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The Dublin Transport Authority Act provides that the Authority consists of a chairperson and 11 ordinary members who perform and carry out the functions of the Authority in accordance with the Act.

The chairperson and ordinary members of the Authority are appointed by the Minister as follows:.

    1. The chief executive of the Authority as an ordinary member, for as long as he or she continues to be the chief executive
    2. The holder of the office of Dublin City Manager as an ordinary member, for as long as he or she continues to hold that office
    3. An ordinary member being the holder of the position of a senior management post in the Authority to be specified by the chairperson with the consent of the Minister, for as long as he or she continues to hold that post
    4. The chairperson and 8 ordinary members, from persons who in the opinion of the Minister have wide experience in relation to transport, industrial, commercial, financial, land use planning or environmental matters, the organisation of workers or administration.

 

The present Authority consists of:

Chairperson

John Fitzgerald Chairman Image
John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald has been Chairperson of the National Transport Authority since it was established in December 2009. An accountant by profession, he was Dublin City Manager from mid-1996 to 2006. In recent years he has served as Chair of An Post and of the Grangegorman Development Agency. He also chaired the two Regeneration Agencies set up in Limerick following his report to Government on problems of social exclusion in that city.

Chief Executive Officer

Anne Graham

Anne Graham was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority in January 2015. Prior to that she served as the Authority’s Director of Public Transport Services. Anne is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MBA from DCU. She has worked with the Dublin Local Authorities as a Civil Engineer, as Project Manager on many projects and as an Area Manager in the South West area of Dublin City, bringing local authority services closer to consumers in four local offices.

 

And other members appointed by the Minister:

Dr Berna Grist   is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin. A barrister and chartered town planner, she holds a PhD from the University of Ulster on The Legislative and Regulatory Framework for Development in the Republic of Ireland and has published widely in the fields of planning and environmental law, public policy and governance. Her previous appointments include membership of An Bord Pleanála (2001-2006).

Linda Saunders has experience ranging from Senior Executive Planner in the Dublin Transportation Office and CEO of Wicklow Chamber of Commerce to CSO Census manager, hotelier and Director of County Wicklow Tourism. She worked in London on strategic modelling of freight transport and has a keen interest in sustainable transportation. She has an M.Sc. in Urban & Regional Planning and an MBA. She sits on the NTA Audit Committee and is a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Hugh Creegan is Director of Transport Investment and Taxi Regulation at the Authority and is the Deputy CEO. He previously worked with the National Roads Authority as Section Head with responsibility for Public-Private Partnerships, Commercial Operations and Strategic Planning. He is a civil engineer with wide experience on major projects in the public and private sectors, including the Dublin Port Tunnel, and the M50 widening and associated free-flow toll collection.

Owen P. Keegan was appointed Dublin City Manager in September 2013 having served as County Manager of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from February 2006. Before joining the Council he worked for Dublin City Council, where he was Assistant City Manager and the Director of Traffic. Prior to October 1993 he worked as an economist for DKM Economic Consultants/Davy Stockbrokers. He has also worked in the Department of Finance, and the Economic and Social Research Institute and for two periods in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Mr Keegan is from Dublin. He holds degrees in public administration, economics and civil engineering.

Fiona Ross is an experienced Director and Non-Executive Director. She was appointed the Director of the National Library in 2010 after a 25 year career in international financial services. Following two terms as Director/CEO of the National Library of Ireland Fiona expanded her portfolio of non-executive directorships and also co-founded MyndServ a digital health care company.

Fiona brings expertise in governance and financial services to her roles on UK and Irish Boards including as founding Museum Director of EPIC Ireland at CHQ, The Driver and Vehicle Safety Agency UK, The National Archives UK, The Registers of Scotland, and JK Funds. Fiona served as Chair of the Council of National Cultural Institutions and on the Board of the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies in Ireland. Fiona is also a qualified lawyer with expertise in the area of leadership and governance and combines extensive international experience with contemporary public/private sector knowledge. Fiona recently completed a governance fellowship at George Washington University in Washington DC ​and is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Cyber Psychology.

Sinéad Walsh is a Producer who has worked in the area of social access awareness in the Dublin area.  Sinead worked directly with Dublin Bus and Irish Rail on the development of disability awareness programmes for staff and drivers across the road, rail and infrastructure networks with her media company Outcam Limited.

A Trinity College Dublin graduate with a Masters in Digital Media Management Sinéad also teaches in the area of special education. Sinéad joins the National Transport Authority with the commitment to access for all.

Frank O’Connor is Chief Executive Officer of Airtel ATN Limited, a supplier of data communication solutions for the aviation industry.  He co-founded the company in 1998.  Prior to co-founding Airtel, he worked in several software development companies including US multi-nationals Retix and CACI. He started his career in 1976 at Systems Dynamics, where he spent eight years including two in Germany and the Netherlands. He was a non-executive director at Aer Lingus from 2014 to 2015.

Frank Gleeson is the managing director of Aramark Food services. Aramark Ireland has more than 5,000 employees across 985 locations. Its world-class experience and expertise in workplace solutions, foodservice, convenience retailing, environmental services and property enables it to provide a fully integrated solution to Irish and EMEA companies.

Gleeson began his career in retail as an operations director for O’Brien’s Fine Wines. He later served as vice president of retail for Statoil Ireland. More recently he was retail director for Topaz Energy Group since 2005, where he led the rebranding of the company in 2008 and was responsible for the retail business of more than 340 sites. Gleeson is chairman of Irish employers group IBEC’s energy policy committee, former chairman and current board member of Retail Ireland and also a council member of IBEC. He is Vice Chairman of international for NACS and directs its global engagement in transport fuels and convenience retailing. He is a member of the Irish Directors Institute, and a member of the Labour market council. He graduated in business management from the Irish Management Institute.

Pat Mangan served as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Transport from 1995 to 2010 where his responsibilities included public transport, transport investment and finance. Prior to that, he was head of road policy in the Department of the Environment and chaired the Dublin Transportation Initiative. He is currently a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Ireland.

Ann Fitzgerald is an independent Non-Executive Director and is currently Vice Chair of the Irish Takeover Panel and Chair, Beaumont Hospital Board.

She chaired the Consumer Strategy Group which led to the Government’s decision to set up the National Consumer Agency and served as CEO of the Agency for five years until October 2012.  Prior to that, she was the Secretary General of the Irish Association of Investment Managers, having joined the Association from the Department of Industry & Commerce in 1989.

Ann has over 20 years experience as a Non-Executive Director, primarily in commercial and non-commercial bodies in the public sector.