EU Swim Project

Meet the EU SWIM Project team

Programme Advisory Group

Who is the Project Advisory Group?

The Project Advisory Group (PAG) represents a wide range of stakeholders, involved both directly and indirectly with the EU SWIM Project. From local authority staff, who manage the beaches being monitored, to central government staff who oversee the legislation affected by the project – the PAG casts a large net over the academic, governance and NGO sectors to ensure that the EU SWIM Project is meeting its objectives, and delivering the best value for money on behalf of our funders, SEUPB.

Lead Partners
The Lead partners University College Dublin (UCD), Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful (KNIB) form the Scientific Technology and Management Board (STMB).

Dr Rosemarie Gannon
EU SWIM Project Manager, UCD
Rosemarie is the project manager based in University College Dublin (UCD). She has a lot of experience of successfully managing and completing research projects. She has a PhD in Information and Communication Studies from UCD, a BA in Applied Languages (French and German) from the University of Ulster (Coleraine) and a Certificate in Digital Marketing (QQI Level 7) from Dublin Business School. Rosemarie has a good appreciation of North/South collaboration. She is interested in environmental research and in particular, how the results of this research can be applied in our everyday lives.
Dr Levent Görgü
Research Scientist, School of Computer Science, UCD
Prior to the SWIM project, he spent more than two years in IT & Software industry, mostly focusing on Finance and FinTech. While in industry, he also had teaching experience for a semester as an Assistant Professor at Cyprus International University. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCD. Right after his Ph.D, he was positioned as software engineer in AUTHENTIC, which was aiming to supply smart home environments for home area networks by using relatively new technologies. The result of his Ph.D. is a software framework focused on heterogeneous sensor and service discovery in IoT environment and wireless sensor networks.
Dr Dan Hawtree
Post Doctorate, UCD
Dan has a background in hydrologic modelling and analysis, and is currently a post-doc at the Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research (CWRR) at University College Dublin (UCD). His role on the SWIM project is to carry out the statistical modelling used to predict changes in key bathing water quality indicators (i.e. E. coli and Intestinal enterococci) under variable environmental conditions. In this modelling work, a wide range of regression based modelling methods and machine learning techniques are being tested and applied, in the development of a robust approach for predicting bathing water quality in Ireland.
Dr Bat Masterson
Adjunct Professor, UCD
Dr Bat Masterson was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at UCD. He is a member of the International Water Association and has had a long-standing involvement in research on the microbial pollution of recreational waters, including the SMART, iCREW and Smart Coasts = Sustainable Communities INTERREG funded projects and projects funded by the Irish EPA STRIVE programme. He is currently active in SWIM and Acclimatize another INTERREG funded projects.
Wim Meijer
Professor of Microbiology, UCD
Wim Meijer is Professor of Microbiology and Head of the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science at University College Dublin. His research focuses on pathogenic microbes in relation to animal and human health. Within this context he has directed research projects funded by national and International funding agencies including Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the European Union (ICREW, Smart Coasts, CODTRACE) and the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. He is the coordinator of the Acclimatize project ( which is part funded by the ERDF through the Ireland-Wales programme 2014-2020. Acclimatize focuses on pollution of at-risk bathing waters in Ireland and Wales and the effects of climate change.
Gregory O’Hare
Director Earth Institute, UCD
Gregory O'Hare completed his studies at the University of Ulster graduating with a B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. He held the position of Head of the Department of Computer Science at University College Dublin (UCD) 2001-2004. Prior to joining UCD he has been on the Faculty of the University of Central Lancashire (1984-86) and the University of Manchester (1986-1996). He is a Professor within the School of Computer Science & Informatics at UCD. He has published over 350 refereed publications in Journals and International Conferences, 7 books and has won significant grant income. He is the Chair of the EU SWIM Project Advisory Group and the Scientific Technology and Management Board.
John O’Sullivan
Lecturer/Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering, UCD
John O’Sullivan studied at Trinity College Dublin and graduated with a Civil Engineering degree. He completed an MSc at the Queen's University of Belfast and following this started a seven-year period that would involve working in a research capacity at the University of Ulster on a number of externally funded projects. He completed his PhD in 1999 after spending time at the UK Flood Channel Facility in HR Wallingford and have also spent time at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Present research interests are concerned with water resources.
Elaine Mitchell
Agri-Food and Biosciences Insitute
Elaine Mitchell joined the SWIM project as a Higher Scientific Officer in AFBI Food Hygiene Unit in September 2017. Elaine has a background in marine environmental research and consultancy with a PhD in benthic ecology of coastal and estuarine environments from the University of Hull. Elaine’s role in the SWIM project is primarily preparation and maintenance of microbiological, meteorological and hydrological Northern Ireland data archive and predictive model validation.
Dr Ian Humphreys
CEO, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
Ian Humphreys has over 20 years experience in the management of environmental education, developing public engagement programmes and building strategic partnerships. Previously, he worked for 14 years with The Conservation Volunteers, latterly as the Northern Ireland Operations Manager. As CEO of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Ian has been responsible for delivery of the international programmes: Eco-Schools; Young Reporters for the Environment and Blue Flag, along with local programmes, such as, Live Here Love Here (building civic pride through environmental action), The BIG Spring Clean and marine litter surveys.
Jamie Miller
Local Environment Quality Manager, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
Jamie joined Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as Certifications Coordinator in January 2019. Before joining the team, Jamie previously worked as a Landscape Scale Conservation Project Officer, for RSPB NI and an Environmental Officer, for Queen’s University Belfast. Jamie graduated from Queen’s University in 2015, with a MSC in ‘Leadership for Sustainable Development’ and a BSc (hons) in Geography. He enjoys being outdoors exploring the Mournes and canoeing in the hope of spotting basking sharks.
Gill McNeill
EU SWIM Officer, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
Gill joined KNIB in June 2020 as the Communications lead on the EU SWIM Programme. Gill has over 38 years experience in and working with the media. She is a NUJ journalist and also holds a PGDipM in Marketing, a HNDip in Graphic Communications and a FdSc in Horticulture from Ulster University. She loves the great outdoors, in particular our great coastlines.
Megan Whitty
Research Assistant
Megan Whitty joins the UCD SWIM team as a Research Assistant and will lead UCD's sampling team this summer. Megan has a BSc in Environmental Biology and is finishing an MSc in Environmental Technology. She is currently sampling with the team in Enniscrone in Co. Sligo.

PAG Members


Special EU Programmes Body

Mr Andrew King

Ms Helen Donaldson

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Ms Claire Vincent

Ms Charlene Little

Northern Ireland Water

Ms Angela Halpenny

Mr Andrew Harte

Environmental Protection Agency

Mr Anthony Mannix

Mr Wayne Egan

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Dr John O’Neill

Waterways Ireland

Dr Paula Treacy

Irish Water

Ms Trudy Higgins

Sligo County Council

Ms Rosie Morrissey

Donegal County Council

Dr Joe Ferry

Ms Bernadette Gault

Louth County Council

Ms Catherine Duff

Mr John O’Hagan

Mr Ben Gallagher

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Mr Simon Boyle

Ms Lisa Kirkwood

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Mr Niall Curneen

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Mr Richard Gillen

Mr Mark Strong

Mr Michael McConaghy

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Mr Marcus Potts

Ms Diane Martin

East Border Region

Ms Pamela Arthurs

Ms Dette Hughes

Local Authority Waters Programme

Mr Jimmy McVeigh

Agri – Food and Biosciences Institute 

Professor Nicolae Corcionivoschi

Dr David McCleery

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