Key Personnel

Dr Stephen Mandal MIAI PGeo EurGeol is co-founder (in 1997) and managing director of CRDS Ltd. Stephen holds an honours science degree in Geology and a PhD in Geoarchaeology on the petrology of the Irish stone axe from (TCD). He also holds Certificates in Safety and Health and Occupational First Aid (UCD). On completion of his PhD, Stephen spent two years as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Archaeology Department, UCD, during which time he also undertook a three-month research fellowship in Cineca, Bologna, Italy. Since 1991 Stephen has been petrologist for the Irish Stone Axe Project. He is professional member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the European Federation of Professional Geologists. Between 2009 and 2014 Stephen Vice Chairperson of the Archaeology Committee of the Royal Irish Academy Committee.

Finola O’Carroll MA MIAI is co-founder and senior archaeological partner of CRDS Ltd. Finola holds an honours BA in Archaeology and History and a MA in Archaeology (UCD). She has over thirty years experience working as a professional archaeologist, covering a wide range of research projects and commercial work. She has acted as Senior Archaeologist responsible for archaeological works on the following major infrastructural projects: the N2 Finglas to Ashbourne Road Scheme (2004); the N6 Galway to Ballinasloe Road Scheme (Contract 3) (2006); the N9/N10 Kilcullen to Powerstown Road Scheme (Contract 2) (2006); and the Dunshaughlin to Castletowntara Sewerage Scheme (2005). Excavations relating to these projects involved over 200 staff with turnover in excess of €9m. Finola is a full member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (Board Member 2006-2013; Chairperson 2009-2012), and has full archaeological excavation licence eligibility.

Aislinn Collins MA PGDip DipEIAMgmt is the company EIA manager and holds a BA in Archaeology and Geography and a MA in Geography (UCD), a Graduate Diploma in Architectural Inventory and Recording (DIT), and a Diploma in EIA Management (UCD). She previously worked for Dublin Civic Trust and Dublin Corporation as part of a team of architectural recorders who compiled an inventory of over 3000 buildings. Since joining CRDS Aislinn has amassed considerable experience in undertaking the archaeological, architectural and cultural heritage aspects of EIAs. She is also responsible for the company’s architectural heritage section and has undertaken assessments for stand alone building projects, large scale EIAs and has worked as an architectural recorder on inventory projects for the NIAH.

Bairbre Mullee MA MIAI is the company safety manager and holds a BA in Archaeology and Philosophy (UCD) and a MA in Archaeology (UCD). Prior to joining CRDS Bairbre coordinated the international Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference (TAG), hosted by UCD in 2001. Since joining the company, her archaeological experience has been extended to include excavation on a variety of site types, archaeological monitoring on land and underwater sites, linear field assessments, extensive experience in desk-based archaeological assessments including the cultural heritage aspects of EIAs and desk-based assessments of underwater archaeological sites. She completed an Occupational Health and Safety Foundation Course in (NISCO), a Certificate in Safety and Health in (UCD) and a Diploma in Safety and Health in (UCD).