The National Council of the IEA


National Council

David Carthy

President, Irish Exporters Association
DLA Piper / Service Provider

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. He 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.

He 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

Immediate Past-President, Irish Exporters Association
KPMG / Service Provider

Marie advises a range of internationally-quoted and large privately-owned companies and utilities on their tax planning requirements. She has extensive experience in international tax matters, including financing arrangements, structuring for acquisitions and transaction services advice such as due diligence.

Her clients cover a range of industries, including the medical/pharmaceutical industry, renewable/sustainable energy industry.

Barry Cullen

Senior Vice President, 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 joined the IEA Council in May 2018.

John Mee

Junior Vice President, Irish Exporters Association
Glanbia Consumer Foods

Consumer Foods is a business unit within Glanbia Ireland with a specific focus on the manufacture and distribution of chilled foods, and milk and cream produce. Distribution is both within the 32 counties and internationally.

Kieran Spellman

Treasurer, Irish Exporters Association
888spectate/ Technology

Kieran Spellman is Managing Director of online sports betting product and technology development, risk management and trading business, 888spectate, a subsidiary of 888 Holdings plc. 888spectate employs 100 in its Sandyford technology development centre and is using proprietary technology to implement a disruptive and differentiated vision for the 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’s career to date has encompassed senior executive roles in global financial markets, business consultancy in Ireland, and more recently an outstanding track record in development of trade and trade policy & strategy across Ireland and UK. In addition to his background in Financial Services, his recent role at the British Embassy in Dublin 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. He was the driving force behind the creation of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce, and his leadership on the Agri-food agenda has created a joint initiative that has kicked off the first Irish-British Food Business Innovation Summit in Dublin.

Simon spent 18 years working in global financial markets, with RBC and AIB Capital Markets. He is widely travelled and has done considerable business in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the UK, in a business development capacity, winning new customers and rolling out new products.

John Carr

Chair, IEA Western Regional Council

Prior to joining Flex John held senior management positions with Digital Equipment, EMC, AST and Irish Express Cargo.  John holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and an MBA, and is completing a Doctorate in Supply Chain. John was a previous Council member of IEA, held the position of IEA Vice President between 2010 and 2012, and Chairs the IEA Mid-West Council.

Tim Daly

Chair, IEA Southern Regional Council

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 payments. He is currently Divisional Director in Indecon Economic Consultants, an independent economic research organisation based in Dublin and London. He was previously Chief Economist of National Irish Bank/Danske Bank, and ran the National Payments Plan in the Central Bank. He has also worked in the Department of Finance, Forfas and Mercer Actuarial Consultants, and lectures occasionally in the Smurfit Business School.

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 is the current 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’s business is a truly global one with manufacturing in Ireland, UK, Poland, Thailand, China, USA and Brazil. Additionally, there are sales offices in Norway, Australia, Netherlands and Nigeria. He spends considerable time each year in the air visiting these and other countries where there is exploration and production of “offshore” oil. Patrick appointed a new CEO John Fitzgerald last year and has now taken on the role of Executive Chairman with primary responsibility for driving the company’s acquisition strategy. He now has more time for family and for developing his other interests. He is a Member of Engineers Ireland, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the Institute of Directors, Boyne RFC, Seapoint and Co. Louth golf clubs.

Paschal McCarthy

Paschal McCarthy Management Services

Paschal is a Director of Fehily Timony Company, Holden Installations, Induchem Group, Alex Verification Services and runs his own Consultancy Business Paschal McCarthy Management and Consultancy Service. He is former Managing Director of GE Healthcare Ireland, a manufacturing subsidiary of The General Electric Company. Originally founded as Nycomed Ireland Ltd., before merging with Amersham International in 1997 and subsequently acquired by GE in 2004. Paschal has been with the company since day 1, and has grown the operation from a European supplier shipping 3 million units to Western European markets to today, a global supplier shipping 20 million units to 70+ markets worldwide. From 1995 to 1997 Paschal headed up the company’s bulk chemical plant at Lindesnes, Norway. Prior to joining Nycomed Ireland Paschal also worked with Schering Plough Corp. and Baxter Healthcare.

James McGee

Former Managing Director
Business Owner

James joined Athlone Extrusions (then Athlone Manufacturing) in 1972 where he then progressed through several managerial positions. In September 1983 James participated in the MBO of Athlone Manufacturing from the receiver, holding position of Production Manager.
James was responsible for introducing ABS product range 1986. He also led the second MBO in 1990 whilst holding the position of Joint Managing Director. James subsequently became the Chief Executive in 1991. He presided over the flotation on the Dublin & London stock exchanges in 1998
He negotiated the sale of Athlone Extrusions plc to Barlo Group plc in January 2001 and subsequently the purchase of Athlone from the Quinn Group in July 2004. Has held numerous non-executive directorships and roles with IBEC, Enterprise Ireland, Irish Exporters Association and other state bodies.

Michael Sanfey

Director of Cargo Operations Ireland & UK Regions
IAG Cargo

Michael Sanfey has 30 years of commercial experience promoting Irish Exports. During that time he has held positions in export led companies such as Semperit (Ireland), Kayfoam Woolfson and as an Management Consultant with Condon International. A former director of Budget Travel, Michael is currently Director of Cargo with Aer Lingus Cargo.

Michael is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.

Darren Keating

Business Innovation Manager
Irish Dog Foods

Darren has over 15 years’ experience in importing and exporting. As Marketing Manager for Irish Dog Foods since 2016 Darren has been involved in a variety of projects from strategic innovation, product development, purchasing, brand and marketing management, as well as key account management. Internationalisation of products focusing on new markets including USA, Korea, China, Canada and South America.
Educated to Honours master’s degree Level, Marketing and Internationalisation. Darren has experience working with and selling to many leading brands and retailers globally, with comprehensive understanding of the retail grocery business worldwide.
Darren has a keen interest in current affairs and politics both national and international. Darren has been involved in numerous election campaigns across the political spectrum and has a passion for travel, food and golf.