Group Board of Directors

Joe Lavan – Managing Director

Joe Lavan is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Master’s Degree in Project Management. Joe has significant experience in the Civil Engineering sectors of Water, Wastewater, Utilities, Roads, Rail, and Bridges. Joe has also held senior positions in the Building sector, including delivery of large-scale, residential, commercial, hotel, leisure, and education projects and particularly using off-site and rapid build construction technology.


Odran MaddenOdran Madden – Company Secretary

Odran Madden is a Chartered Engineer with 19 years’ experience in the construction industry and 14 years’ experience at management level undertaking civil engineering and building construction projects of varying scales, values and complexities. He has worked for Coffey Group since graduating in 2000. Odran has gained extensive knowledge and experience in water, wastewater, road, rail, energy and specialist engineering projects. His role is to ensure that all projects are completed safely, to a high standard, to our clients’ satisfaction and that the project teams are provided with the necessary technical support and resources.


Simon CoffeySimon Coffey – Director of Business Development and Plant

Simon Coffey is a Chartered Engineer with 19 years’ experience in the construction industry and 12 years’ experience at senior management level. Simon has overseen projects of varying values, scales and complexities in both Ireland and the UK. Simon has extensive knowledge and experience in water, wastewater, earthworks, road, rail and specialist engineering projects.


Sean Coffey – Director of Human Resources and IT

Sean Coffey has worked in the building and civil engineering industry for 13 years. Prior to that, Sean worked in the IT industry as a Software Developer. Sean has led the development of innovative software solutions, which have been successfully applied for the efficient management of projects across the group. Sean was appointed Director of HR and IT at Coffey Group in 2015. Sean holds an MBA from NUIG Galway.


Jonathan Quain – Northumbrian Water

Jonathan Quain is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with over 15 years’ experience in finance.  Jonathan specialises in project development, investment appraisal, raising debt and equity finance. Jonathan has significant experience in commercial negotiations and the development of contractual documents. Throughout his career, Jonathan has performed all the roles associated with the finance function having previously worked with Price Waterhouse Cooper and Earnest and Young in the UK.


Graham Southall – Northumbrian Water

Graham Southall joined the board of CNL in December 2017, Graham is Group Commercial Director for Northumbrian Water Group. Prior to his current position Graham held a number of senior management roles, including Managing Director, Thames Water Commercial Services; Head of Power at BG Group; VP Optimisation with DONG in Denmark and VP European Trading in Geneva for TXU.