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Meet your SEC Mentor

Codema is the regional co-ordinator for the Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) network in the Dublin Mid-East Region. This region is made up of over 80 Sustainable Energy Communities in Dublin City, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath.

Each SEC in the Dublin Mid-East Region is provided with a coordinated mentor to guide you through the 3-step process of 'Learn-Plan-Do’, and who your mentor is will depend on what local authority area you are in.

See the list below to find out your local authority area's dedicated mentor. If you are unsure which local authority area your SEC group belongs to, you can find out here.

To contact the regional co-ordinator, email Declan McCormac at sec@codema.ie.

Regional Co-ordinator: Declan McCormac, Codema

Regional Co-ordinator: Declan McCormac, Codema

CONTACT: sec@codema.ie Codema's Declan McCormac is the regional co-ordinator for the Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) network in the Dublin Mid-East Region.... read more

CONTACT: sec@codema.ie
Codema's Declan McCormac is the regional co-ordinator for the Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) network in the Dublin Mid-East Region.
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. read less
Dublin City mentor: Ian Donnelly

Dublin City mentor: Ian Donnelly

Ian has been working on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the past 10 years in various roles. He currently works as a Quality... read more

Ian has been working on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the past 10 years in various roles. He currently works as a Quality Auditor for KSN Energy, managing and supervising both technical and quality elements on several of SEAI’s Home Energy Grant Programmes. Ian’s wealth of technical knowledge and personability is regularly called upon when representing SEAI at events such as SEAI’s own Energy Show and Ideal Homes Exhibitions.
EMAIL: idonnelly@ksnenergy.ie read less
Dublin City mentor: Gerard Doherty

Dublin City mentor: Gerard Doherty

Gerard is a Chartered Engineer who has worked in energy efficiency and energy management since 2007. He has assisted over 300 organisations to date worldwide... read more

Gerard is a Chartered Engineer who has worked in energy efficiency and energy management since 2007. He has assisted over 300 organisations to date worldwide and has worked for the World Bank and the UN. He has worked on behalf of SEAI on many programmes since 2008. Gerard is a registered Energy Auditor and a qualified Building Energy Rating assessor for domestic and commercial buildings. He has successfully guided several organisations through the Better Energy Communities grant application process.
Gerard lives and works in Dublin City and is involved in the Dublin Bay South Green Party and his local sports clubs.
EMAIL: dohertygerardp@gmail.com read less
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown mentor: Gavin Harte

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown mentor: Gavin Harte

Gavin Harte has an MSc in Sustainable Development from DIT Dublin. He is a sustainability entrepreneur and has initiated many sustainability focused start-ups... read more

Gavin Harte has an MSc in Sustainable Development from DIT Dublin. He is a sustainability entrepreneur and has initiated many sustainability focused start-ups throughout his career. He was a founder of the Cloughjordan eco-village in Tipperary. He served as national director of An Taisce and worked as a CSR sustainability consultant with Business in the Community Ireland.
Gavin now runs ESD Training, his consultancy for education in sustainable development. Gavin has two years experience with SEAI as a Sustainable Energy Community Mentor and recently started working with Codema as an SEC Mentor in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. Gavin was recently awarded contracts to deliver free climate action training courses for communities in Cavan and Kildare, funded by Cavan and Kildare LEADER companies.
EMAIL: gavin@esdtraining.net read less
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown mentor: Katie O’Brien

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown mentor: Katie O’Brien

Katie O’Brien is from and lives in the Dún Laoghaire area. Katie has worked with ESD Training delivering energy awareness events and programmes on climate... read more

Katie O’Brien is from and lives in the Dún Laoghaire area. Katie has worked with ESD Training delivering energy awareness events and programmes on climate action to schools, county councils, business and general public.
With a business background including project and programme management, Katie has recently been working in education with schools and councils locally to deliver nature connection and sustainability programmes through Forest Schools.
EMAIL: katie@esdtraining.net read less
Fingal mentor: Eric Dennis

Fingal mentor: Eric Dennis

Eric, a proud Fingallian, has been working on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the last 5 and half years in various roles. He... read more

Eric, a proud Fingallian, has been working on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the last 5 and half years in various roles. He currently manages the delivery of quality inspections on several of SEAI’s Home Energy Grant Programmes. Eric also regularly provides independent, practical advice on SEAI Grants at events around the country. He enjoys helping homeowners and businesses cut through technical jargon, making it easier to find the right solution for their energy upgrades.
EMAIL: edennis@ksnenergy.ie read less
South Dublin mentor: Raoul Empey

South Dublin mentor: Raoul Empey

Raoul is director of Sustineo, a consultancy for businesses, organisations and people who want to reduce the impact they have on the environment and on society.... read more

Raoul is director of Sustineo, a consultancy for businesses, organisations and people who want to reduce the impact they have on the environment and on society. Sustineo does sustainability in 3 simple steps (measure, optimise, restore). Sustineo specialises in carbon and energy and also assists businesses and communities with restorative projects such as planting native woodlands in Ireland.
As a Climate Reality Leader, Raoul has been personally trained by former US Vice President Al Gore in the communication of climate change. He has advised the Cool Planet Experience on its Champions outreach programme, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Chartered Engineer (CEng). Since 2012, he has acted as energy advisor and certified trainer for various SEAI panels including its Sustainable Energy Community programmes.
EMAIL: raoul@sustineo.ie read less
South Dublin mentor: Conor Molloy

South Dublin mentor: Conor Molloy

Conor Molloy is a climate reality leader, transport specialist, energy advisor, mentor and trainer. Since 2005, he has helped community groups, schools and... read more

Conor Molloy is a climate reality leader, transport specialist, energy advisor, mentor and trainer. Since 2005, he has helped community groups, schools and local authorities reduce their energy consumption and costs. In 2012, Conor worked with BeatThatBill to help parents in North Cork schools reduce their transport costs by ecodriving. He is looking forward to helping you make your Sustainable Energy Community an effective and enjoyable experience for all participants, to deliver on their personal and Ireland’s climate goals.
EMAIL: team@aems.ie read less
South Dublin mentor: Romain Poissonnier

South Dublin mentor: Romain Poissonnier

Romain joined Sustineo in 2019, after having completed a curriculum within EM Normandie in France, a 3rd level school for MSc in business management. During his... read more

Romain joined Sustineo in 2019, after having completed a curriculum within EM Normandie in France, a 3rd level school for MSc in business management. During his studies he focused on Sustainable Development, Cross Cultural Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility. Through his end-of-study thesis, he emphasised circular economy processes within companies in the food processing area and tried to understand which companies are more likely to invest in circular economy mechanisms.
In his own time, Romain enjoys hiking in nature, and he has led several mobile youth camps to raise awareness on biodiversity protection in the “Pays de Bray” in Normandy.
EMAIL: romain@sustineo.ie read less
Co. Kildare mentor: Emer Conway

Co. Kildare mentor: Emer Conway

Originally from Ballymore Eustace, but now living in Clane, Emer has worked extensively with various community groups and social enterprises to distribute... read more

Originally from Ballymore Eustace, but now living in Clane, Emer has worked extensively with various community groups and social enterprises to distribute information and knowledge on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to people in Kildare.
She set up the first Sustainable Energy Community in Kildare in 2019 and plans to work closely with SEAI and KCC in 2020 to build out more strong SECs in order to boost climate action specifically around how we use energy in Kildare – enabling every person, every journey and every building to be a valuable contributor to positive climate action in their daily lives.
EMAIL: kildareenergy@gmail.com read less
Co. Meath mentor: Philip Mc Cormack

Co. Meath mentor: Philip Mc Cormack

Philip is a former telecommunications engineer with ESB who has a degree in information systems and qualifications in Green Energy Business and Community... read more

Philip is a former telecommunications engineer with ESB who has a degree in information systems and qualifications in Green Energy Business and Community Leadership. He is also a qualified BER assessor. Philip has gained experience and knowledge in energy efficiency, which has seen him implement many retrofit projects on his house and draw down SEAI grants, giving him first-hand experience of the available solutions and the grant process.
He is the coordinator of the Batterstown SEC; this has been a highly successful example of a SEC that has recently moved on to the Energy Masterplan phase of its journey, which will give its participants a range of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for their community. Philip is committed to helping other SECs on this journey.
EMAIL: philipmccormack2@gmail.com read less
Co. Wicklow mentor: Simon Whelan

Co. Wicklow mentor: Simon Whelan

Simon is an energy industry professional with over 15 years’ experience working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in Ireland. He has expert... read more

Simon is an energy industry professional with over 15 years’ experience working in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in Ireland. He has expert knowledge of renewable energy systems and applies this knowledge in the context of general sustainability in the built environment, with a focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Simon set up the Greystones and Delgany Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) and has completed numerous SEAI grant-aided energy projects over his career. He sees the SEC programme as a massive opportunity for communities to become more resilient and sustainable.
Simon is a Chartered Energy Manager and Member of the Energy Institute. He holds an MSc in Climate Change and Sustainable Development and is a registered Building Energy Rating assessor, SEAI Technical Advisor and SEAI Renewable Energy Installer.
EMAIL: simon@glenergy.ie read less