Our Board of Directors

David Maguire

Founder Director

David is an environmental scientist by profession respectively holds Masters degrees from National University of Ireland and the University of Wales, in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management. With over 20 years in the environmental and renewable energy sectors, he is consulted frequently on complex environmental and energy issues. David is a founding member of the Irish Solar Energy Association ‘ISEA” and the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy ‘AFASE’, the industry group that represents over 850 European companies with a combined annual turnover of over €25bn and employing over 84,000 people. David held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency with responsibility for Research & Development.

Nick Holman


Prior to joining BNRG, Nick spent 17 years working in Asia, Europe and the Middle East as an International Manager for the HSBC Group. During this time, Nick has performed a diverse number of senior roles including running HSBC’s Trade and Supply Chain business in Paris, project managing the establishment of a Business Process Outsourcing centre in the Philippines and leading HSBC’s global trade finance transformation project in Hong Kong. He has recently completed the Mid-Career Master’s in Public Administration programme at the Harvard Kennedy School where he focused on Infrastructure Finance, Innovation and Microfinance. Nick also holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.

Paul McGowan


Paul is a Chartered Accountant and a business graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He was a taxation partner in KPMG Dublin for 27 years specialising in financial services and became the global leader for KPMG in that sector. Since retiring from KPMG Paul was appointed as a chairman of the Taoiseach’s IFSC Funds Group and has taken on a number of varied directorships including chairman of the board of Aegon Ireland Plc and Coronation Capital. A board member of Milestone Aviation Group and Chair of the Audit Committee for Blackrock’s Irish Mutual Funds.

Fintan Whelan


Fintan Whelan has been active in Renewables since he joined the newly formed Airtricity in 2000 as Corporate Finance Manager. He raised equity & debt at both corporate & project levels for that renewables IPP right up until its sale to SSE in 2007 for nearly €2bn. In 2008, he co-founded Mainstream Renewable Power, along with ex Airtricity CEO Eddie O’Connor, focusing on development of solar & onshore/offshore wind projects across a number of markets – US, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Ireland, UK and Germany. As Corporate Finance Director, he had a particular focus on Business Model development and corporate/project funding raising – including Topco equity investment from Barclays Capital and Marubeni Corporation.

Our Senior Team

Rebecca Kelly

Head of Finance

Rebecca is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Ernst & Young. Rebecca joined BNRG in 2012 from Telefonica O2, where she held several roles including managing the transition of O2’s network to a shared network within a Joint Venture with Eircom and leading the budgeting process for the organisation. Rebecca was also finance manager for Yahoo in both its Dublin and London offices. Rebecca has a B.A. in Accounting & Finance from DCU.

John McGrattan

Director, BNRG Sunbird

John is an engineer by profession and worked in construction and property for almost 20 years. He has been active in a number of fields of business in Africa since 2007 and has completed substantial contracts with both public and private institutions in Nigeria and Kenya. John also sits as an executive and non-executive director on the board of several Euro-African companies as an advisor on risk management and other matters.

Tina Raleigh

Head of Planning

Tina is a chartered Engineer with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (BE Civil) from University College Cork.  Tina has over 20 years’ post-graduate experience, and has amassed a wide and varied expertise in all aspects of environmental, infrastructural and energy projects, from inception, planning through to detailed project design, construction and operation.  Tina’s previous roles include Director with Fehily Timoney & Company where she managed the Environmental and Energy division of the company.Tina currently heads up Planning for BNRG Renewables in Ireland.

Kaj Christiansen

Project Manager

Kaj is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Environmental Engineering from NUI Galway and an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from King College, Aberdeen. After completion of his Masters Kaj worked both as a project engineer and project manager with Vattenfall AB of Europe’s largest energy utility companies developing and constructing offshore wind farms across the southern North Sea. Kaj joined BNRG in September 2015 as a Project Manager and is now working on a number of BNRG’s solar PV development sites in the UK and Ireland.

Sean McMullan

Senior Project Manager

Sean graduated as a civil engineer with an honours degree from Queens University and further qualifications including a Masters degree from UCD. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Engineers Ireland. Sean has spent over thirty years successfully managing and delivering projects nationally and internationally. He is proficient in master planning, town planning, overall design, and cost estimating, financial appraisal and construction management.Sean manages all permitting asspects of the Campaign portfolio in Northern Ireland.

Sean Wallace

Corporate Counsel

Sean is the principal of Wallace & Co., a Dublin-based law firm which specialises in corporate transaction and advisory services. Sean works with a small portfolio of renewable energy companies dealing with their operational and transactional requirements, across a range of industry sectors and projects. He has significant experience in project finance, joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions transactions.

Elina Cipane

Project Co-ordinator

Elina graduated from Ventspils University College in Latvia where she acquired Bachelor Degree of Business Administration and Economics with Specialization in Marketing Management. She then moved to Ireland where she worked in various roles in Billing and Sales Operations in IT industry. Elina joined BNRG Renewables in 2015 and is currently coordinating the company’s development portfolio across Ireland and US.

Ed McCaul

Senior Land Surveyor

Ed joined the BNRG team at the start of 2015. After graduating with a BSc in Landscape Horticulture from UCD in 2002, he spent 12 years working in Landscape Design and Construction. As Senior Land Surveyor, Ed is responsible for assessing sites that are being considered for development by the Company. In addition to survey responsibilities, he acts as main point of contact with many of our landowners in Ireland.

Ross Wolhuter

Project Manager

Ross has worked in the renewable energy industry for seven years, across both sales and project management, focusing in the last three years on the delivery of large scale ground mount solar farms. He was part of a team at Primrose Solar that delivered 253 MWp of sites, ranging from 5MWp to 50MWp, with direct responsibility for in excess of 150 MWp. Prior to working in the renewable energy industry, Ross studied at the University of Leeds, where he graduated with a BA in Environment and Business.

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