Organisational Structure

The Management Board

The Board of Ervia currently consists of nine non-executive members and the Group Chief Executive Officer who are appointed by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Tony Keohane

Chairman

Tony Keohane was appointed to the Board in July 2016 and reappointed in June 2021. 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 was Chairman of the Government appointed Services Strategy Group. He is on the board of Sam McCauley Chemists 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

Board Member

Chris Banks was appointed to the Board in July 2016 and reappointed in June 2021. Mr. Banks is a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and the Project 23 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 Asset Delivery partnerships, Energy management, Property & Facilities, IT, Fleet, Non-regulated businesses in Renewables, Contracting and International Consultancy, and overseeing Market opening for Water Retail Competition. Previously he has worked at board and senior management level in Building Products, Minerals and Shipping industries. Chris runs his own consultancy business (Chris B2B Ltd) acting as Non-Executive Director, Interim Commercial Director and Strategic Advisor to a number of utility, consultancy, technology, services and supply companies in water, waste and renewable energy sectors. Chris is a graduate of Oxford University, holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is based in Edinburgh.

Fred Barry

Board Member

Fred Barry was appointed to the Board in July 2016 and was re-appointed in January 2020. Mr. Barry is Chairman of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Project 23 Committee. He is currently Chairman of the National Transport Authority and a non-executive director of the PM Group.

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.

Keith Harris

Board Member

Mr. Harris is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Project 23 Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is a Board Director at South Staffordshire plc, Industry Partner at AIP Asset Management and an associate of OXERA LLP. He also is the owner of the private infrastructure advisory business, LorraineHouse, specialising in energy generation and distribution investments. 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 Plc he held various senior Executive and Board positions at Group, utility and unregulated levels, including CFO and deputy CEO.


Sean Hogan

Board Member

Sean Hogan was appointed to the Board in January 2015 and was re-appointed in January 2020. Mr. Hogan is a Chartered Director and is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. He was Chairman of Northern Ireland Water Limited from March 2011 to March 2015 and is currently the Chairman of WRAS Ltd in the UK and Chairs the expert advisory committee on bovine tuberculosis for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural affairs in Northern Ireland.

Liz Joyce

Board Member

Liz Joyce was appointed to the Board in October 2021 and is a member of the Project 23 and Remuneration Committees. She is an independent non-executive director and executive coach and OD consultant with a strong track record in people leadership, organizational development and change management across the voluntary, private and public sectors. She has held senior executive roles in the Central Bank of Ireland, Pioneer Investments, Greenstar Ltd., Diageo and Concern International. Liz has extensive experience in governance, leading change and engaging stakeholders in international and complex environments. 
 
Liz is also an Independent Director with the board of the Football Association of Ireland. She has previously held a range of non-executive roles including with Aware and Concern International. She also practices as a Leadership/Executive Coach and OD Advisor/Consultant.
 
Liz is a graduate of University College Galway (BA Hons in Psychology) and a postgraduate of Dublin City University (MBS in HR Strategies) and holds diplomas in Coaching and Business Finance. She is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors (IOD) and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD). 

Geraldine Kelly

Board Member

Geraldine Kelly was appointed to the Board in October 2021. Ms. Kelly is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. Geraldine is an experienced Non-Executive Director with a successful international career and a proven track record of delivering results. She has over 25 years board experience contributing to successful businesses in Technology, Energy and Clean Technology sectors with the ability to optimise technology and digital strategies to develop sustainable business solutions. 
 
Geraldine currently serves as a non-executive director on a number of boards including Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank, she is Chair of Accountant Online Limited and SnapDragon Monitoring Limited.
 
Her previous experience includes serving as Chair of Plan Ireland and Microfinance Ireland as well as a non-executive director of Cenergise Energy Trading Limited, Gaelectric Limited and Tyndall National Institute.
 
Geraldine is a graduate of University College Galway (Maths & Economics), a postgraduate of University College Dublin (MA Economics). She is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors and a Certified Bank Director with the Institute of Banking

Cathal Marley

Board Member

Cathal Marley was appointed to the Board in August 2020 and is a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. He joined Ervia in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer, and has over 20 years’ experience in the utilities and infrastructure sector, having previously worked in senior roles across the electricity industry with ESB. He holds an MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School, UCD, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Council Member of the IMI and a member of the DCU Audit Committee. His early career was spent with EY in Dublin and Eastern Europe.


Joe O'Flynn

Board Member

Joe O’ Flynn was appointed to the Board in November 2008 and subsequently reappointed in November 2013, January 2015, July 2018 and June 2021. Mr. O’ Flynn is a member of the Project 23 Committee and the Investment/Infrastructure Committee. He is the Chairman of the One Cork Group and a member of the Cork Airport Development Council. He was appointed a member of the executive board of the International Transport Federation in October 2018. He is a former General Secretary of SIPTU, a former Lord Mayor of Cork and former City Councillor. He is a former director of two SIPTU affiliated bodies- the Institute for the Development of Employment Advancement Services and the Larcon Centre- the controlling body for the Liberty Hall Centre for Performing Arts. He is also a former Treasurer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and a former member of its Executive Council

Fiona Egan

Board Member

Fiona Egan (FCA, B.Comm) was appointed to the Board in July 2022. Fiona is currently Managing Director of Rabobank Ireland. She is an experienced Managing Director with over 20 years’ experience working as a CEO, Corporate and Investment Banker and Non-Executive Director in a number of leadership, execution and governance roles. Prior to joining Rabobank, where she has worked for 17 years, Fiona worked with Goodbody Corporate Finance for 7 years after training and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. Fiona also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and a Diploma in Professional Accounting from Smurfit Business School. Fiona served on the Board of a midsized media group from 2011 to 2018.
Fiona has completed several Leadership Development Programmes in business schools across Europe and the US including Harvard Business School, Chicago Booth, Ashridge Business School (London) and IESE Business School in Barcelona.

The Management Team

The Management Team, headed up by Cathal Marley Group Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the day to day management of the company.