Two new Non-Executive Directors appointed to Board of Coillte


The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has announced the appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors to the Board of Coillte.

The appointees are Ms. Eleanor O’Neill and Mr. Gerard Murphy and both have been appointed for a five year period effective from 24 July 2019 and 13 December 2019 respectively. The appointments were made following a competitive process undertaken, in accordance with the Guidelines for Appointments to State Boards, by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). 

Welcoming the two new appointees, the Minister commented, “I am pleased to appoint Eleanor O’Neill and Gerard Murphy to the Board of Coillte as both have a range of management and executive skills which will be hugely beneficial in the strategic development of the company. I am sure both will participate in, and contribute significantly to, the Board based on their professional experience to date”. 

Ms O’Neill has a background in all aspects of business transformation in the technology sector.  She currently holds an executive role in Symantec Corporation as Senior Director of Information Technology.  In March 2018, Eleanor was appointed to board of Symantec Security Ireland Holding (SSIH-UC), a subsidiary company of Symantec Corporation with strategic and operational responsibility for Symantec International.  She was also appointed in 2018 to the Board of OSL Network Services, resulting from Symantec’s acquisition of Surf Easy.

Mr Gerard Murphy has been appointed to the Board of Coillte for a five year period effective from 13 December 2019.  Mr Murphy has extensive experience of the Irish Forest industry, having worked in a variety of senior roles covering research, business development, strategic marketing, sales and supply chain logistics, and change management. He was the Managing Director of the Forest Division in Coillte for nine years.

In conclusion, Minister Creed added: “The Irish forestry sector is crucial in terms of delivering benefits for our rural economy and of course in delivering environmental benefits and helping to tackle climate change. Coillte has a key role to play in this and these appointments will help to ensure that they’re ready to continue on their strategic development.”