Dublin, 11 May 2015
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White T.D., is to appoint eight members, including a Chairperson, to the board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The appointments were noted by the Government at its meeting of Wednesday 6th May 2015.
Minister White intends to appoint Ms Julie O'Neill as SEAI chairperson for a period of five years. Ms O'Neill was Secretary General at the Department of Transport from 2002 to 2009 and was an SEAI board member between September 2011 and September 2014. She will serve alongside four newly appointed members: Dr Peter Brennan; Dr Lisa Ryan; Mr Michael Wall, and Mr Paddy Phelan.
Minister White also intends to reappoint Ms. Anne Connolly, Mr. Pat Gilroy and Mr. Brian Carroll whose terms on the board ended on 1 May 2015.
Minister White said: "I am delighted to appoint Ms O'Neill as Chairperson of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. I believe her appointment will strengthen the Board, and the other new appointments will add greatly to the expertise available to the board."
Minister White said the new Board members were people of high calibre who had been selected following a competitive selection process run on stateboards.ie, and said he was confident that the new Board would successfully oversee the implementation of SEAI's strategic mandate.
Notes for Editor
Background on Selection Process
Following a selection process which was undertaken in accordance with the "Guidelines for appointments to State Boards," which was published by the Government in November 2014, six new appointments have been made by Minister White to the board of SEAI.
Vacancies on the SEAI Board, including that of the Chairperson, were advertised on stateboards.ie on 22 January 2015. Expressions of interest were invited from applicants with the following skills and experience necessary to join the Board of SEAI.
• Experience in Public Engagement/Marketing/Communications
• Expertise in Legal/ Accounting / Governance and Compliance areas
• Experience in Strategy Development and Public Affairs
• Involvement in Entrepreneurship/ Enterprise / Innovation
• Technical competencies in the fields of Technology /Engineering /Construction/Architecture / Research
• Experience in Spatial Planning and Community Engagement.
234 individual applications were received from 179 individuals, on foot of which a shortlisting process was conducted.
Short biographies of chairperson, reappointments and new appointees
Julie O'Neill (Chairperson)
Career spent in the civil service culminating in the position of Secretary General of the Department of Transport (2002 to 2009); experienced non-executive director and strategic management consultant. Member of the SEAI Board from September 2011 to September 2014.
Experience: Corporate governance/public sector/SEAI board
Dr Peter Brennan
Former civil servant at Department of Industry and Commerce and the Department of Foreign Affairs; Former Director of Irish Business Bureau, Brussels; Consultant to private and public bodies; PhD (EU Policy).
Experience: Enterprise/innovation/ strategy development/public affairs
Dr Lisa Ryan
Currently energy economics research lead at the Energy Institute, UCD; Former senior economist in energy efficiency policy at the International Energy Agency; PhD Environmental economics.
Experience: Strategy development/R&D/energy economics
Barrister, Law Library, Dublin; project director UCD (part-time); Board member An Bord Pleanala (1999-2006).
B.E. (Civil); Manager of Carlow-Kilkenny Energy Agency; Part-time Lecturer WIT.
Experience: Community engagement/technical/entrepreneurship
Currently leads Irish Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX); previously Executive Director of the Ageing Well Network. First appointed to the SEAI Board in May 2013.
Experience: Corporate governance/community engagement
Currently Country Director Ireland for Veolia. Previously M.D. of Veolia Environments Energy Division. Extensive experience of energy sector including ESB. Member of IBEC National Council. First appointed to the SEAI Board in May 2013.
Experience: Technical knowledge/strategy development/business experience
Principal Officer at Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
Experience: Principal Officer with responsibility for renewable energy. Prior to this he was Principal Officer with responsibility for Corporate Finance and Planning Section of the Department. First appointed to the SEAI Board in May 2010.
SEAI Board Membership
|Member||Position||Date first Appointed|
|Ms Julie O'Neill||Chairperson||May 2015*|
|Dr Brian Motherway||CEO||May 2012|
|Mr Brian Carroll||Board Member||May 2010|
|Ms Anne Farrell||Board Member||April 2012|
|Ms Michelle Green||Board Member||May 2012|
|Ms Anne Connolly||Board Member||May 2013|
|Mr Michael McGarry||Board Member||May 2013|
|Mr Pat Gilroy||Board Member||May 2013|
|Dr Peter Brennan||Board Member||May 2015|
|Dr Lisa Ryan||Board Member||May 2015|
|Mr Michael Wall||Board Member||May 2015|
|Mr Paddy Phelan||Board Member||May 2015|
*Ms O'Neill served as an SEAI board member for three years from September 2011.