Gillian Buckley is the Investment Manager with the Western Development Commission. She has over 25 years’ experience in investing, managing and advising SMEs across a broad range of sectors. She brought the WDC Investment Fund from its concept to reality, negotiating both the original €32m exchequer allocation with the Irish Government, and the legislative framework for its operation. Gillian devised the Evergreen Strategy which has allowed the Fund to become self-financing since 2010 and she has overseen the investment of over €60m in over 200 SME, community, and micro enterprises. She has served, or still serves, on a number of portfolio companies as either a director or observer, including Loci Orthopaedics, HookeBio, Stamford Devices t/a Aerogen, Selc Ireland, Cambus Medical and Neuravi, Prior to joining the WDC, Gillian worked in a HPSU alongside the Founder and with the Kentz Corporation, an indigenous MNC.
Sarah-Jane has been Director General of the IVCA since Jan 2018. Previously she has worked in commercial roles in the healthcare and medical device sectors and for a representative body in the Lifesciences sector. In her free time Sarah-Jane likes nothing more than socialising with family and friends and keeps fit mainly by running around after her children.
Ciara Burrowes joined the IVCA in 2001. Her role within the IVCA has grown and developed over the last 18 years; she manages the association. Ciara previously specialised in magazine and newspaper publishing. To relax Ciara loves walking with her rescue dog Lola.