Imelda Hurley, CEO
Imelda Hurley was appointed as CEO in November 2019. She has a wide range of experience across a number of sectors, both nationally and internationally and has over twenty years' experience in leadership and finance roles across a variety of sectors including food & agriculture, technology related supply chain management and professional services. She has worked extensively in Ireland, the UK, Eastern Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Imelda qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen Ireland and has also worked with Andersen in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from the University of Limerick and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
Gerry Britchfield, COO & CFO
Before taking on his current role as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Gerard was Acting Chief Executive for two years. Previous to this he was the Managing Director of Medite Smarply. He has worked with Coillte since 1992 in a variety of senior management roles, including Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise. Gerry is a Chartered Accountant by profession and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin and an MBA from Dublin City University. Prior to joining Coillte, he held finance-related positions in the IT and manufacturing sectors.
Tara Flynn, Group HR Director
Tara Flynn joined Coillte as Group HR Director in August 2016. She has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources working in the areas of employee engagement, communications, talent management, employment law and all other aspects of employee relations. Prior to joining Coillte she was the Director of Employee Benefits and Investments in Willis Towers Watson. Tara was one of the co-founders of a pensions HR consultancy firm Attain Consulting Ltd and Trustee Principles Limited. She previously held senior HR management roles in Mercer, Abbey National Financial Investment Services and Ulster Bank. Tara holds a degree in Business Studies and Political Science and a Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance.
Mark Carlin, MD Forestry
Mark was recently appointed as Managing Director of Coillte Forest in January 2019 having joined Coillte in 1998. Mark has worked in a variety of positions within the Forestry Division including Director of Forest Operations, General Manager, Supply-Chain Logistics, Harvesting and Resource Planning.
He is responsible for the commercial performance of the Group's forestry businesses which have a turnover of over €100 million. The provision of social and environmental values from the estate is also a key responsibility.
Mark has an honours degree in Agricultural Science (Forestry) from University College Dublin and has recently completed an Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Neil Foot, MD Medite Smartply
Neil has 25 years’ experience of the wood panel industry in a variety of senior management roles including procurement, logistics, sales and marketing and operations, first with Willamette and then Louisiana-Pacific, which was taken over in Ireland by Coillte in 2002. Most recently he has held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, CPP and Managing Director, SmartPly. Neil holds a degree in Forestry, a Diploma in Accounting and Finance and is APICS qualified.
David Feeney, MD Land Solutions & Venturing
Prior to taking on his current role as Managing Director of Land Solutions & Venturing in September 2019, David held a number of leadership roles in sales & supply chain, resource planning, procurement, treasury and finance. David is a Chartered accountant and has a masters in accounting from UCD and a post graduate degree in IT from DCU.
Peter Lynch, MD Renewable Energy
Peter joined Coillte in 2015 as the Director of Corporate Finance having previously worked in Mainstream Renewable Power and NTR. He has headed up the renewable energy team since 2016 and was appointed Managing Director of Renewable Energy in 2019. Peter has a law degree from UCD, a chartered tax (AITI) qualification and holds an MBA from INSEAD.