Pauline Gallacher is a founding member of Neilston Development Trust (NDT), which from its inception in 2004 has campaigned for place-based, community-led regeneration, now evidenced in the Neilston Town Charter. In 2006 she led the Community Right to Buy the former Clydesdale Bank in the village which, now refurbished, hosts the Trust’s varied programme of cultural and social activities. Pauline’s renewables experience is of NDT’s role in Neilston Community Windfarm, a 10MW Joint Venture with a commercial developer, the first of its kind in Scotland, now complete and in generation. Pauline has served on the Scottish Climate Challenge Fund panel and was for several years on the board of Community Energy Scotland.
Eamon Ryan is the Leader of the Green Party since 2011. He chairs the Digital and Climate Policy Groups for the Institute of International and European Affairs. He currently works with E3G, ranked as one of the world’s top 15 environmental think tanks and brought together influential business and political delegates from Ireland and overseas to discuss climate change at the Climate Gathering. Eamon Ryan served as TD from 2002 to 2011 and was Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2007 to 2011.
Cormac Walsh is e is an entrepreneur with a strong desire for creating positive community change in the energy sector. His business career up to 2011 has centered around the natural sweetener industry until being part of the Spirit of Ireland project and subsequent establishing of Energy Co-operatives Ireland in 2012.
Chris Chapman is the facilitator of this event. His background is in community development, working with people to bring them together around what matters most to them. He has brought to Ireland and worked with globally leading figures in specialist fields such as Leadership. Embodiment, Action Inquiry and Transformative Systems Change. Chris has a strong reputation in enabling people to dive deep, safely, to get to places where transformation becomes possible, whilst holding it all in a light way that eases the work.
Aedín McLoughlin is the spokesperson and a founder member of Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI). She studied Science in UCD and did her doctorate in Cancer Research from University of London. Her career includes teaching, business and project management, community development, and coordination of EU and Peace projects, as well as working as an independent consultant. She now coordinates the GEAI programme of work, including management of EU Erasmus+ projects for young people throughout Europe, and is the GEAI representative on the Environmental Pillar.
Leslie O’Hora has been working in the solar energy sector for many years and has hands-on experience of people’s energy needs in the West and Northwest of Ireland. He was involved in the set up of the Environmental Research Laboratory in Queens University Belfast. Leslie is a founding member of Good Energies Alliance Ireland.
Séamus Dunbar is a sculptor. He moved to Manorhamilton in 1995, where he was instrumental in founding the Leitrim Sculpture Centre and establishing the Lough MacNean Sculpture Trail. In 2011, he undertook a Masters Degree in Art in Public at the University of Ulster, which considered an expanded role for artistic creativity in society. Since graduating he has been researching alternatives to hydrocarbon (oil & gas) energy sources in the North Leitrim area, with an emphasis on micro hydro electricity and community owned sustainable energy generation.
Irina Tiugan is an urban planner from Romania and has studied in the Netherlands as well as her native land. She has taken a keen interest in renewable energies since her arrival in Ireland as an EVS volunteer and has produced a position paper on wind energy for GEAI.
Olga Zoma is from the conflict area of Ukraine and is familiar with the devastation caused to families by social conflict. She is an architect and graphic designer and also a talented artist. Olga also is an EVS volunteer and enjoys working on publicity material e.g. flyers, posters and our website, which has had a face-lift since the three volunteers joined GEAI last September.
Santi Agra from Galicia (northern Spain) is an environmental journalist, working for a year with GEAI as an EVS volunteer. He is the GEAI Press Officer and Social Media Manager. Santi is passionate about politics and takes a keen interest in the decision-making process in Ireland and the campaign against fracking, North and South.