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 2021 GAI Committee
Niall McCormack is a geologist with over 20 years of experience in energy and resources globally. Niall has an undergrad 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. His core areas of expertise include geology, geothermal energy (shallow and deep), environmental geology and energy efficiency. As part of his professional experience, he has developed a turnkey (design, build and maintain) service for ground source heat pump collectors. Ric is the current vice chair of the Geothermal Association and during his time with the organisation, he has facilitated the development of best practice guidance for the design and installation of shallow geothermal systems in Ireland and Europe.
James is an experienced geologist with a BSc in Geology and Archaeology from University College Dublin. James' work as a geologist to date has focused on hydrogeological monitoring, geotechnical engineering, and geothermal energy. 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. His professional work includes in-depth research into ground source heating technologies, deep geothermal resource assessments, as well as temperature measurement and data acquisition techniques. James is currently the lead project coordinator for the Geothermica ERA-NET co-fund project 'Geo-Urban' assessing the geothermal potential of Dublin City and Vallés, Catalonia, Spain.
James Byrne is one of the founders and a director of Sirus. He began his career in the family engineering business and went on to study Plumbing and HVAC technology at Bolton Street College (now TUD), before spending a number of years in the early '80s working as a consultant engineer designing HVAC systems. During this period he specialised in the application of Building Management Systems (BMS) which resulted in a move into the delivery of building control solutions. His interest in BMS, HVAC, and energy has led him to establish a number of companies over more than 30 years, dealing with many aspects of building technology and energy efficiency. He has led a number of projects dealing with the sustainability of buildings and energy processes and was behind the refurbishment project know as The Well. This project demonstrates how an inefficient '80s industrial building can be re-imagined as a healthy and energy-efficient office environment. He also engages in energy projects examining the application of basic physics and modern technology to energy problems, with a view to producing sustainable services and solutions.
Joe is a field-tested engineer with experience working on various projects across multiple disciplines. Joe is pursuing his passion for climate, energy and the subsurface by completing a PhD at Queens researching Geothermal Energy for Northern Ireland. Joe has a background providing engineering rigour and risk management at his time as a founder of EANI and with 7 years at BP in drilling engineering.
Irene Pascual Perea
Irene is an enthusiastic geologist in the early stage of her professional career. Irene studied BSc in Geology (Hons) at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. Her professional experience involves geotechnical engineering, environmental geology, geohazards, onshore renewables and Irish grid transmission system.