Dr. Susan Steele (PhD, MBA, MEd, BSc) is currently the Authority Chair at the SFPA. With a focus on strategic direction, Dr. Steele works with the senior management team in promoting excellence in the SFPA through a combination of leadership, commitment and clear direction, while ensuring SFPA employees continue to protect our marine resources. She is originally from Castletownbere, where she harboured an ambition to become a marine biologist from the age of three. With a PhD in Zoology from UCC and a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Wales, Dr. Steele has worked in both academic and private and public sector appointments, and prior to joining the SFPA in March 2013, she was involved in developing BIM’s Seafood Development Centre as Head of Innovation. She is also a business and executive coach, and was awarded a Harvard Executive Certificate in Public Leadership in 2018. Dr. Steele is a member of the Institute of Directors, sits on the board at the Health Research Board, and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board at UCC.