Fiona Ross is an exceptionally experienced public and private sector Chairman and Non-Executive Director, having served on 17 boards in Ireland and the UK over the past six years. She focuses on governance, ethics, digital transformation and digital governance. In 2018 she was appointed by the Irish Government to chair CIÉ.
Frank Allen was appointed to the Board of CIÉ in September 2017. He is an independent financial consultant, advising on infrastructure investment and operations, mostly in developing and transition economies. He was Chief Executive of the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) from 2002 to 2012. In this period, the RPA had responsibility for building the Red and Green lines of the Luas light rail system and for extending them to the Docklands, Cherrywood and Citywest. Frank is a graduate of University College Cork and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously worked for the World Bank in Washington DC, arranging finance for infrastructure development in developing countries and in Eastern Europe and he was Head of Infrastructure Finance for KBC Bank in Ireland. He is Chairman of Depaul Ireland, which provides accommodation and other support to homeless people.
Head of Group IT&T
Gary Connolly was appointed as Head of Group IT&T in 2010, prior to this appointment Gary held various positions in Group IT&T.
Gary has an MSc in IT Management and has transformed the IT shared service function over the last number of years. Under Gary’s leadership the IT Department has aligned to industry standards and has increased the IT service levels on all CIE Group systems. Most recently Gary led the transition to an IT Managed Service Provider which has significantly reduced the IT risks and increased the levels of service and project delivery across the CIE Group of Companies.
Head of Group Legal
Colm Costello was appointed as Group Solicitor in 2010. Prior to this, he had been the Deputy Group Solicitor, and before that, was the Senior Litigation Solicitor in the Solicitor’s Office.
Colm is a qualified Solicitor, and also holds Diplomas in Employment Law and European Law. He has previously worked in a number of Solicitor’s Offices in Dublin, specialising in Litigation.
Chief Finance and Operations Officer
Acting Head of Group Internal Audit
Head of Group Property
Head of Strategy and Group Risk