Minister White appoints two members to Board of EirGrid

Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Mr Alex White, TD, has obtained Government approval for the appointment of Michael Hand and Gerry Walsh to the Board of Eirgrid plc.

EirGrid is the electricity Transmission System Operator in Ireland, and its subsidiary company, SONI (System Operator, Northern Ireland), is the Transmission System Operator in Northern Ireland. EirGrid also owns and operates the East-West Interconnector with the UK.

Minister White said: “I am very pleased that Michael and Gerry have accepted my invitation to serve as members of the Board of EirGrid. Both candidates bring a wealth of experience in senior leadership roles in large organisations and in complex planning and development. I have every confidence that they will provide drive and vision in delivering a sustainable transmission system that supports both economic and social needs.”

The appointments were made using a Public Appointments Service (PAS) selection process, in accordance with the “Guidelines for Appointments to State Boards”, which were published by the Government in November 2014.