Our team

Keeping things running smoothly, introducing you to that person you’ve been chasing for months and shooting the breeze over a coffee or a tea, these are the friendly faces that are the first point of contact when there’s something you need.

Claire Halliday

General Manager

Claire loves building the culture and community at Ormeau Labs. Since its inception, and under her watch, Ormeau Labs has run hundreds of events, meetups, accelerator and innovation programs.

She has deep relationships with the Startup community, Angels and VCs and the wider Hubs across the island of Ireland.

Passionate about people and community, Claire is always keen to connect people together, with the right information at the right time.

Chris Wilson

Operations Lead

Chris is inspired to use his range of skills and experience for community growth. He has directed his focus to the Ormeau Labs community, leveraging his expertise to nurture startups and connect exceptional individuals. Chris is committed to fostering collaboration that helps propel the Ormeau Labs community toward innovation and success.

Gary Davidson

Investment Lead

Gary loves the Northern Irish tech ecosystem and all things venture capital. Over the last few years, he has helped founders across the island secure over £100m of funding. Additionally, he manages the HBAN network in the North, bringing angel investors together with potential founders to invest in. Recently, Gary has started writing small angel tickets himself in founders such as Enzai, Odin, and Pavlov. He is here to help as the dot connector, so if you need a connection, please reach out!

Beth Glenfield

Program Operations Lead

Beth is a dynamic community leader, venture scout, and founder of a tech startup based in Belfast. With over 7 years of experience spanning engineering and product roles within hyper-growth companies and startups, Beth brings a wealth of expertise to her role as Program Operations Lead. With a keen eye for innovation and a commitment to fostering talent, Beth also serves as a scout at Ada Ventures, actively seeking and backing extraordinary talent building breakthrough ideas for the hardest problems we face.

Lisa Bailie

Barclays Ecosystem Manager

After working for Barclays bank for 16 years in various roles, Lisa now heads up Barclays Eagle Labs in Northern Ireland — a partner of Ormeau Labs since 2016.

Being extremely passionate about female entrepreneurship, she has been involved in hosting events for women in tech and establishing The Baths as a go-to space for women’s community groups.

Lisa's job has given her a well-known presence within the tech ecosystem in Belfast, and she's grateful every day that she gets to be part of such a thriving community.

Founded by

Jon Bradford

Mark Dowds

Steve Pette

Claire Halliday

Backed by

Sarah Friar

Tom Gray

David Singleton

Tony Carson