Team & Board Members

Office Team


Alan Shaw


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Alan has 24 year’s experience as a Chartered Accountant, having worked in Practice for over 20 years and more recently moving to industry where he is Chief Financial Officer with Shaw Commercials.  

A member of Westmeath County Council Audit Committee since 2016, Alan’s experience includes audit, taxation, banking and finance.  As a trusted advisor, Alan hopes to advance the interests of Athlone Chamber in building the membership and alliances in a business world that has changed dramatically.  

A former Mayor of Athlone and former Member of Athlone Town Council, Alan understands the workings of Local Government and this is key to advancing business together in Athlone.

Gerry McInerney


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Gerry previously worked with Bank of Ireland. He was manager of the Athlone Branch for 9 years. Subsequently Gerry was an  Area Manager in Dublin and finished his career as Head of Bank of Ireland for Longford ,Westmeath and Offaly. 

Gerry has been involved in the local community. He has been President of Buccaneers RFC, Chairman of St Brigid’s GAA and is a member of Athlone Golf Club

Gerry took up the role of  CEO for Athlone Chamber of Commerce in late 2019.

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Board Members

Fergus O Donovan

Fergus O Donovan

General Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel

Deirdre Hunt

Marketing Officer, Athlone Community Radio.

Deirdre has experience in office admiration, advertising and marketing. 

Having worked in the services sector, print media and now radio Deirdre has amassed extensive experience in customer relations.

Deirdre has also completed a certificate in Certificate in Frontline Management, Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Service.


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Mairead O Grady

Partner at RBK

Mairead is a leading taxation partner, also a Chartered Certified Accountant and an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). 

Frequently providing commentary at seminars and client workshops, Mairead provides advice on personal and corporate tax planning, corporate restructures, tax based investments, property structure, estate and succession planning

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Michael McDonnell

Skipper and Proprietor of Viking Tours

Known locally as ‘Viking Mike’, Michael McDonnell established Viking Tours in 1999 as a Viking themed passenger vessel.

As proprietor of Viking Tours, one of Athlone’s main tourist attractions, Michael has been an ambassador for this area to thousands of visitors. And due to his outgoing, convivial personality, he has become part and parcel of the local community in the intervening years.


John O’Regan

Software R&D Manager, L M Ericsson, Athlone

John is a product development Engineer at Ericsson, Athlone. Ericsson are a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility.

John, at Ericsson, through his leadership in technology and services has been a driving force behind the expansion and improvement of connectivity worldwide.


John McKenna

Secretary/Financial Controller at Athlone Institute of Technology

John is a Chartered Accountant and has a wide range of experience having worked in practice, industry and since 2000 in Athlone Institute of Technology.

John was Vice President for Finance and is now Vice President for Strategic Planning, Institutional Performance, Equality and Diversity.


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Gráinne Cornally

Director of Sales - Hodson Bay Group

Gráinne joined Hodson Bay Hotel Group in 2013 and shortly afterwards became a board member of Athlone Chamber of Commerce. 

Hodson Bay Group comprises of 4 hotels, Hodson Bay Hotel, Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Galway Bay Hotel and Hyatt Centric, The Liberties, Dublin. 

Gráinne has over 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry building key relationships with national and international conference bookers.  As a local to Midlands, Gráinne takes great pride in showcasing Athlone as a destination to visit – for both business or leisure.  


John McGrath

MD, MMKDA Consulting Engineers

John has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. In private practice for 25 years John has project managed a large number of residential, commercial and industrial developments.

He has extensive experience in guiding clients through the planning process and ensuring the efficient management of projects through to completion.

John is currently immediate past President of Athlone Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  He considers the contribution of Athlone Chamber to the lobbying carried out for the designation of Athlone as a Regional Centre of Growth as the Chambers most significant success over the last 5 years.  Athlone was first identified as a centre for such designation in 1968. 

MMKDA Consulting Engineers which John runs continues to provide a wide range of services which relate to property where building or planning services are required. 


Dermot Ryan

Head of Business Banking - Midlands/North East at AIB
Dermot has been involved in the Banking Sector in the Midlands & West for 20 years. He has worked in a number of Senior Business Development and Credit Department Roles and is currently is Head of Midlands-North East Business Centre for AIB Bank. AIB’s Midlands-North East Business Centre, with locations in Athlone, Portlaoise & Drogheda manages the Bank’s mid / large SME customers for the counties, Westmeath, Longford, Offaly, Laois, Cavan, Monaghan & Louth. Dermot holds the position of Company Director & Secretary for Athlone Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Regina Bushell

Managing Director at Grovelands Childcare
Regina Bushell is a proud Athlone business women who owns and operates the multi award winning early education centres Grovelands Childcare which has 6 centres across the midland towns of Athlone,Tullamore and Mullingar. Grovelands employs 120 early years professionals and provides service to over 700 families on a weekly basis. Regina is an advisor on the early years sector and sits on the Early Years Forum and many of its sub groups in the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. She is also a member of Childhood Services Ireland a trade association within IBEC. Regina is the Director the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival and is also a member of the board of Athlone Festival & Events Project Group.

Chara Schultz

Partner, Martin Egan & Co. Solicitors

Chara has been working with Martin Egan & Co., Solicitors in Athlone since the firm’s inception.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2011, and she became a partner in 2015. Martin Egan & Co. is a thriving legal practice situated in the heart of Church Street, Athlone who advise and act in all areas of general practice. They advise private and business clients alike. The firm specialises in the areas of Conveyancing, Probate and Administration of Estates and Civil Litigation.

Chara herself has particular expertise within the areas of Wills, Administration of Estates, Capital Taxation and Personal Injury Litigation.