Development And Alumni Relations Office


DR John A King


John is a former Independent Director of Actavis, a global pharmaceutical company, and served in this role from 2013 to 2015 following its acquisition of Warner Chilcott. Prior to this he held the position of Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Warner Chilcott from June 2005.  From 2000 until January 2005 he served as Executive Chairman of Galen Holdings Ltd.  John graduated from Queen’s with a first-class honours degree in Pharmacy and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Pharmacy.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s University in 2006. John has retained close ties with Queen's.

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Tessa Breslin

Tessa graduated from Queen’s with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology (1998) and a Master's degree in Occupational Psychology (1999). She is a member of the Board and the Global Leadership Team of YSC Consulting.  Based in New York, Tessa leads YSC’s North American business and has broad, international expertise in leadership strategy, executive assessment and coaching, and talent development. She is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, an ICF accredited coach, and has served on the Board of a Liberal Arts University in the USA for seven years. Originally from Derry, married, and with three young children, Tessa has maintained strong connections with Queen's and Northern Ireland through the QUB Alumni Association in the US and as an active supporter of Irish arts and culture. 

Mr John O'Donoghue


John graduated from Queen's in 1981. He has had a thirty-five year career in financial services on Wall Street, primarily at three firms; Schroders 1983-2000 (Partner), Credit Suisse 2000-2005 (Global Equity Operating Committee) and Cowen 2005-2012 (Head of Global Equities). During his tenure at Cowen, he was instrumental in setting up an office in Belfast, working closely with the Invest NI team.  That office currently employs fifty people. A native of Newcastle, Co Down, John has maintained a very close connection with home and with his Alma Mater. He served as the first President of the Queen's Alumni Association in the USA, and since 2013 has been President of the Friends of The Queen's University of Belfast Inc. and is an active member of the Northern Ireland diaspora.

Mr Anthony (Tony) Russell

Anthony (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.  During his career he worked with global consulting engineering firms in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America becoming Senior Vice-President in the Hatch Group of companies responsible for the operation and development of the firm's transportation practice in Central Canada.  In 2010 Tony was the recipient of the Canadian Transportation Person of the Year award recognising his leadership in and advancement of the aviation, rail, transit and highway sectors of the industry. Tony has served on 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.  Now retired, he continues to provide advice on major infrastructure projects and otherwise divides his time between the Kawartha Lakes area of Ontario and Donegal.

DR Edward vernon,obe

Deputy chairman

Edward (Ed) graduated from Queen's in 1981 with a BSc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and in 1982 with an MSc in Electronic Engineering, following which he worked in Queen’s Wolfson Unit. He co-founded B.I.C. Systems in 1984 which became a leading technology systems integration business and was acquired by BT plc in 2004.  Ed was appointed to the Board of Belfast Harbour in 2012.  He is a Strategic Advisor to BT Ireland, Chair of the Riddel Hall Founders’ Club at Queen’s and Chair of recruitment and technology businesses. Ed was awarded an OBE for services to economic development in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate from Queen’s University in 2013 for services to business and commerce.

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