Breda O’Dwyer | Manager
Breda O’Dwyer(BBS, MBA, NCEE Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Harvard University Certificate in Problem Based Learning, studying for a PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster). She leads and manages the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development at the IT Tralee. Breda has designed and implemented multiple entrepreneurship programmes for different cohorts including post graduates and post doctoral students. She has worked in both the private and public sector with business start-ups. Breda is a key member of the executive group pioneering entrepreneurship in the Kerry region. She was a member of a national expert panel tasked with designing the national third level guidelines for entrepreneurial universities and Institutes and also contributed to the development to the European Entrepreneurship Educational guidelines.
Breda has research interests in the areas of creative problem solving, innovation, the entrepreneurial mindset and data management and analytics. She has written and published case studies in entrepreneurship with colleagues, which included an award winning case study. Her research to date has led to co-authored publications in the area of entrepreneurship education and mentorship. Breda is currently supervising 5 master research students in the area of entrepreneurship along with studying her own PhD. She is a director of a family business with operations in the retail, property development, construction and civil engineering sectors. Breda is a member of the board of directors of both profit and non-profit making organisations.
Catherine Keane | Administrator
Catherine currently holds the position of Administrator at the Tom Crean Business Centre. Catherine is responsible for Administration and client support on a day to day basis. A graduate in Office Information Systems from the Institute of Technology Tralee, Catherine has over 15 years experience in various Administration roles e.g. Accounts Payable, Sales & Customer Service, Purchasing, Finance & Personal assistant.
Dr Colm O’Doherty | Lecturer
Colm is a Lecturer in Applied Social Studies at IT Tralee. He began his professional career as a social worker in Coventry and developed a family support service in the inner city there. After leaving Coventry Social Services he worked as a social worker and manager in West Wales and Cork City and County where he continued his involvement in family support and community development practice.
Anne Looney | Marketing and Enterprise Officer
Anne is currently Marketing & Enterprise Officer at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, with responsibility for the development, implementation and monitoring of IT, Tralee marketing activities. Her enterprise remit includes management of the New Frontiers (Enterprise Ireland) Entrepreneur Programme and the on campus incubation centre the Tom Crean Business Centre.
Anne also engages in collaborative initiatives with enterprise development companies and state agencies to drive the County Kerry enterprise agenda.