About IAM Ireland

On 17th November 2016 Asset Management professionals from diverse industries and backgrounds in Ireland came together with the aim of sharing and spreading Asset Management knowledge.  This group of 22 who met in the Spencer Hotel Dublin have continued the development of IAM Ireland and have held a number of knowledge sharing sessions across the island of Ireland.

By the third session and as the numbers grew, it became apparent to all that the next steps would be the formation of a Branch.  A Strategy and Roadmap was developed with input from all members.  At the beginning of 2018, it was decided the IAM Branch will form a Chapter and so a new journey began.

Chapter Values

We want to work with everyone who shares our values and objectives, whether individuals or organisations. For information on our values and objectives, see the IAM Policy.


Executive Committee

We’re pleased to present the volunteers leading the Ireland Chapter in its development. The Chapter consists of a board with eight members, that together form the Executive Committee. Feel free to reach out to comms@Ireland.theIAM.org or contact any of the individuals below to find out more about our activities or to get involved.

We’re pleased to present the volunteers leading the Ireland Chapter in its development. The Chapter consists of a board with eight members, that together form the Executive Committee. Feel free to reach out to comms@Ireland.theIAM.org or contact any of the individuals below to find out more about our activities or to get involved.


Diarmaid O’Culain (Chair) contact: Diarmaid.OCulain@Ireland.theIAM.org






Diarmaid has experience within IT, asset and environmental management, working principally in power generation, utilities (gas, water and wastewater), manufacturing and construction sector.

He is an experienced transformation leader with the ability to initiate and mobilise enterprise-wide transformation programmes and communicate strategy and vision to all levels of an organisation.

His energy around embedding good asset management practices in organisations is driven by the role of AM in achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Outside from work he spends too much time doing DIY, restoring a 90-year house!





Sam Gibson (Treasurer) contact: Sam.Gibson@Ireland.theIAM.org





Sam joined Mutual Energy in March 2017, after a twenty-year career with NIE Networks, to take up the role of Moyle Operations Manager. He is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Moyle Interconnector, the HVDC link between Northern Ireland and Scotland. This includes the Northern Irish and Scottish converter stations, and the twin 60km cable circuits between them. In his most recent roles in NIE, largely within the asset management arena, he was responsible for substation maintenance, asset knowledge strategy and plant investment strategy. He also project managed ISO 55001 certification and was heavily involved in the delivery of the RIGs regulatory reporting system. He is recognised within the wider UK asset management community for his work on the Maximo asset management platform and was chair of the UK user group. Sam was also heavily involved in emergency restoration, both as a Senior Authorised Person, and latterly as a Network Status Manager within the NIE Duty Incident Team structure. Away from work Sam is married to Paula, with a daughter Robyn, and two Golden Retrievers! He is actively involved in his local church as Treasurer and a member of the Powerpoint team. In spare time he is interested in all things aviation (having held a private pilot’s licence) and also enjoys photography.




Orla Maher (Secretary) contact: Orla.Maher@Ireland.theIAM.org

Orla is the IAM Irelands Company Secretary and a Senior Manager in EY specialising in Asset Management and Project, Programme and Portfolio Management. She has a range of experience working in programme delivery partner and large-scale organisation change and transformation projects including infrastructure asset management experience in the UK and Ireland. She also has experience in large infrastructure asset owners, ISO 55000 roadmap assessment, development and implementation.

She is an active member of the IAM Ireland on the working group. She has strong skills in presenting complex information to non-technical audiences bringing clarity and understanding to executive teams.




Des Swale (Lead on Communications and IT) contact: Des.Swale@Ireland.theIAM.org





Des is the IAM Ireland Lead on Communications and IT as well as a key member of the Asset Management Team at Dublin Airport. She is based in Dublin, Ireland and serves as Asset Care Compliance Manager, responsible for the compliance of the department’s two ISO Certifications (ISO 50001 & ISO 55001), Asset Management Internal Audit across Dublin Airport encompassing 40,000 assets with a nett value of €4billion, Project Management and development of SharePoint management systems including overseeing the Document Management remit.

Prior to Dublin Airport, she worked in compliance and administration management at Value Group Limited in Johannesburg, South Africa. Before venturing into the compliance world, she worked as an Internal Auditor, Document Controller, Process Developer and Trainer focusing primarily on developing systems ensuring best business practice to achieve efficiency, effectiveness and continuous improvement.





Jude Carey (Lead on Stakeholder Engagement - ROI) contact: Jude.Carey@Ireland.theIAM.org



Jude Carey is Head of Asset Management for Irish Rail Infrastructure. His primary responsibilities include the development of Asset Management Systems and to achieve ISO55001. He joined Irish Rail in 2007.

He is an active member of the Asset Management expert working group in the UIC (International Union of Railways). This group’s membership comprises 11 of the leading European Railways which works on the sharing and development of best practice in Asset Management. He is a co-author of the UIC publication “A guide to implementing Asset Management in Rail”.



Randal Gilbert (Lead on Stakeholder Engagement - NI) contact: Randal.Gilbert@Ireland.theIAM.org










Randal is Head of Asset Management for Northern Ireland Electricity Networks.  With 34 years of generation, transmission and distribution utility experience with NIE Networks, Randal is responsible for managing the plant, lines, cable, protection, control and communication assets for both transmission and distribution assets and for overseeing the development of NIE Network’s business plans for network investment.

Randal is a Chartered Engineer and holds MScs in both Advanced Manufacturing Technology Design & Management (QUB) and Corporate Leadership (Napier) and a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (QUB). He also sits on the Northern Ireland Local Network of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).




Ark Wingrove (Lead on Stakeholder Engagement – International) contact: Ark.Wingrove@Ireland.theIAM.org

Ark is an experienced asset owner, operational manager and consultant with diverse experience across infrastructure sectors including power, rail, water, gas and nuclear decommissioning in the UK, America, Australia and Asia as an IAM Endorsed Assessor and Trainer.  Ark is an active member of the IAM having been Annual Conference Director, a member of the Exam Committee and contributing to publications and standards.  

He is an independent consultant with Kompas Development and also blogs as the Wandering Asset Manager.  




Kevin Niall                                                     contact: Kevin.Niall@Ireland.theIAM.org






Kevin is Asset Management Process and Assurance Manager with ESB Networks. He is responsible for the development and improvement of asset management processes relating to ESBs Distribution System and an audit programme to ensure ESB Networks conformance to ISO 55001. 

Kevin has 37 years' experience in electricity distribution. Since 2002, he has worked on the development of programmes to maintain and improve the reliability of ESB’s distribution system and to manage safety and environmental risks.  As Commercial Manager for Distribution activities In the period 1998 –2002, he made a significant contribution to the establishment of ESB Networks as a separate regulated business within ESB Group and enabling competition in electricity generation and supply.  

Kevin joined ESB in 1981, having graduated in Electrical Engineering from UCD. Up to 1998, he was involved in various distribution engineering activities including network planning, design, procurement of materials for substations, overhead lines and underground cables and the management of new connections and maintenance activities.