Joseph was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2015 for Careys Building & Civil Engineering having previously held the role of Operations Director. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering and has over 25 years of civil engineering experience having progressed within the business in a number of contract management roles. He has led the safe delivery of significant civil engineering and construction projects within the infrastructure, residential, retail and industrial sectors across Ireland. Joseph is responsible for all operational activities carried out by Careys Building & Civil Engineering in Ireland and the executive control of all civil engineering and building projects.

Joseph O'Hagan


I’ve been with the Carey Group since 1988 and it's really evolved over the years that I've been here. It’s a company you can be proud to work for. We’re industry leaders and there’s a certain satisfaction that values our people, that values what we do, our clients and so on. There are a lot of companies that say these things but there’s no real substance behind them, as opposed to Careys which has a real integrity to it.

That integrity has always been there, right since we started and there’s a behavioural integrity to everything that we do. I think integrity is doing what you say that you’re going to do. Integrity is keeping your promises and doing the right thing. Short terms are forgone for the long-term gains. I try to encourage this long-term behaviour and thinking in my team.

I came up from the ranks and took my lead from the experienced guys. These were the people that understood the importance of looking after your clients. We try to put ourselves in the shoes of our clients. We're building a long-term company so we take a long-term view of the market, our projects and our relationships with the market, taking special care to deliver exactly what we say we’re going to deliver. For me, that's the key part of relationship building, doing what you say you’re going to do and creating a culture that people are proud to work for.

At the moment we’re looking at Building Information Modelling (BIM) to model and build projects virtually before we get to site. We’re using it more and more to visualise what’s going to happen. On two of our windfarm projects, Bruckana and Mount Lucas, we were developing digital models six months before we got to site, which really streamlined our ability to do the work when it commenced by reducing risk and increasing certainty of our ability to complete the programme. 

In the UK I was project manager when we worked on Legoland at Windsor, a project that included an extensive package of hard landscaping and infrastructure works. It was a great project that ran for around 18 months in total.

In Ireland, we did two concurrent windfarms, Mount Lucas and Bruckana. At the time the projects involved the tallest wind turbines in Ireland - they might still be. Careys Building & Civil Engineering carried out extensive enabling and foundation works for the sites, which were about about 50 miles apart, both for the same client. It was the first time we’d delivered a larger scale windfarm project but it was a huge success.

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