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

Managing Director USA, Biomass and Energy

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.

Kerry Noblett

    Kerry Noblett

    UK HR & Business Development Director

    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.

    Lou Gonzales

      Lou Gonzales

      President, Engineering & Development Designer Group USA

      Lou has over 40 years of experience in the power generation and industrial businesses, including over 20 years of executive management positions at PPS Group, Zurn/NEPCO, Industry & Energy Group, Industra, Kiewit/Bibb and President/COO of Bibb Engineers. He has overseen the project development of numerous gas-fired and “green energy” projects from EPC through start-up and commissioning. Lou's expertise includes managing overall profit and loss, corporate start-up and management, turnkey contract execution, and under-budget, on-schedule project completion of numerous power generation projects. He holds a BSME from Clarkson University and attended graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

      Ben Gandee

        Ben Gandee

        UK Commercial Director

        Ben joined Designer Group in 2013 with over 28 years experience in the construction industry. Ben offers the business his experience from a wide range of sectors including Utility, Building, Rail and Civil Engineering projects. He has fulfilled both commercial and operational roles throughout his career, with an exceptional track record of success. Ben holds full responsibility for managing the UK commercial teams and all related commercial matters, priding himself in maintaining good client relationships. He is an experienced leader and decision maker who relishes a challenge.

        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.

        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.

          Gary Byrne

          Gary Byrne

          Irish Industrial Director

          After graduating as a civil engineer in 2002, Gary gained 10 years’ experience as a Project Manager working with Tier 1 main contractors before joining Designer Group in 2011 as an M&E Project Manager. Gary has gained extensive experience in the Industrial and Pharmaceutical sectors delivering everything from minor process projects in live plants to assembling multi-discipline teams to deliver large-scale complex turnkey projects, both in Ireland and internationally. Gary has also been at the forefront of our development of Prefabricated solutions and has delivered projects across the globe using this approach. Gary's responsibility is to foster the growth of our Industrial division into both new sectors and emerging markets.

          Padraig Byrne

          Padraig Byrne

          Vice President, Designer Group USA

          Padraig Byrne
          Padraig joined Designer Group in 2017, following the acquisition of the engineering company PPS, to manage our US business. Originally from Ireland and with a degree in business management, Padraig has held Managing Director positions in several companies within both the Engineering Consultancy and Facilities Management spheres. Padraig's role in Designer Group USA is to develop our service offering in the region and ensure alignment with our global growth strategy.

          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.

          Mark Cullen

            Mark Cullen

            General Manager FM

            Highly motivated and with a strong work ethic, Mark joined Designer Group in 2004 as a qualified electrician progressing quickly to Senior Site Supervisor. His appointment, in 2012, as General Manager of the Facilities Management and Maintenance Division has been instrumental in the successful delivery of strategic FM/Maintenance contracts for Designer Group clients. With experience in the construction industry, covering a wide range of Project Management expertise across multiple sectors, Mark has a proven track record in delivering projects on time, on budget and to the highest standards. Mark holds a Diploma in Project Management.

            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.

              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.

              Andrew Digby

                Andrew Digby

                UK Senior 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.