Chief Executive Officer
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.
Executive Manager - HR Lead
Edel is Codema’s Executive Manager (HR Lead) 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 and is PMP accredited. Her current role as Executive Manager witihin HR & Operations involves human resource management and organisational development while maintaining an oversight of Codema's projects and activities.
Executive Manager - Project Implementation Lead
Joe has been working with Codema since 2005 and is the Executive Manager leading the Project Implementation team. 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 GuarantEE).
Executive Manager - Project, Resource and Funding Lead
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.
Project Finance Manager
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.
Executive Manager - Awareness, Communications & Engagement
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 and reporter. 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, an Executive Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland and a Certificate in Internal Communciations from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland. Suzanne is responsible for overseeing all communication and public relations activities within Codema, such as stakeholder engagement, event management and regular project communications. Suzanne is responsible for leading projects such as the Think Energy campaign and award-winning Home Energy Saving Kit initiative, and has most recently rolled out an extensive stakeholder engagement and event plan for the Dublin Local Authorities' Climate Change Change Action Plans.
Communications & Project Manager
Katia joined us in April 2016 and is Codema's Communications and Project Manager. Prior to this, she worked in UCD and Stillwater Communications. She holds a Masters of Architecture from UCD, a Certificate in Project Management, and diplomas in Digital Marketing and Graphic Design & Desktop Publishing. She has written for publications such as The Independent, Passive House Plus, Council Journal and Architecture Ireland. Katia was the Internal Communications Manager on the HeatNet NWE EU project. She is responsible for assisting the Executive Manager within the Awareness, Communications and Engagement team with the graphic design of reports and other communications materials, social media, event and website management, and the implementation of Codema’s communications strategy.
Public Engagement Manager
Katie joined the team in July 2020 and is Codema’s Public Engagement Manager. Prior to this, Katie worked primarily in FMCG executing numerous marketing campaigns for domestic and global CPG brands, including one of Ireland’s fastest growing start-ups Strong Roots, where she worked as Regional Brand Manager for the UK and Ireland. She holds a BSc in Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology, a postgraduate diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute and is currently completing a MSc in Climate Change in DCU. Katie is the ambassador for the Home Energy Saving Kit scheme, driving awareness and delivering training and workshops to relevant stakeholders. She will be the communications lead for the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) programme throughout the Dublin Mid-East region, promoting the SEC network, connecting with existing community groups, organising regional workshops, and general communication of the SEC programme.
Senior Energy Engineer
Rebecca joined us in April 2017 and is Codema's Senior Energy Engineer. 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 was then used for the Climate Change Action Plans for the Dublin local authorities. Her areas of interest include land use, energy and life cycle analysis in urban developments.
Senior Energy Systems Analyst / Heat & Electricity Lead
John holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Energy from University College Cork, and a BEng in Civil Engineering from IT Carlow. He is also a CIBSE certified Heat Networks Consultant and a qualified Domestic BER Assessor. John has worked in the areas of energy master-planning, technoeconomic analysis and sustainable business case development since 2013. He also has expertise in the design and hydraulic analysis of district heating networks, industrial energy auditing (across Europe and the US), large-scale district cooling thermo-dynamic analysis (in the Middle East), building energy compliance (in both the UK and Ireland) and energy strategy. During this period John developed specialist knowledge in the following technologies; CHP, EfW, heat pumps, hydronic systems, compressors, ORC, gas boilers, solar (PV and thermal), biomass and absorption chillers. John has also acted as an advisor on policy within the district energy sector in both the UK and Ireland specifically in the areas of financial support mechanisms, development strategy and regulatory compliance.
Since joining Codema in early 2018, John has primarily worked on the Interreg NWE South Dublin District Heating pilot project; providing technical advice, partaking in stakeholder engagement, developing procurement strategy and implementation, and performing whole life cost benefit analysis for the proposed DH system. This innovative system seeks to utilise low-temperature waste heat from a data centre to feed a large-scale heat pump and supply space heating and hot water to a cluster of nearby public and residential buildings in its initial phases. John is also responsible for the development of a heat source map and transition roadmap for South Dublin, which will act as an evidence base and reference document respectively to aid the identification and development of further district heating opportunities in the South Dublin region. John also plays an important role in the development of the Dublin Region Energy Masterplan, drawing on his previous experience developing masterplans for regions in the UK.
Senior Energy Engineer / Transport & Renewables Lead
Eoin joined Codema in March 2018 and is currenlty our Senior Energy Engineer and our Transport and Renewables Lead. He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from UCD and a Master's in Sustainable Energy from UCC. He has also completed a Research Master's at UCC, examining innovative methods for the production of renewable natural gas. Eoin is a Certified Energy Manager and holds a Certificate in Public Procurement. He has experience as an energy analyst in the UK, working on EU funded research and development projects relating to smart domestic energy control systems. Prior to Codema, Eoin spent two years as an operations engineer at the combined heat and power (CHP) plant at St. James's Gate Brewery. Eoin's main role in Codema is to engage with local authorities on energy management. This includes carrying out project appraisal and feasibility studies, energy audits of local authority facilities, development of Energy Management Systems, monitoring and reporting of annual energy accounts to SEAI, and the generation of Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for public buildings. He is now a registered DEC assessor.
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Claire joined the team in January 2020 and is the Office Manager. Prior to joining us, Claire worked as Operations Assistant for Oireachtas TV as part of the Management and Administration Team for over 5 years. She was also the Facilities Coordinator of the Oireachtas Broadcasting Unit and has had previous operational roles such as Director, Camera Operator and Sound Operator.
She holds an M.A in Film and Television Studies from Dublin City University, a B.A in Media Production and Management from Ballyfermot College of Further Education, a H.N.D Television Operations and Production from Ballyfermot College of Further Education and was awarded a certificate of achievement for GDPR Training, CPD certified. In December 2019, she completed the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing, awarded by the Digital Marketing Institute in Dublin. Most recently, Claire also received a 1st from Griffith College Dublin for completing a Certificate in Administration and Digital Skills.
As Office Manager, Claire works with Codema's dedicated team to assist with the day-to-day running of the office. She supports the company in a variety of tasks such as providing secretarial and front-of-house services and general office administration.
Emily joined the team in September 2021 as an Energy Engineer. She holds an BEng (Honours) in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Before moving to Ireland, she worked in energy efficiency and renewable energy engineering in Australia. In her previous position Emily played a major role in a team delivering an Energy Performance Contract, as well as other projects including energy audits, Solar PV design and building services design for large commercial and public sector clients. She is also a Certified Energy Manager In Training (CEM-IT). Emily's role in Codema is to support the Project Implementation Unit in the creation of a 'one-stop shop' which aims to develop a structured approach to accelerate the formation of large-scale energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Shannen joined the team in August 2021 and is Codema's Project Manager. Prior to this, she worked with a number of FMCG companies delivering strategic marketing campaigns, championing and selling brands across Ireland. She previously worked with Irelands' largest E-Commerce platform MyMilkman.ie (Glanbia PLC), managing client relationships across Ireland, upskilling and training clients and managing promotional activities. Shannen also worked with Diageo, delivering marketing campaigns for Guinness and Carlsberg across Ireland. She holds a BSc in Microbiology, MSc in Food Business and Innovation, and most recently, a Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise, all from University College of Cork. Shannen is responsible for project resource and funding management within Codema. Shannen is the Project Coordinator for the DeliveREE project which will provide funding of €1.2M to test and develop a one-stop-shop project implementation unit for energy-efficient and renewable energy projects in Dublin. Shannen is also assisting in the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) programme throughout the Dublin Mid-East region.
Executive Manager - Research, Development and Innovation
Ciarán joined the team in December 2021 and is Codema's Executive Manager within our Research, Development and Innovation team. Prior to working for Codema, Ciarán worked for SEAI via a research fellowship collaboration with UCD Energy Institute. As project secretariat for the SEAI National Heat Study, he played a coordination and leadership role on the project, which explored in detail various pathways to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in Ireland's heat sector. Prior to that Ciarán spent five years working for ESB Networks, where he had various roles, including modelling renewable generator connections to the distribution grid, local network design, coordinating project scope and business requirements across multiple teams in the smart metering project, and facilitating the design of new ways of working for smart metering as the project entered its delivery phase. His time in ESB also included a secondment to ESB Innovation where he took part in a four month business innovation incubator programme in collaboration with Dogpatch Labs.
Ciarán has a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and a master's in energy systems engineering from UCD. His role in Codema is to be Codema's policy analyst and expert, as well as coordinating the research, development and innovation area of Codema.
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Maria joined the team in January 2022 and is Codema’s Energy Manager. She holds a Specialization in Operations Management and a BEng in Energy Technologies from Universidad Panamericana. . In her previous job as energy engineer, she supported the technical team in the identification, analysis and calculations of energy savings projects and carbon emissions. Before moving to Ireland, she worked as energy engineer in the facilities department in Cooper Standard in Mexico. Internally, she led energy audits to identify significant users, tracked electricity and gas consumption, designed energy savings projects, monitored and forecasted energy consumptions and collaborated in ISO 14001 and 50001 implementation in her workplace. Maria also entered a trainee program, rotating in different departments to learn about the operations of the company for strategic decisions. As Energy Manager in Codema, she will implement and maintain the Energy Management Systems for the Local Authorities facilities, collect and report their annual energy accounts and identify potential energy efficiency projects.
Executive Manager - Local Authority Lead
Conor joined the team in February 2022 and is the Executive Manager within the Local Authority Energy Management team. He holds a BE in Biosystems Engineering from UCD, a MSc in Energy Management from DIT and is both a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional and a Certified Energy Manager. Before working at Codema, Conor was the Energy Credits Programme Manager in ESB Smart Energy Services where he managed a team in the delivery of the ESB's commercial and industrial Energy Efficiency Obligation. Conor also spent several years working at Crowley Carbon as the Measurement and Verification (M&V) Lead for North and South America where he was responsible for the measurement and verification of numerous large projects for international clients. Before this, he was working with Modus Energy as an Energy Engineer, where he was involved in the delivery of M&V, S.I.426 audits and ISO 50001 implementation for Irish customers. Through his various roles, he has gained expertise in M&V, Energy Analysis, Energy Auditing and ISO 50001. As Senior Energy Manager in Codema, he will lead the implementation and maintenance of ISO 50001 for the four Dublin Local Authorities, the monitoring and reporting of their annual energy accounts to the SEAI and the identification of potential energy efficiency projects within the Local Authorities.
Adam joined Codema in April 2022 as an Energy Engineer. He holds a Master's Degree in Energy Systems Engineering from UCD, and a B.Sc. in Energy Systems Engineering and B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from TUD. He is also an SEAI qualified Domestic and Non Domestic BER assessor. Prior to joining Codema, Adam worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Building Design Partnership, and Mitsubishi Electric where he has gained extensive experience in sustainable building design, and HVAC systems. Adam's role in Codema is to support the Project Implementation (PI) & Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) teams. His responsibilities include technical support on district heating projects such as techno-economic analysis, policy modelling, and financial modelling.
Neil joined Codema in May 2022 as an Energy Engineer. He holds a BE in Energy Engineering from University College Cork and an MSc in Energy Science from Trinity College Dublin. He is currently completing a thesis on the application of heat network zoning in Ireland. Prior to joining Codema, Neil worked as an energy engineer with PM Group in Cork and Integral Group in Vancouver, where he gained extensive experience in sustainable systems and building design. He has worked on projects in Ireland, Canada, California and mainland Europe. Neil's main role in Codema is to support the Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) cell. His responsibilities include techno-economic feasibility studies of low-carbon energy district heating projects, facilitating the development of renewable energy projects in Dublin, supporting the local authorities in meeting low-carbon energy policy requirements , supporting Codema’s work on any upcoming EU or national funded projects and preparing responses to public consultations in the area of energy and climate change.
District Heating Development Manager
Admir joined the Codema team in September 2022 with the aim to manage Ireland's first public district heating scheme on behalf of South Dublin County Council. He has a BSc (Honours Degree) in Electrical Services and Energy Management from Technological University Dublin and an MSc in Energy, Environmental Technology and Economics from the University of London. Previously, Admir created and developed the Kosovo Energy Efficiency Fund in Pristina as the Managing Director and the Biomass Cogeneration Plant in his hometown of Gjakova, Republic of Kosovo. He participated in many energy events, conferences, study visits, workshops, seminars and training programmes worldwide and has extensive experience with international organisations all over the Europe. His role is to lead the newly-established not-for-profit Heat Works energy utility, which is owned by South Dublin County Council. In addition, he is responsible for day-to-day management of duties and tasks for Heat Works to provide thermal energy for public or private buildings in South Dublin. Admir brings a unique combination of skills encompassing technical and engineering expertise and business acumen in the area of energy efficiency measures, with the focus on district heating, a concept of which is relatively new to Ireland.
Energy Engineer Intern
Valentyna has worked with Codema since September 2022 as an Energy Engineer intern to conduct detailed energy audits of local authority buildings across Dublin. She holds a Masters in Energy Management and a certificate in Energy Audits for Buildings from Energy Saving International.
She has more than 12 years of professional experience in energy efficiency in Ukraine. Before moving to Ireland, she worked as a senior expert in energy efficiency in the Reform Support Team of the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development. During her time in this role she supported implementing the EU Directive 2010/31/EU «Energy Performance of Buildings » and Directive 2012/27/EU «Energy Efficiency» in Ukraine.
Valentyna also worked in the consulting company «ESCO Ecosys» as the head of the energy audit department. During her career in there, she developed: 10 sustainable energy action plans (SEAP) for cities, municipal energy plans, 20 heat supply schemes for Ukrainian cities, and conducted 65 energy audits of residential and public buildings.
Energy Systems Graduate
Kieran joined Codema in January 2023 as an Energy Systems Graduate. He holds a Masters of Energy Systems Engineering from University of Galway. His thesis here was a study modelling a ground source heat pump and its associated thermal field for the installation of such an installation on campus to heat the sports centre’s swimming pool. This was a part of one of GEOFIT’s five pilot projects across Europe, as well as the campus’ sustainability action plan. For GEOFIT this project was one of its open case studies representing the applicability of Ground Source Heat Energy in various climates, building types, and soil types. For University of Galway, this project was one of many actions it is undertaking to reach its carbon reduction targets. Kieran has worked as an intern in ESB Smart Energy Services, where he helped manage the energy assets for large energy users to cut down on energy costs, carbon emissions and consumption in industry-specific and innovative ways. Here, tailored solutions using only existing assets were used to increase the client’s efficiencies. He also worked as a Continuous Improvement Student Engineer in Litec Moulding Ltd. under the Lindal Group, playing a part in their roll out of a Lean Six Sigma Project on the site.
Energy & Climate Awareness Officer
Gobnait Ní Néill
Our Energy and Climate Awareness Officer Gobnait Ní Néill joined our team in March 2023. Gobnait holds a Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design from the National College of Art and Design and a Postgraduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the UCD Innovation Academy.
She has previously worked with a number of the leading design agencies in Ireland, developing market driven branding and communications solutions across a range of consumer facing products, from food and beverage to financial services and mobile communications.
In recent years, she has redirected her work towards promoting and facilitating climate and biodiversity action, running events and workshops and establishing an award winning social enterprise to support individuals and community groups.
With the Think Energy and Home Energy Saving Kit programmes, her primary focus will be on sharing the skills that allow people and communities to take an active role in conserving energy and combating climate change.
Public Engagement & Stakeholder Coordinator
Sarah joined the Codema team in March 2023 as our Public Engagement and Stakeholder Coordinator. Sarah holds a LL.B (Honours Degree) in Law and French from Trinity College Dublin and a Higher Diploma in Sustainability in Enterprise from University College Cork. Prior to joining Codema, Sarah worked as a Travel Officer with Green-Schools An Taisce where she was involved in delivering environmental education workshops and promoting sustainable travel modes to schools across the Greater Dublin Area.
Eli joined the team in April 2023 and is the Project Coordinator for the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) programme in the Dublin and Mid-East region. Prior to her work with Codema, she worked with several not-for-profit organisations within fundraising and strategic engagement and outreach. Eli previously worked with Léargas, one of Ireland’s Erasmus+ national agencies, where she coordinated the Languages Programme, developing and facilitating collaborative events that promoted diversity and inclusion through plurilingualism. Prior to that, she worked with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland and Care After Prison, organising awareness-raising and fundraising campaigns. Before that, she co-founded and led the social enterprise Inner Garden, an initiative that promoted and produced plant-based foods. She holds a MA in European Integration from the University of Limerick, a MA in Civil Law and BA in Public Law, both from the State University of Moldova. Eli is coordinating the SEC programme in Dublin and the Mid-East region, managing the various threads of the programme, including coordination of the region’s mentors, monitoring of progress, reporting and dissemination of results.
Energy System Engineer
Arthur joined Codema in April 2023 as an Energy System Engineer working with our Research, Development and Innovation team. He has a Masters degree from the engineering school programme of IMT Nord Europe, where he specialised in energy and the environment and participated in an academic exchange with TU Dublin. In his previous role, Arthur worked with a small R&D company that focused on projects related to the energy transition. This included the +CityxChange project in Limerick that aimed to integrate renewable energy sources into the city and reduce overall CO2 emissions and create a positive energy district. Arthur's responsibilities in this role involved assessing the baseline energy consumption of specific buildings, exploring potential energy sources, and identifying constraints for their implementation. Arthur's work within Codema will focus on Decarbonising Zones, where he will support on tasks such as establishing the baseline emissions inventory of these zones, using the Dublin Region Energy Master Plan methodology. Arthur will also work on the evidence base report for Dublin City Council's and South Dublin County Council's forthcoming Climate Action Plans.
Vaishnavi joined the Codema team in April 2023 as a HR Intern. Prior to joining Codema, Vaishnavi worked in Talent Acquisition at Zelthy (Healthlane Technologies Pvt Ltd.) in Bangalore, India. She also served as a Human Resource Intern at The Entrepreneurship Network where she gained experience in talent acquisition, recruitment processes, and HR operations. Vaishnavi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (Hons.) from Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce in Pune, India. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Human Resources from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Dublin. In her current role at Codema, Vaishnavi's responsibilities include supporting HR operations, facilitating onboarding procedures, formulating the employee handbook, and managing various ad hoc tasks.
Energy Analyst Graduate
Grainne Mac Namara
Grainne joined Codema in May 2023 as an energy analyst graduate. Grainne holds a BSc in City Planning and Environmental Policy from
University College Dublin and is currently pursuing a MSc in Regional and Urban Planning in University College Dublin. As part of this Masters, Grainne is completing a thesis on the feasibility of using waste heat from data centres for district heating in Ireland. Prior to joining Codema Grainne worked as a research assistant on a rural planning project carried out by the Office of the Planning Regulator and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Grainne has also worked in a private planning consultancy where she was involved in the preparation of various planning applications for development in the Dublin region.
Mamta joined Codema team in April 2023 as HR Intern. Mamta holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from University of Mumbai, India and a Masters in Human Resource Management from University College Dublin. She has more than four years professional experience in HR in India. Before moving to Ireland, she worked as a HR generalist in Reliance Industries Limited, an Indian multinational conglomerate. During her time in this role, she worked on a wide range of duties including talent acquisition, management and operations within the organisation. She was also part of setting up HR of a sister company. In her current role at Codema, she is supporting the HR function.
Energy Systems Graduate
James joined Codema in May of 2023 as an Energy Systems Graduate in the Research, Development and Innovation team. He completed a Masters in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering with a specialisation in renewable energy and structural design. His Masters thesis focused on the value of Building Information Modelling for different stakeholders. As a research engineer for Murphy Geospatial, he previously worked on a project to calculate the value of geospatial information to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. At the same time, he produced the company's Net Zero Strategy. James also has an interest in software and is pursuing a postgraduate diploma in Full Stack Software Development.
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