Owners & Directors

(L to R) John King, Shane Gillece, Eric Kinsella, Stephen McCabe, Jim Curley

(L to R) John King, Shane Gillece, Eric Kinsella, Stephen McCabe, Jim Curley

Eric Kinsella

Group Executive Chairman

Jim Curley

Group Chief Executive

John King

Group Finance Director

Stephen McCabe

Group Director Electrical

Shane Gillece

Group Director Mechanical


Eric Kinsella

Eric Kinsella

Eric Kinsella is founder, majority shareholder and Executive Chairman of Jones Engineering Group, an International Engineering Construction Group based in Dublin, which provides mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, fire protection and maintenance solutions for World class clients throughout Europe and the Middle East. The Group, currently employing over 2,400 people, also provides technical specialists, experienced supervisors and project management personnel on medium term assignment to its International Client base.

Eric is also founder and owner of Esprit Investments Ltd., an Irish investment and property development company. He is founder and owner of SARL Esprit du Midi, a French investment and property development company.

Eric is a Chartered Engineer and a Graduate of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, London. He is an MSc Graduate of Trinity College Dublin, awarded in 1970. Together with his wife Barbara, he has made substantial gifts to Trinity College Dublin in the areas of student study facilities and engineering scholarships. He is also a member of the advisory council to the Provost at Trinity College, Dublin

Jim Curley

Jim is the second largest shareholder and CEO of Jones Engineering Group.

Jim, a Chartered Engineer joined the company (H. A. O’Neil) in 1978. He progressed from Project Engineer to Senior Contracts Manager and became a Director of H. A. O’Neil in 1989. He was part of the management buy-out and formation of Jones Engineering Group in 1993.

He is a former Chairman of the Republic of Ireland branch of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Council Member of CIBSE in London. He is a recipient of the Bronze medal from CIBSE for his service to the Institute.

He has served as President of MEBSCA and M&ECA and as a member of the Executive Council of the CIF.

Jim is currently deputy chairperson of the Procurement, Tendering & Contractual Matters Committee of the CIF.

During the last five years he has overseen the successful completion by Jones Engineering Group teams of almost €3billion worth of projects ranging from the medical, commercial, industrial, semi-conductor, data centre and power & energy sectors. Almost half of which was overseas.

Jim along with the Jones Group Chairman Eric Kinsella, have watched over the Group as it has grown from a Irl £18m per annum organisation to a firm turning over in excess of €500m, with operations in over 13 countries across Europe and the Middle East.

In both his business and private affairs Jim continues the tradition of Jones Engineering Group supporting in a significant and meaningful way education at third level and apprenticeships.

John King

John is Group Finance Director and Company Secretary, with overall responsibility for the financial, purchasing and IT operations of Jones Engineering Group. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.

Having qualified with KPMG in Dublin, John spent several years working with KPMG in Philadelphia. On his return to Ireland in 1991 he was seconded to the Department of Transport, Energy and Communications as a financial advisor for three years. John then joined Fujitsu Microelectronics Ireland Limited as Finance Director until 2000. Since then he had similar roles in the Technology Sector before joining the Jones Engineering Group in late 2008.

In recent years, John has been key to the Group’s diversification and growth strategies, through the establishment of several new companies and joint ventures, both at home and abroad.

Stephen McCabe

Stephen joined H. A. O’ Neil in 1987 and has worked for the Group for over 25 years. He is currently Group Director and shareholder. He holds a Masters Degree in Building Services Engineering, is a member of Engineers Ireland and ASHRAE and has worked across all sectors of the industry.

In 1999 Stephen was appointed Director of H. A. O’ Neil with overall responsibility for the company’s Commercial HVAC Division. This Division, under Stephens’ direction has delivered large and complex projects including St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Point Village Development and The Grand Canal Theatre.

In 2010 Jones Engineering expanded into the UK and Saudi Arabia. As Director of operations for overseas development Stephen was responsible for the establishment of the Group in Saudi Arabia and the UK. Over the last three years the Group has completed a number of complex projects including Almarai Infant Nutritional Plant and Eton Manor in the Olympic Village, London.

In 2012, with the establishment of Jones Celtic BioEnergy Stephen has been central to the development of this new division within the Group. This division provides a complete solution for the generation of renewable energy from biodegradable sources. Current projects include Fife Council, BDR Shanks and Milton Keynes.

In 2013, Stephen was appointed a Director of the electrical division of Jones Engineering Group.

Shane Gillece

Shane joined H. A. O’Neil in 1990 and is currently Group Director and shareholder. He joined as a Design Co-ordinator, and progressed quickly to the position of Contracts Manager. He has been involved in a number of our flagship Industrial and Process projects including Wyeth, BMS, IBM, Cuisine de France, Hewlett Packard, and the semi conductor industry.

Shane has overall responsibility for our Industrial and Process Mechanical Division and was appointed to the Board of H. A. O’Neil in 2008.

In 2013 Shane was appointed Director of the Mechanical Division of Jones Engineering Group.

Ray Murphy

Ray is Director of Surveying for Jones Engineering Group.

He is a member of the Association of Cost Engineers and an Associate of the Institute of Arbitrators. Ray has extensive experience across the construction industry.

He was previously a Director of Jones Engineering in the UK and has extensive overseas experience in Africa.

John Hartnett

John joined O’Sheas Electrical in 1978. He was appointed as a Director in 1988. In 1998, O’Sheas Electrical was acquired by Jones Engineering Group and John also became a Director of Patrick Lynch Ltd. In 2003, he joined the main Board of the Jones Engineering Group taking overall responsibility for the company’s Electrical Division. Throughout his 45 year career, John has worked for a wide variety of clients including Pfizer, Marathon Petroleum, Intel Microsoft, Conoco Philips and Centocor Biologics.

In 2010, Jones Engineering Group established operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. As Director of Jones Engineering Saudi Arabia Ltd and living in the Kingdom, John has played a pivotal role in our expansion throughout the Middle East.

Tim Ferris

Tim began his career in Jones Engineering Group as a Contracts Manager with the Electrical Division in 2006.

With almost 30 years’ experience working in the Electrical contracting business with other contractors and with Jones Engineering, both internationally and nationally he brings valuable experience to our team. In this time, he has completed an impressive portfolio of projects in countries such as Spain, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, the United Kingdom and in Ireland where he worked on projects in the following sectors – Hotel & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Pharmaceutical, Bio pharma, Data centres and Health care to name a few.

In 2012 Tim was appointed General Manager of O’Shea’s Electrical and in 2013 he was appointed as a Director. In this role he has the overall responsibility for the management and future development of O’Sheas.

He was Vice President of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ireland (ECA) in 2017 and is currently the President.

Denis O’Riordan

Denis is a Director of Irish Sprinkler and Fire Protection and holds the advanced LPCB sprinkler design certificate and a diploma in project management. Having joined H. A. O’Neil in 1981 as a qualified mechanical services technician, Denis has been involved in a wide range of major projects including Beaumont, St. James’s and Blackrock Hospitals.

Since 1993 Denis has worked with Irish Sprinkler and has overall responsibility for marketing, estimating and project management. Among the major projects he has been responsible for include Xerox Dundalk, Xilinx, Janssen Biologics (Centocor) Ringaskiddy, Boston Scientific, Lough Ree and West Offaly Power stations, Pfizer, BMS, Chemsource and many more high profile confidential Data Centre projects.

Peadar Walsh

Peadar is a Director of Douglas Calibration Services, a sister company of O’Sheas Electrical in the Jones Engineering Group. He joined Douglas Calibration in 1981.

Having worked his way up from his apprenticeship to his current role as a Director, Peadar has worked on a number of major projects throughout Ireland and internationally for the company, gaining vast experience across a number of different sectors in the process.

As a Director, Peadar has overall management responsibility for all Douglas Calibration projects both in Ireland and abroad, coordinating closely with O’Sheas and all other sister companies in the Jones Engineering Group.  He also operates the first and only “CompEx” training centre in Ireland in association with our UK training partners “ExVeritas”.

Derek Myers
Derek Myers

Derek is with Jones Engineering Group since 1997 and has worked across all industry sectors, he currently the Director in charge of the group’s international technical support services division.

Derek has held senior management positions in Ireland, along with being at the forefront of overseas works in the Caribbean, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Accordingly, Derek’s project portfolio is varied with a Client base including, the National University of Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Intel, Hermitage & Galway Clinic’s, Almarai (KSA), Madden (KSA) and NDIA (Qatar).

Derek holds an Engineering Degree together with Post Graduates in both Project Management and Construction Law from The University of Dublin (Trinity College). Derek is also a member of several professional organisations including Engineers Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (associate).


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