The SEAI Board sets the strategy and policies for SEAI. It is responsible for the system of internal financial control, and processes and procedures to ensuring that the system is effective.

Board members

The Board consists of 12 members and operates according to provisions in the Sustainable Energy Act 2002. Board members are appointed by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, with the consent of the Minister for Finance.

Requirements of the board

SEAI Board members are required to provide an annual Statement of Interests to the Standards in Public Office Commission and the Secretary to the Board. This is in line with the Sustainable Energy Act 2002, the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001. and the revised Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

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Dermot Byrne

Chair Designate

Appointed August 2020

Dermot's background is in utility engineering and management. He was CEO of EirGrid through its initiation and growth phase, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to that he served as Head of ESB Networks. Since retiring from EirGrid, Dermot has served on a number of Boards, including that of Element Power - a wind development company. He currently chairs an Irish overseas development agency, VITA, with a strong focus on rural communities and climate action in East Africa.

Dermot is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and served as its president in 2016 / 17. On behalf of DCENR (now DCCAE) he chaired an expert group to develop a national Energy Research Strategy. The report of the group, Energy Innovation Ireland was published in 2016.

Sharon O’Connor

Board Member

Appointed August 2020

Sharon is a Fellow and Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors with over twenty-five years senior leadership experience. A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development and she is also professionally qualified in Marketing.

She is nearing the end of her 5yr. term as Chair of the Education Authority Northern Ireland, a regional organisation employing 44,000 with a budget of £2bn. She was previously Chief Executive of Derry City Council and a former Chief Officer in Down District Council. She has a strong interest in local government and serves on the Accounts Commission for Scotland and the National Oversight and Audit Commission in the Republic of Ireland. Over a long career she has worked in the private, public and community/voluntary sectors as a business owner and consultant. She is particularly interested in community planning, regeneration and innovation in the public sector.

Dr Lisa Ryan

Board Member

Appointed 6th May 2015

Currently energy economics research lead at Energy Institute, UCD; PhD Environmental economics; Lecturer. Lisa is an senior energy economist with expertise in energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change economics. She joined UCD Energy Institute as senior researcher in energy economics in September 2014. She was the senior energy economist in the Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris until summer 2013 where she led projects relating to energy efficiency finance, transport, and cross-sectoral policy. She subsequently worked as an independent consultant in energy and environmental economics. Lisa has a PhD in environmental economics from University College Dublin (UCD), and other postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in economics and engineering from UCD and Colorado School of Mines, USA.

Dr Peter Brennan

Board Member

Appointed 6th May 2015

Dr Peter Brennan is Managing Director of EPS Consulting, a public policy research consultancy, and Chairman of Bid Management Services, Ireland's largest tender and procurement advisory company. He has a particular interest and expertise in climate change and energy. He chaired the IEA's Climate Change Research Group from 2007 to 2015 and was an advisor to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Change and Energy. He lectured on the DCU Masters and Certificate Programme on Sustainable Energy Finance. He is author of an ebook on business opportunities in the green economy. He was IBEC's Director for European Affairs and Strategy Development and was Director of the Brussels based Irish Business Bureau from1986 to 2001. In his earlier career he worked in the Departments on Industry and Energy and Foreign Affairs.

Mr Michael Wall

Board Member

Appointed 6th May 2015

Barrister, Law Library, Dublin; project director UCD (part-time); Board member An Bord Pleanala (1999-2006). Michael Wall is a barrister specialising in construction, planning and environmental law. He also teaches part-time at UCD on masters’ degree programmes in planning, urban design and landscape architecture. He is a qualified architect and planner and has an MBA from the Smurfit Business School at UCD. Michael was a member of the Board of An Bord Pleanála from 1999 to 2006, prior to which he worked as an architect in private practice. He has served as a member of the NAMA Planning Advisory Committee since its establishment in 2010. Michael is also a qualified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Ms Kate Ruddock

Board Member

Appointed February 2017
Kate is Deputy Director of Friends of the Earth, and a member of the Environmental Pillar Steering Committee. Kate works to promote sustainable energy policy and to raise awareness of sustainability issues particularly in the context of Climate Change and Ireland's role in responding to Climate Change. She has experience in community energy projects, environmental education and environmental consulting for renewable energy infrastructure projects. She has a Degree in Natural Science from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh.

Ann Markey

Board Member

Ann Markey is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and currently operates as a business
adviser and non-executive director. She has extensive experience in the energy industry having held
a number of financial and commercial executive management positions in the ESB group. Her
experience spans traditional electricity businesses as well as investing in high growth technology and
renewable energy companies focused on the low carbon economy. She is a Board member of the
Digital Hub Development Agency and is Chair of its Audit & Risk Committee. She is a member of the
Audit Committee of the HSE. A UCD law graduate, she is also an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute
and an associate of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Mr Andrew Ennis

Board Member

Andrew is Renewable Energy Director with Bartra Capital, which has investment activities in several areas in the Irish infrastructure market including, housing, healthcare, commercial property and renewable energy. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Comm and M.Acc from U.C.D. Andrew has over 16 years’ corporate finance experience in the Irish infrastructure market, specialising in energy and renewable energy. Andrew has previously worked for the NewERA Unit of the National Treasury Management Agency which was established to provide corporate finance advice to the Irish Government in relation to the management and disposal of State assets and investment in key economic infrastructure, and with NCB Corporate Finance
(now part of Investec Ireland), specialising in infrastructure mergers and acquisitions, valuations and fundraising.

Léan Doody

Board member

Léan is Digital Property and Cities Leader for Europe at Arup. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the industry which includes working with a variety of clients from city and national governments to private developers, and on a variety of projects involving extensive strategy and policy work on the application of smart technologies. Recent project work includes digital strategy and policy work for the Danish and Singaporean governments, the Greater London Authority, Dublin City Council, Sydney, Canberra and major masterplanning projects in Madrid, Singapore and Dubai.    

In this evolving field she has been active in working with research institutes and industry bodies to set international standards and research agendas, including the British Standards Institute and Cambridge University's Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy and an external examiner at the Royal College of Art in London.

 

Joe O'Carroll

Board member

Joe O'Carroll has over 25 years experience in the Energy, Sustainability, Cleantech and AgTech sectors. He has worked in Ireland, the UK, USA, Africa and the Balkans. An Agricultural Science Graduate from UCD, he has an MBA (UCC) and a Diploma in Company Direction (Institute of Directors). He has completed executive training programmes at the IMI Dublin and the Kennedy School at Harvard. Having founded, scaled and sold his own renewable energy business between 2008 and 2017 he has held senior management positions covering areas such as general management, strategy, commercialisation, sales & marketing and fundraising. He is a non-executive director of both a tourism business and a management consultancy firm which specialises in the industrial pharmaceutical sector. Joe is currently the Commercial Director and a board member of Treemetrics, a technology company based in Cork and supplying a hardware enabled SaaS product to the global forestry and timber products industry.

 

Justina Corcoran

Board member

Justina currently holds the position of Principal Officer, in the Climate Adaptation and Citizen Engagement Division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. She has over 20 years’ professional experience, in the public sector, across a broad and varied number of Departments. As the former Head of Internal Audit in the Department she understands and is passionate about promoting and ensuring that a strong and effective system of Governance and Internal Control exists and flourishes within an Organisation.

In recent years, Justina completed the ACCA Professional Accounting qualification achieving 1st place in Ireland (2nd worldwide) on the Governance Risk and Ethics professional level paper and 1st Place in Ireland (8th Place Worldwide) on the Advanced Corporate Reporting Professional level paper. She has also held leadership roles in relation to National Projects such as the National Postcodes System (“Eircodes”) and recently led the Department towards achieving compliance with the introduction of the GDPR as Data Protection Officer.