Speakers 2014



Registration from 8.15am


Minister for State Tom Hayes – Dept of Agriculture, Marine & Food.

tomhayesTom began his career in politics when he was elected to Tipperary South Riding County Council in 1991.

In 1997 he became a member of Seanad Éireann and acted as Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on Agriculture. In July 2001 Tom Hayes was elected to represent Tipperary South Riding in Dáil Éireann. He was subsequently appointed Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture & Food.

Deputy Hayes was returned to the 29th Dáil in May 2002. He then served as the Fine Gael Deputy Spokesperson on the Environment, with Special Responsibility for Heritage and Rural Affairs.

Deputy Hayes was returned to the 30th Dáil in May 2007. He acted as the sole Opposition TD in the Tipperary South constituency. He sat on the Committee for the Constitution, the Committee for Procedures and Privileges, and the Oireachtas Commission.

Deputy Hayes served as Chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party beginning in September 2002; he was re-elected in this capacity from September 2007 until March 2010.

In February of 2011 Tom Hayes T.D. was elected to the 31st Dáil for Tipperary South. He is currently the sole Government T.D. in the constituency.

Deputy Hayes was appointed Chairman of the Joint Administration Committee in June 2011. In June 2012 he was appointed the chairperson of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. In June 2013, he was appointed a Junior Minister at the department of Agriculture with special responsibility of Horticulture, Forestry, The Greyhound Industry and Food safety.


Conor Molloy – EMPI – Event Chairman

cmolloyEMPI is a professional body for the energy management services sector operating in Ireland. With continued growth in demand for energy management and energy savings, the mission of EMPI is to play a leading role in facilitating and supporting the work of a national network of energy professionals.

EMPI is a professional body; it aims to foster world-class energy management services in the interests of customers, EMPI members, the environment, and protect the independence and integrity of the profession.


albertAlbert O’Sullivan Greene – Shellfish DeLaMer

Situated on the North West tip of Europe on the rugged coast of Ireland we have access to some of the purest waters and freshest shellfish in the world. We have our own boats that fish out of our local harbour and land daily so we can process during the night to ensure the freshest product possible.

Our core product is the Brown Crab (Cancer pagurus) which we supply to various customers all over the world. We pride ourselves on being able to supply the freshest and tastiest Brown Crab on the market. With excellent relationships with our local fishermen and suppliers we can ensure demand is met with supply and still ensure sustainable fishing is at the core of our business.


Bord Bia – Padraig Brennan – Senior Business Analyst – Origin Green

padraigbrennanPadraig Brennan holds the position of Manager, Sustainability Development in Bord Bia.

Over recent years Padraig has led a number of Bord Bia research programmes examining Sustainability and its implications for the Irish food and drink industry. He has been part of the team involved in the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability programme, which aims to demonstrate the commitment of the Irish food and drink industry at both farm and manufacturing level to producing in a sustainable manner and highlight the targets being set by the industry to deliver further improvements over time.

Padraig is from a farming background in Kilkenny and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Western Australia.


hico3Hilco Hakman – Electric Ireland – Energy Consultant Services Manager

Hilco is an experienced engineer and has worked in the telecommucations construction Industry for 20 years implementing cable network projects worldwide in the Middle East, the Far East, Africa and the Caribbean.

In 2001 Hilco moved to ESB Contracts to manage their telecom construction division.

In 2005 Hilco had a career change and left the construction business behind. He moved to ESB Independent Energy, now known as Electric Ireland, to become their manager energy consulting services for the Business markets.

Energy consulting services is an integral part of Electric Ireland’s business. Electric Ireland wants to build long terms relationships and work together with business customers to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy consumption, reduce their energy cost, improve their carbon footprint and become more competitive.


Donna McKenna – Monaghan MushroomsEnvironmental Manager

donna McKennaDonna McKenna started as a Laboratory Technician with Monaghan Mushrooms in 2004.  In 2006 Donna took a yearlong sabbatical to travel.  Following this, she returned to the company in 2007 as Environmental Manager of their compost department.  Monaghan Mushrooms, established in 1981 at its group headquarters in Tyholland Co. Monaghan, is one of the world’s largest and most progressive fresh mushroom companies, with facilities spanning across Ireland, UK, Europe and Canada.   Environmental protection is essential and it is expected.  With environmental sustainability at the forefront for many years, Monaghan Mushrooms continue to work towards satisfying their customers and consumers with the knowledge that the products they are buying and the producer they are buying from, have an understanding of their environmental responsibility to actively strive for a more environmentally sustainable future.


Stuart Steele – Silver Hill Foods – Managing Director

stuartsteeleIt is our policy to design, develop and operate our activities, products and services in a way that prevents or minimises environmental impacts.

We aim to continually improve our environmental performance by applying the concept of BAT (Best Available Techniques) to achieve cleaner production, waste minimisation, and conservation of natural resources, energy efficiency and sustainable development.

To achieve our aims we are committed to the continuing development and implementation of our Environmental Management System. Through our EMS we envisage that we will:

  • Comply with all legislative, regulatory and IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) Licence requirements
  • Review and minimise the environmental impacts of our activities
  • Establish and make known our environmental objectives and targets
  • Develop and implement procedures for Environmental Management
  • Implement an Environmental Training and Awareness Programme to involve all employees in Environmental Management
  • Monitor and record our environmental performance and publish our results
  • Strive to “Reduce, Reuse Recycle” wherever possible
  • Work together with customers, suppliers and the local community for the good of the environment


Sharon Colgan – Bord Bia – Marketing Manager

Sharon copyThe Origin Green promise is an unprecedented one. It is the only sustainability programme in the world that operates on a national scale, uniting government, the private sector and food producers through Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.

Independently verified, it enables Ireland’s farmers and producers to set and achieve measurable sustainability targets – reducing environmental impact, serving local communities more effectively and protecting the extraordinarily rich natural resources that our country enjoys.

At the heart of the Origin Green programme is the Origin Green charter, a guideline document to the workings of the Origin Green programme.

From coast to coast, from seabed to soil, our ever-growing numbers of Origin Green members are fully committed to developing more stringent ways of working which will see 100% of Ireland’s food and drink exports on the road to sustainability by 2016.


garynugentGary Nugent – Rosderra Irish Meats – Environmental Manager

Worked in all areas of production across all our sites over a nine year period. I worked as central production planner within the sales department for four years which mainly involved establishing daily production plans for all sites to meet forecasted sales orders while ensuring production efficiency.


Inder Poonaji – Nestle UK & Ireland

inder-Poonaji-nestle-edit-125x111Inder  is currently the head of Head of Safety, Health and Environment Sustainability, Nestle UK & Ireland. He leads the company’s work in the area of Sustainability and Safety. He has worked internationally for several years specialising in food manufacturing both in field of Environment Sustainability and Global Change Management.   He successfully implemented Safety and Environment ISO standards for over 100 factories worldwide.  He is leading the blueprint for strategic sustainable, a holistic approach to sustainable manufacturing at their Nestlé Fawdon site.  Achievement to date includes winning the FDF Gold Environment Awards for the work in Biodiversity.   He is an active member of various Industry Lead bodies for the Food Industry and is the Chairman of the FDF Water group( which has produced the successful campaign “every drop counts”)  and Environment Agency Food Industry Liaison Group.  A  Keen sportsman playing hockey, golf and football.


Charlie Coakley – Dawn MeatsGroup Environmental Sustainability Manager

ccoakley200Charlie Coakley is a qualified Environmental Scientist with over 15 years experience in the area of energy management. He has a wide remit within Dawn Meats and he has shown commitment and leadership across a number of areas such as energy efficiency, process innovation, biodiversity, water management, supply chain initiatives, shared learning and ISO14001.  This commitment has resulted in Dawn Meats doubling their original improvement targets in their goal of sustainability and winning numerous awards including Green Apple, SEAI, IBEC, Bord Bia and 2degrees. Charlie has spoken at numerous events sharing his knowledge and unique approach to sustainability providing inspiration and leadership to others on their sustainability journey. He continues to work with Dawn Meats towards their goals of reducing water by 40%, energy consumption by 40% and their direct carbon footprint by 50%.


Dr. John Ryan – Certification Europe – Director of Services

John RyanAs an expert and advisor in the area of energy/carbon management, John has delivered seminars, workshops and training courses internationally on sustainable energy management (ISO 50001); is co-author of energy management systems – an Implementation Guide & an Audit Guide and of “Energy Managment, Practices and Principles” a MEUC and British Gas publication.

With a background in science, John has been involved in arena of business risk management system design, implementation, maintenance and audit for the past 15 years. This has included the standards in the following areas:

  • Energy Management (IS 393; EN 16001, ISO 50001)
  • Environmental Management (ISO 14001; BS 8901; LCA; Eco-design; Due Diligence)
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001)
  • Corporate Governance (SWiFT 3000)


John O’Sullivan – SEAI – Head of Development

johnosullivanAssistance & Support

–   Overview and impacts of SEAI Programmes centred on energy management & ISO50001

–   Summary of the SEAI business programme supports

–   Highlighting some successes and opportunity with high replication potential

–   Our contribution to the development of new energy standards

–   Programme development and next steps


Richard Alexander – Calor Ireland – Industrial Manager

richardalexanderRichard Alexander is the Industrial & Commercial Sales Manager for Calor Gas and has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector in both sales and technical roles. He is a qualified mechanical engineer (Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), First Class) and an alumni of the globally renowned International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. Richard has travelled extensively with SHV Energy, and in doing so has gained knowledge in a wide range of industries so that he can deliver tailored energy solutions to Irish businesses who are off the natural gas grid. Richard heads up a team who focus on providing high efficiency and cleaner energy solutions to the Irish food production sector and illustrates how this has had a direct impact on their bottom line, and also reducing their carbon footprint.  He currently represents Calor Gas on the Sustainable Energy Authority for Ireland (SEAI) Governance Committee that aims to achieve energy savings in line with the agreed 2020 EU targets.





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