Cathal has been with the company since 2009. He is responsible for the entire design process, solving complex design problems as they arise in order to deliver large scale projects. Cathal believes firmly in driving beyond the ordinary and not settling for less when more is possible as he knows it is in pushing the boundaries that real quality is found. His competitive streak and the high standards with which he operates are instrumental in the excellence and accuracy of the Design Team.
Conor joined Specialist in 2008 as an Apprentice and joined us again in 2012 after a short time away. Since then he has worked his way up through Workshop Joiner, Site Team, Site Manager, Project Manager to his current role as a Project Director. Conor is responsible for the overall management and direction for projects he is assigned to, including liaising with the client; coordinating and leading partners and supervising the team involved. Conor enjoys the collaborative approach to Project Delivery within the Group and is inspired by Customer Satisfaction.
Dan has been with Specialist Group since 2010. He is responsible for the design process on jobs he is assigned to, including; managing Design Team members, producing AutoCAD drawings, attending meetings onsite or virtually, producing 3D drawings and coordinating BIM. Dan enjoys visiting sites at the early stage to coordinate our package with other trades and seeing the finished project. Outside of work he enjoys illustrating comics and MMA.
Sales Director – Fit-Out
Declan is the Sales Director for Fit-Out projects within the Specialist Group. Having joined Specialist in 2013, Declan has assisted in the continuous growth within this sector and developed a key understanding of customers’ needs and objectives. He is responsible for developing key growth sales strategies and oversees the commercial management for the design and delivery of a project, working collaboratively with all involved. Declan seeks to build and maintain strong, long-lasting customer relationships. Outside of work Declan enjoys sporting activities, GAA youth coaching/management and development of facilities in his local community.
Academy Training Manager
Derek joined Specialist in 2008 and has enjoyed a successful career in joinery, most recently as production manager for our Joinery division. Derek has now took on the role of our Academy Training Manager and is very well placed to guide our current apprentices as they set out on their own career in joinery. Derek has been involved in Joinery from a young age and an interesting fact is that he played Indoor Bowls for the National Teams in both Scotland and Ireland.
Senior Commercial Manager
Senior Commercial Manager Eoghan joined the company in 2008. Eoghan is responsible for the financial management of projects and recognising business opportunities. He is motivated by reaching and exceeding the company’s sales targets and he enjoys the variety of projects with which the team is involved. Outside of work he enjoys watching and playing football and spending time with his wife and two young girls.
Sales & Contracts Director – Glass & Metal
Feargal is the Technical Sales & Contracts Director for the Specialist Glass and Metal divisions. He joined Specialist in 2014 and is responsible for the overall Sales and Contracts for Specialist Glass and Metal products. Feargal is committed to achieving excellence with every project and is determined to continue to build a team to help deliver this. He is inspired by the diversity of designs he comes across every day in his role and driven by a desire to make even the most challenging of these designs come to fruition.
Group Logistics Manager
Francis joined Specialist in 1995 after leaving school, initially working in the factory and then as a lorry driver. Today, Francis is responsible for the Group’s Logistics and Despatch, organising the storage and distribution of goods. He is motivated by providing solutions to challenges which can often arise in the area of dispatch and logistics. Like others in the group, Francis has an agricultural passion and enjoys farming during his evenings and weekends.
John Paul McErlean
Group Construction Manager
John Paul joined Specialist Group in 2006 and is responsible for planning and overseeing Specialist Construction projects from beginning to end. With a large number of Construction projects starting in Specialist, John Paul is going to be kept extra busy. Outside of Specialist, John Paul enjoys spending time with his family and farming.
Group Financial Controller
Having joined Specialist in 2010 after completion of her A-levels, Laura is now responsible for the overall Finance function within the group. She is motivated by the fast-paced environment in the Specialist Group and is determined to carry on the work ethic and values instilled in her by our former FD, Sean McKay (RIP). Personal development is encouraged throughout the Specialist Group and Laura is keen to ensure this continues within her own team.
Group Marketing Manager
Mareanne's role as Group Marketing Manager began in 2020. She is responsible for the Marketing function for all Group companies. Mareanne brings to the group a wealth of experience from the construction and manufacturing industry and has a deep passion for delivering excellence across the business. She is driven by detail and shares the ambitious qualities so prevalent throughout the group. Outside of work she is a busy mother and enjoys spending time with family.
Operations Manager, Michael Murphy, joined Specialist in 1994 and after a short period elsewhere, re-joined the company in 2014. His responsibilities incorporate managing all day-to-day activities associated with the production of goods. Michael is driven by values of honesty and hard work and is motivated by the premium quality products he oversees leaving the production facility daily. Outside of work he enjoys golfing, hiking, walking his dog and spending time with his parents.
Group Installations Director
Paul's role in Specialist Group began in 2012. Paul is responsible for overseeing the install of all projects onsite. Paul is also responsible for our highly experienced and motivated Installation team and is wholly focused on flawless delivery and handover. The values of Honesty, Integrity and Quality are firmly instilled, and Paul believes that being positive, decisive and supportive can move any situation forward in a good manner. Paul enjoys long walks on the Beach and camping trips.