CIF Staff & Officers


Tom Parlon

Director General

Before joining the CIF, Tom served as a TD for Laois – Offaly and as Minister for State at the Department of Finance from 2002 until 2007. As Minister he was responsible for the Office for Public Works (OPW). From 1997 to 2001, Tom was President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), having previously held several other positions with the association. He is from Coolderry in Co. Offaly.

Hubert Fitzpatrick

Director General Designate

Hubert Fitzpatrick is the Construction Industry Federation’s Director General Designate, who takes over as Director General on 1st July 2023. He previously held the positions of Chief Operations Officer and Director of Housing Planning and Development Services with the federation. Hubert has overall responsibility for the Construction Industry Federation delivering on its key objectives including representation of members’ interests, liaising with government agencies and stakeholders, and management of business activities. Prior to joining CIF, Hubert worked in consultancy with a major law firm and with worked with a number of local authorities up to senior management level.

Gillian Heffernan

PA to Director General and Director General Designate

Gillian is PA to the Director General and Director General Designate.  She also looks after the administration work for the Federation’s President during his / her term of office.  As well as these duties Gillian provides secretarial work  to the Federation’s Executive Body and some of its sub-Committees.  She has been with the CIF since 1989.

Maude Foley

Membership Executive

Maude is responsible for the onboarding and retention of CIF Members. Additionally, she acts as the liaison between members and all functional areas within CIF to resolve service, support, and billing inquiries. Maude joined CIF in 2014 and was involved in the establishment of CIRI (Construction Industry Register Ireland) before being promoted to her current role.

Bernardine Walsh

Membership Development Executive

Bernardine is responsible for marketing and membership development at the CIF. She has worked in similar roles in a number of leading representative bodies in Ireland. At CIF, Bernardine’s main responsibilities include securing and growing new business for the organisation.

Meabh Smith

Director of Communications

Meabh Smith joined CIF in 2022 and provides strategic oversight and management of communications including media relations, integrated campaign management, digital marketing, branding, website development, social media engagement, event management and publications. Prior to joining CIF, Meabh was a brand manager with an IFSC reinsurance company and held roles as Head of Communications within the disability and overseas development sectors, where she managed public communications campaigns on domestic and international issues. Meabh’s qualifications include Masters Degrees in Journalism and Digital Media, and in Science, alongside Diplomas in Project Management and Direct and Digital Marketing.    

Jennifer Nisbet-Daly

Communications Executive

Jennifer Nisbet-Daly joined the CIF in 2018 and holds a BBus in Marketing & Event Management, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Innovation & Enterprise from University College Dublin. Jennifer also holds a National Diploma in Media & has a QQI award for Business Planning. Alongside the management of corporate, commercial & media relationships, Jennifer plays a key role in the delivery of the CIF’s public affairs strategy, website management, and national campaigns, while overseeing and contributing to the production of internal and external communications materials such as Construction Magazine, Construction Matters, press statements, and CIF reports.

Sam Uhlemann

Digital Content & Communications Officer

Dermot Carey

Director, Safety and Training

Dermot Carey heads up Safety & Training Department within the CIF. Dermot has responsibility for developing and guiding the CIF’s policy in these areas. Along with shaping policy, the role involves liaising with Government departments, Education sector and members on issues and providing assistance with member safety regulatory compliance. Included in this role is the operation of the Safe-T-Cert accreditation service and its day-to-day operations in the Republic of Ireland.

Jean Winters

Director, Industrial Relations and Employment Services

Jean and her team provide information and advice to contractors on managing their workforce to ensure compliance with employment protective legislation. The Department also represents contractors at third party hearings, including the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court. Jean represents the industry at national level on the NJIC and ENJIC. The Department also provides sample contracts of employment, staff handbooks (which include all relevant policies and procedures) and reference guides.

Michelle Tully

Executive, Industrial Relations & Employment Services

Michelle joined the CIF in 2022 coming from a HR background with extensive industry experience. Michelle obtained a BA (Hons) in HRM from NCI , as well a holding a CIPD Certificate in Employment Law. Most recently, Michelle completed an Advance Diploma in Quasi-Judicial Decision Making in the Honourable Society of King’s Inns.  Michelle advises CIF members on all IR and HR issues, including best practice, keeps them abreast of current employment legislation changes & represents members in third party disputes.

Cathy Gurry


Cathy joined the CIF in 2003 and over the following years, Cathy worked in the Industrial Relations and Manpower Department giving advice to members regarding Employment Law and HR issues. More recently in addition to advising members in Employment Law, Cathy now offers full-time support to the Housing Director, in an administrative role.

Lisa Conroy

Executive, Industrial Relations & Employment Services

Lisa joined the CIF in 2023 coming from a consultancy background focused on employment litigation in the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court. Lisa holds a BCL in Law and Society from Dublin City University and an Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law from Kings Inns. Lisa is available to advise all members on issues pertaining to Industrial Relations, Human Resources and Employment Law along with providing representation in any third party disputes.

Dermot Carey

Director, Safety and Training

Dermot Carey heads up Safety & Training Department within the CIF. Dermot has responsibility for developing and guiding the CIF’s policy in these areas. Along with shaping policy, the role involves liaising with Government departments, Education sector and members on issues and providing assistance with member safety regulatory compliance. Included in this role is the operation of the Safe-T-Cert accreditation service and its day-to-day operations in the Republic of Ireland.

Robert Butler

Head of Learning & Development

Robert Butler heads up the CIF Learning & Development Department and has responsibility for developing and delivering the CIF’s CPD programmes as well as the externally accredited training programmes. Robert has responsibility for developing new content including elearning modules with our business partners.

Conor Greham

Business Development Executive, Learning & Development

Conor is responsible for new business development for the CIF Learning & Development Department. He liaises with members and non-members in relation to courses taking place throughout the different regions. He advises on courses that are most applicable to companies and learners requirements

Trish Flanagan

Executive, Education & Skills

Kim Hutchinson

Administrator, Learning & Development

Kim is responsible for credit control and aged debt control. Kim’s key responsibilities are in dealing with QQI for our accredited programs. Kim provides administration for the following CIF programs; QQI Level 6 Building Control program, QQI Level 6 Project Supervisor Construction Stage, CIF IOSH Project Supervisor Design Process, CIF Appointed Persons for Crane program, CIF /EPA Radon program, CIF Core Safety Management Renewal Regional programs, CIF Management & Inspection of Scaffolding program, Conservation Theory Heritage Contractors program, Air Tightness Program. Kim also controls the CIF Virtual Academy programs.

Catherine Dwyer

Administrator, Learning & Development

Catherine joined CIF in March 2022.  Catherine provides administration for the following CIF programs;  CIF Site Supervisor Safety Training Programme, CIF Temporary Works Coordinator, CIF Assured Site Managers a Practical Approach to Building Regulations, CIF Environmental Management for Construction (Focused on Land, Waste, Water & Pollution Prevention), & CIF IOSH Safety for Construction Manager Program.

Catherine is responsible for all web orders. 

Catherine looks after the renewal of Delegate ID Cards 

Paul Sheridan

Director of Main Contracting

As Director of Main Contracting Services with the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Paul provides administrative leadership of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association and Master Builders and Contractors Association. He is also the secretary to the CIF’s Procurement, Tendering and Contractual Matters Policy Sub-Committee. Paul is a Chemical Engineering Graduate, and holds a postgraduate diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration. He also has experience in and holds qualifications in Strategy and Innovation, Business Transformation, Organisation Development, Leadership, Lean 6-Sigma and Strategic HR. Paul began his career as a Contracts Manager in the Water and Waste Water Industry. He previously worked in the Tendering and Contracting Department in the CIF before working as an Executive in the Industrial Property Development sector. Since then, Paul has worked with Engineers Ireland and the Royals College of Surgeons in areas of policy development, governance, internal consultancy, membership support and service, advocacy, representation, quality assurance and process excellence, accreditation, academic and professional education, training, strategy and business transformation.

Alison Irving

Executive, Main Contracting

Alison Irving joined the CIF as an administrator in 2008 and has been an Executive since 2013 and Secretary to the Civil Engineering Contractors Association since 2016. She provides assistance and guidance to members on issues relating to prequalification, tendering, contractual matters and disputes amongst other matters. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree, a Masters’ degree in Criminal Justice and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2014.

Sean Downey

Director, Specialist Contracting

A Chartered and Registered Building Surveyor with over 20 years post graduate, technical and project management experience in Irish and European building projects. Managing specialist and subcontractor trade associations to assist in the development of professional, efficient contracting businesses. Our aim is to showcase the value of our member companies as ‘best in class’ and to help them achieve their business growth ambitions. Leading initiatives on innovation, BIM and continuous improvement for the construction sector. Specialist support areas primarily include, advising on contract, payment, dispute resolution and procurement issues.

Gillian Ross

Executive, Specialist Contracting

Gillian Ross is responsible for the executive support of specialist associations’ business within the Federation. Gillian administers a range of member services activities covering marketing and promotion of associations, lobbying and representation. She also deals with member queries on procurement, tendering and contractual matters, amongst other issues.

Denise Tuffy

Executive, Specialist Contracting

Denise Tuffy joined the CIF in 2016 and holds a Masters’ in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin. Denise is responsible for the executive support of the mechanical & electrical associations within the Federation; and the Construction 4.0 policy committee.

Conor O’Connell

Director, Housing, Planning & Development

Conor joined the CIF in 2001 and has worked in several roles within the CIF representing members and industry issues to a wide variety of industry stakeholders. Conor is also the Secretary of the Regional Development Committee of the CIF and is responsible for the development of CIF Regional Development Policy as well as stakeholder engagement on construction policy issues across Government Departments, Semi-State Agencies, Local Authorities, Politicians and various regional bodies. Conor is a strong advocate for the role of the construction industry in regional development through the provision of infrastructure. Conor holds a mix of qualifications in Business, Law, Industrial Relations and prior to his current role he worked extensively in employee relations in the construction sector. Until 2022, Conor was the Southern Region Director for the CIF, before taking up the role of Housing, Planning & Development Director.

Aine McGinity

Housing, Planning & Development Executive

Before joining the CIF in October 2021, Aine worked in the UK as Enterprise Manager for Overbury Enterprises, a 6,000-acre rural estate in the heart of Gloucestershire, UK. Aine is Executive of Housing, Planning and Development and offers support and advice to members of the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA), whilst representing their interests on related committees and working groups. The role also includes developing strategy, as part of a team, and engaging with Government Departments, Local Authorities, agencies and other stakeholders to ensure members’ views are formally considered and communicated. Aine has a Master’s Degree in Rural Estate & Land Management from Harper Adams University and a Certificate in Construction Project Management from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Cathy Gurry


Cathy joined the CIF in 2003 and over the following years, Cathy worked in the Industrial Relations and Manpower Department giving advice to members regarding Employment Law and HR issues. More recently in addition to advising members in Employment Law, Cathy now offers full-time support to the Housing Director, in an administrative role.

Jeanette Mair

Head of Economic and Policy Research

Jeanette is the CIF’s Head of Economic and Policy Research. She works with Federation policy committees and Directors, helping guide policy across a spectrum of economic / industry / fiscal / regulatory / development issues. She is also responsible for carrying out and commissioning new research, expanding the CIF’s information databases, preparation of submissions and strategy papers and advocating on various industry matters to support CIF’s dialogue with key policy stakeholders. Jeanette joined the CIF in 2007 as Housing, Planning and Development Executive, a role she held until 2017. She was Project Manager of CIRI (Construction Industry Register Ireland) from 2013 to 2017 during which time she oversaw the establishment and operation of the new register. Jeanette has been Manager of the CIF’s Register of Heritage Contractors since 2011.

Joanne Treacy

Head of Regional Services

An experienced Construction Industry professional, Joanne joined the CIF in 2022. With in excess of 15 years’ industry knowledge, Joanne holds qualifications in HR, leadership, health and safety and HSQE auditing. Having worked as a HR Manager for a large construction and engineering company spanning Ireland and the UK, her skills include policy development and implementation, employee and industrial relations, organisational change, craft and professional apprenticeship training, and CPD. Joanne has been associated with the CIF for over 10 years and she brings her expertise, experience and knowledge to our members servicing the Cork, South East, Mid West and Kerry branches. She is responsible for providing advice and support to the CIF members within the Southern Region, maximising engagement with stakeholders and ensuring member interests are represented on regional committees, state agencies and local authorities.

Ronan O’Brien

Executive, CIF Southern Region

Ronan O’Brien is an Executive for the CIF Southern Region, servicing the South East, Cork, Mid West and Kerry Branches of the CIF. A Graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology, Ronan has worked in the construction industry all his professional career. His career involved working with large multi-national organisations in the Middle East and Canada, in the Oil & Gas and Mining & Metal industries before returning to the Irish market. Ronan deals with member queries on procurement, tendering and contractual matters, amongst other issues. He also represents member interests on a number of Regional Committees and to Regional Local Authorities. He also liaises with key industry stakeholders, to be guest speakers at morning briefings and other events in the Southern Region for CIF members.

Brid Cody


Bríd has worked in the Cork Office of CIF since 1997.  She provides administrative support to staff in both the Cork and Galway offices and looks after reception for the CIF Cork Office. As well as greeting all visitors to the office and handling public & member queries, she also handles the many telephone calls made to the Cork and Galway offices.  Bríd is also the main point of contact for all CIF publications such as contracts and other materials. Bríd co-ordinates all of the in-house facilities with respect to training courses and meetings held in the Cork Office.

Justin Molloy

Director, CIF Western/Midland Region

Justin Molloy is the Director for the CIF in the Western and Midland and has extensive experience of working in the construction industry. He is currently responsible for managing the four CIF Western and Midland regional branches; Galway, Donegal, North West and Midland Branches. Justin also offers expert advice and support to the members, as well as representing their interests on a number of regional committees. He regularly meets with the regional Local Authorities, State Agencies and other industry bodies to further the aims of the industry.

Antoinette Fay

VCR Executive

Antoinette joined the CIF in 2016, bringing over 15 years of experience with her. Since 2022, Antoinette is the Executive in charge of the activities that relate to the Voluntary Construction Register (VCR), the official online register of competent builders.

Julie Dobson

Administrator, VCR Office

Julie oversees the activities that relate to the Voluntary Construction Register (VCR), the official online register of competent builders. Along with this, Julie is also responsible for the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) element of VCR.


Current Executive Body

Joe Conway


Joe Conway is a Business Development Manager with Dornan Engineering, who worked overseas with Kentz, in the African countries of Lesotho, South Africa & Botswana 1983-1997 and has worked in Ireland since his return in 1997. He has over forty  years’ experience in the construction industry, working on mining, oil & gas industries while overseas and since his return has been involved in the pharmaceutical, datacentre and heavy industrial and commercial projects in Ireland, and served as Vice President and President of the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA)  and remains active on the ECA I.R. Committee and is also a member of the CIF Cork Branch Executive.

Stephen McCarthy

Senior Vice President

Stephen McCarthy is the Managing Director of Astra Construction Services Ltd. which he founded over 34 years ago. He has concentrated the business in the Carrigaline area and has built over 2,000 homes. Stephen’s in-depth knowledge of the house building industry and personal tenacity brought the company through the recession which resulted in the successful completion of a development of 400 houses in Forest Hill, Carrigaline. Having traded successfully over the last 34 years, Astra Construction Services Ltd. is now in the process of building its largest development to date comprising 950 homes in Janeville on Cork Road in Carrigaline. Stephen is actively involved with Homebond and the CIF, at a local and national level and has held various positions within these organisations including;

  • Vice President of Construction Industry Federation (CIF)
  • Director and Past Chairman of Homebond.
  • Past Chairman of Irish House Builders’ Association (IHBA).
  • Past Chairman of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Cork branch.
  • Current Chairman of the Irish House Builders’ Association (IHBA) Cork branch.
  • Member of the National Executive of the Irish House Builders’ Association (IHBA).

Eamonn Stapleton

Vice President

P. Bruton
C. Burke
P. Cahill
P. Carey
C. Cleary
A. Coakley
P. Crampton
M. Cronin
N. Durkan
J. Flynn
M. Flynn
T. Flynn
S. Greally
A. Hora
L. Hoyne
D. Lee
E. McGrattan
D. Murphy
A. Neville
B. O’Donnell
G. O’Leary
S. O’Neill
J. O’Shaughnessy
J. Pentony
I. Ramberg
B. Sharkey
C. Wills
T. Wills

Year President Location
2022 Frank Kelly Dublin
2021 Frank Kelly Dublin
2020 Pat Lucey Dublin
2019 Pat Lucey Dublin
2018 Dominic Doheny Offaly
2017 Dominic Doheny Offaly
2016 Michael Stone Dublin
2015 Michael Stone Dublin
2014 Philip Crampton Dublin
2013 Philip Crampton Dublin
2012 Matthew Gallagher Dublin
2011 Matthew Gallagher Dublin
2010 Andy O’Gorman Cork
2009 Andy O’Gorman Cork
2008 Hank Fogarty Dublin
2007 Hank Fogarty Dublin
2006 Norbert O’Reilly Dublin
2005 Norbert O’Reilly Dublin
2004 Gerald Purcell Galway
2003 Gerald Purcell Galway
2002 Frank McCaffrey Dublin
2001 Frank McCaffrey Dublin
2000 Joe Tiernan Dublin
1999 Joe Tiernan Dublin
1998 Joe Tiernan Dublin
1997 Kevin C Kelly Dublin
1996 Kevin C Kelly Dublin
1995 Pat Harrington Cork
1994 Pat Harrington Cork
1993 Mirette Corboy Mid West
1992 Mirette Corboy Mid West
1991 Pat O’Grady Galway
1990 Oliver Haslette North West
1989 Richard P Treacy Dublin
1988 Ted Fitzgerald Kerry
1987 Reg Bennett Mid West
1986 Oliver O’Mahony Cork
1985 Christopher Jones Dublin
1984 Thomas Gill Galway
1983 Edward C Corbett Cork
1982 Robert Thompson Dublin
1981 Mirette Corboy Mid West
1980 James Brennan PC Galway
1979 Raymond Duffy Midlands
1978 Sidney McConnell Dublin
1977 Richard Keating Cork
1976 John Kane Wicklow
1975 Laurence Leavy Mid West
1974 Sean O’Foighil Galway
1973 J McKone Dublin
1972 J R Carbery Kildare
1971 J J Jennings Dublin
1970 J M O’Connor Cork
1969 John T Paul Dublin
1968 John J Hodge Waterford
1967 James Macken Dublin
1966 N C Rabbitt Galway
1965 Donal O’Sullivan Limerick
1964 J P Wallace Dublin
1963 V K Bowen Cork
1962 J G McCormack Dublin
1961 J G McCormack Dublin
1960 Angus Hamilton Waterford
1959 Thos Moore Cork
1958 Cormac Murray Meath
1957 Peter Thomas Carlow
1956 Ivan Webb Dublin
1955 John J O’Connell Cork
1954 Donal O’Sullivan Limerick
1953 J W Cunningham Donegal
1952 W K Cleere Kilkenny
1951 P J Walsh Dublin
1950 Thos Gough Limerick
1949 Jer Murphy Cork
1948 P F Fearon Dublin
1947 G K Nevin Offaly
1946 T J Kelly Longford
1945 N F McNally Galway
1944 H A Hamilton Waterford
1943 Jos J Healy Louth
1942 John J Dolan Dublin
1941 Danl McCaffrey Limerick
1940 Danl McCaffrey Limerick
1939 Danl McCaffrey Limerick
1938 S J Henly Louth
1937 J Walter Beckett Dublin
1936 Thos. Kelleher Cork
1935 H F McNally Galway

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