DTNI Board

Liam O'Hagan
Director MedPro Scientific Ltd

Liam O’Hagan is a chartered engineer and a graduate in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University Belfast.  

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare and Environmental Management, a Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, and a Member of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland.  

Liam joined a consulting engineering practice in 1978 as a design engineer, and went on to become the managing director and chairman of this international practice of consulting engineers, with twelve offices located worldwide. He has been involved with many notable building successes in Ireland, United Kingdom, Romania, Poland, Russia, Nigeria, Libya, USA, and the Middle East.  

He has a special interest in sustainability and, in particular, Net Zero buildings. 

Liam is Chair of Grow the Glens CIC Ltd, a community organisation set up to foster employment and employability in the Glens of Antrim area. He is a Director of MedPro Scientific, and is currently engaged in a consultancy role in Greenview Group driving business development. 

Eddie McGoldrick
Director The Electric Storage Company

Eddie is an acknowledged utilities subject-matter expert with over 40 years’ experience, an experienced senior director, and a business consultant. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, and holds a BA in Business and Finance, a Pg Dip in Computing & Information Systems, and an MSc in Executive Leadership.   

Eddie is a co-founder of a leading green tech company, responsible for the vision and strategic direction of The Electric Storage Company, the leading smart battery company in Ireland. The company was set up to bring cheaper, cleaner, and smarter electricity to domestic and commercial customers across Ireland, Great Britain, and the EU. 

Margaret Patterson-McMahon
CEO Townsend Enterprise Park

Margaret has been involved with the Townsend Enterprise Park Ltd for eleven years.

Her experience working in the field of enterprise and business development spans 30 years, having driven change through both senior management roles and consulting in both the north and south of Ireland.  

She has developed and implemented strategies covering all major functions, including financial management, organisational development, marketing, and communications in addition to quality control systems.  

Most recently she led Townsend Enterprise Park to being awarded accreditation at silver level with Investors in People. 

She also is a trustee of the following Community Sports Network. 

Brian O'Neill
Director of Development and Enterprise, Enterprise North West

Brian is the Director of Development and Enterprise at Enterprise North West, a leading enterprise agency that specialises in business support, economic development and social enterprise development in the North West of Ireland.  

He previously worked for an American multinational engineering company, fulfilling a number of roles prior to joining Enterprise North West.  

Brian is actively involved in the economic development agenda across the North-West, and, to support ongoing wider engagement with enterprise stakeholders, he has held a number of strategic positions within local, regional, and national bodies and organisations. These include being the North West representative on the Northern Ireland Social Enterprise Stakeholder Steering Group, Co-Chair and Member of the DCSDC Community Plan ‘Entrepreneurship and Enterprise’ Thematic Group, and member of the Business Engagement Panel for Derry City and Strabane. 

As an experienced business consultant, Brian specialises in business planning and strategy, social enterprise, coaching, entrepreneurship, governance, strategic planning and partnership working. He has a wide range of experience working on boards, and he is currently a voluntary member of the board of directors of two local social enterprises, as well as being a current member of the Governing Body of the North West Regional College.

Nigel Kinnaird
Property Director

Nigel qualified as a chartered surveyor in London in 1987. He is Property Director for Alburn, a private company with significant interests in Ireland and the UK. Prior to this he was Investment Director at Dunloe Ewart plc.

Prior to his involvement with DTNI, Nigel was independent chair of the Colin Neighbourhood Partnership which is responsible for neighbourhood renewal in outer west Belfast.

Nigel is married with four children and lives in Co. Down.

stephen mcclelland
Senior Social Enterprise Executive, Newry and Mourne Co-operative and Enterprise Agency

Stephen is an experienced Senior Business Development Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. He is skilled and experienced in social enterprise, business planning, coaching, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and partnership working.

Stephen is a strong business professional with an honours degree in psychology, a postgraduate diploma in Management Studies, and is a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in International Business from University of Ulster.

He has 40 years of experience in the community and voluntary sector, and 15 years of public sector senior management experience. For the last 20 years he has managed and delivered social enterprise support for the sector on behalf of Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency. Stephen has managed the Invest NI Community Business Start-Up and Social​ Entrepreneurship Programmes in the Southern Region, Newry LSP’s social enterprise programme, the Department for Communities South Eastern Social Enterprise Hub, and Newry Mourne and Down District Council’s social enterprise programme. 

Stephen has provided consultancy support to numerous private sector businesses under the Start a Business, Tradelinks and Leader Rural Development Programmes.

Stephen has a wide range of experience working on the boards of a number of social enterprises and community based organisations, and represents NMEA on various DEA and community planning fora.

Andy Tough
CEO Inspire Business Centre

Andy is CEO at Inspire Business Centre Ltd,  an enterprise agency based in Dundonald.

Having graduated from Paisley University in 1983, Andy practiced in Glasgow and Edinburgh, qualifying as a chartered surveyor in 1986 before moving to Northern Ireland in 1988.  

He is a Voluntary Lead Trustee (Property) at St John’s Ambulance NI, where his role is to provide assistance and guidance in regard to all property related matters. 

Andy is an experienced and accredited expert witness, and has appeared in this capacity at the Lands Tribunal for Northern Ireland.

In addition Andy is also a Member of the approved list of Arbitrators and Independent Experts held by the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Great Britain. 

Andy is a Lay Member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Bar of Northern Ireland and also sits on the Law Society of Scotland, Rules, Waivers and Guidance sub-committee 

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