Meet the Board

We are lucky to have an extraordinary group of highly experienced people behind us

Chairman

Dick Milliken (Chair)

Mr. Milliken is a former CFO of the Almac Group and CEO Lamont plc. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mr. Milliken serves as a director of Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank, Ryanair Holdings Plc and a number of private companies. Mr. Milliken is a graduate of Queens University Belfast, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a former Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Bank of Ireland.

Board

Jane Davies OBE
Director and Business Leader

Bonnie Deane OBE
CEO Bristol & Bath Science Park

Philip Gilliland
Managing Partner Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors

Professor Patrick G Johnston
President and Vice-Chancellor Queens University Belfast

Professor Paddy Nixon
Vice-Chancellor Ulster University

James O’Kane
Registrar and Chief Operating Officer Queen’s University Belfast

Des Speed
CEO Path XL

Stephen Wray
Director, Deloitte Digital

Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Ulster University

Senior Management Team

Dr Norman Apsley, OBE

Dr Norman Apsley, OBE

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Norman Apsley has steered Catalyst Inc since 2000, when he became our first Chief Executive. He had returned from England where he was involved for some thirty years in applied research and the commercialisation of research. Norman’s career spans academia, government bodies and corporations, where his wide contribution to science and economic development earned him an OBE in 2012.

Philip Maguire

Philip Maguire

Director of Finance & Administration

Philip Maguire has been responsible for all of the finance, administration and company secretarial duties for Catalyst Inc’s portfolio of properties and entrepreneurial programmes since joining in 2007.

Philip has been a Finance Director at eircom, the telecoms incumbent in the Republic of Ireland, and the O’Kane Group of companies, the poultry processing and food distribution business. He has a degree from University College Dublin and is a chartered accountant.

Steve Orr

Steve Orr

Director

Steve graduated from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle in 1994 with a degree in Business Information Technology. For the following six years Steve worked in Buckinghamshire, San Diego and San Francisco for S.Com Ltd and S.Com Inc. In 2000, Steve co-founded Kineticom, Inc a San Diego, California based technical talent firm. In 2006 Kineticom was ranked #33 on the Inc 500, the list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US.

Bored with perfect weather and missing the craic, Steve has now returned to his roots and hopes to focus the rest of his career on helping to create an advantage for new ventures and entrepreneurs from Northern Ireland.

Dr Joanne Stuart, OBE

Dr Joanne Stuart, OBE

Director of Development

Joanne is responsible for the development of strategic relationships to support the growth of the Knowledge Economy in Northern Ireland. Since returning to NI in 2005, she has been active in the area of economic development and championing STEAM subjects amongst the region’s younger generation. A former Chairman of IoD NI, Joanne has over 25 years’ experience working in the IT industry, including nine years with the Oracle Corporation.

Mervyn Watley

Mervyn Watley

Director of Corporate Real Estate & Facilities

Mervyn's role involves the management of the Catalyst Inc Real Estate’s 25-acre estate at Titanic Quarter Belfast, 3 acre site at Fort George in Londonderry and the recent Mid-East Antrim campus in Ballymena. Responsible for providing and managing the physical environment for around 150 companies including blue-chip ones like Citi,DOW, HP, IBM, Kana, Microsoft and SAP. Responsibilities also include capital development, lease management and facilities management.

Alan Watts

Alan Watts

Director

Since graduating with a First as an engineer from Queen’s University Belfast, Alan has co-founded successful tech companies and invested as a business angel. He was General Manager of Mindready NI before joining Catalyst Inc as Halo Director in 2009, in which time Halo has grown to over 150 angels and investors. Alan has twice been elected as Vice President and Trustee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is married with two daughters. In his spare time Alan is an experienced windsurfer who is systematically trying to break every bone in his body.