Our Leadership team

Natasha Adams Chief Executive

Natasha was appointed as CEO Republic of Ireland in February 2022 having been the Chief People Officer since June 2018, in both roles as part of Tesco Group Executive Committee.

As Chief People Officer, Natasha was a Trustee for the Tesco Pension Scheme, sat on the Tesco Cyber Security Committee and Tesco Privacy and Data Committee, advisor to both the Tesco Board and the Remuneration and Nominations & Governance Committees on remuneration, succession planning and recruitment while also being a Steering Group Member for both Movement to Work and the 30% Club.

Natasha is a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a trustee for IGD and a Non Executive Director for Berkeley Holding Group Limited.

A Tesco colleague since 1998, Natasha has held a number of leadership roles in Retail Operations and People functions, always enjoying the pace colleagues, customers and suppliers bring to the retail environment.

Geoff Byrne Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Geoff is responsible for our 152 retail stores, distribution network and grocery home shopping online business, and the development of our property portfolio. 

Geoff has worked in Tesco for over 30 years and has held a variety of lead roles across retail, people and project-based management functions of the business. In June 2014, he assumed his current position as Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, Geoff holds the chair of the Tesco Mobile Ireland board.

Joe Manning Commercial Director

As Commercial Director, Joe is responsible for ensuring the integrated commercial success of the business in Ireland.

Having worked across a variety of commercial roles in Ireland and the UK for Cadbury/Mondelez International, Joe joined Tesco in 2014 as Ambient Category Director, before assuming the role of Fresh Director in April 2017. Joe was then appointed Commercial Director in 2018.

In addition to the commercial strategy, Joe oversees Sourcing and Food Waste elements of our Little Helps Plan, supplier relationships and our support of Irish agribusiness.

Niamh Lawlor Finance Director

As Finance Director, Niamh is responsible for overseeing the finance, procurement, strategy and business planning functions across Tesco Ireland’s business.

Niamh has worked in Tesco for over 20 years and has held a variety of senior finance roles in the UK business including retail, distribution, online and property.  She joined Tesco Ireland as Finance Director in September 2021.

Sarah Gallagher Legal Director

As Legal Director, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the legal and compliance functions across Tesco Ireland’s business.

Sarah joined Tesco in 2012 as Legal Director. Prior to joining Tesco, she spent four years at Eircom as Director of Commercial Legal Services.

Sarah champions health and safety under our Little Helps Plan sustainability strategy.

Sarah is a board member of Tesco Mobile Ireland and has responsibility for IT within the Tesco Ireland business.

Cathal Deavy Customer Director

As Customer Director, Cathal is responsible for the marketing function in the Republic of Ireland.  He joined Tesco Ireland in February 2020.

Cathal’s career spans over 25 years. He has worked on global FMCG brands with Unilever in Ireland and internationally, grocery retail in Ireland and as an international marketing consultant for food & tech start-ups.  His responsibility includes the Tesco brand in Ireland, F&F and Tesco Mobile; always ensuring that the customer is at the heart of everything that we do. 

Rosemary Garth Communications Director

As Communications Director, Rosemary is responsible for corporate affairs and communications across Tesco Ireland’s business.

Rosemary joined Tesco Ireland in 2020. She has over 25 years’ experience in communications and public affairs, working nationally and internationally in industry-wide and corporate roles, with a particular emphasis on food and drink.

Prior to Tesco, Rosemary was Director for Communications and Corporate Affairs for Irish Distillers, where she reported directly to the Chief Executive, and sat on the Executive Board. She also represented Irish Distillers in a global network of communications and public affairs professionals for its parent company Pernod Ricard. Prior to working at Irish Distillers, Rosemary held a variety of senior roles in the food and drinks sectors in Ibec.

Rosemary is the sponsor of the Little Helps Plan, our sustainability strategy.

Maurice Kelly People Director

As People Director, Maurice is responsible for the ‘People’ function of Tesco Ireland, helping to shape the business and enabling our colleagues to thrive.

Maurice joined Tesco in 2020. He has over 20 years’ experience delivering best-practice strategic HR services in multinational companies, both partnering with Senior Executives and as a member of Global HR Leadership teams. His experience spans a range of diverse industries, including FMCG, Life Sciences and Manufacturing.

Prior to joining Tesco, he held the position of Senior HR Director for Global Business Functions at Kerry Group. Before joining Kerry, Maurice spent 5 years at Integra Lifesciences as Head of HR for their International Business.