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Who We Are Meet our Senior Team

Our Senior Leadership Team has a depth of skills and experience in the Power and Telecoms industries. Our core focus is on communication, engagement and accountability and we continue to push for excellence across the business.

  • Chief Executive Officer

Jarlath Finnegan has over 20 years’ experience in the engineering and utilities industry. He has consistently held senior positions at Board and Director Level.

Jarlath has overseen the growth and expansion in the Telecoms and Critical Assets business within the UK & Ireland. His dedication to delivering to our customers and developing strategic relationships has enabled us to position Obelisk as a partner of choice across our blue chip customer base.

He currently holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Manchester.

  • Chief Financial Officer

Ronnie is an experienced finance professional with over 15 years’ experience in a variety of senior finance positions with responsibility for financial forecasting, cost control and risk management as well as improving cash performance, financial controls and profitability.

He has held senior finance positions with HJ Heinz (Ireland), SmartPly Europe (subsidiary of Coillte) and the Quinn Group.

Ronnie is also a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and hold a certificate in Advanced Leadership.

  • Human Resources Director

A strategic, results focused professional, Lisa has over 15 years human resources experience. Having graduated from National College of Ireland with a Cert in Business and Industrial Relations and a BA in Human Resource Management, Lisa went on to work with large multinationals specialising in learning and development and graduate recruitment.

She joined Obelisk in 2008 and is now responsible for the groups HR Department. Specialising in talent management her key skills include strategic HR, employee and leadership development, employee engagement, culture change, HR consulting and organisational development.

  • Operations Director

John Cullen has over 20 years’ experience in various senior operational roles in the Telecommunications and Utility industry.

He has worked with many blue chip clients over the years, with a strong operational focus to deliver projects on time and to the standards as set by the client. He has a proven track record and safety, quality, delivery and efficiencies are the key drivers to John’s operational success.

John currently hold Batchelor of Business Management with First Class Honours, Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green Belt and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management.

  • SHEQ Director

Paul has been working in the field of Health, Safety Environmental and Quality for over 25 years, working on various types of Utility Contracts in Ireland and the UK. He has a vast amount of experience in dealing with local authorities and blue chip company clients.

He has been instrumental in the gaining of industry standard certifications such as OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. He has also been involved in winning several NISO and RoSPA Safety Awards over the past 18 years, along with being an invited guest speaker at the NISO Safety conferences.

Proficient in all aspects of SHEQ he is eminently qualified (CMIOSH, MIITD, MCIPD, MIIRSM) and also has a number of Diploma’s in OSH, Environmental and Leadership.

  • Commercial Director

With over 15 years’ experience Gareth McKinley has been working in the Civil Engineering and Telecoms industries for most of his career. Having graduated from University Ulster with a degree in Quantity Surveying, Gareth went on to work in large Irish and UK companies progressing from Quantity Surveyor to Commercial Manager.

Gareth joined Obelisk in May 2017 as Commercial Manager and was promoted to Commercial Director in 2018. He is currently responsible for the commercial department and managing the commercials for various projects.

  • Managing Director, Renewables | pBac-Eng, MBA, PMP

Riccardo has been working in various roles in the manufacturing, construction, inspection and maintenance sector in Europe and Africa for the last 20+ years.

Prior to joining Obelisk Energy, he has been involved in managing multidisciplinary teams in the global O&G sector. During that time and while working with Obelisk in the renewable energy sector, he gained a good understanding of logistical, operational and Health and Safety requirements in the Sub Saharan Africa region.

He holds currently a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town.

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