The National Council of the Irish Exporters Association


National Council

Barry Cullen

2021 President & Chair of Border-Midlands Network Group, Irish Exporters Association
Silver Hill Foods

Barry has over 20 years experience in the FMCG sector, the last 10 of which has been focused in developing Export Markets for the various companies he has worked for.

Barry had previously spent 12 years with the Kerry Group in various Senior commercial roles both nationally and internationally.

During the last 7 years with the Silver Hill Company and during his Tenure, sales have doubled and the number of Export markets has increased from 9 to 30.

Barry is the current President of the IEA. Barry joined the IEA Council in May 2018 and chairs the IEA’s Border-Midlands Network Group in which he brings together exporters in the region to discuss issues of concern to members, particularly Brexit.

David Carthy

Immediate Past President, Irish Exporters Association
DLA Piper 

David is the Irish Managing Partner for DLA Piper International LLP. DLA Piper has offices in over 40 jurisdictions and provides a global legal and tax service to its multinational, institutional, government and growing clients.

David specialises in transactional M&A, fundraising (both from a company and investor perspective), shareholder arrangements and public listed company work including IPOs, takeovers and rights issues.

David held the presidency of the IEA in 2020. David acts for Irish exporting clients and US and international companies expanding into Europe and travels regularly to all parts of the US, UK, Europe and Asia.

Marie Armstrong

Former President, Irish Exporters Association

Marie is a tax partner within KPMG’s general tax practice with over 20 years of experience.  She has worked extensively with Irish and Foreign multinational and privately owned Irish companies with operations in Ireland and across the globe including North and South America, the Middle East, Europe, Russia and Asia.

She has worked across a number of sectors including food, energy, engineering, medical devices, consumables and property. Her broad range of clients enables her to advise companies on a multitude of issues taking from her wide knowledge base.

Marie was formerly a board member of the Irish Cancer Society and is the Immediate Past-President of the Irish Exporters Association.

Kieran Spellman

Treasurer, Irish Exporters Association
888spectate/ Technology

Kieran Spellman is VP, Head of 888Sport and Managing Director of online sports betting product and technology development, risk management and trading business, 888spectate, a subsidiary of 888 Holdings plc. 888spectate employs 120 in its Sandyford technology development centre and is using proprietary technology to implement a disruptive and differentiated vision for the sports betting sector.

Kieran has extensive commercial and leadership experience as CFO and COO of mobile payments, technology, healthcare, property development and construction businesses.

He is a graduate of Dublin City University and trained and qualified as an accountant with KPMG where he worked in international audit and transaction services in Ireland, Hungary and Malaysia.

Simon McKeever

Chief Executive
Irish Exporters Association

Simon McKeever is the Chief Executive of the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) having held this position since 2013. Simon leads the Association’s work on several policy areas including COVID-19, Brexit, Market Diversification, Sustainable Trade and Investment and Trade Compliance.

The IEA’s participation on a number of Government stakeholder groups and EU forums is driven by Simon on behalf of the IEA’s broad membership base, which includes companies across the international trade industry. This broad membership base well places the IEA as a key interlocutor in the supply chain.

Prior to Simon taking up his current position as Chief Executive, he spent 3 years as Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Dublin, which placed him at the forefront of joint trade strategy between Ireland and the UK, where he developed a close working relationship between UK Trade and Investment and Enterprise Ireland. Simon was the driving force behind the creation of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, and his leadership on the Agri-food agenda created a joint initiative that has kicked off the first Irish British Food Business Innovation Summit in Dublin.

Dr. John Carr

Chair, IEA Western Network Group

Prior to joining Flex John held senior management positions with Digital Equipment, EMC, Samsung and Irish Express Cargo.

John holds a Doctorate in Supply Chain, a master’s in advanced manufacturing technology and an MBA.

John is a long-standing member of the IEA and held the position of IEA Vice President between 2010 and 2012. John currently chairs the IEA’s Western Network Group, where he brings together exporters in the western region of Ireland on a regular basis to discuss issues of relevance to members in the region.

Tim Daly

Chair, IEA Southern Network Group

Tim Daly is McAfee’s Director of Operations in EMEA, and serves as company director for many of their International subsidiaries. He was one of the two initial employees when then McAfee founded their operation in Cork in 2004.

Prior to McAfee Tim was one of the founders and Managing Director of Iona Software Ltd., a software republisher working with Adobe, IBM and Edmark. Prior to that, he had been V.P. of Operations at Filemaker / Claris, Apple’s Software subsidiary, and had originally been their first employee in Europe at Claris Ireland Ltd..

Previously Tim had held a number of senior roles in Apple in Finance for several years. Tim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a honours business degree from University College Cork.

Dr. Ronnie O’Toole

Honorary Economist
Indecon Economics

Dr. Ronnie O’Toole is Honorary Economist to the IEA. Ronnie has a long-standing interest in applied economic policy, particularly with respect to Ireland’s export performance, foreign direct investment, productivity, and skills.

He is currently Partner in Indecon Economic Consultants, an independent economic research organisation based in Dublin and London. He was previously Chief Economist of Danske Bank, and ran the National Payments Plan in the Central Bank.

He has also worked in the Department of Finance, Forfás and Mercer Actuarial Consultants.

Colin Dunne

Joint Managing Director
International Warehousing and Transport (IWT)

Colin has over 20 years’ experience in the world of shipping and transport. He has worked for three years in the Netherlands in Rotterdam Port and founded IWT Rotterdam – the objective to forming IWT in the Netherlands in the 90’s was to get closer to his customers.

Colin has worked in Commercial Operational and General Management roles for many years and has a large reach having travelled extensively in his business life.

Colin was part of the team that lead the successful Management buyout of the IWT Group in 2003 which incorporates 5 companies involved in all modes of transport logistics and supply chain solutions.

Patrick Joy


Patrick Joy is the founder of Suretank Group and was the 2013 Irish EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (University College Dublin, 1974) and also has an MBA (Trinity College Dublin, 1988).

Patrick recently sold two thirds of his business to Hitecvision, a Norwegian private equity and he has now stepped back from his previous full time role of Chairman and Managing Director. He devotes his time to mentoring and investing in new start-up businesses. He is a director and investor in a number of companies. He has spent four years on the Board of Intertrade Ireland where he chaired the Funding for Growth and Acumen Committees.

Outside of his business interests, Patrick is a member of Engineers Ireland, Boyne RFC, Royal Dublin Society and Co. Louth golf club.

Paschal McCarthy

Paschal McCarthy Management Services

A Science Graduate of NUIG, Paschal hold an MBA from NUIG and a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Institute of Directors (London). Paschal is also a Chartered Director.

Paschal has spent 35 years in Management in the Pharmaceutical industry in Ireland with Baxter Healthcare, Schering Plough, Nycomed Ireland, Amersham Health and laterally General Electric Healthcare (GEHC).

Currently Paschal is Director of ATEX Verification Services, Hol-Den Installations, Steel and Roofing Systems, Cronus Ventures Ltd, and Managing Director of Paschal McCarthy Management & Consultancy Services. Paschal was President of the Irish Exporters Association 2016/17.

Louise Bannon

Head of Marketing
Dublin Airport

Louise is Head of Marketing at Dublin Airport and a member of the Executive Team.  Louise has overall responsibility for consumer and B2B/Partner marketing programmes and digital channels, as well as an extensive customer research and planning function.

Louise has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and product management/development roles, focused on driving customer-led strategy development and implementation in complex customer service environments.

Louise joined the DAA in 2006, having previously held senior management roles in two of Ireland’s key utilities; Eircom and ESB.  A former president of the Association of Advertisers in Ireland, Louise remains on the Council.  Louise is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology and holds an MBS from Dublin City University.

Gabbie White

Director, Global Logistics
Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Gabbie has 20+ years’ experience in global imports, exports, transportation & warehousing across the pharmaceutical & FMCG , while also involved in all aspects of logistics & supply chain.

Gabbie has worked with Alexion Pharmaceuticals since 2013 as part of their Global Supply Chain, responsible for their product shipment and distribution network.

Gabbie is a graduate of UCD Smurfit Business School with an MSc in Business Leadership & Management Practice.

Glenn Carr

General Manager
Rosslare Europort & Rail Freight Irish Rail

Glenn was appointed General Manager Rosslare Europort & Rail Freight Irish Rail in September 2017. He had previously been General Manager Rail Freight since 2013, responsible for all rail and road freight services within Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail.

Glenn leads the management teams in both Freight and Rosslare that are focused on commercially driving the businesses forward and is overseeing the largest capital investment in Rosslare Europort in the coming years. Rosslare Europort is one of Ireland’s leading ports and offers the quickest daily direct services to the UK and mainland Europe.

Prior to working in the rail, Glenn held a number of senior positions within the retail industry across Human Resources, Logistics and Operations. Glenn is a graduate of DCU where he received an MBA.

Dr. Cera Slevin

Founder & Director
Climate Matters Ltd

Cera is an experienced engineer and company director with 24 years across energy; from design, construction, operations & maintenance, trading, project development to establishing joint ventures, new business models and investment management. Cera founded Climate Matters Ltd to deliver Climate Risk Solutions for Business Models.

Prior to this Cera was involved in establishing and developing a number of Innovative solar businesses and has worked in Africa, Middle East, Australia and Europe.

Cera holds a BEng and PhD in Mechancial Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng).  She also has Postgraduate Diplomas in Coastal Zone Management, Leadership & Management as well as Executive and Business Coaching.