Tim Ferris, Director, Jones Engineering

Tim has over 30 years’ experience in the electrical & Instrumentation construction field. In his career to date, Tim has worked in the following countries: Spain, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Holland the UK and Ireland and in the following sectors – life sciences, Healthcare, Data Centres, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Hotel & Commercial sectors.

Tim joined Jones Engineering in 2006 and one of his key functions is the management and future development of the Electrical Divisions of Jones Engineering.

Tim is the past president of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ireland (ECA) and is currently the Chair of the Construction 4.0 CIF committee

Michael McGrath, TD for Cork South Central and is the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

In his time in the Dáil, Michael has served on a number of Oireachtas committees including the Finance Committee, the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, the European Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.
As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael is responsible for delivering well-managed and well-targeted public spending, through modernised, effective and accountable public services. The department oversees the implementation of the National Development Plan, drives the programme of public service reform, and has a key role in decisions made across government.

Eamonn Stapleton, Managing Director, Clonmel Enterprises

Eamonn Stapleton BSc Eng., C Eng has been working with Clonmel Enterprises for 35 years. Eamonn has been the managing director of Clonmel Enterprises for the last 10 years, CECA Executive member since 2011 CECA vice president and is currently studying for Masters in OSH.

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.

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 .

Tara Flynn, Director, Paul Flynn Const. Ltd.

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

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. He is from Coolderry in Co. Offaly.

Frank Kelly, President, Construction Industry Federation

Walls Construction is a top 10 building contractor with a turnover in excess of €250m. Frank is a past president of the MBCA, chair of the CIF Safety Health and Welfare committee and Senior Vice President CIF. He brings over 25 years industry experience operating across a broad range of the industry sectors including commercial, healthcare, education, industrial, retail, conservation and tourism/leisure, Frank has been responsible for the delivery of some notable projects – the Westin Hotel Westmorland Street, Trinity Biosciences and school of medicine Pearse Street and the new Central Bank headquarters on North wall Quay.

Dermot Carey, Director Safety & Training, CIF

Dermot Carey, Director of CIF Safety & Training Department. Dermot has responsibility for developing and guiding the CIF’s policy in these areas. Along with shaping policy, the role involves liaising with Government departments, the Education sector and members, and providing assistance with member’s regulatory compliance from a health and safety perspective. Included in this role is the operation of the Safe- T-Cert accreditation service and its day-to-day operations in the Republic of Ireland.

Shane Dempsey, Director of Communications, CIF

Shane and his team are responsible for devising and delivering external and internal communications strategies on behalf of the CIF. Shane is also responsible for the development and management of media relations, media engagement strategies, public affairs, government affairs and stakeholder engagement.

Sean Downey, Director – Specialist Contracting, CIF

A Chartered and Registered Building Surveyor with over 20 years post graduate, technical and project management experience in Irish and European building projects.

Managing specialist and subcontractor trade associations to assist in the development of professional, efficient contracting businesses.

Our aim is to showcase the value of our member companies as ‘best in class’ and to help them achieve their business growth ambitions. Leading initiatives on innovation, BIM and continuous improvement for the construction sector.

Specialist support areas primarily include, advising on contract, payment, dispute resolution and procurement issues.

Jean Winters, Director, Industrial Relations & Employment Services, CIF (Invited)

Jean and her team provide information and advice to contractors on managing their workforce to ensure compliance with employment protective legislation. The Department also represents contractors at third party hearings, including the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. Jean represents the industry at national level on the NJIC and ENJIC. The Department also provides sample contracts of employment, staff handbooks (which include all relevant policies and procedures) and reference guides.

John O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Clancy Construction

John joined Clancy in 1992 and has over 25 years’ experience working in Ireland’s construction industry. Throughout his career he has worked on a variety of project disciplines including Education, Healthcare, Hotels, Leisure, Residential, Restoration and Conservation projects. John has held positions such as Site Technician, Site Manager and Contracts Manager. He was appointed Contracts Director in 2006, Deputy Managing Director in 2007, Managing Director in 2013 and is currently chairman of the South East branch of CIF (2017).

Colm Burke, MD, Mercury Engineering

Colm is the Managing Director of Mercury’s Hyperscale Data Centres Business Unit. Colm is responsible for ensuring that all projects are managed expertly and efficiently while ensuring that safety and quality are not comprised. He provides leadership and management development for his team and is a key influencer in driving Mercury’s multidisciplinary and integrated approach.
Colm began his career as an apprentice electrician with Mercury in 1981. He progressed from Apprentice to Electrician to Chargehand, Foreman, Project Manager, Contract Manager, Director and then to his present position of a Managing Director. He ensures that Mercury’s presence within the construction industry continues to grow and furthermore has worked toward developing and maintaining lasting professional relationships with Mercury’s clients.
Colm is a member of Mercury’s Lean program team, an initative which emphasises the enhancement of the Company’s offsite fabrication and modular build abilities. The input of 3D modelling teams has been particularly successful in this regard.

Joanne Cluxton, Group HR Manager, Mercury

Joanne is the Group HR Manager at Mercury. Having joined in 2007 as a HR Generalist, Joanne’s influence was imminent as she was heavily involved from the start in Mercury’s Graduate, Apprentice and Leadership programmes. Joanne’s role also involved labour forecasting and scheduling of labour predictions. Joanne’s progression within Mercury hasn’t gone unnoticed both within and outside of Mercury. Having been recently promoted to Group HR Manager, Joanne was shortlisted to the Top Three nominees for HR Professional of the Year with the Irish Early Career Awards.
Joanne’s current role covers all aspects of Human Resources for the Group including Leadership, Talent Management, Succession Planning, Labour Relations, Employment Law Compliance, Employee Relations, Training & Development, Forecasting & Reporting and Performance Management.

Dominic Doheny, Joint Managing Director, John Flanagan Developments Ltd

Dominic joined John Flanagan Developments Ltd in 1978 and was appointed to his current role in 1990. His primary responsibilities, together with John Flanagan, are to develop, plan and deliver future projects and to track trends and identify new development opportunities. He holds a bachelor of Science (Surveying) Degree, Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Construction Economics, College of Technology Bolton Street. He was President of Construction Industry Federation (CIF) in 2018-2019 and Chairman National Construction Industry Council, Board Member Offaly County Development Board, Executive Member Tullamore Chamber of Commerce and Executive Board Member of Midlands Gateway Chamber, CIF representative on the planning & economic Development committee Offaly county council. Offaly County Council Local Community Development Committee board member. He is former Midlands Chairman Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and former President Midlands Gateway Chamber.

Philip Crampton, Owner, G&T Crampton

After graduating as a Civil Engineer from Trinity College, Dublin Philip worked with Ellis Don Construction in Canada, one the largest Canadian general contractors. He returned to Ireland in 1987 to work for G&T Crampton, one of the country’s longest established building contractors. He is currently Joint Managing Director of the company. Philip was President of the Master Builders & Contractors Association (MBCA) in 2003 and 2004 and President of the CIF in 2013 and 2014. He is still heavily involved in various CIF committees being chairman of both the CIF’s Procurement, Tendering and Contractual Matters subcommittee and the Taxation, Investment and Public Spending committee. Philip is also a Vice President of FIEC, the European Construction Industry Federation.

Conor O’Connell, Director, CIF Southern Region

Conor O’Connell is currently 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.

Justin Molloy, Director for the CIF in the Western and Midland

Justin Molloy is the Director for the CIF in the Western and Midland and has extensive experience of working in the construction industry. He is currently responsible for managing the four CIF Western and Midland regional branches; Galway, Donegal, North West and Midland Branches.
Justin also offers expert advice and support to the members, as well as representing their interests on a number of regional committees. He regularly meets with the regional Local Authorities, State Agencies and other industry bodies to further the aims of the industry.

David Lee, Construction Director with Collen Construction Ltd

David Lee is Construction Director with Collen Construction Ltd, having been appointed to the Board in 2015. With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, he brings a wealth of expertise to the operations side of the business.
David is responsible for the safe management and delivery of all construction projects undertaken by the Company. His involvement commences at pre-construction planning stage and remains until post-completion. David has in-depth knowledge of construction methodology and with the ability to create and assertively manage construction schedules; he has been delivering major commercial projects for over a decade managing construction risk across multiple complex projects. Over the past ten years, Collen has successfully completed 275MW of hi-tech space and has expanded its operations into the German and Swedish markets. With its growing presence in Europe from office bases in Frankfurt, Munich and Stockholm, David is actively involved in ensuring Collen delivers built-solutions in the data-centre sector Europe-wide.
Safety is at the core of the Company’s operations and David has a demonstrated track record of ensuring a high standard of Health & Safety on projects. Along with the other directors, David ensures that Health and Safety is embraced from the top down and Collen was one of the first companies globally to attain the world’s first occupational Health & Safety international standard, ISO 45001, in April 2018.
David’s hard-work and determination throughout his career, in a journey of personal and professional development within Collen culminating in his well-deserved directorship, is a true inspiration to all industry operations with aspirations of career development in the construction sector. His leadership in cultivating talent at all levels within the organisation, is a testament to his commitment in continuously driving higher standards for the construction industry.

Danny Murphy, Managing Director, Highway Markings and President of the Alliance of Specialist Contractors

Danny is a charter civil engineer who has run his family-owned business since 2005, Danny Murphy has been an active member of the CIF and was elected onto the National Executive Body of the CIF in 2017, and he has represented CIF on several Department of Transport committees, including for the review of the Traffic Management Manual’s Chapters 7 (Road Markings) and Chapter 8 (Traffic Management). Danny’s Murphy’s business, Highway Markings specialise in road markings, traffic management, and other road maintenance services.