Infrastructure Ireland® 2021

Investing for a post-Covid recovery

Thursday 25th March • Online Conference

eolas magazine is organising the 2021 Infrastructure Ireland® conference which will look at how we can deliver the next generation of infrastructure.

Infrastructure permeates all sectors from healthcare and housing to communications, transport and energy. The Covid-19 pandemic is having a similarly pervasive impact on these sectors, necessitating resilience and adaptation. Some of this will be irreversible. Inevitably, infrastructure is not unscathed.

The pandemic is driving up significant demand in certain sectors, particularly health infrastructure and for digital infrastructure which have experienced unparalleled demand. Secondly, and simultaneously, the pandemic is driving down demand in the transport sector, impacting road, rail and air travel. However, even with some long lasting changes to how people live and work, this has to be viewed as temporary and the importance of a sustainable transport system for the future is as important as ever. Thirdly, the Covid-19 crisis is having a catalytic effect on innovation and this extends to infrastructure projects. The pace of change is growing exponentially, transforming how we work and how we conduct business.

Aside from the obvious challenges, there are also opportunities. The Covid-19 pandemic may provide the opportunity to rethink city planning, particularly at a time when sustainability is already high on the agenda. With the increased need for innovation, digital technologies and infratech can drive greater efficiency and effectiveness in how we use our assets and elongate the lifespan of infrastructure.

Where

Online

When

Thursday 25th March 2021

Review to Renew

The Covid-19 pandemic has also had far-reaching economic consequences, right across the globe. Amid the ongoing crisis, infrastructure investment has been identified as a route to sustainable recovery and the Government is determined to pursue a countercyclical approach to public spending.

Indeed, while during the previous recession, capital budgets were cut and infrastructure projects halted, the current Government has re-emphasised its commitment to public infrastructure in both the Programme for Government and the capital expenditure proposed in Budget 2021.

In November 2020, Michael McGrath TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, brought forward and launched a mid-term review of the National Development Plan (NDP) to reassess investment in the context of Programme for Government priorities. McGrath advocates for a “larger, more ambitious” plan and the Government intends to outline a new 10-year capital investment envelope with five-year rolling budgets for individual departments.

There is no doubt that targeted infrastructure investment will play a huge role in delivering a sustainable economic and social recovery in Ireland.

Key issues examined include:

✔ Review to Renew: Ensuring the delivery of investment priorities in unprecedented times
✔ Funding and financing major infrastructure projects
✔ Innovative collaborations between the public and private sector
✔ Rebuilding health infrastructure for a post-Covid world
✔ Creating resilient infrastructure systems
✔ Ensuring long term value
✔ Crowdfunding as untapped potential for public sector financing
✔ Decarbonisation and the path towards Net Zero Infrastructure
✔ Creating Smart Infrastructure
✔ The impact of the pandemic on the construction sector
✔ Investing in education infrastructure for the future
✔ Regional infrastructure: Driving an economic and social renaissance
✔ Future outlook and delivering the next generation of infrastructure

Who should attend?

This conference will provide an excellent opportunity to bring together key stakeholders. The event is aimed at all those with an interest in the development of Ireland’s future infrastructure both in the public sector and those in the private sector working in advisory or service delivery roles.

Speakers confirmed so far

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David Conway

Chief Executive
Limerick Twenty Thirty

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David Conway is Chief Executive Officer of Limerick Twenty Thirty DAC and charged with delivering the single largest programme of investment in real estate outside of Dublin. The Limerick native is former CEO of the National Sports Campus Development Authority. A former teacher, MBA graduate and Project Manager, David was previously involved with the developments and operations of Sports Facilities at the National Sports Campus including the National Aquatic Centre and National Indoor Arena, University of Limerick as their Sports Administrator; as Head of Sports at Dublin City University.

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Jim Curran

Head of Estates
Health Service Executive

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Jim Curran is Head of Estates for the Health Service Executive. Jim joined the Health Service in 1990 and has worked in the areas of capital development, maintenance of facilities and property. Jim is a chartered engineer with a degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in industrial engineering. As Head of Estates he is responsible for the HSE Estate Portfolio which consists of 2,626 properties (owned and leased) and the capital budget.

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Dr Mark Davis

Associate Professor of Economic Sociology
University of Leeds

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Dr Mark Davis is Associate Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK. Mark’s research explores how social relations shape how we spend, borrow, save and invest, an insight he has used to create alternative financial structures to help tackle social, economic and environmental crises. Mark’s research has: provided the evidence base for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to improve investor protection in crowdfunding markets; explored the viability of new prosumer business models across European member states; and with industry and public sector partners co-created Community Municipal Investments (CMIs), which to date have moved £2M into local net zero projects.

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Ed Hearne

Investment Projects and Programmes Office
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

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Ed Hearne is Head of the Investment Projects and Programmes Office in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and Secretary to the Project Ireland 2040 Delivery Board. The Office is responsible for coordinating the evaluation, monitoring and portfolio management of the Government’s public investment programme and ensuring alignment with the National Planning Framework as part of Project Ireland 2040. He was previously Director of Economic Development in Fingal County Council and a Senior Manager in EY. Earlier in his career Ed held roles in economic policy analysis in the Department of Finance and Forfás.

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Cormac Murphy

Head of Office
European Investment Bank

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Cormac Murphy was appointed in early 2017 as the new Head of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group Office for Ireland in Dublin. In this role he is responsible for enhancing EIB’s engagement with national stakeholders while coordinating the efforts to broaden and expand the impact of EIB financing across the country. Cormac brings extensive experience gained over the last 23 years with EIB to this role. Prior to taking up this position in Dublin, he was Head of Division for Infrastructure New Products and Special Transactions in the EIB. Prior to this, he was responsible for regional lending operations in several EU member states and for corporate credit risk management. He joined the EIB in 1994 from EDC, the national export credit agency of Canada, where he was responsible for project financing in Latin America; having previously worked in financial services and corporate treasury in Luxembourg, the UK and Ireland.

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Michael McGrath TD

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

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Michael McGrath is currently a TD for Cork South Central and is the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. He was elected to Dáil Éireann at the first attempt in 2007 and has been re-elected in every election since (2011, 2016 and 2020). Michael secured a first-class honours Commerce degree in UCC and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Cork City. Before going into politics full time, Michael held senior positions in both the private sector (Financial Controller, RedFM) and public sector (Head of MIS, UCC). He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has served on that body’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael is responsible for delivering well-managed and well-targeted public spending, through modernised, effective and accountable public services. The department oversees the implementation of the National Development Plan, drives the programme of public service reform, and has a key role in decisions made across government.

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Alan Murphy

Regional Manager
Smart Dublin

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Alan is passionate about doing things differently using new technology. He is the Smart Dublin Regional Manager working across all four Dublin Local Authorities to explore emerging technology to provide better public services in areas such as Sustainable Mobility, Environmental Controls, Energy Efficiency, Citizen Sensing, etc. He has extensive experience in developing new business models and delivering change via technology projects in many sectors such as the Energy, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Humanitarian sectors. He was the Design Authority on the Irish Smart Metering programme which sparked his interest in Smart Cities. He has previously worked for PwC, IBM and HCL Axon amongst others. Alan’s qualifications include a Business Studies Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Computing from the University of Limerick.

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Denis O’Sullivan

Managing Director
Gas Networks Ireland

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Denis O’Sullivan is the Managing Director of Gas Networks Ireland, the semi-state company which owns and operates Ireland’s natural gas transmission and distribution networks. Denis has been at the forefront of Ireland’s energy sector for over 20 years with experience in conventional and renewable energies, including natural gas, wind energy, biomass and waste to energy. Prior to becoming Managing Director, Denis was Head of Commercial with the company, and had responsibility for managing, developing and delivering the business commercial growth and innovation strategies. Denis is co-chair of the Low Carbon Economy Group with Business in the Community, working with like-minded companies to develop innovative and ambitious ideas to support the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Hazel Jones

Planning and Development Director
Bartra Capital Property Group

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Hazel Jones is Strategic Planning Director for Bartra Capital Property Group. Bartra is a development group focused on the delivery and operation of infrastructure across all sectors of the market including social and affordable housing, healthcare facilities, commercial real estate, residential build to sell /rent, shared living, tourism and renewable energy. Bartra currently have nearly €2billion worth of property at various stages of development. Hazel has responsibility for design and planning across the entire spectrum of projects, including the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens in partnership with Dublin City Council. She is a Chartered Engineer and Town Planner with over 40 years’ experience in the development industry, both in the public and private sector. Previously she held similar roles with Treasury Holdings, Ballymore and the Strategic Infrastructure Board of Northern Ireland.

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Donal Murphy

Head of Infrastructure and Credit Investments
Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

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Donal Murphy is Head of Infrastructure and Credit Investments at the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). The ISIF mandate is to invest on a commercial basis to support economic activity and employment in Ireland. The infrastructure and energy markets are key areas of activity for the ISIF with a range of investments already made and in the active ISIF pipeline. Prior to working for ISIF, Donal was Head of Project Finance Ireland at Bank of Ireland.

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Peter O’Shea

Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs
ESB

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Peter O’Shea was appointed Head of ESB Corporate and Regulatory Affairs in 2018. Prior to this, Peter was Head of Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Strategy. He is vice Chairman of the Electricity Association of Ireland and a board member of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce. Before joining ESB in 1999, he spent 12 years working with the CEGB and National Grid Company in the UK in a range of technical roles, including NGC’s Programme Manager for the development of the NETA trading arrangements.

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Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE

Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC)
University of Cambridge

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Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE is Director of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), at the University of Cambridge. Jennifer is passionate about changing the way the infrastructure and construction industries view data, to become a vital asset in its own right, and as an engineering tool for tackling the key challenges facing our industry, including climate change, resource constraint and resilience. She is a member of the UK’s Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) and the Infrastructure Client Group’s Digital Transformation Task group (DTTG).

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Mark McGreevy

Chief Operating Officer Construction Services and Group Commercial Director
Sisk

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Mark is Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Services business including, Sisk Living, Sensori, Vision Built, and strategic projects. He is also Commercial Director, for the Group. Mark has responsibility for the planning and execution of Sisk’s wide commercial strategy. He is a member of the executive management team and oversees the supply chain function.

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Giles Stevens

Director of Policy
National Infrastructure Commission, UK

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Giles joined the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission in January 2019 from Ofwat to work on the Regulation Study. He was appointed interim Director of Policy in September 2019. Prior to his current role, Giles led Ofwat’s sector review into the impact on water customers of the ‘Beast from the East’ sudden freeze and thaw. He ran the CBA review of whether competition should be introduced to residential customers. He was Portfolio Director for the 2014 price review, responsible for transforming the way that Ofwat engaged and categorised price controls. Previous roles include leading offshore transmission (designing the competitive tendering scheme) at Ofgem and seconded national expert at the Australian Competition and Consumers Commission.

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Jim Scheer

Head of Policy Insights and Design
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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Jim Sheer is currently Head of Department (Data and Insights) responsible for energy statistics, modelling, behavioural economics and finance at SEAI. He joined SEAI in 2007 and has over 18 years’ experience working in the field of policy analysis and development related to environmental issues. He holds a Professional Diploma in Advanced Management Performance (Smurfit Business School), MSc. Economic Policy Studies (Trinity College Dublin), BSc. Environmental Science (Flinders University, South Australia). Jim is passionate about getting people connected to the need for climate action now.

Infrastructure Ireland Conference Programme

0900 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
Owen McQuade, Managing Editor, eolas magazine
MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
Ensuring the delivery of Ireland’s investment priorities in unprecedented times
Michael McGrath, TD
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
Funding strategic infrastructure projects
Cormac Murphy
Head of Office, European Investment Bank
Anticipate, React, Recover: Resilient Infrastructure Systems
Giles Stevens
Director of Policy, National Infrastructure Commission, UK
Rebuilding health infrastructure for a post-Covid world
Jim Curran
Head of Estates, Health Service Executive
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1045 Comfort break
1100 PANEL DISCUSSION: FUNDING AND FINANCING THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Ed Hearne
Investment Projects and Programmes Office, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Hazel Jones
Strategic Planning Director, Bartra Capital Property

Donal Murphy
Head of Infrastructure and Credit Investments, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
1200 Comfort break
1215 PANEL DISCUSSION: CREATING SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

Emma Hayes
Managing Director, Digital Built Consultants (invited)

Alan Murphy
Regional Manager, Smart Dublin

Dr Jennifer Schooling OBE
Director, Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, University of Cambridge
1315 Lunch break
1400 LOOKING TOWARDS A POST-COVID WORLD
Financing for Society: Looking at untapped potential for public sector financing
Dr Mark Davis
Associate Professor of Economic Sociology, University of Leeds
Building in a post-Covid world
Mark McGreevy
Chief Operating Officer, Sisk
Limerick Twenty Thirty: Driving an economic and social renaissance
David Conway
Chief Executive, Limerick Twenty Thirty
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1500 Comfort break
1515 PANEL DISCUSSION: DECARBONISING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE PATH TO NET-ZERO

Denis O’Sullivan
Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland

Peter O’Shea
Managing Director, ESB

Jim Scheer
Head of Policy Insights and Design, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
1615 Chairman’s summary and conference close
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Conference format

Infrastructure Ireland 2021 will be using an online platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference. This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will be able to use powerpoint slides
  • A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to make comments, moderated by eolas magazine
  • A twitter feed to be visible to all participants
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation
  • Delegates will get a ‘conference experience’ that goes beyond the normal video conferencing meeting formats

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