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Warrenpoint Port's Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Clare was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2018.
A banking and finance graduate from Loughborough University, Clare spent 17 years in Corporate and Business Banking in Bank of Ireland, working in Belfast, London and Dublin. Clare then joined the Agri – Food Sector working for Fane Valley Group as Director for Corporate Services.
Clare is an active IOD member and completed the IOD Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction in 2016.
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Kieran Grant from Warrenpoint is an Honours graduate in Business Administration and Computer Science from Queen’s University Belfast. Kieran continued his studies in University of Ulster, Jordanstown where he obtained Post-Graduate Diplomas in Accountancy and Advanced Accountancy. He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant within 2 years of joining Norbrook Laboratories where he spent a total of 10 years working in various roles within the Group Finance department. Kieran joined the Harbour Authority in 2003 as Financial Controller and was appointed to the Board in October 2007. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 2012. Kieran has recently successfully completed the Chartered Institute of Directors certificate and diploma examinations.
Engineering and Estates Director
Ciaran Cunningham from Kilkeel is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Ciaran was a Commercial Fisherman for several years after University and joined CAMCO an oilfield service company in 1997 and subsequently joined Schlumberger in 2000 where he was based in Houston Texas. Ciaran joined the Harbour Authority in 2002 as Harbour Engineer and was appointed Operations Director in 2012 and Engineering and Estates Director in 2016. Ciaran has recently successfully completed the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Ciaran has Post Grad Diploma’s in Port Management, Small Craft Surveying and an International Diploma for Harbourmasters.
Catriona Dowling - Harbourmaster
Catríona started training for her chosen profession at an early age, gaining experience on Tall Ships before joining the Irish Naval Service Reserve. Following secondary school, she accepted a place in the Cork Institute of Technology (now NMCI) in Cork in the Republic of Ireland on a Degree program in Nautical Science and was later successfully chosen to complete her Cadetship under the sponsorship of Trinity House. During her Cadetship, she gained a vast amount of experience working on a large variety of vessel types which included a Survey vessel, Lighthouse Tender, and General Cargo vessel, Passenger / RO/RO vessel, Cruise ship and she even completed a transatlantic voyage onboard a Tall Ship. On completion of her Cadetship she began working for Carnival Corporation, one of the world’s leading Cruise Ship operating companies. She proceeded to be promoted through the ranks onboard a number of vessels working in a number of different brands within the company from 4th Officer posted in Australia with P&O up to 2nd Officer on worldwide voyages onboard the QE2 with Cunard. In 2009 she moved to short sea voyages and began working for Stena Line on the Irish Sea in both their Central and Northern Corridors. During this time, she also completed her Honors Degree in Nautical Science and her Masters Unlimited Certificate of Competency qualifying her to command her own vessel as Captain. She then commenced studies for a Master’s Degree in Shipping Operations through Southampton Solent University.After 14 years of sea going experience Catríona came ashore and began working as an Assistant Harbour Master in Belfast Harbour where she completed her Master’s Degree in Shipping Operations. Catríona was later promoted to Deputy Harbour Master in Belfast Harbour before taking up her role as Harbour Master in Warrenpoint Harbour. Catríona is the first female Harbour Master in the history of the Island of Ireland and one of only two in the United Kingdom. Catríona Dowling recently received the 6th CIT STEM Graduate Achievement Award at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI). Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) Faculty of Engineering & Science STEM Graduate Award was introduced to recognise graduates whose work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) who have made a significant contribution in a professional context.
Ian has an honours Degree in Business Studies and is a Fellow grade member of the Chartered Management Institute.
He has over 16 years Operational Management experience with Warrenpoint Harbour Authority. Prior to this he was with a Shipping Company on Warrenpoint Port for over 20 years 12 of which were as Operations Manager.
Sharon is from Warrenpoint and started her career with the Port 20 years ago as Assistant Accountant. Her role oversees the day to day activities of the Finance Department and also the Human Resources of the Port.