Meet Our Team

In January 2021, NACEC appointed Siobhán Finn as its National Hub Network Manager with responsibility for the implementation of NACEC’s Regional Transformation Plan and Strategy.

To delivery this, Siobhán works closely with the enterprise community and hub network nationally to devise and deliver focused and targeted initiatives, driving balanced regional growth and promoting sustainable communities across our cities and regions.

Siobhán’s post is funded by Enterprise Ireland under the 2019 Regional Enterprise Fund (RED F3).

Our Board members

NACEC – the National Association for Community Enterprise Centres – is a Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered company number 644493).  NACEC CLG is overseen by an Executive Board of Directors drawn from across the regions.

Gary O Meara

National Chairperson

A native of Dublin, Gary now lives in Co Meath. Gary is CEO of Meath Enterprise and Managing Director of the Boyne Valley Food Innovation District. Gary has served as National Chairperson of NACEC since 2018, having been member since 2015.

Gary holds an Honours Degree in Business Administration & Management from the Technological University Dublin; a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management from the Institute of Public Administration and a Masters in Leadership & Strategy from the National University of Ireland (UCD).

Gary has studied Entrepreneurship with Harvard University & Ecosystem Development with MIT Sloan, along with holding a range of additional awards across a number of management fields. Gary has over 25 years experience managing, developing and leading businesses across multiple sectors and has started, scaled and exited a number of businesses in the course of his career.

Niamh Costello

Vice Chairperson

A native of Cavan, Niamh has lived in Galway since the 2002. Niamh is Chief Executive of CREW (Creative Enterprise West) and is Vice Chairperson of NACEC, having been a member of NACEC since 2013.  Niamh holds a BA (Honours) from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. 

Niamh has a wealth of entrepreneurial, business and industry experience, following seven years as General Manager of the Galway Technology Centre. She is also a founding member of Galway City Innovation District, whose first building is the high profile Portershed.

Niamh also previously served as a Director with both Galway Chamber and Network Galway.

Sarah Daly

Treasurer

Living in Blackrock, Co. Louth, Sarah Daly is Executive Director of Creative Spark and has served as Treasurer of NACEC since 2014, having been a member of NACEC since 2012.

Sarah holds an Honours Masters Degree in Social Practice for the Creative Environment from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT); a BA in Fine Art from Limerick School of Art and Design from LIT; and also holds a Diploma in Management Coaching and Mentoring from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Experienced in business development for SMEs, mentoring and facilitation, Sarah has a keen interest in community development and engagement through creative practice.

Michael Smyth

A native of Co. Meath, Michael now lives in Galway. Michael is CEO of SCCUL Enterprises and has been an active member of NACEC since 2015. Michael holds an Executive MBA and a Masters in Strategic Marketing – both from National University of Ireland, Galway.

Michael has worked with SCCUL Enterprises CLG since 2014 and his passion lies in supporting communities to prosper by finding innovative supports, structures and services to assist in this pursuit.

Ann Treanor

Ann Treanor is Operations and Business Development Manager with Enterprising Monaghan and has been an active member of NACEC since 2012.

Ann graduated from Athlone Institute of Technology with a Degree in Business, Finance & Community Development.  Ann has vast experience in enterprise development, people management, operations, finance and event management.  

Breanndán Casey

A native of Co Meath, Breanndán Casey is the Innovation & Enterprise Manager at the Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda and has been an active member of NACEC since 2014. Breanndán holds the Graduateship from the Marketing Institute of Ireland; a Higher Diploma in Business and Small Enterprise Supprt and a Professional Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership.

Breanndán was the first employee when The Mill was established in 2014 and has overseen its growth in the past seven years, including the doubling in size of its building and the creation of numerous startup support programmes. The Mill currently houses 35 companies including startups, scaling companies and emergent FDI businesses.

Over the last 20 years, Breanndán has worked across economic development agencies in both the public and private sectors with a particular focus on small enterprise support.