Geoscience Ireland is headed by Sean Finlay, Director of Business Development and is governed by a cross-department and cross-sector Steering Committee, comprising representatives from Geological Survey Ireland (GSI), Department of The Environment, Climate & Communications (DECC), Enterprise Ireland (EI), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) and four GI Members Companies.

Steering Committee

Philip Nugent (Chair)

Philip Nugent (Chair)

Asst. Secretary, Dept. of The Environment, Climate & Communications.
Koen Verbruggen (Vice-Chair)

Koen Verbruggen (Vice-Chair)

Director, Geological Survey Ireland
Sean Finlay (Secretary)

Sean Finlay (Secretary)

Business Development Director, Geoscience Ireland
Dermot Reidy

Dermot Reidy

Senior Development Advisor, Enterprise Ireland
Niall Brady

Niall Brady

Trade Division, Dept. Foreign Affairs
Thomas Murray

Thomas Murray

Principal Officer, Dept. Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment
Richard Crowe

Richard Crowe

Managing Director, Nicholas O’Dwyer Consulting Engineers
Deirdre Lewis

Deirdre Lewis

Technical Director, SLR Consulting
Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming

Associate, Arup
Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty

Managing Director, GDG
Prof Dermot Duff

Prof Dermot Duff

Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Management Institute

Geoscience Ireland Team

Sean Finlay

Sean Finlay

Business Development Director

Sean graduated in Geology from University College Dublin and also holds a Diploma in Management for Engineers from Trinity College Dublin.

Sean worked on many aspects of the Tara Mines zinc lead development at Navan, Co. Meath, before working on gold exploration and mining projects in the Former Soviet Union, Ghana and Mali. He was later involved in several major infrastructure projects in Ireland including energy, waste management and quarries.

Sean has been involved in Geoscience Ireland since its inception in 2011; prior to taking up his role with Geoscience Ireland, he was a Director of TOBIN Consulting Engineers.

Sean is a Professional Geologist (P Geo) and a Chartered Engineer (C Eng) and was President of the Irish Mining and Quarrying Society; he is also Chair of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce’s Infrastructure Committee.

Jessica Allen

Jessica Allen

Market Advisor

Jessica joined GI in 2019 with ample experience working with major corporate and financial institutions including Siemens, EY, Deutsche Bank and Bank of Ireland.

Jess is responsible for identifying, tracking and communicating commercial tender opportunities for the network of GI companies and focuses on economic infrastructure projects in the UK and European markets.

She represents GI Companies at a number of European conferences and exhibitions in the sectors including transport infrastructure and renewable energy.

Jess coordinates and manages relationships with the network of 42 GI companies and assists in managing the day-to-day operations of the GI team; Jessica also serves on the Communications Committee of Geological Survey Ireland.