Ervia CEO Mike Quinn has announced the retirement of Jerry Grant as Managing Director Irish Water from the end of September 2018, and the appointment of Liam O’Sullivan to the role of Chief Operating Officer Ervia effective immediately.

Commenting on the changes, Mike paid tribute to Jerry Grant as Ireland’s foremost technical expert on water services. “Jerry is incredibly well regarded both within Irish Water and across the water services industry, having enjoyed a successful 40 year career as a Consulting Engineer, including roles as Managing Director of RPS Group Ireland, and most recently Managing Director Irish Water.

“His career achievements at Irish Water are many: developing Ireland’s first 25 year Water Services Strategic Plan and first cycle investment plan for 2015-2016; spearheading the work on Ireland’s first National Lead Strategy with the HSE, EPA and Department of Environment, and delivering over €1.7bn in core capital investment.

“On behalf of the Board and Executive Team, I would like to thank Jerry for his leadership of Irish Water and the strong legacy he will leave not just for our company but for the customers and communities we serve all over Ireland.”

To ensure a smooth transition to Jerry’s successor, the role of MD Irish Water will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Liam O’Sullivan, formerly Managing Director Gas Networks Ireland, will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer Ervia with responsibility for Customer Operations, Continuous Improvement, Major Projects, Public Affairs, Safety and Asset Performance and Supply Chain.

“Thanks to Liam’s leadership, GNI is one of the strongest performing commercial semi-state businesses in Ireland. I look forward to working with him in his role as COO to continue developing and growing our multi-utility business at Ervia into Ireland’s trusted leader in service and infrastructure delivery.”

A search process for the role of Managing Director Gas Networks Ireland is currently underway.