About Us

Iarnród Éireann Board of Directors

Frank Allen, Chairman

Frank Allen is an independent financial consultant and Chief Executive of the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) from 2002 to 2012. In this period, 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 UCC and MIT. He previously worked for the World Bank in Washington DC, arranging finance for infrastructure development in developing countries and in Eastern Europe and was Head of Infrastructure Finance for KBC Bank in Ireland. He is Chairperson of Depaul Ireland, which provides accommodation and other support to homeless people.

Suzy Byrne 

Regional Manager in National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities. Co-chair, Disabled People of Ireland. BA in Sociology and Social Policy. Writer and broadcaster.

Carolyn Griffiths

Carolyn Griffiths is a senior rail executive. She has during her career gained experience spanning from shop floor technician to Board Director. She has worked in heavy rail, metro and light rail systems; and in operations, manufacturing, consultancy, establishing new rail systems and managing major projects both in the UK and overseas.

Most recently as the founder Chief Inspector of the UK's Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) she created the RAIB and lead the organisation, which is now ranked as world class, during its first 10 years of operations. 

She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee; a Fellow, Trustee Board member and Vice President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Trustee and Board member of the Engineering Council.  She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Cranfield University in 2013 for her achievements in and contributions to the rail industry.

Denise Guinan, Worker Director

Valerie Little

Valerie Little retired from ESB having held a number of senior management positions including Human Resource Manager for major Business Units, Head of Internal Audit and Head of Group Treasury. Valerie holds MSc in Management Practice and is a qualified accountant. She has served as a trustee of a large pension fund and served on a number of audit committees.

Mal McGreevy

Mal McGreevy, who has recently retired from the position of General Manager, Rail Services, Translink, Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company, has extensive experience in the transport sector. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, Mal has held senior positions in both bus and rail companies since joining Ulster Bus in 1988, culminating in his appointment as General Manager - Rail Services in 2004.

Dr. Peter Mulholland

Peter Mulholland has over thirty years’ experience in Human Resources (HR) covering both the private and public sectors. He retired last year from RTE as Group Head of HR after twelve years, having previously held positions in the hotel, insurance and banking sectors and with the Institute of Public Administration.

Peter holds a PhD from Trinity College and is a Chartered Fellow of the  Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) He was also a former National Chairman and National Treasurer of the CIPD in Ireland and a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development. He is also a member of the British Psychological Society and is qualified in psychometric profiling. He is a former member of the Dublin Regional Committee of IBEC and the IBEC Foresight HR Committee. He is a qualified Executive and business/personal coach.

Tommy Wynne

Tommy Wynne was appointed to the CIE Board in December 2013 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts, 1977 to 2001 and to the Iarnród Éireann board at the same time. Tommy is a train driver, based in Heuston Station. He is a member of SIPTU and represents rail workers.