Board of Directors

Brendan McKenna - Chairman

Brendan was reappointed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine as Chairman during 2007, for a second 5 year term. He was formerly Chief Executive of Abbott Ireland Manufacturing Operations and is a past President of the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Board Meetings attended 2010: 12 out of 12

Denis Byrne

Denis was appointed to the Board of Coillte in 2010. Denis was an Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine with responsibility for forestry until his retirement in December 2009. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Board Meetings attended 2010: 12 out of 12

Breffni Byrne

Breffni was reappointed to the Board during 2007, for a second 5 year term. He is Chairman of NCB Stockbrokers and a non-executive Director of Tedcastle Holdings Limited, Cpl Resources plc and Hikma plc. A chartered accountant, he was formerly a Senior Partner of Arthur Andersen in Ireland. He chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Board Meetings attended 2010: 12 out of 12

David Gunning

David was appointed Chief Executive and a Director in 2006. He is also Chairman of SmartPly Europe Ltd, Medite Europe Ltd, and CPP UK Ltd. Before joining Coillte he held leadership positions in a range of companies in the telecommunications industry in Ireland, US and Europe.
Board Meetings attended 2010: 12 out of 12

Alma Kelly

Alma was appointed to the Board in 2008. She is an associate solicitor in Arthur Cox, Dublin, specialising in projects, procurement and energy law. She holds a degree in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick and a Masters in Law from Trinity College Dublin. She was admitted as solicitor in Ireland in 2003 and is a member of the Society of Construction Law (UK). Alma is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Board Meetings attended 2010: 11 out of 12

Seamus Murray

Seamus Murray was appointed to the Board in 2009. He is a farmer and was also a member of Meath Co. Council from 1992 to 2009 during which period he served as Chairman of Meath Co. Council and was a member of Co. Meath Vocational Education Committee. He was also a member of Irish Delegation of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) since its inauguration in 1994 as well as being at various stages Chairman and member of both the Mid-East and Southern and Eastern Regional Assemblies.
Board Meetings attended 2010: 12 out of 12

Yvonne Scannell

Yvonne Scannell is a Professor in the Law School, Trinity College, Dublin where she specialises in Irish and European Environmental Law and Policy. She served on the Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1994-1997 and was a founder member and first chairperson of the Irish Association of Environmental Law. She has been a consultant to the Environmental Law Group at Arthur Cox since 1990. She is a director of Tara Mines Ltd and a member of the Board of CIE. She is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Board Meetings attended 2010: 10 out of 12

Frank Toal

Frank was appointed to the Board in 2003. He was formerly Chief Executive of the General Electric subsidiary ECCO, an electronics manufacturing company based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He is a past President of the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland and is now a business consultant. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Board Meetings attended 2010: 12 out of 12


Directors’ Expenses:

The aggregate expenses paid to Directors in 2010 were €16,192 (2009: €15,013).