Gerard is an entrepreneur and investor with diverse interests in medical and technology start-ups. Prior to Longboat Clinical, Gerard founded two companies (Firecrest Clinical and Ryan Group Holdings) and exited successfully by way of trade sales to major listed PLC companies. Gerard became CEO of Firecrest Clinical as it pivoted from a failing e-learning company into a pioneer of web-based training for clinical trial investigators. He also served as Chairman of Firecrest Clinical until its acquisition by ICON plc in 2011.

Gerard is a Chartered Director (IOD) and a Pharmacist, registered in Ireland. He qualified in Pharmacy at Trinity College Dublin and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Trials at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.