The Shannon Group Board is responsible for the overall governance, management and strategic direction of the Company . The Board sets the Company’s values and standards ensuring the principles of corporate governance of transparency, accountability, responsibility and independence are adhered to. The Board is responsible for monitoring the performance of the Group and ensure that the financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible.
Conal Henry, Chairperson
Conal Henry was appointed Chairperson of Shannon Group on 30th March 2022. Conal is the founder and Chair of Fibrus. Before co-founding Fibrus he was CEO of enet taking it from start up to its £200 million acquisition by the Irish Infrastructure Fund in 2017. As CEO of Enet, Conal also lead what is now known as NBI to become the winning bidder for the €2 billion Irish National Broadband Plan. Prior to his time with enet, Conal was Commercial Director at Ryanair and previously was Head of Finance for Non Food and George Clothing at Asda in the UK.
Conal graduated in Law from Queens University Belfast in 1991 and he is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Mary Considine, Chief Executive Officer
Mary is the Chief Executive Officer of Shannon Group, the parent company of Shannon Airport Authority, Shannon Commercial Properties and Shannon Heritage and supports the growing aviation cluster through the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) brand.
Mary was formerly Deputy CEO as well as CFO/Company Secretary of the Group. In her previous role as Airport Director she led the successful separation of Shannon Airport from daa leading to Shannon Airport becoming independent on 31st December 2012 and the formation of Shannon Group in late 2014. Mary is a qualified accountant and she has extensive experience in the areas of aviation, commercial and finance having previously held a number of senior roles within the Group.
Mary is a member of the Governing Authority of Mary Immaculate College and is also a member of the Governing Body of Limerick Insitute of Technology. Mary is a current director and past President of Shannon Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the VHI Healthcare Members’ Advisory Council.
Tom Kelly was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 25th October 2017. He chairs the Shannon Group Audit and Risk Committee. He has a substantial aircraft leasing and financial services background.
He was the Chief Executive Officer of AerCap Ireland Limited from 2010 to 2021, having previously served as its Chief Financial Officer.
Previously, Tom spent ten years with GECAS where his last roles were as Chief Financial Officer and director of GECAS Limited, GECAS’s Irish operation. He also served as global controller for GECAS in his role as Senior Vice President & Controller. Prior to joining GECAS in 1997, he spent over eight years with KPMG in their London office, where his last role was acting as a Senior Manager in their financial services practice.
Tom is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.
Ambrose Loughlin was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 15th May 2019. Ambrose was a partner for 22 years with McCann FitzGerald, one of Ireland’s leading law firms where in addition to client advisory work on financial services, he served in several senior management roles involving finance and risk. He is a board member since 2016 of the National Museum of Ireland and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee. He was recently appointed to the Finance HR and Asset Management Committee of the University of Limerick. From 2013 to 2019, he chaired the Audit Committee of the Department of Finance. He has particular expertise in the areas of risk management and corporate governance.
Kevin McCarthy was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on its incorporation on the 29th August 2014 to the 29th August 2018 as an Employee Representative. He was again appointed to the Board as an Employee Representative on the 1st December 2018. Kevin has spent 39 years working in Shannon Airport’s Police and Fire Service.
Liam O’Shea was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on its incorporation on 29th August 2014. He sits on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Liam is the former Chairman and Managing Director of Clare FM and Tipp FM and currently sits on the Board of Tipp FM. He is a founder member and former Chairman of Spin South West, and a founder member and former Board Director of Newstalk. Liam was inducted into the PPI Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mike Quinn is an experienced executive having held roles at CEO and senior level since 2007. He is currently CEO of UK based Doncasters Group, a leading international manufacturer of high-precision alloy components. Doncasters Group serves, among others, the aerospace and automotive markets worldwide, with manufacturing plants in the UK, US and Germany. He is former CEO of both Ervia and Bord Na Mona and was Chief Operating Officer of WElink Energy, a global renewables company. Prior to these roles, Mike was group vice president of Precision Castparts airframe segment, a US Aerospace manufacturing company. He previously held senior management roles in Tellabs, Stryker and Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon.
Mike holds a degree in Applied Physics and Electronics from Dublin City University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from the University of Limerick. He has completed advanced leadership programmes at the University of Michigan, USA, and Canfield University in the UK. More recently, he has attended the authentic leaders programme in Harvard University, and completed the Institute of Directors Diploma course in Company Direction at the Irish Management Institute.
Stephen Rae was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on 15th May 2019. Stephen is a Senior Global Advisor and Principal at KOBN Reputation & Risk Advisory. He is chairman of the International Fraud Prevention Conference, an events and content business in the cyber security space. Stephen serves on the Supervisory Board of the World Association of News Publishers, WAN-IFRA. He has previously served as a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Online Disinformation and on the board of the World Editors Forum.
In 2018, Stephen stepped down from his role as Group Editor-in-Chief at Independent News & Media, Ireland's largest media group, where he oversaw the group’s online operations and four national newspapers. Previously, he was the editor of two national newspapers and Independent.ie.
Stephen is a qualified barrister and holds the Award in Business and Leadership from the Directors Course at Cranfield University.
Linda Tynne was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 1st December 2018 as an Employee Representative. Linda has worked at Shannon Airport for the past 31 years starting in Shannon Duty Free in 1987, travelling to St Petersburg to lend expertise to the new downtown duty free shop. After her time in Russia, Linda returned to Shannon and worked in a range of different departments such as Shannon Aviation Fuels, cash office as supervisor. Most recently, Linda works in Shannon Airport Cost Management Accounts.