Strong women to steer Shannon into a new era


THE new Shannon Airport Authority looks set to benefit from the talents of, among others, two highly qualified women who have already been instrumental in shaping the airport’s future. At time of writing, it was fully expected that the Cabinet would confirm the appointment of North Clare woman, Rose Hynes as chairperson of the new Shannon Airport Authority. Shannon Airport Director, Mary Considine will have specific responsibility for developing and driving growth strategy for the airport. A native of Lissycasey outside Ennis, she was a member of Aviation Business Development and Change Management Taskforces set up by Government to effect the separation of Shannon Airport from the DAA and create a International Centre for  Services at Shannon.

She was head of Finance and Corporate Affairs with the Dublin Airport Authority for four years until 2011 when she succeeded Martin Moroney as Airport Director.
The Belharbour businesswoman chaired the Aviation Business Development Task Force that drafted the new plan for Shannon and she currently holds the position of chairperson of Bord Gais and is a former director of both the Shannon Airport Authority and Aer Lingus.
She will be responsible for delivery of the strategy outlined in the task force report to Government that led to the airport’s separation from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).
Ms. Hynes served as a Member of Senior Management of Guinness Peat Aviation and held a number of Senior Executive positions with GPA Group PLC,
She has been the Chairman of Bord Gais Eireann since July 2009, where she also chairs the Remuneration Committee, and is a member of its Investment and Infrastructure Committee. She has been Director of Bord Gais Eireann since June 2006 and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Total Produce plc since November 2006.
She has served as a Director of Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank; Shannon Airport Authority plc; Blade Engine Securitization Ltd. and has held a number of non-executive directorships including one with Aer Lingus Group plc from 1997 to 2002. She is an Associate of the Irish Institute of Taxation and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
A solicitor by profession, she is a graduate of University College Dublin.
She will be joined by  Central Bank board member Alan Aherne, Ed Hansom, who previously worked for GPA and is connected to RBS Aviation Capital, IAA chief Eamonn Brennan, Pat Dalton, an executive with One51 investment group and Declan Keane, who was chairman of the working group who produced a Government report on mortgage arrears.