Our Board Members

The Board of BIM comprises six directors, including a Chairperson appointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Our Board determines BIM’s programmes in the context of EU and national policies and oversees their implementation.

Chairperson Pending Appointment



Lisa Vaughan

Lisa Vaughan is a management consultant and executive coach. Lisa has 20 years of public and private sector experience working with Boards, CEOs, senior teams and co-investors on strategies for growth, funding, leadership and organisational development. Lisa also chairs the Board of Dress for Success a non-profit organization assisting people returning to the workforce and is a member of the Insitute of Directors.

Jean Callanan

Jean Callanan is a marketeer who has held significant international marketing roles including Global Brand Manager for Unilever’s Magnum ice cream. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the food and drink sector, with a proven track record in adding value to food products.

As Founder and CEO of Momenta Hub Jean works with clients in Ireland and Internationally to gain the momentum and energy that come from developing a compelling vision and a clear strategy.

Jean is Chair of the board of Irish Hospice Foundation.

Marie Gleeson

Marie Gleeson is the founder and Managing Director of  NavMar Leadership which provides bespoke Leadership Consultancy, Coaching and keynote speaker services. She is also an Associate Consultant with Ingenium Training and Consulting. Marie is a former Senior Officer in the Irish Navy and commanded the LE AOIFE at sea in addition to completing UN service in Chad during her twenty year career.

She has extensive Human Resource Management and leadership experience working with multi-disciplinary teams at all levels. She also has unique maritime experience in crisis management, risk management and mitigation, decision making, and aligning public policy with strategy development and direction.

She is a member of the Board of Youth Work Ireland Tipperary and previously served two terms on the Research Ethics Committee of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Marie is a member of the Institute of Directors, the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

George Golden

George Golden has been involved in the seafood business for over four decades in Co. Mayo. His shellfish company, Carrowholly Shellfish Limited, is based in Westport and was incorporated in 1980. The company deals in a wide range of species including mussels, oysters, winkles, lobsters and clams, with established markets in France, Spain and The Netherlands.


George has strong ties with Mayo GAA, having won an All-Ireland for his county in 1978, as a Minor U21 and was involved in the management of the team in later years.

Bill Deasy


Bill (William) Deasy has been involved in the Irish Seafood Industry for over six decades.

A fisherman all his life, Bill operated whitefish and shellfish vessels out of Union Hall, Co Cork and established a thriving family business, which includes DC Fish, a supplier of frozen at sea prawns to retail and foodservice.

As one of Union Hall’s community leaders and organisers of the community response team to the Tit Bonhomme tragedy in 2012, Bill was awarded the Marine Ministerial letter of Appreciation for Meritorious Service for his dedication, professionalism, humanity and compassion, in providing invaluable assistance to the search and rescue operation; and the Community of Union Hall were honoured with a Marine Meritorious Service Medal for their selfless and dedicated response to the search and rescue operation.

A lifelong advocate of safety at sea, Bill continues his commitment to this cause, in order to ensure current and future generations can work safely in the seafood industry, and now holds the role of Station Master of the RNLI Union Hall Lifeboat station.