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National Broadband Ireland Executive Team

David C. McCourt

Chairman

David McCourt is the Chairman of National Broadband Ireland and over the past 30 years, he has been widely known as a transformational force in the technology, media and telecoms industries. Described by The Economist as possessing impeccable credentials as a telecom revolutionary, he has founded or bought over 20 TMT companies in nine countries. He is a best-selling author and Emmy award-winning producer.

David has held senior roles as CEO, President or board member at some of the worlds biggest telecom network operators, including Level 3 Communications, MFS Communications, Corporate Communications Network, MCI WorldCom as well as well-respected regulated operator, Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises.

Throughout his career, David has received global accolades. The White House presented him with its first-ever award recognising extraordinary accomplishments by private sector businesses and he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young LLP, Harvard Business School and Georgetown University.  The American-Irish Historical Society presented David with its gold medal, an award previously bestowed on Ronald Reagan, Mary Higgins Clark and Bono. He was awarded The Science Foundation Ireland medal for outstanding contribution to technology and innovation.

Peter Hendrick

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Hendrick is the CEO of NBI, taking charge of one of the most ambitious telecoms projects in the world, ending the digital divide in Ireland.

Having worked on the project since 2015, Peter successfully led NBI through the competitive bid for the National Broadband Plan as the Managing Bid Director, heading up a team of some of the best and brightest minds in telecoms.

Peter holds 20 years of telecom, engineering, sales & executive experience and has held senior roles in Siemens and enet. In 2006, he co-founded AirSpeed Telecom, serving as the company’s Chief Operations Officer until 2015, helping build it into a national telecoms business focused on delivering managed telecommunication services to both retail and wholesale customers across Ireland.

Following Granahan McCourt’s acquisition of AirSpeed Telecom in 2014, Peter led the integration of the company with enet Wholesale networks. 

Peter has received a number of industry awards during his career, including a top ten placing in the Deloitte Fast 50 Technology Awards and the Irish Times Tech 50.

He holds an honours degree in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications and Electronics from Dublin Institute of Technology and has continued to support the institute in the role of external examiner covering both electronic and electrical engineering disciplines.

Joe Lavin

Chief Commercial Officer

Joe Lavin is the Chief Commercial Officer of NBI, responsible for directing business development, account management and product management functions.

Joe joined NBI in 2017, having led the development of commercial wholesale services for the eircom Group.

For over 25 years, he has been at the forefront of developments within the telecoms industry in Ireland and the UK. He spent over five years as Head of Commercial Products and Services at openeir growing their commercial product portfolio revenue five fold during that time. Joe also chaired openeir’s product development council.

Prior to joining eir, Joe held senior commercial roles in a number of telecom organisations including Magnet Networks, Energis and Smart Telecom. As Head of Product and Marketing at Magnet, Joe led the development and rollout of award-winning Internet and Fibre-to-the-Home technologies. He was instrumental in Smart Telecoms decision to utilise the newly developed Government MAN infrastructure in 2004 and helped many Wireless ISPs in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford to harness the new infrastructure to deploy wireless alternatives to dial up and DSL internet access.

Joe holds both a BSc in Information Systems and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin.

Geoff Shakespeare

Chief Operations Officer

Geoff Shakespeare is the Chief Operating Officer of NBI, responsible for the delivery and operations of the National Broadband Plan solution being built by NBI.

Geoff first joined NBI as an advisor in 2017, with extensive experience planning, implementing and supporting telecoms networks and IT infrastructure in Ireland, the US, the UK and Sweden.

With over 25 years of Fixed, Mobile & IT experience in the telecoms industry, Geoff has held senior technical and operations roles at Ericsson, and spent ten years at Eircom.

As the Managing Director of Technology Evolution & Development at Eircom Group, Geoff was responsible for building the company’s 3G/4G, FTTC/FTTH, IPTV Networks and associated BSS/OSS platforms. He also led the transformation of the groups network and IT infrastructure to deliver Fibre Broadband, TV and 4G services nationally.Geoff has also worked as the primary technology interface to the Department of Communications and Comreg. He led the technology negotiation team with DG Comp (EU Competition Authority) during the successful negotiation of the remedy which allowed 3Ireland to acquire O2.

Geoff is a Chartered Engineer and holds an Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering from University College, Dublin (UCD) and is a member of the Institute of Engineers Ireland.

Tara Collins

Chief Marketing Officer

Tara Collins is the Chief Marketing Officer of NBI, responsible for directing the brand and communications strategy, stakeholder engagement and demand stimulation.

Tara joined NBI in 2020 with a wealth of experience across marketing, communications, PR, business development, and corporate relations, built up over a career of more than 20 years in the public and private sectors.

Recognised by Business & Finance Media Group as one of the top 100 marketing experts working in Ireland today, Tara has held senior roles at Ryanair, Seniors Money International, Smurfit Business School, Hewlett Packard and University College Dublin. Tara’s global experience has seen her live and work in the USA, UK, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Tara sits on the Board of BizWorld Ireland, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes entrepreneurship skills for young people and is a diversity champion for the Womens Executive Network (WXN). She also volunteers for Harvard Business Schools virtual learning groups.

Tara holds a Bachelors Degree from the Technological University Dublin, a Professional Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and is also a Harvard Business School Alumna.

Barry Kelly

Chief Financial Officer

Barry Kelly is the Chief Financial Officer of NBI, responsible for all aspects of finance, accounting, control, reporting and investor relations.

Barry joined NBI in 2020 with over 25 years of finance and commercial experience ranging from small entrepreneurial businesses and start-ups to publicly quoted multi-nationals and private equity concerns.

His previous roles include serving as the M&A Director in Valeo Foods and Senior Director of Transaction Services at KPMG Ireland.

Barry is a Fellow of Chartered Accountancy Ireland.

Jenny Fisher

Chief Legal Officer

Jenny Fisher is the Chief Legal Officer of NBI, responsible for overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs, with a particular focus on corporate governance and ensuring compliance with the company’s obligations to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. 

Jenny joined NBI in 2020 with 20 years of legal experience, advising on complex projects in highly scrutinised industries in both the semi-state and private sectors.  She holds particular experience in advisory and leadership roles in infrastructure (water, roads, education, waste) and regulated industries. 

Having been a partner in one of Ireland’s preeminent law firms for 5 years, Jenny then led the legal team in Irish Water from its inception, before spending 4 years as Head of Corporate, Legal & Regulatory Affairs at the National Lottery.

Jenny sits on the audit and risk committee for Self Help Africa, a leading international development charity that is dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in rural Africa.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Laws and is a practising solicitor in Ireland as well as being admitted to the roll in England & Wales and Northern Ireland.

National Broadband Ireland Deployment Executive Team (Design and Construction)

TJ Malone

Chief Executive Officer

T.J. Malone is the Chief Executive Officer of National Broadband Ireland Deployment, responsible for the design and build of NBIs nationwide network infrastructure, the biggest investment in rural Ireland since rural electrification.

T.J. joined NBI Deployment in 2019 and has 25 years of experience in telecommunications. He was previously the CEO of Actavo Network & In-Home and General Manager for Public Access at Esat Telecom.

In these roles, T.J. led the design, procurement and construction of some of the largest fibre network deployments worldwide including North America, the Caribbean, the UK and Ireland, responsible for workforces of over 3,500 personnel.

He was also a founding shareholder and director in Irelands first independent ATM provider, Easycash Ltd., until it was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has been listed in Ireland’s Business & Finance top 100 CEO’s for four consecutive years.

Outside of work, T.J. serves as Chairman at Club Kildare (Kildare GAA Supports Club) having represented Kildare GAA football and hurling at all underage levels.

T.J. attended Waterford Institute of Technology graduating from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Donal Hanrahan

Chief Operations Officer

Donal Hanrahan is a senior executive with over 25 years of telecoms and software leadership experience, with a key focus on founding, building, growing and improving companies across the telecoms and software industries.

Previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Irish-based Fibre-To-The-Home telco start-up, Magnet Networks, as well as General Manager of BGE’s Aurora Telecom Open Access Fibre Network, Donal was part of the management team that grew Magnet’s revenue to €12M over five years through organic growth and acquisition. Donal also developed a Bord Gais subsidiary into Ireland’s first carrier-neutral dark fibre provider.

Entrepreneurial minded, Donal also co-founded Elivar, a sports nutrition company and established scalable production, operations, distribution & ecommerce infrastructure. He is also a non-executive director of a regulatory compliance and training consultancy

Donal has served as Programme Director at NBI since September 2016.

Greg Walsh

Finance Director

Greg Walsh is the Finance Director of NBI Deployment, responsible for the financial planning and budgeting process, including project cost control and reporting.

Greg joined NBI Deployment in 2020 and has over 12 years of experience in finance having held a variety of leadership roles across finance deployment and operations.

With extensive knowledge of the telecommunications sector, Greg has worked as Senior Project Analyst of commercial technology at Vodafone. 

Prior to this, Greg was an Executive Manager at NBN Australia, and worked as an auditor at the Audit Office of New South Wales. He initially qualified through Ernst & Young as a Chartered Accountant.

Greg holds a BSc in Business Management (Accounting) from Technological University Dublin and is a qualified Chartered Accountant as well as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland

Pat O’Toole

Director of Network Build

Pat O’ Toole is the Network Deployment Director of NBID, with responsibility for the design and build of the Access Network solution for the National Broadband Plan.

Pat has served as the Technical Lead at NBI since December 2015, with a proven track record in managing organisational change and development having spent 25 years at Director and General Manager level in the Telecommunications Industry.

With more than 45 years of experience in the telecoms and Fibre-to-the-Home industry, Pat has led the plan, design and build functions at the incumbent operator of Ireland’s Access Network, overseeing a staff of 2,000 people across in-house and contractor activities.

In a variety of roles at eircom, including Head of Division Fixed Asset Network Build, General Manager of Service Assurance and Head of Business Planning and Support Systems, Pat had overall responsibility for the company’s installation and renewal of its copper and fibre network in the Republic of Ireland.
Pat enjoys amateur theatre activities and is a key figure on the National Drama Festival Circuit. He also remains involved at community and Parish level.

He gained his first job in industry directly from secondary school.

Grace Kelly

Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental (HSQE) Director

Grace is the HSQE Director of NBI, responsible for leading the Health and Safety, Quality and Environmental functions.

Grace joined NBI in 2020 and has 15 years of experience in managing and leading quality and EHS functions for medium to large organisations internationally. Her projects include a variety of sectors, including telecoms, utilities, construction and pharmaceutical. 

She most recently held the senior role as Divisional SHEQ Director at Actavo, overseeing the Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality function for Actavo Network & In-Home. In this role, she worked on large fibre rollouts across multiple territories for major clients. She has also held senior EHS positions at Telefonica O2 and Helsinn Group.

Grace is an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) member and previously held the position of Vice-Chair of the IOSH East Branch within Ireland. She also works as a mentor, supporting junior and graduate professionals who are building and shaping their careers in the field.

Holding a Bachelors’ Science Degree from Sligo IT, Grace more recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Project Management with Dublin Business School. 

Mike Adams

Project Adviser

Mike previously worked as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Customer Officer for Rogers Communications, the largest facilities-based cable and wireless carrier in Canada with over 9M wireless customers and over 2M broadband internet customers. In his distinguished career, he has managed an employee base of over 10,000 people internally and over 11,000 third party contractors.