Meet the Team

At Joe Duffy Group our philosophy has always been "its our people that make the difference".Our Group Management Team hold unrivalled expertise in business and strategy. We have an experienced, unique and dynamic Management Team with individual track records of success and experience at Senior Management Level within the Retail, Financial & Motor Industry both in the UK and Ireland. Below are the key members of our team:

Gavin Hydes

Chief Executive Officer

Gavin joined the Joe Duffy Group and was appointed to the board in June 2005, as Group Chief Executive. Gavin held various senior management roles in the hotel & motor industry and enjoyed considerable success in the UK Dealer Network. Following on from Gavin’s appointment, Joe Duffy Motor Group has undergone a period of continued expansion, diversification and restructuring under his leadership. With 14 dealerships, representing 15 Brands, the Group is now Ireland’s largest retail motor Group, with 400 employees.

James O'Neill

Chief Financial Officer 

James joined the group in 2002 and was appointed company secretary in 2006. He was formally with BDO Stoy Hayworth as senior audit supervisor where he gained extensive experience in the fields of audit, taxation and corporate finance. James has overall responsibility for financial control, corporate compliance and all group financial functions.

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Geoff Walsh

Brand Director

Geoff joined the company in 2005 as a sales executive in our BMW Dealership, he then was involved in the opening of JDM Specialist Cars in 2007 and made the move to Audi North Dublin in 2009 as General Sales Manager. Geoff was promoted to Brand Director in 2018 and now looks after our 3 Audi businesses for the Group.

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Niall Coughlan

Brand Director

Niall joined the Group in April 2013 as dealer Principal for Volkswagen airside after returning to Dublin from Northern Ireland, where he spent 15 years in management with Volkswagen and Toyota. In February 2015, Niall took on responsibility for Joe Duffy VW Navan and a year later in February 2016, also assumed responsibility for Joe Duffy Volkswagen North Road. In 2017 Niall was promoted to Brand Director and now has overall responsibility for the Group's 3 Volkswagen dealerships.

Alan Gilligan Marketing Director

Alan Gilligan

Marketing Director

Alan joined the Group in 2010. As an affiliate member of the ACCA with a background in finance, marketing consultancy and after launching his own succesful start-up advertising agency, he will continue to lead the company to become the leader in Digital Marketing Strategies in the Motor Industry. As Group Marketing Director, Alan is responsible for all franchise brands within the group.

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Steve Rayner

Brand Director

Steve Rayner joined the Group in 2012 as part of the Group's ongoing growth strategy and is responsible for developing the Group's Fleet and Corporate Business sector. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge in Corporate Sales to the Group and is now managing the Joe Duffy Leasing business.

Claire Keaveney

Group HR Manager

Claire joined us in 2017 with over 19 years human resource and management experience at local and international level, across a broad range of business sectors-professional services, retail and manufacturing.

As Group HR Manager, Claire and her team are responsible for the entire HR function across the group.

Mary Nolan

Executive Assistant/Group Communications Manager

Mary joined us in 2014 from the financial services/health sector where she held various senior roles, including Head of Group Marketing & Communications and Strategic Planning. Mary reports directly to the Group Chief Executive as his Executive Assistant as well as being the Group's Communications Manager.

John O' Doherty

Group Used Car Manager

John has over 15 years experience in buying used cars for the Group and has worked as a Sales Manager in a number of different businesses across our Group. John is a hugely respected professional in the motor aftermarket in Ireland and has built up a reputation as one of the foremost experts in used car values in Ireland.

Conor Kilduff

Divisional General Manager

Conor joined the Joe Duffy Group in 2005 as a Trainee Accountant. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2008. Conor took up a position within the Group as a General Manager in 2010. He has worked with a number of different Franchise partners for the group and is currently the Divisional General Manager for Joe Duffy Ford, Joe Duffy Mazda, Joe Duffy Volvo & Kia and Joe Duffy Athlone.