Who We Are

Board of Directors

The IAA Board is appointed by the Minister for Transport and comprises eight non-executive Directors, including Chairman Anne Nolan, and Chief Executive Mr. Eamonn Brennan.

Anne Nolan

Anne Nolan


Anne Nolan was first appointed to the Board of the Irish Aviation Authority in 2006 and was re-appointed by the Minister for Transport for a second term in 2010. She was appointed Chairman of the Authority in July 2010.

Anne is currently Chief Executive of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association Ltd. Anne qualified as a pharmacist in 1982 and became a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland in 1983. She obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from University College, Dublin in October 1993 and in recent years has completed a number of the modules in the Director Development Programme at the Centre for Corporate Governance, UCD.

She was appointed Chief Executive of the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association Ltd in July 1994. She is currently a member of the:

  • Board of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Board of the Association of the European Self-Medication Industry (AESGP).
  • Executive Committee of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries (EFPIA)
  • Board of the Smurfit Graduate School of Business

She was formerly a member of the Irish Medicines Board and the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

Anne is also a part-time lecturer (subject: management science) in the School of Pharmacy, Trinity College, Dublin.

Eamonn Brennan

Eamonn Brennan

Chief Executive

Eamonn Brennan is Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority with responsibility for the Safety Regulation of Irish Civil Aviation and the provision of Air Navigation Services in Irish Controlled Airspace, North Atlantic Communications and Air Traffic Control at the major Irish Airports. He was educated at St. Joseph's College and University College Galway where he graduated with a B. Comm. He subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He then worked for a decade in executive and consulting roles in Ireland, UK, Malta and in South East Asia, mainly in the travel, aviation and tourism industries. He has an avid interest in aviation and has held a private pilot's licence and has enjoyed flying in Ireland, the UK, Europe and Malaysia.

He was the Commercial Director of the Authority prior to his appointment as Chief Executive in 2003.

The IAA has a similar structure to the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States and Mr. Brennan is also responsible for the safety regulation of the worldwide operations of major Irish carriers, e.g. Ryanair, Aer Lingus, maintenance organisations, pilots, airworthiness and other regulatory matters.

He was Chairman of the Eurocontrol Chief Executive's Standing Conference 2004-2006 and Chairman of the Air Navigation Services Board of Eurocontrol 2006-2007.

He was a member of the Executive Board of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation from 2005 to 2011 and served as Global Deputy Chairman and Chairman for various periods.

He was Chairman of the North European Service Providers which includes Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and the UK. This is an affiliation of Air Navigation Service Providers

He also served as Chairman of the COOPANS new ATM Systems Group, Denmark/Sweden/Austria until 2010.

Ernie Donnelly

Ernie Donnelly

Ernie Donnelly has operational responsibility for the Authority's SAFA (Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft) programme and represents the Authority on the EASA SAFA steering group and attends the EU Commission Air Safety Committee.He has extensive experience in the regulatory and safety oversight of airline operators and general aviation in Ireland, and has spent considerable time engaged in the airworthiness certification of Irish registered aircraft operated overseas under lease agreements by Irish based aircraft leasing companies.

He lectures on Continuing Airworthiness Management on IAA sponsored programmes and has been a member of the Services and Enterprises Divisional Executive Committee of IMPACT.

Ernie started his career with Aer Lingus in 1976 and qualified as a licensed engineer in 1982. He joined the Air Navigation Service Office of the Department of Transport in 1989 as an Aeronautical Inspector and transferred to the IAA on its establishment in 1994.

Basil Geoghegan

Basil Geoghegan

Basil Geoghegan is a Managing Director in Investment Banking with Citigroup. He previously was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank and a solicitor at Slaughter and May.

He is a Scholar of, and holds an LL.B from, Trinity College, Dublin and an LL.M. from the European University Institute, Florence

He is a Patron of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain.

M Norton

Michael Norton

Michael Norton graduated from UCD with a B.Comm degree after which he was awarded the first Dr. Dempsey Fellowship by Aer Lingus to train as a Chartered Accountant. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1979.

He has held senior executive management positions in the aviation industry in Europe, Middle and Far East, the Caribbean and Africa.

He was a founder and then Chief Financial Officer for a number of years with Dubai based Emirates Airlines.

Geoffrey O'Byrne White

Geoffrey O'Byrne White

Geoffrey O'Byrne-White was appointed to the Board of the Irish Aviation Authority in December 2010.

Mr O'Byrne-White has over 30 years experience in the aviation industry. He started his career as a pilot with the Irish Air Corps and advanced to the position of head of operations for the Government Air Transport Service in 1985. From there he moved to PARC Group, becoming Director of PARC Aviation and establishing and growing the Maintenance and Consultancy divisions.

He was the Chief Executive of CityJet. from 2000 to 2010 and during his time with the airline it grew from operating with five BAe146 jet aircraft to a fleet of 45 aircraft flying to most of the major cities in Europe. Mr. O'Byrne-White is currently involved in Pilot Training.


Kevin O' Driscoll

Kevin O’Driscoll is Senior Vice President of International Training at DAA International and has extensive international experience in the fields of training and development in places such India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tanzania and Ghana.

He was previously the Change and Modernisation Manager at the Irish Aviation Authority within the Safety Regulation Directorate (2007-10).

Prior to that he was the Human Resource and Public Affairs Adviser in the Dublin Port Company. Kevin has also held roles in Government (1992-97), including Programme Manager Irish Government at the Department of Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

Kevin has a keen interest in aviation and has held a private pilot’s licence for over 30 years and 20 years as a Class 1 Flight Instructor.

He was appointed to the Board of the IAA in September 2013 for a four year period.

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