Our Team

Peter Hodson

Peter Hodson

Construction Manager / Managing Director

“I strive to provide solutions to projects, and build solid, trusting relationships with our clients”

Peter Hodson has worked his way up from humble beginnings to managing director of Eire within 10 years.

With 17 years’ experience in project management, pipelines and pipework, he is now responsible for overseeing all tendering, construction works and project delivery here at Eire.

Peter loves spending time with his young family and sharing his passion for rugby league, as an assistant coach to his local junior rugby league team.

Tadhg Kelliher

Tadhg Kelliher

Operations Manager

“I am a problem solver and am committed to delivering our clients the most cost effective, high quality outcomes.”

Tadhg has a lifelong connection to Eire – he was a toddler in the early days of the business, when his parents were running Eire from their home-office. Then, as a teenager, he worked at Eire during school holidays and now, he is into his ninth year as a full-time, invaluable member of our team. Tadhg’s primary focus, is plant and project management, transport logistics, and the procurement and tendering of new business.

He is experienced in Sewer and Water Infrastructure, specialising in the construction of new sewerage pump stations, the upgrade of existing stations and construction of pipelines. The combination of Tadhg’s civil construction/project management qualifications and expertise, plus his network of specialist industry contacts enable him to advise clients on the most cost-effective option in any construction application.

He holds a private pilot licence and enjoys rugby league.

Catherine Grove

Catherine Grove

Finance Manager

“I lead, plan and direct the financial strategy of the business, to ensure we deliver quality projects on time and on budget”

Catherine is responsible for the financial health of Eire, and plays a key role in the executive team, providing leadership and direction in the overall management of the company. With 23 years’ experience (six with Eire), including roles in management consulting and private practice accountancy, Catherine specialises in cash flow management, financial reporting, forecast and budgeting, and legislative compliance.

Catherine is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Financial Administration from UNE. As a past winner of Eire’s Employee of the Year and recipient of our Award for Outstanding Leadership, the financial wellbeing of Eire is certainly in good hands.

Catherine enjoys spending time with her family, which usually involves chasing her children from one sporting field to the next.

Ben Murray

Ben Murray

Southern Region Construction Manager

“I value the opportunity to build and maintain strong client relationships”

Ben has over 20 years’ experience in the safe, efficient and profitable completion of large and small scale projects, of managing and mentoring staff, and the development of new and existing business.

Ben previously held Project Managers positions with companies such as Abi Group Contracting and Barclay Mowlem (now Laing O’Rourke). He has a special interest in Highway and Concrete technology and has won an RTA Quality Award for assisting in the introduction of Diamond ground quiet pavement technology into Australia. Ben also attended an International conference on Concrete Pavement rehabilitation and technologies in St Louis (USA).

Ben attained a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil, from Newcastle University in 1996 and holds a number of qualifications in safety and leadership.

Ben enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the great outdoors whilst boating, fishing and mountain biking.

Phillip Chaplin

Phillip Chaplin

WHS/QA Manager

“I am responsible for the compliant development, implementation, monitoring, maintenance and reporting of the company’s business management system”

With 38 years’ experience in Quality/WHS and Environmental management systems (7 years with Eire), Phillip has become a highly valued team member.

He is responsible for the long list of our contractual, legal and internal company requirements, including; compliance auditing of plans, performance reporting to management/client, QA/QC processes, hazard identification and risk assessment, WHS management/ auditing, environmental management/auditing; compliance assessment and monitoring.

Phillip has been awarded Eire Employee of the Year and facilitated our crucial ISO 9001 and AS/NZS 4801 & ISO 14001 certification.

He relaxes with fishing, surfing and spending time with his family.

Jeff Maker


Jeff Maker


Senior Project Engineer

“My priorities are to provide a good foundation of planning, to maximise safety and quality standards, and to foster sustainable client relationships”

Jeff is a new addition to the Eire team and brings eight years’ of valuable experience to the business, with a highlight being his involvement in a post tensioned bridge in South Africa (constructed for the FIFA World Cup 2010), that won a Design and Construct Award.

Jeff’s responsibilities include planning and costing, ensuring projects remain on program and on budget. Jeff has vast experience in the areas of civil construction, building, rail and infrastructure with various Tier 1 companies such as Lend Lease, OHL and Abigroup Contracting.

Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor adventures, including fishing, dirt biking and scuba diving.

Our team of experienced and dedicated site managers, engineers and administration staff work together to ensure the best results for our clients every time.