Organisational Structure

The Management Board

The Board of Ervia consists of ten non-executive members who are appointed by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Tony Keohane


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 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. Mr. Banks is a member of the Investment/Infrastructure Committee and the 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 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 runs his own consultancy business (Chris B2B Ltd) acting as Non-Executive Director and strategic advisor to a number of UK water utility, consultancy, services and supply companies. Chris is a graduate of Oxford University, holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and is a fellow of Chartered Institute of Marketing and a member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Fred Barry

Board Member

Fred Barry was appointed to the Board in July 2016. 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, 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

Board Member

Peter Cross was appointed to the Board in January 2015, and is Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee.  He is Managing Director of Trasna Corporate Finance and a Board Member of Cubic Telecom.  He was formerly Chairman of the Audit Committee of the HSE and Chief Financial Officer of Eircom.  He previously worked in the UK with BT Group plc (as Chief Financial Officer of BT Openreach, as Group Director of Corporate Finance and as Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme).  He held various corporate finance positions in London with Morgan Stanley and Barings, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Dublin.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Celine Fitzgerald

Board Member

Celine Fitzgerald was appointed to the Board in January 2015. Ms. Fitzgerald is Chairman of the Project 23 Committee. Celine worked as a senior executive in the Telecommunications sector for over 20 years. Between 2007 and 2012 she was CEO of Rigney Dolphin. More recently she served as CEO of GOAL and now works as a management consultant. She is a non-executive director of VHI since 2010. 

Keith Harris

Board Member

Keith Harris was appointed to the Board in July 2016 and was re-appointed in July 2019. Mr. Harris is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Project 23 Committee and the Remuneration 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. Keith is Industry Partner in AIP Asset Management.

Sean Hogan

Board Member

Sean Hogan was appointed the Board in January 2015. 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, he was appointed Chairman of WRAS Limited in October 2018 and is the Chairman of Newry Credit Union.  He holds a Masters Degree from Queens University Belfast in Organisational Management and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Leadership & Management and the Institute of Directors and sits on their Business and Environment Committee.

Mari Hurley

Board Member

Mari Hurley was appointed to the Board in June 2013 and was re-appointed in June 2018 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 Premier Lotteries Ireland and was previously Chief Financial Officer of Hostelworld Group plc. and Finance Director of Sherry FitzGerald Group. Mari 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

Board Member

Finbarr Kennelly was appointed to the Board in December 2012 and was re-appointed in December 2017. 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

Board Member

Joe O’ Flynn was appointed to the Board in November 2008 and subsequently reappointed in November 2013, January 2015 and July 2018. Mr. O’ Flynn is a member of the Project 23 Committee. He is General Secretary of SIPTU, a former Lord Mayor of Cork and former City Councillor. He is a 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 Treasurer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and a member of its Executive Council. He was appointed a member of the executive board of the International Transport Federation in October 2018.


The Management Team

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