Mainstream's CEO, Eddie O'Connor and the  Board of Directors are a powerful force.

Our board

Our board members have a breadth of global experience to support our business activities – from leading industrialists and entrepreneurs with expertise in the energy sector to financial institutions with a focus on the renewables industry.

Sir Roy Gardner – Chairman

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Sir Roy Gardner is Chairman of Serco plc, the Senior Independent Director at William Hill plc, a Non-Executive Director of Willis Group Holdings Limited and Chairman of Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. He is also a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse.

Previously, Sir Roy was the Chairman of Compass Group PLC, Chief Executive of Centrica plc, Managing Director of GEC-Marconi Limited and a Director of GEC plc.

He has also been the Non-Executive Chairman of Manchester United plc, Plymouth Argyle Football Club and Connaught plc and a Non-Executive Director of Laporte plc.

Sir Roy is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London and is the former Chairman of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network.

Sir Roy is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Royal Society of Arts, the City & Guilds Institute and the Energy Institute.

Sir Roy was knighted in 2002 for services to the Gas and Electricity Industries.

Eddie O’Connor - Founder and Chief Executive

eddie-oconnor-hs_smEddie is a world renowned entrepreneur and leader in renewable energy. He founded Mainstream in 2008 following ten years as Chief Executive of global renewable energy company Airtricity which he founded in 1997. Airtricity North America was subsequently sold in 2008 to E.on and the remainder of the business sold to Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE).

Eddie is a pioneer of the European Supergrid and was integral in the setting up of the not-for-profit company, Friends of the Supergrid which has over 23 international member companies. The ‘Friends’ lobby government and regulators in Europe to progress the Supergrid that will guarantee European energy self-sufficiency as well as producing carbon free electricity. Eddie presently holds the position of President of the ‘Friends’.

He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Engineering and has a doctorate in Business Administration from the International Management Centres, Europe. He has received an honorary Doctorate of Science from University College Dublin (UCD), an honorary Doctorate from Dublin City University (DCU) and most recently, in January 2014, Eddie was awarded Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from the University of Hull in recognition of his major contributions to business and science.

Eddie has previously been named World Energy Policy Leader by Scientific American magazine and named by Oilprice.com as one of the five most influential figures in the US clean energy sector.  He has been presented with the  Leadership award at the annual Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards and in March 2013, received wind energy’s most prestigious award, the Poul La Cour  from the European Wind Energy Association in recognition of his work in the sector.

Andy Kinsella – Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer

Andy Kinsella was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Mainstream group in 2015.  He manages all operations of the company, including market entry strategy, new business, technology infrastructure and delivery of all power plant into successful operation.  Andy is continually focused on the operational performance that will provide benefit to Mainstream’s stakeholders and investors thereby spurring revenue growth for the company.

Prior to his position as COO, Andy led Mainstream’s offshore division to the successful sale of its 4,000 megawatt Hornsea zone to Danish utility, DONG Energy in August 2015.  He is a former member of the Renewable Industry Advisory Board, International Energy Agency, Paris, and an advisor to the Independent Committee on Climate Change, London.

Andy has over three decades of experience in the global electricity sector in senior management positions with ESB, ESBI, Siemens and GE.

He is a graduate of University College Dublin (B.Eng. Electrical, Hons.), Trinity College Dublin (Dip. PM, Distinction) and Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Programme).

Barry Lynch – Executive Director / Managing Director, Onshore Procurement, Construction and Operations

barry-lynch_thumbBarry has been with Mainstream since 2008 and is responsible for the procurement, construction, project finance, equity sale and operations functions of the company’s onshore wind and solar plant globally. He has lead commercial transactions for Mainstream in Canada, USA, Chile, South Africa and Ireland with a number of debt and equity partners from Europe, China and Africa.
Prior to joining Mainstream Barry worked for eight years with ESB International in a variety of roles including Group Safety Manager and Operations Manager for Asia & Middle East with responsibility for 3,400 megawatts of operational power plants in Pakistan and Malaysia.

Terry Ryan - Executive Director / Group Finance Director

Terry-RyanTerry Ryan was appointed to the Board of Mainstream in February 2015. Terry brings more than 20 years’ experience of senior financial executive and management positions. Previous to Mainstream he was the Chief Financial Officer of the SIAC and Glen Dimplex Groups and prior to that he worked as a senior manager for Arthur Andersen in Dublin and London. In addition to leading the finance function of large groups operating across multiple jurisdictions, Terry has extensive experience of fund raising, project finance, public private partnerships, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Torben Andersen – Executive Director / CEO, Onshore

torben-andersenTorben is responsible for all global onshore operations, wind and solar in Mainstream.

Previously, Torben was employed by Airtricity for six years where he held a track record as a developer and a dealmaker in Airtricity. During this period, he was responsible for securing a portfolio of 2,000MW of offshore wind projects in Ireland, the UK, The Netherlands and Germany and established development teams in these locations. One of these offshore projects, the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm (500MW) located in the UK, was secured and consented under Torben’s management. For a short time, Torben was also responsible for all onshore wind energy development activities in Ireland and Northern Ireland within Airtricity.

Torben holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration. Previously, he held several international positions as a Danish Army Officer prior to moving to Ireland.

Mark Brown – Non-Executive Director

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Mark Brown was appointed to the Board of Mainstream Renewable Power in August 2008.

He founded the Barclays Natural Resource Investments business  in 2006 and is responsible for setting the investment strategy, hiring the team and has been integrally involved in all investments made to date.

Previously, Mark was a Director in the Barclays Principal Investments team (2004 – 2006). Mark joined Barclays Bank Plc in July 1998 from Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he was a member of the Structured Finance Group.

Prior to that, he was part of the Structured Finance group at Rabobank. Mark graduated from The City University with a First Class degree in Actuarial Science.

Brendan Halligan – Non-Executive Director

brendan-halliganBrendan trained as an economist, graduating with a Masters Degree from University College Dublin, Ireland. He subsequently worked in the public and private sectors as an economist before entering politics.

In 1967 he became General Secretary of the Irish Labour Party. While in that post, the Prime Minister appointed him a member of the Senate in 1973. He was elected a member of Dáil Éireann (the Irish House of Representatives) in 1976 and later became a member of the European Parliament (1983/84) where he specialised in economic affairs and energy policy. He retired as General Secretary of the Labour Party in 1980 to become an economics lecturer and subsequently he set up a public affairs consultancy, which he manages.

In 1985, the government appointed him as Chairman of the Irish Peat Development Authority, a state company responsible for the commercial exploitation of the country’s peat resources. He held office until 1995.

He founded the Institute of European Affairs in 1990, an independent think tank of which he is currently the Chairman. In 2007, Brendan was appointed Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, a state agency which is charged with promoting the production and use of sustainable energy in Ireland.

Satoru Harada - Non-Executive Director

S.HaradaSatoru Harada was appointed to the Board of Mainstream Renewable Power in September 2014. He is currently Deputy General Manager, Overseas Power Project Department V for Marubeni Corporation. The department represents Marubeni’s interests in renewable and thermal power across the generation, transmission and distribution space in Europe and Russia. His experience in the region includes executing and operating a fleet of generation asset (gas, coal and wind projects) in Portugal. He has over 20 years of experience in IPP field covering in the regions of South Americas, Southeast Asia and Middle East.

John Lavery – Non-Executive Director

john-laveryJohn Lavery is Chairman of Lavery Kirby Gilmartin – a medium sized practice specialising in company, property and commercial law.  He specialises in advising start-up companies and in his capacity as lawyer, has advised on a number of significant fundraisings and merger and acquisition transactions.

He was a co- founder of Airtricity along with Eddie O’Connor and was Company Secretary from its incorporation until February 2008.

He holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from University College Dublin and he is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Lesley O'Connor - Non-Executive Director / Customer Relationship Manager

lesleyLesley O’Connor was appointed to the Board of Mainstream in January 2015. She holds an international MBA from IE Business School Madrid and a BA (Hons) in Management Science and Information Systems Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Lesley joined Mainstream as Development Project Manager in January 2012 and now plays a key role in the newly formed Customer Relationship function. Prior to Mainstream Lesley worked at Murex S.A.S, Paddy Power plc and the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin where she held various positions in the areas of research, analytics, product development and customer account management.

Chuck Watson – Non-Executive Director

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Chuck Watson is Chairman and co-founder of Twin Eagle Resource Management, a Houston-based midstream service provider and energy marketer established in 2010. Twin Eagle focuses on midstream transportation assets and the marketing of crude, natural gas and electric power. He was Chairman of Eagle Energy Partners, which he co-founded in 2003 and sold to Lehman Brothers in 2007.

In 2008, Mr. Watson engineered the purchase of Eagle Energy Partners from Lehman Brothers and sale to Électricité de France (EDF). Mr. Watson was formerly the Chairman and CEO of Houston-based Dynegy Inc., an asset based, integrated energy provider. He established NGC Corp., Dynegy’s predecessor, in 1985 and served as Chairman and CEO until his departure in May 2002. Watson worked at Conoco from 1972 until his departure in 1985. Mr. Watson is Chairman of AltsDirect, which provides a simplified approach to alternative investments, and CollegiateZone, a company that provides effective and dynamic programs focused on bettering the educational process.

He is currently on the board of Baker Hughes Inc., Baylor College of Medicine, Mainstream Renewable Power and is also a senior energy advisor to Carlyle Investment Management Fund. He serves on the advisory council for DocuSign and is also a member of the Angeleno Group board of advisors. Watson co-founded Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group in 1996 and brought the Houston Aeros, an AHL professional hockey franchise, to Houston in 1998. Mr. Watson served as governor, trustee and Chairman of the Oklahoma State University Foundation, was Chairman of the Sigma Chi Foundation and was inducted into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997.

In 2001, following his commencement address, he received OSU’s highest honor of the Henry G. Bennett Award. He was also inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and was named “Master Entrepreneur” by Ernst & Young in 2001.

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Chuck Watson is Chairman and co-founder of Twin Eagle Resource Management, a Houston-based midstream service provider and energy marketer established in 2010. Twin Eagle focuses on midstream transportation assets and the marketing of crude, natural gas and electric power. He was Chairman of Eagle Energy Partners, which he co-founded in 2003 and sold to Lehman Brothers in 2007.

In 2008, Mr. Watson engineered the purchase of Eagle Energy Partners from Lehman Brothers and sale to Électricité de France (EDF). Mr. Watson was formerly the Chairman and CEO of Houston-based Dynegy Inc., an asset based, integrated energy provider. He established NGC Corp., Dynegy’s predecessor, in 1985 and served as Chairman and CEO until his departure in May 2002. Watson worked at Conoco from 1972 until his departure in 1985. Mr. Watson is Chairman of AltsDirect, which provides a simplified approach to alternative investments, and CollegiateZone, a company that provides effective and dynamic programs focused on bettering the educational process.

He is currently on the board of Baker Hughes Inc., Baylor College of Medicine, Mainstream Renewable Power and is also a senior energy advisor to Carlyle Investment Management Fund. He serves on the advisory council for DocuSign and is also a member of the Angeleno Group board of advisors. Watson co-founded Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group in 1996 and brought the Houston Aeros, an AHL professional hockey franchise, to Houston in 1998. Mr. Watson served as governor, trustee and Chairman of the Oklahoma State University Foundation, was Chairman of the Sigma Chi Foundation and was inducted into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997.

In 2001, following his commencement address, he received OSU’s highest honor of the Henry G. Bennett Award. He was also inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and was named “Master Entrepreneur” by Ernst & Young in 2001.

lesleyLesley O’Connor was appointed to the Board of Mainstream in January 2015. She holds an international MBA from IE Business School Madrid and a BA (Hons) in Management Science and Information Systems Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Lesley joined Mainstream as Development Project Manager in January 2012 and now plays a key role in the newly formed Customer Relationship function. Prior to Mainstream Lesley worked at Murex S.A.S, Paddy Power plc and the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin where she held various positions in the areas of research, analytics, product development and customer account management.