Consultants

Killian O'Higgins

Killian O'Higgins FSICS, FRICS

Killian O'Higgins is a Chartered Surveyor with 37 years' experience in the Ireland, UK, Continental Europe, Middle East, USA and Asia Pacific. In Ireland, Killian started his career at Lisney before moving to Sherry FitzGerald, joining in 1983, shortly after the Sherry & Sons/FitzGerald & Partners merger. He spent 18 years growing and developing the business with a particular focus on commercial property, becoming Managing Director of DTZ Sherry FitzGerald in 1998.

In 2001 Killian joined DTZ in London as managing Director, DTZ International, subsequently Managing Director Europe Middle East and Africa. His final appointment at DTZ was CEO Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
A Founding Acadamician, Academy of Urbanism, London, United Kingdom, Killian is also a member of the (Dublin) Lord Mayor's Taskforce on Vacant Land.

Email: kohiggins@wkn.ie

Fergus Keogh MSCSI MRICS

Fergus is a Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer  with over 35 years’ experience in the commercial property and professional services sectors of the Irish and UK property markets.

In his early career Fergus worked in general practice with firms including Lisney, JLL and subsequently became Director of Investment Property with Treasury Holdings Ireland. His most recent role has been with Ulster Bank Ireland leading the property team advising on property values and strategies as part of the substantial loan deleveraging programme working on some the largest portfolio and asset disposals.

Fergus who is a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors primary focus is on Valuations and Professional Services Work.

Email: fkeogh@wkn.ie

Eoin McDermott

Eoin Mc Dermott FSCS FRICS ACI Arb

Eoin is a Chartered Surveyor and Registerred Valuer with 30 years’ experience in commercial property. Eoin ran his own property consultancy for 10 years before joining WK Nowlan in 2010. Prior to setting up his own practice he was a Property Fund Manager with New Ireland Investment Managers, and then the Irish Property Unit Trust. In both organisations he was responsible for property investment strategy. 

He is a former Chairman of the General Practice Division of the Society of Chartered Surveyors, and in that role he has commented extensively, in both broadcast and print media, on valuations and rent reviews. Eoin was part of the working group that adapted the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors "Red Book" for the Irish market, and chaired the working group that recently published the Guidance Notes for Chartered Surveyors acting as Expert Witnesses and Advocates.

Email: emcdermott@wkn.ie

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Frank Murray BE CEng FIEI MIStructE

Frank is a Chartered Engineer with over 40 years comprehensive experience as a Civil/Structural Engineering practitioner and manager of significant projects in the built environment. He has been directly involved in the delivery of in excess of €1.5 Billion of complex development within the Educational, Healthcare, Sports & Leisure, Pharmaceutical and Commercial sectors.

Frank was responsible for the management and delivery of the delivery of the structural/civil engineering service for Croke Park Redevelopment and is currently Technical Advisor to the National Facility Health & Safety Committee.

Since joining WK Nowlan in 2008, Frank has managed the brief development for number of projects including the delivery of 18,000m2 (59,000 sq. ft.) HSE Replacement Facility for the Grangegorman Development Authority, the CIDP campus, the redevelopment of Airfield and the preparation of a strategic response on asset disposal for Diageo Ireland.

Email: fmurray@wkn.ie

Ken Woods

Ken Woods B.E. C. Eng MIEI Chartered Engineer

Ken Woods is a qualified civil/structural engineer with over 20 years' experience working with John Paul Group, one of Ireland's largest building, civil engineering and development businesses. He has worked across all sectors of construction and development industry, the last 11 years with Board level responsibility for Development and Asset Management.

Ken was responsible for the management and delivery of many flagship projects including: the Printing Facility for Independent News & Media at Citywest, the award winning refurbishment of the Turner designed Palm House Complex at the National Botanic Gardens; and major office developments including Classon House, Dundrum, Dublin 14 and Ormond Building, Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7 where Ken acted as Development Manager for the client and joint venture partners.

Email: kwoods@wkn.ie

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Leo Harmon

Leo Harmon commenced his career in 1971 as a draughtsman/ designer with Mallagh Luce consultancy Engineers.

Leo joined BAM in 1975 and commenced his career in the planning and estimating department quickly progressing to Project Manager, Contracts Manager and Construction Director. Leo studied Civil Engineering at University College Cork and graduated with an honours degree in Civil Engineering in 1985. Leo was appointed to BAM’s main board of Directors in 2005. 

Since then Leo has been involved in a number of high level projects with Hibernia R.E.I.T., WK Nowlan and Trinity College. He has also championed the strategic reorganisation of a number of businesses to take advantage of uplift in the economy. 

Leo is noted for his ability to relate well to clients, his problem solving skills and his approachable nature. Perhaps Leo’s key skill is the ability to work on major fast track projects while keeping the key stake holders involved and committed.

Email: lharmon@wkn.ie

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Frank Nowlan

Frank qualified as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1978. He was enrolled as a non-practicing Solicitor in England and Wales, and is a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners (ISIP) and the UK Association of Property and Fixed Charge Receivers (NARA).

For over 20 years Frank was a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at Matheson. In 2008 he became a consultant to Matheson and A B Wolfe & Co, Matheson’s Debt Recovery Division. He joined WK Nowlan as Consultant Legal Counsel and Nominated Receiver in June 2010.

Frank has many appointments as receiver appointed by the High Court, statutory receiver for NAMA and as a fixed-charge, and on occasion, floating-charge receiver, in respect of borrowings of circa €150 million. These appointments relate to a wide variety of assets by type, sector and location, many requiring remedial and value-adding attention prior to sale.

Email: fnowlan@wkn.ie

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Michael J. McGowan

Michael has over 40 years of experience in the construction and property industry covering a broad range of public and private sector projects in the areas of financial management and construction management.

A niche sector of experience and expertise for Michael is in building conservation and refurbishment where he has worked on a number of significant contracts.

Michael is a member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, he is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Email: mmcgowan@wkn.ie

Donal Friel BSc MSCSI MRICS

Donal is a registered Architect and Fellow of the Royal institute of the Architects of Ireland, having graduated from the DIT School of Architecture in 1977.

He has been responsible as Design Team leader or Director for a range of major developments including the Irish Life Centre in central Dublin, Tallaght Hospital, the redevelopment of Croke Park, Cork’s National Maritime College and Fingal County Hall. He has also authored two campus masterplans for University College Cork.

At WK Nowlan Donal undertakes site assessments and evaluations and also oversees compliance matters and fit-out works for small to medium sized projects
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Email: dfriel@wkn.ie