ESB Board Members

There are currently 12 members on the board of ESB, eight of whom are appointed by the Irish Government and four worker board members are appointed pursuant to the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977. Each member serves a five-year term. Some members may be appointed for more than one term. The board's primary role is to exercise objective and informed judgement in determining the ESB Group Strategy, to ensure there is a strong management team in place and to execute and monitor business performance and to maintain a framework of prudent and effective controls to mitigate risk.   

Ellvena Graham OBE

Ellvena Graham, ESB Chairman

Appointment to the Board: October 2010 and appointed as Chairman with effect from July 2015.
Career Experience: Ellvena has over 30 years' experience in banking, most recently at Executive Management level within Ulster Bank, where she was Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland (NI) and Managing Director of SME Banking across the island of Ireland. Ellvena has global experience within the wider Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group, having managed large scale operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
External Appointments: Chairman of the Economic Advisory Group (EAG) in Northern Ireland. Non-Executive Director of Ulster Bank Ltd, President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chair of the new Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Ltd. Board. Fellow of the Institute of Banking. 



Pat O’Doherty

Pat O'Doherty, Chief Executive

Appointment to the Board: January 2013 as Board member and December 2011 as Chief Executive. Career Experience: Headed up ESB’s largest businesses as Executive Director ESB International, Managing Director ESB Networks and Executive Director ESB Power Generation. Holds primary and master's degrees in engineering from University College Dublin.
External Appointments: Trustee of The Conference Board of the United States, Director of Energy UK and Chair of the Apprenticeship Council of Ireland. Member of Business in the Community Ireland's Leaders' Group on Sustainability. 

Anne Butler

Ann Butler, ESB Board MemberAppointment to the Board: November 2012 as Independent Board Member.
Career Experience: Chartered engineer. Worked in engineering consultancy for Dublin local authorities and was a founding Director (Executive) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Former President of the Institution of Engineers and is a member of the Irish Academy of Engineering. 
External Appointments: Served on a number of boards including the National Roads Authority (NRA), Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), REPAK and the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board. 

Dave Byrne

Dave Byrne, ESB Board Member

Appointment to the Board: January 2011 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977.
Career Experience: Member of a team that is now part of ESB’s Business Service Centre organisation and previously worked in Customer Supply (now Electric Ireland).
External Appointments: President of ESB Officers Association (ESBOA) until April 2010 and then appointed as the Group of Unions representative in Central Partnership.


Stephen Carrig

Stephen Carrig, ESB Board MemberAppointment to the Board: January 2019 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977. 
Career Experience: Joined ESB as apprentice electrician in 1985. Holds primary and master’s degree in engineering from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin respectively. Currently, C&I Asset Management Specialist for the Generation Portfolio.
External Appointments: Member of the IEI and former Chair of Energy Sector Professional Association (ESPA) 2014 – 2018.


Andrew Hastings

Andrew Hastings, ESB Board MemberAppointment to the Board: July 2015.
Career Experience: Business consultant and independent Non-Executive Director following a 30 year career in banking and financial services. A Chartered Director, Chartered Banker and Certified Bank Director, he held CEO position of Barclay's Bank Ireland plc until March 2015, which included responsibility for Northern Ireland. Previously CEO of BNP Paribas Ireland from 2007 to 2011.
External Appointments: Director of Elavon Financial Services DAC, the Dublin based subsidiary of US Bancorp and a Director of Carrick Laurel Consulting Ltd. Partner with AP Partners and consultant to London-based Valuation Consulting LLP. Chairman of the Independent Non-Executive Director Forum at the Federation of International Banks in Ireland within the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland.



Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly, ESB Board Member

Appointment to the Board: January 2011 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977. 
Career Experience: Joined ESB in 1997 as an apprentice network technician (NT).
External Appointments: Chairperson of the ESB Defined Benefit Superannuation Committee and Training Officer for National Worker Directors Group. A member of the Mediators' Institute of Ireland. 


Paul Lynam

Paul Lynam, ESB Board Member

Appointment to the Board: October 2016 as Independent Board member. 
Career Experience: Paul has 25 years' experience in business and until recently was CEO of the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford. Prior to this, he spent five years as CEO of Siemens Limited Ireland and was also CFO of Siemens Limited Ireland in the period 2008-2010. Before his 10 years with Siemens, Paul spent 14 years in Germany in various management roles in both the Smurfit Group and Kappa Packaging.
External Appointments: Served as Director of Siemens Limited Ireland between 2008 and 2015 and was Director of Whitfield Clinic associated companies.


Tony Merriman

Tony Merriman, ESB Board Member

Appointment to the Board: January 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977.
Career Experience: Joined ESB as a network technician in 1979. Served as an officer with the ESB Group of Unions.
External Appointments: Board member of ESB ESOP Trustee Limited and Chairman of the National Worker Directors Group. 


Noreen O’Kelly

Noreen O'Kelly

Appointment to the Board: April 2013 as Independent Board member. 
Career Experience: Chartered Accountant trained with KPMG. Held a number of senior positions in Independent News and Media Group including Head of Treasury and Group Secretary. In 2002, she was appointed Company Secretary of C&C Group. Consultant on Corporate Governance.
External Appointments: Director/Chair of Audit Committee of Rehab and external member of Audit Committee of the Institute of Technology, Sligo.  

Alf Smiddy

Alf Smiddy, ESB Board MemberAppointment to the Board: October 2016 as Independent Board Member. 
Career Experience: Chartered Accountant who has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Chairman and Managing Director of Beamish & Crawford Plc for over 12 years and on the board of its parent company, Scottish & Newcastle (UK) Ltd. Member of the National Executive Council of IBEC and served on the Board of Cork Airport Authority.
External Appointments: Board Member of the Dalata Hotel Group Plc, Director of Cork Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Cork Local Government Committee and a Director of the Government backed Social Innovation Fund Ireland. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a Fellow of the Irish Marketing Institute.


Noreen Wright

Noreen Wright, ESB Board MemberAppointment to the Board: June 2011 as Independent Board member.
Career Experience: Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1976. Worked in the electricity industry for 25 years and held a number of senior management posts in both Northern Ireland Electricity plc and Viridian plc, including Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services.
External Appointments: Lay Magistrate, member of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals of Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal. Director of both Springvale Training Limited and Co-operation Ireland Limited.