Transport Ireland 2012
Towards a competitive and efficient transport future
Speaker Panel A-Z
Danny Kennedy, MLA was appointed Northern Ireland Minister for Regional Development in 2011, having previously been Minister for Employment and Learning. He was first elected as an MLA in the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 and represents the Ulster Unionist Party for the Newry and Armagh constituency. He was a councillor on Newry and Mourne District Council from 1985-2010.
Mark Kenny leads the IBM Smarter Transport initiative in Ireland. His role is to help Irish transport operators, local authorities and government agencies align capacity with demand, boost efficiency and improve their customer experience. In 2011 Mark was elected to the board of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Ireland, a non-profit, public/private partnership, which aims to promote the benefits of Intelligent Transport Solutions. Mark has worked in the technology and transportation fields his entire career. Mark is a graduate of both Dublin & London Business Schools. Prior to joining IBM, Mark was County Manager for Vision Consulting and sector lead for Gartner.
Robert Mansell is a professional officer in Transport at The City of Edinburgh Council. He has five years experience in traffic signals design and operation, including UTC and Scoot. He has also worked on the implementation of UTMC and ITS solutions in Edinburgh, and regularly works in the control room, using intelligent transport systems as an integral part of the day to day management of traffic in Edinburgh.
Tom O'Mahony was appointed Secretary General of the Department of Transport in June 2009. He previously served as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, where he headed the Environment Division. His responsibilities at that Department included climate change policy and sustainable development. He has also worked in the Departments of Health, Finance and Agriculture.
Nigel O'Neill is Head of Commercial Operations, Procurement and Strategic Planning in the NRA. Nigel has twenty years' experience in transport infrastructure including twelve years in consulting engineering. He joined the NRA in 2006. The Commercial Operations, Procurement and Strategic Planning Division encompasses network tolling, service areas, public private partnerships, procurement support services, and strategic planning including transport modelling and the provision of project appraisal guidance.
Eamonn O'Reilly was appointed Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company in August 2010 having previously held the position of Chief Executive at Portroe Stevedores, the Dublin Port based cargo handling business, since 2005. Eamonn also held the role of group development manager of Portroe's parent company, Doyle Shipping Group, during that time. Eamonn is a chartered engineer having graduated from University College Dublin and holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin. Eamonn is a member of Engineers Ireland.
Vincent Sheehan is Manager of Business Development at Bus Eireann, responsible for business and strategic planning, network and product development, sales, marketing and external communications. He joined the Bus Eireann team in 2006, and prior to that, Vincent worked 15 years for a wide range of public and private sector enterprises in the areas of businese strategy, marketing consulting and management development. Vincent is a graduate of the MBS and BComm in UCD.
Matthew Shepherd is a Senior Consultant at Oxera, one of Europe's leading independent economic consultancies. He specialises in applying analytical techniques such as econometrics and other statistical tools across different sectors, and assisting clients in understanding the results of these analyses. Matthew has applied these techniques to a range of transport modes, having been involved in projects in the rail, aviation, bus and ferry sectors, in addition to projects in the financial services and energy sectors.
Professor Austin Smyth is Head of the Transport Department at the University of Westminster, London and Professor of Transport Economics at the Transport Research Institute in Edinburgh. In 2006 he completed his term as Director General at the National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL) in Dublin. He is a Fellow of the CILT and has twenty five years experience in transport consultancy and research worldwide.
Denis Twomey is the Commercial Manager for Bord Gáis Networks, responsible for commercial operations, market development and the development of the innovation function. His previous roles with the company include Transportation Services Manager and Development Manager when he was responsible for the development of market arrangements and connection policy. Prior to joining Bord Gáis in 1997, Denis worked in a variety of project management roles and at National Grid Transco in the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and member of Engineers Ireland and holds an MComm from University College Cork.
Leo Varadkar, TD was appointed Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in March 2011. He is a TD for Dublin West. He was appointed a member of the Fine Gael Front Bench when first elected to the Dáil in 2007. He served initially as Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment and in June 2010 he was appointed to the Communications, Energy and Natural Resources portfolio. Prior to his election to the Dáil, Leo Varadkar served as a member of Fingal County Council from October 2003.