ISA Board of Directors


David Lovegrove
ISA President 
Elected President: 2014

: Howth Yacht Club, Royal St George Yacht Club 
Sailing Experience: David took up sailing at the age of seven on a small dam just outside Nairobi, Kenya. During the following ten years he sailed Cadets, Fireflys, Enterprises and 505’s. When his family returned to Ireland, he joined Sutton Dinghy Club where he sailed IDRA 14' and Fireballs. While in TCD he was a member of the sailing team that won the British Universities team racing championship on three occasions. He was Captain of the TCD team and was awarded a Trinity Pink for sailing. In the Fireball class, he won the Irish Championships and was fourth in the World Championship in France. He later moved to the Squib class, where he also won the Irish Championships. Due to pressure from his daughters he then moved to the Puppeteer, which he still owns, winning the Irish Championships on numerous occasions. He is a former Board member of the ISA and has been a member of the Race Management Advisory Group for over 20 years. He is a former Commodore of Howth Yacht Club and is an International Race Officer. 
Professional/Business Experience: David worked in IDA Ireland for over twenty years before transferring to Forfas in 1994. While there he was Corporation Secretary and also Secretary to the National Competitiveness Council. Taking early retirement in 2003, he set up his own business which takes him all over the world as a consultant to International Organisations and Governments on investment promotion and competitiveness.           

David O'Brien
ISA Secretary
Elected: 2012 

Club: Royal Cork Yacht Club & Baltimore Sailing Club  
Sailing Experience: David is the current Treasurer of the ISA and Rear Commodore of Baltimore Sailing Club. He has served on the committee of Royal Cork Yacht Club for many years as Admiral, Vice Admiral, Rear Admiral, Junior Organiser and Honorary Treasurer and Secretary. David began sailing in Royal Cork Yacht Club in his early twenties and spent over 20 years racing on cruisers, mostly with Ted Crosbie. On occasions he raced Lasers to a modest and unsuccessful standard (his own words!), and crewed on National 18 dinghies.
David is also a Certified National Race Officer. His involvement with Race Management dates from the early 1990’s, and is now his main practical activity within the sport. His experience ranges from numerous Cork Week regattas, Cruiser Leagues; events for 1720s, Impalas, and SB3s; to championships for Mirrors, Lasers, Laser 11, Optimists, Fireballs, National 18s, Heir Island Sloops, 420s, Fevas and Multi-hulls; to the ISA Junior and Senior All Ireland Championships; to Inter-Club and Intervarsity Team Racing. In addition to many events in his own two clubs, he has officiated in Kinsale, Dun Laoghaire, Crookhaven, and Mayo. David presently own a Merry Fisher 605 which is moored in Baltimore and provides easy access to the islands and beaches around West Cork.


Roger Bannon
ISA Treasurer
Elected: 2014 

Club: National Yacht Club & Kinsale Yacht Club
Sailing Experience: Roger has been a competitive sailor since his early teens and has won multiple national titles in the 420, Flying Fifteen, J24 and Mermaid classes, as well as regularly competing internationally in a wide variety of classes, including the Fireball and Finn. He was the first Irish sailor to campaign in the Olympic Star Class in the early 90’s and was one of the pioneers involved in the establishment of the SB20 fleet in Ireland. He continues to occasionally race his beloved 53 year old DBSC Mermaid "Endeavour" and until recently, enjoyed cruising his Frers 45, “DiAnna” from its base in Kinsale. He is an active National Race Judge and in his spare time, still retains a passionate interest in building and restoring classic dinghies.
Professional/Business Experience: A Chartered Accountant by profession, Roger has been a “hands-on” investor in the technology sector in Ireland and North America over the last 30 years. He was President of the Irish Sailing Association from 1994 to 1996 when the Joint Membership Scheme was established and the current “ring-fenced” Olympic High Performance model was adopted. Prior to this, he was Treasurer of the ISA from 1992 to 1994. His return to the ISA Board is prompted by the opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of revised strategic plans for the organisation.

Colm Barrington
ISA Director
Elected: 2009 

Club: Royal Irish Yacht Club & Bray Sailing Club
Sailing Experience: Colm has raced dinghies and keelboats successfully in Ireland, Europe, the U.S., the Caribbean and Australia where he has won club, regional and national championships. He is a three time winner of the Round Ireland Yacht Race and has won the Royal Yacht Squadron's Britannia Cup on two occasions. He has also cruised extensively world-wide. 
Professional/Business Experience: Colm has been professionally involved in international aviation for many years. He is the Chief Executive of NYSE listed FLY Leasing Limited and Non-Executive Chair of Aer Lingus plc.
Area of Responsibility on the ISA Board: Colm has been chair of the ISA's Olympic Steering Group since 2005.

Philip Cowman
ISA Director
Elected: 2008


Brian Craig
ISA Director
Elected: 2014 

ClubRoyal St George Yacht Club, Lough Derg Yacht Club, Kinsale Yacht Club and Irish Cruising Club
Sailing Experience: A former flag officer of the Royal St George Yacht Club, Brian was a keen dinghy sailor competing on the Firefly, Fireball and Team Racing national and international circuits. He won several Irish national championships and former winner of the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship and Helmsman’s Trophy. Currently racing a Shannon One Design, Brian has a motor cruiser on Lough Derg and a cruising yacht based in Dun Laoghaire. 
Professional/Business Experience: Since retiring from business, following a successful career as an entrepreneur, Brian played a key role in attracting and organising major championships on Dublin Bay. He worked closely with the waterfront clubs and local bodies in Dun Laoghaire to develop the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and more recently led the Irish team that ran the ISAF Youth Worlds 2012. He was also the recipient of the 2010 National Award to Volunteers in Irish Sport from the Irish Sports Council. 

Laura Dillon 
ISA Director
Elected: 2012 

Club: Howth Yacht Club & Royal Ocean Racing Club
Sailing Experience: Laura’s sailing career to date includes winning a silver medal at the Optimist World Championships in Argentina, 1992 and a bronze medal at the Youth World Championships in USA, 1996. Laura is the only lady to have ever won the Irish Sailing Association Helmsman’s Championship, which she won in 1996. Laura campaigned internationally in the 470, Yngling and Match Racing Olympic classes between 1998 and 2002. Over the past decade, Laura has continued to race many one design and cruiser classes, including onshore and offshore, at national and international events. Laura is a very passionate and competitive sailor and would particularly like to encourage more junior and female participation in the sport.
Professional/Business Experience: Laura’s key experience includes working for McKinsey & Company, as a strategy consultant before gaining operational and turnaround experience in the financial services sector in UK. Laura completed her MBA at Harvard and then worked in private equity for Apax Partners in London before successfully co-founding, managing and recently exiting a cosmetic sales, marketing and distribution business in Ireland. Laura is currently working as a freelance strategy consultant in Ireland and UK and is looking to find her next opportunity.
Area of Responsibility on the ISA Board: Laura’s principal responsibility is for the ISA’s eight J80 keelboats (SailFleet Ltd). Laura is passionate about the J80s and is trying to ensure that the fleet remains together and can be used as a national fleet for both national and international events in Ireland.

Michael O'Connor 
ISA Director
Elected: 2008 

Club: Kinsale Yacht Club 
Sailing Experience: 
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Pierce Purcell
ISA Director 
Elected: 2012 

Club: Galway Bay Sailing Club 
Sailing Experience: 
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Jack Roy
ISA Director 
Elected: 2013
Club: National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club & Kinsale Yacht Club
Sailing Experience: Jack started sailing Mirrors in 1967 from Greystones Sailing Club. Over the years he has raced in 420s, 470s, Flying Fifteens, J24s, Dragons, J109s and Squibs. He has also cruised for many years and currently keeps a cruising boat in Kinsale from where he sails the southwest coast and further afield. When Jack’s not sailing he’s very involved in race management and has been an International Race Officer since 1998. He was honoured to be the first Irish Race Officer at an Olympic Regatta in the London 2012 Games.
Professional/Business Experience: When Jack is not involved on the water, he is Managing Director of Fagerhult Irl Ltd, the Dublin office of a Swedish PLC specialising in offering energy efficient lighting solutions to the commercial sector.
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