Our Team

Gillian Buckley is the WDC’s Investment Manager. 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 herself devised the Evergreen Strategy which has allowed the Fund to become self-financing since 2010 and she has overseen the investment of over €44m in 122 SME, community and micro enterprises. She has served, or still serves, on a number of portfolio companies as either a director or observer, including Stamford Devices t/a Aerogen, Selc Ireland, Cambus Medical, Marvao Medical, Neuravi, and Capsos Medical. She is also a director of the Irish Venture Capital Association and a member of the European Venture Capital Association.

Geraldine McLoughlin is a chartered accountant who joined the WDC in 2001 as an Investment Executive. She has over 25 years’ experience of working in both the private and public sector. She received her accountancy training with Deloitte & Touche and has previously worked with Bank of Ireland Asset Management and Multis Ltd, an SME based in Galway City.

Since joining the WDC, Geraldine has been responsible for investing in dozens of SMEs and community enterprises across all sectors. She has served, or still serves, on a number of portfolio companies as either a director or observer, including Ansamed (acquired by Vention), Proxy Biomedical, Propylon, Amatach, and FMC-Tech (acquired by GE).

Jonathon Kavanagh is a qualified chartered accountant with 15 years experience working in the areas of Corporate Finance, Banking and Venture Capital. Jonathon advised many businesses while working in audit and corporate finance at top ten accounting firms prior to managing the finance function for a start-up company. He then moved to AIB where he took up a role as a business manager operating in the SME sector. Jonathon specialises in the areas of investment appraisal, risk assessment, financial modelling and deal structuring.

As an Executive with the WDC Investment Fund, Jonathon evaluates new investment opportunities, assesses deal terms and manages a number of companies in the Fund portfolio. Jonathon also serves as the WDC representative on the Boards of a number of portfolio companies, including Capsos Medical, Signum Surgical and Kelsius Limited.

Fiona Regan (Administration), joined the WDC Investment Fund in 2000 having previously worked in the private sector for a number of years. Fiona provides administration support to the investment team and is a first point of contact for the Fund.

Claire Normanly (Administration), joined the WDC Investment Fund in 2006 and provides administration support to the investment team and is a first point of contact for the Fund. Claire held administrative roles in investment banking companies in New York for 15 years and spent ten years at GMIT as School Administrator.

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Contact Details:

WDC Investment Fund
Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

094 98 61441

094 98 61443