• Chair: Ric Pasquali
  • Vice Chair: Gareth Jones
  • Secretary: James McAteer
  • Treasurer: James Byrne
  • Newsletter Editor: Gareth Jones
  • Membership Officer: Nick O'Neill
  • Well Drilling Representative: Nicholas Wall
  • Events Officer: Sarah Blake
  • Website Editor: Niamh Lynam



Committee gathering at the Geothermal Energy Conference on 13th November 2013:

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Refer to GAI Committees 1998 - 2013 for reference to all those who have participated on the committees of the Geothermal Association of Ireland since its beginnings in 1998.

Ric Pasquali, Chairperson of the GAI. Ric is a Professional Geologist with over 18 year experience in consultancy, project management and project development. Ric has a degree and a master in geology from Trinity College Dublin. Following graduation Ric worked as a geologists at Eugene Daly Associates before joining SLR Consulting in 2005, GT Energy in 2009 and setting up GeoServ. His core areas of expertise include geology, geothermal energy (shallow and deep), environmental geology and energy efficiency. Ric has advised local authorities, government agencies as well as private sector clients on geothermal energy resource assessment and development solutions, regulatory and legislative frameworks as well as providing project management services during exploration and development stages.

James Byrne, Treasurer and Vice-Chair of GAI. James Byrne 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 DIT). He spent a number of years in the early 80s working as a consultant designing HVAC systems and during this period elected to specialise in the application of Building Management Systems (BMS). His interest in BMS, HVAC and energy has led him to establish a number of companies over the past 25 years dealing with many aspects of building technology. He led one of these companies to win the SEAI Sustainable Energy Innovation Award in 2012, has led Sirus in EU FP7 projects.

Gareth Ll. Jones (EurGeol, BSc, MSc, PGeo) is the Vice Chairman and Newsletter Editor of the GAI. He qualified with an Honours BSc in Geology from Queens University Belfast and was awarded his MSc by Trinity College Dublin. His geological consultancy Conodate deals with geothermal energy, karst, industrial minerals and biostratigraphy. Gareth is a Geothermal Consultant with the CSA Group and Convener of the Expert Panel on Geothermal Energy of the EFG. He was President of the EFG from 1999-2002 and of the IGI from 2005-2007. Gareth was Project Manager of the GT Skills geothermal training programme from 2005-2007.

Committee Photo at AGM June 2011 in IKEA