Board of Directors

Mark Whitaker
Chief Executive

Mark Whitaker was appointed Group Chief Executive in 2001 having previously held the post of General Manager of Johnson & Perrott Fleet. Mark is a graduate of Law at UCC and Harvard Business School. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mark currently sits on the Board of Cork Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Board at the National Maritime College of Ireland. He was previously a member of Governing Body and Chair of the Finance Committee of Cork Institute of Technology.

 

Richard Martin
Non-Executive Director

Richard graduated from UCC with a business degree and subsequently from Nottingham Trent University with a Master’s Degree in Law.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and was appointed a partner at RDJ in 1995, subsequently becoming Head of Litigation.  In 2012 he was appointed Managing Partner of the firm and has now commenced his third term in this role.  
 
Outside of RDJ, Richard is a Director of the Cork University Hospital Charity and of the Glucksman Gallery at UCC.  He is also Chair of the Barryscourt Trust and a member of the Board of Management of An Scoil Nasiunta an Chroi Naofa.  He is a former Director and Secretary of Cork Chamber of Commerce.  A keen cyclist and swimmer, Richard is also a former Rear Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club and is currently a Trustee of Cork & County Cricket Club.

Philip Whitaker
Non-Executive Director

 

Philip Whitaker retired as Dealer Principal in May 2013 after 45 years of continued service to the company. He has made immense contribution in the establishment of the Douglas Road dealership and the commencement of trading at the dealership in Mahonpoint.
 

Pat Creed
Non-Executive Director

 

Pat Creed is the most recent addition to the Board, appointed as Non-Executive Director in June 2022. Pat previously worked with Bank of Ireland having served as its Managing Director for 10 years and Chairman for 2 years.  He also served on the Boards of Bank of Ireland Business Banking and Bank of Ireland Business Banking UK.  In addition to his experience with the Bank, Pat has also served on the board of Rásaíocht Con Éireann.  Having lived in Dublin for many years, Pat now lives in his native Clonmel and does consultancy in addition to his non-executive roles.
 

Donagh Barry
Financial Director & Company Secretary

Donagh Barry was appointed as Financial Director in June 2013, in addition to his responsibilities as Company Secretary. He was appointed CFO in March 2009. Prior to this role Donagh worked as Finance Manager in Johnson & Perrott's leasing division from 1997 to 2007, and then was appointed as Group Financial Controller in 2008.