Eddie assumed the role of Executive Chairman of Mainstream Renewable Power in September 2017 following nine years as Chief Executive Officer of the company he founded in 2008. He is a world renowned entrepreneur and leader in renewable energy. Previously Eddie completed 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.
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 Senior Independent Non-Executive Director 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.
Andy Kinsella was appointed to the role of Group Chief Executive in September 2017 following a two-year tenure as Chief Operating Officer of the Mainstream group. 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.
Previously, Andy led Mainstream’s offshore division to the successful sale of its 4,000 megawatt Hornsea zone to Danish utility, Ørsted in August 2015 and the fully consented Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm to EDF Group in 2018. 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).
Torben Andersen is responsible for all global onshore wind and solar PV development operations in Mainstream Renewable Power. He is also responsible for all new onshore market activity. Torben has a track record as a developer and a dealmaker in Airtricity where he worked for six years prior to joining Mainstream. Torben was responsible for securing a portfolio of 2,000 MWs of offshore wind projects in Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands and Germany during this period and established development teams in these locations. In Mainstream, Torben continues to drive the onshore business development activities with a strong focus on emerging markets. Torben holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration.
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 President. 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.
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 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.
Fintan is Founder and Chief Executive of Platinum One and has been involved in player representation for 25 years and after spending much of that time moaning about the dearth of standards in the industry decided, a number of years ago, to start again and build a new business with real football people who shared the ambition to operate to the highest standards. That is what Platinum One has come to represent.
Fintan founded, developed and then sold what is Ireland’s premier corporate and financial Public Relations business, Drury Communications. He was Chairman of Paddy Power Betfair Plc; Hostelworld Plc; Mainstream Renewable Power; and RTÉ (Ireland’s public service broadcaster), and a non-executive Board member of Anglo Irish Bank Plc.
Previously Chairman of Mainstream when it was founded in 2008 and for the first 4 years of the business, Fintan returned to the company’s board in March 2018 to assist with its global expansion in offshore wind and solar.