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Board Members

In 2020, Codema formed a Board of Directors to oversee the governance of the company and to help ensure that Codema’s vision and mission are achieved.  The board members consist of senior representatives from the Dublin Local Authorities, along with representatives from the energy, legal and financial sector.  The Codema board meets on a bi-monthly basis and consists of the following members:

Owen Keegan (Chair)

Owen Keegan (Chair)

Owen Keegan Board Chairperson and Non-Executive Director, Dublin City Council board nominee Chief Executive, Dublin City Council Bio: Owen P Keegan was... read more

Owen Keegan
Board Chairperson and Non-Executive Director,
Dublin City Council board nominee
Chief Executive, Dublin City Council
Bio: Owen P Keegan was appointed as Dublin City Council Chief Executive in September 2013 having served as County Manager of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from February 2006. Before joining DLRCC, he worked for Dublin City Council, where he was Assistant City Manager and then Director of Traffic. Prior to October 1993 he worked as an economist for DKM Economic Consultants/Davy Stockbrokers. He has also worked in the Department of Finance, the ESRI and for two periods in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Mr Keegan is from Dublin. He holds degrees in public administration, economics and civil engineering.
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Dr Gerry Wardell

Dr Gerry Wardell

Dr Gerry Wardell Board Secretary and Non-Executive Director, CodemaBio: Dr Gerry Wardell founded Codema in 1997, in association with Dublin City Council,... read more

Dr Gerry Wardell
Board Secretary and Non-Executive Director, Codema

Bio: Dr Gerry Wardell founded Codema in 1997, in association with Dublin City Council, under an innovative EU programme to establish local energy agencies across Europe. As Managing Director, he grew the company over the past 24 years and the present team has currently 16 sustainable energy professionals. Stepping back from the role of executive director in 2020 he has continued his interest in Codema, remaining on the Board of Directors, as Company Secretary. With a PhD in Applied Physics from TCD, Gerry has expertise and lengthy experience in working with innovation and sustainable energy. Prior to Codema, he set up and ran a SME that invented and developed a number of new scientific instruments for the construction and industrial sectors, which were manufactured in Ireland and patented and successfully marketed in Europe, USA and Japan. Gerry actively continues to pursue his professional interest in energy, climate change and sustainable development. He is a Chartered Physicist with the Institute of Physics, a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, a Eur Ing with FEANI, the European Federation of National Engineering Associations, and a member of the Institute of International and European Affairs.

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Donna Gartland

Donna Gartland

Donna Gartland, Executive Director Chief Executive Officer, CodemaBio: Donna took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of Codema in April 2020 and has... read more

Donna Gartland, Executive Director
Chief Executive Officer, Codema

Bio: Donna took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of Codema in April 2020 and has worked with the company since 2013. She is a qualified electrician with a BEng in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the Institute of Technology Tallaght and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management from Aalborg University, Denmark. She is currently completing a PhD in Energy Engineering with University College Cork. In her previous role as Codema’s Senior Energy Planner, Donna worked on monitoring and reporting the progress of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Dublin City in line with the Covenant of Mayors Initiative and developed the first Spatial Energy Demand Analyses (SEDA) in Ireland for all four Dublin local authorities in order to integrate energy and spatial planning at a local level. Donna is also working on implementing the first district heating systems in Dublin with Dublin City and South Dublin County Councils, and is Technical Advisor on the EU Interreg NWE project ‘HeatNet’. She is the lead author of the national level ‘Guide to District Heating in Ireland’ report, funded by the SEAI. read less
Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, Non-Executive Director Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council board nominee Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown... read more

Robert Burns, Non-Executive Director
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council board nominee
Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Bio: Robert Burns is a Director of Service and part of the senior management team within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, with responsibility for the management and delivery of infrastructure and climate action-related projects. He leads on the Council's climate action response, active travel and large-scale infrastructure and public realm projects and is responsible for managing the Council's portfolio of property assets. He has a wide interest in the fields of transportation, mobility, town and village renewal and climate action. Robert has a breadth of knowledge and experience across transportation, civil and environmental engineering, with experience in the private, semi-state and public sectors.

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Ethna Felten

Ethna Felten

Ethna Felten Non-Executive Director, Fingal County Council board nominee Director of Aircraft Noise Competent Authority, Fingal County Council Bio: Ethna is... read more

Ethna Felten
Non-Executive Director, Fingal County Council board nominee
Director of Aircraft Noise Competent Authority, Fingal County Council
Bio: Ethna is currently the Director of Service in Fingal County Council for the Airport Noise Competent Authority. She has a background from both the private and public sectors. Having worked for much of her career in engineering design and manufacturing, Ethna previously held the post of Engineering Manager and Environmental Management Representative for the IBM Campus in Dublin. She is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland having graduated from UCD, Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland. Ethna has also been appointed to the Board of NSAI. read less
Teresa Walsh

Teresa Walsh

Teresa Walsh Non-Executive Director, South Dublin County Council board nominee Director of Environment, Water and Climate Change, South Dublin County Council... read more

Teresa Walsh
Non-Executive Director, South Dublin County Council board nominee
Director of Environment, Water and Climate Change, South Dublin County Council
Bio: Teresa is currently the Director of Environment, Water and Climate Change at South Dublin County Council. read less
PJ Rudden

PJ Rudden

PJ Rudden Non-Executive Director Managing Director, Aengus Consulting Limited Bio: PJ Rudden is Chairman of Innovation and Digital Adoption for the construction... read more

PJ Rudden
Non-Executive Director
Managing Director, Aengus Consulting Limited
Bio: PJ Rudden is Chairman of Innovation and Digital Adoption for the construction sector at the
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. He is also Founder/MD of Aengus Consulting, an
infrastructure consultancy serving the public and private sectors. He was formerly Group Business Director for RPS in Ireland up to 2019 and Director of the EU Commission Secretariat for the European Green Capital and European Green Leaf cities across the Member States from 2010 to 2019. He was President of Engineers Ireland from 2011 to 2012 and President of the UCD Engineering Graduates Association from 2012 to 2016. PJ as RPS Director led the formulation of the first integrated regional waste management plans in Ireland including for the Dublin Region which reduced landfill from 95% to less than 20% nationally. In later years he encouraged the decarbonisation of the Irish economy using onshore and offshore renewables including leading the Irish Scottish Links Energy Study (ISLES) for the Irish, Scottish and Northern Irish governments to harness offshore wind, wave and tidal resources off our respective coasts. He has an active interest in respectful stakeholder engagement and has won many and international awards for difficult but successful major infrastructural projects in this respect. He is a Fellow of many national and international professional bodies and Member of the Institute of Directors. read less
Mark Varian

Mark Varian

Mark Varian Non-Executive Director Partner, Eversheds Sutherland Bio: Mark Varian leads the Project & Construction Group practice at Eversheds Sutherland and is... read more

Mark Varian
Non-Executive Director
Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
Bio: Mark Varian leads the Project & Construction Group practice at Eversheds Sutherland and is an energy and construction law specialist. He has worked on renewable energy projects since 1999 and has advised on over 1,600MW of operational energy projects on the island of Ireland, both North and South of the border. He has acted for State bodies, Government departments, developers, employers, banks and contractors and regularly leads multi-disciplinary teams in development, M&A and financing projects. Mark is Chairman of the Energy Committee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, founder and former first Secretary of the Irish Solar Energy Association and on the Markets Committee of Wind Energy Ireland and the main committee of RenewableNI. He is also a non-executive director of Tallaght University Hospital and the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. read less
Barry Gavin

Barry Gavin

Barry Gavin Non-Executive Director Bio: Barry Gavin is a qualified accountant and full-time Independent Non-Executive Director. He has over 30 years executive... read more

Barry Gavin
Non-Executive Director
Bio: Barry Gavin is a qualified accountant and full-time Independent Non-Executive Director. He has over 30 years executive experience in a range of sectors including Energy, Property, Healthcare, Fintech, Pensions, Leisure and Automotive. Barry has held a number of senior management positions including CFO, COO and CEO in several entities and has a strong Finance and Corporate Governance background. He has served as an Executive and Non-Executive Director and has sat on several board sub-committees including Risk, Audit , Remuneration and Investment. Barry is also an adjunct lecturer in the UCD Smurfit Business School (Banking & Finance).
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