The Commissioners of Irish Lights is vested under Section 634 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 with the responsibility for superintendence and management of all lighthouses and other aids to navigation for Ireland (North and South) and the adjacent seas and islands.
The Merchant Shipping Act 1995 Section 195 (1) empowers us with the same function for Northern Ireland and adjacent seas and islands.
Aids to navigation are provided to standards set by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).
The Board meets eight times a year to review and update its strategies and to oversee the effective and efficient operation of the organisation. From 2013, new Commissioners will be appointed for a five year term with the possibility of a renewal for another five years. Appointement of new Comissioners to fill vacant positions is advertised in the national press in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Such appointments are subject to negative resolution by An Taoiseach. Commissioners do not receive any remuneration for their services.
(Chairman - Commissioners of Irish Lights)
Mark is an independent director and chairman of a number of regulated property funds. He is also a solicitor and retired partner of the Dublin law firm, Arthur Cox. He was head of the Arthur Cox Commercial Real Estate Practice from 2006 to 2016 and a member of the Management Committee (Executive Board) of the firm from 2002 to 2016. His field of expertise (where he practiced for over 30 years) is commercial real estate, including the purchase, sale, leasing, financing and development of commercial real estate on behalf of institutional and private equity investors and/or owner-occupiers. He is a member of the Conveyancing Committee of the Law Society of Ireland and currently is the convenor of the Law Society task force on commercial leases. He is a member of the Development Council of the Sutherland School of Law at UCD. He has been a Commissioner since 2013, and served as the Chair of the Joint Strategic Board of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland in 2021 and 2022. An active sailor for over 40 years, he is a member of the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and of Clifden Boat Club.
(Vice Chairman - Commissioners of Irish Lights)
Adam has over 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry. He is currently Systems Engineering Director at Cisco (UK and Ireland) and a Director of Cisco (Ireland). From 2012 to 2017 he was the General Manager at Cisco (Ireland). Adam has served on a number of Industry representative bodies. Adam is currently a member of the IBEC Digital Policy Committee and the Governing Council of Technology Ireland. During his early career he worked for Irish Marine and Offshore Electronics, based in Cork, having studied Marine Radar Maintenance and Marine Radio Communications. In 1985 he joined Nixdorf Computer commencing a 30 year career in ICT. Throughout his career he has been directly responsible for a range of large ICT project deployments. Adam is a passionate sailor.
Kieran was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of Irish Lights in 2013. He is a BA graduate from University College Cork, and a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Director. He chaired the Irish Lights Audit and Risk Committee for six years and took up the position of Chairman of the Board from 1st January 2020.
He is a business consultant and a non-executive director of companies and charities. He is an expert in management information systems in complex environments. He served on the main board of AIB Group plc. and its principal subsidiaries in Belfast, London and Poland. Kieran brings experience in embedding risk-based approaches with a focus on improving board performance. He was a partner in Dyno-Rod, the drain clearing company, for 25 years. Kieran served as a council member of IBEC for eight years, and as Chairman of the Small Firms Association for six years, working closely with State departments and agencies and has addressed conferences throughout Europe. He is a sailor and a member of the Royal St George Yacht Club.
David was appointed a Commissioner in 2005 and became Chairman in mid-2014. He was Chair of the Joint Strategic Board of the three General Lighthouse Authorities of the United Kingdom and Ireland from 2012 to mid-2014. He is the Managing Director of Technico, a company specialising in solutions for the Irish telecoms industry. He has worked with the company for 30 years in Ireland, and on contract to Alcatel, located in Vienna and Paris.
David is a Trustee of the RNLI and Chairman of the RNLI Council for Ireland. He is a member of the Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin. He was a founding Trustee and Chairman of Bracken Hill School Charitable Trust, Howth. He was a director and the Safety Officer for the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland. A sailor since childhood, he has a lifetime enthusiasm for the sea, sailing all manner of dinghies and yachts, both locally and overseas.
Donal is a Professor of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) where he leads the Networks & Telecommunications Research Group (NTRG). This group is active in exploring topics relating to the future of the Internet, including computer and network security. He has written two books and over 100 papers, published in international journals and conferences, and produced a number of patents. In 2004, he founded the CTVR telecommunications research centre which acted as the catalyst for the establishment of Bell Labs Ireland. He is a fellow of TCD (2000) and a Fulbright Fellow (1999). Donal is active in technology entrepreneurship and has founded and assisted Internet start-up companies as well as teaching undergraduate courses on High Tech Venture Creation. He is a keen sailor, qualified to Yachtmaster Coastal level, and an active member of the Sailing in Dublin Club.
Dan’s career has focused on Innovation Management, R&D and business development spanning Industry, Academia and Government. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Master in Engineering Science from UCD. He is founder of Nua Venture Ltd. a company focused on technology driven start-ups. Between 1997 and 2009 he was the Head of Technology Strategy with ACT Venture Capital Ltd. He has held interim management roles as Executive Director of the CRANN Institute at TCD, and as CEO of Hemanua (Dublin) & Hemacon (Düsseldorf and Bangalore). His early career was with Digital Equipment Corporation in France & with Siemens in Germany.
Dan chairs the scientific advisory board of the European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment. He is the Chairman of marine data company, TechWorks Marine Ltd. and adjunct faculty at the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD. He is a former Chair of IBEC’s ICT R&D Committee and a former Director of the SmartBay Marine Test and Demonstration Facility. Dan has a life time passion for the marine environment.
Recently retired, Olive was Executive Director for Business Strategy Implementation, in Invest Northern Ireland. In this role she has led on the development and execution of a new business strategy for Invest Northern Ireland, targeting economic growth through job creation, increased exports and innovation. Prior to this Olive was Director of Innovation & Technology Solutions at Invest Northern Ireland were she led a team of engineers and scientists providing advice and support to businesses across a range of disciplines including sustainable development, design, innovation, ebusiness and intellectual property. Olive is also a non-executive trustee with Victim Support Northern Ireland and was previously a non-executive with LEDCOM one of a network of local enterprise agencies. She is very familiar with the marine sector in Northern Ireland, particularly opportunities emerging from the renewable energy sector. Olive is an enthusiastic coastal rower.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant, and was most recently Chief Financial Officer of V.Group, a leading independent provider of global marine support services. He has 30 years of international finance experience of public and private markets, leading several very significant financial transactions. He currently works on a number of international private and not-for-profit Boards in an non-executive capacity. He is an RYA Coastal Yachtmaster with extensive experience of both inshore and offshore yacht racing. He is a member of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, and currently resides in Dublin and London.
Dr Sally Montgomery
Sally has been a science educator for over 40 years and currently works at Aberdeen Science Centre as a client representative for their £5m redevelopment project. She was an independent consultant for many years providing expert advice on the establishment of visitor attractions, particularly around science education including, Esplora the new Science Centre in Malta, the Great Light in Belfast and development proposals in Kuwait, St Petersburg, and Dún Laoghaire Harbour. Sally established and was CEO of W5 at Odyssey, consistently one of the top visitor attractions in Belfast. She is currently a Board member of the Titanic Foundation Ltd., Chair of Newry Mourne and Down District Council’s Task and Finish Board for the restoration of Castlewellan Forest Park, and a former Board member of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau and Tall Ships Board.
- Ex-Officio Board Members
Dermot Lacey has been a member of Dublin City Council since 1993 and served as Lord Mayor of Dublin in 2002-2003. He is a former Chairperson of the Housing, Finance and Arts Committees and of the Dublin Regional Authority, the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly and the Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly. The only person ever to have served in all three posts. He is Leader of the Labour Group on the Council. He is a member of the board of the Royal Hospital Voluntary Housing Association and the Royal Hospital and was co founder of the popular News Four Newspaper. Dermot is a member of the City of Dublin Education Board and Chairperson of several of their Colleges. He is a former member of the Board of FAS (the State Employment and Training Board), the Dublin Docklands Development Council and the UCD Governing Authority.
Danny Byrne was appointed to the board of the Commissioners of Irish Lights after being elected to Dublin City Council in May 2019. His family history is steeped in the commercial fishing industry and in the lighthouse service. Both his Grandfather Jim Byrne and his Grand Uncle Paddy Byrne were Lighthouse keepers, both at St. Johns Point in Co. Donegal. He also serves as a member of the city wide Policing Committee and The Economic Development & Enterprise Strategic Policy Committee on Dublin City Council. He works as an Estate Agent and is a member of the Poolbeg Yacht & Club & The RDS.
Donna Cooney is a member of the Green Party and was elected to Dublin City Council in 2019. Donna has been a community activist for 25 years, working to protect Dublin Bay, the Promenade, St. Anne’s Park and Fairview Trees & Park. She has campaigned for the protection of natural and built heritage in Dublin Bay and for enhanced public transport. In addition she has campaigned for safer cycling /walking environments and on creating more resilient communities so we can meet the challenges of Climate Change.
Yvonne Shields O'Connor
Yvonne joined as Chief Executive in August 2011. She has worked in the marine sector in Ireland for 19 years, previously as Director of Strategic Planning and Development in the Marine Institute and before that held various roles in the public, not for profit and private sector in marine tourism, aquaculture sector and in forestry. She has a Masters in Environmental Science from TCD, an MBA from DCU and has completed a Chartered Directors Programme with the Institute of Directors. She is a Council Member of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities, a Director of SmartBay Ireland Ltd, a member of the European Strategic Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy Oceans and previously held various Board and advisory positions in Ireland and internationally.
(Director of eNavigation & Maritime Services)
Ronan joined Irish Lights in February 2019 having previously held a number of senior management roles in the Irish Naval Service, RNLI and in the private sector. Ronan leads the development of Irish Lights strategy and policy relating to future eNavigation services, in addition to heading up current service delivery through the ILV Granuaile. The eNavigation & Maritime Services department is divided into two main areas: Navigation Services (including ILV Granuaile) and the Design & Development Hub. In consultation with our internal and external stakeholders, the EMS department is tasked with provision of navigation policy advice, navigation risk assessment, optimising our current & future marine data assets, support for service delivery to Coastal Operations and reviewing current and future provision of Aids to Navigation.
(Director of Information and Communication Technology)
John joined the Commissioners of Irish Lights as Head of Information Systems in 2000 and was appointed Director of Technology and Data Services in 2012 and Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in 2019. The ICT team is responsible for developing and implementing new technologies as well as supporting existing systems and services for the benefit of both Irish Lights employees and stakeholders. The ICT team manage the communications networks that allow Irish Lights to provide the most cost effective mix of traditional and electronic aids to navigation for the mariner. These networks and systems provide the backbone for the delivery of services and the monitoring and remote control of both Irish Lights and third party aids to navigation and infrastructure. The ICT department has two divisions, namely, Infrastructure & Operations and Business Solutions.
(Director of Coastal Operations)
Clodagh joined the Commissioners of Irish Lights in early 2023 as Director of Coastal Operations. Clodagh is a Chartered Civil Engineer with expertise in Contract Law, Design, Environmental, Safety and Quality Management. Clodagh has an extensive career both in Ireland and overseas including the UK, Hong Kong, Thailand and the UAE working at senior level for Civil contractors, Design Consultants and within the Public Sector.
Clodagh leads the Coastal Operations, Property Management, Safety and Quality, Support and Planning and Commercial Services teams at the Commissioner of Irish Lights.
(Director of Corporate Services)
Hugh joined Irish Lights in November 2012 having held a number of senior management roles in the private sector across a number of industry areas. Hugh heads up the Corporate Services team which provides financial guidance and support to the organisation, our stakeholders and customers and our two sponsoring government departments. Corporate Services is divided into three main areas: Finance, Legal & Insurance and Procurement. Our core responsibilities include financial management, corporate governance, commercial decision support, audit & legal, strategy & planning, procurement and administration.
The Coastal Operations (CO) Department is focused on delivery of operations on the coast and the Dun Laoghaire facility.
The eNavigation and Maritime Services (EMS) Department is a newly created Department and will lead on foresight, policy and stakeholder engagement and the integrated design, development and delivery of visual/electronic AtoN and maritime information services, and also provide technical support for coastal maintenance activities. Its functional units include: Navigation Requirements and Services and eNavigation & Maritime Services Design & Development Hub.
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department supports the efficient and effective execution of the organisation’s business processes, design of network and systems architecture and management of ICT infrastructure and networks.
The Corporate Services (CSD) Department is responsible for Finance and Management Accounting, Corporate Governance, Annual Corporate Plan & KPI Reporting, Legal and Insurance, Procurement, Support to Commercial Services and Business Continuity.
In addition the Human Resources Team, Communications Manager and Programme Manager report directly to the Chief Executive.