Chair & Vice Chair

Head of Legal & Regulation, Bord Gáis Energy

Joanne is responsible for Regulation, Legal, Corporate Affairs & Corporate Development. Since joining Bord Gais Energy in 2011 the organisation has gone through some major changes which Joanne has played a key leadership role in, including its restructuring and sale to Centrica plc and price de-regulation.

Prior to joining Bord Gais Energy Joanne held General Counsel & Company Secretary roles in both the FMCG and IT industries.  Prior to that she spent five years working with McCann FitzGerald solicitors, specialising in Mergers and Acquisition and Corporate Finance.

Joanne has a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from University College Dublin.

Head of Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Strategy, ESB

Peter O'Shea  joined ESB in 1999 with responsibility for competition and regulation, a role in which he oversaw the development of competitive wholesale and retail electricity markets across Ireland. Prior to taking up his current position he served as Chief Information Officer for ESB for four years and spent  a short period as Financial Controller of ESB Power Generation.

Peter commenced his career in the UK in 1987 with the Central Electricity Generating Board and held a number of commercial, technical and regulatory positions with the National Grid Company before joining ESB in 1999. He holds an honours degree in electronic engineering from University College Dublin and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Warwick.

Peter is a Board Member at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and past Chairman of the Energy Policy Committee at the Chamber.  In his spare time Peter is heavily involved in gaelic games and is Chairman of Ballinteer St Johns GAA Club in Dublin.

Board Members

Head of Regulation, Naturgy

Bryan is a member of Naturgy Ireland's senior management team with specific responsibility for regulatory affairs. He joined Naturgy (then known as Vayu Energy) in 2004 following liberalisation of the industrial and commercial sector of the retail gas market in the Republic of Ireland.

In his previous roles, Bryan has worked with a number of accounting firms, principally Ernst & Young. Prior to joining Naturgy, he worked in the group finance and reporting team within the Smurfit Kappa Group for nine years.

Bryan holds an honours commerce degree from University College Dublin and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

President AES, UK & Ireland

Originally joining AES in 2010, Serhiy served as CFO and Shared Services Director for AES Ukraine from 2010 to 2013, CFO and Head of the Alberich branch for AES Kazakhstan from 2013 to 2015 and Market Business Leader in Kazakhstan from 2015 to 2016. Serhiy also has 12 years' experience at various finance and marketing management positions in Ukraine, South Africa, Austria, New Markets Eastern Europe and Central Asia for Kraft Foods. He completed his university education in economics, ACCA, various marketing and leadership programs at Darden School of Business, Kraft Foods Marketing Academy, Kyiv School of Business and others. Serhiy was elected to the Board for the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan in 2016.

Head of Asset Management, ESB Networks

Donal is responsible for the portfolio of Transmission and Distribution Assets owned by ESB and the Operation and Development of the Distribution Network.

Prior to his current role Donal was Group Production Manager at ESB Power Generation, responsible for the operation and maintenance of its fleet of conventional and renewable plant.

He previously held a number of roles at ESB Power Generation, spanning  a lengthy career at ESB, including Manager Major Projects where he led the planning and development of the company's new conventional and renewable portfolio and the repowering and environmental retrofit of existing stations.

Director of Trading & Regulation, Energia

John is responsible for Front Office, Middle Office, Price Forecasting, Retail Customer Pricing and Regulation at Energia. John has a range of experience in the gas and electricity industry having previously spent eight years with Northern Electric holding a variety of roles including Electricity Trading Manager.

Whilst at Northern Electric, John led both gas and electricity trading teams through significant market changes when the Transco Network Code was introduced in 1996 and subsequently the transition from the England & Wales Electricity Pool to NETA in 2001.

He joined Energia in 2002 to design the trading function prior to the commissioning of Energia’s first gas fired power station. Whilst at Energia, John led the trading team through the transition to the Single Electricity Market in 2007 and in 2012 headed-up a successful legal challenge to overturn a regulatory decision relating to the treatment of the Carbon Revenue Levy in the SEM.

John has an honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Northumbria.

General Manager, Tynagh Energy

John comes from the independent generator sector and is Chief Executive of Tynagh Energy, a 400 MW CCGT power plant based in Galway. Tynagh has a number of private investors led by GE and is project financed.

He has led the company through construction, commercial operations, transition to the Single Electricity Market and refinancing.

He is currently working with his team to address the challenge of renewable integration and European market assimilation.

John has gained experience in a number of operational roles in industrial sectors across Ireland and the UK with international organisations including: GEC-Alsthom, DCC, Varian International, SDL and SCO. His qualifications include: FCMA, MSc Info Sys (University of Hertfordshire), B Comm (UCC) CPIM, Chartered Director.

Director of Treasury & Corporate Finance SSE plc.

Barry has worked in the energy industry for over ten years and in his current role is responsible for all of the group's treasury activities (including funding)  as well as investment appraisals and group specific M&A activity across all of SSE’s business areas. Barry has extensive experience in corporate fundraising, project financing, corporate acquisitions and disposals and credit ratings.

Prior to this Barry worked in the financial control team at Airtricity for over three years.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Barry spent four years working with PricewaterhouseCooppers in Dublin.

Head of Generation, Bord na Móna

John is a member of Bord na Mona's Senior Executive team with specific responsibility for the PowerGen business unit. He is responsible for the operations of the existing asset base and the strategic expansion of the portfolio within the Bord na Mona group.

John is a member of Eurelectric’s Environment & Sustainable Development Policy committee, and an Executive of IBEC’s Energy Policy Group, where he previously chaired the Climate Change Working Group.

John has worked for a number of major international utility players in the sector, such as the German utility E.ON and Fortum, a Finnish utility company and has experience in many roles across the sector from operations & EHS Management to business development & project management roles.

John has a BSc Degree in Chemistry and PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from University College Dublin.

Regulatory and Trading Manager, Brookfield Renewable

Ciarán O’Brien is the Regulatory and Trading Manager for Brookfield Renewable's European platform and has responsibility for Brookfield's existing interconnector trading activities, as well as managing the company's generation portfolio following the introduction of the I-SEM market in Ireland, and as Brookfield enters other European markets.

Ciarán was previously the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Brookfield Renewable's operations across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Prior to working for Brookfield Renewable, Ciarán worked for Bord Gáis Energy across the Portfolio Optimisation, Regulatory and Strategy areas.

Ciarán holds a B. Eng (Electrical) degree from University College Cork and an M. Sc. (Energy Management) from Dublin Institute of Technology.


Head of Commercial & Regulatory Affairs, PowerGen, Bord naMóna

John MacNamara has responsibility to ensure the organisation's full compliance with all applicable statutory obligations & regulatory consents while also identifying pathways and strategies to maximise market revenues from PowerGen's current and future generation portfolio and asset base.

John is company secretary for the EAI where he is also chair of the IED working group, in addition he is a member of the Brussels based Eurelectric 's Wholesale Markets Design Working Group.

John has previously worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a senior scientist as well as in the private environmental sector; he holds a PhD in Combustion Chemistry, a diploma in Finance and an LLB in Irish Law.