NICE Board of Directors


NICE is managed by a group of unpaid volunteers with a track record in renewable energy and co-operative models.  The current Board of Directors is a transitional Board, for the purposes of setting up the Society, running the community share offer and overseeing the project installations and monitoring systems.  Board elections from the new membership will be held at the first Annual General Meeting following the Share Offer – which the Board intends to hold by April 2016.


Cye Bannon

Cye Bannon

NICE Director & Chair

Cye is a chartered accountant and NI Civil Servant. In the past he has volunteered in an advisory role with the Rathlin Island Trust, was a founder member and treasurer of Belfast Kayak Club, and more recently provided solar thermal training and guidance for Transition Towns and other community groups across Ireland. He studied in Belfast and Tokyo and holds a degree in Computer Science from Queens University Belfast.

Anne Ford

Anne Ford

NICE Director

Anne has a long held interest in the environment and ecosystem management, having studied Biology and Environmental Science at University. Throughout a teaching career in the post primary and further education sectors she has promoted sustainability considerations as critical in many aspects of living – not least in the sourcing and management of energy supply.
Anne recently witnessed very successful implementation of community initiatives for renewable energy generation and supply in Germany. She has a vision of the increased use of low carbon electricity generation in Northern Ireland. Anne sees awareness raising, education and community sharing in generation and efficiency initiatives as important elements in promoting sustainability. Anne also serves as a director of Drumlin Wind Energy Co-operative.

Andy Frew

Andy Frew

NICE Director

Andy is an Architect and Senior Project Manager with NIHE.

Karen Arbuckle

Karen Arbuckle

NICE Director

Karen and her husband Rodney have been actively involved in Drumlin Wind Energy Co-operative – one of its six turbines is situated on their home farm in Connor, County Antrim, and Rodney is a Director of Drumlin. She has experience with marketing and communication of community share offers to various audiences in Northern Ireland. Karen retired from Northern Health and Social Care Trust in 2011 after more than 20 years service as HR Manager. Karen is an enthusiast of community empowerment particularly with regard to the utilisation, management, enjoyment of our natural resources and countryside.

Douglas McIldoon

Douglas McIldoon

NICE Director

Douglas McIldoon spent most of his working life as a civil servant in Belfast and Brussels in posts dealing with planning, regional development, urban regeneration and energy. Douglas retired from the civil service in 2005 having served for ten years as the Energy Regulator for Northern Ireland. Douglas is currently the Chair of Drumlin Wind Energy Co-operative, a member of the board of Bryson Energy, Ulster Community Investment Trust and Secretary of the Northern Ireland Co-operative Forum. A keen co-operator, Douglas would like to harness co-operative ideals, enthusiasm and structures to the alleviation of fuel poverty through energy efficiency and community-owned energy projects.

Andrew McMurray

Andrew McMurray

NICE Director

Passionate environmentalist, director and instigator of the Drumlin Wind Energy Co-op, NI’s first community wind co-operative. Drumlin has raised £3.9m equity from around 1000 individual members ranging from £250 to £20,000 each. Andrew has a BEng Electrical Engineering + MSc in Renewable Energy and runs NRG Solutions Ltd, an electrical engineering consultancy specialising in the connection of renewable energy generators and project management.


 

Tiziana O'Hara

Tiziana O'Hara

Administrative Support to NICE Board

Tiziana O’Hara, Co-operative Alternatives.   She provides a range of advice on legal, financial, business and democratic governance to the NICE Board. Co-operative Alternatives is the only body in Northern Ireland entirely devoted to developing successful co-operatives and community benefit societies. In addition to the services she provides for NICE Co-operative alternatives can also provide tailored training and business support to all groups who want to do business in a co-operative way. For further information regarding Tiziana and Co-operative Alternatives follow this link http://www.coopalternatives.coop/

Steve Golemboski-Byrne

Steve Golemboski-Byrne

Web & Social Media Support

Steve has been working behind the scenes with NICE to provide web and social media design support.

Steve’s familly run business is Lackan Cottage Farm a permaculture smallholding which enjoys a spectacular situation and beautiful vista of the Mourne Mountains.  The family smallholding features natural building, eco-renovation, renewable energies, permaculture gardens, forest gardens, regenerated & newly planted native coppice woodlands, waste water treatment systems, rainwater harvesting, small livestock & horses. A practical, lived-in permaculture demonstration site. Further information about Lackan Cottage Farm low impact and off grid small holding http://lackancottage.co.uk/.