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Our Team

We’ve got a great team of people with a diverse range of skills, but we all have one thing in common…we take a genuine teamwork approach to all our projects.

We said we’re in it for the long haul and we mean it! Building a close relationship with you means that we can get a deeper understanding of what you need and deliver a superior product and service, on time every time.

Finbarr Clarkson

Managing Director

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Head of Team Gaelite, Managing Director Finbarr Clarkson trained in all aspects of the sign trade at Gaelite, joining firstly in 1988.

He left in the late 1990s to run his own businesses, and was head-hunted back in 2006, to become Managing Director.

He is immensely proud of the team’s ever evolving accomplishments. The signage industry is very fast paced . With a wealth of in-house expertise he attributes the Gaelite Team’s powerhouse performance to a combination of factors.

Firstly, the export strategy that not only guaranteed survival but led to extraordinary expansion. This was not only in the UK and Europe, but also at home in Ireland.

This fully vindicated the other simple stratagem “The company is customer driven.”

He expands: “Whatever it takes to get the job done on time and to customer satisfaction. It doesn’t matter what size the contract, large or small, we keep to those maxims. Customer satisfaction always comes first.”

Finbarr also emphasises: “The seven-day-a-week commitment, demanded and given by all the staff.”

Other factors in Galeite’s success story are, he says: “Grabbing opportunities through product design & development.  Using our expertise to empower our customers, working together, to realise their brand vision “

Sustainability is a key driving force, for ourselves, and our customers,  we encourage you to investigate  this further with us on the sustainability section of the website.

He and the Team have achieved a great deal but he is not in any way complacent, stating, “You are only as good as your last job!”

Sean Lloyd

Design Director

Sean has worked with Finbarr since 2006 to set a future path for Gaelite, joining the board in 2011. A sign industry professional with 30 years’ experience in sales, projects and product development.

As the lead of our team of creative and technical design, together they deliver a combined design and consultative output that lead our industry. Sean is a client facing leader of sales and development teams having worked on many of the largest projects in the retail, automotive, leisure and commercial sectors – using a skill set that marries creative with commercial and practical implementation requirements.

Sean has a passion for detail “working in a committed team to find solutions to the challenges of development supply is what makes our day more rewarding…our ideas, designs and results share benefits with both our customers and our own team”.

Esmee Coffey

Health & Safety Co-ordinator
& ISO Quality Management Rep

Esmee joined Gaelite in 2006. Sponsored by Gaelite Esmee was awarded the Certificate in Health, Safety and Welfare at Work at UCD. She subsequently took on joint responsibilities of Health & Safety Coordinator and Quality Management Rep .

Esmee strives to continuously drive Gaelite’s core goal of always delivering quality products on time and in budget through a systematic approach to Gaelite’s standard operational procedures. Gaelite is externally accredited with both  ISO 9001:2015 and the CE 1090 standard.

“A positive H&S culture and effective ISO procedures are possible with thanks to the continuous commitment from all employees in Gaelite, at every level of the organisation.”

Esmee also has the distinction of being the third generation of the Coffey family in the company.

Aisling Lumsden

Financial Controller

A high profile addition to Gaelite, two years ago, Aisling’s appointment reflects the success and ambition of the company in recent years. Coming through the recession and reaching new peaks of profitability, the company Financial Controller is a vital position.

Aisling is only too aware of her priorities. As she says; “Costing is incredibly important, as is daily cash-flow management. It is vital to keep your eye on the ball, as the financial position of your business can change rapidly, sometimes in the wrong direction.”

She comes from an Accountancy background, having spent several years training as an auditor in private practice, while studying for the ACCA qualification. This was followed by various accounting roles, over 20 years, in the industry sector, mainly working for SMEs both in the UK and Ireland.

Phillip Brennan

Senior Paint Technician

PAINTING signs at Gaelite is the day job for nationally renowned schools soccer referee Phillip Brennan.

The Dubliner came to the company in 2007, after 23 years at another sign company. A driven perfectionist, Phillip always leads by example.

Phillip started work as a 15-year-old apprentice and became a painter three years later. Self-driven, he takes a fierce pride in his work and consistently delivers a quality product.

Julian Power

Project Manager

Signage runs in the family for Julian Power – project manager of key Gaelite contracts including McDonald’s, Bank of Ireland, Skoda and Kia.

His Grandfather was a sign writer in Kilkenny. His father was a glass-blower, who specialised in Pirex and founded Power Signs in 1948.

Julian, after over thirty years at every level of the sign business, came to Gaelite in 2008. It is no surprise that an early apprenticeship – urged by his father – in metal work, has been put to excellent use in his project management.

Julian’s dedication to the needs and aspirations of the customer, combined with his work ethic, is legendary. Constantly looking to expand his and the company’s contract base, has led to some notable newcomers to the Gaelite portfolio.

Kevin Priest

Project Manager

Kevin looks after several clients, including Dunnes Stores, Careplus, Applegreen & Burger King.

Before working for Gaelite, Kevin was a Trainee Civil Engineer in the UK before moving into signage. Working for signage companies the UK and in New Zealand where he gained experience in all areas of signage manufacture and installation.

“Having worked on the factory floor, and on occasion doing some fitting over the years, has given me first-hand knowledge of the manufacturing methods used at Gaelite, as well as a complete understanding of our front to back process. This experience undoubtedly adds value to my current PM role.” says Kevin.

“I like to think I have a good relationship with my clients because I communicate with them constantly and always go above and beyond to get projects over the line.”

“What I enjoy most about my job is winning a tender & seeing a quality end product.”

Gary Bethel

Project Manager

Equipped with a background in sign design/draughtsmanship Gary Bethel was thrown in at the deep-end when he joined Gaelite in 2008 as a Project Manager.

Since then he has become the key contact for the heavyweight BWG franchise of brands, which includes Spar, Spar Express, Eurospar and Mace. This is a responsibility he still relishes.

He gives the utmost importance to communication and personal availability to clients at all times – an approach which has earned Gaelite an open and creative relationship with BWG.

His own flexibility is tested on a regular basis by the ferocious competitiveness of the supermarket franchises. A world where ‘instant’ change of ownership leads to new signs having to be manufactured, transported and installed with just a few days notice.

Lynsey Kenny

Project Manager

Lynsey has worked at Gaelite since 2008 and now holds the role of Project Manager looking after several key accounts including BWG, Starbucks, Tesco & Sainsbury’s in the UK and Ford Ireland.

Lynsey says, “Working in and with other departments gives a great insight into how the company works as a whole.  It give a deeper understanding of how other departments work, and the information etc that will help them be able to do their job most efficiently,  as well as the outlook / expertise they have to offer other departments”.

“The role can be very demanding with multiple people to liaise with, tight and often moving deadlines to be met.  It can be challenging juggling everything to ensure we deliver high quality signage to every client on time every time”.

“I work well under pressure so I do enjoy the fast paced environment we work in.  I also enjoy working with others to make sure that the clients needs are understood, brought to life and delivered correctly”.

Eugene O’Loughlin

Senior Metal Worker

Legendary Senior Metal Worker Eugene O’Loughlin has seen it all in 29 years at Gaelite.

Eugene’s qualifications include one of the highest grades in welding, an essential area of expertise in sign making. He was employed after an on-the-spot practical interview at Gaelite, after finishing his apprenticeship.

He believes the biggest change in metal work was going from jigsaw lettering to the present CNC Router, which is far less labour intensive. The future, he is certain, lies in 3D printing for metal work.

At present he is revelling in Gaelite’s new Clondalkin metal shop and additional work space.

Ian Lucas-Bond


Ian has worked within the signage industry for over 25 years.

Initially, gaining 8 years experience on the shop floor within graphics and manufacturing departments. Further experience involved a period of project management with primary roles based within estimating, cost management and system development.

Ian has a dedicated and committed approach to providing colleagues with the support they require in an ever changing and developing market.

Donatas Urbonavicius

Operations Manager

Donatas’ sign industry career began in 1996, working for several companies in a number of departments including Assembly, Graphics, Router, Design, Prototyping and Sign Fitting. He joined Gaelite over 4 years ago, and has gained experience working in the Graphics Department and as Floor Supervisor, through to his current position as Operations Manager.

Donatas says: “Working in other departments has given me a thorough understanding of the operational needs of the company. It has helped me meet the goals of the business by seeing things from different department’s perspectives. The big picture is always made of the small parts,- it is great that I’m able to put it together”.

He believes that big clients equal big demands and that quality & responsiveness are two key aspects to pleasing a client – with teamwork and communication within the company leading Gaelite to fulfilling those expectations.

Outside of work he is an avid sign-spotter: “I can’t pass a sign without inspecting it. Regardless how big or small it is. Just to see how was it made, quality, materials used etc. It really gets to my wife because we constantly have to stop to allow me some time to have a decent look at it”.