Lucy Gaffney has been involved in a variety of successful businesses in Ireland since 1985. As Managing Director of The Ideas Company, Lucy joined Esat Digifone as an advisor in its bid and subsequent launch as Ireland’s second GSM mobile phone operator. She then joined the core team and served in a number of various senior positions within the company, including Managing Director Esat Clear, Director of Marketing of Esat Telecom Group plc and Chief Operating Officer.
Lucy Gaffney is Chairperson of Communicorp Group Limited – a communications group that owns and operates radio stations across Ireland, the UK and Europe, including Irish national stations Today FM and Newstalk 106-108 FM. In 2014, Communicorp acquired 8 regional radio stations from Global Radio in the UK, bringing the groups total number of radio stations to 27.
Lucy is a founding director of Digicel Group since its launch in Jamaica in 2001. Today the Digicel Group has extended its operations to 32 markets with over 11.9 million subscribers in the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific regions, including Jamaica, Haiti, Panama and Papua New Guinea.
In May 2014 Lucy was appointed to the Topaz Energy Group Limited (TEGL) Board of Directors.
From March 2005 to December 2008, Ms. Gaffney held the position of Chairperson of the National Action Plan against Racism in Ireland (NAPR). She has previously held directorships in Special Olympics, First Active plc and Campus Stadium Ireland.
She was a Lucy was a non-executive director of the Board of Ulster Bank Limited, whose ultimate parent company is the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, from 2004-2007.
In March 2009, Lucy was appointed to the Board of Independent News & Media plc as a Non-Executive Director.
Lucy is a graduate from the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin