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.

Chair of RenewableNI

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”.

Deputy Chair of RenewableNI

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

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 – vacant

Planning WG – Sara Tinsley, Energia

Offshore WG – Niamh Kenny, SBM Offshore

PV WG – Paul Carson, Strategic Power Projects

Small Scale WG – Emmet Heron, HHT Renewables

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
Judith rance wearing blue blouse sitting behind old desk

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

The newest member of the team, Dagny joined RenewableNI in April 2023.  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.

Communications and Events Assistant

Rachel White

Rachel grauated in Communication, Advertising and Marketing student at Ulster University in July 2023.
Rachel is creating social media content to promote the staff and work of RenewableNI members.  She also helps with our events.