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 brings wide-ranging experience of business and regulatory/policy issues to her role as Chairman of ESB. For over 30 years she worked in banking, most recently at senior executive level in Ulster Bank / Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in both the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) and managed large-scale operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Banking.
External Appointments: Chairman of the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall, Member of Queen’s University Senate, President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry (until December 2018), Chairman of the Economic Advisory Group (EAG) in Northern Ireland.

Pat O’Doherty

Pat O'Doherty, Chief Executive

Appointment to the Board: January 2013 as Board member and December 2011 as Chief Executive. Term as Chief Executive and Board member extended by a further three years, effective 1 December 2018. 
Career Experience: Holds primary and master's degrees in engineering from University College Dublin (UCD). Prior to his current role, Pat headed up ESB’s largest businesses as Executive Director, ESB International, Managing Director, ESB Networks and Executive Director, ESB Power Generation. He completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
External Appointments: Trustee of The Conference Board of the United States, Director of Energy UK and Chair of the Apprenticeship Council of Ireland.

Anne Butler

Ann Butler, ESB Board Member

Appointment to the Board: November 2012.
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 a member of the Irish Academy of Engineering.
External Appointments: Served on a number of boards including the National Roads Authority (NRA), Ordinance Survey Ireland (OSI) and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and currently serves on 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. Re-appointed to the Board in September 2018 for a term of four years commencing 1 January 2019. Tenure: Eight years.
Career Experience: Member of a team that is now part of ESB’s Enterprise Services organisation and previously worked in Customer Supply (now Customer Solutions).
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 Member

Appointment 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 UCD respectively. Currently, Controls and Instrument (C&I) Asset Management Specialist for the Generation Portfolio.
External Appointments:
 Member of the Institute of Engineers Ireland (IEI) and former Chair of Energy Sector Professional Association (ESPA) from 2014 to 2018.

Andrew Hastings

Andrew Hastings

Appointment to the Board: July 2015.
Career Experience: Independent Non-Executive Director and Mentor following a 30-year career in banking and financial services. A Chartered Director, Chartered Banker and Certified Bank Director, held CEO position of Barclays Bank Ireland plc until March 2015, which included responsibility for NI. 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, Pepper Finance Corporation (Ireland) DAC, Scottish Building Society and a consultant to London-based Valuation Consulting LLP.

Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

Appointment to the Board: January 2011 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977. Re-appointed to the Board in September 2018 for a term of four years commencing 1 January 2019.
Career Experience: A 22-year career in ESB Networks, currently a project leader in Projects Delivery Central. Holds an honours degree in business from UCD and a higher diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from Maynooth University. He holds certificates in health and safety from UCD and in company directorship from the Institute of Directors in Ireland.
External Appointments: Former chairperson and current member of the ESB Defined Benefit Superannuation Committee and Training Officer for the National Worker Directors Group.

Paul Lynam

Paul Lynam, ESB Board Member

Appointment to the Board: October 2016.
Career Experience: Holds a BSc in analytical science from Dublin City University (DCU), a postgraduate diploma in business studies from UCD and an MBA from City University Seattle. He has a total of 25 years’ experience in business, having served as CEO of the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford, as CEO of Siemens Limited Ireland and previously as CFO of Siemens Limited Ireland in the period 2008 to 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 a Director of Siemens Limited Ireland and 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. Re-appointed to the Board in September 2018 for a term of four years commencing 1 January 2019.
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 Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trustee Limited and Chairman of the National Worker Directors Group.

Noreen O’Kelly

Noreen O'Kelly

Appointment to the Board: April 2013.
Career Experience: A Chartered Accountant, who trained with KPMG. Held a number of senior positions in Independent News and Media Group including Head of Treasury and Group Secretary and was also Company Secretary of C&C Group. She currently works as a consultant on corporate governance. 
External Appointments: Director, Vice Chair and Chair of Audit Committee of Rehab and external member of the Audit Committee of the Institute of Technology, Sligo.

Alf Smiddy

Alf Smiddy, ESB Board Member

Appointment to the Board: October 2016.
Career Experience: A Chartered Accountant, who trained with PwC. Chairman and Managing Director of Cork headquartered 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, Director of Cork Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Cork Local Government Committee and served on the Board of Cork Airport Authority. He is a Fellow of the Irish Marketing Institute.
External Appointments: Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of The Dalata Hotel Group Plc, Chairman of Quintas (Accountancy, Taxation and Corporate Finance) and a Director of the Government-backed Social Innovation Fund Ireland.

Noreen Wright

Noreen Wright, ESB Board Member

Appointment to the Board: June 2011. 
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 Group plc, including Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services. 
External Appointments: Lay Magistrate, member of both the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal. Non-Executive Director of Camerata Ireland.