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.

Seán Carrigy, Chairperson, CIF

Seán qualified as a Civil Engineer from UCC IN 1979. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland. After qualifying he joined PJ Hegarty & Sons as a Site Engineer and has worked with the Company for the last 41 years progressing through the ranks to his current position as Operations Director for the Southern Region and the UK .He has extensive experience in Civil Engineering and Building Projects of all types and has being involved in some Major Joint Ventures with International Companies .

Ken Leahy, Associate Director, Arup

Ken is a Chartered Civil Engineer and an Associate Director with Arup. He is Arup’s Europe Region Flood Resilience Leader. He has over twenty-two years’ experience in leading the successful appraisal and delivery of high‐profile multidisciplinary infrastructure projects, particularly major flood relief schemes.

Ken also holds a post graduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration and has extensive expertise in the areas of procurement, contract administration, and dispute resolution.
He provides strategic advice to a wide range of public and private sector clients in the areas of flood risk assessment and management, climate change adaptation and resilience, asset management and project delivery.

He is the Project Manager for the Lower Lee (Cork City) FRS, the largest flood relief scheme (FRS) to be implemented in Ireland and is also Project Director for ten major flood relief schemes across the country.

He is a former winner of the Engineers Ireland Engineering Excellence ‘MacDonald’ Award for his technical paper entitled ‘The Design and Implementation of Mallow Flood Relief Scheme’. The Mallow Scheme has successfully protected Mallow from over 30 significant flood events since the first phase was substantially completed over a decade ago.
Ken is a regular guest lecturer in the area of flood risk management, has acted as an expert witness at oral hearings and in litigation proceedings, and has led presentations to elected representatives at national parliamentary level.

From consultation with business groups, river users, and other key stakeholders over the past two decades, Ken has gained a deep understanding of the wider business, health and other benefits of such Schemes, and the importance of seamlessly integrating such schemes into the wider public realm.

Kimberley Masuda, Partner, Construction and Engineering, Matheson

Kimberley is a partner in the Construction and Engineering Group at Matheson. She has previous experience as a solicitor in real estate development in Canada and Hong Kong. Kimberley subsequently qualified and practiced as a registered architect in Ireland for 14 years before returning to legal practice at Matheson. She now acts as lead advisor on all aspects of complex construction capital projects for major international companies and significant developers both international and domestic. Kimberley advises clients on the full suite of construction and development related documents for some of the largest developments in Ireland. Kimberley has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating development agreements for forward funding or forward purchases of projects, agreements for lease for construction and lease of premises in some of the most prestigious developments in Ireland.

Michael Lynch, Partner KPMG

Michael is a tax Partner in KPMG Cork and leads KPMG’s Tax team in Munster. He is a member of KPMG Ireland’s real estate team and has over 20 years experience advising property developers, construction groups and infrastructure funds on all aspects of property taxation.
Michael is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an associate of the Institute of Taxation.

Micheál O’ Connor, Deputy Managing Director, Dornan Engineering

Micheál has 28 years’ experience in the construction industry in Ireland and internationally. He is Deputy Managing Director of Dornan Engineering having joined Dornan in March of this year from his previous role as Vice President and General Manager of Jacobs, Ireland and Northern Europe. Micheál began his career with Sisk in Cork before progressing to McInerney, subsequently joining Jacobs and now with Dornan. Micheál has had the opportunity to engage with the industry and clients from a variety of perspectives, general contractor, house builder, developer, designer, construction manager, and specialist contractor. But throughout his career Micheál has had significant involvement in the Pharma and Life Sciences sector locally and internationally, from his early days of construction with Sisk to latter days of Design and CM with Jacobs and now MEP with Dornan. Micheál is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Past President of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland.

Angela Brady OBE, Co-founder, Brady Mallalieu Architects

Angela is an architect director of award winning Brady Mallalieu Architects set up with Robin Mallalieu over 25 years ago. They specialise in contemporary sustainable design and work on projects in Ireland, UK, Vietnam & China with projects ranging from housing and community projects to hospitals and office fit outs. Angela makes design related TV series, the latest a 4 part series “Designing Ireland” written and presented with Sandra O’Connell for RTE is currently broadcast on Amazon Prime in USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Angela graduated in Architecture from T.U.Dublin (DIT Bolton St) who gave her an Honorary Doctorate in 2011. She is a director of T.U. Dublin Foundation Board. She is a founding member of the RIAI London Forum and sat on RIAI Council for several years. She completed her final professional exams in Westminster Uni who also gave her an honorary doctorate in 2018. Angela was elected president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2011-2013) – voted the most effective president in past 20 years – (AJ Survey).

As RIBA President she gave over 100 keynote speeches worldwide on sustainable city making and low carbon design. Recent personal achievements include an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) from HM The Queen and a PDSA (Presidents Distinguished Service Award) from President
Michael D Higgins, both for services to architecture. Angela’s publication “The Cork Papers” – Sustainable city in the making” has 20 invited essays on Cork City, launched at the Academy of Urban Design conference in Cork June. Angela currently chairs the Women’s Irish Network UK and Croydon Place Review Panel, is an advisor to Design Council, RIAI, RIBA, as well as judging many design competitions internationally. She was President of Architects Benevolent Society 2016- 2018 and is a member of RIBA, RIAI, IIBN, TLICN, Chelsea Arts Club and Ina Boyle Society.

As an Artist Angela designs fused glass artworks in West Cork and London. She curated the “” with exhibitions in Dublin, Cork, London in 2015 and headed China Craft Week with Ireland as focus country in 2019 promoting West Corkcraftspeople.

Paul Moran, Regional Manager, 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.

Leo Clancy, Head of Technology, IDA

Leo Clancy is a member of the Executive Committee of IDA Ireland. IDA’s mission is to attract Foreign Direct investment to Ireland, creating jobs and economic benefit for the people of Ireland. He leads the Technology, Consumer and Business Services sectors, comprising over 40% of IDA’s portfolio, as well as having responsibility for Corporate IT. Leo’s clients at IDA include the largest technology companies in the world. His role is to ensure continued growth and success for those companies already invested in Ireland and to continuously attract new investors. Over his six years at IDA he has worked closely with investors and with the Irish industrial and policy landscape through a major growth phase for technology companies.Prior to IDA Leo spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry. He served for over 4 years as Service Delivery Director for e|net, an Irish fibre optic communications company operating Government owned networks under a Public Private Partnership. Leo worked for 13 years at Ericsson where he held a number of engineering and management positions, most in Global Services for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He worked as General Manager of Ericsson Ireland’s large Service Delivery business from 2006 to 2008. Leo holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications.

Garry Connelly, founder and President, Host in Ireland

Garry Connolly is the President and Founder of Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland and Irish companies delivering international data centre projects. A self-proclaimed “stubborn digital optimist,” Garry is a much sought-after keynote speaker, panellist and moderator at global industry events.

Brian Sheehan – Head of Asset Delivery, Irish Water

Brian has over 20 years’ experience in utility sector and is currently the Head of Asset Delivery in Irish Water. Brian graduated from the University of Limerick with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and also has a Diploma in Applied Project Management. He started his career in Gas Networks Ireland working various roles Ireland including Head of Asset Management. Following his time in Gas Networks Ireland, Brian moved into the role of Head of Planning and Delivery in the Ervia Group. Brian joined Irish Water in 2016 and now oversees the delivery of water and wastewater capital investment programmes valuing over €3.5bn over the five-year period 2017-2021. The role has direct responsibility for all activities from design, planning and procurement through to construction delivery. He manages the one of the largest capital invest programmes ever delivered in state, overseeing projects with the aim of reducing leakage, eliminating the discharge of raw sewage and safeguarding water supplies through the upgrading water treatment plants.

James Benson, Director of Housing, Planning & Development, the CIF

James is a qualified Engineer and Quantity Surveyor graduating from Waterford Institute of Technology and Dublin Institute of Technology respectively. James spent several years of his professional career surveying with building contractors before specializing in the field of passive fire protection before joining CIF.James offers support and advise to the members, liaison with local authorities and is developing a field of expertise within building regulations and planning services for members.He also services the following regional branches of the CIF – Kildare, Kilkenny/ Carlow, North East, Wicklow/ North Wexford.

Michael Mahon, Chief Infrastructure Officer, EirGrid

Michael Mahon joined EirGrid Group in August 2019. He is responsible for planning and consents for grid infrastructure across the island, including public consultation processes and landowner engagement. He previously held the position of General Manager, ESB Smart Energy Services. Michael was with ESB for 20 years, with significant leadership experience in major project delivery. He is a Chartered Engineer with Post Graduate Diplomas in both Project Management and Management.

Stephen McCarthy, Managing Director, Astra Construction

Stephen McCarthy is the Managing Director of Astra Construction Services Ltd. which he founded over 34 years ago. He has concentrated the business in the Carrigaline area and has built over 2,000 homes.Stephens in-depth knowledge of the house building industry and personal tenacity brought the company through the recession which resulted in the successful completion of a development of 400 houses in Forest Hill, Carrigaline.Having traded successfully over the last 34 years, Astra Construction Services Ltd. is now in the process of building its largest development to date comprising 950 homes in Janeville on the Cork Road in Carrigaline. Stephen is actively involved with Homebond and the CIF, at a local and national level and has held various positions within these organisations including;

  • Director and Past Chairman of Homebond.
  • Past Chairman of Irish House Builders Association (IHBA).
  • Past Chairman of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Cork branch.
  • Current Chairman of the Irish House Builders Association (IHBA) Cork branch.
  • Member of the National Executive of the Irish House Builders Association (IHBA).

Fearghal Reidy, Director of Strategic and Economic Development, Cork City Council

Fearghal Reidy is Director of Strategic and Economic Development with Cork City Council. Fearghal has worked in the public and private sectors in primarily in economic planning and development roles for over 25 years. He is currently responsible for planning policy, economic development, climate action in Cork City. Cork City Council is currently preparing the first of three development plans that will see population of the city grow by 50% to 335,000 over the next 20 years, in a sustainable way.

John Paul FitzGerald, Associate Director of Transport Planning, Jacobs Engineering

John Paul is a Chartered Engineer with Jacobs Engineering, based in our Cork Office. He has 16 years international experience in the fields of transport engineering, planning, design, modelling and safety, having graduated from UCC in 2004 with an honour degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. John Paul was the Project Manager for the Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy which proposes €3.5bn improvements to the Cork transport network including: Light Rail Transit, BusConnects, suburban rail improvements, cycling, pedestrian, road and street network improvements. He recently managed the transport assessments for the Cork City Docks Local Area Plan and the Cork Tivoli Docks Local Area Plan on behalf of Cork City Council. He is currently working in a management and appraisal role on the Cork Light Rail Transit Alignment Options and Feasibility Study.

Dave Coakley, Director, Coakley O’Neill Town Planning Ltd

Dave Coakley is a qualified town planner, member of the Irish Planning Institute and a Director of Coakley O’Neill for the past 10 years. He has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and in the oversight and involvement of multidisciplinary projects, including schools, roads and strategic planning. Dave has a particular expertise in the development planning process and led on the preparation of Integrated Area Plans, Local Area Plans and Action Area Plans while at Cork City Council. In private practice, he has represented numerous private and public clients and advised on residential, commercial, infrastructural, energy, sporting, retail and brownfield land redevelopment projects of varying scales, including strategic masterplanning, policy submissions, initial planning appraisals, applications, appeals and enforcement.

Paul Sheridan, Director of Main Contracting, CIF

Paul Sheridan is a Chartered Engineer and holds a postgraduate diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration. He also has experience in and holds qualifications in Strategy and Innovation, Business Transformation, Organisation Development, Lean 6-Sigma and Strategic HR. Paul began his career as a Contract Manager in the Water and Waste Water Industry. He previously worked in the Tendering and Contracting Department in the CIF before working as an Executive in Industrial Property Development sector. Since then, Paul has worked with Engineers Ireland and the Royals College of Surgeons in areas of policy development, governance, internal consultancy, membership support and service, advocacy, representation, quality assurance and process excellence, accreditation, academic and professional education, training, strategy and business transformation.

Dave Coakley is a qualified town planner, member of the Irish Planning Institute and a Director of Coakley O’Neill for the past 10 years. He has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and in the oversight and involvement of multidisciplinary projects, including schools, roads and strategic planning. Dave has a particular expertise in the development planning process and led on the preparation of Integrated Area Plans, Local Area Plans and Action Area Plans while at Cork City Council. In private practice, he has represented numerous private and public clients and advised on residential, commercial, infrastructural, energy, sporting, retail and brownfield land redevelopment projects of varying scales, including strategic masterplanning, policy submissions, initial planning appraisals, applications, appeals and enforcement.

Michael Broderick, Chief Commercial Officer, House Building Finance Ireland

Michael Broderick, a former Army Officer, joined the NTMA in 2006 as a Financial Analyst with the NDFA, where he worked on a number of PPP infrastructure projects. In early 2011, Michael joined NAMA where he held a number of different roles to include Deputy Head of Residential Delivery. In July 2018, Michael was appointed by the Minister for Finance as Project Lead for HBFI. In April 2019 Michael assumed the role as HBFI Interim CEO and in September 2019 as Chief Commercial Officer. Michael holds an MBA from the UCD Smurfit Business School and is a member and holder of a Diploma in Company Direction from the IOD (Institute of Directors).

Niall Cussen, Chief Executive and Planning Regulator, Office of the Planning Regulator

Niall is the Chief Executive and Planning Regulator at the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) established by Government in April 2019. Prior to his appointment, Niall was Chief Planner at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government from July 2014, having also worked in the Department from January 2000 in a number of professional planning roles. As Chief Planner, Niall was responsible for leading the department’s forward planning section and its professional and multi-disciplinary planning team in developing legislation as well as all Government policy on planning and related matters. This included the National Planning Framework as part of Project Ireland 2040 alongside the National Development Plan. Prior to joining the department in 2000, Niall had an extensive planning career working for local authorities in Clare, Meath, Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanála where he worked in all aspects of the planning process. Niall holds qualifications in economics and geography, regional and urban planning and environmental engineering from Maynooth University (1987), University College Dublin (1989) and Trinity College Dublin (1995). He is a member and a past President of the Irish Planning Institute.

Colm Fitzgerald, Director of Group Construction Services for PM Group

Colm is Director of Group Construction Services for PM Group. A Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Construction Manager by profession, he has over 25 years’ experience in the Project Management, Design, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Validation of Bio/Process plants and Industrial facilities.

He is a graduate of Cork Institute of Technology and holds a Masters Degree in Building Services Engineering/Engineering Management from Brunel University in London. He has an excellent track record in leading multi-disciplinary teams through all project phases for major new builds, expansions, upgrades and shutdown work in the Life Sciences sector.

Colm brings unique experience having worked as Senior Construction Manager/Director for contractor, AE and client. He has completed major high profile Biotech, API, OSD and general Pharma projects for clients such as MSD, Alexion, AbbVie, Pfizer, Sanofi, GSK to name but a few.