The Energy Show features talks from leading experts in sustainable energy.

Featured speakers

Margie McCarthy

Director Research & Policy Insights, SEAI

Margie is a member of the Executive Leadership Team of SEAI contributing to the development and implementation of organisational strategy and operationalising that strategy for optimal delivery of results.

She is responsible for the leadership and management of the Research and Policy Insights Directorate including oversight of SEAI research activities, modelling and statutory reporting of Ireland's energy statistics and projections, providing strategic energy policy insights and advisory to Government including behavioural analysis.

Margie will be presenting at the session 'Industry Pathways to Net Zero' on Wednesday 20th March at 11.00am in the Minerva Suite.

Joe Hayden

Executive Manager, Codema

Project Implementation Lead with the Dublin energy agency Codema. Joe played a key role in the development of Dublin City Council's first Energy Performance Contract and is actively involved in the promotion of EPC in Ireland.

He is currently local manager for three European projects, which focus on the area of smart low-energy buildings (Buildsmart) and energy performance contracting (EESI2020 and GuarantEE).

Joe will be presenting at the session 'Energy Performance Contracting' on Thursday 21st March at 10.00am in the Energy Theatre.

Bebhinn Kennedy

Enterprise Support, LOETB

Bebhinn Kennedy comes from a teaching background, specialising in construction.

She worked as an NZEB and Retrofit trainer and is now co-ordinating the NZEB and Retrofit provision at the National Construction Training Campus, Mount Lucas.

Beobhinn is a member of the Construction Steering Group for NZEB and Retrofit Centres of Excellence. 

Beobhinn will be presenting at the session 'Careers in Energy Retrofit'.

John Dolan

Technical Manager, Planning & Building Unit, Department of Education

John Dolan is a Chartered Engineer with both private and public sector experience. He is a Technical Manager in the Planning and Building Unit working collectively for the delivery of the School Building Programme.

He is head of the Department’s Climate Action Unit, leading on strategic planning and implementation of the Department’s Climate Agenda including decarbonisation trajectory, research programmes and decarbonisation and energy efficiency programme delivery.

John will be presenting at the session 'Developing Supply Chains for Public Sector Retrofitting' on Thursday 21st March at 11.00am in the Merrion Room.

James McGrath

Assistant Professor, Maynooth University

Dr. James A. McGrath is an Assistant Professor at Maynooth University and an active member of its ICARUS Research Institute. He conducts fundamental and applied research on the indoor built environment, focusing on indoor environmental quality, aerosol science, and building ventilation. His recent endeavours have centred on assessing climate change adaptation measures and their implications for large-scale national retrofit projects.

He holds influential positions in several esteemed organisations, including serving on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), representing Ireland on the Board of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), and the editorial board of the International Journal of Ventilation.

James will be presenting at the session 'Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality' on Thursday 21st March at 2.30pm in the Minerva Suite.

Dearbhla Stapleton

Programme Manager Industry, SEAI

Dearbhla Stapleton is the SEAI Industry Programme Manager. She is responsible for managing SEAI’s Large Industry Energy Network, a collaborative network of approximately 200 of Ireland’s largest energy users. SEAI provide member companies with a range of supports including advisory services, training and events focussed on energy management and decarbonisation.

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Dearbhla has over 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including engineering consultancy, design, construction and energy. Dearbhla is passionate about driving Ireland’s energy transition and supporting businesses on their decarbonisation journey.

Dearbhla will be presenting at the 'Industry Pathways to Net Zero' session on Wednesday 20th March at 11.00am in the Minerva Suite at the RDS.

David Gallagher

Technical Resource Manager, Churchfield Home Services

David commenced working with Churchfield Home Services in 2019 as a traditional plasterer. His eye for detail and process managing skills resulted in him quickly progressing his career in the company as an EWI Supervisor, Project Manager, Technical Support Manager and is currently in the role of Technical Resource Manager.

David boasts over 17 year’s industry experience from Ireland, France, New Zealand, and Australia. He has excellent planning skills working in a broad range of areas.

David will be presenting at the 'Careers in Energy Retrofit' session.

Ann-Marie Colbert

Programme Manager EU Research, SEAI

Ann-Marie is the Programme Manager for International Energy Research at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

As part of this role, Ann-Marie acts as a National Contact Point for Horizon Europe Cluster 5 Energy. Ann-Marie holds a degree and masters in business, as well as a Diploma in Management Practice and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Policy. She has extensive experience of working in the energy sector, and of both national and EU funding mechanisms.

Ann-Marie currently manages engagement in international energy research activity through Horizon Europe Cluster 5 and the International Energy Agency Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs). 

Ann-Marie will be presenting at the session 'Navigating EU Funding Opportunities for SMEs' on Wednesday 20th March at 11.30am in the Merrion Room at the RDS.

Noel Rowland

Managing Director, Churchfield Home Services

Noel founded Churchfield Home Services in 2011 with the vision to create Ireland's leading energy efficiency retrofit contractor by leverging the use of innovative technology to provide customers with the highest standard of quality, professionalism and customer service.

Noel's background is in Mechanical Engineering and has extensive experience in all areas of retrofitting including fabric, ventilation, heating and renewables. Noel has a proven track record in management, strategy, development, leadership and implementation of the company's vision, mission, and long-term goals. 

Noel will be presenting at the session 'Careers in Energy Retrofit'.

Irene Ward

Acting Programme Manager RDD, SEAI

Irene joined the SEAI RDD team in 2021 as a Programme Executive. Prior to this she worked in Research Project Management roles based in UCD for national and international funded projects for 12 years. She has also held roles as a Centre Manager for in an International Centre for Mathematical Sciences at Heriot Watt and University of Edinburgh and a Community Education Manager in Cambridgeshire.

Irene is committed to lifelong learning and research and has a BSc in Geography (Ulster), a PGCE (Leeds), an MSc in Management (UCD Smurfit) and is currently in the latter stages of an MSc in Environmental Sustainability (UCD).

Irene will be presenting at the session 'Navigating EU Funding Opportunities for SME's' on Wednesday 20th March at 11.30am in the Merrion Room.

Ollie Hughes

Heat Pump Manager, NRG Panel

Ollie Hughes is the Head of the Heat Pumps and One Stop Shop Department with NRG Panel. His role involves overseeing installation operations, project managment, design, energy consultants and grants administration. He also works closely with the Marketing team, Financial Controller (CFO ), HR department and Health and Safety team regarding their contribution to the running of the Heat Pumps and OSS Department.

Ollie is responsible for focusing on maintaining  high standards of customer service throughout the company.

Ollie will be presenting at the session 'Careers in Energy Retrofit'.

Aran Quigley

Programme Executive Public Sector Programme Support, SEAI

Aran holds responsibility for promoting market awareness of Energy Performance Contracting, including the development of an SEAI register of EPC Facilitators, related training for clients and energy consultants, and the administration of SEAI's Energy Contracting Support Scheme.

This provides financial assistance to both public and private sector organisations wishing to use EPC as a delivery route for decarbonisation.

Aran will be presenting at the session 'Energy Performance Contracting' on Thursday 21st March at 10.00am in the Energy Theatre.

Pat Lehane

Managing Director, Pressline Ltd

Pat Lehane is Publisher & Editor of Building Services Engineering and an industry facilitator. He has helped establish representative bodies such as the Heat Pump Association (HPA), the Irish Ventilation Industry Association (IVIA) and Lighting Association Ireland (LAI), of which he is the current Secretary.

He coordinates major industry events and activities such as the Product of the Show Awards and Retrofit Demonstration Area at the SEAI Energy Show; the Towards Net Zero Ireland Awards; the Architect’s Choice Product Awards; and is the Events & Publicity Coordinator for CIBSE Ireland.

Pat will be presenting at the session 'Careers in Energy Retrofit'.

Emer Barry

Programme Manager EV Grants Operations, SEAI

Emer will be presenting at the 'EV Fleet Trial Data' session on Thursday 21st March at 11.00am in the Energy Theatre.

Emer will also be presenting at the 'ZEVI EV Dealership of the Year Awards' on Wednesday 20th March at 12.00pm in the Energy Theatre.


Simon Jones

Programme Executive SME & Energy Academy, SEAI

Simon has over 20 years of experience within the Housing, Construction, and Building Services Sector. An Associate Member of The Institute of Environmental Science and Institute of Air Quality Management he is an Expert Advisor to the Irish Government on Ventilation during the pandemic. Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the International Energy Agency and contributes regularly to standards and best practices internationally.

Secretary General of the Irish Ventilation Industry Association and Founder of Air Quality Matters, a consultancy that advice organisations on ventilation and air quality strategy across housing, retrofit, education, the workplace and more. He hosts the Air Quality Matters podcast and speaks at events internationally on the subject of air quality and ventilation.

Simon will be presenting at the session 'Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality' on Thursday 21st March at 2.30pm in the Minerva Suite.

Alison Donnellan

Programme Executive SME & Energy Academy, SEAI

Ali Donnellan is a Programme Executive on the Business Supports team at SEAI. Ali works with SMEs across all sectors to support them to become energy effieicnt and decarbonise their business.

This support includes education, training, engagement and financial supports.

Ali will be presenting at the 'Business Grant Briefing' on Wednesday 20th March at 2.00pm at the Energy Theatre.

Eimear Cleary

Programme Executive Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS), SEAI

Eimear is a Chartered Accountant and has almost ten years’ experience across the financial, tourism, and energy sectors, with a key focus on sustainability. As Programme Executive on the EEOS team, she manages the annual target setting process for Obligated Parties and leads on project management.

Eimear also leads on EEOS stakeholder engagement and procurement management as well as supporting the Residential sub sector.

Eimear will be presenting at the session ' Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS) for Business and Public Sector' on Wednesday 20th March at 3.00pm in the Energy Theatre.

Liam Donohoe

Lead Home Energy Consultant, Retrokit

Building energy engineer specialising in deep domestic retrofit and heat pumps. Lead Home Energy Consultant with RetroKit, the professional tool of choice for the retrofit industry. With RetroKit, Liam works with Approved Housing Bodies, Local Authorities, One Stop Shops, Sustainable Energy Communities Mentors and Consultants, BER Assessors and Technical Advisors.

The optimised digital tools developed by RetroKit are used every day to build scale in the retrofit sector to enable efficient, fast and accurate production of clustered housing energy upgrade plans and models, home energy assessments, technical assessments and energy masterplans.

Liam will be presenting at the session 'Digital Innovations to Enable Scale in the Domestic Retrofit Market' on Wednesday 20th March at 2.30pm in the Minerva Suite.

Emma Lynch

Programme Manager Energy Modelling, SEAI

Stephen Dunne

Energy Manager, ESB

Stephen is the team lead of the EEOS Credits Team within ESB Smart Energy Services and works on the procurement, measurement, verification, and processing of energy conservation projects that qualify for EEOS credits for submission and validation by the SEAI. Stephen has over 35 years experience in the electrical, facilities and energy industry.

He started his career as a maintenance electrician, moving after to an inspector role, then to facilities, and latterly has focused on energy management and efficiency.

Stephen will be presenting at the session 'Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS) for Business and Public Sector' on Wednesday 20th March at 3.00pm in the Energy Theatre.

Eamonn Sheils

Programme Manager Commercial Retrofit, SEAI

Eamonn is a Chartered Engineer with 20 years of experience in the Building Services industry. His experience spans numerous sectors and regions including new and fitout projects in commercial office, retail, leisure, industrial and public sector in Ireland ,Japan and Dubai.  Prior to joining SEAI Eamonn was a director in one of the leading mechanical and electrical consultancies in the country.

As Programme Manager - Commercial Retrofit in SEAI Eamonn is responsible for developing and managing measures to support SME stakeholders on their journey to become more energy efficient and sustainable businesses.

Eamonn will be presenting at the session ' Commercial Retrofit' on Thursday 21st March at 3.00pm in the Energy Theatre.

Lee Carroll

Programme manager Energy Statistics Team, SEAI

Dr. Lee Carroll is the programme manager for the Energy Statistics Team at SEAI, which acts as the definitive source of energy statistics for Ireland, and satisfies many of Ireland’s international reporting obligations on energy. Lee holds a PhD and BSc in physics, and a diploma in project management.

Before joining SEAI, Lee was a programme manager at Science Foundation Ireland, having previously postdoc’ed in Cork, Italy, and Switzerland. Lee is passionate about the effective visualisation and communication of data to help explain energy challenges, draw-out insights, and suggest solutions.

Lee will be presenting at the session 'Ireland’s latest Energy Statistics and Projections' on Thursday 21st March at 12.00pm in the Energy Theatre.

Eóin Cullen

Programme Executive SME, SEAI

Eóin Cullen is a Programme Executive on the SME team within the Business Supports and Transport department within SEAI.

Eóin manages the Support Scheme for Energy Audits (SSEA) which offers businesses a deep dive of their energy use as well as working with SMEs and advising on SEAIs educational and financial supports.

Eóin will be presenting at the session 'SME Business Grant Briefing' on Wednesday 20t March at 2.00pm in the Energy Theatre.

Hannah Julienne

Programme Manager Behavioural Economics, SEAI

Hannah Julienne leads the Behavioural Economics Unit at SEAI. The unit uses a behavioural science approach to better understand and address the human factors that influence energy behaviours and the uptake of sustainable energy solutions.

Prior to joining SEAI in 2021, Hannah was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Behavioural Research Unit at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), conducting behavioural experiments to inform policy in a range of areas including consumer protection and health. She holds a PhD in Neural Dynamics from the University of Bristol.

Hannah will be presenting at the session 'Accelerating the Uptake of Heat Pumps in Irish Homes: Behavioural and Technical Considerations' on Thursday 21st March at 4.00pm in the Energy Theatre.

Stephen Farrell

Programme Manager National Retrofit Technical, SEAI

Roisin Mulligan

Programme Executive Sustainable Finance, SEAI

Roisin Mulligan is Programme Executive for Sustainable Finance in SEAI. The role of the Sustainable Finance team is to support the development of new and innovative finance models and products for the retrofit sector and to work with financial institutions and high-street banks on how such products can best align and integrate with SEAI schemes and initiatives to help meet national retrofit targets.

Prior to joining SEAI, Roisin worked in a social investment fund providing innovative financial products that generated a social or environmental return as well as a financial return on investments.

Roisin will be presenting at the session 'Low Cost Finance for Home Energy Upgrades' on Wednesday 20th March at 11.00am in the Energy Theatre.

Tim Stokes

Programme Manager Market Surveillance, SEAI

Tim Stokes is a programme manager in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Market Surveillance Unit with responsibility for market surveillance campaigns, compliance promotion and stakeholder engagement. Tim has over 25 years of experience in the field of sustainable energy gained both in Ireland and the UK, and several years of experience as a market surveillance professional.

Tim has played a key role in setting up and developing SEAI’s market surveillance service having been in post since its inception in 2016.

Tim will be presenting at the session 'SEAI Market Surveillance Overview' on Wednesday 20th March at 4.00pm in the Energy Theatre.

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