The Board of Ervia consists of the Chief Executive and seven 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 and re-appointed Chairman in July 2014. Ms. Hynes chairs the Remuneration Committee. Ms. Hynes, a lawyer, is Chairman of Shannon Group plc since December 2012. She is also a non-executive director of a number of companies including Total Produce plc, One Fifty One plc and Mincon Group plc. 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, Aer Lingus Group plc, Fyffes plc, Concern and Bank of Ireland.
Michael McNicholas, Group CEO
Michael was appointed Group CEO of Ervia in May 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. Michael is a member of the board of the Irish Management Institute (IMI). He is an executive member of the Ervia Board and a member of the Investment/Infrastructure and the Customer Service committees. Michael is also the Chairman of the Irish Water and Gas Networks Ireland Executive Boards.
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 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 network for SME’s. 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 the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. She is Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee and is a member of the Risk Committee and 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 was appointed to the Ervia Board in November 2008 and subsequently reappointed in November 2013 and in January 2015. Mr. O’ Flynn is Chairman of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Customer Service Committee .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 was appointed the Board in January 2015. Mr. Hogan is the Chairman of the Risk Committee and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He was Chairman of Northern Ireland Water Limited from March 2011 to March 2015. He holds a Masters Degree from Queens University Belfast in Organisational Management and a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and sits on their Business and Environment Committee.
Celine Fitzgerald was appointed to the Board in January 2015.Ms. Fitzgerald is Chairman of the Customer Service Committee and a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. 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 was appointed to the Board in January 2015. Mr. Cross is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Risk Committee. He is Managing Director of Trasna Consulting, a strategic corporate finance advisory business, and Chairman of the HSE’s Audit Committee. He is a Director of Cubic Telecom Limited. He was Chief Financial Officer of Eircom between July 2007 and December 2010. He previously worked in the UK with BT Group (as Chief Financial Officer of BT Openreach, as Group Director of Corporate Finance and as Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme), and held corporate finance positions with Morgan Stanley and Barings. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Dublin