The Board is responsible for the overall governance, management and strategic direction of the Company and sets the Company’s values and standards ensuring the principles of corporate governance of transparency, accountability, responsibility and independence are adhered to.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Conal Henry, Chairperson
Conal Henry was appointed as Chairperson in March 2022. Conal is the founder and Chair of Fibrus. Before co-founding Fibrus Conal was CEO of enet taking it from start up to its £200m acquisition by the Irish Infrastructure Fund in 2017, as CEO of Enet, Conal also lead what is now known as NBI to become the winning bidder for the €2bn Irish National Broadband Plan. Prior to enet Conal was Commercial Director at Ryanair having been Head of Finance for Non Food and George Clothing at Asda in the UK.
Conal graduated in Law from QUB in 1991 and is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Mary Considine, Chief Executive Officer
Mary is the Chief Executive Officer. Mary was formerly Deputy CEO and CFO/Company Secretary. In her previous role as Airport Director she led the successful separation of Shannon Airport from daa leading to Shannon Airport becoming independent in 2012 and the formation of the Group in late 2014. Mary is a qualified accountant and she has extensive experience in the areas of aviation, commercial and finance having previously held a number of senior roles within the Company.
Mary is President of the Ibec Midwest Regional Committee and sits on IBEC’s national council. Mary currently is on the Fáilte Ireland Wild Atlantic Way Tourism Co-ordination steering group and is a member of the Governing Authority of Mary Immaculate College. Mary is a former director and past President of Shannon Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Kelly was appointed to the Board in October 2017. He chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.
Tom has a substantial aircraft leasing and financial services background. He was the Chief Executive Officer of AerCap Ireland from 2010 to 2021, having previously served as its Chief Financial Officer.
Previously, Tom spent ten years with GECAS with roles as Chief Financial Officer and Director of GECAS Limited, GECAS’s Irish operation. He also served as global controller for GECAS in his role as Senior Vice President & Controller. Prior to joining GECAS, he spent over eight years with KPMG in London, where his last role was Senior Manager in their financial services practice.
Tom is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.
Ambrose Loughlin was appointed to the Board in May 2019. Ambrose was a partner for 22 years with McCann FitzGerald, one of Ireland’s leading law firms where in addition to client advisory work on financial services, he served in several senior management roles involving finance and risk.
He is a Board member of the National Museum of Ireland since 2016 and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee. He is a member of the Finance HR and Asset Management Committee of the University of Limerick. From 2013 to 2019, he chaired the Audit Committee of the Department of Finance. He has particular expertise in the areas of risk management and corporate governance.
Liam O’Shea was appointed to the Board in August 2014. Liam is the former Chairman and Managing Director of Clare FM and Tipp FM and currently sits on the Board of Tipp FM. He is a founder member and former Chairman of Spin South West, and a founder member and former Board Director of Newstalk. Liam was inducted into the PPI Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mike Quinn was appointed to the Board in March 2020. Mike is an experienced executive having held roles at CEO and Vice President level. He is currently CEO of UK based Doncasters Group, a leading international manufacturer of high-precision alloy components. His former roles include CEO of Bord Na Mona and Ervia and Chief Operating Officer of WElink Energy, a global renewables company. Prior to this Mike held roles in several aerospace companies at Group Vice President level.
Mike holds a degree in Applied Physics and Electronics from Dublin City University, a post graduate diploma from the University of Limerick and has completed advanced Leadership programs in Ross School of Business in the University of Michigan, and Cranfield University. Mike attended the authentic leaders program in Harvard University and completed the Institute of Directors diploma in Company Direction with the Irish Management Institute.
Stephen Rae was appointed to the Board in May 2019. Stephen is the founder of KOBN Cybersecurity, Climate and Compliance Advisory. He is chair of AML Intelligence, the global Anti-Financial Crime and Compliance publication. He is a co-founder of Callaway Climate Insights, the climate and ESG business intelligence site. Stephen serves on the Supervisory Board of the World Association of News Publishers, WAN-IFRA. He has served as a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Online Disinformation and on the Board of the World Editors Forum.
He was the first Group Editor-in-Chief at Independent News & Media, Ireland's largest media group, where he oversaw the group’s online operations and four national newspapers. Previously, he was the editor of two national newspapers and Independent.ie. Stephen is a qualified barrister and holds the Award in Business & Leadership from the Directors Course at Cranfield University.
Linda Tynne was appointed to the Board in December 2018 as an Employee Representative. Linda has worked at Shannon Airport for 35 years initially in Shannon Duty Free in 1987, travelling to St Petersburg to the new downtown duty free shop. After her time in Russia, Linda returned to Shannon and worked throughout the Airport and currently she works in Shannon Airport Cost Management Accounts.
Kevin McCarthy was appointed to the Board in December 2018 as an Employee Representative. Kevin spent 40 years working in Shannon Airport’s Police and Fire Service before his retirement in October 2019.