Our Board Members

The Board of BIM comprises six directors, including a Chairman 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.


Kieran Calnan

Mr. Kieran Calnan’s former CEO, of South Western Services (SWS) Limited, a highly successful company that was based in West Cork, which provided Business processing outsourcing services to a long and varied list of blue chip clients in the food and drink, media, banking, telecommunications, retail and energy sectors. As senior manager of the company for 25 years culminating in his appointment as Chief Executive in 1996, Mr. Calnan oversaw the diversification of SWS from a single service provider (agricultural services) to a multi-service company that included Renewables, Business Process Outsourcing, Forestry and Business Services. The energy business was subsequently sold to Bord Gais in 2009 for a consideration in excess of €500 million.

Mr. Calnan played an active role in promoting the award winning West Cork Fuschia brand (aimed at marketing quality products including seafood from the West Cork area) during its formative years. Kieran has also been responsible for driving job creation and revenue to the West Cork region through the development of a state of the art Business/Technology Park culminating in upwards of 1,000 people currently employed on the site.

Kieran is a member of the Advisory Committee of the UCC ‘Ignite’ programme, an initiative that aims to promote entrepreneurship in the Munster region and also a Director/Shareholder of a U.S. company, Lakeview Energy, who are involved in renewable fuel.

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.