The Board of Ervia consists of the Group Chief Executive Officer and ten non-executive members who are appointed by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.
The Management Team, headed up by the Group Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the day to day management of the company.
Profiles of the current members of the Board are set out below.
Mike Quinn, Group Chief Executive Officer
Mike Quinn joined Ervia in late October 2017 from Bord na Mona where he held the role of Chief Executive Officer. He joined Bord na Mona in 2015 having worked as Vice President of Precision Castparts (PCC), a worldwide group of five companies based in the US. Prior to joining PCC, Mike held various senior management positions in Tellabs, Stryker and Lufthansa Tecknik. He spent the earlier part of his career working in engineering roles with Amdahl Ireland and Apple Computers.
Mike holds a degree in Physics and Electronics from DCU and a post graduate qualification in Project Management from UL. He also studied advanced Leadership programmes at both Cranfield University and the Ross school of Business in the University of Michigan.
Tony Keohane, Chairman
Tony Keohane was appointed to the Board in July 2016. In addition to his role as Chairman of the Ervia Board, Mr. Keohane is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.Tony is an expert in the strategic development of businesses and organizations and is a strategic advisor in his own consultancy business. He has a wide breadth of business skills with high level experience in commercial, finance, decision-making, analysis and team building, with a proven track record on delivering value to a business. An Alumni of INSEAD, he holds a number of non-executive roles and is the Ex-Chairman of Tesco Ireland and was CEO of Tesco Ireland from February 2006 until July 2013. He is also ex-Chairman of ECR Ireland (Efficient Consumer Response) and was Chairman of the Government appointed Services Strategy Group. He is on the board of Trinity College and An Bord Bia and is the Chairman of Repak and the Malone Group. As well as this he is also involved in a number of commercial projects and some Charity boards.
Chris Banks was appointed to the Board in July 2016. Mr. Banks is a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and the Water Industry Operating Framework Committee. He was Commercial Director at Scottish Water from 2002-2014 during its formative period and business transformation within public sector ownership. He held responsibility for Procurement including Asset Delivery partnerships, Energy management, Property & Facilities, IT, Fleet, Non-regulated businesses in Renewables, Contracting and International Consultancy, and Market opening for Retail Competition. Previously he has worked at board and senior management level in Building Products, Minerals and Shipping industries. Chris is Non-executive Chairman of two early stage businesses in UK water retail services and communications infrastructure ducting. He runs his own consultancy business (Chris B2B Ltd) acting as strategic advisor to a number of UK water utility, consultancy and supply companies. Chris is a graduate of Oxford University, holds an MBA from Cranfield and is a fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing and a member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.
Fred Barry was appointed to the Board in July 2016. Mr. Barry is a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and the Water Industry Operating Framework Committee. He is currently a non-executive director of the PM Group, and was previously a director of the National Development Finance Agency, the National Roads Authority, and various companies within Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
He was Chief Executive of the National Roads Authority from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that he worked with Jacobs for 25 years, where his management roles included Group Managing Director for the UK and Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer, also qualified as a barrister, and is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and of the Irish Academy of Engineering, where he is also a council member.
Peter Cross was appointed to the Board in January 2015. Mr. Cross is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee. He is Managing Director of Trasna Corporate Finance, Chairman of the HSE's Audit Committee and a Director of Cubic Telecom. He was Chief Financial Officer of Eircom between July 2007 and December 2010, and 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). He held corporate finance positions with Morgan Stanley and Barings, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Dublin.
Celine Fitzgerald was appointed to the Board in January 2015. Ms. Fitzgerald is a member of the Water Industry Operating Framework Committee. She has her own consulting business (Integro consulting) and is a non-executive director of VHI. In November 2016, she was appointed to the position of General Manager of GOAL. 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.
Keith Harris was appointed to the Board in July 2016. Mr. Harris is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. He is a Director and Audit Committee Chairman at South Staffordshire Water, an Advisory Board member of private equity firm Buckthorn Partners, as well as an associate of OXERA. He also is the owner of the advisory business, LorraineHouse. Prior to these appointments Keith spent 20 years at Wessex Water, including a period of time at ENRON / AZURIX where he was global head of Regulation. At Wessex Water he held various senior Executive and Board positions at Group, utility and unregulated levels, including CFO and deputy CEO.
Sean Hogan was appointed the Board in January 2015. Mr. Hogan is the Chairman of the Water Industry Operating Framework Committee and is a member of the Audit & Risk 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.
Mari Hurley was appointed to the Board in June 2013 and is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. She is a member of the Audit & 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 Hostelworld Group plc. 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.
Finbarr Kennelly was appointed to the Board in December 2012. Mr. Kennelly is a member of the Audit & 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 network for SME’s. He holds a B. Comm degree and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
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. 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.