Our People

Our people are the absolute core of our business. We are fortunate enough to have assembled and retained a highly skilled and motivated team who are ideally placed to provide a top class service to our Clients. Without such a wonderful team, we would not be the professional and evolving business that we pride ourselves for being.

Take a moment to meet below just some of the people who make Causeway Geotech the success story that we are.

Ciaran Doherty
  • Director

Ciaran has over 20 years’ experience working within the Engineering and Environmental sectors covering a wide range of roles. He attended the Queen’s University of Belfast where he studied Environmental Sciences followed by a MSc in Environmental Engineering.

On completing his studies, Ciaran began his career working for a number of Building and Civil Engineering companies carrying out various roles, ranging from Labourer to Site Engineer. He then spent some time working for an environmental remediation contractor, specialising in the remediation of hydrocarbon contaminated soils and groundwaters. Ciaran’s career then took a slightly different path into geotechnics and ground investigation, working for one of the largest SI Contractors in UK and Ireland.

Ciaran progressed rapidly in this industry, becoming Contracts Manager for the Northern Ireland region, responsible for a number of large-scale contracts including the Titanic Quarter and A5 Western Transport Corridor Ground Investigations. He then joined Glover Site Investigations in 2010.

After the unfortunate demise of Glover SI, along with some colleagues, Ciaran formed Causeway Geotech Ltd in January 2012. From then, Ciaran has been the Director responsible for a number of roles including Finance and HSEQ.

Ciaran has a wide depth of knowledge and experience in the civil and environmental engineering disciplines. Having an excellent understanding of the information a client needs from a site investigation, Ciaran’s input and involvement in any contract ultimately pays dividends to the client.

Paul Dunlop
  • Director

Paul is a founding shareholder of Causeway Geotech and has been instrumental in the growth of the business from 6 staff at its advent in 2012, to in excess of 80 staff today. Paul enjoyed being a student so much that he spent seven years at the University of Edinburgh, firstly studying Civil and Environmental Engineering and then completing a PhD in Construction Management. On moving home, Paul joined Glover Site Investigations as a Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, before progressing to the position of Managing Director in 2010.

As a Director, his role within Causeway Geotech involves procurement and developing existing client relationships. He is a major advocate for quality and innovation and is continually assessing new market opportunities. He is a Chartered Member of the Engineers Ireland and although he is not practicing the technical aspects of Geotechnical Engineering on a daily basis, he will always consider himself to be an Engineer.

Darren O’Mahony
  • Director

Darren graduated from NUI Galway with a BSc in Earth Sciences in 2006, while later graduating in 2010 with a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Queen’s University of Belfast.

His career in ground investigation was kickstarted by a brief period working for Soil Mechanics in GB back in 2006, before he moved back to Ireland, joining Glover Site Investigations in early 2007. Throughout his time working with Glover, he amassed a significant amount of site experience across the length and breadth of Ireland and GB. In 2012, Darren completed a stint working as a Senior Site Engineer in the Marine Department on the Forth Replacement Crossing. Later that year, he joined Causeway Geotech. Working initially as a Reporting Engineer, Darren quickly climbed the ranks to become Geotechnical Manager with overall responsibility for the team of engineers and geologists within the company.

In early 2017, Darren was appointed Director with responsibility for Contracts and Operations. His role involves oversight of all contracts, from award through to completion. Ultimately, he is the person responsible for the successful execution of work, with a heavy emphasis on Client satisfaction. He prides himself on his ability to support his strong technical knowledge with a good handle on the practicalities. Luckily, he is backed up by an extremely strong and enthusiastic team, so he generally enjoys his work!

Colm Hurley
  • Senior Engineering Geologist / Regional Manager (Dublin Office)

Colm joined Causeway Geotech as a Senior Project Manager / Regional Manager in 2016. He is responsible for the operation of a significant portion of the company’s trade in the busy ROI Market, primarily around the Leinster region. He brings a vast range of experience to the role and has been directly involved in the ground investigation industry for 20 years. Through his career he has been involved with the delivery of several high value ground investigation contracts throughout Ireland. In previous roles Colm has been involved in the operations, commercial management and as a director of national and regional scale ground investigation contractor. Colm is a geologist by qualification and brings a deep and passionate knowledge of Irish ground conditions. In his (albeit short!) free time, Colm likes competing in long distance endurance events: some say this mirrors his professional slog!

Alasdair Revie
  • HSEQ Manager
Emily McLaughling
  • Accountant

After completing a BA Hons degree in Business, Finance and Investment in 2009, Emily went on to work for Moore Stephens accountancy firm, during which time she qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She then moved into industry in 2012 by joining Patrick Bradley Ltd to cover the maternity leave of the company financial controller. Following this, I joined Lissan Coal as one of the company accountants where I was able to build on my knowledge and experience. I joined Causeway Geotech in April 2014, where I am responsible for providing management accounts and project costings, as well as controlling daily cashflow and meeting various tax and statutory obligations.

Mathew Gilbert
  • Senior Engineering
  • Geologist

Matthew graduated in 2012 from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Earth Science degree in Geology. He started his career in the gold exploration industry before moving to Causeway Geotech. With thousands of metres of core logging under his belt and experience from hundreds of projects across the British Isles he is now Causeway’s Senior Geologist. Matthew’s time is largely spent in project management and quality control of geotechnical output and is strangely content when sifting through AGS data. He refuses to drink tea before 10am and has never been known to eat a biscuit.

Mark Dunlop
  • Logistics Manager

Mark’s role within the company has progressed over time in tandem with his developing experience. His journey with CGT started back in 2013 as an assistant driller on a window sampling rig, with him quickly progressing to becoming a lead driller. He then operated as a site technician for a period, before moving to the warmth of the office in 2015 to provide support to the Logistics Team. Mark is now Logistics Manager, with the overall responsibility for coordination of all plant and personnel movements. On a daily basis he organises and plans the running of window sampling, cable percussive, and rotary rigs all over Ireland and GB, working closely with the project managers and site operatives alike. Beyond that he also works closely with a range of suppliers, and internally the Plant Department, to ensure that the workforce is fully equipped with all of the necessary tooling to get the job done!

Stephen Franey
  • Senior Geo
  • Environmental Engineer

Stephen graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from University of Ulster in 1998 before completing a MSc in Environmental Engineering in Queens University in 1999. Stephen joined Causeway Geotech as a Geoenvironmental Engineer in 2013 when the company was still in its infancy. Prior to this, Stephen worked for over 10 years as an environmental consultant for WYG and URS in Dublin, London and Belfast. Stephen’s role sees him managing several projects at any one time, where he is responsible for everything from preparation of Health and Safety documentation, coordinating access arrangements with clients, liaising with clients, consulting engineers, site engineers and drilling crew through the site works and preparation of laboratory test schedules and reports for issue to consulting engineers and clients. Stephen is a strong believer that it takes cooperation between all the links in the chain to make the cogs turn and with good team effort everyone life is made much easier. As a resident of the North-east coast of Ireland, Stephen enjoys the outdoor life in the coast and Glens of Antrim with his family in his leisure time.

Stephen Watson
  • Laboratory Manager

Stephen has been part of Causeway Geotech from the outset, with his focus being on the development and running of the soil and rock testing facility. Stephen has 15 years’ experience within the industry, during which time he has become a leading light in the testing and analysis of soil and rock samples. Stephen manages the geotechnical testing laboratory, which is a truly integral element of the business. As Laboratory Manager, Stephen has overall responsibility for all laboratory technical procedures and operations, managing an ever-expanding team of technicians and technical staff. He has been responsible for developing and maintaining the laboratory quality system to ISO 17025 standards. Stephen and his team are working towards being the first standalone Site Investigation in Ireland with a UKAS accredited geotechnical laboratory.

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  • Position
Paul McNamara
  • Senior Geotechnical
  • Engineer

Paul joined the company in 2015 and has strengthened our technical processes and management of projects through his industry experience and attitude. Paul possesses in excess of 10 year’s project management experience gained within the contracting and consultancy sectors. Before joining Causeway Geotech, Paul has worked for a major UK consultant and has overseen the geotechnical management of several capital infrastructure projects for clients such as Highways England and Heathrow Airport. The wealth of his experience and expertise ensures that our projects run on time, on budget and exceed the expectations of our customers.

Lucy Newland
  • Engineering Geologist

Lucy started studying geology at GCSE level and knew straight away that she wanted to pursue a career in the discipline. From there she completed A levels in chemistry, biology and geology. In 2008, she commenced studying Geology at Plymouth University for three years. At the end of her final year studying she secured a job working as a logging geologist for a global service company in the oil industry which enabled her to travel all over the world working both on and off shore, gaining a wealth of experience in the field. She worked in the oil industry for five years, until 2016 when she started working for Causeway. Since joining the company, she has been involved in many projects which has greatly increased her knowledge and understanding of ground investigation both on site and in the office, and I look forward too many more years to come.

Gabriella Horan

Shane Johnston

Colin Dunlop
  • Plant Manager

Colin started with the company April 2013. Since then Colin has moved from Contracts Co-Ordinator to his current position as Plant Manager. Colin is involved in the day to day running of a busy workshop looking after a fleet of 85 different type of vehicles, along with drilling supplies and plant. He holds responsibility for coordinating all plant files, including all LOLER and PUWER inspections. He has at his direct disposal a strong team of four extremely experienced full-time plant fitters/mechanics. Colin brings to the company 15 years of experience within the motor trade.

Outside work, Colin enjoys spending time with his family and all things motorsport.

Neil Haggan
  • Senior Engineering Geologist
Neil started studying geology at GCSE level before completing A levels in Physics, Mathematics and Geology. After completing his undergraduate in Geology at Edinburgh University, Neil was given a NERC-funded place on a Petroleum Engineering MSc course at Herriot Watt University, which he completed with distinction. Following his academic adventures, he began working as a Geotechnical Engineer. After gaining experience in the field, Neil transferred to a major worldwide consultancy firm to see the business from the other side of the coin. While working on major infrastructure projects was fulfilling, the call of the sea was too hard to ignore; Neil left the UK to travel the world (mostly West Africa) as part of a Marine Seismic Acquisition crew for PGS. Following a thoroughly invigorating five years offshore Neil decided to return to Northern Ireland. Naturally his background in Geotechnical Engineering led to him join the then newly-formed and rapidly expanding Causeway Geotech. Following an initial 8 month site-based refresher course, Neil has been mostly office-based working as Project Manager on a number of large high-value projects. Neil has brought a welcome element of organisation to the company, and has continually performed to the highest standards on projects where lesser men would have fallen by the wayside.
Aisling O’Kane
  • Engineering Geologist

Aisling joined the company in September 2016 upon graduating from the University of Southampton with a degree in Geology with Physical Geography. She has extensive experience mapping structurally complex regions across the UK and Europe, particularly the Srednogorie and Balkan mountain ranges in Bulgaria where she carried out her dissertation. Her field skills are put to good use during site work on projects such as the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme, where she presides over the logging of soil and rock core, environmental monitoring and management of geotechnical and environmental samples.

Aisling’s background, alongside Causeway’s in-house training gave her the skills to quickly integrate into the geotechnical industry. She is an avid learner and frequently attends NIGG, BGA and The Geological Society of London’s lectures and fieldtrips. Gaining a greater understanding of the engineering aspects behind the geology has increased her multidisciplinary approach to her work and helps when reporting geotechnical ground investigations across the UK and Ireland. She has recently begun managing projects within the geology team at our head office in Ballymoney.

Timsie Ho
  • Engineering Geologist

Timsie graduated with a BSc in Geoscience and an MSc in Exploration Geology. Having gained a few years post academic experience in a variety of challenging roles which include working for a multinational technology company (Apple), Ireland’s first five star university (University College Cork), he now joins Ireland’s leading ground investigation services company (Causeway Geotech).

Having joined the comany in March 2018, he has been involved in many exciting and challenging projects. Initially, his time was spent learning and practicing the British Standards and Eurocodes (BS5930/Eurocode7) for ground investigations. As his skills developed, he then progressed to site work and site supervision. He is now a full time site based Engineering Geologist. I have worked on projects in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, and have worked alongside some of the UK and Ireland’s leading consultancies.

He has recently worked on a large geo-environmental ground investigation for input into the construction design of one of Ireland’s largest ever remedial projects.

We are all excited to see what his future progression with Causeway Geotech will bring.

Krzysztof Wytrykusz
  • Lead Driller

Krzysztof has over 13 years of experience in geotechnical and environmental services, from working as a trainee driller before progressing to a lead driller back in 2007. He joined Causeway in 2018, where he works as a Lead Driller mostly on rotary rigs, but occasionally on dynamic sampling and cable percussion rigs to boot.

His specialist experience includes operating all types of drilling rigs which include dynamic sampling, cable percussion (NVQ L2) and rotary drilling (NVQ L2).

He has worked on some challenging sites such as The Corrib Gas Pipeline in Co Mayo, DIAGEO (Guinness factory Dublin) and numerous other projects throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom.

He has had the opportunity to work alongside e drillers from USA Kansas such as Sam Silverman learning a lot of a mud rotary and auger methods of drilling. He has also been fortunate enough to work variety of rotary rigs throughout his career to date, such as the Comacchio 205, 305 and 405; CME55, Beretta T44, Massenza M15 and Hanjin D8.

He’s experienced in a broad range of rotary drilling methods, such as air rotary; mud rotary with use of different types of roller, drug and casing advancer bits, Hollow Steam and Continuous Flight Augers; wireline coring (HQ, HQ3, PQ, PQ3 and Geobor S).

Krzysztof is very passionate about geotechnical drilling with an enthusiasm for his work and a knowledge of drilling systems that he’s only too happy to share with colleagues and client alike – anyone who’ll listen!

Graham Kinnaird
  • Laboratory Calibration Technician

I joined the company in March 2013 as a laboratory technician. Previously I had worked in the industry with Glover Site Investigations for 7 years as a junior technician. Since joining the company I've progressed to senior technician status and then recently onto the calibration technician within the laboratory.

My daily duties require doing all tests in our arsenal to the British Standard, overseeing the other technicians on the lab floor and helping out the Quality Manager with calibrating equipment, keeping the laboratory to a high standard, which is evident in our recent retention of UKAS Accreditation.

I am enjoying my new role within the company, giving me more freedom to work not only independently but as part of a group. The laboratory has made tremendous steps since the inception of the company and is only going to get better with incoming state of the art equipment.

Outside of work I enjoy collecting vinyl records and vintage razors. I attend lots of concerts and live sporting events throughout the year also.

Sean Ross
  • Senior Engineering Geologist

I have worked for Causeway since June 2018, having previously worked in consultancy since graduating from university. I completed a BA in Geology from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Engineering Geology from Imperial College London. I manage a range of projects from our Dublin Office, from planning jobs, coordinating site works, reviewing and compiling all geotechnical information for issue to the client through interpretive or factual reports. I enjoy working for Causeway as no two jobs are ever the same, and my position allows me to interact with both client side and site side of projects.

Carin Cornwall
  • Engineering Geologist

Carin Cornwall is new to the ground investigation industry having recently graduated with her Ph.D. in environmental science and geography from Ulster University. She has been working at Causeway Geotech since summer 2018 as an Engineering Geologist presiding over the logging, sub-sampling, reporting of rock core, as well as composing factual and assisting with interpretive reports for geotechnical and geo-environmental investigations from the UK and Ireland. Her introduction into the ground investigation industry has been extremely positive where she has benefited by working with highly knowledgeable and friendly colleagues and staff. Outside of work she enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, family history research, and a good horror novel.

Stuart Abraham
  • Geotechnical Engineer

I started working with Causeway in early 2018 after completing a contract for Balfour Beatty Ireland at the Gobbins Coastal Path. I am now well settled in and am enjoying managing a wide variety of projects from the office, alongside occasional (and welcome!) days on site getting stuck in.

I have spent my time since graduating in Civil Engineering primarily working as a site engineer on building and civils jobs, with a six-month spell working in rope access.

My day-to-day work is varied from organising upcoming work, reviewing and scheduling laboratory testing and report writing, through occasional days on site carrying out myriad tasks.

It is great to work in a young supportive company which is progressing at a great pace.

When I have spare time I like to hike, climb and sail, but with a toddler at home I find that if I get a dander on the beach with the dogs I am doing ok!