Drumlin Wind Board of Directors
Nigel Brady (Chairman)
Nigel was appointed Director of Bryson Energy, the Energy Agency for Northern Ireland in 2007. The Agency was formed in April 2007 and is one of the largest and most successful of some 380 European Energy Agencies operating across Europe. Bryson Energy is part of the Bryson Charitable Group and operated in partnership with Derry City Council and Fermanagh District Council. Nigel was previously a Member of the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Advisory Group 2010 and also provided the secretariat for the All-Party Group on Energy, established in 2008 at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
Rodney Arbuckle is a farmer from Connor, Ballymena. Rodney farms mainly dairy Holstein Friesian and beef. He is married to Karen and has three young son and has lived in the area all his life, born in Ballymena and educated at Ballymena Acadamy and later Greenmount Agricultural College. He left Ballymena Academy aged 16 to work on the family farm alongside his father and took over management of the farm, which has been in his family for many years, when his father passed away in 1993.
Cormac is a farmer from Northern Ireland. Cormac sees that farming is changing all the time and, given the importance of protecting the environment, Cormac believes that waste management and green issues have to be continuously addressed. In 2009, when Cormac was approached by NRG Solution in relation to the installation of a Wind Turbine on his land to produce renewable energy, he knew it was the right direction to take his farm forward.
Mervyn has been Managing Director of Fivemiletown Creamery since 2004. This farmer owned co-operative was established in 1898 and processes around 80 million litres of milk annually. Since joining the company, turnover has increased 400%. All profits from the co-operative are paid to its members as a dividend. Before taking up the role at Fivemiletown Creamery, Mervyn was Commercial Director at Pann Krisp Limited, a £60m turnover award winning ready meals manufacturer based in North Wales. Prior to this, he held a senior management position with Berlin based MKF Foilen GmbH and for almost 7 years was Group Purchasing Manager at Moy Park Limited.
David is a commercial manager for a fresh produce company dealing with all aspects of the supply chain from the farmer through to the retailers. David has been involved with co-operatives for over 10 years. In 2009, he was elected to the Regional Board for The Co-operative Group in Scotland and Northern Ireland. David has also been vice chair of The Co-operative in Northern Ireland. David is young, enthusiastic and committed to the development of an alternative business model, like the co-operative model, where the benefits are shared around and everyone has an equal say.
Marna is the CEO of Energy4All Ltd and previously worked in the public sector and with Price Waterhouse before joining KPMG to develop a substantial practice in Liverpool and become a Partner in the business. She has extensive experience of working withmajor corporates and particular expertise on transactions such as publicofferings, demergers and acquisitions. She has subsequently served as a director of Chadwick Chartered Accountants in Liverpool and as Marketing Director of the Chester Credit Union.
Andrew McMurray graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and a Masters degree in Renewable Energy in 2004. He started his career with B9 Energy/RES and worked on the development and engineering aspects of 10 wind farms in Northern Ireland. Andrew has volunteered with Friends of the Earth for 13 years and served as a board member from 2006 to 2009. In 2009 Andrew formed a new company called NRG Solutions, which has provided technical electrical expertise on over 500MW of renewables projects in Ireland, as well as developing a portfolio of 250kW wind turbine projects.
Paul is the Regional Development Manager for Energy4All Ltd. Paul has a degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Bristol University. His final year dissertation studied the feasibility of domestic wind systems. Paul joined the renewable sector in 2003 with Vesta Celtic, later that year the opportunity to work with communities in the development of renewable energy projects came his way. Paul worked with many communities in Scotland across the range of technologies and at all scales, but particularly with biomass and wind.