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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 CEO

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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.

Nick joined Designer Group in 2010 bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience of the construction industry with him. He holds a Masters Degree in Building Services Engineering. Nick is responsible for financial decision making, client relations, design management, subcontractor tender packages, subcontractor co-ordination, installation quality, risk management and local authority sign-off. Nick is often credited for his pro-active management style and hands-on approach.

Nick Baish|UK Managing Director

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Nick joined Designer Group in 2010 bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience of the construction industry with him. He holds a Masters Degree in Building Services Engineering. Nick is responsible for financial decision making, client relations, design management, subcontractor tender packages, subcontractor co-ordination, installation quality, risk management and local authority sign-off. Nick is often credited for his pro-active management style and hands-on approach.

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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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Nick joined Designer Group in 2010 bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience of the construction industry with him. He holds a Masters Degree in Building Services Engineering. Nick is responsible for financial decision making, client relations, design management, subcontractor tender packages, subcontractor co-ordination, installation quality, risk management and local authority sign-off. Nick is often credited for his pro-active management style and hands-on approach.

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.

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 CFO

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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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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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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.

Hank is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Ireland with more than forty years practical experience in civil engineering and building construction, 38 of those with the SIAC Group. Before retiring in 2009 as Managing Director of SIAC Construction Ltd. Hank had successfully directed its civil engineering business during his tenure to become one of Ireland's larges, most diverse and successful construction groups.

Hank Fogarty |Non-Executive Director

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Hank is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Ireland with more than forty years practical experience in civil engineering and building construction, 38 of those with the SIAC Group. Before retiring in 2009 as Managing Director of SIAC Construction Ltd. Hank had successfully directed its civil engineering business during his tenure to become one of Ireland's larges, most diverse and successful construction groups.

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.

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.

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Hank is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Ireland with more than forty years practical experience in civil engineering and building construction, 38 of those with the SIAC Group. Before retiring in 2009 as Managing Director of SIAC Construction Ltd. Hank had successfully directed its civil engineering business during his tenure to become one of Ireland's larges, most diverse and successful construction groups.

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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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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.

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.

Kerry joined the team in early 2015, bringing CIPD certification and 10 years’ of HR experience to the group. Her responsibilities include overseeing and managing all aspects of the UK business’ HR practices and processes. Kerry also supports the proper implementation of company strategy and objectives in alignment with its HR strategy, ensuring Designer Group is recognised as an employer of choice within the industry.

Kerry Noblett|HR Director

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Kerry joined the team in early 2015, bringing CIPD certification and 10 years’ of HR experience to the group. Her responsibilities include overseeing and managing all aspects of the UK business’ HR practices and processes. Kerry also supports the proper implementation of company strategy and objectives in alignment with its HR strategy, ensuring Designer Group is recognised as an employer of choice within the industry.

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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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Kerry joined the team in early 2015, bringing CIPD certification and 10 years’ of HR experience to the group. Her responsibilities include overseeing and managing all aspects of the UK business’ HR practices and processes. Kerry also supports the proper implementation of company strategy and objectives in alignment with its HR strategy, ensuring Designer Group is recognised as an employer of choice within the industry.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

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.

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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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. .

Conall is a Chartered Engineer (B.E.) with more than 20 years’ experience leading the delivery of significant capital investment programmes throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa across sectors including chemical, life sciences, F&B, pharmaceutical, energy and renewables. Conall’s strengths include driving demanding projects through delivery on time and to budget; underpinned by a safety-first culture. He has delivered state of the art fully automated manufacturing facilities in multiple geographies and has also successfully led the role out of energy efficiency programmes including 20MWe of renewable PV installations. Conall is known for being practical, providing a ‘value add’ approach, ensuring project ROI metrics are consistently met and even exceeded.

Conall Haughey|Operations Director

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Conall is a Chartered Engineer (B.E.) with more than 20 years’ experience leading the delivery of significant capital investment programmes throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa across sectors including chemical, life sciences, F&B, pharmaceutical, energy and renewables. Conall’s strengths include driving demanding projects through delivery on time and to budget; underpinned by a safety-first culture. He has delivered state of the art fully automated manufacturing facilities in multiple geographies and has also successfully led the role out of energy efficiency programmes including 20MWe of renewable PV installations. Conall is known for being practical, providing a ‘value add’ approach, ensuring project ROI metrics are consistently met and even exceeded.

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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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Conall is a Chartered Engineer (B.E.) with more than 20 years’ experience leading the delivery of significant capital investment programmes throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa across sectors including chemical, life sciences, F&B, pharmaceutical, energy and renewables. Conall’s strengths include driving demanding projects through delivery on time and to budget; underpinned by a safety-first culture. He has delivered state of the art fully automated manufacturing facilities in multiple geographies and has also successfully led the role out of energy efficiency programmes including 20MWe of renewable PV installations. Conall is known for being practical, providing a ‘value add’ approach, ensuring project ROI metrics are consistently met and even exceeded.

Habib joined Designer Group in 2019 with more than 22 years’ experience in the construction industry. Habib’s responsibilities involve overseeing the complete delivery of a project from initial design concept and estimation through to commissioning and close-out. His experience includes commercial fit-out, high-end residential and retail and data centre sectors. Habib’s mechanical engineering background gives him a highly client-focused approach to project delivery, working with the client’s team to deliver the best possible outcome every time.

Habib Choudhry|Operations Director

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Habib joined Designer Group in 2019 with more than 22 years’ experience in the construction industry. Habib’s responsibilities involve overseeing the complete delivery of a project from initial design concept and estimation through to commissioning and close-out. His experience includes commercial fit-out, high-end residential and retail and data centre sectors. Habib’s mechanical engineering background gives him a highly client-focused approach to project delivery, working with the client’s team to deliver the best possible outcome every time.

Derek has worked in the construction industry since 1997, holding Tier 1 senior management and director-level positions in Ireland and internationally. His project portfolio is consequently varied with a client base embracing multiple industry sectors including commercial, medical, food, pharm, semi-conductor/electronics, oil & gas, petrochemical and mining. This broad experience brings added value both to the group and to our clients. Derek is a skilled team player, who leads the way by example and from the front. He holds a Degree in Engineering together with post-graduate qualifications in both Project Management and Construction Law. He is a member of several professional organisations including Engineers Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Derek Myers|Operations Director

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Derek has worked in the construction industry since 1997, holding Tier 1 senior management and director-level positions in Ireland and internationally. His project portfolio is consequently varied with a client base embracing multiple industry sectors including commercial, medical, food, pharm, semi-conductor/electronics, oil & gas, petrochemical and mining. This broad experience brings added value both to the group and to our clients. Derek is a skilled team player, who leads the way by example and from the front. He holds a Degree in Engineering together with post-graduate qualifications in both Project Management and Construction Law. He is a member of several professional organisations including Engineers Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Habib joined Designer Group in 2019 with more than 22 years’ experience in the construction industry. Habib’s responsibilities involve overseeing the complete delivery of a project from initial design concept and estimation through to commissioning and close-out. His experience includes commercial fit-out, high-end residential and retail and data centre sectors. Habib’s mechanical engineering background gives him a highly client-focused approach to project delivery, working with the client’s team to deliver the best possible outcome every time.

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Derek has worked in the construction industry since 1997, holding Tier 1 senior management and director-level positions in Ireland and internationally. His project portfolio is consequently varied with a client base embracing multiple industry sectors including commercial, medical, food, pharm, semi-conductor/electronics, oil & gas, petrochemical and mining. This broad experience brings added value both to the group and to our clients. Derek is a skilled team player, who leads the way by example and from the front. He holds a Degree in Engineering together with post-graduate qualifications in both Project Management and Construction Law. He is a member of several professional organisations including Engineers Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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.

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|HSQE 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.

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.

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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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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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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 four 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 four 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.

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.

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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 four 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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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.

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 Health, Safety & Environment

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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.

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.

John joined Designer Group in 2020 with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying. His experience includes project and regional commercial management across varied sectors including commercial, residential, aviation, healthcare, laboratory and judiciary. John is responsible for the commercial, contractual and financial management of a portfolio of projects from pre- construction to aftercare with the assistance of the commercial team together with working with the Senior Leadership Team to provide continuous business improvements.

John Baker|Commercial Manager

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John joined Designer Group in 2020 with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying. His experience includes project and regional commercial management across varied sectors including commercial, residential, aviation, healthcare, laboratory and judiciary. John is responsible for the commercial, contractual and financial management of a portfolio of projects from pre- construction to aftercare with the assistance of the commercial team together with working with the Senior Leadership Team to provide continuous business improvements.

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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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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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John joined Designer Group in 2020 with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and holds a BSc in Quantity Surveying. His experience includes project and regional commercial management across varied sectors including commercial, residential, aviation, healthcare, laboratory and judiciary. John is responsible for the commercial, contractual and financial management of a portfolio of projects from pre- construction to aftercare with the assistance of the commercial team together with working with the Senior Leadership Team to provide continuous business improvements.