Our Steering Committee

Message from the Chairman

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) is a state of the art facility established to implement new science in the energy space. The IERC is hosted at the Tyndall Institute, which is one of the foremost ICT research centres in Europe. The IERC collaborates with its industry members to develop and pilot energy products which will create employment, boost commerce and solve global energy problems. The Centre under the leadership of Professor Tony Day will grow significantly over the coming years into being one of Europe’s leading industrial research and technology centres in the specific area of Energy.

John Mullins, Chairman

The IERC Steering Committee is a balanced, neutral and independent Committee nominated by the Centre’s Host and its company membership to oversee the operations and strategic activities of the Centre. The members of our steering committee are:

Professor Tony Day

Executive Director

Tony is the Executive Directive of the International Energy Research Centre (IERC), based at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. The Centre is a partnership between government and industry to undertake innovative research in integrated energy solutions, focussing on demand side issues and energy efficiency.

Prior to this he was Energy Services Director at TEAM (EAA Ltd), having worked for 20 years at London South Bank University (LSBU) in teaching and research. At LSBU he set up the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), a research, demonstration and teaching facility for low carbon building energy systems.

He has conducted research and published widely in the areas of building energy analysis and the application of low and zero carbon technologies in the urban environment. Tony is a Fellow of both CIBSE and the Energy Institute.

John Mullins – Chairman


John Mullins, 51, is Executive Chairman of Amarenco, a fast growing company which is focused on solar asset development, financing and ownership in Europe. Previous to this role, John Mullins was Chief Executive of Bord Gáis from December 2007 until the end of 2012. During this time, BGE established a significant electricity business and developed renewable and conventional generation assets. He has held senior management positions with ESB, ESB International, PricewaterhouseCoopers(UK) and NTR plc. Group.

He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and the Irish Academy of Engineering. He is also Chairman of the Port of Cork Company and is a Director of Wisetek Limited and Mainline Group.

He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD, Dublin


Stephen Nolan

Sustainable Nation

Stephen is widely acknowledged as an accomplished senior business professional who has led and delivered expertly crafted initiatives and businesses across both public and private spheres. He possesses a strong background in technology and policy with a focus on climate finance. He is recognized as an energetic, charismatic and well-connected leader whose drive and determination to achieve challenging goals generates high levels of motivation and a ‘can do’ attitude amongst peers and subordinates alike. Over the past fourteen years he has developed a distinct skillset encompassing a unique understanding of the machinery of government, international agencies and businesses and where they intersect both nationally and internationally. His experience has equipped him with an ability to successfully lead, raise capital for and project manage complex, multi-stakeholder undertakings at the highest levels.

Stephen is a former Executive Director of Green IFSC; ICT special Advisor to the secretary General, Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources Ireland; CEO of the UN founded Global eSchool & Communities initiative; Advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan ICT Task Force; and Executive Assistant to the chariman & CEO Rivada Networks.

Stephen is a member of the international Advisory Group of the Climate Bonds Initiative; the Advisory Group for the UN Environment Programme Global Environment Monitoring system for water Capacity Development Centre; and the UN founded Network 11 initiative.

Stephen is also a Board member of the Haven Partnership, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Children’s Cancer Fund for Ireland.


Ian Kilgallon

Gas Networks Ireland - Business Development & Innovation Manager

Ian’s team in Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) is focused on progressing collaborative innovation projects with key stakeholder companies, research organisations, and developers. Current priority topics aim to assist Irish industry to decarbonise with renewable energy and supporting new rural developments, such as indigenous renewable gas and community cooperative projects.

Working in the gas industry for over 13 years, Ian has previously held the positions of National Metering Manager, Market Operations Manager, Regulatory Affairs and Key Account Manager. Prior to working in gas, Ian, who is an Industrial Engineer, spent 18 years establishing and supporting manufacturing and supply chain operations across Europe, Asia and North America for Apple, EMC and Dell.

Jeff Smith


Jeff Smith MBA

  • Managing Partner of up www.ome-oartners.com a digital SaaS property and facilities SaaS company, in UK, Ireland and Spain
  • Developer of the “The Whole Picture” a data visualisation and analytics cloud-based tool based around Organizational Network Analysis (ONA), designed for Private Equity Funds / Management Consultancies / Management Boards to provide clear understanding of human resource data.
  • Shareholder and Director of FM start up GB based Envirotech Facilities Management Ltd
  • Former CEO of four Bilfinger companies in the UK and Ireland, as well as a director of a number of management companies in the IFSC area of Dublin.

Jeff is a member of:

  • Member of Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland
  • Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member of British Institute of Facilities Management
  • Member of The Energy Institute
  • Member of Forum for Public Procurement TUPE committee
  • Independent assessor for Dublin Institute of Technology committee for approval of IPFMA B.Sc. (Ordinary) Degree in Property & Facilities Management

Proven track record of success in the Property and Facilities Management marketplace with over 30 years industry experience. In employment to date has successful record of growing and developing businesses and services with the PM & FM marketplace and my experience covers the Ireland, UK, Germany & the Middle East. During managerial career has based all business decisions on the principles of transparency, profitability and cash management with a view to maximising shareholder value by meeting or exceeding customer’s expectations. Among numerous engineering and management qualifications he completed an MBA in Facilities Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2002



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Professor Brian Norton

TU Dublin

Professor Brian Norton is immediate past President of Dublin Institute of Technology, now part of Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) it is Ireland’s principal provider of practice-led research-informed higher education.

Professor Norton has authored 6 books and over 500 papers principally in the field of solar energy and energy in buildings. He has supervised over forty PhD students. He is Vice-President of the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance. He serves on the National Skills Council.

Originally qualified as a physicist at University of Nottingham, he has doctorates in engineering from Cranfield University and the University of Nottingham. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Engineers Ireland, the Irish Academy of Engineering, the UK Higher Education Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Among his honours are the Napier Shaw Medal and the Energy Institute Roscoe Prize. He is an Honorary Professor at University of Ulster, Harbin Institute of Technology, China and University of Houston, USA.


Jonathan Sandham

ESB Networks

Jonathan Sandham, is the Electrification and Innovation Delivery Manager In ESB Networks, the Irish Distribution System Operator. The purpose of this role and area in the DSO is to appreciate the requirements and platforms which need to be in place within the DSO to enable ESB Networks to safely and reliably facilitate a customer centric, decentralised future.  Previous to this role, Jonathan was the principle architect for operational communications and cyber security for systems supporting ESB group and Eirgrid. During his time, in the energy industry, Jonathan has delivered numerous customer centric energy projects in the area of flexibility appreciating the future role of ICT in the energy system.


He holds a Bachelor degree in Software Development and Computer Networking from Cork Institute of Technology.

Marie Donnelly

Throughout her thirty year career in the European Commission, Marie has been a leading advocate of future oriented policies and strategies to accelerate the energy transition.

Currently, Marie is a non-executive director of :

  • Tipperary Energy Agency –  a social enterprise for energy efficiency;
  • E3G, a climate change think tank operating to accelerate the global transition to a low carbon economy;
  • European Advisory Board Member of the Hawthorn Club, the only International Network for professional  women in the energy industry

Professor Cian Ó Mathúna

Prof. Cian Ó Mathúna has more than 30 years’ experience in applied research and technology transfer in microelectronics. He is currently Head of MicroNano Systems Centre at the Tyndall National Institute in University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Prof. Ó Mathuna received B.E. (Elec.), M.Eng.Science, and Ph.D. degrees from the National University of Ireland in 1981, 1984 and 1994, respectively.

Prof. Ó Mathúna’s research is focused on The convergence of microelectronics and microsystems whereby CMOS provides an intelligent platform for the miniaturisation and monolithic or heterogeneous integration of non-standard functions such as sensors, actuators and power management.

System integration and miniaturisation of wireless sensor modules for remote environmental monitoring, energy management in buildings, personal health based on wearable and in-the-body intelligent sensor systems for both diagnostics and therapeutics, key applications for the future and emerging Internet of Things (IoT).

  • Miniaturised power management systems for energy harvesting/scavenging and power supply on chip (PwrSoC) based on thin film magnetics on silicon. Prof. Ó’Mathuna is co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed journal papers, over half of which have been published in IEEE journals and has sourced research funding of over €20m over the last decade. He is c-founder of Irish industry-academic research clusters in the areas of surface mount technology (Smart Group Ireland), wireless sensor networks (WiSEN) and power electronics (PEIG).
  • Prof. O’Mathúna is founder of the successful International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (www.powersoc.org) which is run on a bi-annual basis since 2008 and is now the global flagship conference in this space for the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the PSMA.
  • In 2013, Prof. Ó’Mathuna was elevated to Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the field of power electronics with the citation “for leadership in the development of power supply using micro magnetics on silicon”.

Prof. O’Mathúna is founder of the successful International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip (www.powersoc.org) which is run on a bi-annual basis since 2008 and is now the global flagship conference in this space for the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the PSMA.


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