Forestry Leadership Team

Gerard Murphy, Managing Director Forestry

Before taking on his current role as Managing Director of Coillte Forest, Gerard worked in a variety of positions in forestry including research, inventory, sales and marketing, harvesting and overseas consulting, as well as leading change management for the Coillte Group. He is responsible for the commercial performance of the Group’s forestry businesses which have a turnover of over €100m. The provision of social and environmental values from the estate is also a key responsibility. Gerard has a B.Ag.Sci. (Forestry) and an MBA from University College Dublin as well as a Grad Dip. in Science from the Australian National University.




Gerard Murphy Managing Director

Mark Carlin, Director of Forest‎ Operations

Mark was appointed as Director of Forest Operations within the Forestry division in 2016, having joined Coillte in 1998. Mark has an honours degree in Agricultural Science (Forestry) from UCD and has covered a variety of roles in Coillte including Planning, Logistics, Harvesting and most recently General Manager.

The Forest Operations role includes responsibility for driving a commercial return from all of our forestry activities.

David Feeney, Commercial & Supply Chain Director

David was appointed the Commercial and Supply Chain Director in the Forestry Division in July 2016. In this role he is responsible for roundwood customers and creating an efficient supply chain. David joined Coillte in 2003 and has worked in a number of senior roles in head office and the Forestry Division, most recently as the Forest Business Solutions Director with responsibility for resource planning, strategy, procurement, finance and ICT.



Philip Gunn

Philip Gunn, Finance & Business Services Director

Philip joined Coillte in July 2016 as the Finance and Business Services Director for the Forest Division.  The Business Services part of the role includes responsibility for Procurement and ICT.

Philip has a BSc degree from Southampton University and a Chartered Accountant qualification from ICAEW.

Liam Waters, Director ICT

Liam joined Coillte in 2003 and is responsible for the establishment and execution of Coillte's Digital Transformation Strategy. He is a senior ICT Director with extensive experience in managing cross functional teams to deliver and implement business change which add value to the business enabling competitive advantage.

Bill Stanley

Bill Stanley, Strategy & Business Development Director

Bill is responsible for the strategic development of Coillte’s core businesses. This includes developing and maintaining our timber resource planning and inventory systems, the development of new growth opportunities and achieving our ambition to becoming the best forestry company in Europe. Previously Bill was Chief Operations Officer in Coillte’s Land Solutions businesses where he had responsibility for all commercial operations related to the Group’s non forestry businesses.

Michael Lally, Human Resource Director

Michael was appointed as Director of Human Resources within the Forest Division in 2016. He first joined the Coillte Group in 1995 and has held a number of R&D, Operational Management & HR roles over this period. Michael has degrees in both HRM & Forestry from NCI & UCD.

He also holds qualifications in Project Management and is a Chartered member of Institute of Personnel Development.

Michael Lally