People at Meath Enterprise – Meet The Team

Gary O’Meara

Gary O’Meara – CEO Meath Enterprise

Gary has over 25 years’ experience managing, developing and leading businesses across multiple sectors from manufacturing, supply chain logistics, HR / recruitment, media advertising, marketing, public relations, digital media, community & social enterprise, facilities management, event management and regional enterprise development. He has started, scaled and exited a number of businesses and has experience managing a wide variety of projects for commercial and non-profit organisations in Ireland, UK and the USA.

 

He holds an Hons Degree in Business Administration & Management from the Technological University Dublin, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Administration and Government Management from the Institute of Public Administration and a Masters in Leadership & Strategy from the National University of Ireland (UCD). He also holds various qualifications Project Management, Finance, Public Relations, Digital Media Production and has studied Entrepreneurship with Harvard University & Ecosystem Development with MIT Sloan.

Gary is a serial volunteer who dedicates a large proportion of time, passion and energy to supporting local sports associations, community & business groups and entrepreneurs and would be an active member of various local, regional & national boards, steering committee’s & working groups for same.

Connect with Gary on Linkedin – https://ie.linkedin.com/in/garyomeara

Susan Gleeson

Susan, a native and resident of Navan, joined the Meath Enterprise Centre as Office Administrator in June 2004 having worked in the Mission Education Department of the Missionary Society of St. Columban (Navan). Prior to that Susan had been employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and subsequently seconded to serve as Administrator to the Oireachas Committee on Overseas Development Aid in Leinster House for a period of two years. Following her secondment she then served overseas in the Irish Embassy in Beijing, China where she was part of a small Irish diplomatic team in China at the time. During this period she gained invaluable experience in all aspects of office procedures which now facilitates the smooth day to day running of the Meath Enterprise Centre office. Susan enjoys walking and jogging and enjoys partaking in her local Parkrun every Saturday morning as either a participant or volunteer.

Felicia Ogboru

Felicia joined the Meath Enterprise Centre as front of house receptionist in July 2015 under the JobBridge scheme, having worked as administrator/coach, human resources officer, public relations manager, and marketing officer at different stages of her life. She has developed excellent communication and interpersonal skills to promote positive working relationship, she also has exceptional ability to prioritise and juggle multiple tasks. She knows there is no single approach that works for everyone, so she continues to educate herself on customer service that works for each of his client’s individual needs.

She received her education at the Lagos State University with a master’s degree MBA (Human Resources) and Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria. She also has a certificate in Customer service from the open college Dublin. She is currently studying a Post Grad. diploma in Social Policy and Practice in Trinity College Dublin. Felicia is amiable, she also passionate about singing and dancing.

Ciarán Breslin

Ciarán joined Meath Enterprise in June 2016 in the role of Facilities Coordinator. A native and resident of Navan, Ciarán has experience of being self-employed as well as working in some large multinational companies. He is very passionate about his role in Meath Enterprise and is determined that both Centres and supporting events are coordinated as smoothly as possible. Ciarán likes to do the odd Ultra Cycle or Adventure Race in his spare time.

Helena Hughes

Helena Joined the Navan Enterprise Centre as the Food Innovation and Training Manager in January 2022. She has a B.Sc. degree in food science and new product development and has over 15 years’ experience working in new product development. She has worked as an assistant new product development manager in her previous role and has a proven track record of delivering projects and new product innovations in her career. She has a drive and passion for what she does. 

Her values are honesty, hard work and integrity. She believes that by applying these values to everyday life and in the work, she is involved with can create something very special.

Helena was born, reared and still lives in Bailieborough in Co Cavan, the daughter of a local farmer. It’s no surprise that she developed a passion for food and food agri. Growing up on a farm you appreciate food and the hard work and the dedication that goes into producing it. One of her fondest memories was visiting the local creamery as a child delivering the milk and that’s were her passion for science and food first developed.

Her hobbies are Pilates and walks in the local parks.

Grace O’Reilly

The foundations of Grace O’Reilly’s entity are based on her 5th generation farming background. During Grace’s studies at University College Dublin, she developed a burning desire to work within the food and drinks industry and majored in Agricultural Science in Animal and Crop Production. After graduating in 2015 she secured her first position as an agronomist with Minch Malt. She managed the malting barley supply chain in the midlands as the area agronomist which comprised of 120 contracted growers while also facilitating two technical discussion groups for the Department of Agriculture. In 2018 Grace joined Glanbia to develop a technical sales service as Business Manager in the southeast. After working with the largest coop in Ireland, Grace took on the challenge of joining a start-up drinks company, Waterford Distillery, with the ethos of provenance and 100% Irish. The award-winning Waterford Distillery brand is now known globally.

Grace enjoys country life alongside her parents, on their sheep and suckler-to-beef farm in north Meath.

Conor Cogan

Conor Cogan is Project Manager with Meath Enterprise. Conor is a successful entrepreneur with extensive experience of starting and scaling a business. Conor holds a BSc in Experimental Physics and Biology and an MSc in Design Innovation from Maynooth University.