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The Team

Our policy has been to build an experienced and multidisciplinary team of experts from different backgrounds. Our team’s expertise includes: scientific research, teaching, business, communications and project management.


Name: David Murphy 
Nationality: British
Position: General Manager
Qualifications: BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography
Background: I have worked at AquaTT since 2000, and head up AquaTT’s dynamic multi-disciplinary team to help bridge the gap between science and society.


Laura Name: Laura Richardson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Operations Manager
Qualifications: FCCA, IEMBA
Background: Professional Accountant with diverse practical experience across multiple sectors with a demonstrable record of achievement in driving commercial success in complex organisations. Experience in Multinational organisations, Health and Education sector at senior level.


Marieke Name: Marieke Reuver
Nationality: Dutch
Position: Programme Manager
Qualifications: MSc Animal Sciences, specialising in animal production systems
Background: I worked as an Education Assistant at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) and as a consultant at FAO (Italy).


Olivia Name: Olivia Daly 
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Project Manager
Qualifications: BA Mod Environmental Science
Background: Since joining AquaTT in 2007, I have worked on a portfolio of projects funded under Interreg, Lifelong Learning Programme, Framework Programme 7, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.


Olga Name: Olga Ormond
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Project Manager (CSA-Industry4.E)
Qualifications: B.Eng Telecommunications Engineering, PhD Network Performance
Background: Experienced Project Manager, Engineer and Research Fellow


Annette new photo Name: Annette Wilson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (ATLAS, SEAFOODTOMORROW)
Qualifications: PhD (Oceanography), BSc (Marine Science)
Background: My academic background is in Oceanography/Marine Biogeochemistry. Before joining AquaTT, I worked in a support science role for an international training programme (POGO Centre of Excellence at the Alfred Wegner Institute on Helgoland). My interests include science communication, knowledge management and the deep sea.


Jane Name: Jane Maher
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (EURASTiP, SIMBA)
Qualifications: PhD in Geography, MSc Environment and Development, BSc Environmental Science and Health
Background: I recently completed a PhD in geography, which focused on climate change adaptation and gender relations in Malawi. I have an academic background in environmental science and geography. Prior to joining AquaTT, I previously worked on FP-7 and EPA-funded projects focusing on environmental change and governance.


Avril new Name: Avril Hanbidge
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (ERGO, GENIALG)
Qualifications: MSc Applied Environmental Science, BSc Environmental Biology
Background: I qualified from University College Dublin in 2014, and my research focussed on freshwater ecology. I have previously worked in water resources research, natural resource management and most recently in conservation project management for Parks Victoria, Australia. 


rebecca Name: Rebecca Doyle
Nationality: Irish
Position: Project Officer (BIOCON-CO2, EMPORIA4KT, AQUAEXCEL2020)
Qualifications: B.Sc. Zoology; M.Sc. Wildlife Conservation and Management
Background: I qualified from University College Dublin in 2013. Part of my research focused on a freshwater invasive species. I have experience in native woodland conservation, environmental outreach and food waste in the seafood sector. I also worked for a short period with sea turtles in the Caribbean.


Georgia new Name: Georgia Bayliss-Brown
Nationality: British
Position: Senior Knowledge Transfer Officer (ASSEMBLE Plus)
Qualifications: MSc Environmental Management and Assessment, BSc Environmental Sciences
Background: With an academic background in marine climate change and 10 years’ experience in international science project management, I specialise in generating impact from research through targeted knowledge transfer to science, policy, industry and society.


Keegan new Name: Keegan Porter
Nationality: American
Position: Knowledge Transfer and Impact Officer, Communications Officer (EuroMarine, RevivED water)
Qualifications: MSc Environmental Policy
Background: Before retraining in environmental policy, I worked as a military communications officer and a logistics and technical specifications assessor, and I am experienced in transferring technical knowledge to non-technical audiences. My MSc thesis looked at the perception of marine science and regulations among fishing communities.


Peadar new Name: Peadar Ó Raifeartaigh
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Communications Officer
Qualifications: MSc Science Communication, BSc Neuroscience
Background: Before pursuing science communication professionally, my previous roles included work as an anti-money laundering analyst, and as an English language teacher at a Polish high school. My MSc thesis focused on barriers to effective public engagement on the EU-funded NERRI Project.


Sarah Sept2020 Name: Sarah Sarsfield
Nationality: Irish
Position: Communications Project Officer
Qualifications: BA (Mod) Zoology and MSc in Management

With a BA in Zoology and a MSc in Management, I have worked as a science communicator in several national institutions including Dublin Zoo, the National Museum of Ireland and RTE. My areas of interest include sustainability, conservation and stakeholder engagement.



Sive Name: Sive Finlay
Nationality: Irish
Position: Communications Manager
Qualifications: BA (Mod) Zoology and MSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Background: I am a research communicator with experience of delivering diverse science communications and engagement activities in an international environment. My previous roles include leading communications for the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA, Amsterdam) and research engagement activities for Cancer Research UK (Manchester and Cardiff centres). 


Lisa Name: Lisa Johnson
Nationality: Irish
Position: Senior Project Manager (EPA Research Programme)
Qualifications: MSc Atmospheric Sciences, BSc Environmental Science
Background: I am an environmental scientist with particular interests in meteorology, marine science and sustainable blue economic growth.  I have 20 years’ experience in the scientific research and higher education sector, specialising in research impact acceleration, stakeholder engagement and strategic project and change management.