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Ervia has today confirmed the appointments of Jerry Grant as Managing Director of Irish Water, and Cathal Marley as Group Finance Director of Ervia, the parent company of Irish Water and Gas Networks Ireland.

Jerry Grant has been Head of Asset Management with Irish Water since April 2013. In this role he led the project to assess the condition and performance of all national water infrastructure assets, to support the implementation of a national investment plan on the basis of greatest need.  He has directed an investment programme worth more than €3 billion to start to fix Ireland’s ailing water and waste water infrastructure and produced the first Water Services Strategic Plan for Irish Water, setting out its priorities for the next 25 years. Jerry has served as spokesperson for Irish Water on a range of technical issues and on major infrastructure projects.

 

Cathal Marley has joined Ervia from ESB where he was Head of Group Treasury and Investor Relations. He has held a number of senior management and financial roles in the company and brings a depth of financial and commercial experience, including debt capital market and bank funding, financial operations, governance and risk management, in a regulated utility environment, to his new role. Prior to ESB, Cathal worked with EY in Dublin and Eastern Europe.

 

Welcoming these senior appointments, Ervia Group Chief Executive Michael McNicholas said:  “We are very pleased to have appointed people the calibre of Jerry and Cathal to these senior positions. Jerry Grant brings 40 years infrastructure experience to the role of Managing Director and is Ireland’s foremost technical expert on Water Services. The appointment of Jerry provides the strong leadership, detailed knowledge and experience that will guide Irish Water through the transition from establishment to fully operational phase as a state utility”.

 

“In joining Ervia, Cathal Marley brings significant experience of financial operations and funding in a large complex utility environment and a strong focus on cost control and risk management. We are delighted to welcome Cathal to the company”, he added.