About Ervia

The Board

The Board of Ervia consists of the Chief Executive and four 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 Bord Gáis 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 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.

Joe O Flynn

Joe O'Flynn

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 Chairperson of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Risk 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.

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.

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