Advisory Board

Overview of the UCD Energy Institute Advisory Board

UCD Energy Institute has worked hand-in-hand with a diverse group of stakeholders from Industry, European Commission, International Research Organisations and Benefactors to take on major energy challenges. UCD Energy Institute differs from other research entities by leveraging these comprehensive links particularly through the capacity of our Advisory Board. Thanks to our Advisory Board Members for their practical knowledge, applied experience, support and advice that has stirred UCD Energy Institute to develop unmatched insights and a depth of expertise that is critical to the advancement of low carbon innovation.


David O’Reilly

Chairperson & Adjunct Professor

David J. O’Reilly graduated from University College Dublin with a BEng (Chemical Engineering) and was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science degree.
David served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chevron Corporation (Formerly, ChevronTexaco Corp.), a holding company of Chevron Energy Solutions LP and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC from 2000 to 2009.
David began his career as a Process Engineer for Chevron Research and over the course of his 41-year career with Chevron, he served in positions of increasing seniority, responsible at various stages for the corporation’s strategic planning, US refining and worldwide exploration and production before his appointment as Chairman and CEO.
David is a UCD Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering and Chair of the University’s Energy Advisory Board.

Jerry O’Sullivan

Deputy CEO ESB





Jerry O’Sullivan was appointed ESB Deputy Chief Executive in October 2014. Prior to this, he was Managing Director ESB Networks Ltd. He joined ESB in 1981 and held a number of positions in Power Station Construction, Distribution and Transmission, Retail, Contracting, Marketing and Customer Service.

He was appointed Head of Network Services in 2002 and Head of Sustainability and Network Systems in 2008. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from University College Cork.


 Mark Foley

CEO Eirgrid

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 had responsibility for land sales and property development; telecommunications infrastructure and services; as well as a +400MW renewable energy programme. 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 masterplanning, permitting, planning and delivery of c. €1.5bn in airport infrastructure at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports. Mark has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin and a Masters in Industrial Engineering from University College Dublin.

Michael Walsh

Managing Director Smartwires

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Michael is responsible for leading the Smart Wires business in the Europe Region. Prior to joining Smart Wires he was Director of Future Grids at Ireland’s Transmission System Operator, EirGrid, where he was responsible for planning the transmission system on the island of Ireland and bringing new technologies into its grid development strategy. He was a member of ENTSO-E’s System Development Committee which oversees the planning of the European transmission system. Before that he was Chief Executive of the Irish Wind Energy Association and a board member of the European Wind Energy Association. Other previous roles include Manager of Market readiness at ESB National Grid and a lecturer in Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin, Ireland. Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a member of the board of the Energy Institute at UCD. He holds a BE, MBA and PhD and has authored many peer reviewed papers and advised a wide variety of international bodies.

Mark McGranaghan

Vice President EPRI

Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of Distribution and Energy Utilization for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving technologies, systems, and practices for power delivery systems from the generator to the plug and for the devices and technologies that use the electricity.

From 2003 to 2010, McGranaghan was Director of Research in the Distribution and Smart Grid areas for EPRI. Priorities during this period were restructuring of the distribution research program, coordinating EPRI research in the smart grid area with government and industry efforts, creating the smart grid demonstration initiative, and increasing the technical strength of the EPRI research team.

Prior to joining EPRI, McGranaghan was Vice President at Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003), where he helped develop a new business area around power quality and power system studies into a world leader.

McGranaghan has Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering and Master of Science, Electrical Engineering degrees from the University of Toledo, and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities (IEEE, CIGRE, IEC). He is a member of the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board and he is the Vice-Chairman of the CIRED U.S. National Committee.

Mike Quinn

CEO Ervia

Mike Quinn joined Ervia in late October 2017 from Bord na Mona where he held the role of Chief Executive Officer. He joined Bord na Mona in 2015 having worked as a Group Vice President for Precision Castparts (PCC), a global aerospace company, where he led a group of five companies with locations in the USA, India, China, the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining PCC, Mike held various senior management positions in Tellabs, Stryker and Lufthansa Tecknik. He spent the earlier part of his career working in engineering roles with Amdahl Ireland and Apple Computers.

Mike holds a degree in Physics and Electronics from DCU and a post graduate qualification in Project Management from UL. He also studied advanced Leadership programmes at both Cranfield University and the Ross school of Business in the University of Michigan.

John Fitzgerald

Adjunct Professor ESRI & UCD

John FitzGerald is an adjunct professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and former research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. He is currently a member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland and of the Independent Expert Panel established in 2014 by the Department of Communications Energy and Natural resources. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.

He is President of the Association d’Instituts Européens de Conjoncture Économique and of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland. In the past he has served as a member of the National Economic and Social Council and of the board of the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation.

Through his work in the ESRI’s Energy Policy Research Centre he has published research on energy demand in Ireland, studies of the economics of global warming, and an analysis of how the Irish energy sector might be restructured to enhance competition and efficiency.

Marie Donnelly

Energy Institute Board Member

Ms Marie Donnelly is former Director of Renewables, Research and Innovation and Energy Efficiency at the Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission.

Previously, Ms. Donnelly worked with the European Commission in the Employment and Social Affairs Directorate General as Director for Resources and Communication and in the Directorate General for Enterprise in the area of Industrial policy in Pharmaceuticals – Human and veterinary medicinal products. She also served as Head of unit for European Social Fund Policy, Coordination in the EQUAL Community Initiative, and was Head of the unit Equality for women and men.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Donnelly worked as Industry Group Director with the Federation of Irish Chemical Industries in Dublin, Ireland.

John Shine

Energy Institute Board Member

Johnny Shine is a member of the UCD Energy Institute Advisory Board and Chairman of the ESIPP Governance Committee. He has served as Managing Director of eir Networks and prior to that served in the roles of Deputy Chief Executive ESB and Chairman/Managing Director ESB Networks. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and an Electrical Engineering Degree from University College Dublin.

Paul Travers

Head of Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure at AIB

Paul is the Head of Energy, Climate Change and Infrastructure at AIB and leads a newly created team for scale lending to energy, renewables and infrastructure projects. Paul was previously the Head of Macquarie Capital Ireland and has ca. 15 years experience advising and investing in these sectors and has worked with ESB, Bord Gais, NewEra, NTR, Viridian, the Irish Infrastructure Fund, Amarenco and Mainstream Renewable Power on various transactions and investments. Paul was a Director on numerous Macquarie investment companies including the Board of Amarenco Solar Ireland.

Stephen Wheeler

Managing Director, SSE Ireland

Stephen Wheeler is Managing Director of Ireland’s second-largest energy utility SSE Ireland, part of the FTSE-listed SSE plc. Stephen has responsibility for overall strategy, commercial performance and business development for SSE’s business in Ireland. Prior to this, Stephen was Managing Director of SSE’s retail brand SSE Airtricity and previously General Manager for Ireland of SSE Renewables with responsibility for SSE’s development and construction activities. Stephen came to SSE with significant international experience after working with ABB and Siemens, specialising in the development and construction of thermal power generation projects. A graduate of electrical engineering from University College Dublin with an MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Stephen is a past Chairman of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA).

Triona McCormack

Director of Research, UCD

Triona leads the team in UCD Research and supports the development and implementation of the Research Strategy, working with the VPRII and Research, Innovation and Impact Group (RIIG) of the University.

Triona contributes to the development of research across all disciplines and is responsible for research management and operations across the Institution. Prior to joining UCD, Triona was Director of Consulting for Ireland and European Practice Leader for Organisational Effectiveness at Hudson Highland. She worked extensively with organisations in the US, Europe, UK and Ireland across a broad range of sectors from utilities to financial services.

She completed her undergrad in Engineering at UCD and graduate studies in Biomechanical
Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

David Fitzpatrick

College Principal


Prof. FitzPatrick received his BAI degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in 1985. He subsequently received his D.Phil degree from the University of Oxford in 1990 for doctoral work entitled “Mechanics of the Knee Join”. After receiving his doctorate, he worked within the orthopaedic industry, initially as a Development Bioengineer with Howmedica International Ltd. in Limerick, Ireland, followed by a career path within DePuy International Ltd. in Leeds, UK, including managing product development and basic research programmes for knee, upper limb, trauma and spinal product lines. As Senior Development Manager, he was directly responsible for the development of a worldwide knee product development strategy and for the close liaison with clinicians involved in the design and development of knee, spine and upper limb devices.

In 1998, he returned to Ireland to take up a position as College Lecturer within the Department of Mechancial Engineering at University College Dublin. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, to Associate Professor in 2010 and Full Professor in 2012. He was Head of the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering from September 2005 to August 2011, followed by a period as Vice Principal for Internationalisation & Development in the College of Engineering and Architecture. In September 2012, he was appointed as Provost of the Beijing-Dublin International College, a joint venture between UCD and Beijing University of Technology. In September 2014, he took on the additional roles of Dean of Engineering and Principal, UCD College of Engineering & Architecture.

Don Bredin

Professor of Finance

Don Bredin is a Full Professor of Finance at the UCD Graduate School of Business and Head of the Banking and Finance Subject Area. He has previously worked at the Research Department of the Central Bank of Ireland, City University, London and University of Newcastle, UK. He undertook his PhD in Economics at the University of Newcastle. His main research interests are in empirical finance and economic and financial history. Recent research has been published in Journal of Banking and Finance, The Energy Journal and Energy Economics. Don currently lectures a graduate level module on Commodity Finance and an undergraduate module on the History of Financial Crises. Don spent the 2012-13 academic year as a Visiting Professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts.