Business Development Committee 

Terms of Reference


Jerome White

Details available shortly.


Frank Fitzpatrick

Frank has a Master’s Degree in Business Studies, a B.A. in Economics & History, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management. He is a former lecturer in Marketing and New Enterprise Development at Dublin City University and a former College Teacher in Economics at Technological University Dublin. However, much of his career has been as a practitioner in New Business Development which included starting, developing, and selling a number of his own companies. He has also been centrally involved in the planning, start-up, and development of a number of social enterprises.

Tanya Hughes – Ballybeen Womens Centre

To be updated.


The committee will seek to retain a 50:50 balance of Board and external members.

In Attendance:

CDI CEO; Finance Manager, Business Development & M&E Manager (Secretary to the Committee).

Primary Role:

The Business Development Committee will guide and support the establishment and growth of CDI’s Business Development function.

Functions of the Business Development Committee are:

  • To provide the support, direction and focus for CDI’s Business Development function;
  • To transfer and communicate the income generation targets set out in the Options Appraisal and Implementation Plan to meaningful income generation targets and a work plan;
  • To share networks and contacts in order to establish opportunities for introducing CDI, presenting speculative proposals or establishing service design and delivery partnerships;
  • To provide a challenge function to draft proposals, tenders or speculative service ideas;
  • To bring commercial expertise and ethos to CDI where it is required to generate earned income;
  • To ensure that the move towards additional income generation remains aligned with CDI’s Strategy and consistent with its values and ethos.