AECOM would like to thank all contributors involved with Foundations for Future Growth. Here we list their expertise, experience and contact details.


Inclusive infrastructure - Derval CumminsDerval Cummins, Director, Transportation:

Derval leads our transportation advisory services across UK and ROI. With over 30 years’ global experience delivering innovative solutions to transport clients, her capability spans economic and financial analysis, governance, risk management, customer service, contracting, operations, planning and engineering. She is currently working on strategic schemes for the National Transport Authority, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Dublin Airport Authority.

Fergus Hayes - environment article-1Fergus Hayes, Director, Environment

Fergus is a chartered engineer with over 30 years' experience focused on the interaction between industrial/infrastructure development and the environment. Key areas of experience include due diligence, environmental impact assessment and permitting, environmental compliance, air quality impact assessment, pollution control, emission monitoring and air quality assessments for both public and private sector projects. He works across an array of sectors including airports, data centres, pharmaceutical and power, and manages large global portfolios.


Robert Spencer - Environment articleRobert Spencer, Director, Sustainable Development

Robert brings over 20 years of global expertise to social and environmental sustainability projects, across all client's markets and geographies. Projects include a natural capital approach for National Grid’s estate; Highways England’s circular economy action plan; and evaluating Norway’s climate change and forestry international development programme. Robert chairs MI-ROG - Major Infrastructure Resources Optimisation Group – bringing together the UK’s major infrastructure operators to collaborate on the circular economy.


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John O’Regan, Director

John is regional leader in ROI for all of AECOM’s disciplines associated with buildings and places. John leads a team of over 100 consultants, delivering projects nationally from offices in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Cork. As a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and project manager, his experience ranges from commercial buildings for FDI clients, to large scale public sector and public-private partnership projects. John’s specialist skills include establishing the appropriate conditions for project success and early stage strategic cost and procurement advice.



Greg flynnGreg Flynn, Director, Project Management and Advisory Services

Greg is responsible for the delivery of project management services to both public and private clients across a variety of sectors and procurement routes. Greg has great ability to take and develop a brief, formulate a plan, establish a team and manage all aspects of the project from inception and business case, through to completion and occupation by the client. Clients include National University of Ireland Galway, LinkedIn, Citibank and daa


Ignazio Bellini-1Ignazio Bellini, Project Manager

As a certified project management professional, Ignazio has international experience delivering high-impact projects for private clients, public agencies and international organisations across the whole lifecycle. Projects include Dublin Airport Capital Investment Programme, the $200 million South Ferry Terminal Station Rehabilitation Project in New York and an NGO Emergency Response review in Guayaquil, Ecuador.



Paul wILSONPaul Wilson, Director, Digital Project Delivery

Paul leads AECOM’s digital and technical excellence across our EMEA business. He helps implement digital technologies to support more integrated and collaborative ways of working to meet future needs of infrastructure. Working across sectors and geographies, he assists clients in developing and implementing efficient solutions to design, construct and maintain physical built assets throughout their entire lifecycle.


Mega-projects - David McKillenDavid McKillen, Technical Director, Dams and Reservoirs UK&I

David is responsible for engineering teams across general civil infrastructure, water and wastewater engineering construction and related planning and environmental impacts. He is a member of the Supervising Panel of Engineers under the UK Reservoirs Act 1975 and currently involved in the safety management of over 85 reservoirs across Ireland. He has managed a wide variety of major infrastructure projects, understanding the critical programme and financial issues inherent within these working environments.


Tomas KellyTomás Kelly, Director, Cost Management

As a chartered quantity surveyor, Tomás coordinates cost management service across our regional offices within ROI. Tomás heads up AECOM’s Irish Research Department which conducts internal research and projects commissioned by external bodies. His experience ranges from delivering health and education projects to commercial and industrial schemes, with clients including Health Service Executive, National University of Ireland Galway and Kennedy Wilson.


Jody WilkinsonJody Wilkinson, Director, Project and Cost Management

Jody has 16 years’ experience delivering project and cost management services in many sectors including leisure, tourism, commercial and retail. He is commercially aware with a good appreciation of how effective project management can assist with budgetary constraints. Recent clients have included Belfast City Council, BBC, Belfast Metropolitan College, EY, and Lisburn City & Castlereagh Council. 


Catherine MurrayDr Catherine Murray, Associate Director, Economics

As an economist, Catherine brings critical assessment and systems-thinking approaches to her work, while retaining a strong research focus and attention to detail. She returned to Dublin after working in New Zealand as an economic expert for 14 years across both public and private sectors. She has a considerable understanding of the water sector, having been involved in a range of flooding, natural hazards, coastal, green stormwater and resilience planning schemes.


Special thanks to Helen Hughes from TII, Paul Harper from Northern Ireland Water, Vincent Harrison of daa, Niall Gleeson from Irish Water and Trevor Anderson from Belfast Harbour for their time and insights.