Learn more about our expert speakers who will deliver talks and workshops at the SEAI Energy Show in March 2019.
Chief Executive of SEAI
Jim Gannon has been Chief Executive of SEAI since May 2016, and has overseen the growth of the organization from a budget of €75m to €150m, initiating a change process across a range of incentive programmes and delivering SEAI’s policy advisory and statutory functions for the Government of Ireland. Prior to this role, Jim spent 15 years in the private sector with RPS working in energy and environmental consultancy on both policy and infrastructure projects.
Arup, Consulting Engineer and Director
Edith is a consulting engineer and Director with Arup, with over 30 years experience of providing high quality building services design solutions for a wide range of projects. Edith is passionate about her work and has particular expertise in sustainable design and conservation work. Edith believes that the best solutions are achieved through sharing of a common goal and close collaboration with Clients, Design Team members and other construction professionals through all stages of the design and construction process. Edith is a recognised leader in her field and has lectured extensively in the UK and Ireland on energy efficiency and the role which good building services design can play in achieving excellent buildings.
Edith will be speaking at the Women in Energy Networking Event on Wednesday the 27th of March at 5pm. Register here.
Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dr. Iain Walker is a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California and leads the Residential Building research group. He has more than 30 years of experience as a building scientist. His current work focuses on developing smart ventilation technologies, indoor air quality measurement, scoring and rating, kitchen ventilation, deep energy retrofits, design and construction of zero/low energy homes, and building performance diagnostics. He is an ASHRAE Fellow and is Executive Editor of Home Energy magazine. He leads and contributes to many industry standards and technical committees for ASHRAE, ASTM, RESNET and other US and international agencies. Dr. Walker has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University Of Alberta, Canada.
Iain will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 2.30pm about the Evaluation of Low-Cost IAQ Monitors at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
US Department of Energy
In her nine years at the US Department of Energy, Ms. Dasek has held multiple roles and is currently part of the Partnerships & Technical Assistance Team. During the period 2014-2016, Alice led an initiative focused on Energy Performance Contracting (EPC), in which she supported state and local government investments of more than $2 billion in ESPC contracts over three years. She currently continues to provide technical assistance to state and local governments in EPC and building and infrastructure upgrades. Alice also leads DOE’s three-year initiative working with water resource recovery facilities on infrastructure improvement. Alice graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and has masters degrees in business administration (Georgetown University) and environmental and energy management (George Washington University).
Alice will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 1.30pm about U.S. insights and market mobilisation at the Unlocking the Energy Contracting Opportunity Seminar.
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Principal Adviser (Housing Advisers &Building Standards)
Sarah Neary is Principal Adviser (Housing Advisers &Building Standards) in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
Her responsibilities include managing a multi-disciplinary team to:
She is a Chartered Engineer, holds a Civil Engineering Degree from NUI Galway and an MBA from UCD. Prior to joining the Department, Sarah worked as a Structural Design Engineer with Ryan Hanley consulting engineers in Galway.
Sarah will be chair of the Delivering a Residential Nearly Zero Energy Building Seminar at 11.15am on Thursday the 28th.
Researcher, CETE of Lyon
Dr. Gaëlle Guyot has been working with passion for 13 years at the CETE of Lyon then Cerema Center-East, to better understand the impact of ventilation transfers on the building's overall performance (energy, indoor air quality) and improve the in situ performance of ventilation.
As a visiting Researcher at the Berkeley Lab (California, USA) in 2016, she participated in structuring work on smart ventilation.
In 2018, she became PhD graduated with her thesis “Towards a better integration of indoor air quality and health issues in low-energy dwellings: Development of a performance-based approach for ventilation”.
Gaëlle will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 9.30am about the context in France that lead to the French task force on ventilation at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
Senior Engineer at the French Ministry for Ecology
Adeline Mélois is senior engineer at the French Ministry for Ecology, she holds 3 masters in “Public works of the State”, “Civil Engineering”, and “Health of buildings occupants”. She is currently a Project Manager at the Cerema and a Ph.D. student at Université de Lyon. The title of her thesis is “Impact of the wind during a building envelope air leakage measurement”.
She coordinated the French research project Promevent and the revision of the European standard EN 14134 regarding checks and measurements of ventilation systems performance in residential buildings. She is implicated in the French national database regarding air leakage measurements of buildings envelopes and ducts.
Adeline will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 9.30am about Ventilation inspection schemes in France at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
SEAI, Head of Low Carbon Technologies
Jim is responsible for SEAI’s analysis, policy support and statistics remits in support of delivery of Ireland’s sustainable energy goals. He joined SEAI in 2007 and prior to that worked for the Government of South Australia. Jim holds a Professional Diploma in Advanced Management Performance from Smurfit Graduate Business School, an MSc. in Economic Policy Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a primary degree in Environmental Science from Flinders University (South Australia).
SEAI, Technical Standards Development Manager
Paul Martin, CEng MCIBSE, manages technical standards development at SEAI. A graduate of Northumbria university, Newcastle and Waterford Institute of Technology. Paul is a Member of the CIBSE and current Chairperson of CIBSE Ireland. Paul is also Chair of the Building Service committee with responsibility for the development of Standard Recommendation (S.R.) 50-1 Building Services — Code of Practice — Part 1: Water based heating systems in dwellings.
Paul will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 2.30pm about Electronic voting of insights at the Air Quality is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminars.
Coordinator of the OCEANERA-NET FUND project. Part of the Energy and Low Carbon Technologies team at Scottish Enterprise
Graduated from the University of Glasgow with Honours in Geography and Economics and a Masters in Town and Regional Planning. She worked in local government planning and economic development, with Scotland Europa, providing EU policy and funding services to Scottish stakeholders and, while on secondment to the Scottish Government, established the Scottish European Green Energy Centre. She is currently in the Energy and Low Carbon Technologies team at Scottish Enterprise and coordinator of the OCEANERA-NET FUND project.
Karen will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 4pm at the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Launch Event.
SEAI, Head of Low Carbon Technologies
Dr. Phil Hemmingway is a member of SEAI’s Senior Management Team, and Head of the SEAI Low Carbon Technologies Department. He is jointly responsible for a range of research & innovation, behavioural economics, modelling, statistics and technology policy & innovation activities in support of SEAI’s vision for Ireland’s energy to be sustainable, secure, affordable and clean.
Phil is Ireland’s representative to Europe’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SETPlan); Ireland’s representative on the International Energy Agency’s Committee on Energy Research & Technology (CERT); Ireland’s Technology Delegate to the UNFCC and Ireland’s National Delegate for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Energy Programme Committee. He also represents SEAI on Ireland’s National Climate Action High Level Steering Group; Innovation 2020 Steering Group; and Horizon 202 High Level Group.
Phil is a Chartered Engineer and hold Bachelors (engineering) & Doctoral (energy) degrees from UCD.
Phil will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am. He will be giving an overview of the SEAI Deep Retrofit pilot programme and Research Development and Demonstration Fund at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings.
Commissioner, Commission for Energy Regulation
Aoife MacEvilly has been a member of the Commission since October 2014. Her lead responsibilities within the CRU include gas, energy consumers and smart metering. This includes gas networks, European Integration and security of supply. The energy consumer portfolio includes the National Smart Metering Programme, the Customer Care Team, electricity and gas retail markets, pricing, disconnections and retail market monitoring. Aoife previously worked in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in energy regulation and security roles
Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA)
Former Macra na Feirme President, Sean Finan is the chief executive officer of the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA). A chartered engineer and part-time farmer from Ballinlough, Castlerea, Co Roscommon, Finan holds an engineering degree from NUI Galway as well as a Certificate in Agriculture.
Martin manages SEAI's energy policy statistical support unit. Based in Cork, the unit has a lead role in developing and maintaining comprehensive national and sectoral statistics for energy production, transformation and end use, including energy prices. Martin has worked for over 38 years in various energy related roles in the antecedents of SEAI from IIRS through Eolas, Forbairt, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Energy Centre.
Martin will be speaking in on Thursday the 28th at 12pm about Energy Trends in Ireland at the Energy Theatre
Independent scientific consultant in the field of ventilation, building and ductowrk airtightness
Valérie Leprince is an independent scientific consultant in the field of ventilation, building and ductwork airtightness. At European level, she is working for INIVE in the context of Tightvent and is coordinating the Tightvent Airtightness Association Committee (TAAC). She also works on standardisation at European (CEN/TC 156) and ISO (ISO/TC 205) level. At French level, she is involved in national research projects regarding the control of ventilation systems (Promevent and Promevent Tertiaire) and building airtightness (Durabilit'air). She has been appointed by various companies and qualification bodies such as GRDF, Ubbink, Mez-Technik, Velux and BCCA to provide studies and/or guidance. She teaches building ventilation and building energy at ENTPE.
Valérie will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 9.30am about Ductwork airtightness - why should we care and how to control it - a review, at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Manager - Near Zero Energy Buildings & High Performance Retrofit
Orla is a Chartered Engineer who joined SEAI as Programme Manager for NZEB and High Performance Retrofit. She has 20 years’ experience in the energy performance of buildings in both Ireland and Australia. As a consultant, Orla was involved in the environmental, energy and sustainable assessment of both new and existing buildings.
Orla will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 1.30pm on the Impact of NZEB on Domestic Retrofits - Major Renovation. She will also be Chair of Delivering a Commercial Nearly Zero Energy Building at 8.30am on Thursday the 28th. She will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 2.30pm about Overheating risk analysis for NZEB in Irish Perspective at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
Irish BioEnergy Association, Technical Executive
Noel will be speaking at our Wood Fuel Quality side event. The WFQA was set up in 2010 to allow Irish wood fuel producers gain recognition for the production of quality fuels. The WFQA scheme is part funded by the Department of Agriculture and quality assures producers of woodchip, wood pellets, firewood and wood briquettes to the highest European standards. Compliance with EU standards ensures that wood fuel is adequate for EN certified boilers and appliances, thus ensuring boilers operate correctly and air emissions are correctly controlled. The scheme also assists new suppliers meet the required standards through workshops and one to one advice.
Noel will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am at the Bioenergy Heat for the Commercial Sector Seminar.
Principal Environment Public Health Scientist on Indoor Environments at Public Health England (PHE). Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Bartlett School
Sani is a Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist on Indoor Environments at Public Health England (PHE). She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Bartlett School. Her interests include exposure assessment to air pollution, based on modelling and monitoring of indoor and outdoor air pollution and ventilation. She works closely with colleagues from Government Departments (e.g. DfE, MHCLG, Defra) and organisations (e.g. WHO, NICE, CIBSE, RCP/RCPCH) to provide expert advice on indoor air quality and health. She is the PHE Topic Advisor for the development of the NICE Guidelines on indoor air pollution at home. She participates in the Cross Whitehall Group for the revision of the Building Regulations, Part L and F.
Sani will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 2pm at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Manager, Behavioural Economics Unit
Karl Purcell is the Programme Manager of the Behavioural Economics Unit in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Using behavioural insights, the Behavioural Economics Unit at SEAI aims to deliver programmes that are carefully tailored to make it easy and attractive for citizens and businesses to avail of the advantages of clean energy – both in terms of energy efficiency and renewable energy. This will have a range of benefits for people in Ireland, including lower energy bills, warmer homes, improved energy security, and reductions in our greenhouse gas emissions.
Karl holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies (Finance) from Dublin City University and an MSc in Behavioural Science for Management from the University of Stirling. During his studies at the University of Stirling, Karl completed a thesis titled “Exploring the personality profile of the ‘green consumer’ - explaining individual heterogeneity in willingness to pay for environmentally friendly goods”. He is an active member of the Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network.
Karl will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 3pm on What drives people to retrofit their homes? The SEAI Behavioural Economics Team reveal their findings at the Energy Theatre.
Senior Associate of Market Solutions, IWBI Europe. WELL Faculty, WELL AP, LEED AP, HPI Assessor, CEng
Mona Holtkötter is an Associate on the Market Solutions team, supporting project teams and clients looking to promote health and well-being in the European market.
The International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) is a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through buildings and communities. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™), the world’s premier building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness. The WELL Certification program is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features and other aspects of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people in the spaces we create.
After several years of working as a mechanical building services engineer for a renowned engineering consultancy in Berlin and Dublin, Mona joined IWBI in Europe. At IWBI, Mona works as a technical coach guiding European projects through the WELL Building Standard and the WELL Community Standard.
She previously specialized in sustainable and health focused mechanical design approaches. As one of Ireland's first WELL APs, Mona worked on numerous projects, bringing sustainability and healthy building design under one umbrella.
Mona is a Chartered Engineer with CIBSE and Engineers Ireland and also holds WELL AP, LEED AP in Building Design and Construction, and Home Performance Index Assessor qualifications. She is also a profound energy modeller in IES.
Mona will be speaking at the Women in Energy Networking Event at 5pm on Wednesday the 27th of March
Coordinator of the quality frameworks for reidential ventilation systems and airtightness testing at BCCA
Maarten De Strycker is a civil engineer who obtained a PhD in engineering in 2012. Maarten is active in the field of energy performance of buildings, with a special interest in ventilation, airtightness and calculation of heat loss through facade elements.
Currently he is coordinator of the quality frameworks for residential ventilation systems and airtightness testing at BCCA (Belgian Construction Certification Association), which is an accredited body, specializing in the certification of construction products and services in the building sector.
Maarten was closely involved in the development of the quality framework for residential ventilation systems and has several years of experience in the certification of ventilation units, demand controlled ventilation systems, design and on-site inspection of ventilation systems.
Maarten will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 9.30am about Ventilation and building airtightness inspection schemes in Belgium at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings.
SEAI, SME Engagement Programme Manager
Andrea Carroll is SME Engagement Programme Manager, focussing on engaging businesses of all levels in the energy efficiency journey. Having recently joined SEAI, prior to this she managed a public-private initiative working with SME’s on sustainability issues and has mentored over 700 small businesses. She has a background working in the environmental sector in both private and public organisations and is well versed on the challenges that climate change and energy present for Irish businesses. She is currently managing the SME financial incentives around energy efficiency technologies for business and the agricultural sector, as well as developing an innovative and interactive training and communications platform specifically aimed at the business sector.
Andrea will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 2pm about Energy Efficiency for every business - how SEAI can support you at The Energy Theatre.
Chartered Engineer, Office of Public Works, C.Eng, MIEI, MCIBSE, BSc (Mech. Eng.), H. Dip. (Business Studies), H. Dip. (Project Management)
John has over 20 years experience working as a building services engineer on a wide variety of projects in both Ireland and Hong Kong. He is a chartered engineer and currently works in the Office of Public Works, Mechanical and Electrical Services division.
John will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 8.30am at the Delivering a Commercial Nearly Zero Energy Building Seminar.
SEAI, Business team
Ivan manages a number of different programmes at SEAI that are directed at the SME sector and large industry energy users. Most recently he launched the dairy pilot scheme and the smart lighting grant scheme. He has been involved in the development and delivery of several grants schemes across the residential, public and industrial sectors.
Ivan will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 1pm about Energy Audit Scheme, SI426 implementation and amendments to legislation at The Energy Theatre.
SEAI, Programme Executive within the Technical Support Unit of the Business and Public Sector Department
Louise Campion is Programme Executive within the Technical Support Unit of SEAI’s Business and Public Sector Department. Her role focusses on supporting public and private sector businesses to successfully deliver energy projects by facilitating knowledge transfer and providing tailored project development and energy contracting supports.
Louise holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering with Architecture, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability for University College Dublin. Prior to joining SEAI, Louise worked as an engineer in the energy, waste and environment department of a global engineering consultancy where she delivered a broad portfolio of strategic policy and infrastructure projects.
Louise will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 11am about SEAI Grants and Supports for Businesses. at the Energy Theatre.
Senior Scientist at Berkeley National Laboratory
Max Sherman is a Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with over 30 years of experience in building physics. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Berkeley and is an international expert in air leakage, HVAC, indoor air quality, infiltration, moisture, energy efficiency and related topics. He is a well-regarded member of ASHRAE having served on the Board of Directors and many technical positions and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer; he is a recipient of ASHRAE’s Exceptional Service Award and ASHRAE’s highest technical award as a Holladay Distinguished Fellow. He has also been elected a Fellow of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He represents the United States on International Energy Agency tasks such as the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Center.
Max will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 2pm about Economics of IAQ at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar. He will also be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 9.30am about the inspection of ventilation systems outside Europe at the same Seminar.
Programme Manager Swedish Energy Agency
Martina is Programme Manager in the Swedish Energy Agency with a background in Environmental Science, her lead role is implementation of EED in Sweden, especially regarding article 8 and the energy audit obligation for non-SMEs. She also has experience of developing national legislation in the environmental and energy area, and with a special focus on energy efficiency in industry.
Martina will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 1pm on Energy Audit Scheme, SI426 implementation and amendments to legislation. in the Energy Theatre
BSc, PGDip, PhD, MinstP, CPhys
A postdoctoral researcher in the School of Physics and Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at NUI Galway. His research activities are in the areas of aerosol science, indoor air pollutants and thermal comfort; focusing on experimental and modelling approaches to explore the distribution of air pollutants throughout the residential environment and the subsequent relationship to inhalation exposure. He has a particular interest in the application of recent developments in indoor air quality sensor technology to obtain large scale data collection. He is a committee member of the Aerosol Society of the UK and Ireland and the Health Effects of Modern Airtight Construction (HEMAC) Network. He is currently the vice-chair of ISIAQ’s Scientific Technical Committee (STC) on- Source, Monitoring, and Evaluation of Aerosols.
Innovation Manager for SSE Airtricity
David Noronha, is the Innovation Manager for SSE Airtricity. David has worked for SSE since 2013 and has worked in the energy industry in various roles over the last 8 years. David has held roles as diverse as corporate R&D and innovation, programme management, stakeholder management, business development and knowledge transfer. David has managed large scale European R&D demonstration projects and has a proven strategic, commercial and operational record, with excellent credentials in programme management and innovation delivery.
David Noronha will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th of March during the 12pm Research Funding for Businesses talk in The Energy Theatre. David is leading a current SEAI supported project - FREMI: Forecasting Renewable Energy with Machine Intelligence which was supported through the 2018 SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme. (FREMI: Project Lead – SSE Airtricity, Project Partner – UCD, Centre for Applied Data Analytics Research CeADAR).
Professor of Energy and Building Performance at the UCL Energy Institute
Paul is Professor of Energy and Building Performance at the UCL Energy Institute where he leads research in energy use in non-domestic buildings. An architect with 30 years’ experience in low energy and sustainable buildings he has worked in both academia and industry and always maintained an active involvement in applied research. His current research focuses on the energy performance gap in buildings and understanding energy use in buildings as the city and national scale.
Paul represents the UK on the IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Implementing Agreement and he plays a leading role in Annex 70, Building Energy Epidemiology.
Paul will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am on the Overview of International Energy Agency activities related to energy in buildings at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
Senior Policy Advisor - Each Home Counts. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Kate is the current policy lead for BEIS on the Each Home Counts programme within the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the UK energy regulator Ofgem. This involves working with TrustMark as they implement the new government endorsed quality scheme, a key recommendation of the Each Home Counts Review. She also works closely with the British Standards Institute (BSI) as the BEIS lead on the development of the new Publicly Available Specification (PAS) standards for improved energy efficiency.
Kate holds a postgraduate in MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation from LSE.
Kate will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 1.30pm about PAS 2035 - A new UK standard for domestic retrofit.
Principal Research Associate, University College London. Director of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings
Peter Rickaby is Principal Research Associate at University College London (UCL), and a Director of the UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings (UKCMB), at UCL. He studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and holds a doctorate in energy studies from the Open University. Before joining UKCMB he spent thirty-seven years as a specialist energy and sustainability consultant, working for the building and housing industries throughout the UK and across the EU. His most recent technical project was development and implementation of an award-winning condensation, damp and mould (CDM) strategy for Peabody's Thamesmead estate in south-east London. Peter was a member of the Implementation Board for the UK's Each Home Counts review, chairs the BSI's Retrofit Standards Task Group, and is Technical Author of the UK's new domestic retrofit standard PAS 2035 Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency: Specification and Guidance (forthcoming in May 2019).
Peter will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 2.30pm at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
Director of development and valorisation at Belgian Building research Institute
Peter Wouters is the director of development and valorisation at Belgian Building Research Institute. He is also the manager of INIVE EEIG, (International Network for Information on Ventilation and Energy Performance). Peter works as an operating Agent of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre as well as coordinator of European airtightness platform TightVent Europe and European venticool platform. He is director of the Belgian Union for Technical Approval in Construction.
Peter will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am, he willl give a presentation of AIVC and ventilation related activities at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar. He will also be speaking at 9.30am on Thursday the 28th about EPBD issues in relation to IAQ and ventilation and article 19a feasibility study at the same Seminar.
Emerging Technology and R&D Manager, ESB Group
Colm was appointed Emerging Technology and R&D Manager in October 2018 and is responsible for leading ESB Group’s strategy for the adoption and commercialisation of emerging energy technologies to meet the evolving needs of customers and to grow new business in support of ESB Brighter Futures strategy.
Colm has over 25 years experience of the electricity industry and has held operational, regulatory, commercial and Senior Management roles across all aspects of the electricity industry including power generation, retail electricity supply, renewable energy, network engineering services, sustainability and health safety and wellbeing.
Colm has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCD and is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland.
Colm will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 4pm at the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Launch Event.
Professor, DipArch, MSc, PhD, CEng, FCIBSE, MASHRAE, MEI
Maria Kolokotroni is Professor at Brunel University London and leads the research theme of Resource Efficient Future Cities. She studied Architectural Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and University College London followed by research work in the field of building ventilation and low energy cooling at the University of Westminster and the Building Research Establishment, UK. She is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of CIBSE and member of ASHRAE and IE. She is a member of the AIVC Board, participated to IEA EBC Annex 62 on Ventilative Cooling and participates to Annex 80 on Resilient Cooling. She has co-ordinated and participated in a number of UK, European and International projects on Low Energy Cooling and Ventilation, Energy Efficient Technologies for Buildings, nZEB Retrofit, Urban Heat Island, Urban Albedo and Mitigation Strategies such as cool materials and microclimatic interventions.
Maria will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am about Ventilative cooling - IEA TCP EBC annex 62 at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. Vice Chair of CIBSE North West Region,
Frank Mills is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Vice Chair of CIBSE North West Region and a member of CIBSE Council. Frank has spent over 40 years applying best practice engineering to develop innovative and leading edge solutions to new and existing building projects ranging from individual buildings to multiple, neighbourhood and city wide developments.
Frank will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 8.30am about Net Zero Energy Buildings, International Perspective at the Delivering a Commercial Nearly Zero Energy Building Seminar.
IES, Director and Head of the R&D division
Ruth is a chartered engineer with both industrial and academic experience with respect to research projects. She finished her undergraduate degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in 2002 and completed a PhD in 2005, both from Trinity College Dublin.
On returning to Ireland in 2007, she found employment with a light gauge steel manufacturer of modular buildings. Her main role with was to acquire the Irish Agreement Board certification for the building system and improve the systems overall sustainability.
In 2009, Ruth went to work for a new research centre in Trinity College Dublin, where she carried out research in the areas of modern methods of construction, adaptable structures, energy efficient buildings and control systems engineering.
Ruth joined IES in 2011 and is currently a Director and Head of the R&D division. She is responsible for acquisition of R&D funding to help grow the business and deliver new products for the energy and construction market.
Ruth will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 12pm at the Research Funding for Businesses talk in The Energy Theatre. Ruth is leading a current SEAI supported project - Assessment Methodology Building Energy Ratings (AMBER) which was supported through the 2018 SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme. (Project Lead: IES - Project Partners: Trinity College Dublin, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland).
Senior Engineer, Planning & Building Unit, Department Of Education & Skills
John Dolan is a Senior Engineer with the Planning & Building Unit; Department of Education & Skills located in Tullamore and is the Energy Advisor and Policy Coordinator within the Department on general energy policy and specific energy research and demonstration projects. He has acted as energy project coordinator for the award winning Gaelscoil An Eiscir Riada project and Colaiste Choilm Project along with the other projects within the Departments Energy Research Programme.
John will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 8.30am about School Projects delivering NZEB at the Delivering a Commericial Nearly Zero Energy Building Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Executive Large Business, EDM. BEng, MEng, MIEI
Jeff works in the Large Business programme at SEAI designing and developing tailored programmes, events and initiatives to have maximum impact on energy consumption. He supports and collaborates with organisations with high energy use to adopt good energy management practices. He also works on the development of new procedures around SI426 energy audits to ensure stringent reporting processes for Large Enterprises.
Jeff will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 1pm about the Energy Audit Scheme, SI426 implementation and amendments to legislation.
Senior Technologist with Enterprise Ireland
Liam Curran is a Senior Technologist with Enterprise Ireland covering the areas of Water/Wastewater and Marine technologies. He has 30 years’ experience in the Marine sector and is working with Enterprise Ireland and other Agency colleagues to drive the development of the Marine sector (including Offshore Renewables) in Ireland. He helped to establish the Irish Marine Industry Network (IMIN) in 2017 and is currently working with colleagues in the UK on developing an Irish Supply Chain capability to feed into the UK Offshore Wind Industry.
Liam will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 4pm at the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Launch Event.
Chairman of the Marine Renewables Industry Association. Director of Ocean Energy Europe
Peter Coyle is the Chairman of the Marine Renewables Industry Association which represents the wave, tidal and floating wind sectors – the marine renewables emerging technologies – on the island of Ireland. He is a director of Ocean Energy Europe and a member of numerous advisory boards in the offshore energy field. Peter Coyle was formerly an Executive Director of Enterprise Ireland and a senior manager with IDA.
Peter will be talking on Wednesday the 27th at 4pm at the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Launch Event.
Director, Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (Industry / Academic Collaborative Research Centre) BSc, MSc, CEnv, FEI
Sam was appointed as Manager of CASE in November 2012, becoming Director in May 2013, following an 18 year career in consultancy. She can call upon broad ranging experience of managing energy, sustainability and resource efficiency projects across a number of industry sectors, from local to pan-European projects, and with a strong focus on programme management. Sam was Northern Ireland Manager of the ERDF funded Envirowise programme for over a decade. As a member of the MATRIX government science advisory panel for sustainable energy, she was intrinsically involved in the development of a Road Map for sustainable energy to 2035 in Northern Ireland. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Workspace Group, one of the largest social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland.
Sam will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 4pm at the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Launch Event.
SEAI, Programme Executive on the Deep Retrofit Piot Programme
Brian McIntyre is Programme Executive on the Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme in the Sustainable Authority of Ireland (SEAI) with 15 years’ experience in the Energy sector. He previously worked in the private sector with a core focus on the energy sector throughout his career including providing consultancy services to SEAI across the public sector, SME, RD&D and Delivery programmes since 2005. Brian has also provided consultancy to the public and private sector on policy, infrastructure and technology including on Strategic Environmental Assessments of national policies.
Brian will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am, he will be giving an overview of the SEAI deep retrofit pilot programme and Research Development and Demonstration Fund at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Manager for the Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme
Conor Hanniffy manages SEAI’s Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme, an innovative €21.2m multi-annual pilot programme to upgrade inefficient older housing to a minimum A3 rating. Conor has over 20 years project management experience in mechanical, manufacturing and energy sectors within the public and private sector. Conor holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Project Management.
Conor will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am, he will be giving an overview of the SEAI deep retrofit pilot programme and Research Development and Demonstration Fund at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Executive - EPSSU, Low Carbon Technologies
Denis has worked with the statistics team in SEAI since 2014. He has co-authored numerous current SEAI statistics publications including Energy in Transport, Energy in the Residential Sector, Energy Security in Ireland, Renewable Energy in Ireland, and Energy Efficiency in Ireland. Denis will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th of March at 11am about Renewable Energy in Ireland in the Energy Theatre
Lecturer in Exposure Science at the School of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
Dr. Coggins is a lecturer in Exposure Science at the School of Physics, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Her research interests include measurement of occupational and Environmental exposure pathways to new and emerging pollutants. She is currently leading an SEAI RD&D 2018 funded research project which will evaluate indoor air quality and occupant comfort pre and post Deep Energy Renovations in Irish domestic dwellings.
Marie will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 2pm about Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in Irish Energy Efficient dwellings at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
Building Researcher. Founding Director of Four Walls Consultants
Ian is a building researcher, specialising in the field of energy performance and occupant comfort. He is the founding director of Four Walls Consultants – an independent building performance and research consultancy based in Bristol. The company specialises in post-construction testing and evaluation; in-use studies of building performance, including energy use analysis, indoor air quality investigations, and ventilation effectiveness. Ian is also co-chair of the technical working group for ventilation and indoor air quality at the UCL’s UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings.
Since 2008 Ian has been a key member of the technical team supporting both English and Welsh governments in developing amendments to respective Parts F and Parts L of the Building Regulations. He was previously appointed by Innovate UK as an expert evaluator under the £8M Building Performance Evaluation programme and provided technical guidance for the £17M Retrofit for the Future programme. Ian has carried out research to support study programmes convened by central government (BEIS and MHCLG), and organisations such as Energy Saving Trust, Zero Carbon Hub, AECOM, the Sustainable and Traditional Buildings Alliance, and the NHBC Foundation.
Ian will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 9.30am about the context of the UK and recent studies into ventilation effectiveness at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
CEO of Aereco Group
Marc Jardinier is the CEO of Aereco Group since 1997, and has been participating standardisation of ventilation since 1991, first as an expert in TC156 WG2 and TC156 WG6. He is also Convenor of TC156 WG2 since 2005 - Dealing with all aspects of residential ventilation.
Marc is also the current Chair of the WG “Ventilation 2030“ in EVIA since 2012 (dealing with high level European Directives (EPBD, EED, Clean Energy Package)
Marc is speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 2pm about New trends in ventilation systems - standardisation and specifications issues at the Quality Ventilation is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
SEAI, Home Energy Grants
Emer Burton is the Programme Manager for the home energy grants programme which offers financial incentives for energy efficiency in the residential sector. Emer specialises in market entry strategies for a wide range of products and services.
Emer will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 2pm about Key Learnings from SEAI’s Heat Pump Support Programme at the Energy Theatre. This briefing will provide an update on SEAI’s Heat Pump Support Programme including learnings to date and potential growth for the future.
Liam Tolton is a consulting engineer working in the Energy Six Sigma Process Safety Areas. He holds primary degrees in Engineering, Mathematical Science and Economics with a Master’s Degree in Process Safety and is a Six Sigma Black Belt… He is a registered Energy Auditor and has conducted energy audits across a range of public and private sector organisations. He has facilitated a wide range of Energy Management Training Programmes and has advised and mentored clients in the achievement of ISO 50001 Energy Management system certification.
Liam will present on Wednesday the 27th at 8.30am about Saving Money Through Energy Efficiency at the Energy Saving Consultation Breakfast for SME's. Liam will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 4.30pm about Understanding and Applying the Principles of IS 399 :Energy Efficiency Design at the Getting Started on the EXCEED Journey Seminar.
Codema, Energy Engineer
Joe has been working with Codema as an Energy Engineer since 2005. He holds a BA/BAI in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, an MSc in Sustainable Development from Dublin Institute of Technology and is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP). Joe is responsible for project development and implementation, Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) facilitation and the procurement of energy services. Joe played a key role in the development of Dublin City Council’s first EPC and is actively involved in the promotion of EPC in Ireland. He is currently local manager for the guarentEE project.
Joe will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 1.30pm about the EPC Facilitator’s role & learnings from the GuarantEE project at the Unlocking the Energy Contracting Opportunity Seminar.
Founder and Managing Partner at EnergyPro Ltd
Dr Steven Fawkes has over 30 years’ experience in the energy efficiency sector and is recognised as a leading advisor and expert in the development, application and communication of new techniques in energy efficiency and energy efficiency finance. Throughout his career Steven has been an energy efficiency pioneer. He has worked hard to improve practice and promote greater levels of energy efficiency and has initiated energy efficiency programmes in Europe Asia and North America. Through over 260 publications including books such as, “Outsourcing Energy Management” (2007), “Energy Efficiency” (2013) and “Best Practices and Case Studies for Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency” (2016), as well as his own influential blog - onlyeleventpercent.com, he has sought to share knowledge and insight for the good of the efficiency industry. He has also made more than 130 presentations around the world including invited keynotes in Europe, Africa, Asia and the US, giving insight into the critical matters of energy efficiency financing and investment.
Steven will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 1.30pm about perspectives from the UK and beyond at the Unlocking the Energy Contracting Opportunity Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Executive for the co-ordination of inspections or domestic and non-domestic grant schemes
Emma currently works on the Inspections Unit team in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as a Programme Executive for the co-ordination of inspections for domestic and non-domestic grant Schemes.
She holds a BSc in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of the Basque Country as well as a MSc in Energy Efficiency in Industry, Transport and Construction.
Prior to SEAI she worked on the design of solar power plants and HVAC systems and also as an advisor for international trade investment in mainland Europe.
Emma will be talking on Wednesday the 27th at 4.30pm on Preparing for a Successful Inspection Process at the Getting Started on the EXEED Journey Seminar.
SEAI, Head of the Business and Public Sector Team
Fergus is a Chartered Engineer with over 13 years in the Energy Industry. At SEAI, Fergus is head of the Business and Public Sector team. Prior to joining SEAI in 2017, Fergus worked for ESB, holding leading roles in retrofits of conventional thermal generation, ocean energy project development, and rooftop solar PV. He leads a team in SEAI focussed on accelerating energy efficiency project activity with our public and private sector clients. His team provides a range of supports including information and training on best practice, project development grants, capital partnership programmes, and energy contracting support.
Fergus will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 1.30pm about the paradigm shifts required to scale the energy contracting market at the Unlocking the Energy Contracting Opportunity Seminar.
Assistant Principal in the Climate Change Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Ken is the assistant principal in the climate change unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Before that, he was Assistant Principal Officer at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment where he has worked in the energy efficiency division for over three years. He has also served as First Secretary at the Irish Embassy in Singapore. He was educated at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin.
Ken will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 1.30pm about the role of energy contracting in achieving 2030 targets at the Unlocking the Energy Contracting Opportunity Seminar.
SEAI, Head of Emerging Sectors
Declan is Head of Department with responsibility for the Emerging Sectors in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Ireland’s national body for sustainable energy policy and programmes. SEAI’s mission is to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on a decarbonised energy system. SEAI advises Government on sustainable energy policy, trends and impacts, and delivers a range of programmes to promote the adoption of “use less and use clean” behaviours. Declan has worked in SEAI since 2004 and previously worked in Management in Xerox (Europe) Ltd, Aer Rianta and the Irish Defence Forces. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Declan will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 4pm at the Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Launch Event at The Energy Theatre.
SEAI, Programme Manager for bioenergy and CHP
Matthew is programme manager for bioenergy and CHP at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. He joined SEAI in 2009 having previously worked in the power generation section of the ESB. Matthew has a background in mechanical engineering and environmental economics and during his time at SEAI has worked on projects related to bioenergy potential and sustainability, district heating, the electricity sector, energy efficiency, energy projections and the renewable heat sector – most recently providing analytical input to the design of a renewable heat policy for Ireland. Mathew is also the Irish representative on the International Energy Agency’s research collaboration on bioenergy.
Mathew will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am at the Bioenergy Heat for the Commercial Sector Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Executive, LCT
PJ is a Sustainable Energy master graduate from University College Cork and Electronic System graduate of the University of Limerick. He is an energy analyst/project lead with a broad range of skills in Sustainable Energy honed over 5 years in the industry.
PJ will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am at the Bioenergy Heat for the Commercial Sector Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Manager of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat
Ray Langton Is The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat Program Manager. Ray joined the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in July 2017 after working on the new Central Bank Headquarters project. He has a background in Brewing and Pharma Operations, Governance, Sustainability, Projects and Change Management.
Ray will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 10.30am at the Bioenergy Heat for the Comercial Sector Seminar.
SEAI, Transport Programme Manager
Graham Brennan is a graduate of University College Galway in Ireland and Cranfield University in England. He worked initially in the offshore oil and gas sector in Aberdeen and later worked for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in Derby, UK. From there he joined the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland in 2002 to manage the Renewable Energy Research Development and Demonstration programme. Graham has been responsible for preparing Ireland’s Ocean Energy Strategy and promoting the development of renewable energy products and markets for a wide range of technologies. He is currently responsible for managing the Electric Vehicle research programmes in SEAI. He is also a member of the IEA committee on hybrid and electric vehicles.
Graham will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 10am on An update on Electric Vehicles in Ireland – technology, charging and fleet at the Energy Theatre.
Programme Executive - Research, Development & Demonstration, Low Carbon Technologies
Dr Lucy Corcoran works on delivery of the SEAI National Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme, which supports innovative energy RD&D projects that contribute to Ireland’s transition to a clean and secure energy future. Lucy represents Ireland on Europe’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SETPlan) Steering Group, and represents SEAI on the National Climate Research Coordination Group. Lucy is also the National Contact Point for the European Commission co-funded ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems initiative.
Lucy is an engineer with ten years’ experience in the energy sector, across industry and academia. She holds a BAI (Engineering) and PhD (Hydropower Energy Recovery) from Trinity College Dublin, and is a graduate of the UCD-TCD-QUB Innovation Academy (Innovation and Entrepreneurship).
Lucy will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th of March at 12pm about SEAI’s Research and Innovation activities. She will provide an overview of the energy research funding and support SEAI provide to businesses and researchers.
Assistant Head of School at Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin
Joseph is an Assistant Head of School in the Dublin School of Architecture, Technological University of Dublin. He is the manager of School programmes relating to construction and building performance, and is programme chair of MSc in Building Performance (Energy Efficiency in Design), which has a blended online mode of delivery. He researches and lectures in moisture risk assessment and energy efficiency of historic dwellings. He is the lead author of "Technical Paper 15 - Assessing risks in insulation retrofits using hygrothermal software tools: Heat and moisture transport in internally insulated stone walls" which was commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland.
Joseph is a director and founder member of the Irish Green Building Council and a member of the National Scientific Committee on Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Climate Change in ICOMOS. He is also the Irish co-operation partner of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in relation to training and development of the WUFI suite of moisture risk assessment software applications. He holds an MSc Architecture - Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the Graduate School of the Environment, at Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales; and a Bachelor of Architecture from University College Dublin.
Joseph will be speaking on Wednsday the 27th at 1.30pm on What are the risks for homeowners and how are they avoided? at the Risk Mitigation Strategies for Retrofitting Homes Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Manager for the EXEED Programme
John is the Programme Manager for the SEAI EXEED Programme designed to support the implementation of energy efficiency design management principles across Industry and Public Sector. John has an engineering background in high volume electronic manufacturing, service engineering in medical device applications and a variety of roles as an Energy Manager over the past 10 year, most recently working with Bilfinger / Apleona and Pfizer Newbridge.
John will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 4.30pm on Insights into the Application Evaluation Process at the Getting Started on the EXEED Journey Seminar.
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Building Standards.
Emmanuel has recently joined Sean Armstrong’s team in the Building Standards Section of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to work on TGD L – Dwellings and TGD F, bringing in 20 years’ experience in the manufacturing and distribution industries of energy management construction products.
Emmanuel will be speaking on Thursday the 28th at 9.30am about The context in Ireland - changes to Irish regulations and inspection of ventilation systems at the Air Quality is Key to achieving Low Energy Healthy Buildings Seminar.
SEAI, Programme Executive EXEED
Jason works as a Programme Executive with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Since joining SEAI in 2014, he has worked with the Energy Demand Management team helping to deliver a range of supports to the public and private sector. He is now working with the Development team and focusing primarily on the EXEED Certified Programme and grant scheme delivery along with the development of the new Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH). He is also responsible for the implementation and ongoing operation of SEAI’s ISO 50001 Energy management system standard.
Jason will be speaking on Wednesday the 27th at 4.30pm about Completing Stage 1 & Stage 2 Applications at the Getting Started on the EXEED Journey Seminar.