The Board of Shannon Group consists of seven non-executive members who are appointed by the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport and two worker board members appointed pursuant to the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977.
The board's primary role is to monitor the performance of the Group, satisfy themselves that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible, and ensure that the principles and provisions set out in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies are adhered to.
Rose Hynes, Chairman
Rose Hynes was appointed as Chairman of the Shannon Group Board on its incorporation on the 29th August 2014. She chairs Shannon Group’s Remuneration Sub-Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Sub-committee. She was appointed to the Board of Shannon Airport Authority as Chairman Designate in November 2012 and was appointed Chairman in January 2013. Rose is also Chairman of Origin Enterprises plc and is a non-executive director of a number of other companies in various sectors including Total Produce plc, IPL Plastics plc and Eir.
Rose is a lawyer and was a member of the senior management team in GPA for many years. GPA was one of the world’s largest lessors and financiers of aircraft. She is also a former Chairman of Bord Gais/Ervia and former non-executive director of Bank of Ireland, Fyffes plc and Aer Lingus. She is a law graduate of University College Dublin and is a native of County Clare.
Mary Considine, CEO
Mary is the CEO of the 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 the former Airport Director and led the successful separation of Shannon Airport from the DAA in 2012 leading to Shannon Airport becoming independent on the 31st of December 2012. Mary is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience across the aviation, finance and commercial sectors having held a number of senior roles within the Group.
She is a member of the governing authority of Mary Immaculate College and she is the current President of Shannon Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Kelly was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on the 25th October 2017. He chairs the Shannon Group Audit and Risk Sub-Committee. He is the Chief Executive Officer of AerCap Ireland Limited. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of AerCap’s Irish operations and has a substantial aircraft leasing and financial services background.
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, 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.
Kathryn O’Leary Higgins
Kathryn O’Leary Higgins was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on its incorporation on the 29th August 2014. She chairs the Shannon Group Health, Safety, Security and Environment Sub-committee. Kathryn is a public policy consultant and transport expert based in the United States and President of the Higgins Company, a government relations firm.
Liam O’Shea was appointed to the Board of Shannon Group on its incorporation on August 29th 2014. He sits on both the Audit and Risk and Remuneration sub-committees.
Liam is Managing Director of both Clare FM and Tipp FM and is also a Director and Vice Chairman of Independent Radio Sales in Dublin. Liam also sits on the Board of Tipperary Invests. 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.