The SEAI Board sets the broad 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. There is one vacancy at present. 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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Julie O'Neill

Chairperson

Member of the SEAI Board from September 2011 to September 2014.
Julie is proprietor of Join the Dots, an independent strategic management consultancy. She served as Secretary General at the Department of Transport from 2002 to 2009 and, in the course of her public service career, worked in eight Government Departments. She is a board member of Ryanair, Permanent TSB and also the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). She holds an MSc in Policy Analysis from Trinity College Dublin and a B. Comm from UCD.

Mr Jim Gannon

SEAI CEO

Jim Gannon - CEO (Ex Officio) is an Engineering Graduate of NUI Galway, with a Masters in Environmental Assessment from the University of Wales Aberystwyth and MBA from the UCD Smurfit School of Business.

He has worked within the energy sector throughout his career, delivering projects at a European, national and regional level for public and private sector organisations. This has included projects across conventional and renewable energy, transmission and distribution infrastructure, energy demand management and technology development.

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.

Michael McGarry

Board Member

Appointed 14th May 2013 , retired 1 May 2016 and reappointed 3 October 2016

Michael is involved in overseas construction and consultancy in the supply of engineering services. He was previously a non-executive Director at Suir Engineering (now Imtec Suir) , and has worked in Kentz Corporation in Clonmel as Finance Director. In this role he spent significant time overseas on commencement of operations in overseas countries and subsequent management of these. He has also spent some time in the UK in residential construction. He has a BComm Degree from UCD (1971) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1975.

Ms Anne Farrell

Board Member

Appointed 24th April 2012, retired on 1 May 2014, reappointed 27 May 2014, retired 1 y 2016 and reappointed 3 October 2016

Anne is a Company director in the family business Squarefit Ltd. She has experience of energy and sustainability issues around transport, e.g. waste within the industry, the management and the recycling of tyres to the increased use of electric cars. She has worked with the Social Economic Unit of GTW (now Partas) developing policies around fuel poverty and retrofitting housing for improved insulation among other strands of activity. She has served on the Tallaght Hospital Board. She has a Degree in Economics and Psychology from UCD and an MA in Interactive Multimedia from DIT.

Mr Kevin Brady

Board Member

Appointed February 2017

Kevin Brady is the Principal Officer leading the Heat & Transport Energy Policy division in the Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment. His responsibilities include the development of renewable heat in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. In the transport sector, he is co-chair of the Low Emission Vehicle Taskforce and is responsible for energy policies promoting renewable energy in transport and the growth in low and zero emission vehicles. He is an engineering graduate with a Masters in economics from University College Dublin. Previously,  Kevin was an economic consultant specialising in the energy and transport sectors and also has prior experience developing wind energy projects in Ireland and internationally.

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.

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.

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.