Shannon Chamber is governed by a Board of Directors that meets monthly to consider policy and plan strategic direction. The role of President is rotated on a bi-annual basis.
Managing Partner, Sellors LLP
Stephen is President of Shannon Chamber.
Stephen is a commercial lawyer who spent 5 years with International Law firm Eversheds-Sutherland before returning to the Mid-West region in 2009, he also holds a degree in Accounting & Finance from Trinity College Dublin. Now managing partner of leading Irish Law firm, Sellors LLP, with offices in Limerick & Dublin, he sits on numerous Boards and committees and he advises in a variety of business sectors.
Stephen brings a combination of his professional expertise and his broad practical business experience to the Chamber.
Managing Director, Eoin Gavin Transport
A native of Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, Eoin set up Eoin Gavin Transport in 1998. The company now exports/imports products for a wide range of customers/sectors to markets in Ireland, the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Eoin was President of the Irish Road Haulage Association for 2 terms (2011-2013 & 2013-2015). Prior to that, he served as Council member, branch chairman and national executive secretary. In his time as President, he served on two working groups of various departments: finance transport revenue and environment, established by the then Minister for Finance, which delivered a fuel rebate for the haulage industry and the complete overhaul of the road tax system for trucks, brining Irish hauliers’ cost base in line with the rest of Europe.
In 2015, Eoin worked with Limerick Co Co on an EU-funded project delivering a project for linking Foynes Limerick port to other strategic ports in Europe and creating credible trade routes between similar ports in Europe.
Eoin is Vice President of Shannon Chamber.
CEO, Shannon Group
Mary Considine is the CEO of the Shannon Group plc. The Group employs over 600 staff and manages Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties, Shannon Heritage and the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) brand which supports the growing aviation cluster in and around Shannon. The Group is a major driver of economic activity in the West of Ireland. Mary is a qualified accountant by profession and has extensive experience in aviation, finance, governance & commercial having previously held a number of senior roles within the Group.
Mary is ex officio President of Shannon Chamber. She is also a member of the Governing Authority of Mary Immaculate College and a member of the VHI Advisory Council.
Chief Executive, Shannon Chamber
Prior to becoming Chief Executive of Shannon Chamber in 2008, Helen was HR Business Partner with Thomson Financial (Ireland) Ltd, where she managed day-to-day HR activities, including Health & Safety regulations, across multiple sites. Helen Downes has spearheaded many new Chamber initiatives to promote and encourage business growth and economic development in the Shannon area. Helen is also an active member of Chambers Ireland’s Human Resources Policy Council, and in October 2013, was elected to the Board of Chambers Ireland for a second time
Managing Director, the Thompstone Group
Kevin is ex officio President of Shannon Chamber, and also chairs the Chamber’s CEO Forum.
An experienced economic development practitioner and consultant, Kevin has successfully conducted assignments in Armenia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Jordan, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Uganda and the UAE. He served as CEO of Shannon Development from 2000 to 2008, where he worked for 23 years and served in key senior management roles. He has recently been advising government, investment agency and commercial clients on business park, technocity and special economic zone projects in Armenia, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.
General Manager, Zimmer Biomet Ireland
Claude Costelloe joined Zimmer Biomet Shannon in 2012 and has over 20 years’ experience in Operations Leadership roles in the Medtech Sector, with a particular emphasis on Continuous Improvement. Prior to that he has held leadership positions in the Engineering and Electronics sectors. He is an engineering graduate of the University of Limerick and a holder of a Black Belt in Lean. He is a strong advocate of CI as a key strategy to improve the competitiveness of the organization. At Zimmer Biomet , Claude’s focus has been to use CI not as a Project but as a way to run and improve the business which is reflected in improved Quality, Delivery, Lead Time and Cost. A Limerick native, he is very keen to ensure the Mid West is a vibrant , growing ‘centre of excellence’ for Continuous Improvement as means of sustaining and growing investment in the region. A keen sports fan , he is a former completive racing cyclist and has represented Ireland on a number of occasions in International Cycling.
Partner – Audit and Assurance, Grant Thornton
Damian’s primary focus is in audit and he has extensive experience working with subsidiaries of listed companies, multinationals and many significant indigenous entrepreneurial companies across a broad spectrum of industries including engineering, manufacturing, retail and motor retail, information and communication technology sectors. Damian has developed a substantial knowledge of the technology, manufacturing and engineering sectors while working with various clients. He also has considerable knowledge of current best practice in International Financial Reporting. Damian is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), has a diploma qualification in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). He is past President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce
Managing Director, Dromoland Castle Hotel
Mark has served as Managing Director of Dromoland Castle since 1996, adding the post of Managing Director of The Dromoland Collection in 2009. He works closely with the balance of the seven-member Board to maintain Dromoland Castle’s sterling reputation as one of Europe’s finest resorts and, most recently, to welcome the Inn at Dromoland to The Dromoland Collection. A graduate of the GMIT, Mark also sits on the regional advisory board of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation; the Atlantic Connectivity Alliance and Clare Tourism Forum.
Mark chairs Shannon Chamber’s Transport Committee.
Managing Director, Care About You Ltd.
An accountant by profession Ian is currently Managing Director of Care About You Ltd, which is part of the Irish-owned Cregg Group which has offices in Shannon, Athlone, Galway and Cork: he was previously Managing Director of Resilience Health which was part of the TTM Healthcare Group of which he was previously Group Finance Director.. Prior to joining TTM Healthcare, Ian held Head of Finance roles with major multinational organisations (Alcoa, Samsung and Avocent); senior operational roles with Avocent (Head of International Operations) and Affinion International (Chief Operations Officer).
Ian’s familiarity with both large-scale multinational and medium-sized Irish organisations provides a valuable insights for Shannon Chamber Members – be it the challenges they face or the opportunities available to them.
Ian has been a director of Shannon Chamber for over 10 years and has been responsible for developing the Chamber’s pre- budget submissions to Government. Ian is also a past President of the Chamber.
David is an accountant by profession and has spent his entire working career with US multinationals in Ireland, holding senior management roles in operations, customer services, compliance, and finance.
His working experience has and is in the electrical, electronic, and mechanical industries.
David is originally from South Africa but a long-time resident of Shannon and citizen of Ireland.
Managing Director, CREGG Group
A microbiology and biochemistry graduate from the National University Galway (BSc, HDip in Ed, Dip QA.,) Edmund Jennings is managing director of the CREGG Group – a group of independent companies involved in automation, European sales, outsourcing, recruitment, and resources, that collectively trade under the Group banner.
A director of Shannon Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Foynes Port Authority, and Western Business Park, Shannon, Edmund’s non-business interests extend to active involvement in party politics, volunteer work with community development and sporting organizations.