New and notable appointments at Deloitte Ireland and Sure Valley Ventures

By Business & Finance
13 April 2023
Pictured: Graham Healy, Partner, Deloitte Ireland and Harry Goddard, CEO, Deloitte Ireland.

There were new and notable appointments this week at Deloitte Ireland and Sure Valley Ventures,

Graham Healy, Partner Consulting
Deloitte Ireland

Deloitte Ireland has announced the appointment of Graham Healy as a partner in its Cloud and Engineering consulting practice. Healy, who will be based in Cork, will be focused on Deloitte’s portfolio of clients including Life Sciences, Consumer, Energy and Industrial Products, bringing the full strength of Deloitte’s business focused technology advisory and implementation expertise to bear.

He  joins from Accenture, where he was most recently Managing Director, with over twenty years’ experience advising and driving the delivery of data and digital transformation for public and private sector clients in Ireland and across EMEA. Working at the most senior level in organisations Healy has supported start-ups and FinTech companies and has extensive commercial relationships with the wider technology platform ecosystem.

Commenting on his appointment, Healy said: “As digital transformation continues to grow exponentially, businesses need a clear strategy and leadership to deliver the change. Being part of Deloitte’s consulting practice, and joining the largest professional services firm in the world, is a fantastic opportunity to deliver best-in-class projects for clients internationally and locally.”

Harry Goddard, CEO, Deloitte Ireland said: “I am delighted to welcome Graham as we continue to strengthen Deloitte’s national consulting practice and grow our leadership team in Cork. As we support our clients on their Digital Transformation, Graham’s expertise in data and digital transformation will be invaluable. I look forward to seeing the impact and insights Graham brings to his team and our clients.”

Healy is on the board of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and the University College Cork Business Information Systems Advisory Board. He holds an MSc in Management Information Systems and a BSc in Business Information Systems from University College Cork.

John Frizelle, Chief Technology Officer and Venture Partner
Sure Valley Ventures

Pictured: John Frizelle, Chief Technology Officer and Venture Partner, Sure Valley Ventures.

Sure Valley Ventures, the Venture Capital firm that invests in early-stage AI software companies, has announced the appointment of John Frizelle as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Venture Partner.

Frizelle has over 20 years’ software experience across start-ups, scale-ups, financial services, enterprise software and Web 3.0.  Based in Waterford, Ireland, his appointment follows the successful launch of Sure Valley’s third fund in February 2023. His technical proficiency, combined with his previous experience as part of founding teams, makes him ideally placed to support the growth of Sure Valley’s portfolio. In his role as CTO, Frizelle will provide hands on support to companies on their AI roadmap, product market fit, product management, engineering and platform strategy. He will also play a key role in origination, as Sure Valley seeks to deploys its latest fund into disruptive AI companies.

Frizelle joined Sure Valley from Pluto Digital, now Emergent Games, a leading metaverse and blockchain games studio, where he was a founding member and held the role of CTO. Prior to that, he was part of the early team at FeedHenry, a leader in mobile cloud technologies, where he took on the responsibility for software development, architecture and management duties. FeedHenry was sold in 2014 to Red Hat Inc, a leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, where Frizelle went on to become a Platform Architect and Senior Engineering Manager for a further seven years.

During his career, he has held a diverse range of positions, including CTO, software developer, team leader, scrum master, system architect, engineering manager and product owner. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing and a Master of Science in Communication Software from the Waterford Institute of Technology.

Sure Valley Ventures Managing Partner and Founder, Barry Downes, said, “John’s software expertise and network will be invaluable as we deploy our latest funds into exciting AI investment opportunities. I am delighted to welcome him to the team, having worked with him on the development of several software companies throughout my career. As a founder-led firm, we are deeply interested in the software behind our companies and see huge potential in having a CTO on board who can truly immerse himself in the tech. John’s technical skills and experience in founding teams will be a huge asset to our portfolio as he understands what it takes to grow and scale a successful software business.

“We have experienced significant growth over the past year and have also grown our investment team and appointed a new marketing hire, reflecting the successful launch of two new funds with attractive investment return potential. We have been investing in AI since our inception in 2017 and recognise the huge opportunity right now for software start-ups to disrupt the current status quo and for us to find new unicorns.

John Frizelle, New CTO and Venture Partner, said, “I am delighted to be joining Sure Valley Ventures at such an exciting time with the launch of our latest Irish Fund, focused on AI/ML in Enterprise, Immersive Tech and Cybersecurity. Sure Valley has been investing in these areas since 2017 with a mission to be at the forefront of emerging technologies and to support visionary entrepreneurs who are passionate about driving change. There is a thriving start up scene in Ireland and I am looking forward to working with founders, incubators, accelerators and industry leaders across the entire country as we usher in the next wave of innovation.”

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