Ms Joan Houston lives in Bangor, Co Down and as a Chartered Accountant has previously held senior positions at Peat Marwick Mitchell (KPMG), Deloitte Haskins Sells and Ernst and Young LLP (now EY). She was the founding partner for the NI practice of Begbies Traynor PLC, before becoming Chief Executive of her own firm Houston Hunter in 2015.
Her career in these large firms has been predominately in the field of corporate finance and corporate restructuring having worked on many PLC transactions and carried out a broad range of consultancy assignments, economic and financial appraisals for a number of government bodies. Joan was the first woman in Ireland to hold an insolvency license and was appointed to the Insolvency Licensing Committee Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (CAI) at inception and as its Chairman since 2007. This expertise has been used in many industries including a number of complex international restructuring assignments with challenging trading situations, where businesses with hundreds have jobs have been saved and new owners have prospered. Joan has served on CAI technical and policy committees and is currently the Chartered Accountant Ireland’s representative for the UK Joint Insolvency Council. In September 2016 Joan was appointed to CAI Regulatory Policy Board and she is a member of NI Insolvency Rules Committee.
Ms Houston was NI Representative 2012-2018 (having previously been NI Chairman) of the UK Association of Business Recovery Professionals Council -R3 and is now a Council member. Ms. Houston is a board member of the Agri Food and Bioscience institute and chair bof the audit and risk committee, Chairman of Bryson Energy, a Bryson Group Board member and has served as a General Commissioner for Tax (Belfast) and as Governor, Chairman and Finance Director at Hunterhouse College.
Since retiring in 2007, David Crothers has joined a number of boards including Fold Housing Association, National Energy Action and of course, Bryson Energy. Passionate about fuel poverty, David is also a member and Chair of the Energy Justice Campaign.
David retired as Director of Housing with the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland where his role spanned the voluntary housing movement, private rented sector, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and domestic energy efficiency.
As part of his remit for promoting domestic energy efficiency, he initiated a number of pilot schemes to tackle fuel poverty, introduced the Government sponsored Warm Homes Scheme to Northern Ireland, established a Fuel Poverty Advisory Committee and an inter-departmental working party on fuel poverty and produced a Fuel Poverty Strategy for Northern Ireland.
Tom Woolley B.Arch, PhD is an architect and environmental researcher. Tom was Professor of Architecture at Queens University Belfast from 1991 to 2007 but now works as a freelance educator and environmental consultant for Rachel Bevan Architects. He has been Visiting Professor of Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology Graduate School of the Environment in Wales and at University of Central Lancashire, and also Professor of Sustainable Rural Architecture at the Countryside and Communities Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire.
Tom has been chairman of the Northern Ireland Building Regulation Advisory Committee and a member of the NI Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture. Tom is on the board of the Chartered Institute of Housing NI.
His principle research work has been on sustainable and renewable bio-based construction materials including strawbale and hemp lime construction. Research projects have been funded under EU programmes, the Technology Strategy Board, Energy Saving Trust, the Irish EPA and Carbon Trust. He is currently working on a project funded under the Creative Industries Innovation Fund.
Lawrence Foye has worked in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy for some 15 years, firstly with the Department of Economic Development and later with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. Lawrence held a number of positions including the EU INTERREG Energy Measure Leader and the NI representative on the UK Energy Crops Committee.
On taking early retirement, he became a director of an energy consultancy company and part owner of a biomass business. Lawrence is also director of a local enterprise agency, CIDO, and chairman of a community group.
Douglas was a civil servant for thirty years in the Department of the Environment, where he was involved with planning and urban regeneration and the Department of Economic Development and served as head of Energy Division.
He was appointed Director General of Electricity Supply in 1995, where his responsibilities included the regulation of new gas industry following its introduction in Northern Ireland in 1996.
Douglas retired as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation in 2005. During his period of office CO2 emissions per unit of electricity generated in NI fell by about 40%.
Following his retirement in 2005, Douglas undertook the role of Chairman of the Northern Ireland Energy Agency, now known as Bryson Energy.
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