The Queen's University of Belfast Foundation


Mr Thomas Lynch, Chairman

Tom graduated from Queen’s with a BSc in Economics in 1978 and is a former President of the Students’ Union. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and became a Partner in 1990. Tom is Chairman of ChronTech Pharma AB, ICON plc, Molecular Medicine Ireland and the Dublin Academic Medical Centre. He serves as a Director of GW Pharma plc, and is also a former Chairman and CEO of Amarin Corporation plc. Directorships have included IDA Ireland, Pembroke Capital, Nanogen Inc and Warner Chilcott (founded by Tom, the company was acquired by Galen).

Dr Sheila O'Malley Fuchs

Sheila is an officer and serves on the Board of Directors of The American Ireland Fund.  She is also an officer and director of the Irish Georgian Society, Inc.  She has served on the boards of American Ballet Theatre, Stonehill College, Ashford Castle Hotel and Resort and The Women’s Campaign Fund. She and her husband own and operate Rockfleet Broadcasting, Inc, a group of small market television stations in the United States. She started her career in marketing with Estée Lauder Company and was Vice President of Product Development at Revlon, Inc. She received a BA in Political Science from Marymount Manhattan College.  In 2007 Sheila received an Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s.

Mr Anthony Russell

Tony graduated from Queen’s in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering followed by a Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from The University of Leeds.  In 1968 he joined the consulting engineering firm Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners and was based in London before taking up assignments in Germany, Malaysia and Kenya.  A keen rugby player, he played in NI, England and for the Kenya national side in 1975.  In 1976 he joined Acres International, a global Canadian consulting engineering firm, working in Nepal and Lesotho for ten years before taking up a position in Toronto where he became a Director and Senior Vice President responsible for the firm’s transportation engineering practice. Upon the purchase of Acres in 2004 by the Hatch Group of companies, Tony became the Senior Vice President of Hatch Mott MacDonald responsible for the operation and development of the firm’s transportation practice in Central Canada.
In 2010 Tony was recognised as the Canadian Transportation Person of the Year for his leadership and advancement of the aviation, rail, transit and highway sectors of the transportation industry in Canada. Tony has served on the education advisory boards of community colleges in Ontario and on the board of the Sheridan Science and Technology Park, Canada’s premier industrial research community.  Although now retired he continues to provide advice on major infrastructure projects and otherwise divides his time between Toronto and Donegal.

Dr Edward Vernon, OBE

Ed graduated from Queen's University in 1981 with a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, in 1982 with an MSc in Electronic Engineering and worked in Queen’s Wolfson Unit. He co-founded B.I.C. Systems in 1984 which became a leading technology systems integration business which was acquired by BT plc in 2004. In 1997 he joined the board of the NI Software Industry Federation, held the position of Chairman in 1999 - 2000 and remained a board member until November 2004. In 1999 he led a Strategy Development Group which produced a landmark plan for development of the ICT sector in Northern Ireland. Ed received the British Computer Society IT Professional of the Year award in 2002, the Institute of Directors’ award of Excellence in 2005 and in the same year became an inaugural member of Invest Northern Ireland's Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. He is a former board member of Invest Northern Ireland, the IOD Northern Ireland Committee, the CBI Northern Ireland Council and former member of Matrix serving as Chair of the Matrix ICT Panel. He is Chair of the Riddel Hall Founders’ Club and was appointed to the board of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners in 2012. He is Chief Executive of Synetecs, Chairman of Macildowie and Strategic Advisor to BT Ireland and Assets Advisor to the Northern Ireland Executive. Ed was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012 in recognition of services to economic development.