Energy and Environment Committee

The aim of the Energy and Environment Committee is to:

  1. Provide a forum for open debate and discussion on Energy Policy issues as they impact the availability and utilisation of energy supplies to the United Kingdom and Ireland. It considers the needs of energy market participants to achieve a return on investment and the need for secure, sustainable and competitive supplies.
  2. Develop policy positions, for the approval of the British Irish Chamber Policy Committee, in relation to the operation and development of the energy sector within and between UK and Ireland, to the extent that they impact on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Specific areas the Energy and Environment Committee will develop include:

  1. Seeking approval for Policy positions at the British Irish Chamber Policy Committee
  2. Advocating policy positions through Political, Regulatory and Industry Stakeholders though a mix of Position Papers, Engagement with other Representative Bodies, High Profile Energy Events and other actions.
  3. Responding to the challenges faced by the sector in a British Irish context. 

The current Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee is Mark Varian, Eversheds-Sutherland.

Committee Members:

  1. Gillian Kinsella, Bord Gais
  2. Niamh Buckley, Brookfield Renewable
  3. Deborah Meghen, Coillte
  4. Philip O’Donnell, Eirgrid
  5. Rodney Doyle, Eirgrid
  6. Peter O’Shea, ESB
  7. Henry Smyth, Ervia
  8. Mark Varian, Eversheds
  9. Stephen Walsh, Geological Survey Ireland
  10. Catherine Joyce O’Caollai, Indaver
  11. Julie Bowe, Indaver
  12. Kieran Ryan, KPMG
  13. Paul O’Brien, KPMG
  14. Barry Wadding, Lightsource
  15. Valerie Lawlor, McCann FitzGerald
  16. William Marshall, McCann Fitzgerald
  17. Brian Britton, Oriel Wind
  18. Brian Hyland, RSM
  19. Errol Close, SSE Artricity
  20. Elizabeth Swanwick, SSE Artricity


If you would like to find out more about the Energy and Environment Committee or if you would like to get involved in the Chamber’s Energy and Environment Policy activities, please contact

To view our report on High Level Principles for the British Irish Energy Sector Post Brexit, please click here.

To view our report on Revisiting Energy Policy in Great Britain and the island of Ireland, please click here.