Vision & Values

Kirby aspires to be the most trusted provider of high-value engineering and construction services.

Founded in 1964, Kirby operates across Ireland, the UK and European markets, offering an extensive range of high-value engineering and contracting services.


To achieve our vision, we embrace the following core values:


Safety    – keeping you safe through safe systems of work and a safe place of work

Quality   – eliminating waste through getting it right the first time

Delivery – project delivery through relentless execution discipline

Value     – creating and sharing value through collaboration, innovation and operational excellence


Kirby Directors pride themselves on being available for our clients – from concept to bid and throughout the entire construction process.

Jimmy Kirby

Group Managing Director

Jimmy is Group Managing Director with responsibility for the performance of the Company through the formulation and implementation of strategy and continuously building an effective executive management team. Jimmy has been awarded a Master of Business Studies Degree from University College Cork and a Master of Science Degree from Dublin Institute of Technology.

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Mark Flanagan

Group Operations Director

Mark has overall responsibility for operational activities across all business units and regions. Working closely with Jimmy as Group Managing Director, Mark is centrally involved in the direction of company operations to achieve client satisfaction and overall team performance. He has previously held positions in project and contracts management within the Group.

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Derry McMahon

Group Finance Director and Company Secretary

Derry is responsible for the company’s financial management through ensuring adequate systems, controls and risk management procedures are in place. He also has responsibility for support services relating to human resources, administration and information technology. Derry is a qualified accountant and has been awarded a diploma in Strategic HR from U.C.C. He has held his current position since 2010, having previously been Group Financial Controller.

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Ray Ryan

Group QEHS Director

Ray is the Group QEHS Director with Board level responsibility for all EHS and Quality activities across the company. Working closely with the other directors, in-house departments and QEHS professionals within Kirby, he is centrally involved in directing the company to achieving world-class QEHS practices. Ray has been with Kirby since 1994 and has previously held positions in Contract Management and Operations within the Group.Prior to this, he spent 10 years in the United States as a Senior Project Engineer on multi-million dollar projects in the Municipal and Industrial sectors.

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Conor O’Brien

Group Commercial Director

Conor is responsible for the development and implementation of Group Commercial Strategy. Aligned to the overall Company, he endeavours to execute commercial undertakings in a processed and controlled manner, through the Functional Teams, to support Operations which includes but not limited to Customer, Contract, Risk, Cost and Change Control Management. Conor has been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Quantity Surveying.

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Fergus Frawley


Fergus is responsible for chairing the Board and ensuring that the company’s strategic policies and direction are aligned with that of the shareholders, mentoring members of the management team, and acting as a representative for the company in external industry and corporate relationships. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Fergus held the position of Group Managing Director from 2006 to 2016. He is a past President of the Electrical Contractors Association.



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“We consider safety first and foremost, on every project, and for every person affected by our operations.
Ray Ryan, Director Quality and EHS


Get it right first time, safely!  Kirby are uncompromising when it comes to safety standards. We aspire to be ‘best in class’ in all aspects of health and safety and protection of the environment.

We have adopted a process of continual improvement in health and safety, applying the OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 EHS Management Systems and we have been accredited by Achilles UVDB.

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Kirby consistently receive international awards and recognition for our approach to health and safety.

Kirby also accept our responsibility for the protection of our environments, for the management of our finite natural resources, and for making sustainable choices which will provide for present and future generations.

View our Health and Safety Policy

View our Engineering Environmental Policy


Quality at Kirby is more than just a set of procedures; it’s a culture committed to ‘getting it right first time’. Our Quality Management System is independently verified and continuously under review. Our dedicated Inspection and Testing Department ensures that finished products are defect-free; of the highest quality; conform to all standards and regulations; and meet or exceed our clients’ expectations.
View our Quality Policy


Key Quality Achievements:

  • ISO 9001:2015: Kirby were one of the first construction-related companies to receive ISO 9001 accreditation. Today we hold ISO 9001:2015 accreditation across all services and geographic regions, including electrical, mechanical, power, calibrations and communications.
  • Beyond ISO 9001: Kirby has developed its quality management procedures beyond ISO 9001 to conform to work in GMP and FDA-regulated environments.
  • Q-Mark Standard: Kirby have achieved the internationally-recognised Q-Mark Quality Management System Certification – a business excellence framework which demonstrates our commitment to excellence and continuous improvement at all levels of business.
  • Achilles UVDB Verify: In 2008, Kirby secured Achilles UVDB registration.
  • Lloyd’s Register: Kirby has been accepted onto the Lloyds National Electricity Registration Scheme in the UK as a Utility Connection Provider for contestable works up to 132kV.


Innovation is the cornerstone of our business; just one of the keys to our competitiveness and continued success.  From finding custom solutions to challenging build environments, to applying the newest technologies and trends, Kirby always finds the best solution for our clients.


BIM and Lean Techniques

BIM and the application of LEAN construction techniques are employed on all our projects to drive efficiency throughout the build process. Our approach has a positive impact on key project drivers such as programme, Q-EHS, budgets and building life cycle costs and ensures the best possible project outcome for our clients – one of the many reasons Kirby is considered ‘MEP partner of choice’ for so many of our clients.


CSR and Sustainability

Corporate Social Responsibility

At Kirby, we conduct our business in an ethical manner and in accordance with current internationally recognised best practice with respect to CSR. We are mindful of our duty to our employees, business partners, the communities we work within and our environment to build a sustainable future for all individuals and localities affected by our various operations.


Our people are our most valued resource. Their health, safety and well-being is our primary concern. Our aim is to promote diversity, equal opportunity, respect and personal development within our company and among our colleagues. We believe this approach builds strong working relationships, supports work-life balance and delivers inherent benefit not just to Kirby but to everyone and everything we encounter.


We are a community based organisation. While international in nature, our work is delivered locally with significant interaction with the communities we work within. At all times, we seek to increase community integration and promote a legacy of social diversity and inclusivity. We support, through active involvement and financial contribution, community based initiatives which seek to build local infrastructure, support local needs and foster community integration.

View our CSR Statement


At Kirby, sustainability is about protecting our environment and communities – now and for future generations. We aim to promote sustainability through responsible sourcing of suppliers and materials, good design, minimising waste, and providing a safe working environment for staff, building users and the surrounding community.


Kirby understand the need to deliver projects that are not only cost-effective but also sustainable.  Kirby has successfully achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and LEED ratings on a number of developments within our portfolio.



View our Waste and Energy Management Policy Statement 


Year after year, Kirby consistently wins national and international awards due to our strong performance culture and our reputation for quality, value and service.

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