Seán Finan is the Chief Executive Officer with IrBEA, he is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) Degree from National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to joining IrBEA, he has over 12 years engineering and management experience with John Sisk & Son (Holding) Ltd and took a two-year secondment from Sisk (2015 – 2017) to complete the full-time elected role as 35th National President of Macra na Feirme – the young farmers’ representative organisation. Currently a Vice-President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) he also farms part-time. Over the years he has held various positions within many community, voluntary, representative and statutory organisations at a local, national and European level. Seán is looking forward to leading IrBEA and its members for a sustainable future in bioenergy and to strategically position bioenergy to play a key role in Ireland’s Sustainability Renewable Energy Roadmap into the future.
Paddy was appointed Manager of the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency in September 2012. CKEA is working in partnership with local authorities in Carlow, Wexford, Galway and Kilkenny to implement energy management programme which hopes to achieve 33% reduction in energy consumption. The organisation works with the local rural development bodies to deliver sustainable community development projects for the region and enable large energy consumers and renewable energy developers to finance and implement projects which will facilitate reaching renewable energy 2020 targets and beyond. Paddy has been member of IrBEA for 5 years and currently sits on the management committee. He also sits on the board of IWFA, AIEA and brings a wealth of experience to the Association. We welcome him as our new Vice President.
Maurice has worked within Green Belt developing business opportunities specifically designed for farmers and landowners who wish to plant new forestry. Green Belt have been involved in over €30m of investment into Irish land and forestry since 2013. Maurice has nurtured strong relationships with HNWI’s, Institutions and private land owners interested in this area of investment. Allied to this, Maurice is developing areas by adding value to forestry portfolios beyond the traditional – pioneering growth and diversity through addressing climate issues and carbon emissions. As part of his current role, Maurice is promoting FACT investment, this initiative creates clusters of semi-mature forestry in nationally strategic locations to service end markets including sawmills and biomass facilities.