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Our Team

Gerry Wardell

Founder & Director

Gerry Wardell

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Gerry is the founder and Director of Codema. As such, he has 20 years experience in the facilitation, funding and implementation of energy projects on behalf of the Dublin Local Authorities. Prior to this he ran a small... read more

Gerry is the founder and Director of Codema. As such, he has 20 years experience in the facilitation, funding and implementation of energy projects on behalf of the Dublin Local Authorities. Prior to this he ran a small private enterprise developing and patenting new high-tech products for the construction and industrial sectors. Gerry has a PhD degree in Physics from TCD and is now a Chartered Physicist with the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland. He is also a Member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the Academy of Urbanism, and the Institute of International and European Affairs.

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Paula Hempenstall

Secretary

Paula Hempenstall

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Paula is Codema’s Secretary and has been with the company since December 2002. She completed the Sage Training Programme in Tas Books and is responsible for the general correspondence of Codema. Paula looks after... read more

Paula is Codema’s Secretary and has been with the company since December 2002. She completed the Sage Training Programme in Tas Books and is responsible for the general correspondence of Codema. Paula looks after invoicing, stationery and equipment requirements, as well as internal bookkeeping of Codema.

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Edel Giltenane

Operations Manager

Edel Giltenane

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Edel is Codema’s Operations Manager and has worked with the company since 2001. Edel has completed a BSc in Earth Science from University College Cork and an MSc in Environmental Resource Management in University... read more

Edel is Codema’s Operations Manager and has worked with the company since 2001. Edel has completed a BSc in Earth Science from University College Cork and an MSc in Environmental Resource Management in University College Dublin. During her time at Codema, she has gained a significant amount of experience in project management, working with various funding programmes at European and national level. Her current role as Operations Manager involves the co-ordination of Codema’s activities, delivery of Codema’s projects and activities on time and within budget, and management of internal communication within the organisation.

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Joe Hayden

Executive Engineer

Joe Hayden

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Joe has been working with Codema as Energy Engineer since 2005. He holds a BA/BAI Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, an MSc Sustainable Development of Dublin Institute of Technology and is a Certified Measurement... read more

Joe has been working with Codema as Energy Engineer since 2005. He holds a BA/BAI Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, an MSc Sustainable Development of Dublin Institute of Technology and is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMPV). Joe is responsible for project development and implementation, Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) facilitation and the procurement of energy services. Joe played a key role in the development of Dublin City Council's first EPC and is actively involved in the promotion of EPC in Ireland. He is currently local manager for three European projects, which focus on the area of smart low-energy buildings (Buildsmart) and energy performance contracting (EESI2020 and GuarentEE).

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Declan McCormac

Project Manager

Declan McCormac

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Declan has worked with Codema since 2006 as both a sustainability consultant and project manager. Declan was educated at UCD and DIT and holds an MSc in Sustainable Development, holds a certificate in Public Procurement... read more

Declan has worked with Codema since 2006 as both a sustainability consultant and project manager. Declan was educated at UCD and DIT and holds an MSc in Sustainable Development, holds a certificate in Public Procurement and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). He has managed energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability projects for the Dublin Local Authorities and at a European level. He  currently helps manage the Energy Performance Contract (EPC) tender process for Dublin City Council. Future projects include District Heating in Dublin, Energy Mapping and advanced EPC models. He also has an interest in all areas of Climate and Energy policy as well as City Development planning.

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Kevin Craven

Project Finance Manager

Kevin Craven

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Kevin joined Codema in October 2009. Prior to this, he worked in a number of Financial roles including Bank of Ireland, Corporate Banking and Anglo Irish Bank. Responsibilities have included, management of a Cashpooling... read more

Kevin joined Codema in October 2009. Prior to this, he worked in a number of Financial roles including Bank of Ireland, Corporate Banking and Anglo Irish Bank. Responsibilities have included, management of a Cashpooling function for a portfolio of Corporate clients. Operational Risk Management and Sarbanes-Oxley Controller with responsibility for Mapping, Tracking and reporting budgetary figures at a divisional level within a corporate bank. Kevin’s main role is as financial co-ordinator on European Projects for Codema, fulfilling all the reporting requirements. Kevin has a BA in English, Sociology and Politics from NUI Galway, a Diploma in Financial Services from The Institute of Bankers in Ireland and a Certified Project Management Diploma from the Institute Project Management Ireland.

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Brian Connolly

Energy Manager

Brian Connolly

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Brian joined Codema in March 2013 as an Energy Management Assistant and is currently Codema's Energy Manager. He comes from an electrical background and is a qualified electrician with a BSc in Sustainable and Electrical... read more

Brian joined Codema in March 2013 as an Energy Management Assistant and is currently Codema's Energy Manager. He comes from an electrical background and is a qualified electrician with a BSc in Sustainable and Electrical Control Technology from the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB) as well as a BSc  in Energy Managment and Electrical Services from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) . Brian is responsible for the technical aspects of Codema’s projects and looks after the energy data management. This involves the annual reporting of the Local Authorities’ energy consumption to SEAI (M&R) and the generating of Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for public buildings. Brian is also  responsible for the energy surveys of Local Authority buildings and in doing so acts as energy advisor to the buildings’ management team. He provides recommendations for energy saving opportunities.

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Verena Brennan

Energy Awareness Manager

Verena Brennan

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Verena is the Energy Awareness Manager at Codema. She joined the company's communications & marketing team in September 2012 and has been involved in the market assessment for the Dublin District Heating project as... read more

Verena is the Energy Awareness Manager at Codema. She joined the company's communications & marketing team in September 2012 and has been involved in the market assessment for the Dublin District Heating project as well as digital marketing of Codema. Originally from Berlin, Verena holds a BSc in Tourism Marketing and a MSc in Sustainable Development from DIT. She has helped create and develop Codema's Think Energy awareness campaign which was rolled out to Dublin City Council and has won the LAMA Award of 'Best Energy Smart Initiative by a Local Authority' in 2015. Her responsibilities include the identification of key target audience, developing a range of communication materials (often as part of EU projects), creating energy campaign strategies and planning and delivering Think Energy workshops and presentations. She also works with the rest of the Codema team on the delivery of Codema's work programme and annual report.

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Donna Gartland

Strategic Sustainable Energy Planner

Donna Gartland

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Donna has worked with Codema since August 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... read more

Donna has worked with Codema since August 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. As Codema’s Strategic Sustainable Energy Planner, Donna has 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. Donna is responsible for strategic, action-orientated, local level energy planning and development of energy policy.

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Suzanne Fitzpatrick

Communications Manager

Suzanne Fitzpatrick

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Suzanne has worked for Codema since March 2009. Prior to joining us, she worked for the broadcaster Newstalk 106-108FM for almost five years as a researcher/reporter and then producer. She worked for the communications... read more

Suzanne has worked for Codema since March 2009. Prior to joining us, she worked for the broadcaster Newstalk 106-108FM for almost five years as a researcher/reporter and then producer. She worked for the communications team in Western Australia’s Department of Education. Suzanne has a BA in Journalism from DCU, a Diploma in PR & Event Management from the Fitzwilliam Institute, and a Certificate in Internal Communciations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. She has also written for publications such as the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and the Irish Examiner. Suzanne is responsible for implementing Codema’s communications strategy, handling media queries, event management and the continuous development of campaigns such as Think Energy which won the LAMA Community & Council Awards 2015 under the 'Best Energy Smart Initiative' category.

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Katia Tikhoniouk

Communications & Project Coordinator

Katia Tikhoniouk

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Katia joined us in April 2016 and is Codema's Communications and Project Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked in UCD and Stillwater Communications. She holds a Masters of Architecture from UCD, a Certificate in Project... read more

Katia joined us in April 2016 and is Codema's Communications and Project Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked in UCD and Stillwater Communications. She holds a Masters of Architecture from UCD, a Certificate in Project Management, and is finishing a Diploma in Digital Marketing in the Fitzwilliam Institute. She has written for publications such as The Independent online, Passive House Plus and Architecture Ireland online. Katia is responsible for assisting Codema's Project Manager by running, administering and organising project activities. She is also responsible for assisting the Communications Manager with social media, event and website management, the development and implementation of campaigns such as Think Energy, and the implementation of Codema’s communications strategy.

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Juliette Duvert

Energy Management Assistant

Juliette Duvert

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Juliette joined Codema in April 2017 as an Energy Management Assistant. She holds a BSs in Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Control Systems, and a MSc in Energetics and Renewable Energy. She has experience in... read more

Juliette joined Codema in April 2017 as an Energy Management Assistant. She holds a BSs in Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Control Systems, and a MSc in Energetics and Renewable Energy. She has experience in district heating and geothermal energy. She is part of the energy management team in Codema, and her role includes carrying out building energy audits and DEC certification of public buildings, as well as helping to identify energy saving opportunities for these buildings.

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Rebecca Cachia

Energy Analyst

Rebecca Cachia

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Rebecca joined Codema in April 2017 as an Energy Analyst. She holds a Masters in Sustainable Infrastructure from Dublin Institute of Technology. She previously completed a Bachelor of Architecture and Engineering at the... read more

Rebecca joined Codema in April 2017 as an Energy Analyst. She holds a Masters in Sustainable Infrastructure from Dublin Institute of Technology. She previously completed a Bachelor of Architecture and Engineering at the University of Malta, before moving to Dublin and working with a structural engineering company. Her role in Codema is to create a greenhouse gas Baseline Emissions Inventory for the four local authorities in the Dublin region, which will then be used in the upcoming Climate Change Action Plans for the Dublin local authorities. Her areas of interest include land use, energy and life cycle analysis in urban developments.

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Sabrina Dekker

Climate Change Researcher

Sabrina Dekker

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Sabrina joined Codema in April 2017 as a Climate Change Researcher. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with the development of Climate Change Action Plans for the four Dublin local authorities. Prior to this,... read more

Sabrina joined Codema in April 2017 as a Climate Change Researcher. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with the development of Climate Change Action Plans for the four Dublin local authorities. Prior to this, she worked in the areas of renewable energy, community and economic development, environmental policy, and public health for non-profits, public sector and private sector organisations internationally. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques, Paris, a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and has completed a PhD in Environmental Policy from UCD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. Her PhD investigated urban responses to climate change.

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