Who We Are

Wayne O’Connell

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Carbon Conversion Technology Ltd.

Wayne O’Connell’s career includes over 20 years working in both high-tech start-ups and university research, developing and managing innovation in both domains. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (Physics), Queens University Belfast(Applied Physics) and Dublin City University (Sustainable Energy Finance, {2014}), Wayne began his career working in the United States as a manufacturing and test engineer in an optical fibre spin-out, SSOC(CT) purchased by Lucent Technologies.

Spells in California beckoned in both Product and Account Management.  He managed the Nortel Account for E-TEK Dynamics(CA), when E-TEK was purchased by JDS Uniphase(Ottawa), in the largest technology merger in the world at the time. His responsibility was to liaise with and manage the requirements of the external customer and then cross functionally mange internal groups to ensure expectations and deliverables were met.  As account manager responsible for Nortel Networks, he managed 3 yr  annual sales growth from $3m to $250m. As a Product Manager he was responsible for liaising with internal and external engineering groups to agree and define product requirements, specifications and deliverables while developing cohesive positioning and narrative for products in both the domestic and international market place.

Since returning to Ireland, Wayne has product managed predominately low carbon energy-centric projects for clients including School of Engineering, TCD , Irish Aid/ (Dept of Foreign Affairs), and a number of private clients in the burgeoning W2E Space.

Peter Dunne

Acting Chairman of Carbon Conversion Technology Ltd.

Peter is 33 year veteran of the aviation industry in Ireland.  He joined the Aer Lingus organization as an apprentice in 1971, and retired from Aer Rianta in 2004.  Appointed by the Irish Government to the parent Board of Aer Rianta and Aer Rianta International in 1992, he served for an unprecedented

twelve year period until 2004.

During that time, Peter served on numerous sub-boards. He was appointed to multiple Company Boards as a representative of Aer Rianta, which included joint venture companies in Canada and in Russia, as a Director of Aer Rianta International.

He has undertaken training courses in Corporate Governance (Cadbury, United Kingdom ), Finance (Higgs & Smith), The Directors Institute (United.Kingdom).

Peter served as an elected member of the Supervisory Committee, Director & Secretary of St Joseph’s Aviation Credit Union Ltd.for a period spanning 13 years.  During that period he served as a delegate to the Irish League of Credit Unions and also as a delegate to the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). He worked closely with the Registrar of Credit Unions, Mr. Brendan Logue, during a period of significant reform in credit union industry in Ireland.

Declan O’Dwyer B.Arch MBA RIBA

Buildings Director of Carbon Conversion Technology Ltd.

Architect, Milton Keynes (New Town) Development Corporation, Buckinghamshire, U.K., 1972-1973

Commercial Development Superintendent, Aer Rianta, 1977-1980, Airports Planning Superintendent, Aer Rianta 1980-1990.

Declan specializes in large-scale building design and planning projects, which has included extensive new and redeveloped structures for the Aer Lingus Social and Athletic Association, 1984-1998 (largest social and sports club in Ireland) including multiple internal (and external) sporting facilities, two swimming  pools, and at the time, the largest sports hall in Ireland.

Other projects have included: Master planning, development projects, and aviation standards for Irish military aerodromes (incl. Irish Air Corps headquarters, Casement Aerodrome; Establishment of aviation planning criteria for Irish local authorities, and advising local authorities on planning control in aviation-related projects;

Developed the Master Plan for An Garda Síochána [Irish Police Force] re all Garda Headquarters facilities at various locations in Dublin; Planning projects for CityJet, RyanAir, PARC, Marshall Aerospace, etc.;

New airport (and existing airport) development projects for local authorities and private developers.

Joe Smith

Operations Director of Carbon Conversion Technology Ltd.

Joe Smith worked for Aer Lingus from 1978 when he began his aviation engineering career.  He moved into Team Aer Lingus Maintenance Division late in 1986 when he became multi-licenced on Boeing and Airbus fleet with full sign off on major modifications. He is also full Easa B1 and B2 approved.  He was part of the management team at SRT Aviation 2002 where he dealt with customer contracts and had general oversight of projects assigned budgets. His concerns included EPA and Health & Safety.  Joe aso worked with Virgin Atlantic, SAS, and Gulf Air.

From 2003 to 2009,  Joe was a Director and Chief Financial Officer CFO with St Joseph’s Aviation Credit Union with responsibilities for the operational  and investment portfolios (€150 million) under licence . He has had considerable experience dealing with financial regulations and corporate governance.

In 2009 Joe set up DRS Aviation Consulting, and is currently its Technical Director, working as a technical consultant to GECAS , Bank Of America, Boeing Capital and Cae Parc.

Dr John Gallagher

Public Affairs Director of Carbon Conversion Technology Ltd.

Dr John Gallagher, Ed.D., FPRII is a professional communicator and educator with nearly 40 years experience. A native New Yorker, he began his career as a journalist but soon moved into public relations, working in various capacities for the Irish Airports Authority, Aer Rianta.  During his 25 years with Aer Rianta,he was seconded twice to the Irish Government, working as advisor to the Minister for  Justice and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.  As Communications Manager for Dublin Airport, he left the company in 2002, in order to teach public relations at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is the Course Director of the Institute’s master’s programme in public relations. He also developed and directs a master’s programme in public affairs at the Institute and places students as interns in Ireland’s parliament as part of this programme.

John has experience in media relations, public affairs, commercial promotions, crisis management, community relations, branding, business development strategies and event management. His work has included the production of publications, television, radio, website development and social media. He has worked closely with Irish officials organising the Irish visits and media coverage of a variety of heads of state from Pope John Paul II to Mikhail Gorbachev and from US Presidents Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton.