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The Team

Our policy has been to build an experienced and multidisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds. Our team’s expertise includes: scientific research, teaching, business, communications and project management.


Name: David Murphy 
Nationality: British
Position: General Manager
Qualifications: BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography
Background: I have worked at AquaTT since 2000, and head up AquaTT’s dynamic multi-disciplinary team to help bridge the gap between science and society.


Marieke Name: Marieke Reuver
Nationality: Dutch
Position: Programme Manager
Qualifications: MSc Animal Sciences, specialising in animal production systems
Background: I worked as an Education Assistant at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and as a consultant at FAO (Italy).


Olivia Name: Olivia Daly 
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Project Manager, Communications Team Manager (MATES)
Qualifications: BA Mod Environmental Science
Background: I previously worked under a Stagiaire Programme with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government researching Ireland’s approach to communicating information about climate change.

Laura Name: Laura Richardson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Operations Manager
Qualifications: FCCA, IEMBA
Background: Professional Accountant with diverse practical experience across multiple sectors with a demonstrable record of achievement in driving commercial success in complex organisations. Experience in Multinational organisations, Health and Education sector at senior level.


Cliona new Name: Cliona Ní Cheallacháin 
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Project Manager (GENIALG, PerformFISH)
Qualifications: BSc Microbiology, Zoology and Genetics
Background: Originally from Galway, I previously worked in the family business farming salmon off the west coast of Ireland.

Olga Name: Olga Ormond
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Project Manager (CSA-Industry4.E)
Qualifications: B.Eng Telecommunications Engineering, PhD Network Performance
Background: Experienced Project Manager, Engineer and Research Fellow


Annette new photo Name: Annette Wilson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (ATLAS, SEAFOODTOMORROW)
Qualifications: PhD (Oceanography), BSc (Marine Science)
Background: My academic background is in Oceanography/Marine Biogeochemistry. Before joining AquaTT, I worked in a support science role for an international training programme (POGO Centre of Excellence at the Alfred Wegner Institute on Helgoland). My interests include science communication, knowledge management and the deep sea.


Jane Name: Jane Maher
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (EURASTiP, SIMBA)
Qualifications: PhD in Geography, MSc Environment and Development, BSc Environmental Science and Health
Background: I recently completed a PhD in geography, which focused on climate change adaptation and gender relations in Malawi. I have an academic background in environmental science and geography. Prior to joining AquaTT, I previously worked on FP-7 and EPA-funded projects focusing on environmental change and governance.


Avril new Name: Avril Hanbidge
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (ERGO, GENIALG)
Qualifications: MSc Applied Environmental Science, BSc Environmental Biology
Background: I qualified from University College Dublin in 2014, and my research focussed on freshwater ecology. I have previously worked in water resources research, natural resource management and most recently in conservation project management for Parks Victoria, Australia. 


rebecca Name: Rebecca Doyle
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (BIOCON-CO2, AQUAEXCEL2020)
Qualifications: B.Sc. Zoology; M.Sc. Wildlife Conservation and Management
Background: I qualified from University College Dublin in 2013. Part of my research focused on a freshwater invasive species. I have experience in native woodland conservation, environmental outreach and food waste in the seafood sector. I also worked for a short period with sea turtles in the Caribbean.


Georgia new Name: Georgia Bayliss-Brown
Nationality: British
Position: Senior Knowledge Transfer Officer (INvertebrateIT, ASSEMBLE Plus)
Qualifications: MSc Environmental Management and Assessment, BSc Environmental Sciences
Background: With an academic background in marine climate change and 10 years’ experience in international science project management, I specialise in generating impact from research through targeted knowledge transfer to science, policy, industry and society.


Keegan new Name: Keegan Porter
Nationality: American
Position: Knowledge Transfer and Impact Officer, Communications Officer (EuroMarine)
Qualifications: MSc Environmental Policy
Background: Before retraining in environmental policy, I worked as a military communications officer and a logistics and technical specifications assessor, and I am experienced in transferring technical knowledge to non-technical audiences. My MSc thesis looked at the perception of marine science and regulations among fishing communities.

Peadar new Name: Peadar Ó Raifeartaigh
Nationality: Irish
Position: Communications Officer
Qualifications: MSc Science Communication, BSc Neuroscience
Background: Before pursuing science communication professionally, my previous roles included work as an anti-money laundering analyst, and as an English language teacher at a Polish high school. My MSc thesis focused on barriers to effective public engagement on the EU-funded NERRI Project.

Nicola Name: Nicola Nolan
Nationality: Irish
Position: Finance / Administration Officer
Background: Joined AquaTT after 12 years in RCPI working in Finance as Accounts Assistant and managing creditor ledger/AP. Previously worked with Arnotts Plc in the internal Audit Office, so have gained lots of experience supporting senior management in various aspects of financial administration, reporting and auditing.


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