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Peter Kearney

Peter Kearney

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Kearney was appointed as Chief Executive and Board member 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.   


Maeve Hogan

Director Finance

Maeve Hogan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having trained and qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm Degree, followed by a Diploma in Professional Accounting from the Michael Smurfit Business School.

Maeve joined the IAA in 2002 as financial controller having previously worked in services and software industries.


Philip Hughes

Director Technology & Training

Philip Hughes is a graduate of UCD and qualified as a chartered accountant with Stokes Kennedy Crowley. He joined the IAA in 1994 as Head of Internal Audit having previously worked in the food and manufacturing industries.

Philip is currently IAA Director Technology and Training with responsibility for ATM Systems, ATC College and Business IT systems.

Maurice O'Connor

Maurice O'Connor

Acting Director Safety Regulation 

Maurice O'Connor serves as Acting Director of Safety Regulation. The Safety Regulation Division is divided into four departments; Regulatory Performance and Personnel Licensing, Airworthiness, Flight operations and Aeronautical Services.

Brendan Mulligan

Director Human Resources

Mr. Brendan Mulligan joined the Irish Aviation Authority in March 2010 as Director Human Resources.

He was previously Assistant Chief Executive of the Health Service Employers Agency with particular responsibility for Industrial Relations. Following the formation of the Health Service Executive the Agency was subsumed into the Executive where he was appointed Head of Corporate Employee Relations. He formerly held senior management positions in Iarnrod Eireann both in operations and human resources.

Brendan holds a B.A. in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the National College of Ireland, an MSc in Human Resource Management from Sheffield Hallam University, UK and a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Aideen Gahan

Company Secretary

Aideen Gahan is a solicitor and the IAA's company secretary.

She trained in University College Dublin and the Incorporated Law Society and advises the Authority on legal issues.

Ralph James

Director Institution Reform

Ralph James joined the Irish Aviation Authority in May 2015 as Director Safety Regulation, having formally served as Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Irish Defence Forces. He also served as General Officer Commanding the Irish Air Corps and Director of Military Aviation.

Ralph graduated from the 47th Command and Staff Course in the Military College in 1990 and from the University of Glamorgan in 1995 with a BA (hons) Business Studies degree. He is a qualified flight instructor and an approved rating examiner with over 5,500 flying hours’ experience. He has flown a variety of aircraft types across operational and training roles, including maritime patrol and Ministerial air transport.

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