Sir Roy Gardner
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 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 was sold in 2008 to E.on and Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) for €1.8 billion.
Eddie has been named World Energy Policy Leader by Scientific American magazine and Oilprice.com cited him as one of the five most influential figures in the US clean energy sector. He was presented with the Leadership award at the annual Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards and in 2013 he received wind energy’s most prestigious award, the Poul La Cour Prize from the European Wind Energy Association in recognition of his work in the sector. In May 2016, Eddie was appointed as the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) new Global Ambassador.
From 1987 to 1996 Eddie was Chief Executive of Bord na Mona, the Irish Peat Board, where he took the company from loss to profit making and it was here that he began to develop his vision for wind power. He built Ireland’s first commercial wind farm at Bellacorick, Co. Mayo with an installed capacity of 6.45MW twenty-four years ago and it is still producing electricity today.
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 NUI Maynooth and most recently he was awarded Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from the University of Hull in recognition of his major contributions to business and science.
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 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).
Terry 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 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 was appointed to the Board of Mainstream Renewable Power in August 2008 and is a Managing Director of Global Natural Resource Investments (“GNRI”). GNRI manages Barclays shareholding in Mainstream Renewable Power. Based in London and Doha, he is responsible for making equity investments in the natural resources sector, including upstream oil and gas, upstream mining and power.
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 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. From 2007 to 2015, Brendan was Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, a state agency promoting the production and use of sustainable energy in Ireland. In April 2016, Brendan was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the Ambassador of France to Ireland – the award is the highest French order for military and civil merits, established 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.
On 01 April 2016, Kosuke Tashiro was appointed to the Board of Mainstream Renewable Power. Kosuke was seconded to Mainstream from January 2014 to March 2016 following Marubeni Corporation’s subscription for shares in the Company. He has been with Marubeni Corporation since 1999 in the power and utilities sector and has held positions in New York and Tokyo negotiating, executing and structuring mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and green/brown-field developments across wind, solar and gas combined cycle plants.
John 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 was appointed to the Board of Mainstream in January 2015. She joined Mainstream as Development Project Manager in January 2012 and now actively supports the commercial function within the Procurement and Project Delivery (PPD) team. 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 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 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.