Meet our Staff

RenewableNI is made up of appointed staff and unpaid representatives from member organisations.

These include the Chair and Deputy, elected by RenewableNI members, and Chairs of the RenewableNI working groups and committees.

Tamasin in cream suit

Chair of RenewableNI

Tamasin Fraser
Member organisation: Omnipower Renewables

Tamasin is founder Managing Director of Omnipower Renewables, a renewable energy development and advisory company active across the UK and Ireland, specialising in identifying, acquiring and developing renewable energy sites. The company also works directly with energy users to increase their sustainability and reduce their costs.

Before founding Omnipower Renewables, Tamasin was UK Director for a leading international renewables developer, where she was responsible for establishing and delivering a 3 GW pipeline of onshore wind, solar, energy storage and hydrogen projects across the UK.  A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, she is a Chartered Planner with almost 20 years’ industry experience.

Deputy Chair of RenewableNI

Sara Tinsley BSc, DipTP, MRTPI
Member Organisation: Energia Renewables

A Chartered Town Planner, Sara is responsible for a team managing planning and environmental matters across Ireland, supporting the development of wind, solar, battery storage, hydrogen production, and other renewable technologies.

Prior to joining Energia Renewables, Sara worked in private consultancy and has extensive experience of the development industry, advancing schemes for a range of major clients including energy companies.

Sara is outgoing Chair of the RenewableNI Planning Working Group and sits on the Planning Committee for Wind Energy Ireland.  She is a Committee member of the Planning and Environmental Law Association for Northern Ireland and also sits on University of Ulster’s UPLAN Advisory Group.

Sara in black jacket

Chairs of RenewableNI committees and working groups

  • All Island Markets Committee – Andrew Burke, Enerco
  • Markets Working Group – Richard Murphy, Pinsent Mason
  • Grid WG – Claver Chitambo, RES
  • Grid Capacity WG – Barry O’Kane, E Power
  • Planning WG – Emma Kelly, Turley
  • Offshore WG – Niamh Kenny, SBM Offshore
  • PV WG – Paul Carson, Strategic Power Projects
  • Small Scale WG – Michael Thompson, Everun

RenewableNI Committee

The RenewableNI Committee is the governing committee of the membership group.  The Committee receives updates across key workstreams; markets, planning, grid, offshore and small scale.  It will also will decide RNI positions on key issues within the sector.

Director of RenewableNI

Steven Agnew

Steven is the ‘face’ of RenewableNI.  He is responsible for public affairs and engagement and lobbies on behalf of RenewableNI members to achieve our strategic goals.

Steven was responsible for the rename and rebrand from NIRIG to RenewableNI to reflect the wider remit of the organisation.
Connect with Steven on LinkedIn

Steven Agnew with arms crossed
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Communications and Events Manager

Judith Rance Chart.PR

Judith is responsible for media enquiries, RenewableNI’s website, social media platforms and all communications.  Judith also manages events at RenewableNI including the Smart Energy Conference in October, and the award nominated Renewable Energy series.
Judith is a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and Member of CIPR.
Connect with Judith on LinkedIn

Policy Analyst

Dagny Ahrend

Dagny leads in the policy areas of Offshore Wind and Planning and supports the working groups.  Dagny is also responsible for servicing the RenewableNI Committee.

Laoiseach scullion

Policy Analyst

Laoiseach Scullion

Laoiseach has engaged in policy and communications roles in the renewable energy sector, including client work Hydrogen NI.
Laoiseach leads in grid and markets and supports the working groups.

Outgoing Chair of RenewableNI (2022-24)

Garth McGimpsey
Member organisation: RES

Garth McGimpsey is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor (MRICS) with over 16 years’ experience in both consultancy and client roles. For the past 12 years, Garth been working in different project management roles for Renewable Energy Systems Limited, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company.

Garth’s focus is on leading the delivery of wind energy projects in Ireland from inception, through consultation, design, planning, construction and handover to the generation team.

Throughout his career, he has worked closely with RenewableNI, serving on the grid and planning committees. Garth McGimpsey said: “The work of trade associations in supporting the industry is vital and I believe RenewableNI plays a pivotal role in shaping the future”.

Outgoing Deputy Chair of RenewableNI (2022-24)

Paul Carson
Member Organisation: Strategic Power Projects Ltd

Paul Carson is an experienced Entrepreneur in Real Estate, Planning and Renewable Energy having founded, developed and exited market leading companies in these sectors.
Well-known and respected across all key stakeholder groups including Property, Renewable Energy, Investment, Finance and the Political arena.

Previously, as founder and CEO of Simple Power, Paul played an active role in RNI when he chaired the Small Wind Group and representing the Northern Ireland industry on the small wind committee of RenewableUK in London.

Paul Carson stands with his hands in coat pockets in front of solar panels