Outgoing Board Gais energy boss Catherine O’Kelly.

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Appointed boss of Bord Gáis Energy in her 30s, Catherine O’Kelly has led the €1bn business through Covid-19. As O'Kelly prepares to return to Centrica in the UK, she reflects on lessons learned, the current crisis and the green agenda.

8th Jul, 2020 - 16 min read

Catherine O’Kelly begins our interview with her own questions. The managing director of Bord Gáis Energy is sitting in her well-lit study in her redbrick home in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. She has been locked down there with her family for most of the last few months.

O’Kelly is only 36. But she is already a veteran in the energy business, having worked in Nigeria, Indonesia and London before coming to Dublin two years ago. In a few months, she is stepping down after leading a team of 350 people in a time of great change in the Irish energy industry – from the rise of renewables to the disruption of Covid-19.

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