|Role||Seedcorn Judge 2019|
Gillian Buckley CDir is the Investment Manager with the Western Development Commission. She has over 25 years’ experience in investing, managing and advising SMEs across a broad range of sectors. She brought the WDC Investment Fund from its concept to reality, negotiating both the original €32m exchequer allocation with the Irish Government, and the legislative framework for its operation. Gillian devised the Evergreen Strategy which has allowed the Fund to become self-financing since 2010 and she has overseen the investment of over €55m in almost 200 SME, community and micro enterprises. She has served, or still serves, on a number of portfolio companies as either a director or observer, including Loci Orthopaedics, HookeBio, Stamford Devices t/a Aerogen, Selc Ireland, Cambus Medical and Neuravi,. She is also a director of the Irish Venture Capital Association and a member of the European Venture Capital Association. And a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.