Graduated from University College, Dublin with an honours degree in Forestry in 1984. He has worked in several forestry related areas including forest management, forest pathology, crop biometrics and economic analysis.
In 1990 he was appointed company treasurer with Coillte, the Irish State owned forestry company, where he had responsibility for corporate funding and also developed specific forest related funding structures in addition to tax based finance.
Since 1994 he has served as chief executive of the Irish Forestry Unit Trust (IForUT), a fund for Irish pension funds and charities investing in forestry. In 2009 IForUT launched a sister fund, the North American Forestry Investment Trust (NAFIT), which invests in North American Forestry on behalf of Irish Revenue authorised investors, which he also manages.
He has served as a council member of the Society of Irish Foresters and is currently chairman of both the Irish Timber Growers Association and the forest certification body PEFC Ireland. He was appointed by the Minister for Agriculture as forestry representative to the Departmental 2020 strategy review committee for the agriculture and food industries in Ireland. His work with IForUT has extended from Ireland to the US, Canada, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and the UK.