All projects are managed by one of our Directors - Dr. Philip Heneghan, Michael Counahan, Ali Curran or Aidan Pender. A summary profile of each is detailed below.


Dr. Philip Heneghan (Ph.D. Economics, M.A., B.A., F.I.M.C.I.)
Philip Heneghan is a Founder Director of CHL Consulting Group, and specialises in the international tourism industry. Dr. Heneghan has been active in tourism consultancy since 1977 and has been responsible for directing and carrying out consultancy assignments involving business reviews of private corporations and state-owned enterprises, corporate strategic studies, human resources management and operations, project feasibility analyses, organisational studies, information systems studies and sector studies of national economies.These consultancy assignments have been carried out in Ireland, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, East and Western Europe, Caribbean, Central and
South America and the Pacific.


Mr. Michael Counahan (M.A, LL.B(Econ.), F.I,M,C,I.)

Michael Counahan is Managing Director of CHL Consulting Company. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in the fields of tourism, cultural heritage, the arts, and education. In addition to completing numerous projects in Ireland, North and South, he has worked in many European countries as well as in the Caribbean, South-East Asia and the Middle East.

Michaelís fields of work encompass strategic and business planning, marketing and market research, economic analysis, and project review and management. He has been closely involved with the Titanic Belfast project since 2004, first having assembled and led the team that originally devised it and subsequently acting as project coordinator through the detailed design planning, funding, operations planning, and pre-opening operations stages. He continues to work with the project as a member of the Titanic Belfast Executive Steering Group.

Michael studied economics at Trinity College Dublin and holds a post-graduate degree in law. He is a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers, and is a past-president of that Institute. From 2003 to 2005 he was president of the Irish Exporters Association whose members account for some 70% of Irish exports. He is an advisor to a number of arts organisations, and is chairman of Barabbas theatre company. He is chairman of board of governors of Glenstal Abbey School, ranked as Irelandís top secondary school in 2012 by the Sunday Times Parent Power Survey.


Ali Curran
Ali Curran has worked with CHL Consulting since 2002, becoming a full time member of the team in 2007 and a Director of CHL Strategies in 2009. Ali has a strong history of successful leadership and management of cultural festivals and venues. She has previously worked as Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival, Director of The Peacock Theatre, Deputy Director of The Abbey Theatre and Director of the Tron Theatre Glasgow, Ali is a graduate of the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing. Aliís specialisms are in cultural and heritage planning, cultural infrastructure development, tourism development and operational, venue and event management. Aliís work with CHL includes economic appraisals, operational audits and reviews, concept development and business planning for a wide range of public and private sector clients.


Aidan Pender

Aidan Pender joined CHL as Associate Director in 2014. He previously had been Director (Strategic Development & Secretariat) at Fáilte Ireland, The National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland and was responsible for the development of a range of programmes designed to support the further development of the Irish tourism industry. He also served as Secretary to the FŠilte Ireland Authority (Board) and was responsible for supporting the work of the Board and ensuring that effective systems of governance operate throughout the organisation.

Prior to joining Fáilte Ireland, he worked for 20 years in management consultancy and in executive education and training with the Institute of Public Administration (Dublin), PA Consulting Group (London), and Management Centre Europe, (Brussels).