Our Leadership

Our people dedicate themselves to a better transmission grid, for the benefit of all. We achieve this goal with a combination of expert skills from a wide range of experience. You can learn more about our executive team and board here.

Mark FoleyEirGrid Group Chief Executive

Mark Foley joined EirGrid Group as chief executive in June 2018, having held the role of Managing Director of Land Solutions in Coillte since January 2016. Previous to that, Mark was Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise where he led the development of new businesses in renewable energy, telecommunications, land development and land sales.

Before that, from November 2000 to August 2008, Mark was Director of Capital Programmes at Dublin Airport Authority. In this role he was responsible for master planning, permitting, planning and delivery of c. €1.5bn in airport infrastructure at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports. Prior to that Mark held a number of senior executives roles with multinationals in the Speciality Chemicals and Electronics sectors. Mark has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from University College Dublin, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from University College Dublin as has attended executive development courses in Penn State University and IMD.

John O'ConnorChairman

John O’Connor was appointed Chairperson of the Board of EirGrid with effect from 12 November 2013.  From 2000 to 2011, he was the Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála, the independent national tribunal for the determination of planning appeals and strategic infrastructure projects.  Prior to that, he served for 35 years as a civil servant in the Department of the Environment where he occupied senior positions as Finance Officer, Principal Housing Policy and Finance and Assistant Secretary in charge of the Planning and Water Services Division.  He served as Chairman of the Pyrite Resolution Board 2013 to 2017. At present, he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Respond Housing Association and chairs the Committee overseeing the implementation of the Cork City boundary extension.

Dr Theresa DonaldsonDeputy Chair of the Board

Dr. Theresa Donaldson achieved Chartered Director status with the Institute of Directors in 2018.  She was Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (June 2014-September 2018) and Chief Executive Craigavon Borough Council (2010-2014). Prior to this Theresa held several senior management positions in health and social care and legal services in NI including as Director of Policy and Civil Service Delivery in the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission. Theresa held a public appointment as Chair of a Health and Social Services Research Ethics Committee for 6 years (2004-2010) and a Judicial Appointment as Lay Member Charity Tribunal (2012-2014).

Tom CoughlanBoard Member

Tom Coughlan has extensive senior management and leadership experience having retired as Chief Executive of Clare County Council following a career in local government. He has wide experience of the public sector having served as chairman of various committees and boards at national and local levels.

Tom is the Chairperson of the Health and Safety Authority and non-executive Director of Failte Ireland. He is a lay member of the Complaints and Client Relations Committee of the Law Society of Ireland, an Associate Tutor with the Institute of Public Administration, and a member of the Institute of Directors of Ireland.

Michael HandBoard Member

Michael Hand was appointed to the EirGrid Board in July 2015 for a period of five years.  Michael has extensive experience over 30 years as a senior leader in the Consulting Engineering and Construction sectors in Ireland. He has acted as Director and Managing Director of private and public companies. He has also acted as CEO and Director of Grangegorman Development Agency. He has a track record in the design and delivery of major strategic infrastructure projects throughout Ireland. He has also worked with distinction as a volunteer and Director in the voluntary community sector.

Michael is highly qualified in Engineering and Business. He holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from NUIG and a Masters in Business Administration from UCD. In 2014, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by DIT in recognition of his contribution as an engineer, a public servant and as a servant to his community. He is a Fellow of four professional institutions and is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Director and a Chartered Water & Environment Manager.

Liam O'HalloranBoard Member

Liam O’Halloran has extensive senior management experience in multinational electronic and telecommunications companies. Liam previously held the position of Senior Vice President of DEX Europe, a US based company providing repair and logistics services to major electronics multinationals and Vice President of European Operations for Jabil Global Services, a global electronics services company. Liam was also Director of Customer Operations and Regulation at Magnet Networks and later served as Executive Chairman of ALTO, the Association of Alternative Telecommunications Operators. He is a Director of Alcomis, a company development consultancy with clients in Software, eLearning and Services sectors.

Shane BrennanBoard Member

Shane Brennan is an engineering graduate from the University of Ulster, holds a post graduate diploma in Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of Engineers Ireland. He has over 20 years of engineering experience and commenced employment with EirGrid in 2008 as a Project Manager in Grid Development. He is currently the Senior Project Manager for the Northern Ireland element of the North South Interconnector project and has represented the company at many public engagements throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Lynne CrowtherBoard Member

Lynne is an experienced social media consultant who has developed and implemented award winning online content for many blue chip organisations.

She has worked on local, national and international initiatives for a wide range of companies and provides guidance, training, mentoring, activation and evaluation. Lynne also lectures at the University of Ulster on the PGCert/Dip/Masters Digital Media Communication in the areas of digital strategy and content strategy.

She is a Board member of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland and writes an award-winning blog.

John TrethowanBoard Member

John Trethowan is a native of County Down, and is married with one son. He is a career Banker, and is currently the Head of the Credit Review Office, which provides an appeals mechanism for Small Businesses and Farms which have been refused bank credit in Ireland.  He is also a Commissioner of the Central Bank of Ireland, where he is a member of its Audit Committee. John Chairs the EirGrid Board Audit Committee, and is a member of the Risk Committee. He has extensive Boardroom experience in Banking, Public Transportation, Public Healthcare and in the Voluntary Sector.

Eileen MaherBoard Member

Eileen is an experienced strategic advisor having spent the past 30 years in the telecoms industry.  She has strong strategic, commercial, transformation, regulatory and legal experience. She has a track record for developing and executing key strategic initiatives and a history of negotiating commercial joint ventures, partnerships and acquisitions. She was the Director of Strategy and External Affairs in Vodafone. She is also a member of the Board of Nama and the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

 

Tom FinnCompany Secretary

Tom Finn was appointed Company Secretary of EirGrid and its subsidiary companies in October 2016. He also holds the role of Head of Legal for the EirGrid Group. He is an experienced practicing lawyer with over 30 years post-qualification diverse legal and senior management experience within private practice, industry and the public sector. At various stages of his career, Tom has been a practicing Barrister, In-House Lawyer, Solicitor and Legal Manager. He holds a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Law Society of Ireland.

Mark Foley EirGrid Group Chief Executive

Mark Foley joined EirGrid Group as chief executive in June 2018, having held the role of Managing Director of Land Solutions in Coillte since January 2016. Previous to that, Mark was Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise where he led the development of new businesses in renewable energy, telecommunications, land development and land sales.

Before that, from November 2000 to August 2008, Mark was Director of Capital Programmes at Dublin Airport Authority. In this role he was responsible for master planning, permitting, planning and delivery of c. €1.5bn in airport infrastructure at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports. Prior to that Mark held a number of senior executives roles with multinationals in the Speciality Chemicals and Electronics sectors. Mark has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from University College Dublin, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from University College Dublin as has attended executive development courses in Penn State University and IMD.

Siobhan ToaleDirector, Human Resource & Corporate Services

Siobhan Toale was appointed Executive Director Human Resources and Corporate Services in 2015 having previously held the role of HR Director. In this role Siobhan is responsible for Information Systems, HR and Organisation Development with a remit to manage change and improve processes across the organisation. Prior to joining EirGrid, Siobhan held leadership positions in Eir, Telefonica O2 and Bank of Ireland. Siobhan has a BSc in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development.

Rodney DoyleDirector, Market Operations & General Manager, SEMO

Rodney Doyle was appointed Director of Market Operations and General Manager, Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO) in July 2015 having previously held the position of Director of Information Services since February 2013. Rodney also held a number of other positions in EirGrid including European Market Integration Manager; Manager of the East West Interconnector business readiness project, and Ancillary Services Manager. Rodney has across his roles led projects to deliver major systems and policies which are in use today across the electricity market and the TSO's. Before his time with EirGrid and ESB National Grid Rodney worked as the chief adviser in the networks division of the Competition Authority of New Zealand concentrating on electricity and gas regulation/market design issues and before that worked in consultancy. Rodney is a member of a number of key European TSO and market cooperation groups. Rodney has a BA (Economics), MA (Economics) and an MBA from UCD.

Liam Ryan Interim Director, Grid Development & Interconnection

Liam Ryan was appointed Interim Director of Grid Development & Interconnection in November 2018. Prior to this, Liam was head of the Integrated Single Electricity Market transition, responsible for the overall readiness, transition and deployment of the market solution, which fully integrated the single electricity Market to Europe. Liam also held a number of other positions in EirGrid including head of transmission engineering & maintenance, head of market operations, head of power system operational planning and head of programme management office for developing the transmission grid, in all cases he lead the development of policies and innovations which are central to the performance of the market and system operator functions. 

Before joining EirGrid, Liam held a number of senior engineering roles in Hewlett Packard manufacturing and innovation departments and before that worked in consultancy. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he has a PhD and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and holds a Masters in Mathematics.

Robin McCormickDirector, Operations, Planning & Innovation and General Manager, SONI Ltd.

Robin McCormick is Director of Operations, Planning & Innovation and is also the General Manager of SONI Ltd. Robin previously held the role of General Manager of the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO).

He has significant experience in the power industry in a regulated utility environment. In his role as Director, he is responsible for the operation and planning of the power system in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Robin is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He holds an MBA from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, and an MSc from Napier University, Edinburgh.

Rosemary SteenDirector, External Affairs

Rosemary Steen was appointed Director of External Affairs in July 2015 having previously held the position of Director of Public Affairs since joining EirGrid in 2014. Rosemary also serves on the board of the AsIAm charity organisation. Rosemary has extensive Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility experience from the Telecommunications, Utilities and Business Industry Body sectors. She has previously held senior positions in Vodafone, Shell and IBEC. Rosemary has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, an MBS in Logistics and Manufacturing from University College Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Aidan Skelly Director, Finance and Legal

Aidan Skelly was appointed Director of Finance & Legal in July 2015. Aidan previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer since June 2005. He was formerly Finance Director with Waterford Stanley Limited. He worked with Waterford Crystal from 1987 to 2002, during which time he held a number of finance and commercial positions in Ireland and in the UK. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a Commerce graduate of University College Dublin. He also holds an MBS in Corporate Leadership from Dublin City University.

Aidan acted as Interim Chief Executive during the period from January to June 2018.