Irish Construction Industry Magazine was delighted to have caught up with Donal McCarthy, the newly appointed Managing Director Ireland East at John Sisk & Son. Donal has been a Regional Director with Sisk since 2014 and has held numerous positions since re-joining the company in 2002 following an eight-year period working in the construction industry in New York. Prior to that he worked as a graduate engineer with Sisk, having joined the company in 1990.

ICIM: What was your reaction on the news of your appointment? Donal: “I was delighted to have been appointed as Managing Director Ireland East and to the main Sisk Construction board. As an innovative and forward-thinking engineering and construction company with a very strong reputation both nationally and internationally, I look forward to my new role and strengthening our long tradition of delivering value for our clients.”

ICIM: What makes a good business manager/leader?
Donal: “Our industry is all about teamwork, with our own people and with our clients and subcontractors so relationships are key. If you take care of your people they will take care of your clients. I also believe you need to have a strong focus on strategic planning and making people accountable.”

ICIM: How would you describe your business management style?
Donal: “My management style is very collaborative and client focussed. It is about delivering on the client needs and building those strong relationships.”

ICIM: Who do you admire most on business (can be from any sector)?
Donal: “Michael O’Leary for his passion, energy and drive and also Richard Branson for what he has achieved across the range of businesses he is involved in, given where he started.”

Sisk Group Donal McCarthy, Managing Director
Photo Iain White / Fennell Photography

ICIM: How would you assess Sisk’s performance in 2017?
Donal: “Our performance in 2017 as a company was solid, with turnover in the Republic of Ireland as expected and with the east of the country, including Dublin, showing strong growth.”

ICIM: If we asked your clients to describe their dealings with Sisk, how would you expect, and hope, they would respond?
Donal: “I think our clients would say we have a reputation for delivering projects safely, on time and to the highest quality. We also are very proactive with clients and engage with them early on in projects and as issues and opportunities arise we use our strong relationships to work with our clients to come up with the best solutions. We are also innovative and leaders in the use of technology in construction in order to deliver the best results for clients. We are a progressive business, with the history and values that our clients want.”

For a more extensive article see our March/April Issue of Irish Construction Industry Magazine available on subscription, contact Linda Doran accounts@mcdmedia.ie