Cliona began her career in 1999 as a local authority planning officer in Fingal County Council where she worked in development management and forward planning roles. In 2004, after completing an executive MBA specialising in Construction Project Management she moved to Readymix plc as the Planning Manager, created the inaugural property portfolio and corporate EMS. She became the Land and Environment Development Manager for Cemex, responsible for whole island and some UK property asset expansion and divestiture including securing development and other environmental consents.
She has been working in private consultancy since 2007 as a Senior Planner, Projects Director and Director advising clients on residential, mixed use, nursing home, residential care facilities, infrastructure, aggregate, mineral, civil engineering, energy and waste projects. Her public, corporate and private practice background in policy formulation and execution in first and second tier planning and environmental permitting means she brings real life experience of the interfaces and practicalities of differing regulatory and stakeholder requirements and their influence on the success, timeline and budget of development projects.
Cliona acted as a planning and socio-economic consultant for TII for service area roads schemes and has fulfilled a land use planner role for that body’s statutory planning functions in relation to national roads and light rail for which CSR remain on call service providers. Cliona was technical review editor of national guidance on baseline ecological assessments and monitoring for Offshore Renewable Energy Projects, 2018. She has held the role of technical advisor and compliance lead to groups of quarries and selected other retail, residential and missed use assets in receivership, and is experienced in securing substitute consents and concurrent planning permissions that have EIA and AA requirements. Cliona is the pre-development project manager for Silvermines Hydroelectric Power Station & Pump Storage, a Project of Common Interest (PCI) no. 2.2.