team in Gateway 2000 to establish their HR function.

Gerry Buckley

Gerry is the founder and CEO of NIS, a leading IT services company based in the Midlands. He 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 active in a number of voluntary activities in the region and has given considerable time and his expertise to a range of projects focussed on developing IT and STEM skills in the region.

Caroline Brazil

Caroline is a  graduate of Waterford IT where she studied Languages & Marketing and is Global Business Owner for Time and Expenses in Accenture. Caroline is the current Chairperson of the Global Business Services Network of Ireland, a knowledge sharing forum of over 100 multi- national, indigenous & public sector companies. She is very passionate about Inclusion and Diversity in all forms.

Dr. Aisling Twohill

Aisling is a lecturer in Mathematics Education, in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies at DCU.  Her research interests encompass the complexities for teachers in facilitating meaningful mathematical thinking for all children, and also the perspective on mathematics held by teachers, children and others. Aisling encourages people to see both how enjoyable solving challenging problems can be, and how purposeful maths is in many areas of life.

Patricia Nunan

Patricia is a Lecturer in Education with Hibernia College and a qualified post primary teacher in Mathematics and French. She graduated with a Higher Diploma in Education from UCD and a Higher Diploma in Educational Management and Administration from NUI Maynooth. She then completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership in NUI Maynooth and a Masters in Educational Management from WIT. Patricia previously worked as an advisor with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) in the areas of Leaving Certificate Applied, Numeracy, MFL and DEIS planning. She also led the design of the teacher CPD for the revised module descriptor in Mathematical Applications.  Patricia also worked as a School Placement Tutor with Trinity College Dublin for a number of years and facilitated workshops for the National Induction Programme (NIPT).


Dr. Helena Bonner works in the department of Physiology and Medical Physics and in the Centre for Systems Medicine in RCSI and is involved in various STEM projects, including ‘Mini Science’. She hosts various seminars and laboratory tours in RCSI to TY and 5th year students. She also visits various secondary schools throughout the school term to talk about the different careers available to STEM graduates, and the ample opportunities that are available in the different STEM sectors.

Dr Dan Nickström graduated with a degree in applied physics from Dublin City University (DCU) and then completed a PhD in the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute and Department of Physical Sciences. Along with these areas of interest he has always been a keen communicator of science and received several awards in that area. He has worked in various areas of physics education across several universities since completing his PhD. He began teaching in the Experimental Physics Department at Maynooth in 2017 and acted as course coordinator for the Certificate in Science in 2018/19 while also lecturing across a wide range of topics in physics.

Anne Naughton is a Business and management professional, certified in Project Management with 10 years’ experience in business development, project planning, implementation and execution within the Third Level Education Sector. Anne is currently working as a Project Officer for Technological University of the Shannon, Midlands Midwest,  which will aid in building a more complete picture of regional and national skills needs and contributing towards a more robust national response in future.

Jackie Gorman, CEO 

Jackie has over 25 years experience of working in local development. She also has international experience, having worked in West Africa on issues relating to fair trade tourism from 1998 to 2001.  She is a graduate of AIT, NUIG and DCU with qualifications in business and community development. In her current role, she is committed to a science capital approach – engaging students with science and promoting social justice.