Bord Gáis Éireann is a corporate body established under the Gas Act 1976.
The Board of Bord Gáis Éireann consists of the Chief Executive and eight non-executive members (including the Chairman), who are appointed by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
The Management Team, headed up by the Chief Executive, is responsible for the day to day management of the company.
Profiles of the current members of the Board are set out below.
Rose Hynes, Chairman
Rose Hynes was appointed to the Board in June 2006 and was appointed Chairman in July 2009. Ms. Hynes chairs the Remuneration Committee and is also a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. She was appointed Chairman of the Irish Water Board in July 2013. Ms. Hynes, a lawyer, is Chairman of Shannon Airport Authority plc since December 2012. She is also a director of Total Produce plc, where she is the Senior Independent Director, Chairman of its Remuneration Committee and a member of its Audit and Nomination Committees. She is also a director of One Fifty One plc where she is its Senior Independent Director. Ms. Hynes previously held a number of senior executive positions with GPA Group plc and is a former board member of a number of companies including Fyffes plc, Aer Lingus Group plc and Concern.
Michael McNicholas, CEO
Michael was appointed CEO of Bord Gáis in May 2013. He was appointed to the Irish Water Board in July 2013. Prior to joining Bord Gáis Michael held the positions of CEO and Chief Operating Officer during his time at NTR plc, providing broad operational leadership across the Group’s businesses. Prior to joining NTR plc in February 2010, Michael worked with ESB for twenty six years. He was an Executive Director for 10 years and held a range of executive responsibilities including Executive Director ESB International, ESB Generation and ESB Supply. Michael has over thirty years experience in the Irish and International energy industry where he has held senior positions with responsibility for general management, delivery of major capital projects, funding, international investments, managing regulatory environments and competing in open energy markets. Michael has a Degree in Engineering from University College Galway. He is a Chartered Member of Engineers Ireland and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard University.
Laurence Crowley was appointed to the Board in August 2009. Mr. Crowley is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Risk Committee. He is Chairman of Ecocem Materials and Realex Payments. He is a member of the board of Aer Lingus Group plc, O’Flaherty Holdings, the Gate Theatre, the Middletown Centre for Autism, and the Economic and Social Research Institute. Mr. Crowley previously served as a director and subsequently Governor of Bank of Ireland, as Executive Chairman of the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin and as a director of Rothmans International plc and Elan Corporation plc.
Aidan Eames was appointed to the Board in March 2004 and was subsequently re-appointed in June 2009. Mr. Eames is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairperson of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is the Managing Partner of Eames Solicitors, Dublin. Mr. Eames has served as chairman and member of a number of state bodies and acts as advisor to leading commercial, technology and telecommunications companies. He is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Joe O’Flynn, General Secretary of SIPTU, was appointed to the Board in November 2008 and subsequently reappointed in November 2013, and is the ESOP nominated Board Member. Mr. O’ Flynn is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. He is a former Lord Mayor of Cork and former City Councillor and is also a director of three SIPTU affiliated bodies - the Institute for the Development of Employment Advancement Services, the Irish Trade Union Trust and the Larcon Centre- the controlling body for the Liberty Hall Centre for Performing Arts. He is also Treasurer of Irish Congress of Trade Unions and a member of its Executive Council.
Laurence K. Shields
Laurence K. Shields was appointed to the Board in June 2009. He is Chairperson of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. He founded LK Shields Solicitors in 1988, was Managing Partner to May 2005 and Chairman from May 2005 to April 2012. Mr. Shields has served as President of the Law Society of Ireland and as President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. He is a former Director of the Irish Takeover Panel Limited and other companies. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Accredited Mediator and a director of Tedcastle Holdings.
Imelda Hurley was appointed to the Board in November 2010. Ms. Hurley chairs the Audit and Finance Committee and is a member of the Risk Committee. Ms. Hurley is currently the Chief Financial Officer of PCH International, a customised supply chain management solutions company with a focus on the world's leading consumer electronics brands. She was previously the Group Finance Director at Greencore Group plc and prior to that, held various senior leadership positions in that organisation. Ms. Hurley also spent a number of years working with Arthur Andersen in both Ireland and Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Finbarr Kennelly was appointed to the Board in December 2012. Mr. Kennelly is a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and the Risk Committee. He is currently Finance and Operations Director of Golf Vacations Ireland, a company that has been organising golf tours for tourists coming to Ireland for the past 13 years. Previously he was with the Gardiner Group, distributors of hardware, hand and power tools to industrial and retail markets. At different times he served as Finance and Operations Director for two companies within the Group and as Group Financial Controller. Prior to that Mr. Kennelly held the position of Financial Controller, Company Secretary and Board member of telecommunications company Alcatel Business Systems Ireland Ltd. He has served as a member of the Board of The Housing Finance Agency plc. and also served as a mentor with Plato Ireland, the business development and support network for small and medium enterprises. He holds a B. Comm. degree and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Mari Hurley was appointed to the Board in June 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. Ms. Hurley is the Chief Financial Officer of Web Reservations International. She was previously Finance Director of Sherry FitzGerald Group and also worked at Bear Stearns Bank plc. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland having trained and qualified in Arthur Andersen. Ms. Hurley has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork.