Niall has responsibility for the development and implementation of Enterprise Ireland’s strategy on access to finance.
This involves overall management of commercial evaluation on the investment proposals, administration of Enterprise Ireland’s equity portfolio, relationships with banks, and working with domestic and global venture capital and business angels. He also has responsibility for Enterprise Ireland’s Leadership 4 Growth Programmes, Policy and Human Resources.
Prior to this role, Niall has held a series of senior management positions within Enterprise Ireland, including Manager of Lifesciences Global Sectoral Team and Head of Policy and Planning.
Niall has had a long career in strategy formulation and implementation in key areas of economic development. Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland, Niall worked in Forfas the Industrial Policy Body on enterprise and EU support programmes and supply of skills, where he was involved in establishing the Expert Group on Future Skill Needs.
Prior to that, he worked in the Structural Funds Industry Evaluation Unit in the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment, on enterprise support and skill training programmes in FAS the National Training and Employment Authority and in the Youth Employment Agency, in the community enterprise sector setting up and running a enterprise centre and in the IDA (Planning, Food).
In 1994 Niall had a paper published in the Economic and Social Review on Porters Clustering and Irish Industry.
Niall holds a BA in Economics and History from NUIG (1975) an MA in Economics from NUIG (1980) and an MBA from DCU (1992).