Evelyn O’Toole

Founder and CEO

A native of Clifden, Co Galway, Evelyn’s role is focused on CLS’s business strategy, vision and values, determining the direction of the company, market sectors, service offerings and it’s distinguishing advantages as a supplier to industry.

Together with her senior management team, she has developed and expanded the company in addition to creating vital partnerships. Evelyn and the senior team work together with a common goal and have charted a clear course for the company’s future, it’s culture and values, built on the importance of trust, honesty and openness at it’s core.

Evelyn studied in Athlone Institute of Technology and Sligo Institute of Technology in addition to the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the Irish Management Institute.

In 2021 Evelyn was appointed to the position of Chairperson of the West Regional Enterprise Plan and has been an EY Entrepreneur of the Year judge since 2018. Evelyn is a member of the Irish Medtech Association Board and is a support centre committee member for Cancer Care West.

Evelyn is a distinguished businesswoman with accolades that include – a fellowship from GMIT in 2019 and an Honorary Degree from NUI Galway 2020. In 2017 she won the Industry EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Irish Tatler Business Woman of the Year awards. Evelyn was awarded 2016 Outstanding Business Woman of the Year by Network Galway and was named 2016 WMB Business Woman of the Year.