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

Commercial Director, EP UK Investments Ltd.

Ian has previously served as a Director of the EAI and is an established professional in the energy field.  He is currently Commercial Director of EP UK Investments ltd. His previous roles have included President AES UK & NI, Chief Commercial officer AES Europe and Generation Portfolio Manager Power NI.

Head of Strategic Engagement, ESB Networks

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.

Chief Executive, Tynagh Energy

John P. O’Connor is Chief Executive of Tynagh Energy, Ireland’s first independent electricity generator. Tynagh owns a 400 MW Combined Cycle Gas Power Plant located in Galway together with a commercial operation based in Dublin. Tynagh has two private investors led by EPUK Investment and is project financed.   John has led the company through financing, construction, commercial operations and two transitions to the All Island Single Electricity Market.

John has gained experience in a number of roles in industrial sectors both large and SME across Ireland and the UK with international organisations including: GEC-Alstom, DCC, Varian International, SDL and SCO. His qualifications include: FCMA, MSc, B Comm, CPIM, as well as C Dir.

Head of Corporate Affairs Thermal and Markets at SSE plc.

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.

Secretary

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.