Seedcorn Judge

Gillian Buckley

Name Gillian Buckley
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.