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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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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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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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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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Robert Hunt

Senior Project Manager

Robert is a Senior Project Manager in TOBIN’s Energy & Environment division and has more than eight years’ environmental consulting and building construction experience ranging from projects in Ireland and the UK to the Middle East and Australia. He is a Member of the Institute of Engineers Ireland (MIEI) and a Licentiate Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (LCIWM). Robert has experience in project management and environmental reporting for a wide variety of clients including industrial manufacturing, waste management, pharmaceutical, energy, commercial and residential sectors. Robert’s day-to-day duties include project co-ordination, cost control and resourcing as well as Environmental Impact Assessment and preparation of information for planning submission/compliance. Other areas of proficiency include IED/waste licensing, waste management planning and environmental monitoring.

Outside of the office, Robert is a keen GAA fan, particularly his native Mayo, and is an occasional triathlete.

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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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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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Laura Kennedy

Senior Ecologist

Laura holds the position of a Project Ecologist and Project Manager in TOBIN’s Energy and Environment section. She is a qualified and experienced environmental consultant with ten years’ post-graduate experience in environmental sciences and environmental consultancy in Canada and Ireland.

Laura has a strong technical background as an aquatic ecologist and has extensive field experience in biological and chemical water quality assessment. She has also collected hydrology and meteorology data, conducted wildlife surveys (bird and nest surveys, amphibian surveys), and carried out fish habitat assessments, which included electrofishing, minnow trapping and fish identification.

Laura has excellent writing skills having prepared and delivered Planning and Environmental Consideration reports, Technical Data reports, Environmental Assessments, Permit Applications, Environmental Effects Monitoring reports and Appropriate Assessment reporting for plans and projects potentially affecting terrestrial and freshwater resources. 

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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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Alan Booth

Ecologist

Alan holds an Hons  Degree in Wildlife biology from the Institute of Technology, Tralee, and joined Tobin in 2015. He has worked on a wide range of projects and developments across Ireland, where he has carried out numerous ecological surveys including ornithological (both breeding and wintering), habitat, freshwater, bat and mammal surveys. He also has extensive knowledge of analyzing data and compiling various types of reports, together with GIS mapping.

In his spare time, Alan volunteers with various organisations, such as the Native Woodland Trust, where he has written articles for their quarterly publication. He also has lead talks and workshops on mammals and biodiversity to the general public. He also volunteers with Birdwatch Ireland.

Alan has a keen interest in the outdoors, and enjoys hiking, sailing and kayaking.

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Kevin Delahunty

Ecologist

Kevin holds an Honours Degree in Zoology from University College Dublin and a Master’s Degree in Conservation and Biodiversity from Trinity College Dublin. He joined TOBIN in 2017 after previously working on a wide variety of ecological and wildlife conservation projects for Inland Fisheries Ireland, Bat Conservation Ireland and Birdwatch Ireland.

Kevin’s main area of expertise is in bat ecology and since joining TOBIN he has worked extensively on bat surveys and bat call analysis using Kaleidoscope software.  He has also carried out numerous ornithological surveys, both breeding and wintering, terrestrial mammal surveys (badger and otter) and freshwater macro-invertebrate surveys as well as analysing data and drafting technical reports.

Kevin is an advocate for wildlife conservation education and regularly conducts lectures and workshops to educate the general public on Irish wildlife and global conservation problems. He recently gave a lecture on Irish bat species at Trinity College Dublin. In his spare time he enjoys cinema and wildlife photography.

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Padraig Cregg

Senior Ornithologist

Padraig has six years experience working in both the UK and Ireland in designing, executing and project managing ecological assessments, primarily in the renewable industry. Padraig has a strong technical background in ornithology and ecology surveying and in writing Natura Impact Statements (NIS) and sections of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIAR) to accompany planning applications.

Wind Farm Projects

Padraig has worked on over 30 wind farm projects in both Ireland and the UK. From his time working in the UK, Padraig provides expert experience in interpreting and implementing Scottish ornithological guidance documents (SNH, 2014) for the surveying of wind farms in an Irish context. Padraig’s key responsibilities included: managing the in-house team and sub-consultants, directly liaising with the client and landowner, consulting with the Planning Departments and the Development Applications Unit (DAU), writing sections of and reviewing the Environmental Impact Assessment Reports and Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening and Natura Impact Statements (NIS) Reports (as appropriate), reviewing GIS mapping and Planning Application drawings.

Solar Farm Projects

Padraig has acted as Senior Ecologist and Project Manager for several Solar Farm Planning Applications. Key responsibilities include liaising directly with client, attending preplanning meetings with local county council, consulting with Development Application Unit (DAU), designing surveys, writing sections of the Planning and Environmental Considerations Reports and Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report and Natura Impact Statement, as appropriate.

Water Supply Project Eastern and Midlands Region (Irish Water)

Padraig is the TOBIN Senior Ornithologist for the Water Supply Project. He was responsible for the review and design of breeding and wintering bird surveys for this project since joining TOBIN in 2016. He has undertaken consultation with Development Application Unit (DAU) and is currently writing sections of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report and Natura Impact Statement.

Mining Projects

Padraig was the Natura Impact Statement Expert Witness at Boliden Tara Mines Oral Hearing for a tailings extension and integrated constructed wetland for which Planning Permission was partially granted.

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Michael Nolan

CAD / GIS Manager

Michael Nolan holds the position of CAD / GIS Manager in TOBIN’s Energy & Environment section.

Michael has over 16 years’ experience across multiple fields, Including energy, waste management, extractive industries and roads and infrastructure.

 Michael is a specialist in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Michael has extensive experience working on the design and drawings for Contract and Construction stage, Environmental Impact Statements, Planning and Waste Licence Applications.  Michael also has experience in GIS mapping, spatial analysis and data management.

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Fergal Healy

GIS Tech'/Environmental Scientist

Fergal joined our Dublin office in 2016 after completing a masters in Resource Management and Sustainability: Policy and Practice from NUIG and UL. Furthermore, Fergal has completed a level 8 one year programme in Geographical Information Systems from DIT. He possesses expertise in creating and maintaining GIS databases, interpreting source records, asset management systems, data verification, spatial analysis and spatial planning. He has also worked in landowner engagement projects as a landowner engagement officer.

Fergal has a keen interest in TOBIN’s ‘Sustainability’ Core Value. He annually undertakes the completion of TOBIN’s Carbon Tracker for all of our offices in Ireland. The Carbon Tracker aims to track and see where there are possible areas for reduction in the company’s carbon emissions.

Outside of work, Fergal has a keen  interest in sport, film, comedy and travel.

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