Richard Coughlan appointed as EDC Group Commercial Director

Richard Coughlan has been appointed as Group Commercial Director by leading engineering firm, EDC.

As Group Commercial Director, Richard will lead EDC’s program management strategies, oversee market intelligence, and optimise commercial performance on all projects. This translates to on-time project delivery, and outstanding design quality, thanks to EDC’s robust QA process.

With over 20 years’ experience in the construction sector, Richard has been involved in large scale projects in Building Services, Industrial, Commercial, Healthcare, Education, Food & Beverage, Life Science, and Data Centre sectors; from design, engineering, contracting, and cost management points of view. In recent years Richard had overall responsibility for the commercial operations of a large Irish Mechanical & Electrical contractor operating in the Middle East Region.

Richard’s experience spans Ireland, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates; and since joining EDC in 2021, Richard has been an invaluable team member, bringing a wealth of experience, including mechanical engineering expertise, cost management, and commercial acumen. Richard prides himself and his attention to detail, hands-on and particle approach, and can-do attitude, to deliver large scale projects on budget.

Congratulating Coughlan on his new position, Richard O’Farrell, Managing Director of EDC said “Following recent internal progress on commercial systems and team engagement on project delivery tools, it is anticipated that Richard’s appointment will help bring the commercial elements of the EDC group to a new level. With Richard’s expertise, we will ensure the right talent is on the right project in the right role ensuring efficient and effective delivery to benefit our client’s projects.”

Celebrating 20 years in business this year, EDC boasts an impressive portfolio of over 1,500 successful projects across Ireland, the UK, and Africa. Over the past two years in particular, EDC has experienced impressive growth, expanding its team to 100 people across offices in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, London, Istanbul, and earlier this year, Galway. Specialising in environmental, sustainable, electrical and mechanical engineering services, EDC boasts a broad range of clients in a variety of sectors including pharmaceutical, industrial, commercial and residential.