Senior Management Team

Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Group CEO

Michael founded Designer Group in 1992 after an extensive career with the ESB. His vision is instrumental in the development and advancement of Designer Group to its current position as one of Ireland’s leading Engineering Contractors. The Group is also a well respected name within the Engineering sector in the UK. Michael is the former Head of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).

Nick Baish

Nick Baish

UK Managing Director

Nick Joined Designer Group in 2010 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the construction industry with him. He holds a Masters Degree in Building Services Engineering. Nick is responsible for financial decision making, client relations, design management, subcontractor tender packages, subcontractor co-ordination, installation quality, risk management and local authority sign off.

Pat Gilroy

Pat Gilroy

Irish Managing Director

Managing Director of the Irish Business. Pat joined Designer Group in 2016 to manage the Irish office. A mechanical engineer, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his 20 years in the industry. Pat is a results driven resourceful managing director with a proven ability to develop and strengthen management teams to maximise growth and efficiency.

Niall Stone

Niall Stone

Director of Engineering

Niall holds Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and an MSc in Information Systems. He leads the Design & Engineering Division of the Group and is instrumental in the ongoing modernisation of information and communication systems. Niall champions a collaborative approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) Technologies throughout the Group.

Sean Greally

Sean Greally

Irish Commercial Director

With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Sean joined Designer Group in 2011. Previously, Sean was a Director of a leading construction firm for 9 years. He holds BSc in Quantity Surveying and a Diploma in Construction Economics. Sean has a great deal of expertise in both public and private projects including Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and design & build developments. He has responsibility for all commercial matters within the company.

Neil Edwards

    Neil Edwards

    UK Commercial Director

    With over 32 years of working within the construction industry, Neil joined Designer Group in 2017. Previously a Commercial Director for a leading contractor for 17 years, Neil has extensive experience of working specifically within the M&E industry. Neil holds full responsibility for managing the UK commercial and procurement teams and all related commercial matters, priding himself in maintaining good client relationships.

    Jonathan Panton

      Jonathan Panton

      Group CFO

      Jonathan joined Designer Group in February 2016 as a Financial Director, he is an experienced accountant with strong management skills. Jonathan’s responsibilities at Designer Group include reviewing all UK financial processes/policies, working closely with the Commercial and Operational teams to develop and manage ongoing project review analysis and providing financial control and support to the procurement function Identifying opportunities to strengthen financial systems and controls.

      Brendan Kearns

      Brendan Kearns

      Irish Training and Off-Site Prefabrication Director

      Brendan oversees our off-site prefabrication activities and takes a leading role in the training and development of our apprentices. He joined the company in 1996 and has witnessed substantial changes in how construction projects are delivered. Brendan works with our BIM Team to ensure that the latest advances in technology are reflected in our Lean workflows.

      Niall Treacy

      Niall Treacy

      Irish Operations Director

      Niall joined Designer Group in 2014. He qualified from DIT with a BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering. Having previously been a Director of one of Ireland’s largest M&E Consultancy firms he has extensive experience in the design, procurement and delivery of large complex construction projects. Niall is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). As Operations Director he is responsible for the successful delivery of all Irish projects.

      Hank Fogarty

        Hank Fogarty

        Non Executive Director

        A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Ireland with over forty years practical experience in civil engineering and building construction – thirty eight with the SIAC Group. Retired in March 2009 as Managing Director of SIAC Construction Ltd. Successfully directed the Groups civil engineering business since 1979 serving as a director for 23 years during which time SIAC grew into one of Ireland’s largest, most diverse and successful construction groups.

        Andrew Digby

          Andrew Digby

          UK Operations Director

          Andrew joined the business in 2015 as Project Director moving up to Operations Director in 2016. Andrew is a highly motivated person, who enjoys challenges. He has a solid foundation in mechanical services which has been complemented over the last 20 years with a high level of financial and contractual awareness. He has a keen interest in innovative installations methods which reduce risks whilst ensuring a high quality installations.

          Ian Smith

            Ian Smith

            UK Operations Director

            Ian joined UK Designer Group in September 2015. With considerable experience in Building Services he worked on large projects across various sectors including High Containment Scientific Laboratories, Hospitals, Schools, Colleges, Football Stadiums, Retail and Commercial. Ian is a registered Incorporated Engineer and an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers CIBSE.

            Mike Sharples

            Mike Sharples

            UK Pre-Construction Director

            Mike's duties as Pre-construction Director involve overseeing and managing the estimating department and new business development. Mike is involved with the reviewing of cost plans, undertaking value engineering, cost saving, reviewing of tender information to ascertain suitability, tender risk analysis, pre and post tender liaison meetings with clients including clarification and negotiation meetings.

            Kerry Noblett

              Kerry Noblett

              UK HR Manager

              Kerry joined the team in early 2015 holding 10 years HR experience and CIPD certification. Her responsibilities include overseeing and managing all aspects of HR practices and processes in the UK office, supporting the business needs ensuring proper implementation of the Company strategy and objectives, whilst remaining aligned with the HR agenda and ensuring the business is seen as an employer of choice within the industry.