Irish charity Vita has appointed former Eirgrid CEO and Chartered Director Dermot Byrne as its chairman.
Vita works with local communities in the Horn of Africa to end hunger and climate change.
Byrne replaces Seamus Crosse whose term of office has ended.
He retired as chief executive of EirGrid in September 2012, having developed the company into a group structure with responsibilities in Northern Ireland and Ireland. During his tenure the €600m East West Connector was completed and the Grid25 strategy was developed and implemented.
Dermot is a graduate of University College Dublin, he holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration, and more recently he qualified as a Chartered Director from the Institute of Directors
Byrne is currently also chair of the Government’s Energy Research Strategy Group and was appointed non-executive director of Element Power Ireland in October 2013.
He has just returned from Eritrea where he learnt more about Vita’s climate smart programme which is supported by the Irish Government and the EU.
“Combating climate change in countries like Eritrea and Ethiopia is a massive challenge, and in Vita we recognise that knowledge–led programmes can make a difference and help redress the balance,” said Vita CEO, John Weakliam. “Having someone the calibre of Dermot Byrne, with his knowledge and expertise, will stand well to Vita as we get ready to launch the Vita Green Impact Fund as a next generation model of development.”
The charity is also expecting to announce new members of its board of directors within a few months in order to broaden the organisation’s skill set and expertise.