Our Management

Mr. Richard Hoare, Chairman of Veon

Prior to becoming Chairman of Veon Ltd, Richard was Chairman of the Board of IFS Asset Managers Ltd., a position he held since 2002. Richard is also President of NS2 Energy North America, LLC., a U.S. based renewable energy company. He was formerly Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance Ltd., a member of the Retail Policy Committee at Bank of Ireland and subsequently Operations Director of First Active plc. He is a senior executive with over thirty years of experience in the banking, life assurance and corporate finance sectors. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and a graduate of the Harvard Business School PMD Programme.

Mr. Trevor McHugh, Managing Director Commercial of Veon

Trevor joined IFS in 1998 and became Managing Director of the company in 2004. He successfully developed the operational areas of the business, including the design, development and implementation of various management systems. Trevor has successfully negotiated a number of strategic relationships with utility companies and service providers so as to enhance the services provided by IFS to its clients and expanded the strategic land use held by the Irish Forestry Funds. Trevor is a Director of the Irish Forestry Funds, and a former Director of the International Forestry Fund and an active member of IFFPA with a particular emphasis on timber mobilisation. Trevor has also developed relationships with key corporate and European private forestry investment institutions.

Mr. Daragh Little, Managing Director Forestry of Veon

Daragh graduated from UCD in 1993 with a degree in Agricultural Science (Forestry). Upon graduating he focused on research projects in the areas of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. On joining FEL, he gained experience in forestry management of old woodland estates. This developed into specialising in forest management services to investors carrying out forest modelling, investment analysis, land and plantation purchasing and management. As Managing Director of FEL, he built the company into one of Ireland’s leading forestry management companies employing 12 staff throughout the country. Daragh is Chairman of the Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association (IFFPA) representing the interests of the entire supply chain and working with other organisations and government to develop forestry into the future. Daragh has recently been appointed to the Council of COFORD.

Mr. Paul Brosnan, Marketing Director of Veon

Paul co-founded the Irish Forestry Funds in 1997 and was Marketing Director of IFS Asset Managers Ltd. He developed the marketing strategy for the Irish Forestry Funds but began his career in corporate finance in Australia and commercial finance in Britain prior to establishing successful businesses in Central Europe and in Belfast. Paul is Managing Director and Chairman of the Irish Forestry Funds and also a former Director of the International Forestry Fund. Paul was responsible for Veon’s registration with the Central Bank as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager and in recent years has developed a network of key corporate relationships with overseas investment institutions and is responsible for developing the company’s overseas consulting services.

Joe Codd

Mr. Joe Codd, Business Development Director

Joe started work with Veon in 2007 and was responsible for building up the company’s establishment programme.

When Veon had increased the assets under its management to over €100 million Joe was made Director of Sales for the company and was responsible for forest portfolio acquisitions in Ireland and the UK for domestic investors and some of the largest family wealth offices in Europe. Joe was responsible for developing lead generation strategies for the Regional Managers and implementing and monitoring their progress.. He also worked on Wind Farm, Tourism and other projects supplying consultation on forest issues.

In 2019 Joe was made a Director of Veon. Joe works as Business Development Director leading sales and client-relationship management, tracking new markets and emerging trends, recommending new products and services, proposing and developing new strategic partnerships, and guiding long-term objectives to meet business needs and requirements

Joe currently sits on the board of the Society of Irish Foresters as a technical councillor and also the board of Forestry Careers Ireland.

Siobhan McCarthy

Ms. Siobhan McCarthy , Operations Manager

Siobhán joined the company in 2013 in an Administration capacity initially, swiftly moving into the area of Land and Acquisitions Management before being promoted to her current role as Operations Manager.

Siobhán is responsible for the planning, execution and oversight of Veon’s annual operations programme as well as management of resources and budgets. Siobhán works closely with the Forestry Team to ensure objectives are achieved and operations run smoothly on the ground, whilst facilitating communication between the various departments within Veon to improve efficiency and maximise results. Siobhán continues to oversee land acquisitions and sales, windfarm & third party option agreements as well as sporting ventures on suitable sites.