This meets the requirements of Section 10 (2) of the Sustainable Energy Act, 2002, which states that ‘The Board shall direct the functions of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland in accordance with this Act and shall satisfy itself as to the adequacy of the systems in place for that purpose and shall keep under review the performance of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.’

SEAI Code of Governance 2015.pdf

SEAI's Current Board Members

MemberPositionDate first Appointed
Ms Julie O’NeillChairpersonMay 2015*
Mr Jim GannonSEAI CEOMay 2016
Mr Brian CarrollBoard MemberMay 2010
Ms Anne ConnollyBoard MemberMay 2013
Mr Pat GilroyBoard MemberMay 2013
Dr Peter BrennanBoard MemberMay 2015
Dr Lisa RyanBoard MemberMay 2015
Mr Michael WallBoard MemberMay 2015
Mr Paddy PhelanBoard MemberMay 2015

*Ms O’Neill served as an SEAI board member for three years from September 2011.

Julie O'Neill Head ShotJulie O'Neill - Chairperson 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. Member of the SEAI Board from September 2011 to September 2014.
Jim GannonJim 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.
Anne Connolly Head ShotAnne Connolly (appointed 2nd May 2013, reappointed 6th May 2015) is leading the start-up of the Irish Smart Ageing Exchange (ISAX), a new initiative aimed at creating jobs and exports in the rapidly growing global older consumer market. This follows on from her role (2006-2013) as the Executive Director of the Ageing Well Network, an independent think-tank and catalyst for social change. Previously, she ran her own management consultancy practice for 12 years, working with public, private and voluntary organisations developing their strategic plans and implementing change programmes. Other non-executive Board positions have included An Post, RHD VHA, Fabulous Beast Dance Company, ICC Bank, APSO and Chair of Simon Community Ireland.
Brian Carroll Head ShotBrian Carroll (appointed 1st August 2010 reappointed 26th June 2012 and 6th May 2015) is Head of the Decarbonisation Division in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources since 2012, and a Member of the Board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland since 2010. He chairs the Steering Group that oversees the implementation of Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan which was published in February 2014. He has also worked in the Central Expenditure Evaluation Unit of the Ireland’s Department of Finance. In total he has spent 23 years in the Civil Service, having also worked in the Departments of Justice and Foreign Affairs. He holds a first class Masters in Economic Science from the National University of Ireland.
Pat Gilroy Head ShotPat Gilroy (appointed 14th May 2013, reappointed 6th May 2015) is Managing Director since 2005 of Dalkia, Veolia Environnement’s Energy division in Ireland, Pat is an Engineering graduate of University of Dublin, Trinity College.  He previously held roles in the ESB, Amdahl Ireland Ltd and EEL FM Ltd, before heading up FP2, which was sold to Dalkia in 2001.Pat is an active contributor to the community on a number of levels and has a keen interest in ideas that work to enhance performance culture in both the workplace and in the sporting arena. A former President of the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce Pat‘s significant experience in the energy sector and in the world-leading company in environmental services brings key insight to his role as Secretary of the Energy Institute in Ireland. Pat is also a member of the IBEC National Council and is currently contributing to a Consultative Committee on Jobs in the Green Economy.
Peter Brennan Head ShotDr Peter Brennan (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.

Lisa Ryan Head ShotDr Lisa Ryan (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.

Michael Wall Head ShotMichael Wall (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.

Paddy Phelan (appointed 6th May 2015) B.E. (Civil); Manager of Carlow-Kilkenny Energy Agency; Part-time Lecturer WIT.

Paddy is a graduate of the School of Engineering (BE Civil) in UCD and spent almost 9 years in construction in various engineering and project management roles for a main contractor. He is a part time lecturer in Sustainable Energy Engineering in WIT. He is Manager of Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency Ltd., a not for profit energy consultancy since September 2012. He has significant experience across all areas of energy in energy efficiency, energy management and land based renewable technologies. These support many innovative energy supply chain, project development and innovative energy finance projects to delivery in residential, community, SME and all scale renewable generation etc. Paddy has significant EU project experience spanning over 8 years. He is also a member of the AIEA, IRBEA and Meitheal na Gaoithe management committees since 2012.

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