Annual Report 2017

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The Board and Company Secretary

John Horgan
(Chairman)

John Horgan was appointed to the Board in April 2012 and as Chairman in September 2012. He is an independent Human Resource Consultant. He has a degree in Social Science from University College Dublin, MA in Industrial Relations from Warwick University and an MA in History from NUIG. Following positions in the UK and Irish public service he was appointed Deputy Chairman and then Chairman of the Labour Court. Subsequently he worked for GPA in Shannon and was HR Director for a number of multinational companies.

Mike Quinn
(Managing Director)

Mike Quinn was appointed as Managing Director with effect from January 2015. Prior to joining Bord na Móna, he was Group Vice President with Precision Castparts. He also held senior management positions in Tellabs, Stryker and Lufthansa Technik having previously worked in engineering roles with Amdahl Ireland and Apple Computers. He holds a degree in Physics and Electronics from Dublin City University and a post graduate qualification in Project Management from University of Limerick. He has also studied Advanced Leadership programmes at both Cranfield University and the University of Michigan.

Philip Casey

Philip Casey was appointed to the Board in January 2016 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprise) Act 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna in 1980 as a seasonal worker in Blackwater Works. He became permanent in December 1981. He is currently employed as a shift operative in WOP. He holds a HETAC certificate in Health and Safety and a HETAC certificate in Business Studies/Trade union studies from the National Collage of Ireland.

Denise Cronin

Denise Cronin was appointed to the Board in September 2011 and reappointed in May 2016. She has worked in finance roles in a number of Irish and US companies across a range of industries. Denise is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and holds a B.Comm (Hons) from University College Cork and a Diploma in Risk, Internal Audit and Compliance from Chartered Accountants Ireland. She also serves with a number of not for profit bodies.

John V Farrelly

John V Farrelly was elected to the Dáil in 1981. John was appointed to the Board in June 2014. He is a Director of DNG Royal County Auctioneers and Estate Agents. He served as a Senator from 1993 to 1997 and was a member of Dáil Éireann from 1981 to 1992 and 1997 to 2002. He was a member of Meath County Council from 1975 to 2014 and served as Chairperson twice. John was Chairman and is currently a Director of Meath Tourism. He also served as Chairperson of the East Border Region. He is a graduate of Warrenstown Agricultural College.

Kevin Healy

Kevin Healy was appointed to the Board in January 2015 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna in 1975 as an Assistant Surveyor at Boora Works in peat energy and has held positions in Record keeping, Maintenance Cost Control, Payroll and Stores. He was a founder member of the group which initiated Lough Boora Discovery Park and is involved in its development and in local community organisations. He has served as a Shop Steward, Branch Secretary and Section Committee member for SIPTU.

Denis Leonard

Denis Leonard was appointed to the Board in June 2014. He is Principal of a further education college in Dunboyne as well as having served as a member of Westmeath County Council and the Longford-Westmeath Education Training Board. He has a degree in Arts and a Master’s degree in Equality Studies from UCD, as well as a post-graduate degree in Guidance from NUI Maynooth. He has served on the boards of Greenpeace, VOICE, and a North South Children’s Charity. He has extensive experience in the area of the environment, producing and presenting a radio programme in this area for five years. He has worked for many local and national community development, transport, environment and charity organisations and has served as Chairperson of the Westmeath Heritage Forum.

Seamus Maguire

Seamus Maguire was appointed to the Board in January 2015 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna in 1974 as an apprentice fitter in Derrygreenagh workshop. On completion of his apprenticeship he transferred to Ballycon workshop and worked as an area fitter for a number of years. He returned to Derrygreenagh in 1988 and since 1990 he has been part of a PBR fabrication team. He has been a TEEU delegate on the Bord na Móna Group of Unions since 1998. He trained as a manual handling instructor in 2006 and supports the training instructors when the need arises. He is the Derrygreenagh safety representative and is currently a member of the Board Health & Safety Committee.

Paschal Maher

Paschal Maher was appointed to the board in May 2016 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He previously served as a Director in 2014. He joined Bord na Móna in 1980 as a seasonal worker in peat production and was appointed as a full time machine driver in 1983. In 1986 he moved to Transport Operations and was appointed as a Team Leader in 1990 a position he currently holds. He has been assigned to the Blackwater Works throughout his career.

Gerard O’Donoghue

Gerard O’Donoghue was appointed to the Board in October 2012. He is a practicing Solicitor and was appointed as a Notary Public in July 2005 by the Supreme Court. He is principal in the practice of White O’Donoghue and Company, Solicitors, Abbeyleix, Co Laois.

Colm Ó Gógáin

Colm Ó Gógáin was appointed to the Board in January 2011 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna in 1974 and has held various positions including Chief Executive Bord na Móna Fuels Ltd, Director of Bord na Móna Environmental Ltd and, latterly Head of Strategic Infrastructure. He holds a B.E. (Mechanical) from University College Dublin, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He retired from the Board in May 2016.

Elaine Treacy

Elaine Treacy was appointed to the Board in July 2012. With 20 years’ experience in the technology industry, Elaine has a wealth of expertise in international sales, marketing and business strategy coupled with capital fundraising and M&xA. Her career spans PLC, public sector and start-up organisations. She currently leads UK Sales & Marketing operations for AMCS Group, a global leader in waste and recycling software and technology. Elaine holds a Masters of Business Studies (MBS) and a Bachelor of Commerce from National University of Ireland, Galway.

Barry Walsh

Barry Walsh was appointed to the Board in October 2012. He is an accountant by profession and worked for most of his career in senior financial positions in the Irish Life Group. From 2012 up to his retirement in 2014 he was Company Secretary of the Irish Life Group and is currently Chairman of the Irish Life Staff Pension Scheme. Prior to joining Irish Life he was an Inspector of Taxes with the Revenue Commissioners.

Anna Marie Curry – Company Secretary

Anna-Marie was appointed to the role of Company Secretary on 1 April 2017. A practicing solicitor, Anna-Marie had been the Head of the Legal Department in Bord na Móna since 2007. Prior to joining Bord na Móna Anna-Marie trained and practiced as a corporate solicitor with Arthur Cox in Dublin. Anna-Marie holds a B.A and LL.B. from National University of Ireland, Galway and a Masters of Law (LL.M.) from the University of Edinburgh.