Directors and Other Information

Lucy McCaffrey


In a career spanning thirty years, Lucy McCaffrey has worked as a business consultant with public and private sector organisations in Ireland and leading multinationals in Europe, the United States and Africa. In 1992, following a number of years with Boston-based innovation consultancy Synectics Inc. she founded Latitude, a consultancy that specialises in supporting strategic organisational change. Latitude’s private sector assignments have spanned the financial services, manufacturing, professional and service sectors. Public sector work has included the facilitation of significant change programmes within a wide range of organisations and initiatives to foster inter-organisation effectiveness and collaboration.

Lucy was first appointed Chairperson of Dublin Port Company by the Minister for Transport in December 2009 and was re-appointed in 2014. She served as a Director of The Dublin Docklands Development Authority, was a Director of Dublin Port Company between 1997 and 2002 and served on the board of the Project Arts Centre for a five year term (1988-1993).

Eamonn O’Reilly

Chief Executive

Eamonn O’Reilly was appointed Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company in August 2010 having previously held the position of Chief Executive at Portroe Stevedores, the Dublin Port based cargo handling business, since 2005. Eamonn also held the role of group development manager of Portroe’s parent company, Doyle Shipping Group, during that time.

Prior to joining the Doyle Shipping Group, Eamonn was Project Manager for Securicor Ireland and has also worked as a management consultant with KPMG. He served as Chief Executive of Marine Terminals Limited between 1992 and 1996.

Eamonn started his career as an engineer with Irish Cement Limited before working overseas in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Congo.

Eamonn is a chartered engineer having graduated from University College Dublin and holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin. Eamonn is a member of Engineers Ireland, and current Chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and is a member of the General Stevedoring Council.

Paul Bates


Paul was appointed to the Board in September 2013 by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. In a Civil Service career spanning 44 years, Paul served in a range of Government Departments, including 18 years on the Tourism portfolio and 4 years as Commercial Counsellor at the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. Before retiring in March, 2013, Paul served as Assistant Secretary General and Head of the Tourism Division in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Paul’s experience includes strategic policy development and analysis, programme design and management, effecting the restructuring of State agencies, governance of State bodies and drafting legislation.

Paul studied economics at UCD and has completed the Assistant Secretary Leadership Challenge Programme at Harvard University.

He previously was appointed by the Government as a member of the Irish Film Board, as a Director of the Shannon Free Airport Development Company Limited and as a Director of Overseas Tourism Marketing Initiative Limited.

Geoffrey Darling


Geoff was appointed to the Board by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in July 2014. A shipping consultant and investor in ships, Geoff has more than 40 years experience within the shipping industry, both at sea and ashore.

Geoff is an advisor to and founding member of a privately held investment group in the shipping industry. The company commercially manage, co-invest in, buy or build ships in various shipping market segments.

As a consultant he advises various clients on commercial and operational aspects within the shipping industry.

Geoff was a founding shareholder/director of an independent ship commercial management company. The company developed into one of the foremost Specialised Reefer Operators. The company was sold in 2005.

His experience covers various shore based management roles within the shipping industry. He is a qualified and experienced Class 1 Master Mariner whose sea experience encompasses 15 years trading worldwide in seagoing ranks including Captain.

Emer Finnan


Emer Finnan was first appointed to the Board of Dublin Port Company in February 2011 by the Minister for Transport and was reappointed in November 2016. Emer is a finance professional with over 20 year’s experience, and is a Partner and Senior Managing Director of Kildare Partners (a private equity fund), since September 2013. Prior to taking up this position, Emer headed up NCB’s financial institutions Group between September 2012 and September 2013. From January to September 2012 Emer worked as an independent consultant. Emer held the role of Finance Director with EBS Building Society from February 2010 to December 2011 and held strategic roles in EBS between 2005 and 2010, in addition to fulfilling the role of Company Secretary during much of that period. Prior to joining EBS, Emer worked as a Director with NCB Corporate Finance Limited and advised on a large number of transactions in the Irish market. Before that Emer worked with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Citibank in corporate finance in London. Emer trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

Emer is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Emer served on the Board of the RTÉ Authority from 2005 to 2010 and is a Director of C&C Group plc and Children’s Fund for Health Limited, the charity associated with the Temple St. Children’s Hospital.

Michael Hand


Michael Hand was appointed to the Board in February 2018 for a period of three years. He has extensive experience over 40 years as a senior leader in the Consulting Engineering and Construction sectors in Ireland and has a track record in leading the design and delivery of major strategic infrastructure projects. He has acted as Chairman and Managing Director of PH McCarthy Consulting Engineers and as a Director of WYG Engineering and JB Barry Consulting Engineers.

From 2010 to 2016, Michael acted as CEO and Director of Grangegorman Development Agency. He is a Non-Executive Director of EirGrid Plc and Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd. He has also worked with distinction as a volunteer and Director in the voluntary community sector.

Michael is highly qualified in Engineering and Business. He holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from NUIG and a Masters in Business Administration from UCD. In 2014, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by DIT. He is a Fellow of four professional institutions and is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Director and a Chartered Water & Environment Manager.

Helen Collins


Helen first joined the Board in August 2012. She is a solicitor by profession and until 2010 was a partner in McCann FitzGerald, with particular experience in commercial litigation in company, banking, insurance, regulatory, EU, Constitutional and administrative law.

Helen is Secretary to the Board and Compliance Officer in NDRC, a company that resources and builds young digital companies to invest in, in order to ensure that digital entrepreneurship is a vibrant and growing part of the economy.

Helen is also a member of the Panel of the Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal, and an accredited CEDR mediator.

Keith Nolan


Keith was appointed to the Board of Dublin Port Company in September 2017. Keith joined the Company in 1997 serving in the role of IT programmer. Keith has since progressed to his current role of ICT Operations Manager taking up more responsibilities and enhancing his skills along the way.

Keith has extensive experience with ICT and his 21 years’ in the Company has exposed him to every section of the organisation and to all of Dublin Port Company’s Operations.

Keith is a long standing member of SIPTU and has been actively involved in a central role on the SIPTU section committee for nearly 20 years.

Michael Sheary

Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer

Michael Sheary joined the Company in 1982 and served in a number of senior roles including Assistant Financial Controller until his appointment as Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer in 2001. Since then Michael has overseen the financial, legal and administrative functions of the Company.

Michael qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1988 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1996. Michael is a Director of Ringsend Bridge DAC having previously represented Dublin Port Company as a Director of East Link Limited. Michael also acts as a Trustee of Dublin Port Company’s Defined Benefit pension scheme.

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