Jonathan Healy, Broadcaster

After graduating with a degree in law from University College Cork, Jonathan Healy worked in radio, television and online media for two decades. He has been a presenter with Newstalk 106-108fm and a senior correspondent with Sky News, with his work featuring prominently on both stations. Jonathan also has experience working with TV3, RTE, FM104, The Cork Independent and Cork’s 96fm.Having conducted thousands of interviews with people from all works of Irish life, he is a skilled interviewer and proven cross-platform content creator with extensive contacts across politics, business and public relations throughout the country, Jonathan is also a proven event facilitator and engaging MC .He has also delivered high impact voice-over work for corporate videos and campaigns.

Conor O’Connell, Regional Director, CIF Southern Region

Conor O’Connell is currently Regional Director (Southern Region) with the Construction Industry Federation. Conor joined the CIF in 2001 and has worked in several roles within the CIF representing members and industry issues to a wide variety of industry stakeholders. Conor is also the Secretary of the Regional Development Committee of the CIF and is responsible for the development of CIF Regional Development Policy as well as stakeholder engagement on construction policy issues across Government Departments, Semi-State Agencies, Local Authorities, Politicians and various regional bodies. Conor is a strong advocate for the role of the construction industry in regional development through the provision of infrastructure. Conor holds a mix of qualifications in Business, Law, Industrial Relations and prior to his current role he worked extensively in employee relations in the construction sector. He is responsible for the management of the Cork Office and the services provided to members throughout the Southern Region.

Pat Lucey, President, Construction Industry Federation and Director for Infrastructure, John Sisk & Son

Pat Lucey is the Director for Infrastructure with John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd. and has been involved in the delivery of major Civil Engineering works in Ireland and the U.K. These include LUAS Cross City, Crossrail C305, Limerick Tunnel, Bray Shanganagh WWTW, Greystones Harbour and many Motorway projects.Pat is a graduate of U.C.C. and has been with Sisk for 26 years. Prior to that he worked with Christiani & Nielsen in London, having started his career with M.C. O’Sullivan in Cork.Pat is the President of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and is a past President of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).

Ann Doherty, Chief Executive, Cork City Council

Ann Doherty was appointed to the role of Chief Executive of Cork City Council in 2014. Ann Doherty is responsible for strategic direction and delivery of services for one of the largest local authorities in Ireland. An advocate of empowerment and inclusivity, Ann leads a team of over 1,200 people and is responsible for a multi-million euro budget at Cork City Council.

An experienced business leader with over 2 decades in senior management roles in Ireland and the UK, Ann has been responsible for the implementation of transformative programmes to deliver change and operational success in large public sector organisations including the Health Service Executive (Ireland) and the National Health Service (UK). Ann holds an MBA and is a Chartered Director. In 2014, along with 25 other women, Ann was awarded as one of Ireland’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. As well as her professional commitments, Ann is also a Director of the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Director to UCC Student Facilities & Services Board, sits on the boards of the Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Visit Cork and Cork University Hospital Charity.

Jonathan Argue, Technical Geomatics, Topcon 

A voice for geospatial technology solutions, innovation, education and training in Ireland. Employed previously in the construction industry as a Land Surveyor / Site Engineer and Building Surveyor / Project Manager. Graduated from DIT in MSc Geospatial Engineering and DKIT in BSc (Hons) Building Surveying.

Jonathan holds several practical renewable energy course certificates. Uses knowledge of Land surveying and Building Surveying to improve the design and construction process, educating clients about the appropriate application of new technology and deriving lean workflows.   In Jonathans 3 years with Topcon Positioning Ireland, he has trained hundreds of students and industry professionals in the best use of technology in the construction industry.


Marian Walsh founding Partner and Director, Carron + Walsh

Operating as Director of Project Controls & Project Management, Marian brings he rexpertise to the full range of Carron + Walsh service offerings to the Construction Sector in Ireland and internationally, where she has engaged in project s in the USA, UK Europe and Australia. Prior to establishing Carron + Walsh in 2010, Marian held the position of Director of Project Management within Nolan Ryan Tweeds, part of the WYG group of businesses.With over twenty years’ experience in the construction industry in Ireland and internationally, Marian has acquired significant knowledge and expertise in the areas of project & program management best practice, governance, program audit, project controls, contract, administration, cost engineering, project planning, estimating and risk management.

Joe O’Sullivan, Regional Director, John Sisk and Son

Joe started his career as an engineer and contract manager in the UK, working on a variety of projects, including commercial, hospitals and industrial work, joining Sisk during this time. He returned to Ireland in 1997 and has since concentrated on working in the Life Sciences sector, delivering a variety of construction and project management solutions from large scale new-build to small but complex retro-fit projects on live campus environments for large multi-national clients. Joe’s current role still involves project delivery, but his primary focus is on Performance Improvement across the business, enhancing output through the implementation of Lean thinking and principles – in this regard, Joe’s focus is on relationships and people – collaboration is the key to delivering really successful projects.

Lorraine Brady is a Senior Design and Bid Manager with BAM Ireland.

BAM Ireland is fully embracing digital ways of working. BAM is using technological innovations such as BIM, robotics, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality and modular/offsite construction, to enable us to build digitally before building on site.

Lorraine is particularly expert in the design and bid management of large-scale projects, and the range of contracts used therein. Lorraine’s project management experience encompasses facilities valued from €20m to €3billion, which includes projects for Irish government-sponsored projects such as the New Children’s Hospital Dublin and international clients such as project REC Singapore. Lorraine’s expertise covers all bid management activities, working with Clients to develop: high level programming, costing/estimating, risk analysis, tender document configuration, pre and post bid submission preparations, contract negotiation, project set-up and project kick-off. Lorraine is a strong industry advocate for the Building Equality campaign promoting greater diversity and inclusion within the Construction Industry.

Brian O’Callaghan, Managing Director, O’Callaghan Properties

Brian joined O’Callaghan Properties in 2002. A chartered accountant by profession, he previously worked in transaction services with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in London and with Deloitte in Cork.Brian is responsible for business development and overseeing the day to day operations of the company. Brian & John Deane work closely to source and assess new development opportunities and to finance and deliver new projects”.

Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation

Before joining the CIF, Tom served as a TD for Laois – Offaly and as Minister for State at the Department of Finance from 2002 until 2007. As Minister he was responsible for the Office for Public Works (OPW). From 1997 to 2001, Tom was President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), having previously held several other positions with the association.

Michael O’Flynn, Chief Executive, O’Flynn Group

Michael is the Chairman and CEO of the O’Flynn Group. Established in 1978, as a house building company and which progressed into one of the largest property development companies in Ireland. O’Flynn Group has extensive investment, development, and asset management capability in the core property sectors (especially residential, offices, industrial and retail). The Group has an established and strong reputation overseas particularly in the UK but also across Europe. It also has expertise in property backed operating businesses such as student accommodation and senior living. Michael is a leading figure in the Irish and UK property sectors, and is widely recognised for his experience and expertise. His insights on the Irish property market and construction sector are often sought by print and broadcast media. Michael is actively involved in representing the policy objectives of the property sector in Ireland. He is a founding member of Property Industry Ireland and is a former Chairman of the Cork branch of the Construction Industry Federation.

Conor Healy, Chief Executive, Cork Chamber of Commerce

Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation supporting and representing the interests of over 1,200 businesses who employ over 100,000 people in the Cork region. Cork Chamber seeks to champion and promote a vision for Cork as the best place for business with a mission to empower a successful, progressive and influential membership who drive a thriving business community. Prior to joining Cork Chamber Conor worked with Ireland’s inward investment agency IDA Ireland playing a lead role in the strategic development of the South West region and the winning of new investment. Previously he worked with Enterprise Ireland holding responsibility for the development of the indigenous software and international services sector and has also worked in business development working with micro enterprises. Mr Healy holds a BSc, MSc and MBA from University College Cork. He is currently a Board Member of Chambers Ireland and a member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) in the United States. He also sits on UCC Alumni Board as well as a range of boards and committees supporting economic development and tourism across the Cork region.

Paul Moran, Regional Manager, South West Roads Capital Programme, Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Paul Moran joined the NRA in 2000, following 12 years in the private sector in both civil & structural engineering, as well as being on site. He is the Regional Manager for the delivery of TII funded schemes for the Southwest of Ireland, He has overseen the delivery of numerous major interurban schemes on the M7 and M8 in the southwest and other routes. He is currently working in partnership with several Local Authorities, to deliver numerous major schemes such as the M20 Cork to Limerick, the N28 Ringaskiddy Cork, the N22 Macroom bypass and of course Dunkettle Interchange, in the region. He sees the key challenges that face us going forward as: successful progression through the statutory process, through public procurement and trying to deliver schemes in a timely manner… which doesn’t seem to be getting any easier or faster.

Dr Frank Crowley, School of Economics, University College Cork

Frank is an economist and lecturer at Cork University Business School, University College Cork. Frank has a particular interest in creative regions, innovation, entrepreneurship, spillovers of HRM practices, regional policy and economic geography matters. He has published widely in these areas in international peer reviewed journals and received research awards for his work. Currently, he is working on a number of research projects which include the role of the creative sector in Ireland; industrial structures and spatial economic resilience in Ireland; automation and peripheral spatial development; the trade-off between appropriability and absorptive capacity for innovation effort; spillovers of HRM practices and, the links between talent, tolerance, diversity, well-being and entrepreneurship in European Countries.

Ray O’Connor, Regional Manager, South West Region, IDA Ireland

Ray has responsibility for management of IDA Ireland activities across the South-West Region (Cork and Kerry) which is home to 170 overseas companies and growing. Ray’s job is focused on marketing the region for new FDI, helping multinational companies in evaluating and establishing in the region and collaborating with IDA client companies, stakeholders, industry groups and service providers to ensure the needs of overseas companies are met. Ray has been with IDA Ireland for over a decade. Prior to joining IDA, Ray has worked across multiple industry sectors over fifteen years including IT, Telecoms and the Hospitality Industry in Product Management; Project Management and Marketing Development. He holds a B.Sc from UCC, a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Studies from NUI Galway and a Masters of Business Studies (International Marketing) from UCD. Ray also managed the South East Region for three years from 2011-2014.

Gerald Knights, Director of Broking, DRS Bond Management

Gerald has recently joined DRS Bond Management as Director of Broking after spending 35 years at Aviva. He has over 25 years of experience underwriting bonds and guarantees across the whole construction sector both in Ireland and UK and has an in-depth knowledge of the surety market. 

Brendan Keating FCILT, CEO of Port of Cork

Brendan Keating has been Chief Executive of Port of Cork Company since December 2002. Prior to that he held the position of City Manager with Limerick City Council. In his current role his primary focus has been on the development and growth of port business along with planning and delivering of port infrastructure and facilities. His commitment to the delivery of higher levels of efficiency and quality of port services has been central to the continued success of the company. Educated in NUIG, B.Comm and Rockwell College.

Fran McFadden, National Customer Acquisition Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

Fran McFadden is National Customer Acquisition Manager, Gas Networks Ireland. Fran is responsible for growing the number of natural gas customers nationally and for the company’s overall customer acquisition strategy, across the industrial, commercial, new housing and mature domestic sectors. Supported by the New Connections sales team, a key aspect of Fran’s role is to develop Gas Networks Ireland sales channel strategies and new connections processes, to ensure best practice in all Gas Networks Ireland customer engagement. A Donegal native, Fran has worked in Gas Networks Ireland for over twelve years, holding previous roles of Transportation Development Engineer, New Connections Sales Manager and Commercial Connections Manager. Prior to joining Gas Networks Ireland, Fran held sales management positions in the telecommunications sector, with Artesyn Technologies in Youghal, Co Cork. Fran holds a BA in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin.

David Purdon, Diatec’s Autodesk Applications & Digital Project Delivery Manager.

Qualified Industrial Designer & Building Technologist . An Autodesk professional user in private practice since 1994. Transitioned to the Autodesk channel in 2000 as a Technical Specialist while expanding into IT, Cloud and Virtualisation. Qualified & accredited Autodesk technical software specialist for Revit, 3DS Max, Infraworks, BIM 360 platform, Dynamo, Navisworks & Civil 3D. Certified in BIM through RICS. Primary focus is helping clients in the AEC sector with technology implementation to enable BIM & Digital Project Delivery Requirements.

Conor Lee is Director of Operations with Tower Holdings Group in Ireland

Conor has full responsibility for all development operations in Ireland. Conor is an RICS chartered project manager with 27 years’ experience in the construction, engineering and property development industries in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East. Conor left Ireland at the end of 2008 after working for the previous 12 years for a Dublin based developer. Prior to joining Tower Holdings, Conor was a divisional manager with Khansaheb Civil Engineering, the oldest construction company in the UAE and part of Interserve Plc (FTSE 250 listed). Conor had full commercial, operational and business performance accountability for his division. His clients included government and semi state entities, military organisations, aviation authorities, blue chip retail, commercial and residential developers, national and international oil & gas companies.

Jim Clery, Partner and Head of Real Estate, KPMG

Jim leads KPMG’s Real Estate practice in Ireland which deals with all tax and accounting aspects of Irish real estate acquisition, retention and disposal. Jim is tax partner and has advised many of the firm’s leading clients on real estate matters. Jim has been involved in the floatation of several new public companies, the development of the Irish REIT regime and the structuring of €bn’s of real estate transactions on behalf of foreign and Irish investors, including various debt acquisition transactions. Jim specialises in helping Irish headquartered groups to structure their international operations and is highly experienced at mergers, acquisitions and spin out transactions. Jim is also significantly involved in the Biotech/Pharma sector where he advises key public and private companies, and their owner shareholders.