Bernard Collins, Chairman of the Board
Bernard Collins brings HeartSine® more than 30 years of international general management and multi-functional experience. He currently holds 11 directorships on the boards of a variety of healthcare and biomed companies.
Declan O’Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer
Declan O’Mahoney is an entrepreneur with extensive international experience in the high technology sector. Most recently, he was the chief executive officer of Firecomms, a global leader in the provision of fiber optic solutions and optical transceivers, leading it to become Ireland’s first high-tech company to be acquired by a Chinese corporation. As CEO at Firecomms (from 2002–2010), O’Mahoney attracted major investments from Irish, European and Japanese venture capitalists and strategic partners. He also led the expansion of the company’s business to a global marketplace, particularly in the automotive, communications and medical device markets. From 1992–2002, O’Mahoney was co-founder and president of Northstar Systems, Inc., which provides custom design and manufacturing services for computing, consumer electronics, etc., with facilities in Silicon Valley, China, Europe and Taiwan.
Debbie Rennick’s expertise is in corporate finance with a focus on software, medical technology and media. She joined ACT Venture Capital in 1995 and is a graduate of University College Dublin with a degree in Civil Law. She also holds a Diploma in Professional Accounting and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Aidan Langan is CEO of Enterprise Equity Fund Management (NI) Limited. He is a Chartered Engineer by background. Following three years developing the Industrial Development Board’s operations in the Far East, he returned to Northern Ireland in 1992, where he was responsible for a number of the IDB’s more significant inward investment projects. He has 10 years of experience in the venture capital industry in Northern Ireland and joined Enterprise Equity in 2004. He sits on the boards of a number of portfolio companies.
Albert Sherrard, OBE
In a career with Tyco International spanning almost 34 years, Albert Sherrard held a succession of increasingly senior appointments in the Tyco Healthcare division, culminating in that of Vice President, Manufacturing, Europe with responsibility for 17 plants in eight European countries. Sherrard was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the Healthcare Industry in Queen’s Birthday Honours List, June 1996. Since his retirement in 2004, he acts as consultant to the medical device industry in Ireland. Recently, he was a member of the Investment Northern Ireland International Life Sciences Panel and, in October 2006, became Chairman of BioBusiness Northern Ireland, a business association for the biotechnology and health technology sector in Northern Ireland.
Chief Technical Officer, Dymphna Donaghy, is a seasoned engineering and business professional having held senior management positions in a variety of sectors. Prior to joining HeartSine, Donaghy spent more than 15 years in the medical device industry working for multinationals such as Boston Scientific, and for entrepreneurial startup companies in various technical roles. Dymphna held the position of VP of R&D at her first startup, Labcoat Ltd. a drug coating stent technology company, where she enabled its acquisition by building the technical organization and developed the technology/product portfolio.
Donaghy is a Chartered Engineer with the IEE and holds an MBA.