Our Board

Chairperson

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 Bowers

Andrew 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.

Ministerial Nominees

Carol Bolger

Carol Bolger

Carol Bolger is a Chartered Director and an independent Non-Executive Director. She is an Assessor with the Institute of Director’s Board Performance Evaluation Service and has significant experience in Corporate Governance and board effectiveness. Carol is a member of the Board of Guardians & Directors of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and a Member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Justice & Equality. A Certified Bank Director, Carol has held senior leadership roles in Corporate & Business Banking in Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank where she held a variety of senior roles including Chief Operating Officer of Business Banking and Director of Strategy & Planning. She is an accredited Coach and Mentor and a Fellow of the Institute of Banking.

Deirdre Cullivan

Deirdre 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.

Dr. John McCartney

Dr. John McCartney

Dr. John McCartney is Director of Research at Chartered Surveyors Savills Ireland. An economist by profession, John is well known for his research in construction and real estate economics. John also has extensive professional experience in the field of labour markets and industrial relations. For his doctorate John studied work organisation in Irish enterprises. His other qualifications include a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics and Sociology, an M.A. in Social Policy Analysis, and a B.Sc. in Human Resource Management.

Emeritus Professor James Phelan

James Phelan

Jim Phelan holds the position of Professor of Extension and Rural Development at University College Dublin. He was previously Dean of Agriculture and Head of the Department of Agribusiness, Extension and Rural Development. For the last 10 years he has had a major involvement in teaching and research on health and safety in agriculture and has made presentations on the topic both nationally and internationally.