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Our Team

Our Team

Seamus Hoyne

Seamus Hoyne is a Mechanical Engineer with Master of Engineering in Renewable Energy (University of Limerick) and Masters of Science Energy Management (University of Ulster).  He has been involved in R&D in the energy sector since 1993.  He is an experienced manager with 20 years’ experience in energy, education and flexible learning environments.  A proven project manager and team leader with a systematic and structured approached to development activities.  He has extensive networks regionally, nationally and internationally in the sustainable energy and higher education fields.  He has a thorough knowledge and experience of Europe and National funding schemes with experience of coordinating large scale multi-national projects.

In February 2017 he was appointed as Development and Public Engagement Manager within LIT.  He leads the Development Unit in LIT, based in Thurles, which has expertise in project management, sustainable energy, social enterprise, rural development.  The Development Team will continue to support and work with those engaged or interested in R&D to network and access National and European funds in strategic areas of interest.  He will lead the development and implementation of LITs Public Engagement Strategy seeking to deepen LITs interaction with relevant sectors and stakeholders in our region.

From 1998 to 2012 Seamus was the Managing Director of the Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA) and grew the organisation from initial concept to where it is one of the leading Energy Agencies in Ireland and Europe.  He is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the TEA.  He has been involved in over 25 EU funded R&D Projects including acting as coordinator EU CONCERTO Project SERVE (2007 to 2012) which oversaw an investment of €10.4m in sustainable energy in North Tipperary.

From 2012 to 2017 he was Head of Department within LIT managing Departments in ICT, Creative Multi-media and Science.  In 2013 he was appointed Head of Department for Flexible Learning and managed a suite of part-time, evening and on-line/blended learning programmes across all LIT campuses.

He is the Principle Investigator for the Centre for Rural and Sustainable Development which is focused on supporting communities, enterprises, and industry to develop and engage in sustainable practices and processes.  The Centre is particularly focused on R&D related to sustainable energy and social enterprise.

Yvonne Doyle

Yvonne holds a degree in Hotel Management & Business Studies from DIT, Cathal Brugha Street, as well as a Diploma in Marketing, Advertising & PR from Dublin Business School.

After college, Yvonne worked in the hospitality industry & subsequently in the corporate services area of a leading Investment Bank in the City of London before returning to Ireland where she took up a position in Marketing & Events for an International Fund Management company.   Yvonne joined LIT in 2004, initially working in the IT Dept academic administration.  Moving to the Development Unit in 2011, she now coordinates the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher programme for LIT, as well as being involved in a number of the department’s European projects. Yvonne has been involved in organising many events for LIT including www.gamesfleadh.ie and http://www.lit.ie/ictedu

Geoff Hunter

Geoff Hunter is a Research Fellow (Data Analytics) working on the Superhomes 2.0 project which aims to optimise the use of air-source heat pumps combined with rooftop solar photovoltaic panels in domestic homes, retrofitted to A-rated Building Energy Rating (BER).

Geoff worked as an engineer in the oil industry in the UK and Middle East, and as a small business owner prior to joining LIT in 2009. After retraining in Sustainable Electrical Power Systems and recently completing a Masters in Energy Data Analysis, Geoff is now a lead researcher in the Superhomes 2.0 project (part-funded by IERC). His research interests lie in the sustainable use of existing energy systems and the integration of renewable energy technologies on a small or large scale.

John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a qualified accountant with over 20 years post qualification experience. John worked in the UK form 1985 to 1999 and has vast experience of the accounting and management structures of large and small companies. His experience is mainly in the logistics sector but he has also worked in construction and manufacturing.

He returned to Ireland in 1999 and joined Tipperary Institute (TRBDI) in November 1999 as a project accountant later progressing to Finance Manager. He was responsible for implementing a number of new systems in the finance and payroll sections and also managed all financial reporting.

In 2011 TI was amalgamated with LIT and John moved to the Development Unit which is a good match for his skills. He manages the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre where he is responsible for running the TESS programme and the overall running of the centre. He also works as a project manager on various EU and other projects.

Lis O'Brien

Lis O’Brien is a Chartered Architect and Sustainable Energy Engineer. She managed an architectural practice for over 17 years before becoming a Project Assistant in the Development Unit and the Centre for Rural and Sustainable Development at LIT. She was quickly promoted to the Project Support Officer participating and coordinating various EU funded projects such as A2PBEER, Train-to-nZEB and QualiBuild. She has extensive experience in sustainable design and project management within the construction sector and also has a wealth of knowledge on renewables, energy auditing, sustainable techniques and technologies. Lis is currently working on and preparing new EU funded proposals for Erasmus +, H2020 and Interreg.

Lis is a member of the community (not for profit) organisation, Donohill Development Council Ltd (DDC) based in West Tipperary and their representative for the PPN network in Tipperary. She deals with all the fundraising and planning issues. DDC have been successful in purchasing the site, completing an international sized soccer pitch (to Aviva Stadium standard), walking track around the pitch and proposed community gardens, security fencing around the site and commencing construction for dressing rooms.

Edel O’Grady

Edel has extensive experience, in areas such as Academic Administration, Project / Event Management and General Office Administration.

She joined Tipperary Institute (TRBDI) in July 2000 as an academic administrator in the Sustainable Rural Development Department. She was responsible for the academic administration of the departments Full-time and Part-time programmes. She was also involved in the administration of the Department’s Outreach Work, which involved Community & EU Projects, and also Conference and Event Management.

Since 2011 Edel has been based in the LIT Development Unit in Thurles. She is the administration co-ordinator for a number of significant projects, including the EU - Leonardo da Vinci funded CESBEM II, III, IV and V and the REMSOB I programme. She is also responsible for the purchasing process for all the projects in the Development Unit Thurles.

Edel has a Certificate in Management Studies from Tipperary Institute and Certificates in Integrated Business Technology and Business Administration from the Royal Society of Arts.

Michael O’Shea

Mick joined the Superhomes 2.0 project team in August 2017 as a Research Assistant, he is involved with all aspects of the project from analysing large data sets to carrying out site visits. 

Mick is a qualified Energy Engineer (level 8) with excellent problem solving, management and communication skills developed through his degree course and work experience within Intel’s manufacturing facility and as an Operations Manager within the telecommunications industry.    

Shane O'Sullivan

Dr Shane O’Sullivan is a senior project assistant in social enterprise within the Development Unit. Previously, Shane was an assistant lecturer within the Department of Geography, Mary Immaculate College; and a part-time lecturer within the Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology. Shane’s PhD research focused on the topic of rural restructuring and rural migration to Ireland, with a particular emphasis on Counties Monaghan and Limerick. His research interests include: rural restructuring and development; migration; spatial analysis; policy formulation; and economic geography. Currently, Shane is the Honorary Treasurer of the Geographical Society of Ireland.

Padraig O’Reilly

Padraic O’Reilly is a Mechanical Engineer working in the areas of Renewable Energy and Building Services since 2002 with a particular emphasis on the design and installation of heat pump systems. Prior to that, he worked in Heating Related manufacturing businesses.

He joined the LIT Development Unit in September 2017 to work on the Superhomes 2.0 Project. The project is concerned with the Optimisation of Air Source Heat Pump Applications in NZEB Residential Retrofits.

Padraic holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Project Management, both from the University of Limerick.​​​​​​​


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