– Micheál O’Connor assumes MD role as Dornan Group reports its strongest ever turnover of €486M
Dornan Group has confirmed the appointment of Micheál O’Connor as its Managing director. A chartered quantity surveyor and past-president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland, Micheál brings almost 30 years of experience in the construction industry to the role. Prior to joining Dornan, Micheál was vice president and general manager for Ireland and Northern Europe with Jacobs.
Dornan record turnover in 2020
The announcement marks the continued growth and success of the company in Ireland, the UK and Europe, with a record turnover of €486m recorded in 2020 – up from €332m in 2019. As the company eyes further expansion, a number of strategic hires have been made in the last year, with more recruitment on the cards over the next 18 months.
Dornan Group directly employs more than 1,300 people across its various offices and projects in Ireland, UK, and Europe, and it employs a further 2,500 through its supply chain in these regions. The company has almost doubled its headcount in the past five years due to its growth in engineering, modern methods of construction and commissioning.
Dornan management team
Having joined Dornan Group as deputy managing director in March 2020, Micheál has spent the past 14 months working closely with the senior leadership team of Brian Acheson (CEO), Paul Flynn (Group Operations Director) and David Myers (Group Commercial Director) as well as Oliver Lonergan, the outgoing managing director.
Oliver Lonergan, who has held the role of managing director since 2004, will remain with the business as a director for the next three years, focused primarily on the company’s continued business growth and project governance.
A driven and dedicated leader
Commenting on Micheál’s appointment, Brian Acheson, CEO, Dornan Group, said: “We are delighted to announce Micheál’s appointment as managing director of Dornan Group. Micheál has already proven himself as a driven and dedicated leader. His extensive experience in project delivery, coupled with his strategic focus on innovation, technology, sustainability and inclusion will help to set us up for continued success. While the last year has had its challenges, we recorded our strongest turnover in the company’s history in 2020.
“I look forward to working closely with Micheál as we build on this success. I also want to thank Oliver for his significant contribution to the business over the past 18 years. During this time, the business has grown to a €480m business, expanding into new sectors and European regions – and Oliver has led the charge for that growth.”
Ambitious growth strategy
In his new role, Micheál O’Connor will lead the Dornan Group’s ambitious growth strategy while lending his expertise to enhancing Dornan’s safety programme and the strategic vision to enhance the group’s modern methods of construction and digital transformation.
Micheál O’Connor commented, “Dornan Group is an innovative, progressive company, and I am taking on this new role at an exciting time. It’s been an interesting year, and although restrictions meant I was unable to meet many of the team face-to-face at first, technology enabled a seamless transition.
“Working closely with Oliver, Brian and the rest of the senior leadership team over the past 14 months while preparing for the role of managing director has been hugely beneficial, and I want to thank Oliver in particular for his guidance and advice. Oliver has a great depth of knowledge and has forged strong relationships with clients and colleagues during his time at Dornan. I hope to continue his excellent legacy as we work together to grow the company while delivering excellence of service.”
About Dornan Group
Dornan Group is one of the largest specialist construction firms in Europe. The company provides integrated end-to-end solutions for mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and fit-out services to the construction industry, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, semi-conductor, data centre, commercial and manufacturing clients.