Meet the team

suir valley ventures

Gareth Burchell

Head of Stockbroking

Gareth began his career in the Insurance industry and spent 3 years at RBS Insurance prior to setting his sights on a career in the city. His financial career began as a trainee Stockbroker in 2003 and he has spent his time trading Equity markets ranging from FTSE 100 companies, right through to small cap and fledgling stocks. He has developed strong and lasting relationships with corporate brokers, market makers and market professionals throughout London. Gareth has obtained the Diploma in Private Client Investment Advice and Management (Level 6).


Barry Downes

Chief Investment Officer

Barry is CIO of Suir Valley Funds and also Chairman of TSSG, a leading technology Research Institute, Incubator and Accelerator, which has raised over €90 million to date. Previously, a Founder of FeedHenry, a software technology company acquired in 2014 for $82M by RedHat Inc. Barry holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School, a BSc in Applied Computing from WIT and has executive education qualifications from Haas Business School at UC Berkeley (in VC) and also Harvard Law School. Barry was recently named one of the top Irish software superstars by Silicon Republic.

Brian Kinane

Business Development

Brian is an experienced industry software, tech entrepreneur and investment manager. He has extensive corporate technology experience from product management roles at global telecom companies such as Ericsson Group and Telenor Group. Additionally, Brian has deep operational experience as a founding shareholder and board director of a number of high tech start-ups backed by international VCs including Feedhenry where he worked with Barry Downes. He has had a successful track record as a hedge fund growth capital investment manager funding over 60 companies. Education includes BA Mod Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and MBAs London and Columbia Business Schools.