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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.   

            

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.

            

Pascal Fitzgerald

Pascal Fitzgerald is a publican in Co. Clare and has been involved in the hospitality industry for a number of years. Pascal has served as a public representative in Clare County Council from 2004-2014. During his tenure, Pascal sat on a number of Strategic Policy Committees; on the Boards of Management in Vocational Education Committees; and was also a member of the Joint Policing Committee for County Clare. 

He was Chairman of the Twinning Committee of Clare County Council, which involved collaborating with Newery & Mourne and the Scottish Isles and promoting tourism and events in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Ireland. He has gained vast experience engaging with other local County Councils within and outside the State.

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.

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