Iarnród Éireann Management Team
Jim Meade, Chief Executive
Jim Meade was appointed Chief Executive in May 2018. He had previously been Director, Railway Undertaking since 2013 responsible for all passenger and freight services.
Jim leads the management team in ensuring that the railway is operated and maintained in a manner that prioritises safety for passengers, employees and third parties; provides a quality customer service to all who use the rail network; strengthens the productivity and performance gains that have been achieved in recent years to secure a sustainable financial position; and delivers rail’s contribution in support of the Government of Ireland’s policies on sustainable development.
He has worked in Iarnród Éireann throughout his career, beginning in 1983, initially in mechanical engineering, before moving to operations management.
Jim is an avid motorsports fan and has competed in a number of rallies and enjoys spending time with his family.
Billy Gilpin, Director, Railway Undertaking
Billy joined Iarnród Éireann in March 2019 as Director, Railway Undertaking, and is responsible for the safe and punctual operation and maintenance of train services, and will oversee the development of our rail operations in tandem with the delivery of the National Development Plan investment in our fleet and infrastructure.
Billy joined the company from Serco, one of the world's largest providers of public services to Governments, where he was Country Manager for Serco Saudi Arabia, and Passenger Business Unit Director for SAR Saudi Railway
Prior to joining Serco in 2017, Billy had over 37 years experience with Translink in Northern Ireland, primarily in rail and bus operations, as well as employee relations, culminating in his appointment as Head of Rail Service Operations.
Don Cunningham, Director Infrastructure Manager
Don joined Iarnród Éireann in 2006 firstly as Director, New Works and then Assistant Chief Executive, Engineering. Under the organisational restructuring to achieve compliance with European Union requirements for the rail industry, he was appointed Director Infrastructure in 2013, covering civil engineering (track and structures), signalling and electrical engineering, New Works (capital investment projects) and Infrastructure Operations (CTC and level crossing control centres).
Don manages and coordinates the activities of these disciplines to ensure that the network meets train operator and customer requirements. Don has spent most of his career in the mining industry with Anglo American PLC and has also worked with Lisheen Mine in Tipperary.
He is a keen golfer and enjoys watching all sports.
Aidan Cronin, Chief Financial Officer
Aidan joined Iarnród Éireann in August 2008 as Chief Financial Officer. He is a Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA) and holds an MBA. He has wide accountancy and commercial experience in industry in Ireland and with General Electric in the USA.
He took over the responsibilities of Chief Financial Officer at Iarnród Éireann at a critical time, at the onset of the economic crisis in Ireland, and addressed the financial challenges facing the organisation through the resulting prolonged period of underfunding.
Ciaran Masterson, Director Human Resources
Ciarán is responsible for the Human Resources function in Iarnród Éireann, ranging from personnel development to industrial relations. It is a role he has held since 2010.
He joined Iarnród Éireann in 1985 as an Apprentice Electrician, and has worked in a range of roles including management responsibilities in the operations, catering and personnel areas.
Ciarán’s management responsibilities continue away from Iarnród Éireann, managing the schoolboys' team for his local club. He also enjoys the cinema with his family.
Gerry Culligan, Commercial Director
Gerry joined the company in January 2012 and is responsible for all matters relating to revenue and customer care.
Gerry has over 25 years commercial experience across a number of industries, holding senior executive roles in Financial Services with Aviva, in Communications with Eircom and in Grocery with Mars Ireland.
Gerry is an avid squash player and enjoys outdoor sports particularly cycling and running. He has completed four marathons, albeit a number of years ago he says!
Barry Kenny, Corporate Communications Manager
Barry joined Iarnród Éireann in 1994 and has spent his career with the company in the communications area.
Best known for representing the company in the broadcast and print media, Barry is also responsible for a number of areas including social media policy and development; and liaison with public representatives, as well as media relations.
Barry enjoys travelling the world and has a keen interest in sport and current affairs.
Kay Doyle, Strategic Safety Manager
Kay’s role is to lead the development of safety strategy and policy and provide impartial expert advice across the organisation. Kay joined Iarnród Éireann in 1982, and has worked in a range of roles across the company, including train operation, freight and infrastructure. These include Operations Safety Manager and Head of Safety, Infrastructure Manager.
Kay enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her family.
Michael Power, Head of Transformation
Michael was appointed to a new role as Head of Transformation in May 2017 with a brief to support the implementation of various organisational developmental programmes. He has previously worked in a range of roles, to include strategy development, contracts management and service planning, having joined Iarnród Éireann in 1994 from our sister company Dublin Bus.