Group Executive Team

David Gunning

Chief Executive

David has been Chief Executive of Coillte since July 2006. (See his biography in the Board of Directors section)

Ivan Schuster

Chief Financial Officer

Ivan joined Coillte in 1989 and has held the current role as Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Other roles in Coillte have included Managing Director Coillte Enterprise, Chairman Garvagh Glebe Power Limited and Director of Moylurg Rockingham Ltd. Ivan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.A. Economics from University College Dublin.

Gerard Murphy

Managing Director, Coillte Forest

Gerard has worked in a variety of positions in forestry including - research, inventory, sales and marketing, harvesting and overseas consulting, before taking on his current role as Managing Director of Coillte Forest. He is responsible for the performance of the Group’s forestry businesses which have a turnover of approximately €100m. The provision of social and environmental values from the estate is also a key responsibility.
Gerard has a B. Ag. Sci. (Forestry) and an MBA from University College Dublin as well as a Grad Dip. in Science from Australia National University.

Mark Foley

Managing Director, Coillte Enterprise

Mark joined Coillte in 2008 as Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise. Mark is responsible for the identification and delivery of new business opportunities through the deployment of the Group’s broad asset base within the areas of land development, renewable energy and telecommunications infrastructure.
Prior to joining Coillte, Mark Foley was Director of Capital Programmes with Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and was responsible for the permitting, procurement and delivery of over €1 billion of new infrastructure projects over an 8 year period at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports.
Mark holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and a M.I.E. (Masters in Industrial Engineering) from University College Dublin.

Gerry Britchfield

Managing Director, Coillte Panel Products

Gerard has been Managing Director of Coillte Panel Products since 2007. He has worked with Coillte since 1992 in a variety of senior management roles, including Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise.
Gerard is a Chartered Accountant by profession and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) from University College Dublin and an MBA from Dublin City University. Prior to joining Coillte, he held finance related positions in the accountancy, IT and manufacturing sectors.

Eamonn McGee

Group Director, Human Resources

Eamonn has held the role of Group Director Human Resources since 2007. Prior to this he held a variety of HR and Industrial Relations roles in Coillte. Before joining Coillte on its establishment in 1989, Eamonn was a civil servant attached to the Forest Service for 15 years, undertaking a range of administrative and management roles.
Eamonn is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and has a certificate in Timber Technology (Institute of Wood Science/TRADA).

Gerry Egan

Group Director, Strategy and Corporate Affairs

Gerry is the Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary. He has held a number of roles during his time with the company including Head of Public Affairs, Head of Customer Service and Communications Manager.
His current responsibilities include strategy development, the Group’s transformation and innovation programmes, ICT, legal services and corporate communications.
Gerry holds a M.Sc. (Management) Trinity College / IMI.


MEDITE TRICOYA® Launched at Timber Expo 2011

The Timber Expo 2011 trade show in Coventry in the UK saw Coillte’s Medite Europe Ltd and our partner Accsys Technologies jointly launch Medite Tricoya®, a major innovation in the wood panel industry. This unique, 'extreme durable' wood panel product has an expected life span of 50 years and will lead to a new generation of wood based panel products for exterior and wet area applications.

Medite Tricoya’s high performance characteristics signify a real breakthrough for the industry. Medite Tricoya demonstrates outstanding durability and stability and can be used in the most extreme and challenging environments. It can be cut, coated, coloured, sanded, stuck and fastened the same way as any other wood fibreboard. Its key applications include: exterior cladding, facades, signage, entrance doors, outdoor, interior, wet furniture, flooring and shipbuilding.