Giving Back

GECAS Clocks Up Over €8,000 for Athenry Cancer Care Centre

Employees from GECAS, a world-leading aviation lessor and financier based in Shannon, have raised over €8,000 for the Athenry Cancer Care Centre.  Teams from the company’s Shannon, Dublin, Singapore, and Dubai offices took part in a challenge to race the comparable 190km distance between Dublin and Athenry, the home town of team member Brian Atkinson, who has been bravely battling cancer for the past year.

06/12/2019 repro free: Mark Lynch and Mike Hawes from GECAS presenting Anne Waldron Martina Duffy and Nuala King from Athenry Cancer Care with a cheque raised by their staff from around the World. Photo:Andrew Downes,

Athenry Cancer Care Centre provides a voluntary support service for people on a cancer journey. The Centre offers a holistic approach, recognising that a person who is on a cancer journey is not just a body to be treated, but is body, mind, soul and spirit, all in one, in need of nurture.

GECAS supports Foodcloud’s COVID-19 community response

The GECAS team is proud to be supporting Foodcloud and their 500+ charity partners in their amazing work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

The demand for FoodCloud’s services has increased in recent weeks with the spread of Covid-19. Alongside their charity partners, Foodcloud is working tirelessly to deliver food hampers across the country.

To find out more about their work , click here

Engaging the Community

GECAS wins Best CSR Organisation

On Friday 15th November, at the prestigious Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards, GECAS was announced as the winner of the Best CSR: Contribution to the Region Award. The awards took place at the Limerick Strand hotel where GECAS faced tough competition from Shannon Heritage and SL Controls.

This nomination is a
testament to the hard work that many of our employees have engaged in and we
are immensely proud that their commitment was recognised.

Hunt Museum announces partnership with GECAS

he Hunt Museum has added GECAS, a world-leading  aviation lessor and financier, headquartered in Westpark, Shannon, County Clare, as its latest corporate partner.

Commenting on the partnership, John Ludden, Chief General Counsel and GECAS’ executive vice president said:

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with the Hunt Museum, one of the finest cultural institutions in the Limerick and mid-West region. GECAS already has a strong connection to the museum as Dr. Tony Ryan the founder of Guinness Peat Aviation, the company in which we trace our roots, was a driving force in its establishment twenty-one years ago. We therefore look forward to supporting and contributing to the success of this important centre of culture and heritage.”

Speaking at the announcement, Dr. Jill Cousins, Director and CEO of the Hunt Museum said:

“This partnership with GECAS directly supports us as a centre of learning and civic life, attracting, educating, and inspiring local communities, schoolchildren and tourists from far and wide. It helps us to continue the work started by Tony Ryan  of using our world class collections, expertise and knowledge for positive social and economic impact, enhancing the value of Limerick and region . We hugely welcome GECAS as a patron, leading the way for other corporates in the region.”

The Hunt Museum’s new Corporate Membership Programme offers partners a range of benefits from membership passes for staff and their families, bespoke curator-led tours, access to the Friends Liberal Arts Programme such as Art@theHuntMuseum, invitations to exclusive exhibition previews, and private use of the Museum’s event spaces for corporate receptions.

For more information about the Hunt Museum’s Corporate Membership Programme, visit or contact Rosemarie Noone, Business Developer, The Hunt Museum  – +353 61 490 084 or

Education & Development

GECAS & UL launch new Women in Aviation Scholarship

Monday, 23rd September 2019 – GECAS, the leading aircraft lessor based in Shannon, and the University of Limerick School of Engineering, are pleased to announce Ireland’s first ever Women in Aviation Scholarship to help drive increased engagement by female students in Aeronautical Engineering.

Beginning this year, GECAS will provide a Scholarship
each year to one qualifying first-year female student of the UL Bachelor of
Aeronautical Engineering course. The successful student will be awarded a €5,000
bursary for each year of their studies, meaning a total of €20,000 will have
been granted by the time of their graduation.

Through this initiative, GECAS is leading
the Irish aviation leasing sector in helping drive female engagement of Irish
aeronautical engineers, starting from the ground-up. As a major employer in the
region, GECAS is keen to spearhead this initiative with the University of

Speaking at the launch, David Campbell, Head of Technical, GECAS
“It is estimated that only
around 10% of Aeronautical Engineering students in Ireland are female. We want
to change that metric. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage, and more
importantly, support the development of the next generation of women in
aviation, particularly in the engineering space. GECAS understands very well
that diverse teams offer great advantages to organisations, so it is vital that
we play our part to ensure a strong pipeline of female talent into our industry.”

Hartnett, Director of Development, University of Limerick Foundation said,
“We are delighted to
strengthen our relationship with GECAS. The under-representation of women pursuing
careers in the Aeronautical Engineering space is a concern. However, through
the support of organisations such as GECAS, we can work towards encouraging
young women into fields that they might not initially consider and highlight to
them the fantastic career avenues that exist.”

O’Higgins, Course Director of the Aeronautical Engineering Programme, University
of Limerick Foundation said,
GECAS has always been a strong supporter of the Aeronautical
Engineering Programme at UL. In fact Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA), the
forerunner of GECAS, was directly involved with the establishment the programme
in 1991
. While female participation is
traditionally low, our female graduates will tell you of the fantastic
opportunities that they have experienced in their careers in aviation. The GECAS
Women in Aviation Scholarship will help to increase awareness of this exciting
career to future female aeronautical engineers.”

The program is open to female students of
the University of Limerick’s Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering and begins
with first year students. Each year, one new first year student will be awarded
the scholarship, with the bursary continuing for each year of the course. The
scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievement and passion for

The deadline for submission of this year’s applications is October 11th, 2019.

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UL student wins GECAS AEROVATE 2019 Aviation Innovation Competition

Winship, a student of the University of Limerick was named the winner of the
first ever AEROVATE aviation innovation competition. A third-year student of
Aeronautical Engineering, Callum won the top prize of €5,000 for his innovative
submission, “AeroZero.”

by GECAS, a world-leading aviation lessor and financier, the competition
challenged Third-level University students to foster ideas
that will help revolutionize the world of aviation, and that have the
potential to develop into a real-life business opportunity.

initiative, AeroZero, proposed to lower the net carbon emissions produced by
aviation through offsets generated by a not-for-profit organisation. This
organisation, AeroZero, would in turn be responsible for producing and investing
in green energy technology that could then be returned to the grid.

Speaking at the final, Eleanor O’Connell, GECAS’ Innovation leader said “Aviation is ever more conscious of its responsibility towards the environment. At GECAS, we are investing in new technology aircraft and engines that produce significantly fewer emissions. Many of us now use carbon offsetting programmes when buying travel. What is interesting about Callum’s idea with AeroZero is that he has taken this concept one step further – seeking to ensure that funds generated are directly reinvested into the development of green energy technologies.

“Although we are still a
considerable way from reasonable and scalable all-electric flight, AeroZero contributes
to renewable electricity generation, thus laying the groundwork for the
powering of a future all-electric aircraft fleet.”

“It’s a privilege to be
invited to share new concepts with the likes of GECAS,” shares Callum, adding
“having been selected as the winner gives me confidence not only is AeroZero a
credible concept, but one that lessors might be able to put into effect,
promoting carbon efficiencies and green technologies.”

were also two runner-up ideas which received €1,000 each. The first was ‘Tiltrotor
– a potential future aircraft leasing vehicle by fellow University of Limerick
student, Pádraig Cronin. The second was by student pilots at IT Carlow, Tommaso
Chiodi Brisinello, Emanuele Forcellini and Andrea Bonanno, for their innovative
bird strike prevention concept, Avion.

 For more information on AEROVATE 2019, please visit

Inclusion & Diversity

GECAS GLBTA hosts Christmas Networking Evening

On Wednesday 27th November, the GECAS GLBTA Alliance hosted a networking event in the Hunt Museum in Limerick for local LGBT+ and diversity groups who are working to create inclusive working environments in the region.

Almost thirty people from local companies such as Anaglog Devices, Canada Life, Northern Trust, Dell, Uber, as well as representatives from local GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV), and Lisa Daly, chairperson of the Limerick Pride Festival, attended the networking reception.

The focus of the evening was a panel discussion, moderated by GECAS’ Valerie Keating, on the importance of allyship in the workplace. She was joined by Noel Gavin, Senior Vice President, Global Lead, CIS Learning & Development, Northern Trust, Carrie Dryburgh, Partner Manager Consultant, Dell, and Breandán Ó hÉamhaigh, Quality Specialist and LGBT Leader, Uber who shared their insights and experiences of allyship both in and out of the workplace.

Topics included the benefits of becoming an ally, the importance of an inclusive and diverse workplace, and what can be done to influence the culture of an organisation. During the discussion,  panellists shared details of their respective companies’ approaches.

It was a hugely successful evening with all who attended enjoying the opportunity to meet and learn from other companies who are driving change in the region

GECAS to Sponsor Limerick Pride Festival 2021


June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the annual Pride Month celebrations, which honours the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.

As 2020’s official Pride Month concluded at the end of June, Limerick Ireland’s 2020 Pride events will be held online from Monday, July 6 until Sunday, July 12 with a virtual Parade taking place on Saturday, July 11.  For the full schedule of events, visit

Lisa Daly (center), Chariperson of Limerick Pride, with with GECAS' John Ludden and Val Keating

Leading up to this year’s virtual festival, the chairperson of the Limerick Pride Festival, Lisa Daly, met with GECAS’ John Ludden and Val Keating to announce GECAS is flying ahead with formally becoming the first Gold sponsor of the Limerick Pride Festival 2021.

In the announcement, Limerick LGBTQ Pride said:


Thanks to all who participated in this year’s virtual Stride For Pride supported by GECAS, Analog Devices, Dell, Northern Trust and Stryker.

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