Sean Finlay – Director
Sean Finlay graduated in Geology from UCD in 1971; he also holds a Diploma in Management for Engineers from TCD. Sean worked on many aspects of the Tara Mines zinc-lead development at Navan, Co. Meath, before working on gold exploration and mining projects in the Former Soviet Union, Ghana and Mali. He was later involved in several major infrastructure projects in Ireland including energy, waste management and quarry projects. He has been Business Development Director of Geoscience Ireland since 2012.
Sean is a former President of the Irish Mining & Quarrying Society and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Irish Engineering.
Andrew Gaynor – Business Development Manager
Andrew Gaynor is Business Development Manager for Geoscience Ireland (a part of Geological Survey Ireland) with responsibility for identifying overseas commercial opportunities for Irish companies in the natural resources, infrastructure and environment sectors.
He holds an MSc in Sustainable Development (Dublin Institute of Technology) and completed his dissertation on Social Licence to Operate in the context of Irish public policy; he also holds a degree in economics, finance and geography (BA, National University Ireland Maynooth).
Andrew is also Executive Secretary at the Irish Mining and Quarrying Society and sits on the Causeway Ireland Scotland Business Exchange Committee.
Stephen D. Walsh – Senior Market Advisor
Stephen Walsh MIPI AIED provides business development consultancy services for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Geological Survey Ireland on its ‘Geoscience Ireland’ business cluster which assists Irish companies in accessing overseas markets. Stephen is also a Director of Panacea Research, a geospatial planning consultancy which specialises in the provision of planning and grid application related market intelligence. He has also worked on European Commission funded research relating to the sustainable energy transition and smart cities.
Stephen holds Corporate Membership of the Irish Planning Institute and Associate Membership of the Institute of Economic Development. In addition, he sits on the Energy and Environment Committee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce.
Jessica Allen – Market Advisor
Jessica is responsible for identifying and tracking market intel and commercial tender opportunities in the 50+ overseas markets in which Geoscience Ireland Member Companies target.
Jessica’s professional experience to date includes working with major corporates and financial institutions.