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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: Worked at AquaTT since 2000, and heads up AquaTT’s dynamic multi-disciplinary team to help bridge the gap between science and society.


Laura Richardson Name: Laura Richardson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Operations Manager
Qualifications: FCCA, IEMBA
Background: Professional Accountant with diverse experience across multiple sectors with a demonstrable record of achievement in driving commercial success in complex organisations.


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


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


Avril new Name: Avril Hanbidge
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (ERGO, EURION, ASSEMBLE Plus)
Qualifications: MSc Applied Environmental Science, BSc Environmental Biology
Background: Worked in water resources research, natural resource management and most recently in conservation project management for Parks Victoria, Australia. 


Keegan Porter Name: Keegan Porter
Nationality: American
Position: Knowledge Transfer and Impact Officer,  (EMPORIA4KT, PerformFish, TechOceanS)
Qualifications: MSc Environmental Policy
Background: Worked as a military communications officer and a logistics and technical specifications assessor, experienced in transferring technical knowledge to non-technical audiences.


Peadar O Raifeartaigh Name: Peadar Ó Raifeartaigh
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Communications Officer
Qualifications: MSc Science Communication, BSc Neuroscience
Background: Worked as an anti-money laundering analyst, and as an English language teacher. Research work focused on barriers to effective public engagement on the EU-funded NERRI Project.


Sarah Name: Sarah Sarsfield
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (SIMBA, BIOCON C02)
Qualifications: BA (Mod) Zoology and MSc in Management
Background: Worked as a science communicator in several national institutions including Dublin Zoo, the National Museum of Ireland and RTE. Areas of interest include sustainability, conservation and stakeholder engagement.


Sive Finlay Name: Sive Finlay
Nationality: Irish
Position: Communications Manager
Qualifications: BA (Mod) Zoology and MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Background: Previous roles include leading communications for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement and research engagement activities for Cancer Research UK. 

EBG Name: Emma Bello Gomez
Nationality: Spanish
Position: Executive Director (EuroMarine)
Qualifications: (Msc) Development Cooperation and Project Management, (MSc) Coastal Zone Evaluation and Management 
Background: Work package leader in several H2020/FP7 projects many of which are focused on aquaculture. Worked in several companies in Spain, Ireland, Belgium and France both in securing funding and managing projects.