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Michael McGrail

Michael McGrail


Michael is Director of Corporate Strategy with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a member of its Senior Management Team with specific responsibility for all domestic and international banking relationships, investments, funding, major infrastructure projects and commercial aspects of RCSI’s international operations and developments.

A chartered accountant, he was admitted to partnership in PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1986, with responsibility for establishing a Corporate Finance Advisory Service. He was subsequently given responsibility for the Firm’s Management Consultancy practice. On the merger of PW and Coopers & Lybrand, he was appointed a member of the Irish Firm’s eight person Territory Leadership Team. In this capacity he worked on the merger of the two firms, led the combined firms’ corporate finance and management consultancy service lines for many years and subsequently led the successful separation and sale of the firm’s Management Consultancy service to IBM.

He specialised in corporate finance, consultancy and strategic advice to government departments, commercial semi-state entities (including regulated entities) large corporates, both publicly quoted and private, not for profit agencies and cooperatives. He acted as interim finance director for a number of publically quoted companies. He was the founding chair of the Irish pharmacy regulator’s Preliminary Proceedings Committee and held that role for eight years until 2018.

Michael is a Commerce graduate of UCD and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers.

Peter Kearney

Peter Kearney

Peter Kearney was appointed as Chief Executive of the IAA in June 2018.  Placing innovation at the core of his leadership, Peter is keen to ensure that the IAA delivers best in class service to its customers and stakeholders and is regarded as a leader in the Irish aviation sector and amongst small to medium ANSPs.

Prior to being promoted to this role, Peter held a number of positions within the IAA.  As Director of ATM Operations and Strategy between 2012 and 2018, Peter was responsible for all aspects of the IAA’s commercial Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP) business.  In this role, Peter ensured that the IAA continued to deliver a safe, high quality service whilst also growing the IAA’s commercial revenue in a sustainable manner.

Peter has worked with the IAA since 1998, holding various management positions and also working initially as an Air Traffic Controller.  He has a strong interest in innovation in ATM, being a key advocate of the IAA’s successful Remote Towers Project (which won the Single European Sky Award in 2017) and being heavily involved in Aireon, the IAA’s investment in the world’s first satellite based air traffic surveillance system.

Committed to strategic collaboration, Peter has been a strong supporter of COOPANS, the IAA’s world leading partnership with Naviair, LFV, AustroControl, Croatia Control and now NavPortugal.  Peter has represented the IAA and Ireland at a range of European and International Fora, including ICAO, CANSO, EUROCONTROL and EASA and in negotiations with the European Commission.  

Peter is a graduate of Harvard Business School as well as holding a Masters in Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics from Cranfield University and a BSc. (hons) Business Management from Trinity College Dublin.

With a keen interest in aviation Peter is a qualified helicopter pilot.   

Cian Blackwell

Cian Blackwell

Cian is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience covering professional services, aviation and other industry sectors.

He has worked as a management consultant with Accenture, a partner with Grant Thornton — where he was responsible for governance, risk, control and internal audit services — and as Head of Internal Audit and Group Treasurer with Ryanair.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Risk Management, diplomas in Corporate Governance and Aviation Financing, and a private pilot’s licence.

Marie Bradley

Marie Bradley

Marie Bradley is Managing Director of Bradley Tax Consulting. She has a broad experience in advising personal and corporate clients in the areas of Irish and international corporate acquisitions, reconstructions and reorganisations and foreign direct investment into Ireland. She previously worked in the taxation departments of PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.

She is a graduate of UCD (B Comm and MAcc), a fellow of the Irish Tax Institute and Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Ernie Donnely

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.

Gerry Lumsden

Gerry Lumsden

Gerry Lumsden has almost 40 years of experience in the aviation sector, both nationally and internationally. He was Secretary General of the Paris-based European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), the European arm of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). He participated in all major developments in European civil aviation including market deregulation, negotiations with the US, relations with the European Air Safety Agency (EASA), security responses to terrorism and liaising with the European Commission to enact ECAC’s policies into European law.

More recently he was a senior consultant on aviation matters with Hume Brophy and has also worked on aviation projects with the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport and with the IAA.

Joan McGrath

Joan McGrath

Joan McGrath is an experienced HR leader who has held strategic roles guiding organisations through periods of change, restructuring, acquisitions and expansion programmes.

Joan was previously the Head of Human Resources at Davy and was a Board Director there for many years. During her career, she has worked in a range of industries from microelectronics manufacturing to builders merchants, where she had responsibility for HR and health and safety.

Joan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Masters in Business Studies and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from UCD.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Eimear O’Rourke

Eimer O’Rourke

Eimer worked in the representational sector for more than 15 years.

As Director Retail with the Irish Banking Federation, she acquired significant experience in analysis, influence and implementation of regulatory, legal and strategic change arising at both domestic and EU level.

She holds a Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance, as well as an MBS in Financial Services and a BA in Psychology.

She is a non-Executive Director on the Board of St. John of God Community Services clg. and she previously served on the Dormant Accounts Board and on the Board of the Investor Compensation Company Ltd.

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