The GAI Committee
The GAI committee is a voluntary group that runs the association for the members. They are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
Meet The Committee
Niall McCormack is a geologist with over 20 years experience in energy and resources globally. Niall has B.A. (Mod) and Ph.D. in Geology from Trinity College Dublin. He is Chief Executive and Managing Director of Causeway Geothermal Ltd.
Ric is a professional geologist with over 19 years experience in geological and geothermal sector consultancy. Ric is Vice Chair of the Geothermal Association and one of his key roles is to facilitate the development of best practice guidance for the design and installation of shallow geothermal systems in Ireland and Europe. Ric is GAI's representative on the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC).
James is an experienced geologist with a B.Sc. in Geology and Archaeology from University College Dublin. James joined the Geothermal Association of Ireland's committee in 2014 as Secretariat where he facilitates the actions of the association through the dissemination of materials, query responses and organisation of technical evening talks.
James is the founder and chairman of the Sirus Group. He began his career in the family engineering business and went on to study HVAC technology in Bolton Street College (now TU Dublin). He is the Treasurer of GAI.
Joe is a field-tested engineer with experience working on various projects across multiple disciplines. He is pursuing his passion for climate, energy and the subsurface by completing a Ph.D. at Queen's University Belfast researching Geothermal Energy in Northern Ireland. Joe is accountable for developing GAI's positions on policy as it pertains to geothermal energy. Joe also manages events for the association.
Irene Pascual Perea
Irene is an enthusiastic geologist in the early stage of her professional career. She has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. Her professional experience involves geotechnical engineering, environmental geology, geohazards, onshore renewables and Irish grid transmission system. Irene manages commincations including our social media and newsletter.