THE BOARD
Bord na Móna - The Board

1. Fergus McArdle
(Chairman)
Fergus McArdle (55) was appointed to the Board in November 2002 and as Chairman in September 2004. He is a senior partner at KMR Registered Auditors. He is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants since 1978. He has a portfolio of personal business interests with directorships in Manufacturing, Service and Property Companies. He also serves on not for profit commercial business, sporting and charitable bodies.

 

2. Gabriel D’Arcy
(Managing Director)
Gabriel D’Arcy (50) was appointed as Managing Director in February 2008. Prior to joining Bord na Móna, he held a number of management positions in the Kerry Group, most recently Commercial Director, Kerry Ingredients Europe. He previously served as a Captain in the Defences Forces. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from University College Galway, an MSc from University College Dublin, an M.B.A. from Kingston University Business School, and an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice from University of Ulster. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.

 

3. Gabriel Cribbin
Gabriel Cribbin (63) was first appointed to the Board in September 2005 and reappointed in October 2008. He is joint owner and Managing Director of Summerhill Lawns which provides gardening services. He was a member of Meath County Council for the past 20 years and also chaired the Meath County Development Board.

 

4. Rory Scanlan
Rory Scanlan (63) was first appointed to the Board in May 2002 and re-appointed in June 2007. He is a sales and management consultant and author of “Professional Selling Skills”. He is a director of Ordnance Survey Ireland and several private companies and has previously served as a director of a number of State Bodies including Foir Teroanta and An Bord Trachtala.

 

5. Conor Skehan
Conor Skehan (51) was appointed to the Board in May 2008. He is the founder of a number of specialist professional consultancies and is currently Head of the Department of Environment and Planning at DIT. He specialises in Foresighting, Environmental Protection and Strategic Planning across a range of sectors that include industry, energy and tourism.

 

6. Peter Wyer
Peter Wyer (60) was appointed to the Board in May 2008. He has a Commerce and Law Degree from the National University of Ireland Galway. Having spent some time in Merchant Banking he moved into sales where he spent most of his career. He joined Arch Motors Ltd. Galway in 1976 where he is currently Sales Director and Company Secretary. He is also a director of a number of other related companies.

 

7. Paudge Bennett
Paudge Bennett (55) was appointed to the Board in January 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna as a seasonal worker in 1973 and became a member of permanent staff in 1975. He has been a Storeman in Boora Works since then. He served as a Trustee of the Bord na Móna Pension Schemes for 11 years until 2006.

 

8. Paddy Fox
Paddy Fox (60) was appointed to the Board in January 1999 and reappointed in 2003 and 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Acts 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna as a seasonal worker in 1970 and became a member of permanent staff in 1975. He has been a team leader since 1990. He holds a Diploma in Management and Industrial Relations.


9. Pat Kane
Pat Kane (59) was appointed to the Board in January 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna as a seasonal worker in 1965 and was made permanent in 1966. He has worked in various positions within the Company.

 

10. Paddy Rowland
Paddy Rowland (41) was appointed to the Board in January 2003 and reappointed in Jan 2007 under the Worker Participation (State Enterprises) Act 1977 and 1988. He joined Bord na Móna in 1984 as an apprentice fitter, worked in Peat Energy as a Draughtsman and is currently a member of the Corporate Communication team in Newbridge. He is also a member of Tullamore Town Council since 2004 and was re-elected in 2009.


11. Rose McHugh
Rose McHugh (45) is the Head of Merrion Capital’s Munster office which was established in Cork in 2006. Merrion Capital provides a wide range of services to clients in wealth management and corporate finance. Prior to joining Merrion, Rose was Deputy CEO at SWS Group, a renewable energy and diversified services group. Before that Rose was a Director of Taxes with Ernst and Young. Rose was appointed to Chair the Board of An Bord Iascaigh Mhara in June 2006. Rose is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She has an honours law degree from UCC. She is an associate of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland and in 2000 she completed an MBA at UCC.

 

12. David Taylor
David Taylor (63) was appointed to the Board in June 2009. He is an independent strategic advisor on sustainable energy and holds professional qualifications in engineering (BE Chemical) and management (MSc Management). He advises the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security on sustainable energy and energy security issues. Formerly CEO of Sustainable Energy Ireland he has represented the Irish Government’s energy research and development interests at EU and the International Energy Agency.