Annual Report 2013

The Board

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1. John Horgan (Chairman)

John Horgan was appointed to the Board in April 2012 and as Chairman in September 2012. He is an independent Human Resource Consultant. He has a degree in Social Science from University College Dublin and MA in Industrial Relations from Warwick University. Following positions in the UK and Irish public service he was appointed Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of the Labour Court. Subsequently he worked for GPA in Shannon and was HR Director for a number of multinational companies.

2. Gabriel D’Arcy (Managing Director)

Gabriel D’Arcy was appointed as Managing Director in February 2008. Prior to joining Bord na Móna, he held a number of management positions in the Kerry Group, most recently Commercial Director, Kerry Ingredients Europe. He previously served as a Captain in the Defence Forces. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from University College Galway, an MSc from University College Dublin, an M.B.A. from Kingston University Business School, an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice from University of Ulster and an Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction. He is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors.

3. Paudge Bennett

Paudge Bennett was appointed to the Board in January 2007 and reappointed in 2011 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna as a seasonal worker in 1973 and became a member of permanent staff in 1975. He has been a storeman in Boora works since then. He served as a Trustee of the Bord na Móna Pension Schemes for 11 years until 2006.

4. Denise Cronin

Denise Cronin was appointed to the Board in September 2011. She is an Accounting Manager with the Irish subsidiary of a US multinational technology company. She has worked in finance roles in a number of Irish companies across a range of industries. Denise is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a B.Comm (Hons) from University College Cork. She also serves with a number of not for profit bodies.

5. Paddy Fox

Paddy Fox was appointed to the Board in January 1999 and reappointed in 2003, 2007 and 2011 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna as a seasonal worker in 1970 and became a member of permanent staff in 1975. He has been a team leader since 1990. He holds a Diploma in Management and Industrial Relations.

6. Pat McEvoy

Pat McEvoy was first appointed to the Board in January 1995 and served on the Board until December 2006. He was reappointed in January 2011, under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna in 1967 as an apprentice and subsequently served as a fitter-turner in a number of locations. He is currently in the position of Health & Safety Auditor.

7. Gerard O’Donoghue

Gerard O’Donoghue was appointed to the Board in October 2012. He is a practising Solicitor and was appointed as a Notary Public in July 2005 by the Supreme Court. He is principal in the practice of White O’Donoghue and Company, Solicitors, Abbeyleix, Co Laois.

8. Colm Ó Gógáin

Colm Ó Gógáin was appointed to the Board in January 2011 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna in 1974 and has held various positions including Chief Executive Bord na Móna Fuels Limited, Director of Bord na Móna Environmental Limited and is currently Head of Strategic Infrastructure. He holds a B.E. (Mechanical) from University College Dublin, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Engineers of Ireland.

9. David Taylor

David Taylor was appointed to the Board in June 2009. He is an independent strategic advisor on sustainable energy and holds professional qualifications in engineering (BE Chemical) and management (MSc Management). He is Chairman of the Energy Institute in Ireland. Formerly CEO of Sustainable Energy Ireland he has represented the Irish Government’s energy research and development interests at European Union and International Energy Agency fora.

10. Elaine Treacy

Elaine Treacy was appointed to the Board in July 2012. With almost 20 years experience in the technology industry, Elaine has a wealth of expertise in international sales, marketing and business strategy coupled with capital fundraising and mergers and acquisitions. Her career spans PLC, public sector and start-up organisations. She is currently Vice-president, Sales & Marketing at Cicero Networks, a leading software company in the telecommunications industry. Elaine holds a Masters of Business Studies (MBS) and a Bachelor of Commerce from National University of Ireland, Galway.

11. Barry Walsh

Barry Walsh was appointed to the Board in October 2012. He is an accountant by profession and has worked for most of his career in senior financial positions in the Irish Life Group. He is currently Company Secretary of the Irish Life Group and Chairman of the Irish Life Staff Pension Scheme. Prior to joining Irish Life he was an Inspector of taxes in the Revenue Commissioners.

12. Peter Wyer

Peter Wyer was appointed to the Board in May 2008. He has a Commerce and Law Degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Having spent some time in Merchant Banking he moved into sales where he spent most of his career. He joined Arch Motors Limited Galway in 1976 where he is currently Sales Director and Company Secretary. He is also a director of a number of other related companies. His term of office expired on 1 May 2013.