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We aim to be your partner of choice for sustainable energy solutions.

Action Renewables is a leading provider of renewable energy expertise. We provide support for renewable energy development, through trading electricity and renewable energy certificates. We also develop and engage in European Projects.

Our success is dependent upon the leadership provided by a management board. The board is constituted representing individuals including industry professionals, non-governmental representatives and environmental specialists.

The board members are:

  • Andrew Webb (Chairman), Chief Economist, Grant Thornton
  • Terry Waugh, Chief Executive Officer, Action Renewables
  • Irene Robinson, Finance Director, Action Renewables
  • Brian Norton, President Dublin Institute of Technology
  • John Heaslip, Former Chief Executive of Business in the Community Northern Ireland
  • Gerry Hodgkinson, Business Manager, retired
  • Stephen Harper, Business Manager, retired
  • Kate Noble, Head of Energy & Environmental Practices, National Trust
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Charitable Objectives

Action Renewables is a registered charity, a company limited by guarantee. Our vision is to create a Northern Ireland which recognises the serious impacts of climate change and will take measures to prevent and mitigate against those impacts, through using renewable energy, energy efficiency, renewable transport and renewable products. Our mission is to carry out our activities, including our charitable activities, in line with our charitable objects. While our vision applies to Northern Ireland, our mission applies to the UK and Ireland.

Our charitable objectives are the foundation of our business. We aim to:

  • energy measurement

    Advance to the benefit of the public, the protection and improvement of the environment, through the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • information

    Advance the education of the public in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

  • standards

    Improve the quality and standards of renewable energy provision, by promoting quality assurance schemes and delivering quality assurance services.

Since the beginning of this year, we have:

  • Provided match funding to the Interreg funded and Northern Ireland Environment Link managed ‘CLIMATE’ project - Collaborative Learning Initiative Managing and Adapting to The Environment. The project aims to promote and improve climate change awareness in European peripheral rural communities. Read more about the project here.
  • Collaborated with the Education Authority to repair some 15-20 photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in Education Authority schools, for which they had no budget to repair. We identified the schools in co-operation with the Department for Education, and are funding £15k in total. The estimated return to the schools is £85k, in the first twelve months after repairs are carried out (value of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and electricity which would have otherwise not been claimed).

Our team

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    Terry Waugh
    Chief Executive Officer

    Terry Waugh

    As Chief Executive Officer of Action Renewables, Terry is responsible for the company’s overall strategic direction, including the implementation of activities that align with the company’s mission and vision.

    Terry has worked for Action Renewables for 16 years and prior to that, Terry gained over 20 years' energy industry experience at Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), where he acted as Customer Relations Manager for NIE’s Transmission and Distribution business.

    In his studies, Terry gained a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Finance, a Masters of Business Administration and an Open University accreditation in Energy for a Sustainable Future.

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    Irene Robinson
    Finance Director

    Irene Robinson

    Irene Robinson joined Action Renewables as Accountant in 2007 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014. She holds a First class Honours degree in Economics and Accounting, a Masters in Accounting, and a Postgraduate Diploma in IT Applications. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a Member of the Institute of Professional Financial Managers. Her role is to oversee the financial management and administration functions of the company and to advise the Board on financial strategy and planning.

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    Jonathan Buick
    Head of Projects

    Jonathan Buick

    Jonathan Buick is head of projects in Action Renewables. He has over ten years experience in energy and environmental consultancy, waste management and renewable energy technologies. Jonathan is an authority on government support measures for renewable energy, such as the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation and the Feed-in Tariff in Great Britain. His technical and economic expertise in renewable energy spans all technologies, but particularly wind, anaerobic digestion and solar thermal and this expertise has led to him providing training and advice to a wide range of stakeholders, from the farming sector in Northern Ireland to the Government of Azerbaijan. Jonathan has a MSc in Environmental Management and Policy and is a Chartered Scientist.

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    Dawn Murphy
    Senior Project Manager

    Dawn Murphy

    With a background in Environmental consultancy, Dawn Murphy joined the AR team as an Energy Advisor and Community Information Officer in April 2006, providing renewable energy advice to householders and community groups. Dawn managed Action Renewables’ MCS installer certification service for 7 years and has recently managed the company’s rebranding and new website development.  She holds a masters degree in Environmental Management, is a registered environmental auditor and an Environmental Practitioner with the Institute of Environmental Management and assessment. (IEMA).  Dawn currently works on European Projects and feasibility studies.

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    Mark Compston
    Senior Project Manager

    Mark Compston

    As a Senior Project Manager with over 12 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, largely in technical roles, Mark supports clients with renewable energy services such as feasibility studies, energy audits and project management. Mark works closely with stakeholders and partners, particularly in relation to green gas and renewable transport. Mark holds a BA(Hons) Business Studies degree and is a Chartered Manager.

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    William Deane
    Senior Project Manager

    William Deane

    William Deane joined the Action Renewables team in March 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager. He is working on Ofgem accreditation for domestic and commercial renewable energy generating clients. He will also be assisting the technical team with site visits, feasibility studies and will be involved with ROC trading.

    William has previously worked with the electricity supplier Budget Energy LTD as their Renewables Project Coordinator and was responsible for the managing of their renewables portfolio. William holds a degree in Environmental Management from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle.

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    Annette Herty
    Office Manager

    Annette Herty

    Annette Herty is Action Renewables’ Office Manager and has been with the company since 2006. Annette has a wealth of experience in team management and customer service. She previously worked with British Airways as Team Manager in both sales and customer service. Prior to this she provided clerical support for the headquarters of the Eastern Health & Social Services Board in Belfast.

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    Ian Gordon
    Energy Association Manager

    Ian Gordon

    Ian initially joined Action Renewables in May 2017, working on the SSPV team and was then appointed Manager of the Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) in October 2017, where he promotes and develops its membership through regular seminars and conferences. He encourages the increased uptake of Renewable Energy by liaising with Government Departments, local Councils and other public sector organisations.

    Ian is also developing renewable commodity trading opportunities in Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs), Renewable Electricity Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) and Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (RTFCs) in Northern Ireland, the UK and Europe.

    Ian had worked previously in Banking and Accounting.

  • Bernadette Convery +

    Bernadette Convery
    Senior Project Manager

    Bernadette Convery

    Bernadette manages the Energy and Carbon Management services within Action Renewables, she is registered as a Low Carbon Consultant with CIBSE, with a particular focus on ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems.

    During her time at Action Renewables Bernadette has been involved with the preparation of EU project proposals, Ofgem accreditation and consultancy services for large scale generators and feasibility studies for various renewable technologies.

    Prior to joining Action Renewables Bernadette achieved a BSc in Geography from Queen’s University Belfast and a MSc in Sustainable Energy from University College Dublin.

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    Aaron Kernohan
    Senior Project Manager

    Aaron Kernohan

    Aaron Kernohan is an Assistant Project Manager at Action Renewables. Aaron graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2011 with a BSc Environmental Planning. On graduating Aaron spent two years as an intern research assistant in the NI Department of the Environment working on sourcing competitive European Funding for Energy and Climate Change projects as part of the cross-departmental Barroso Task Force. Subsequently Aaron spent one and a half years as a consultant with PWC working on various projects with different clients including as part of the Government Services procurement team where he helped in assessing global climate change project funding applications and drafted contracts and statements of work for the successful bidders.

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    Finbar Lunney
    Project Manager

    Finbar Lunney

    Finbar joined the Action Renewables team in 2016 after previously completing an internship with the company. Finbar has worked closely on securing ROC accreditation for Small Scale PV for clients in Northern Ireland and liaising closely with Ofgem and installers to resolve queries on SSPV applications, and assisting in making data claims for ROCS.  In addition to this Finbar has helped to complete applications for European Projects and assists Business Development.

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    Nathan McBride
    Project Manager

    Nathan McBride

    Nathan joined the Action Renewables team in May 2016 as an intern as part of his degree programme, Land use and Environmental Management at Queen’s University Belfast.  Nathan is a member of the SSPV team and has experience securing ROC accreditations for Solar PV clients, working closely with Ofgem and installers to resolve queries on SSPV applications.

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    Shane Hanna
    Project Manager

    Shane Hanna

    Shane Hanna joined Action Renewables in August 2016 as an intern as part of his degree programme, Land use and Environmental Management at Queen’s University Belfast. Shane graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in December 2017 with a BSc Land Use and Environmental Management. He is now a full-time employee and works very closely with Ofgem on the Large-Scale Generators team. Shane has been responsible for accrediting many applications under the NIRO (Northern Ireland Renewable Obligation) for various technologies such as Wind Turbines, Anaerobic Digestion Plants and Solar Panels. In addition to this, Shane will also be assisting with various external projects as well as business development schemes.

  • Elsa Fonseca +

    Elsa Fonseca
    Assistant Accountant

    Elsa Fonseca

    Elsa joined the company in April 2017 as Assistant Accountant and is a qualified Accounting Technician with IATI. Elsa previously worked as Finance Team Leader for Musgrave Retail Partners NI and has over 20 years' experience.

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    Sarah McLarnin
    Marketing Executive

    Sarah McLarnin

    Sarah joined the team in January 2018. Primarily, she leads the Marketing function at Action Renewables and is responsible for the execution of marketing strategies across Northern Ireland, Ireland and Great Britain. Having graduated from Liverpool John Moores University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, she also has a Digital Marketing qualification from the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.

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    James McKay
    Business Development Manager

    James McKay

    James joined the Action Renewables team in March 2018 as a Business Development Manager. His role includes working on ROC Trading in GB as well as supporting the team in Northern Ireland. James has previously worked within the Renewables sector as a Sales Manager for a UK company driving their growth and expansion into the Northern Ireland market. James holds a degree in Business & Languages.

  • Alana Mellon +

    Alana Mellon
    Project Manager

    Alana Mellon

    Alana has recently graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development and has since moved teams within Action Renewables. Working previously within the Business Development team Alana has framed a wider understand of the industry and our client base, this insight and experience will assist with consultancy projects which she will be working on. Alana holds a BSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Leeds University and certificates in Climate Change: Risk, Opportunity and Business resilience, and Carbon Footprinting and Management.

     

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    Matthew Esler
    Project Manager

    Matthew Esler

    Matthew Esler joined Action Renewables in July 2017 as a placement student as part of his degree course, Land Use and Environmental Management with Professional Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and graduated in July 2019.  Matthew works within the Large-Scale Generators team and has played a role in the accreditation of many large-scale renewable technologies such as Wind, Hydro, Solar and Anaerobic Digestion under the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO). Matthew is also assisting and advising clients on grid connection applications, audits and various other projects within business development.

  • Caroline Winder +

    Caroline Winder
    Senior Project Manager

    Caroline Winder

    Caroline joined Action Renewables in June 2018, working within the Large-Scale Generator team. Caroline provides support for ROC claims, electricity trading activities and other administrative tasks. She oversees the data management associated with the monthly submissions for ROC claims and associated validation requirements.

    Prior to working with Action Renewables, Caroline graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences (Earth Sciences and Geography) from Durham University and holds a Master’s degree from Queen’s University Belfast in Environmental Engineering.

  • Kevin Graham +

    Kevin Graham
    Project Manager

    Kevin Graham

    Kevin Joined Action Renewables in April 2018 as part of the Small Scale Photovoltaic (SSPV) team. His main responsibilities include data management and data submission to Ofgem to ensure ROC payments to clients. Kevin has over 5 years’ experience from Lloyds Banking Group in managing customer accounts, team management, customer service and sales. He is currently studying with the Open University for a degree in Environmental Management and Technology.

  • Darren McMahon +

    Darren McMahon
    Project Manager

    Darren McMahon

    Darren joined Action Renewables in July 2018. Before working at Action Renewables Darren was completing a PhD, investigating the thermal properties of nanoparticles on silicon-based substrates to improve the efficiency of PV panels for commercial use. He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Master’s in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage in 2017 and previously obtained his Bachelor’s in Natural Sciences, in 2015, specialising in Physics.

    He now works as part of the Large-Scale Generators team, producing technical reports, carrying out data analysis and assessing the feasibility of installing renewable energy generators at sites throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland. He also works closely with Ofgem to resolve queries and assist in providing evidence to support claims made be clients of the Renewable Obligation scheme.

  • Lana Moore +

    Lana Moore
    Project Manager

    Lana Moore

    Lana joined Action Renewables in September 2018 in the Small-Scale Photovoltaic (SSPV) team. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art and has over 11 years banking experience in mortgage advice, branch management and sales. She has extensive experience in managing a diverse range of projects at branch management level. As part of the SSPV team, her responsibilities include data management, data submissions and managing client records.

  • John Bennett +

    John Bennett
    Project Manager

    John Bennett

    John joined Action Renewables in November 2018. Prior to this, John worked within the Metering and Billing Department at Northern Ireland Water and has further experience from a Public Sector role based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a Master’s in Leadership for Sustainable Development in September 2015, having spent 8 weeks on placement with Action Renewables and previously obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography in July 2014, also from Queen’s University Belfast.

    John works closely on the Large-Scale Generators team and is responsible for accrediting applications under the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO). Alongside this, he carries out data analysis, site visits, produces technical reports and assesses the feasibility of installing renewable energy generators at sites throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland.

  • Dearbhla Boyle +

    Dearbhla Boyle
    Events and Marketing Assistant

    Dearbhla Boyle

    Dearbhla joined the Action Renewables team in December 2018. As an Events and Marketing assistant, she is responsible for supporting the development of marketing strategies and assisting in the preparation and execution of company events. She is also responsible for the organisation of social media content across all platforms and maintenance of the company’s website content.

    Prior to joining Action Renewables, Dearbhla graduated with an LLb in Law and an MSc in Business Management, both from Queen’s University Belfast.

  • Jordan Gaw +

    Jordan Gaw
    Project Manager

    Jordan Gaw

    Jordan joined Action Renewables in January 2019 as Project Manager, working with the Large-Scale Generator team. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Queen’s University Belfast and a Master’s of Science in Climate Change at the University of East Anglia. As part of her MSc she completed a study that explored the opportunities and barriers for the large-scale deployment of offshore wind energy throughout the UK.

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Our timeline

15 years' experience in the sustainable energy industry in Ireland.

2003

Action Renewables created as a non-profit charity funded by DETI and Viridian

Action Renewables created as a non-profit charity funded by DETI and Viridian

2003

Education programme and community energy programme set up

2006

£8 million reconnect domestic grant programme announced and administered by Action Renewables

£8 million reconnect domestic grant programme announced and administered by Action Renewables

2007

Action Renewables begins to participate in EU funded projects

2008

Action Renewables completes All Island Grid Study on behalf of DETI NI and DCMNR

Action Renewables completes All Island Grid Study on behalf of DETI NI and DCMNR

2009

Action Renewables submits its first Interreg application as lead partner

2009

Action Renewables Association formed

Action Renewables Association formed

2010

Action Renewables becomes a self-funding not-for-profit social enterprise

2010

Company gains UKAS accreditation as a certification body and begins MCS certification services

Company gains UKAS accreditation as a certification body and begins MCS certification services

2010

Action Renewables becomes a registered participant in the ROC market

2013

Action Renewables leads its first EU project

Action Renewables leads its first EU project "Batterie"

2013

Action Renewables passes £1 million ROC turnover

2013

Action Renewables becomes a registered Ofgem Agent for microgenerators

Action Renewables becomes a registered Ofgem Agent for microgenerators

2015

£10 million ROC turnover passed

2015

Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) formed

Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) formed

2016

Action Renewables reaches 5,000 small scale PV customers

2016

Dublin office opened

Dublin office opened

2017

£20 million ROC turnover passed

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Carol Forster, Operations Manager & Deputy CEO, Northern Ireland Environment Link

Action Renewables play a leading role in providing expert advice and support to the renewable sector in Northern Ireland. NIEL has engaged with Action Renewables for many years, working together as advocates for clean and sustainable energy.

Carol Forster, Operations Manager & Deputy CEO, Northern Ireland Environment Link

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