Board of Directors

The Board consists of two executive and four non-executive Directors. Details of the professional and educational backgrounds of each director encompassing the experience and expertise that they bring to the Board are set out below.

John B. McGuckian portrait
John B. McGuckian

Chairman
BSc (Econ)

John B. McGuckian, aged 81, has been a Director for 33 years having been appointed as a non-executive Director in 1988 and Chairman in 2004. He has a wide range of interests, both in Ireland and internationally. He is also a Director of Cooneen Textiles Limited. He is a former Director of a number of listed companies and he has previously acted as the Chairman of; the International Fund for Ireland, the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland, UTV Media plc and as Senior Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Senate of the Queen’s University of Belfast.
Brian O'Kelly portrait
Brian O'Kelly

Independent Director
BBS, FCA

Brian O’Kelly, aged 58, has been a Director for eight years having been appointed to the Board in 2013. Brian is Co-Head of Investment Banking in Goodbody having previously been Managing Director of Goodbody Corporate Finance. He is an executive director of Ganmac Holdings, the parent company of Goodbody. Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and was subsequently a Director of ABN AMRO Corporate Finance. He is a member of the Listing Committee of Euronext Dublin.

Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee (Chairperson), Nomination Committee
John Sheehan portrait
John Sheehan

Independent Director
FCA

John Sheehan, aged 55, was appointed to the Board in October 2013. John holds a senior position with Ardagh Group, a leading operator in the global glass and metal packaging sector with operations principally in Europe and North America. John has over 20 years of experience at management level with exposure to international acquisition and development projects. He was formerly Head of Equity Sales at NCB Stockbrokers, now part of Tilman Brewin Dolphin, where he spent 13 years in a range of roles and directly covered various industry sectors including transport and aviation. John qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.

Committee Membership: Audit Committee (Chairperson), Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee
Catherine Duffy portrait
Catherine Duffy

Independent Director
BA LegSC, DipLeg Stds

Catherine was a Senior Partner and former Chair of law firm A&L Goodbody specialising in Banking and Financial Services. Catherine is a member and a former Chair of the International Legal Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group of Unidroit. She was previously a non-executive Director of Beaumont Hospital and a member of the first Advisory Group to the Irish Maritime Development Office, a government sponsored organisation set up to promote and assist the development of Irish shipping and shipping services.

Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Nomination Committee (Chairperson) and Remuneration Committee
Lesley Williams portrait
Lesley Williams

Independent Director
B.Comm, AIIMR, FCISI

Lesley Williams, aged 55, was appointed to the Board in January 2021. Lesley has over 25 years’ experience in capital markets having held senior positions with Investec Bank plc as Head of Irish Equities, Euronext Dublin (formerly the Irish Stock Exchange) as Head of Irish Market and Goodbody Stockbrokers as Head of Institutional Equity Sales. Lesley holds a number of independent non-executive directorships in the asset management and International fund sectors. She is also a past director of Dublin Port Company where she held the position of Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee. Lesley is an Associate member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) from which she also holds a certificate in ESG investing and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Eamonn Rothwell portrait
Eamonn Rothwell

Chief Executive Officer
MBS, FCCA, CFA UK

Eamonn Rothwell, aged 65, has been a Director for 34 years having been appointed as a non-executive Director in 1987 and subsequently to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 1992. He is also a Director of Interferry European Office A.I.S.B.L. He is a former Director of The United Kingdom Mutual War Risks Association Limited, Interferry Inc and The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Limited. He is a past executive Director of former stockbrokers NCB Group, now part of Tilman Brewin Dolphin. Prior to that, he worked with Allied Irish Banks plc and Fáilte Ireland (The Irish Tourist Board).

Committee Membership: Nomination Committee
David Ledwidge portrait
David Ledwidge

Chief Financial Officer
ACA, BSc (Mgmt)

David Ledwidge, aged 41, was appointed to the Board on 3 March 2016. David joined the Group in 2006 from professional services firm Deloitte where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has held various financial positions within the Group, including Group Risk Accountant, and most recently as Finance Director of Irish Ferries. He was appointed to his current role as Group Chief Financial Officer in May 2015.
Thomas Corcoran portrait
Thomas Corcoran

Company Secretary
BComm, FCA

Thomas Corcoran, aged 56, joined the Company in 1989 from the international professional services firm PwC, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has held a number of financial positions within the Group and is currently Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2001.
John B. McGuckian portrait
John B. McGuckian

Chairman
BSc (Econ)

John B. McGuckian, aged 81, has been a Director for 33 years having been appointed as a non-executive Director in 1988 and Chairman in 2004. He has a wide range of interests, both in Ireland and internationally. He is also a Director of Cooneen Textiles Limited. He is a former Director of a number of listed companies and he has previously acted as the Chairman of; the International Fund for Ireland, the Industrial Development Board for Northern Ireland, UTV Media plc and as Senior Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Senate of the Queen’s University of Belfast.
Brian O'Kelly portrait
Brian O'Kelly

Independent Director
BBS, FCA

Brian O’Kelly, aged 58, has been a Director for eight years having been appointed to the Board in 2013. Brian is Co-Head of Investment Banking in Goodbody having previously been Managing Director of Goodbody Corporate Finance. He is an executive director of Ganmac Holdings, the parent company of Goodbody. Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and was subsequently a Director of ABN AMRO Corporate Finance. He is a member of the Listing Committee of Euronext Dublin.

Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee (Chairperson), Nomination Committee
John Sheehan portrait
John Sheehan

Independent Director
FCA

John Sheehan, aged 55, was appointed to the Board in October 2013. John holds a senior position with Ardagh Group, a leading operator in the global glass and metal packaging sector with operations principally in Europe and North America. John has over 20 years of experience at management level with exposure to international acquisition and development projects. He was formerly Head of Equity Sales at NCB Stockbrokers, now part of Tilman Brewin Dolphin, where he spent 13 years in a range of roles and directly covered various industry sectors including transport and aviation. John qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.

Committee Membership: Audit Committee (Chairperson), Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee
Catherine Duffy portrait
Catherine Duffy

Independent Director
BA LegSC, DipLeg Stds

Catherine was a Senior Partner and former Chair of law firm A&L Goodbody specialising in Banking and Financial Services. Catherine is a member and a former Chair of the International Legal Advisory Panel to the Aviation Working Group of Unidroit. She was previously a non-executive Director of Beaumont Hospital and a member of the first Advisory Group to the Irish Maritime Development Office, a government sponsored organisation set up to promote and assist the development of Irish shipping and shipping services.

Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Nomination Committee (Chairperson) and Remuneration Committee
Lesley Williams portrait
Lesley Williams

Independent Director
B.Comm, AIIMR, FCISI

Lesley Williams, aged 55, was appointed to the Board in January 2021. Lesley has over 25 years’ experience in capital markets having held senior positions with Investec Bank plc as Head of Irish Equities, Euronext Dublin (formerly the Irish Stock Exchange) as Head of Irish Market and Goodbody Stockbrokers as Head of Institutional Equity Sales. Lesley holds a number of independent non-executive directorships in the asset management and International fund sectors. She is also a past director of Dublin Port Company where she held the position of Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee. Lesley is an Associate member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) from which she also holds a certificate in ESG investing and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Eamonn Rothwell portrait
Eamonn Rothwell

Chief Executive Officer
MBS, FCCA, CFA UK

Eamonn Rothwell, aged 65, has been a Director for 34 years having been appointed as a non-executive Director in 1987 and subsequently to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 1992. He is also a Director of Interferry European Office A.I.S.B.L. He is a former Director of The United Kingdom Mutual War Risks Association Limited, Interferry Inc and The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Limited. He is a past executive Director of former stockbrokers NCB Group, now part of Tilman Brewin Dolphin. Prior to that, he worked with Allied Irish Banks plc and Fáilte Ireland (The Irish Tourist Board).

Committee Membership: Nomination Committee
David Ledwidge portrait
David Ledwidge

Chief Financial Officer
ACA, BSc (Mgmt)

David Ledwidge, aged 41, was appointed to the Board on 3 March 2016. David joined the Group in 2006 from professional services firm Deloitte where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has held various financial positions within the Group, including Group Risk Accountant, and most recently as Finance Director of Irish Ferries. He was appointed to his current role as Group Chief Financial Officer in May 2015.
Thomas Corcoran portrait
Thomas Corcoran

Company Secretary
BComm, FCA

Thomas Corcoran, aged 56, joined the Company in 1989 from the international professional services firm PwC, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has held a number of financial positions within the Group and is currently Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2001.