About Ervia

The Board

The Board of Ervia 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.

Board Profiles

Profiles of the current members of the Board are set out below.

Rose Hynes

Rose Hynes, Chairman

Rose Hynes was appointed to the Board in June 2006 and was appointed Chairman in July 2009 and re-appointed Chairman in July 2014. 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

Michael McNicholas, CEO

Michael was appointed CEO of Ervia in May 2013 and is a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. He was appointed to the Irish Water Board in July 2013. Prior to joining Ervia 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.

Finbarr Kennelly

Finbarr Kennelly

Finbarr Kennelly was appointed to the Board in December 2012. Mr. Kennelly is a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee, the Audit and Finance Committee , the Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is currently Finance and Operations Director of Golf Vacations Ireland. Previously he held senior positions with the Gardiner Group, distributors of hardware, hand and power tools. Prior to that Mr. Kennelly served as Financial Controller of telecoms company Alcatel Business Systems Ireland. He is a former board member of The Housing Finance Agency plc and also served as a mentor with Plato Ireland, the support networks for SME’s. He holds a B. Comm degree and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


Mari Hurley

Mari Hurley was appointed to the Board in June 2013 is Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Risk Committee and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. Ms. Hurley was appointed to the Board of NAMA in April 2014. She 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.


Joe O Flynn

Joe O'Flynn

Joe O’Flynn was appointed to the Ervia Board in November 2008 and subsequently reappointed in November 2013 and in January 2015. He is general secretary of SIPTU and is a former Lord Mayor of Cork and former city councillor. He is 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 Preforming Arts.  He is also Treasurer of Irish Congress of Trade Unions and a member of its Executive Council.


Sean Hogan

Sean Hogan was appointed the Board in January 2015. He is Chairman of Northern Irish Water in March 2011. His term at Northern Irish Water expires in March 2015. 


James Martin

James Martin was appointed to the Board in January 2015. He is co-founder and chief executive officer of AMCS Group, a supplier of enterprise resource planning software and vehicle technology for the waste, recycling and resource industry, which is located in Co. Limerick.  Before that he held a number of technical and management positions at Analog Devices for 10 years.


Celine Fitzgerald

Celine Fitzgerald was appointed to the Board in January 2015. She has her own consulting business (Integro consulting) and is a non-executive director of VHI. Between 2007 and 2012 she was CEO of Rigney Dolphin, a company that works with clients to manage, maintain and grow their customer relationships. Before that she worked in customer relationship management in Vodafone and Eircell.


Peter Cross

Peter Cross was appointed to the Board in January 2015. He has his own advisory business in Dublin (Trasna Consulting) and has been the chair of the HSE’s Audit Committee since January 2014. He was previously chief financial officer of Eircom between (July 2007 - Dec 2010). Before that he worked in BT in the UK and held corporate finance positions with Morgan Stanley. 




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