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Leadership

Influence and empower

Leadership Behaviours

Designer Group is the international business you see today thanks to the ambition, knowledge and passion within our leadership team. Michael Stone, Group CEO, has nurtured our most important asset, our people, bringing together some of the most dynamic, enthusiastic and professional leaders within the industry to ensure we exceed our clients’ expectations.

Today’s complex business environment calls for a new approach to leadership. This approach must focus on co-creating meaningful value with, and for, all stakeholders, including clients, employees, suppliers, and our broader community. In an open system, everyone will win.

Lead by example


Michael leads by example, cultivating a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect. He understands that building and growing a sustainable business is not only about employing the highest skilled, but also about a team which shares the same vision and values. 

Driving HSQE culture


Our world-class occupational health, safety and wellbeing programme is led by our Board of Directors and is implemented through senior management. Its success is fostered by a culture that encourages and empowers employees to take charge of safety without fear of reprisal. 

Group Leadership Team

Michael founded Designer Group in 1992 following an extensive career with the ESB. His vision has been instrumental in the development and advancement of Designer Group to its current position as one of the globe’s leading engineering contractors. Michael is the former Head of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and is passionate about respecting our people, our environment, and our communities. He recognises and champions the growing awareness and demand for responsible business behaviour which is an essential part of his leadership.

Michael Stone|Group Chief Executive Officer

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Michael founded Designer Group in 1992 following an extensive career with the ESB. His vision has been instrumental in the development and advancement of Designer Group to its current position as one of the globe’s leading engineering contractors. Michael is the former Head of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and is passionate about respecting our people, our environment, and our communities. He recognises and champions the growing awareness and demand for responsible business behaviour which is an essential part of his leadership.

Tim joined Designer Group in January 2020 to support our ambitious plans for future growth and development and brought with him a significant depth of financial, commercial and general management experience. Prior to joining the Group, Tim was Group Finance Director of Cairn Homes Plc and spent over a decade with Musgrave Group Plc as Group Finance Director and Group Business Development Director. Tim is a also fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Tim Kenny |Group Chief Financial Officer

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Tim joined Designer Group in January 2020 to support our ambitious plans for future growth and development and brought with him a significant depth of financial, commercial and general management experience. Prior to joining the Group, Tim was Group Finance Director of Cairn Homes Plc and spent over a decade with Musgrave Group Plc as Group Finance Director and Group Business Development Director. Tim is a also fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Paul is a mechanical engineer and brings over 25 years of international experience into the company encompassing process, utility, building and civil engineering projects. Paul worked on Diageo’s capital investment management team for many years delivering projects in locations across Europe, China, Africa and South America. In more recent times, Paul worked for the German engineering group GEA where he was Managing Director for one of their companies located in Slovenia. Having joined Designer Group in March of 2022 as Senior Operations Director, in his new role as UK Managing Director, Paul hopes to continue building long-term customer partnerships through excellence in project execution and aftercare.

Paul Waugh|UK Managing Director

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Paul is a mechanical engineer and brings over 25 years of international experience into the company encompassing process, utility, building and civil engineering projects. Paul worked on Diageo’s capital investment management team for many years delivering projects in locations across Europe, China, Africa and South America. In more recent times, Paul worked for the German engineering group GEA where he was Managing Director for one of their companies located in Slovenia. Having joined Designer Group in March of 2022 as Senior Operations Director, in his new role as UK Managing Director, Paul hopes to continue building long-term customer partnerships through excellence in project execution and aftercare.

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Michael founded Designer Group in 1992 following an extensive career with the ESB. His vision has been instrumental in the development and advancement of Designer Group to its current position as one of the globe’s leading engineering contractors. Michael is the former Head of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and is passionate about respecting our people, our environment, and our communities. He recognises and champions the growing awareness and demand for responsible business behaviour which is an essential part of his leadership.

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Tim joined Designer Group in January 2020 to support our ambitious plans for future growth and development and brought with him a significant depth of financial, commercial and general management experience. Prior to joining the Group, Tim was Group Finance Director of Cairn Homes Plc and spent over a decade with Musgrave Group Plc as Group Finance Director and Group Business Development Director. Tim is a also fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

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Paul is a mechanical engineer and brings over 25 years of international experience into the company encompassing process, utility, building and civil engineering projects. Paul worked on Diageo’s capital investment management team for many years delivering projects in locations across Europe, China, Africa and South America. In more recent times, Paul worked for the German engineering group GEA where he was Managing Director for one of their companies located in Slovenia. Having joined Designer Group in March of 2022 as Senior Operations Director, in his new role as UK Managing Director, Paul hopes to continue building long-term customer partnerships through excellence in project execution and aftercare.

Paul joined Designer Group in 2022 bringing over twenty years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge to our established business. Paul has worked on high-profile projects across a wide number of sectors including; data centre, pharmaceutical and industrial, both in Ireland and overseas. As Managing Director, Paul has overall responsibility for managing the Irish and International parts of our group and is instrumental in maintaining and nurturing our culture of excellence and delivery for our valued clients. Paul holds a Building Services Degree together with a Diploma in Project Management and is a member of CIBSE and Engineers Ireland. He is also the Vice President of the Mechanical Engineering & Building Services Contractors Association of Ireland.

Paul Nicholls|Ireland Managing Director

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Paul joined Designer Group in 2022 bringing over twenty years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge to our established business. Paul has worked on high-profile projects across a wide number of sectors including; data centre, pharmaceutical and industrial, both in Ireland and overseas. As Managing Director, Paul has overall responsibility for managing the Irish and International parts of our group and is instrumental in maintaining and nurturing our culture of excellence and delivery for our valued clients. Paul holds a Building Services Degree together with a Diploma in Project Management and is a member of CIBSE and Engineers Ireland. He is also the Vice President of the Mechanical Engineering & Building Services Contractors Association of Ireland.

Dympna joined Designer Group in 2018 with over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry. Her responsibilities include vetting contract and related documents at bid and contract award stages, in addition to the negotiation of contract terms upstream and downstream for our Irish, African and US projects. Dympna holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration and provides contractual advice and training to our project teams, whilst supporting the business with legal and insurance matters pertaining to our contracts.

Dympna Mullally|Head of Contracts Compliance and Company Secretary

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Dympna joined Designer Group in 2018 with over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry. Her responsibilities include vetting contract and related documents at bid and contract award stages, in addition to the negotiation of contract terms upstream and downstream for our Irish, African and US projects. Dympna holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration and provides contractual advice and training to our project teams, whilst supporting the business with legal and insurance matters pertaining to our contracts.

As a Non-Executive Director for the UK business Bob provides advice from a principal contractor’s perspective to our project teams and our senior leadership team. Throughout his career Bob worked for many UK-wide main contractors as Project Manager as well as at business or regional level across most construction sectors. His projects were often high profile with values ranging from £5m up to £250m, covering most forms of contract and procurement routes. Bob is renowned for the depth of his technical knowledge and his collaborative but nevertheless demanding management style, the combination of which produce a sustained, results-driven approach. Bob prioritises long-term relationships with clients, designers and the supply chain alike, helping to fulfil successful project and business delivery and securing repeat business.

Bob Clarke|Non-Executive Director

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As a Non-Executive Director for the UK business Bob provides advice from a principal contractor’s perspective to our project teams and our senior leadership team. Throughout his career Bob worked for many UK-wide main contractors as Project Manager as well as at business or regional level across most construction sectors. His projects were often high profile with values ranging from £5m up to £250m, covering most forms of contract and procurement routes. Bob is renowned for the depth of his technical knowledge and his collaborative but nevertheless demanding management style, the combination of which produce a sustained, results-driven approach. Bob prioritises long-term relationships with clients, designers and the supply chain alike, helping to fulfil successful project and business delivery and securing repeat business.

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Paul joined Designer Group in 2022 bringing over twenty years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge to our established business. Paul has worked on high-profile projects across a wide number of sectors including; data centre, pharmaceutical and industrial, both in Ireland and overseas. As Managing Director, Paul has overall responsibility for managing the Irish and International parts of our group and is instrumental in maintaining and nurturing our culture of excellence and delivery for our valued clients. Paul holds a Building Services Degree together with a Diploma in Project Management and is a member of CIBSE and Engineers Ireland. He is also the Vice President of the Mechanical Engineering & Building Services Contractors Association of Ireland.

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Dympna joined Designer Group in 2018 with over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry. Her responsibilities include vetting contract and related documents at bid and contract award stages, in addition to the negotiation of contract terms upstream and downstream for our Irish, African and US projects. Dympna holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration and provides contractual advice and training to our project teams, whilst supporting the business with legal and insurance matters pertaining to our contracts.

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As a Non-Executive Director for the UK business Bob provides advice from a principal contractor’s perspective to our project teams and our senior leadership team. Throughout his career Bob worked for many UK-wide main contractors as Project Manager as well as at business or regional level across most construction sectors. His projects were often high profile with values ranging from £5m up to £250m, covering most forms of contract and procurement routes. Bob is renowned for the depth of his technical knowledge and his collaborative but nevertheless demanding management style, the combination of which produce a sustained, results-driven approach. Bob prioritises long-term relationships with clients, designers and the supply chain alike, helping to fulfil successful project and business delivery and securing repeat business.

Dave is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in engineering and capital investment management, including 26 years with Diageo where he was Global Engineering Director. Dave brings a unique breadth of experience to the business having worked in China, the USA, Central America, Europe and Africa. Before joining Diageo Dave worked across a diverse range of industries including oil & gas, automotive, pharmaceutical and dairy.

Dave O'Leary|Non-Executive Director

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Dave is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in engineering and capital investment management, including 26 years with Diageo where he was Global Engineering Director. Dave brings a unique breadth of experience to the business having worked in China, the USA, Central America, Europe and Africa. Before joining Diageo Dave worked across a diverse range of industries including oil & gas, automotive, pharmaceutical and dairy.

Niall holds Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and an MSc in Information Systems. He leads the group’s Design & Engineering division and his role is key to the ongoing modernisation of information and communications systems. Niall champions a collaborative approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies throughout the group.

Niall Stone|Director of Engineering

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Niall holds Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and an MSc in Information Systems. He leads the group’s Design & Engineering division and his role is key to the ongoing modernisation of information and communications systems. Niall champions a collaborative approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies throughout the group.

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Dave is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in engineering and capital investment management, including 26 years with Diageo where he was Global Engineering Director. Dave brings a unique breadth of experience to the business having worked in China, the USA, Central America, Europe and Africa. Before joining Diageo Dave worked across a diverse range of industries including oil & gas, automotive, pharmaceutical and dairy.

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Niall holds Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and an MSc in Information Systems. He leads the group’s Design & Engineering division and his role is key to the ongoing modernisation of information and communications systems. Niall champions a collaborative approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies throughout the group.

Regional Leadership Teams

With hundreds of skilled and professional employees, Designer Group promotes effective leadership at all levels of the business, and across the globe.  The results can be see in our projects which are completed showcasing outstanding safety records and which meet unrivalled quality standards.

Support Services

Jonathan is an experienced accountant with strong management skills who joined Designer Group in 2016 as a Financial Director. Jonathan’s responsibilities include reviewing all UK financial processes and policies as well as working closely with the commercial and operations teams to develop and manage the ongoing analysis of project reviews. Jonathan also provides financial control and support to the procurement function, identifying opportunities to strengthen financial systems and controls.

Jonathan Panton|Finance Director

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Jonathan is an experienced accountant with strong management skills who joined Designer Group in 2016 as a Financial Director. Jonathan’s responsibilities include reviewing all UK financial processes and policies as well as working closely with the commercial and operations teams to develop and manage the ongoing analysis of project reviews. Jonathan also provides financial control and support to the procurement function, identifying opportunities to strengthen financial systems and controls.

Paul joined Designer Group in September 2016 as Financial Controller for the FM business. Prior to joining Designer Group he worked for various companies in the FM industry including Veolia and Noonan. Paul was promoted to the position of Irish FD in October 2019. Paul holds and Honours Degree in Business Studies (BSc from the University of Limerick) and is a fully qualified member of the ACCA.

Paul O'Donnell|Finance Director

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Paul joined Designer Group in September 2016 as Financial Controller for the FM business. Prior to joining Designer Group he worked for various companies in the FM industry including Veolia and Noonan. Paul was promoted to the position of Irish FD in October 2019. Paul holds and Honours Degree in Business Studies (BSc from the University of Limerick) and is a fully qualified member of the ACCA.

Mike’s duties involve overseeing and managing the estimating department as part of the group’s new business development. Mike is involved with the reviewing of cost plans, the undertaking of value engineering, cost saving, the review of tender information to ascertain suitability, tender risk analysis and pre- and post-tender meetings with clients including clarification and negotiation meetings.

Mike Sharples|Pre-Construction Director

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Mike’s duties involve overseeing and managing the estimating department as part of the group’s new business development. Mike is involved with the reviewing of cost plans, the undertaking of value engineering, cost saving, the review of tender information to ascertain suitability, tender risk analysis and pre- and post-tender meetings with clients including clarification and negotiation meetings.

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Jonathan is an experienced accountant with strong management skills who joined Designer Group in 2016 as a Financial Director. Jonathan’s responsibilities include reviewing all UK financial processes and policies as well as working closely with the commercial and operations teams to develop and manage the ongoing analysis of project reviews. Jonathan also provides financial control and support to the procurement function, identifying opportunities to strengthen financial systems and controls.

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Paul joined Designer Group in September 2016 as Financial Controller for the FM business. Prior to joining Designer Group he worked for various companies in the FM industry including Veolia and Noonan. Paul was promoted to the position of Irish FD in October 2019. Paul holds and Honours Degree in Business Studies (BSc from the University of Limerick) and is a fully qualified member of the ACCA.

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Mike’s duties involve overseeing and managing the estimating department as part of the group’s new business development. Mike is involved with the reviewing of cost plans, the undertaking of value engineering, cost saving, the review of tender information to ascertain suitability, tender risk analysis and pre- and post-tender meetings with clients including clarification and negotiation meetings.

Shona joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 25 years’ experience in HR Management within the clinical healthcare, social care and pharma/medical devices sectors. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Shona holds a BA in Communication Studies and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Shona’s responsibilities are to devise HR strategies which support the achievement of business plans in the Irish business, alongside managing the employee lifecycle; developing the talent, diversity and engagement agenda for DG.

Shona Boyne|HR Director

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Shona joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 25 years’ experience in HR Management within the clinical healthcare, social care and pharma/medical devices sectors. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Shona holds a BA in Communication Studies and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Shona’s responsibilities are to devise HR strategies which support the achievement of business plans in the Irish business, alongside managing the employee lifecycle; developing the talent, diversity and engagement agenda for DG.

Brendan oversees our off-site prefabrication activities and takes a leading role in the training and development of our apprentices. He joined the company in 1996 and has witnessed substantial changes in how construction projects are delivered. Brendan works with our BIM Team to ensure that the latest advances in technology are reflected in our Lean workflows.

Brendan Kearns|Training Director

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Brendan oversees our off-site prefabrication activities and takes a leading role in the training and development of our apprentices. He joined the company in 1996 and has witnessed substantial changes in how construction projects are delivered. Brendan works with our BIM Team to ensure that the latest advances in technology are reflected in our Lean workflows.

Matt joined Designer Group in 2012, after establishing a career working with other high-profile companies in the industry for over 30 years. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and technical skills across an array of engineering disciplines within the mechanical and electrical sectors. Matt prides himself with his meticulous focus to detail and assuring our clients requirements are always delivered to the highest possible quality and standard.

Matt Dyer|Technical Director

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Matt joined Designer Group in 2012, after establishing a career working with other high-profile companies in the industry for over 30 years. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and technical skills across an array of engineering disciplines within the mechanical and electrical sectors. Matt prides himself with his meticulous focus to detail and assuring our clients requirements are always delivered to the highest possible quality and standard.

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Shona joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 25 years’ experience in HR Management within the clinical healthcare, social care and pharma/medical devices sectors. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, Shona holds a BA in Communication Studies and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. Shona’s responsibilities are to devise HR strategies which support the achievement of business plans in the Irish business, alongside managing the employee lifecycle; developing the talent, diversity and engagement agenda for DG.

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Brendan oversees our off-site prefabrication activities and takes a leading role in the training and development of our apprentices. He joined the company in 1996 and has witnessed substantial changes in how construction projects are delivered. Brendan works with our BIM Team to ensure that the latest advances in technology are reflected in our Lean workflows.

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Matt joined Designer Group in 2012, after establishing a career working with other high-profile companies in the industry for over 30 years. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and technical skills across an array of engineering disciplines within the mechanical and electrical sectors. Matt prides himself with his meticulous focus to detail and assuring our clients requirements are always delivered to the highest possible quality and standard.

Tiffany supports the group’s continuous growth by driving forward the successful implementation of our long-term marketing and communications strategy. Working closely with the Group Board, Tiffany is responsible for ensuring our message and brand identity is consistent, helping us to stand out and achieve impact within the industry. With a wide range of experience in both strategic and tactical marketing across all areas of the built environment Tiffany has a keen eye for detail, exceptional communications skills and takes a hand-on approach to building brand recognition.

Tiffany Jones|Head of Marketing & Communications

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Tiffany supports the group’s continuous growth by driving forward the successful implementation of our long-term marketing and communications strategy. Working closely with the Group Board, Tiffany is responsible for ensuring our message and brand identity is consistent, helping us to stand out and achieve impact within the industry. With a wide range of experience in both strategic and tactical marketing across all areas of the built environment Tiffany has a keen eye for detail, exceptional communications skills and takes a hand-on approach to building brand recognition.

Alan began working with Designer Group in 2012 as a Junior Electrical Engineer. Since then, he has developed his career further and has moved into a Head of Engineering role and is responsible for managing a team of mechanical, electrical and BIM engineers. Alan is a highly competent electrical engineer with experience in engineering management, engineering design and project engineering. During his career, Alan has a obtained a comprehensive knowledge of design phase, tender phase, construction phase and the validation phase of projects from multiple disciplines. Alan holds multiple engineering degrees, including an MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling, a BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management and a BEng Tech in Electrical Energy Systems.

Alan Woods|Head of Engineering

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Alan began working with Designer Group in 2012 as a Junior Electrical Engineer. Since then, he has developed his career further and has moved into a Head of Engineering role and is responsible for managing a team of mechanical, electrical and BIM engineers. Alan is a highly competent electrical engineer with experience in engineering management, engineering design and project engineering. During his career, Alan has a obtained a comprehensive knowledge of design phase, tender phase, construction phase and the validation phase of projects from multiple disciplines. Alan holds multiple engineering degrees, including an MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling, a BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management and a BEng Tech in Electrical Energy Systems.

Philip began working with Designer Group in January 2019 as Procurement Manager. He has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and has an excellent record in delivering procurement solutions across a range of sectors and high-profile projects within Healthcare, Manufacturing and Data Centres both in Europe and the Middle East. As part of his role, Philip has overall responsibility for the procurement function for Designer Group Ireland. He is committed to developing an organisational culture, concentrated on core value procurement principles and added-value initiatives across the Group.

Philip Donohoe|Procurement Manager

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Philip began working with Designer Group in January 2019 as Procurement Manager. He has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and has an excellent record in delivering procurement solutions across a range of sectors and high-profile projects within Healthcare, Manufacturing and Data Centres both in Europe and the Middle East. As part of his role, Philip has overall responsibility for the procurement function for Designer Group Ireland. He is committed to developing an organisational culture, concentrated on core value procurement principles and added-value initiatives across the Group.

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Tiffany supports the group’s continuous growth by driving forward the successful implementation of our long-term marketing and communications strategy. Working closely with the Group Board, Tiffany is responsible for ensuring our message and brand identity is consistent, helping us to stand out and achieve impact within the industry. With a wide range of experience in both strategic and tactical marketing across all areas of the built environment Tiffany has a keen eye for detail, exceptional communications skills and takes a hand-on approach to building brand recognition.

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Alan began working with Designer Group in 2012 as a Junior Electrical Engineer. Since then, he has developed his career further and has moved into a Head of Engineering role and is responsible for managing a team of mechanical, electrical and BIM engineers. Alan is a highly competent electrical engineer with experience in engineering management, engineering design and project engineering. During his career, Alan has a obtained a comprehensive knowledge of design phase, tender phase, construction phase and the validation phase of projects from multiple disciplines. Alan holds multiple engineering degrees, including an MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling, a BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management and a BEng Tech in Electrical Energy Systems.

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Philip began working with Designer Group in January 2019 as Procurement Manager. He has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and has an excellent record in delivering procurement solutions across a range of sectors and high-profile projects within Healthcare, Manufacturing and Data Centres both in Europe and the Middle East. As part of his role, Philip has overall responsibility for the procurement function for Designer Group Ireland. He is committed to developing an organisational culture, concentrated on core value procurement principles and added-value initiatives across the Group.

Lisa is an outgoing member of our Senior Leadership Team and thrives on new challenges. Her work experience covers 17 years in construction procurement, nine of which were specifically in M&E procurement. Lisa joined Designer group in 2017 as Senior Buyer and has progressed to the role of Procurement Manager in a relatively short time, something she cites as a specific career highlight.

Lisa Miller|Head of Procurement

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Lisa is an outgoing member of our Senior Leadership Team and thrives on new challenges. Her work experience covers 17 years in construction procurement, nine of which were specifically in M&E procurement. Lisa joined Designer group in 2017 as Senior Buyer and has progressed to the role of Procurement Manager in a relatively short time, something she cites as a specific career highlight.

Michael joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 20 years’ experience in the mechanical and electrical services installation industry. Having graduated from John Moores University Liverpool with a BA (Hons) in Business Management, he now specialises in business development, pipeline management, lead generation and customer relationship management. Michael has a background in the commercial, data centre, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors, across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Michael O'Carroll |Business Development Manager

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Michael joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 20 years’ experience in the mechanical and electrical services installation industry. Having graduated from John Moores University Liverpool with a BA (Hons) in Business Management, he now specialises in business development, pipeline management, lead generation and customer relationship management. Michael has a background in the commercial, data centre, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors, across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

John joined Designer Group in 2015 having previously worked in Australia for a number of years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. John has worked on a wide variety of projects in sectors ranging from commercial, hospitality, pharmaceutical, data centre and food and beverage both nationally and internationally. Notably, John worked on a number of marquee projects in Kenya supporting the company’s African business. Since joining Designer Group John has obtained Chartered Engineered Status with Engineers Ireland with the support of the company’s CPD and training programme. John is currently Head of Estimation in the Irish office where he manages the estimating team in securing new work for the business.

John Sheridan|Head of Estimating

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John joined Designer Group in 2015 having previously worked in Australia for a number of years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. John has worked on a wide variety of projects in sectors ranging from commercial, hospitality, pharmaceutical, data centre and food and beverage both nationally and internationally. Notably, John worked on a number of marquee projects in Kenya supporting the company’s African business. Since joining Designer Group John has obtained Chartered Engineered Status with Engineers Ireland with the support of the company’s CPD and training programme. John is currently Head of Estimation in the Irish office where he manages the estimating team in securing new work for the business.

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Lisa is an outgoing member of our Senior Leadership Team and thrives on new challenges. Her work experience covers 17 years in construction procurement, nine of which were specifically in M&E procurement. Lisa joined Designer group in 2017 as Senior Buyer and has progressed to the role of Procurement Manager in a relatively short time, something she cites as a specific career highlight.

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Michael joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 20 years’ experience in the mechanical and electrical services installation industry. Having graduated from John Moores University Liverpool with a BA (Hons) in Business Management, he now specialises in business development, pipeline management, lead generation and customer relationship management. Michael has a background in the commercial, data centre, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors, across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

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John joined Designer Group in 2015 having previously worked in Australia for a number of years as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. John has worked on a wide variety of projects in sectors ranging from commercial, hospitality, pharmaceutical, data centre and food and beverage both nationally and internationally. Notably, John worked on a number of marquee projects in Kenya supporting the company’s African business. Since joining Designer Group John has obtained Chartered Engineered Status with Engineers Ireland with the support of the company’s CPD and training programme. John is currently Head of Estimation in the Irish office where he manages the estimating team in securing new work for the business.

Operational & Commercial Delivery

Before joining Designer Group in 2011 Gary had 10 years’ experience working as a Project Manager alongside Tier 1 main contractors. His experience embraces everything from delivering minor process projects in live plants to assembling multi-disciplinary teams to deliver large-scale, complex turn-key projects. Gary has been instrumental in the development of the company’s pre-fabricated solutions activities, delivering projects across the globe using this approach. As Irish Industrial Director his responsibility is to foster the growth of our industrial division into new sectors and emerging markets.

Gary Byrne|Operations Director

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Before joining Designer Group in 2011 Gary had 10 years’ experience working as a Project Manager alongside Tier 1 main contractors. His experience embraces everything from delivering minor process projects in live plants to assembling multi-disciplinary teams to deliver large-scale, complex turn-key projects. Gary has been instrumental in the development of the company’s pre-fabricated solutions activities, delivering projects across the globe using this approach. As Irish Industrial Director his responsibility is to foster the growth of our industrial division into new sectors and emerging markets.

Catriona Gallagher is an Operations Director with over 25 years experience in M&E Contracting. Catriona is a qualified Building Services Engineer with a Post Graduate degree in Project Management and her portfolio includes complex mission critical projects and large-scale office developments in Ireland, UK and mainland Europe for leading technology companies. Catriona is passionate about delivering excellence and exceeding clients expectations and believes that effective communication, problem-solving skills and a hands on approach are essential in delivering successful projects.

Catriona Gallagher|Operations Director

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Catriona Gallagher is an Operations Director with over 25 years experience in M&E Contracting. Catriona is a qualified Building Services Engineer with a Post Graduate degree in Project Management and her portfolio includes complex mission critical projects and large-scale office developments in Ireland, UK and mainland Europe for leading technology companies. Catriona is passionate about delivering excellence and exceeding clients expectations and believes that effective communication, problem-solving skills and a hands on approach are essential in delivering successful projects.

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Before joining Designer Group in 2011 Gary had 10 years’ experience working as a Project Manager alongside Tier 1 main contractors. His experience embraces everything from delivering minor process projects in live plants to assembling multi-disciplinary teams to deliver large-scale, complex turn-key projects. Gary has been instrumental in the development of the company’s pre-fabricated solutions activities, delivering projects across the globe using this approach. As Irish Industrial Director his responsibility is to foster the growth of our industrial division into new sectors and emerging markets.

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Catriona Gallagher is an Operations Director with over 25 years experience in M&E Contracting. Catriona is a qualified Building Services Engineer with a Post Graduate degree in Project Management and her portfolio includes complex mission critical projects and large-scale office developments in Ireland, UK and mainland Europe for leading technology companies. Catriona is passionate about delivering excellence and exceeding clients expectations and believes that effective communication, problem-solving skills and a hands on approach are essential in delivering successful projects.

Noel joined Designer Group in 2018 with more than 30 years’ experience as a Tier 1 contractor in the electrical industry. In his position as Operations Director Noel works closely with the design team, the main contractor, suppliers and sub-contractors to forge and build the solid relationships so crucial to the success of the project. Noel’s experience includes delivering a range of major electrical projects spanning the healthcare, commercial and retail sectors. Noel motivates and guides his team through the design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, health and safety and handover stages of each build.

Noel Mollen|Operations Director

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Noel joined Designer Group in 2018 with more than 30 years’ experience as a Tier 1 contractor in the electrical industry. In his position as Operations Director Noel works closely with the design team, the main contractor, suppliers and sub-contractors to forge and build the solid relationships so crucial to the success of the project. Noel’s experience includes delivering a range of major electrical projects spanning the healthcare, commercial and retail sectors. Noel motivates and guides his team through the design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, health and safety and handover stages of each build.

Graeme has over 40 years’ experience working with Tier 1 contractors in the MEP industry. He has worked on a wide spectrum of markets through his senior management roles. Graeme’s ethos is to promote a collaborative approach to working from pre-construction through to completion for the benefit of both the client and Designer Group. He has overall autonomy over his high-value projects, overseeing recruitment, planning, commercial reporting, and delivery.

Graeme Clement|Operations Director

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Graeme has over 40 years’ experience working with Tier 1 contractors in the MEP industry. He has worked on a wide spectrum of markets through his senior management roles. Graeme’s ethos is to promote a collaborative approach to working from pre-construction through to completion for the benefit of both the client and Designer Group. He has overall autonomy over his high-value projects, overseeing recruitment, planning, commercial reporting, and delivery.

Shane joined Designer Group in 2014 as Electrical Quality and Commissioning Manager and progressed into the position of HSQE Director. With over 16 years’ experience Shane has successfully delivered a diverse range of major projects across the pharmaceutical, commercial, residential and data centre sectors. He leads the group’s HSQE department working closely with project stakeholders and specialist subcontractors to drive the development of new processes and activities. This involves liaison with multiple departments to ensure compliance to ISO 9001, 45001 and 14001 standards. Shane is a member of Engineers Ireland and a Chartered Quality Professional of the Chartered Quality Institute.

Shane Blaney|Operations Director

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Shane joined Designer Group in 2014 as Electrical Quality and Commissioning Manager and progressed into the position of HSQE Director. With over 16 years’ experience Shane has successfully delivered a diverse range of major projects across the pharmaceutical, commercial, residential and data centre sectors. He leads the group’s HSQE department working closely with project stakeholders and specialist subcontractors to drive the development of new processes and activities. This involves liaison with multiple departments to ensure compliance to ISO 9001, 45001 and 14001 standards. Shane is a member of Engineers Ireland and a Chartered Quality Professional of the Chartered Quality Institute.

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Noel joined Designer Group in 2018 with more than 30 years’ experience as a Tier 1 contractor in the electrical industry. In his position as Operations Director Noel works closely with the design team, the main contractor, suppliers and sub-contractors to forge and build the solid relationships so crucial to the success of the project. Noel’s experience includes delivering a range of major electrical projects spanning the healthcare, commercial and retail sectors. Noel motivates and guides his team through the design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, health and safety and handover stages of each build.

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Graeme has over 40 years’ experience working with Tier 1 contractors in the MEP industry. He has worked on a wide spectrum of markets through his senior management roles. Graeme’s ethos is to promote a collaborative approach to working from pre-construction through to completion for the benefit of both the client and Designer Group. He has overall autonomy over his high-value projects, overseeing recruitment, planning, commercial reporting, and delivery.

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Shane joined Designer Group in 2014 as Electrical Quality and Commissioning Manager and progressed into the position of HSQE Director. With over 16 years’ experience Shane has successfully delivered a diverse range of major projects across the pharmaceutical, commercial, residential and data centre sectors. He leads the group’s HSQE department working closely with project stakeholders and specialist subcontractors to drive the development of new processes and activities. This involves liaison with multiple departments to ensure compliance to ISO 9001, 45001 and 14001 standards. Shane is a member of Engineers Ireland and a Chartered Quality Professional of the Chartered Quality Institute.

With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Sean joined Designer Group in 2011. Previously, Sean was a Director of a leading construction firm for 9 years. He holds BSc in Quantity Surveying and a Diploma in Construction Economics. Sean has a great deal of expertise in both public and private projects including Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and design & build developments. He has responsibility for all commercial matters within the company.

Sean Greally|Commercial Director

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With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Sean joined Designer Group in 2011. Previously, Sean was a Director of a leading construction firm for 9 years. He holds BSc in Quantity Surveying and a Diploma in Construction Economics. Sean has a great deal of expertise in both public and private projects including Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and design & build developments. He has responsibility for all commercial matters within the company.

Ben joined Designer Group in 2013 bringing with him more than 28 years’ experience in the construction industry. Ben’s experience embraces a wide range of sectors including utility, building, rail and civil engineering, successfully fulfilling both commercial and operational roles throughout his career. Ben has responsibility for managing the company’s UK commercial teams together with all related commercial matters. He prides himself on maintaining good client relationships and is an experienced leader who relishes a challenge.

Ben Gandee|Commercial Director

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Ben joined Designer Group in 2013 bringing with him more than 28 years’ experience in the construction industry. Ben’s experience embraces a wide range of sectors including utility, building, rail and civil engineering, successfully fulfilling both commercial and operational roles throughout his career. Ben has responsibility for managing the company’s UK commercial teams together with all related commercial matters. He prides himself on maintaining good client relationships and is an experienced leader who relishes a challenge.

George has been with Designer Group for five years and is an influential, ambitious and charismatic member of the senior leadership team. He interacts comfortably with his project teams and leads from the front, putting the business first whilst protecting the interests of his team as well as the strength of the client relationship. George prides himself on making a good first impression, is highly motivated and able to deal with problems pro-actively. During a career spanning 13 years George has progressed from being an Electrical Apprentice through a series of Project Manager roles to the position of Operations Manager. He now has overall autonomy over his high-value projects, overseeing recruitment, planning, commercial reporting and delivery.

George Newton|Operations Director

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George has been with Designer Group for five years and is an influential, ambitious and charismatic member of the senior leadership team. He interacts comfortably with his project teams and leads from the front, putting the business first whilst protecting the interests of his team as well as the strength of the client relationship. George prides himself on making a good first impression, is highly motivated and able to deal with problems pro-actively. During a career spanning 13 years George has progressed from being an Electrical Apprentice through a series of Project Manager roles to the position of Operations Manager. He now has overall autonomy over his high-value projects, overseeing recruitment, planning, commercial reporting and delivery.

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With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Sean joined Designer Group in 2011. Previously, Sean was a Director of a leading construction firm for 9 years. He holds BSc in Quantity Surveying and a Diploma in Construction Economics. Sean has a great deal of expertise in both public and private projects including Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and design & build developments. He has responsibility for all commercial matters within the company.

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Ben joined Designer Group in 2013 bringing with him more than 28 years’ experience in the construction industry. Ben’s experience embraces a wide range of sectors including utility, building, rail and civil engineering, successfully fulfilling both commercial and operational roles throughout his career. Ben has responsibility for managing the company’s UK commercial teams together with all related commercial matters. He prides himself on maintaining good client relationships and is an experienced leader who relishes a challenge.

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George has been with Designer Group for five years and is an influential, ambitious and charismatic member of the senior leadership team. He interacts comfortably with his project teams and leads from the front, putting the business first whilst protecting the interests of his team as well as the strength of the client relationship. George prides himself on making a good first impression, is highly motivated and able to deal with problems pro-actively. During a career spanning 13 years George has progressed from being an Electrical Apprentice through a series of Project Manager roles to the position of Operations Manager. He now has overall autonomy over his high-value projects, overseeing recruitment, planning, commercial reporting and delivery.

Adrian has over twenty years experience leading and successfully delivering major landmark commercial, healthcare, retail and residential projects in the Irish and Middle Eastern markets, for highly valued Tier One clients. Adrian is a qualified Mechanical Engineer, is a member of Engineers Ireland and is well recognised in industry circles as a leading Operations Director who works very closely with clients to ensure we deliver an exceptional service and end product. This is achieved via a hands on approach with particular emphasis being placed on the pre-construction stage of the project, which has resulted in regular repeat work with clients.

Adrian O'Leary|Operations Director

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Adrian has over twenty years experience leading and successfully delivering major landmark commercial, healthcare, retail and residential projects in the Irish and Middle Eastern markets, for highly valued Tier One clients. Adrian is a qualified Mechanical Engineer, is a member of Engineers Ireland and is well recognised in industry circles as a leading Operations Director who works very closely with clients to ensure we deliver an exceptional service and end product. This is achieved via a hands on approach with particular emphasis being placed on the pre-construction stage of the project, which has resulted in regular repeat work with clients.

Daniello joined Designer Group in 2020 with 17 years’ experience of HSQE management in the construction, railway, mining, data centres and consultancy sectors. Daniello gained his experience as a client, principal contractor, contractor and as a consultant. Daniello holds an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management and his responsibilities are to create HSE strategies supporting the occupational health, safety and sustainability of the group and its workforce. Daniello is passionate about creating a culture that places current health and safety practices at its core, promoting wellbeing and influencing leadership.

Daniello Aspeling|Head of Health, Safety & Environment

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Daniello joined Designer Group in 2020 with 17 years’ experience of HSQE management in the construction, railway, mining, data centres and consultancy sectors. Daniello gained his experience as a client, principal contractor, contractor and as a consultant. Daniello holds an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management and his responsibilities are to create HSE strategies supporting the occupational health, safety and sustainability of the group and its workforce. Daniello is passionate about creating a culture that places current health and safety practices at its core, promoting wellbeing and influencing leadership.

Lucy first joined Designer Group eleven years ago as a Project Surveyor, responsible for all commercial and procurement tasks on various projects. Lucy has excelled and progressed over the years through senior roles across many high-profile projects and is now Commercial Lead for our new international data centre business. Lucy's experience in multiple sectors including Commercial, Retail, Education, Residential and Pharmaceutical makes her a well-rounded and highly skilled commercial expert. In this new position she will help Designer Group to adapt its existing commercial processes for the data centre market, whilst supporting the management of overseas mobilisation, sub-contract management and change management.

Lucy Doyne|Data Centre Commercial Lead

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Lucy first joined Designer Group eleven years ago as a Project Surveyor, responsible for all commercial and procurement tasks on various projects. Lucy has excelled and progressed over the years through senior roles across many high-profile projects and is now Commercial Lead for our new international data centre business. Lucy's experience in multiple sectors including Commercial, Retail, Education, Residential and Pharmaceutical makes her a well-rounded and highly skilled commercial expert. In this new position she will help Designer Group to adapt its existing commercial processes for the data centre market, whilst supporting the management of overseas mobilisation, sub-contract management and change management.

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Adrian has over twenty years experience leading and successfully delivering major landmark commercial, healthcare, retail and residential projects in the Irish and Middle Eastern markets, for highly valued Tier One clients. Adrian is a qualified Mechanical Engineer, is a member of Engineers Ireland and is well recognised in industry circles as a leading Operations Director who works very closely with clients to ensure we deliver an exceptional service and end product. This is achieved via a hands on approach with particular emphasis being placed on the pre-construction stage of the project, which has resulted in regular repeat work with clients.

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Daniello joined Designer Group in 2020 with 17 years’ experience of HSQE management in the construction, railway, mining, data centres and consultancy sectors. Daniello gained his experience as a client, principal contractor, contractor and as a consultant. Daniello holds an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management and his responsibilities are to create HSE strategies supporting the occupational health, safety and sustainability of the group and its workforce. Daniello is passionate about creating a culture that places current health and safety practices at its core, promoting wellbeing and influencing leadership.

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Lucy first joined Designer Group eleven years ago as a Project Surveyor, responsible for all commercial and procurement tasks on various projects. Lucy has excelled and progressed over the years through senior roles across many high-profile projects and is now Commercial Lead for our new international data centre business. Lucy's experience in multiple sectors including Commercial, Retail, Education, Residential and Pharmaceutical makes her a well-rounded and highly skilled commercial expert. In this new position she will help Designer Group to adapt its existing commercial processes for the data centre market, whilst supporting the management of overseas mobilisation, sub-contract management and change management.

Danny has been a part of the DG family since the London branch was established 12 years ago, where he joined as a trainee Quantity Surveyor. His breadth of experiencing covers a diverse range of sectors and he has helped to successfully deliver key projects such as The Adelphi and One Blackfriars Road, along with developing the commercial department. Danny is an excellent communicator and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team he now provides strategic support and guidance to his own team and throughout the business.

Danny Preston|Commercial Manager

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Danny has been a part of the DG family since the London branch was established 12 years ago, where he joined as a trainee Quantity Surveyor. His breadth of experiencing covers a diverse range of sectors and he has helped to successfully deliver key projects such as The Adelphi and One Blackfriars Road, along with developing the commercial department. Danny is an excellent communicator and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team he now provides strategic support and guidance to his own team and throughout the business.

Derek joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 18 years’ experience in HSQE management within the life science, microelectronic, data centre, healthcare, commercial and public sectors. A Chartered Member of IOSH, Derek holds a National Craft Certificate (Welder/Fitter), NEBOSH International Qualification in Occupational, Health & Safety and CSWIP3.1 Diploma for Welding Inspection. Derek leads the Irish HSE operations and supports the business, and our supply chain, to identity best practice and maintain world class HSQE standards for our clients.

Derek Murphy|Head of Environmental, Health & Safety

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Derek joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 18 years’ experience in HSQE management within the life science, microelectronic, data centre, healthcare, commercial and public sectors. A Chartered Member of IOSH, Derek holds a National Craft Certificate (Welder/Fitter), NEBOSH International Qualification in Occupational, Health & Safety and CSWIP3.1 Diploma for Welding Inspection. Derek leads the Irish HSE operations and supports the business, and our supply chain, to identity best practice and maintain world class HSQE standards for our clients.

Jonathan has been part of the Designer Group team since 2017, leading our aviation projects for the past 5 years. He has over 25 years’ experience working at Heathrow Airport for British Airways Customer Engineering Group, Crown House Technologies and Boon Building Services. A proven leader with great communication skills, Jonathan now has autonomy over all our aviation sector projects, overseeing them from tender stage through to a seamless handover.

Jonathan West|Aviation Director

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Jonathan has been part of the Designer Group team since 2017, leading our aviation projects for the past 5 years. He has over 25 years’ experience working at Heathrow Airport for British Airways Customer Engineering Group, Crown House Technologies and Boon Building Services. A proven leader with great communication skills, Jonathan now has autonomy over all our aviation sector projects, overseeing them from tender stage through to a seamless handover.

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Danny has been a part of the DG family since the London branch was established 12 years ago, where he joined as a trainee Quantity Surveyor. His breadth of experiencing covers a diverse range of sectors and he has helped to successfully deliver key projects such as The Adelphi and One Blackfriars Road, along with developing the commercial department. Danny is an excellent communicator and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team he now provides strategic support and guidance to his own team and throughout the business.

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Derek joined Designer Group in 2019 with over 18 years’ experience in HSQE management within the life science, microelectronic, data centre, healthcare, commercial and public sectors. A Chartered Member of IOSH, Derek holds a National Craft Certificate (Welder/Fitter), NEBOSH International Qualification in Occupational, Health & Safety and CSWIP3.1 Diploma for Welding Inspection. Derek leads the Irish HSE operations and supports the business, and our supply chain, to identity best practice and maintain world class HSQE standards for our clients.

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Jonathan has been part of the Designer Group team since 2017, leading our aviation projects for the past 5 years. He has over 25 years’ experience working at Heathrow Airport for British Airways Customer Engineering Group, Crown House Technologies and Boon Building Services. A proven leader with great communication skills, Jonathan now has autonomy over all our aviation sector projects, overseeing them from tender stage through to a seamless handover.