About Fine Grain Property

Building success for clients by creating thriving workplace communities

About our company

Fine Grain Property is an Irish-owned, international real estate investor and operator. Established in 2007 in Singapore, and following a successful investment period, Fine Grain Property set up its operations in Ireland in 2016. Since then, we have invested a total of €190 million in 15 business parks across Ireland. And we continue to invest, with the team and funding in place to continue this pace of growth.

We build success by buying and building properties to suit the needs of growing domestic and multinational companies across Ireland. Working closely with employers, IDA Ireland, local authorities and best-in-class consultants and contractors, we focus on delivering and maintaining excellent facilities for our clients. Our high-tempo, highly experienced team has a proven track record of driving performance and delivering results.

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“Fine Grain Property is invested in building success for our clients by creating great workplace communities, with efficient and data-driven processes, and wellbeing-centric physical spaces. ”

headshot-ron Ron Bolger Chairman

What our clients love about us

Portfolio

Our portfolio includes almost one million square feet of property throughout Ireland, providing workplace for over 7,000 employees.

Flexibility

We deliver bespoke real estate solutions, based on our clients’ unique business needs.

Reliability

With more than 60 clients across a range of industries, we have a proven track record of client success.

Approach

We have a reputation for timeliness, great communication, and professionalism.

Envisioning the future of work

We are focused on providing real estate solutions that allow our domestic and multinational clients to do their best work and build success, even in challenging times.

Fine Grain Property believes that the workplace communities it champions – enhanced by the facilities that employees need, proximity to like-minded companies, wellness-centred design, nearby educational institutions and ease of access via high quality transport links and infrastructure – are key to the future of work.

“At Fine Grain Property, we pride ourselves on providing real estate solutions that enable our clients’ success — and that requires flexibility and agility. We’re working with a multidisciplinary team to gain insight into our clients’ needs during these difficult times. Our plans for the future will be shaped through understanding of those needs."

headshot-colin Colin MacDonald
 
Founder & CEO

202010 Maynooth Skylight

 

Fine Grain Property by numbers

€190m

15

925,000+

>60

7,000

Building success for our clients

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Our Board

Ron Bolger Ron Bolger Chairman Read bio
Ron Bolger Ron Bolger Chairman

Ron Bolger brings a wealth of experience and an extensive network in Singapore and Asia to the Fine Grain Property team. He provides corporate governance and board expertise to the management team, and his broad international contact base enhances the business’ effectiveness in carrying out its strategies and creating value on behalf of its investors.

Currently Principal of Ely Capital, Ron has served on the boards of publicly quoted companies on the Dublin, London and New York Stock Exchanges. He is currently Chairman or Vice Chairman of a number of companies including the Galway Clinic (private hospital) and ABP Food Group. Ron is Country Advisor to Cerberus Capital Partners LLC.

Ron is a former Managing Partner of KPMG in Ireland, was Head of the Asia Pacific Practice and a member of KPMG’s Europe and International Boards, and has also served as Chairman of the Irish State Telecommunications Company (Telecom Eireann). He is the former Vice-Chairman of AerCap and was the Chairman of the Audit Committee of AerCap NV for its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

Ron is a former member of the Irish Government’s Asia Strategy Group and the Irish Prime Minister’s committee on the International Financial Services Centre (“IFSC”), Dublin. He served two five-year terms on the Governing Authority of University College Dublin — and chaired its Finance Committee — before stepping down.

Ron has been the Singapore Honorary Consul General to Ireland since 2000, and has been awarded the Singapore Public Service Star.

benefict-soh Benedict Soh Director Read bio
benefict-soh Benedict Soh Director

Benedict Soh is a highly respected and influential business leader, and provides the Board of Fine Grain Property with the benefit of his profound experience in international business and investment. His business and personal associations with the Irish community date back more than 20 years, and he has served as a Board Member of the Irish Chamber of Commerce Singapore.

He is a co-founder and the Executive Chairman of Kingsmen Creatives Ltd, a company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, where he has accrued over 40 years’ experience in the design and production of interiors and exhibits. Benedict spearheads strategic planning and business development for the group.

Benedict holds an MBA from the University of Hull in the UK and sits on various advisory committees of educational institutions. He serves as a member of the Academic Advisory Board at Management Development Institute of Singapore (“MDIS”) and is also a member of the Academic and Examination Advisory Council of The International Hotel & Tourism School (Singapore).

Benedict is actively involved as a Board member of Government fund Seeds Capital and Singapore Business Federation/SME Committee. He also serves in several committees initiated by government entities.

For his active contributions to the Meeting, Incentive, Conference & Exhibition industry, Benedict was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Singapore Tourism Board in 2012.

alastair-macdonald Alastair MacDonald Director Read bio
alastair-macdonald Alastair MacDonald Director

Alastair MacDonald brings management, governance risk and compliance expertise to the board of Fine Grain Property. He also contributes specialist expertise on property origination, financing, structuring and fund set-up and management.

Alastair is Managing Partner of EisnerAmper Ireland, a Dublin-based firm of chartered accountants and advisors that provides services and solutions for governance risk and compliance. Alastair leads EisnerAmper’s advisory practice. His market specialisms include financial services and property.

Alastair previously worked with Deloitte; he is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BComm Degree (Banking & Finance) from UCD.

Lionel Alexander square Lionel Alexander Director Read bio
Lionel Alexander square Lionel Alexander Director

Lionel Alexander has a strong background in advancing commercial and technical innovation in Ireland and globally. His experience of driving business growth will further strengthen the Board of Fine Grain Property. Lionel has been Chairman of Intact Software since 2019.

Prior to this, Lionel completed a five-year term as Chairman of the Institute of Technology, Tralee, where he oversaw the amalgamation with Cork Institute of Technology to become Munster Technological University. As the former Vice-President and Managing Director of Hewlett Packard (HP), Lionel started his career in Singapore and relocated to Ireland where he managed the Irish Operations and HP’s Global Consumer Supplies Business.

He has also served on the Board of IDA Ireland for a period of nine years, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) for six years, and he was both the President and a Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce. Lionel is also a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers.

Our team

Our highly experienced team has a proven track record of delivering results that help our tenants create a modern, productive environment. Our success is underpinned by always listening to our tenants, providing them with the best possible care and high-quality facilities tailored to their specific needs. This focus helps us to deliver a consistent return for our long-term investors.

Fine Grain Property has established a high-performing culture to develop a team of leaders who operate in an open and trusting environment. The team seeks to deliver exceptional service to clients and stakeholders in a reliable, effective and collaborative manner. We work hard to develop lasting relationships with people that we like, trust and respect.

colin-macdonald Colin MacDonald
 Founder and CEO Read bio
colin-macdonald Colin MacDonald
 Founder and CEO

Colin began his career as an International Manager with HSBC in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Bahrain before spending three years working with Far East Organization, Singapore’s largest private real estate developer. During that time, Colin managed the development and restoration of the historic 5-star Fullerton Hotel.

Colin went on to found McCraic Group in Singapore, identifying, leasing and refurbishing historic properties as successful bar and restaurant venues. This venture culminated in the successful trade sale of the group in 2009.

He founded Fine Grain Property in 2007, and drove the company’s growth in Singapore and Ireland. He is particularly proud of Fine Grain’s ability to drive investment returns by delivering great workplace communities for clients.

Colin, who was raised in Ireland, moved back in 2019 after more than 30 years in Asia. He remains passionate about applying the experience he accrued in Singapore to benefit clients in Ireland — and vice versa.

Colin is a past President of Boat Quay Business Association, Singapore, was President of Singapore’s Irish Chamber of Commerce for more than 10 years, and served as President of the Ireland Funds, Singapore, a charity which is part of a global philanthropic organisation. Colin is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

kevin-mahony Kevin Mahony Finance Director Read bio
kevin-mahony Kevin Mahony Finance Director

Prior to joining Fine Grain Property, Kevin was Group Financial Controller of Hardwicke Property Group, an Irish property development and asset management company where he managed the financial control, treasury and company secretarial functions for the business. At Hardwicke, he was involved in the delivery of over 80,000 sq ft of Grade A commercial office space in Dublin city centre.

Kevin was also Head of Finance for SSE plc’s Onshore and Offshore Renewables business, with a particular focus on Ireland and the UK. He was involved in delivering over £1bn of renewables assets on time and budget.

Kevin has a Masters of Accountancy from UCD Smurfit School of Business and a degree in Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and trained at KPMG.

Kevin is a keen gardener, has completed the Dublin Marathon once and has every intention of doing it again. As a Mini-Rugby coach, he’s putting the experience he gained playing for Terenure College RFC to very good use.

KarenMulligan_Square Karen Mulligan Head of Marketing Read bio
KarenMulligan_Square Karen Mulligan Head of Marketing
Karen Mulligan heads up the marketing function for Fine Grain Property.

Prior to joining Fine Grain Property, Karen was Global Head of Strategic Marketing at YouGov, the leading international data and analytics group, where she led the introduction of new marketing strategies that fed into the overall business objectives.

Having spent a number of years in London, Karen has built a wealth of international marketing experience, holding senior marketing positions at organisations such as MSCI Inc. and Cambridge Associates. As a global marketing leader, Karen’s expertise lies in creating and driving the execution of marketing strategies that support a company’s overall objectives of building brand awareness and improving lead generation. And as such, she has managed numerous projects across the spectrum of marketing including strategy, branding, digital, design and communications.

Karen is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland. She holds a degree in Marketing and Management from the Technological University Dublin, as well as a diploma in Financial Management from Dublin Business School.

Karen enjoys exploring scenic walks with family and friends.
Lou Carton Louise Carton Head of Human Resources Read bio
Lou Carton Louise Carton Head of Human Resources

As a member of Fine Grain Property's Leadership Team, Louise's role is to provide strategic, as well as operational, HR support to the wider team. Louise has over 20 years’ experience working in senior Human Resources and Talent Acquisition roles, across a number of industries. She has an established reputation as a trusted advisor and coach to middle and senior executives across all aspects of HRM. 

Prior to her current role, Louise worked with MSD Ireland as an award-winning Talent Acquisition Lead, as well as several years as an independent HR Consultant supporting private clients across all aspects of HR. She also previously led the HR function for Mars Ireland as HR Director.  

Louise holds a BA in Italian and French from UCC, as well as post graduate qualifications in HR and Employment Law from NCI and UCD. 

Margaret Kinane Margaret Kinane Real Estate Consultant Read bio
Margaret Kinane Margaret Kinane Real Estate Consultant

Margaret is a Consultant at Fine Grain Property, advising on all matters of commercial property.  She has more than 20 years' experience as a portfolio manager of real estate investments. Margaret was formerly Head of Syndicated Property at Irish Life Investment Managers, Ireland’s largest pension fund. Prior to joining Irish Life, she spent 15 years as Property Director at Irelandia Investments, the investment arm of the Ryan family (Ryanair).  

Margaret is experienced in all aspects of commercial property investments worldwide including acquisition, asset/fund/debt management and disposal. During her tenure with Irish Life, she successfully disposed of c. €300m of assets across Ireland, UK, and France.  

Margaret holds a BA in Economics and French from UCD as well as a Post graduate diploma in Business Studies. She is a fluent French speaker. 

maria-mcbennett Maria McBennett Senior Investment Manager Read bio
maria-mcbennett Maria McBennett Senior Investment Manager

Maria heads up the investment management of the Fine Grain Property portfolio. In this role, she develops investment strategies to deliver the expected level of return for existing and new assets, as well as specific strategies for new business opportunities such as portfolio acquisitions, sale and leaseback and build-to-suit opportunities. She is also responsible for leading the management of the company’s programme of acquisitions and disposals.

Prior to joining Fine Grain, Maria spent nine years with WK Nowlan Real Estate Advisors, where she qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. In her role as Associate Director at WKN, she acted on behalf of financial institutions, corporates and private clients, providing advisory services in the areas of valuation and investment. Maria has advised Fine Grain on the acquisition of over 500,000 sq. ft. of commercial real estate over the last three years.

Maria is a keen traveller and is looking forward to sharing the world with her family (when the newest member grows up a bit).

kevin-conlon Kevin Conlon Real Estate Asset Management Senior Manager Read bio
kevin-conlon Kevin Conlon Real Estate Asset Management Senior Manager

Kevin is responsible for the asset management of the Fine Grain Property portfolio, delivering quality workspaces and great working environments that meet the specific needs of our clients. Kevin’s responsibilities also include assisting Fine Grain Property’s expansion programme and the leasing activities of the property portfolio.

A qualified Chartered Surveyor, Kevin has over 13 years commercial management and leasing experience covering a variety of property types including retail, office and industrial. He joins Fine Grain Property from Cushman & Wakefield where he was an Associate Director in the Galway and Limerick offices. He previously worked with Mason Owen & Lyons in Dublin.

Kevin is a member of The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. In his spare time he is a keen sportsman with a particular interest in — and aptitude for — hurling.

Nicole Nicole Lim Manager, Special Projects Read bio
Nicole Nicole Lim Manager, Special Projects

Nicole champions the Fine Grain Way, which is Fine Grain Property’s ISO certified process for delivering quality to its clients, and thus building long-term, collaborative relationships, listening to clients’ needs and delivering tailored workplace solutions on time, on budget, and to the highest of standards. 

Nicole is an experienced project manager and negotiator. She was previously responsible for asset management, leasing, and sale of properties at Fine Grain Property in Singapore. Her expertise in individual property branding helps to drive asset yields. She has a hands-on approach when it comes to managing the leasing process, which is especially important when the market conditions are challenging. 

Prior to joining Fine Grain Property, Nicole was previously responsible for business development & project management with McCraic Group

colin-barrett Colin Barrett Financial Reporting Manager Read bio
colin-barrett Colin Barrett Financial Reporting Manager

Prior to joining Fine Grain Property, Colin was Group Accountant in Datalex plc, a provider of ecommerce and retail solutions to the travel sector where he was involved in various sections of the finance function.

Colin has a Masters of Accountancy from UCD Smurfit School of Business and a BComm from University College Dublin. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland and trained at PWC.

mairead-phelan Mairead Phelan Financial Controller Read bio
mairead-phelan Mairead Phelan Financial Controller

Mairead is responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the Fine Grain and ICAV accounts, as well as all cash management and compliance activities, ensuring the cash environment within the businesses is effectively controlled and managed.

Mairead joined the business from Citibank, where she spent seven years working in a number of key positions within the finance team. She is a qualified chartered management accountant.

Mairead has competed in both cycling and running competitions and is the proud owner of two dogs.

Ciara Long Ciara Long Property Accountant Read bio
Ciara Long Ciara Long Property Accountant

Ciara is responsible for the completeness and accuracy of the Fine Grain Property and ICAV accounts, as well as all cash management and compliance activities, ensuring the cash environment within the businesses is effectively controlled and managed.

Ciara joined the business from Crowleys DFK, where she spent four years progressing from an audit junior to audit senior while in her training contract. Ciara is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Institute of Technology Tallaght.

Ciara is a fluent Irish speaker and has a passion for Camogie, Hurling and Gaelic Football.

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