Giving old plastic

a new future


Patrick Alley, Founder and Chairman

A business graduate and accountant, Patrick spent the first half of his career with Avonmore Farmers Co-operative (now Glanbia plc). Patrick was their first Group Internal Auditor and progressed to become Chief Accountant. He then became General manager of the Fresh Products Division and joined the Executive Board in 1986. The organisation went public in 1988.

Patrick’s entrepreneurial career began when establishing Advanced Environmental Solutions (AES) in 2000. The business he founded was eventually sold to Bord na Mona for ~€64m in 2007. Patrick continued his interest in the waste management business through a number of key assignments in Ireland, the UK and USA post the sale of AES. In 2014 he founded and established Trifol Resources Limited.

It is exciting to see the business that I set up in 2014 progress and grow with the great team that has been established. We look forward to expanding the business at pace, creating a green tech high tech business with a global outreach

Patrick Alley

Daire Gilmore, CEO

Daire is a former Head of Chemicals and Plastics Investment Banking (EMEA) at JPMorgan. He has spent most of his career advising, investing and developing mega-petrochemical and plastic projects and companies around the world. Daire recently returned to Ireland after 20 years away, via an MBA in London Business School, and sought projects to utilise his experiences.

Now ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’, I understand the ubiquitous growth of plastics globally and the need to find urgent solutions.

Daire Gilmore

Fergal Coleman, Chief Technologist

Since completing PhD studies in catalysis in 2011, Fergal spent a number of years working on industrial chemistry projects in areas including pyrolysis, ionic liquids, lubricant base oils, green epoxides, surfactants and CO2 capture. In that time he worked together with development partners including Dixie Chemical, Evonik, Petronas, Akzo Nobel and Felda Global Ventures.

Fergal’s last assignment before joining Trifol was as project leader for the scale-up to pre-commercial demo of a process for the production of a bioderived platform epoxide chemical, at the Wilton Centre (UK). Having played a key role in the early stage R&D work of the plastics to waxes process, Fergal joined Trifol in 2018.

The drive for being part of Trifol is the very real potential for this technology to transform the plastics recycling industry. In particular, we are directly targeting one of the most problematic waste streams – polyolefin plastics.

Fergal Coleman

Paul Goubran, Director of Business Development and Trifol UK

Paul spent 12 years working in financial markets and wealth management – five of them with Davy Stockbrokers, Dublin and seven with Brooks MacDonald (an AIM listed firm), London. At Brooks Macdonald, Paul was an Investment Director specialising in Alternative Investments, where he managed over £100 million of funds.

The opportunity to join Trifol was an incredibly exciting one. The world of investment is shifting towards sustainability and innovation at a rapid pace, and I wanted to be on the ground working within this space, at the forefront of leading this technology change.

Paul Goubran

Nicholas Mulhall, General Manager

Nicholas has over 40 years’ management experience in the manufacturing sector. He has overseen the commissioning of multiple manufacturing facilities and has a keen interest in both energy and labour management. He holds an MBA from University College Dublin and believes in getting things done through people and developing relationships in the local community.

I joined the Trifol project out of a love of the environment. I saw it as an opportunity to use my experience to help solve the global plastic crisis at a local level.

Nicholas Mulhall

Joe Tobin, Chief Plant Manager

Joe started his career with the Irish Defence Forces, graduating from their apprentice school as a qualified radio and electronics technician. During this time, Joe completed numerous overseas trips with the United Nations.

Joe then moved to Intel Ireland and spent over 14 years as a manager before joining Cynar. During six years with Cynar, Joe became involved with commissioning plants in both the UK and Spain, as well as leading the plant operation in Ireland.

I joined Trifol to be involved with a team that had a vision to take pyrolysis to a commercial level and to be a leader in the pyrolysis field.

Joe Tobin

Eugene Norton, Financial Controller

Eugene is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. In his early career he held various senior positions with Glanbia plc over a period of 12 years and was instrumental in setting up the Treasury Department in Glanbia plc following its public listing. Eugene then moved to the USA where he was CFO and No.2 to the CEO of Glanbia’s Food Ingredient business, its largest overseas business at that time. When he returned to Ireland he was Finance Director of Glanbia’ Consumer Foods business.

Prior to joining Trifol, Eugene ran his own Financial Consultancy business working with business owners and CEO’s in a wide range of industries including Engineering, Manufacturing, Retail and Not for Profit.

“Trifol is an exciting opportunity for me, to join an expert team with a depth of experience and help them drive the commercial success of a business that is leading the way in new technology and making a real difference”

Eugene Norton

Advisory team

Trifol have appointed the following select professionals to support the board and the executive team:

This is your chance to invest or partner with us – and join the Trifol mission to give old plastic a new future.