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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 close to 100 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 Shannen Healy at shannen.healy@codema.ie.

Regional Co-ordinator: Shannen Healy, Codema

Regional Co-ordinator: Shannen Healy, Codema

CONTACT: shannen.healy@codema.ie Codema's Shannen Healy is the regional coordinator for the Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) network in the Dublin Mid-East... read more

CONTACT: shannen.healy@codema.ie
Codema's Shannen Healy is the regional coordinator for the Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) network in the Dublin Mid-East Region.
Shannen joined the team in August 2021 and is Codema's Project Coordinator. 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.
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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
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