Our Board


Tom Coughlan

Tom Coughlan

Tom Coughlan has extensive senior management and leadership experience having retired as Chief Executive of Clare County Council following a career in local government. He has wide experience of the public sector having served as chairman of various committees and boards at national and local levels.

Tom is a non-executive Director of Failte Ireland and of the Eirgrid Group. He is a lay member of the Complaints and Client Relations Committee of the Law Society of Ireland, an Associate Tutor with the Institute of Public Administration, and a member of the Institute of Directors of Ireland.

Qualifications which Tom holds include Bachelor of Arts (Public Administration), Senior Executives Programme (Harvard University), and Professional Certificate in Corporate Governance.

Employer Nominees

Andrew BowersAndrew Bowers

Andrew Bowers is Director Operational Excellence for the Enterprise Management System (EMS) of Baxter International where his responsibilities include manufacturing and operating management system development and deployment globally.  Prior to that he held senior positions in Environment, Health & Safety in Baxter for over 20 years lastly as Director EHS & Sustainability for the EMEA region in Baxter and managing the corporation’s global certification programme to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. He was Chair of Ibec’s Health & Safety Policy committee for 6 years.

Paul Kelly

Frank Kelly

Employee Nominees

David Hughes

Deirdre McDonald

Michelle Quinn

Ministerial Nominees

Deirdre CullivanDeirdre Cullivan

Deirdre Cullivan is a science graduate with extensive experience working the pharmaceutical sector. She is working as an HR consultant, having held the post of HR director at Pfizer Healthcare (2003 – 2008). She is a serving board member with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (where she is a serving Finance Committee member) and has completed a professional Certificate in Corporate Governance with the IPA. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Stephen Curran

Stephen Curran

Stephen Curran is a Principal Officer in the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) with responsibility for Workplace Health and Safety and Chemical Regulation. He has over 30 year’s managerial experience in a variety of business environments within both the public and private sectors. His previous responsibilities included the Industrial Relations Policy Unit, the Inward Investment, North/South Unit and the Tax Policy Unit in DBEI. He was the Ministerial representative on the Board of Shannon Development while working on the restructuring of the company and the formation of the new Shannon Group.

Prior to joining DBEI he held the position of General Manager Business Strategy and Marketing in Ordnance Survey Ireland managing the business and supply departments. He was also a board member of An Post Geodirectory.  

Stephen holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Queens University and worked for a number of years as an industrial chemist in Ireland and Southern Africa. He also worked for a multinational German chemical manufacturer for several years in the area of sales and marketing. His other qualifications include an MBA in international business from the University of Ulster and a Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD.

Three more Ministerial appointments are currently being processed by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.