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Our vision is simple: to be the 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 dependant 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:

  • Brian Norton, President Dublin Institute of Technology (Chairman)
  • Michael Doran, Managing Director, Action Renewables
  • Irene Robinson, Accountant, Action Renewables
  • Jonathan Buick, Head of Projects, Action Renewables
  • Andrew Webb, Economist, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore
  • 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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Directors & Team Leaders

  • Michael Doran +

    Michael Doran
    Managing Director

    Michael Doran

    Michael Doran is the Managing Director of Action Renewables. Michael is a Chartered Surveyor, having graduated from the University of Salford in 1978.  He is also a Chartered Environmentalist, a qualified Project Manager, and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He is a Director of the Irish Bioenergy Association, and a Director of AEBIOM, the European Biomass Association. Michael is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and specialises in bioenergy, renewable energy policy development, and capacity building in developing countries.

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    Terry Waugh
    Deputy Executive Director

    Terry Waugh

    As Deputy Director of Action Renewables, Terry takes a lead role in the marketing aspects of the company, in tendering opportunities, and in EU funding opportunities. Terry is currently managing four INTERREG IVc programmes including one Atlantic Area Project as Lead Partner; REDAWN. Terry started work with Northern Ireland Electricity where he gained over twenty years experience of the energy industry, and was the Customer Relations Manager for NIE’s Transmission and Distribution business before moving to Action Renewables. Terry has a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Finance, a Masters of Business Administration, and an Open University accreditation on Energy for a Sustainable Future.

  • Irene Robinson +

    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.

  • Dawn Murphy +

    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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    Alex Bookless
    Senior Project Manager

    Alex Bookless

    Alex Bookless is a Senior Project Manager in Action Renewables. He leads a team of six who action Ofgem accreditation, claim & trade NIROC’s, and negotiate PPA’s for over 6500 renewable energy (RE) generating clients. Alex uses his knowledge and connections to ensure these RE generators are best represented in terms of value & service; and as RE market conditions evolve, he develops & implements solutions to develop new business. Alex also manages the delivery of a variety of technical projects including bespoke feasibility studies, reports, and energy efficiency audits for public & private bodies.

    Alex has had input in several European RE projects and was the lead on the WARES INTERREG project. Alex is a strong advocate for RE and holds a BSc Honours in Geography and an MSc Hons in Sustainable Design, both earned from Queens University Belfast.

  • Mark Compston +

    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.

  • Annette Herty +

    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.

  • Ian Gordon +

    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
    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.

  • Aaron Kernohan +

    Aaron Kernohan
    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.

  • Emma McIvor +

    Emma McIvor
    Project Manager

    Emma McIvor

    Emma joined Action Renewables in March 2018 as Project Manager, working with the Large-Scale generation team. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Studies from the University of Ulster Coleraine, and a Master’s in Leadership for Sustainable Rural Development from Queens University Belfast. As part of her MSc placement Emma worked as a Researcher Assessing the need and demand for sheltered accommodation in Kesh, Co. Fermanagh. She has also worked on other Projects such as the centralization of services in Northern Ireland and its impact on rural dwellers. Emma has previously worked in both the Public and Private sector, namely the Education Authority and Linden Foods Dungannon.

  • Roisin Deery +

    Roisin Deery
    Project Manager

    Roisin Deery

    Roisin Deery joined Action Renewables in March 2018 as a Project Manager. She is currently working on OFGEM accreditation for large scale generators on the NIRO (renewables obligations) scheme. She has considerable experience in both the private and public sectors having worked with a range of different organisations in the Finance, Utilities, Education and Health Sectors. Roisin holds a Masters in Energy & Environmental Systems and a degree in Environmental Technology. A qualified project manager with an interest in electrical engineering and emerging new renewable technologies.

  • Finbar Lunney +

    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.

  • Nathan McBride +

    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.

  • Shane Hanna +

    Shane Hanna
    Assistant 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.

  • Ada Valles +

    Ada Valles
    Project Manager

    Ada Valles

    Ada is a qualified engineer specialising in renewable energy and having studied an Engineering degree in Renewable Energy at the University of the Basque Country, she is also a registered energy performance auditor. Ada is working on various projects including feasibility studies for heating projects and community wind turbines, analysis of data from a portfolio of over 3000 domestic PV installations and collation of meter readings for large scale ROC clients.  Ada also assists with Ofgem accreditation queries and provides ongoing support to the ROC trading team.

  • Stuart Best +

    Stuart Best
    Assistant Project Manager

    Stuart Best

    Stuart first joined Action Renewables in September 2016 when he completed a year-long internship. He worked in the Business Development and Marketing team, as part of his degree in Land Use and Environmental Management at Queen’s University.  After studying in Canada, Stuart returned to Action Renewables in January 2018, working part-time as an Assistant Project Manager, whilst he completes his degree. Working on the SSPV team, Stuart’s main role is to liaise closely with Ofgem and clients, administering the NIROC scheme. He also answers generation related queries and manages data sets.   

  • Elsa Fonseca +

    Elsa Fonseca
    Accounts Assistant

    Elsa Fonseca

    Elsa joined the company in April 2017 as Accounts Assistant 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.

  • Sarah McLarnin +

    Sarah McLarnin
    Marketing Executive

    Sarah McLarnin

    Sarah joined us at the beginning of the year. 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.

  • James McKay +

    James McKay
    Business Development Manager

    James McKay

    James joined the Action Renewables team in March 2018 as a Business Development Manager. His roles will include 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
    Business Development Assistant

    Alana Mellon

    Alana has recently re-joined Action Renewables after graduating from University. Alana first worked within Action Renewables as the Business development Intern from October 2015 until August 2016. Alana is working with the Business Development team again, assisting with online marketing strategies, expanding business activities and planning upcoming events. She will also be assisting with tenders and website maintenance. Alana holds a BSc degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Leeds University.

  • Rory Anderson +

    Rory Anderson
    Project Support Intern

    Rory Anderson

    Rory joined Action Renewables in July 2017 on a 1 year internship as part of his degree. He is studying Land Use and Environmental Management at Queen’s University Belfast.  Rory will be assisting with various projects such as feasibility studies, site visits and he will be assisting the SSPV team on accreditations for our Solar PV clients.

  • Matthew Esler +

    Matthew Esler
    Project Support Intern

    Matthew Esler

    Mathew is currently studying Land Use and Environmental Management with Professional Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. As part of the course he is completing a one year internship with Action Renewables. Mathew will be assisting the Large Scale Generator Team in the accreditation of various renewable generators such as anaerobic digesters, Biomass plants and wind turbines.

  • Kevin Isaac +

    Kevin Isaac
    Business Development Intern

    Kevin Isaac

    Kevin Joined the Action Renewables team in July 2017 and will be undertaking an internship on the Business Development team over the next year as part of his degree. He is currently studying Marketing at the University of Ulster Jordanstown. His roles will include working as a Digital Marketing assistant and will have a variety of responsibilities including operating Action Renewables social media platforms and maintaining strong information exchange between Action Renewables and their Clients and followers. Kevin will also take an active role in promoting the company through a variety of Marketing strategies, both in the N.I marketplace and also further afield.

  • Tobias Beuche +

    Tobias Beuche
    Business Development Intern

    Tobias Beuche

    Tobias joined the Action Renewables team in November 2017, on an ERASMUS+ internship. His role includes providing support to the Manager of Action Renewables Energy Association, by assisting in the promotion and organisation of regular seminars, as well as supporting the Business Development function.  Prior to his internship, Tobias completed a business education in Germany, with AVANCIS Ltd, manufacturers of thin film PV modules. During this time, he worked in France, the UK and on several international trade fairs.

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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

Michael Doran takes over as Managing Director

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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