Kerrie has over 17 years’ experience in management of EU and National funded research, with the last 9 years in the sustainable energy sector. The roles have spanned central university functions, research performing teams and National energy research funding agency, covering programmatic development & management, finance and governance. She holds a BA in Mathematics and Geography, a Master’s in Environmental Public Policy and is an FCCA accountant.
Kerrie is currently Head of Research and Technology Department in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The SEAI Research & Technology Department coordinates Ireland’s energy research funding programme, National Contact Point for EU Horizon Europe, and technology areas of offshore/ocean, onshore electricity/wind and renewable heat.
She is active across a number of National and EU coordination committees and initiatives such as representing Ireland on the EU SET-Plan, Horizon Europe Programme Committee and the Atlantic Strategy Plan. In addition, she is active in National steering and working groups relating to offshore, district heating, hydrogen and funded research.
She is committed to bridging the policy/education/research/industry interface, and is a non-executive board committee member of Kildare Wicklow ETB.