Henrik Lund-Nielsen

Henrik Lund-Nielsen

Founder and CEO, 3D Printhuset A/S, Denmark

Henrik an international speaker and recognised expert on 3D construction printing. He has been the project leader for a 3-year research programme under the Danish Partnership for 3D construction printing. As part of this project he personally visited more than 35 of the international 3D construction printing projects in Europe, Asia and the US. In addition, Henrik is the founder, CEO and driving force behind the Danish 3D printing technology company 3D Printhuset, which 3D printed the first building in Europe last year, The BOD (“Building On Demand”) in Copenhagen, Denmark. The building is fully compliant with all EU building requirements.

Henrik is a serial entrepreneur and for the past 20 years has founded/co-founded and exited several companies with valuations of +100 million DKK(€13.5m). He spent 12 years as CEO for various industrial companies, including blue-chip Danish conglomerates Velux and Scandinavian Tobacco. With up to 1,000 employees, he managed significant restructuring of these businesses. Other investments included Gypsum Recycling International, which is a key player in the European gypsum recycling industry. The company in 2007 won a Cleantech Award as the most promising Danish cleantech company.

Henrik then turned his focus to “early” business development by founding, investing in and running new start-ups. He founded and invested successfully in more than 10 start-ups, 3 of which achieved valuations of above 100 million DKK €13.5m), including co-founding two IT and mobile internet companies. Henrik is now focused on 3D printing and creating disruptive businesses based on this technology.

Sandi Rhys Jones OBE

Sandi Rhys Jones OBE

Management consultant, non-executive director, motivational speaker, pragmatic and practical champion for women in construction, engineering and science

Sandi’s long career in engineering, construction and property began when she became the first woman construction journalist in the UK, working on the weekly newspaper Construction News. She went on to work in technical and professional public relations for a range of organisations including technology companies such as Hewlett Packard before forming her own consultancy specialising in construction and engineering.

For more than 40 years she has delivered strategic marketing and management services to help national and international organisations improve their businesses – often the only woman in the boardroom, conference hall or site office. Her clients have included contractors, housebuilders, suppliers, representative organisations and local and national governments.

Sandi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society, a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. An advocate of the importance of engineering and the built environment to society, and the role of women in these sectors, she has participated in a number of government/industry initiatives, working with business, professional institutions and universities. She was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 1998 for promoting opportunities for women in the construction industry and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University for her work in gender equality.

An experienced non-executive director, she is currently on the board of Envirobuild Ltd, a sustainable building products company. Previous non-executive director roles included the construction and property company Simons Group, London Docklands Light Railway and Engineering UK.

Brian Morrisroe

Brian Morrisroe

Founder and CEO, Morrisroe Group and member of the Construction Leadership Council, UK

A J Morrisroe & Sons Ltd was founded by Brian Morrisroe in 1983 to meet the growing demand for reliable sub-contractors specialising in groundworks and reinforced concrete frame construction. To meet the increasing technical complexity of construction projects in London, the Morrisroe Group has expanded into a multi-faceted business providing a range of construction services as well as structural and post tensioning design. The Group includes structural engineering firm, Kingscote Design Ltd which provides technical solutions to a range of complex construction challenges and PT installation firm Kingscote PostTensioning Ltd. Fit-out and joinery contractor, Houston Cox Ltd and joinery manufacturer, Piper Joinery Ltd are also part of the Morrisroe Group.

An astute and pragmatic businessman, sensitive to the market, Brian has continually developed the business to exceed client expectations and secure competitive advantage. Iconic and award-winning projects include the Aquatic Centre, Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club and The Library of Birmingham.

Brian has fostered a culture of high performance that attracts and retains great people and has enabled the business to develop a reputation for technical excellence and safety leadership. Brian is passionate about developing skills, encouraging greater diversity and an advocate for the apprenticeship programme.

A member of the Concrete Structures trade association ‘Construct’ since its inception, Brian is highly respected by his peers and has developed a reputation for professionalism and integrity that has elevated the subcontracting world. Brian represents the supply chain at a range of forums addressing topics ranging from Brexit to payment practices. He is a Board Member of both the Construction Leadership Council and Build UK.

The Morrisroe group is now a leading light in the construction supply chain, role modelling best practice in the delivery of shared value and committed to new ways of working that will transform the Sector

Chris Sexton

Chris Sexton

Technical Director, Crossrail, UK

Chris joined Crossrail at the start of construction in early 2010. He is a member of the Crossrail Board and his accountabilities include engineering, assurance, systems integration, information, sustainability, quality and assurance. He was President of the Chartered Quality Institute from 2014 to 2017 and is a Fellow of the Institution of Royal Engineers and the Chartered Quality Institute.

Chris joined Crossrail from Laing O’Rourke where he was Head of Engineering for the European business. His first career was in the Royal Engineers. He served on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Northern Ireland and is an alumni of the Indian National Defence College in New Delhi. His final military role was Chief Engineer of the Army, responsible for 10,000 military engineers and for the UK’s military engineering capability worldwide.

Caroline Spillane

Caroline Spillane

Director General of Engineers Ireland

As Director General, Caroline is committed to improving efficiencies, increasing benefits and developing a proactive member-centric organisation. Since beginning her tenure in July 2015 as the first female Director General of the organisation, Caroline has been connecting with the engineering community on how Engineers Ireland can tailor responsive action to support member careers and industry opportunities. As result, she is leading the executive team in developing and delivering a strategic plan for the future. Priority goals include building the profile and enhancing the reputation of the engineering profession, ensuring the standard of members is regarded as world class and collaborating with members to enable their professional progression.

Prior to joining Engineers Ireland, Caroline was CEO at the Irish Medical Council. She has held senior roles in organisations including Assistant National Director with the HSE, and Chief Executive Officer of the CPA. She is a Chartered Director and is a non-executive director of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), is Chair of the National BIM Council (Building Information Modelling) – a national body to support the advancement of digital in the construction sector and is a former Chair of the Construction Industry Council.

Mike Quinn

Mike Quinn

CEO, Ervia

Mike joined Ervia in late October 2017 from Bord na Mona where he held the role of Chief Executive Officer. He joined Bord na Mona in 2015 having worked as a Group Vice President for Precision Castparts (PCC), a global aerospace company, where he led a group of five companies with locations in the USA, India, China, the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining PCC, Mike held various senior management positions in Tellabs, Stryker and Lufthansa Tecknik. He spent the earlier part of his career working in engineering roles with Amdahl Ireland and Apple Computers.

Mike holds a degree in Physics and Electronics from DCU and a post graduate qualification in Project Management from UL. He also studied advanced Leadership programmes at both Cranfield University and the Ross School of Business in the University of Michigan.

Ian Kehoe

Ian Kehoe

Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster

Ian is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author. In 2014, at the age of 34, he was appointed Editor of The Sunday Business Post newspaper, a position he held for four years. He has twice been named as the Ireland’s Business & Economics Journalist of the Year. Kehoe is a former presenter and reporter with RTE’s Prime Time programme where he chronicled Ireland’s economic collapse. Kehoe has made several major television documentaries, including Namaland and Who’s Buying Ireland. His most recent documentary, The Great Irish Sell-Off, exposed the scale of vulture fund activity in post-crash Ireland. He is the co-author of Citizen Quinn, a bestselling book about the rise and fall of the industrialist Sean Quinn

Jeanette Mair

Jeanette Mair

Economic and Policy Research Executive, the Construction Industry Federation

Jeanette works with Federation policy committees and directors, helping guide policy across a spectrum of economic / industry / fiscal / regulatory / development issues. She is also responsible for carrying out and commissioning new research, expanding the CIF’s information databases, preparation of submissions and strategy papers and advocating on various industry matters to support CIF’s dialogue with key policy stakeholders.
Jeanette joined the CIF in 2007 as Housing, Planning and Development Executive, a role she held until 2017. She was Project Manager of CIRI (Construction Industry Register Ireland) from 2013 to 2017 during which time she oversaw the establishment and operation of the new register. Jeanette has been Manager of the CIF’s Register of Heritage Contractors since 2011.

Tom Parlon

Tom Parlon

Director General, the 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.

Dominic Doheny

Dominic Doheny

President, Construction Industry Federation

Dominic is a graduate of both Bolton Street and Trinity College Dublin and has been the joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Developments since 1989.

He is the former Chairman of the Irish Home Builders Association and brings a
wealth of personal experience, spanning more than three decades, to the role of President.

Anne Dooley

Anne Dooley

Managing Director, Wintrop Engineering and Contracting Ltd

Anne is a qualified Mechanical Engineer, and joined Winthrop in 1997. A director and shareholder, Anne has overall responsibility for all projects, whilst also performing a vital role in the day to day operations and cost management of the company.

Anne has been a crucial part of Winthrop’s significant but steady growth in the mechanical, electrical and mission critical turnkey sector over the last 20 years, with the company estimated to achieve a turnover of €275m in 2018.

Practising a hands-on management style with the project managers and site team,

Anne plays a particularly vital role in managing high value, complex projects.

Anne is currently managing a turnkey data centre portfolio worth over €500m, encompassing various projects across Europe, which commenced in 2015.

Large commercial projects are also part of Anne’s remit. Google HQ, Facebook HQ, and The National Gallery, are recently completed projects, along with current commercial projects nearing completion such as the prestigious new Central Bank of Ireland development, and Miesian Plaza.

Anne is renowned throughout the construction industry as having a no nonsense proactive & positive attitude to project delivery, aligned with a strict approach to project cost management.

At the 2008 o2 National Business Awards, Anne won the top prize, collecting the award for ‘Business Woman of the Year’. In 2018 Anne was recognized as WXN (Womens Executive Network) one of Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Award Winner, an honour celebrating fearless female leaders whose efforts to succeed continue to inspire others

Philip Lee

Philip Lee

Partner, Philip Lee

Philip is a leading expert in the area of procurement, construction, competition and trade law.
He advises clients in relation to the largest public utilities projects in the country. His extensive PPP experience includes roads, waste, waste water and electricity PPP projects where he acts for both public and private bodies.
He acts as an advocate in construction arbitration and has appeared before the ECJ representing clients on matters of European law. As a litigator, Philip was the first private lawyer to represent countries before the WTO appellate body.
Philip has a well-established background in energy law and telecommunications regulation from his previous role as a legal advisor in the petroleum industry. He also worked as a consultant to a multinational enterprise on the application of EU and international law.

Philip is the author of Public Procurement, the first legal book on this topic, published by Butterworths. He has also published numerous articles on competition law and international trade.

Gordon O’Regan

Gordon O’Regan

CEO, L & M Keating

L&M Keating Ltd is a multidisciplinary civil, building and marine engineering contractor. The firm, placed 25th in CIF Construction’s Top 50 Contractors last year with a turnover of €60m, was acquired by Dublin-based CBD Capital in January 2018.

With over 20 years’ industry experience, Gordon has a strong track record of success gained in senior leadership roles within major civil engineering and infrastructure organisations in the UK.

Gordon works with his team at L&M Keating to extend the reach and reputation of the company – as an innovative, collaborative, sustainable and safe construction business that is founded upon renowned technical expertise and focused on delivering value for its customers.

Drawing on his UK experience Gordon is a strong advocate of the benefits of organisations working together within the industry to build a strong and resilient employment and skills infrastructure in Ireland to address the challenges posed by industry skills and capacity shortages.

Michael Flannery

Michael Flannery

CEO, Bartra Capital

Mike has over 15 years of experience in property having been Finance Director of Ireland’s 3rd largest construction contractor (+€500m turnover) and a director of one of Ireland’s largest development entities with over €3 billion of assets in development in all property sectors from residential, commercial and PPPs.

From 2012 to 2015 Mike held the position of Chief Operations Officer of the CIE Group. CIE owns all of Ireland’s public transport services (rail and bus) with a Balance Sheet of over €3 billion and 10,000 employees.

In the 3 years Mike was with CIE, in addition to refinancing the group and overseeing a €120m improvement in operating profit performance, Mike had direct responsibility for the management of the CIE property portfolio. CIE’s property holdings are the 2nd largest in Ireland after the Office of Public Works.

His recent experience in the public sector gives Mike an invaluable insight into how the Irish government works and the longer term strategic issues that affect public infrastructure investment in Ireland.

Mike’s past experience includes corporate finance, investment banking and aircraft leasing in a Chartered Accountant’s career spanning 20+ years.

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

Chief Economist, Goodbody Stockbrokers

Dermot is Chief Economist with Goodbody Stockbrokers, a position he has held since November 2004. He is responsible for the economics output of the research department.

This role entails providing commentary and analysis for a large range of domestic and international clients through regular research reports and briefings. He is also a member of the company’s asset allocation committee.

During Ireland’s adjustment programme with the EU/IMF, he was a regular private sector participant in the missions. He is a regular contributor to economic debate in the domestic and international media (cited in the Financial Times, New York Times, Irish Times, among others) and author of a journal paper on deleveraging. He has been the Number 1 Irish economist in the annual Extel awards for the past five years.

Robert Watt

Robert Watt

Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Robert Watt is Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. The Department has responsibility for public expenditure policy, capital spending and Public Private Partnerships and overall management and reform of the Irish public service. With the Department of Finance it manages the budget process and advises the Government on economic and budget policy.

Robert is leading a major public sector reform programme in areas such as procurement, shared services and digitalisation and civil service renewal

The Department is responsible for the Government’s open and transparency agenda and is leading on the reforms of the Freedom of Information Act, Regulation of Lobbyists, Whistleblowers and the Open Data Partnership. The Department is also driving the Civil Service renewal project which aims to modernize the Irish Civil Service. Enhanced performance and accountability is an integral part of this agenda.

Robert is a member of the Government’s Economic Management Council and is a key advisor to the Government on budget, financial and economic matters. He is an economist and has experience in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in a range of roles within the Department of Finance as well as previously working as an Economic consultant. He is a member of the board of the NTMA and the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

Shane MacSweeney

Shane MacSweeney

Partner, Head of Government and Infrastructure, EY

Shane is a Partner in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services team focusing on Government and Infrastructure Advisory.

He has over 16 years’ experience working on large Infrastructure projects globally. He focuses on providing commercial, financial and economic advisory services in the infrastructure field to government and corporate clients – including project finance and public private partnership (PPP) transactions – in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Recent projects include Regional Rail Link (Melbourne, Australia), Second Sydney Airport, Cross River Rail (Brisbane, Australia), Northern Beaches Hospital PPP (Sydney, Australia), Social Housing PPP (Sydney, Australia), Dublin Metro North PPP (Ireland), NRA PPP Roads Programme (Ireland), Mass Rail MRT-J (Jakarta, Indonesia), King Abdullah City (Saudi Arabia), and King Hamed General Hospital (Bahrain).

Fergal Murphy

Fergal Murphy

General Manager, Kingspan Insulation Ireland

Fergal Murphy is the newly appointed General Manager of Kingspan Insulation Ireland. Fergal is a graduate of the school of Architectural Technology in Dublin Institute of Technology and he also holds a Master’s Degree in Management for Sustainable Development from Dublin City University.

Fergal started his professional career as an Architectural Technologist. He has worked in two very busy Architectural practices in both Cavan and Dublin, undertaking a wide variety of technically challenging and demanding projects. He developed a keen focus on energy efficient design and a practical approach to achieving low energy buildings.

Fergal joined the Kingspan team in 2000, beginning his journey as a Specifications & Business Development Manager for Kingspan Insulated Panels, progressing into the Regional Sales Manager role for Ireland. In 2009, Fergal moved to the USA to take up the role of National Sales Director which quickly advanced to VP of Sales & Business Development for the USA & Mexico.

He returned to Ireland in 2016 to take on the role of Commercial Director for Kingspan Insulated Panels & Benchmark which lead to his current role as General Manager of our insulation businesses in Ireland.

Tara Flynn

Tara Flynn

Director, Paul Flynn Construction and Chairperson of Construction Industry Federation, Western Region

Businesswoman and mother of four, Tara Flynn has been involved in the construction sector for over 25 years, playing a key role in the development and modernisation of their family company Paul Flynn Construction, established by her father in the 1970s.

As well as the driving force behind the company’s business development, finances and tendering, Tara was elected as the first female Chairperson of the CIF Galway Branch last November 2017 and has become heavily engaged in the Construction Industry Federation.

In 2015 Tara became a member of the Ballinasloe Business Town Team (a Business group set up to try and promote their town and attract new business into their locality).

She was recently shortlisted for the Galway County Council Cathaoirleach’s awards 2018 and in her spare time Tara is Minor Board Chairperson of her local GAA Club Padraig Pearses.

Wesley Rothwell

Wesley Rothwell

Chief Commercial Officer, Glenveagh Properties Plc

Wesley is responsible for leading Glenveagh’s Land and Portfolio Management team, focusing on acquiring assets and also actively asset managing the Group’s multi-year land bank. Wesley is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor and is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology and Trinity College with a degree in Property Economics. Wesley previously worked at CBRE for 17 years in various capacities and led CBRE’s commercial and residential land and residential capital markets team in Dublin as Executive Director.

Pat Lucey

Pat Lucey

Director for Infrastructure, John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd

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 25 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 Senior Vice President of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and is a past President of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).