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Damien Grehan

Operations Director

Damien is a Chartered Engineer and currently holds the position of Operations Director of the Energy & Environment division in TOBIN. Damien has over twenty years' experience in the project management of major infrastructural projects and the management of multi-disciplinary environmental/engineering teams, primarily in the fields of energy, waste management and extractive industries. His primary expertise lies in driving large projects from inception through to planning approval and construction, including the preparation of inception reports, feasibility studies, detailed design, assessment of alternatives, site selection reports, route selection reports, environmental impact statements, planning and waste licence applications and contract documents. 

A significant number of the projects which Damien has managed, have involved extensive public consultation entailing briefing forums, stakeholder workshops and statutory consultations which were prepared and conducted in a manner to gather maximum feedback on the project. Damien has also managed and appeared as an expert technical witness at a significant number of Oral Hearings.

Outside of work, Damien is an avid taxi driver for his four sport mad kids and coaches both football and rugby teams at underage level. 

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Siobhán Tinnelly

Associate Director

Siobhán joined the Energy and Environment division of TOBIN in 2004, having previously worked in the Exploration and Mining Division (EMD) of the (then) Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources. Siobhán holds an Honours Degree in Natural Sciences and a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Engineering, both from Trinity College Dublin. She has completed a Master’s Degree in Applied Hydrogeology from Newcastle University and was awarded the title of Professional Geologist (P. Geo) from the Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI) in 2014. 

As an Associate Director, Siobhán is responsible for the project management and co-ordination of planning applications and environmental impact statements for large scale infrastructural projects including energy transmission, wind and solar farms, residential and commercial developments, waste management facilities, mines and quarries. She also provides hydrogeology, hydrology and geology expertise for such projects.  

Siobhán was President of the Irish Mining and Quarrying Society (IMQS) from 2014 to 2016 and is on the editorial committee of the IMQS Annual Review.  She is also an active member of the IGI and the International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), (IAH). Siobhán takes her mind off work through a combination of yoga workshops and running in the Phoenix Park or Dun na Rí forest park in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. She regularly participates in regional and national running competitions including 10km and half marathon race days.

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Orla McAlister

Senior Scientist

Orla joined TOBIN in 2007, having previously been employed in the Groundwater Section of the Geological Survey of Ireland (on groundwater protection scheme work) and in private consultancy. Orla is a qualified Environmental Scientist with fourteen years’ experience in the areas of environmental management and assessment and provides specialist contribution to hydrogeology, hydrology and geology reports for private developments and for statutory agencies.

Orla also provides environmental evaluation, project management and stakeholder engagement expertise for a variety of projects, EISs, planning applications, site selection / route option selection reports and strategic infrastructure planning applications. Projects on which Orla has been working include the Delineation of Groundwater Source Protection Zones (EPA); Greater Dublin Drainage Project (Phase 2 Alternative Sites Assessment and Route Selection); North-South 400 kV Interconnection Development (EirGrid) and the Lisheen III Wind Farm.

Orla relaxes by playing non-competitive tennis at her local park. 

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Coran Kelly

Senior Hydrogeologist

Coran has an extensive track record in groundwater resources mapping and protection in Ireland. His achievements include the delivery of the National Groundwater Protection Scheme in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Ireland and the establishment of groundwater protection areas for the National Groundwater Monitoring Programme on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Coran is a professional member of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group) and sits on the Groundwater Technical Advisory Committee for the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences.  He has prepared and tutored prescribed courses in waste water management, karst and groundwater source protection, has lead IAH field trips and is a regular contributor at workshops, technical meetings and conferences.

Coran's main interests outside of work include current affairs and sport. 

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Joanne Allen Hamilton

Senior Ecologist

Joanne is a Senior Ecologist with over 10 years' experience in consultancy practice, including planning, managing and undertaking ecological survey work in both Ireland and the UK. Joanne is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). 

Joanne’s expertise lies in undertaking ecological field surveys including habitat mapping and protected species surveys, habitat rehabilitation and creation plans, Green Infrastructure Projects, undertaking Ecological Impact Assessments, preparing EIS and compiling and reviewing Appropriate Assessments reports for a wide range of developments and Local Area Plans.  Joanne has invaluable construction site experience and worked for a two year period as a full-time, on-site Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW).

During her spare time Joanne enjoys escaping into the great outdoors with family and friends to enjoy the wonder and beauty of the Irish countryside and wildlife.

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Monika Kabza

Hydrogeologist

Monika is a qualified hydrogeologist and has extensive experience in sediment mapping and zone of contribution (ZOC) delineation, interpretation and 3D conceptualization, as well as the supervision and reporting of site and drilling operations. Her experience also includes research, analysis and interpretation of site investigation results, GIS mapping and modelling and report writing. Monika holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, with specialization in ‘Protection of Water and Geotechnics of the Environment’ from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland.

When not at work, Monika loves mountain biking and some relaxing yoga.

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Emma Delaney

Project Scientist

Emma has been working with TOBIN since 2006. Her expertise lies in the field of environmental management and assessment with particular reference to energy, waste management and socio-economic assessment. She has prepared specialist chapters for numerous environmental impact statements and feasibility studies and has project managed and co-ordinated a large range of projects including waste management facilities, electrical substations and wastewater projects. Recognising the critical importance of communications and public consultation in environmental projects, Emma holds a Diploma in Public Relations. 

Emma is currently a project compliance advisor for the Corrib Gas Project for Shell E&P Ireland. Her role includes regulatory and environmental compliance across the project.

In her spare time Emma enjoys music, the outdoors and is an avid traveller, with South America being next on her hit list.   

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Allison Austin

Project Scientist

Allison is an Environmental Consultant with over ten years’ experience, mainly in the areas of environmental management and assessment.  She joined TOBIN in 2006, having previously worked in environmental consultancies both in Ireland and Australia. Her experience covers a range of technical areas including project management and co-ordination, cost control and preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments and Strategic Environmental Assessments. Her experience to date covers projects in various sectors including the energy, waste and extractive industries and residential and mixed-use developments.

Weather permitting, Allison enjoys sea fishing, particularly off the Donegal coast, and international travel, experiencing different cultures and countries.

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John Dillon

Environmental Engineer

John has worked with TOBIN since 2006, having previously worked in Komex Worley Parsons in Dublin and the UK. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College, London. John is a specialist in soils, geology and water, particularly in the areas of soil contamination and groundwater risk management. John applies his specialist knowledge, skills and techniques to bring a wide variety of projects, including water services, quarries, commercial and residential developments and large infrastructural projects, to successful conclusions. 

Outside of work John hones his 5 a-side football skills, hikes the Wicklow Mountains and occasionally can be found roaring on the Boys in Green. 

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Jessica Quinn

Ecologist

Jessica holds an Honours Degree in Zoology and a Master’s Degree in (Applied) Environmental Science, both from University College, Dublin. She joined TOBIN in 2013 as a Graduate Ecologist and works on numerous ecological surveys for wind farms, overhead powerlines, quarries and road schemes. Jessica’s main field of expertise since joining TOBIN has been ornithology, carrying out breeding and wintering bird surveys for numerous projects across Ireland, analysing data and drafting reports. She has also gained experience in project management; managing the resources on numerous ecology projects, managing the environmental monitoring on waste management facilities and landfill and being the key contact for clients on numerous projects.

Outside of work Jessica enjoys horse riding, camping, travelling and volunteering at animal shelters.

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Emma Sweeney

Senior Environmental Scientist

Emma has worked in Environmental consulting since completing her degree in Earth Science, followed by her PHD in Geology (both at NUI Galway) in 2000.  Emma joined the Castlebar office of TOBIN in 2005.  As a Senior Environmental Scientist with TOBIN, the projects on which Emma works cover many sectors including: the Private sector, Waste sector, Waste water sector; Potable water sector; Manufacturing Industry; Quarry Industry; and the Energy Industry.

Emma's experience has been widespread and varying, in areas including: Environmental sampling & monitoring; Environmental site investigation; Contaminated soils & water management & remediation/disposal, Environmental risk assessment, Environmental liabilities risk assessment (ELRA); Closure & restoration/aftercare plans (CRAMP); Environmental management systems (EMS); EIS production & co-ordination, Stage 1 Screening for Appropriate Assessment; EPA Licence (Waste, IPPC, IE & Waste Water) applications and compliance; Waste permit & waste collection permit applications & compliance; Local Authority waste water discharge licence/Certificate of Authorisation applications & licence compliance; waste management (both hazardous & non-hazardous); Planning applications; Project management; Project team co-ordination; Client, landowner, Community, stakeholder & statutory body consultation & liaison management.

Emma also has a keen interest in Health & Safety, and acts as the Health & Safety Representative for the TOBIN Castlebar office.

Emma is an adopted Westport 'Covey' and has embraced living in the Irish Times' 'Best Place to Live in Ireland'. 

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Shane Kelly

Commercial Operations Manager

Shane is the Commercial Operations Manager with TOBIN Consulting Engineers and joined the company at the beginning of 2016. He holds a M.A. in International Relations (Political Economics, Government & Current Affairs) from the Dublin City University, a B.Sc. in Construction Economics & Management from Limerick Institute of Technology and a number of qualifications in Digital Marketing.

Shane previously worked in Dublin and the Midlands as a Quantity Surveyor before moving into HR and Business DevelopmentIn his current role, Shane is responsible for new business and commercial activity on existing business across the three TOBIN divisions.

Outside of work, Shane is a keen sports enthusiast and is involved in running and long distance cycling with a couple of clubs in Galway. In his downtime, he likes to keep up to date with current affairs and politics. 

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