Our People

People buy from people, and at Hard Metal we understand this. Our people are our company. The Hard Metal ethos, instilled by founder Philip Hannigan, is that the company should seek to reinvent itself every five years and keep trying new things. We are proud of the longevity of the Hard Metal staff – many have been with us for more than 20 years.

Phillip Hannigan

Philip Hannigan

Managing Director

In 1975, Philip, a Management Consultant, formed Hard Metal. The company reflects best practice for successful companies learned from contact with a variety of business sectors.

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Denise Hannigan

Denise Hannigan

Director

Denise joined Hard Metal in 1975 and looks after our accounts receivable section

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Thomas Kelly

General Manager

Thomas oversees the day-to-day running of Hard Metal and is responsible for strategic planning and customer relations at the highest level. He is very well known and respected in the metal cutting and engineering community. Thomas embodies the belief at Hard Metal that our innovative products bring positive benefits for Irish manufacturing.

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Una Fitzgerald

Una Fitzgerald

Company Accountant

Una joined Hard Metal in 1988 and has overall responsibility for financial control of the company.

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Micheal Walsh

Michael Walsh

Commercial Manager

Michael has been with Hard Metal since 1994 and was appointed Commercial Manager in 2012. Since 1998 he has been heavily involved in running the company’s IT infrastructure and now manages all aspects of the technology that is crucial to the success of Hard Metal.

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Stuart Arbuckle

Stuart Arbuckle

Technical Manager (Abrasive Division)

Stuart joined Hard Metal in 2003 and is responsible for abrasive product sales. His main role is to advise customers on the latest products for grinding and finishing processes. Stuart’s credentials are backed by extensive product engineering experience gained over 30 years in Ireland and the UK.

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Andrew Moore

Andrew J Moore

Technical Manager – Cutting Tools Division

Andy joined Hard Metal in 2006. An Engineering graduate with extensive application experience in Ireland and the UK, Andy manages several of Hard Metal’s key accounts, providing technical support for all cutting tool product lines.

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Sandra White

Sandra White

Quality Manager

Sandra joined Hard Metal in 1995. She studied in Bray Institute of Further Education and lives locally. Her first position was in administration, which included overseeing the paperwork entering and leaving the office. She is now involved with purchasing and co-ordinates the ISO quality standard which Hard Metal was awarded in 1995.

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Richard Lyons

Richard Lyons

Internal Sales

Richard joined Hard Metal in 1997 and is generally the first point of contact for those getting in touch with Hard Metal’s head office in Bray. He looks after Direct Sales, handles enquires from the Sales team and deals with quotations, logistics and administration.

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Keith Hayden

Keith Hayden

Supply Chain & Logistics

Keith joined Hard Metal in 2001 and is responsible for ensuring that the logistics of supplying tools and abrasives to customers runs seamlessly. He prides himself on keeping everything neat and organised – particularly when he’s preparing orders for shipment. It is this dedication that ensures our customers receive supplies accurately and on time.

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Paul Hannigan

Paul Hannigan

Logistics

Paul has been with Hard Metal since 1994 and co-ordinates our logistics in and around the Dublin area. Paul creates the trouble-free channels through which our product flows to and from suppliers and customers.

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Billy Robertson

Billy Robertson

Customer Relations

Billy joined Hard Metal in 1996. He plays a major role in the success of our Shannon depot. Billy was appointed to the key role of customer relations in 2013.

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Alan Hehir

Alan Hehir

External Sales

Alan joined Hard Metal in 2013. A civil engineering graduate from Shannon, Alan looks after day to day operations in our Smithstown branch.

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Mel Doyle

Mel Doyle

Technical Sales Engineer

Mel joined the Hard Metal team in 2001 and has a comprehensive knowledge of the engineering industry. A qualified mechanical engineer with extensive experience in the tool-making and plastics industries, Mel has worked as a sales engineer for 24 years.

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David Sherlock

David Sherlock

Technical Sales Engineer

David joined Hard Metal in 2007 and covers the Munster region. His background as an engineering graduate and 12 years spent working in the manufacturing industry for medical devices, oil & gas and general engineering companies makes him ideally suited to his role.

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Nick Quinn

Nick Quinn

Technical Sales Engineer

Nick Quinn became Hard Metal’s Customer Support representative for Northern Ireland in 2016. He has a strong background in engineering and sales, making him ideally suited to ensuring that the needs and expectations of our customers are continually met.

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