Who are we?
The Tipperary Green Business Network is a network of businesses that combine to share experience and expertise in resource efficiency. The network is driven by the ethos of people, planet and profit which is central to everything that we do. The network comprises a wide variety of businesses that provide goods and services to enhance environmental management. We are advocates of responsible business activity within the community. The network is also committed to building and maintaining strong businesses through innovation and optimum performance.
What do we do?
The network offers members the opportunity to connect with businesses that complement and support each other. There is a strong emphasis on making businesses more resilient through optimised use of their resources. We showcase both emerging and established technology which has clearly demonstrated benefit to organisations in the Tipperary region.
How do we do it?
We do this through a combination of training, workshops and seminars. The network assists businesses to harness their potential by developing their people, processes and products.
Why do we do it?
The network was developed to improve resource efficiency, increase competitiveness and drive performance of all member businesses. We want to establish a business community with the desire to continuously improve while operating with minimal impact on the environment.
Meet the team
Noel Heffernan - Chairperson 2021
Noel is the founder of EaPI, based in Cahir, Co. Tipperary. He works with clients giving management support, training and independent auditing. The focus is on reducing resource and other costs across all aspects of running a business to reduce negative impacts on the environment and improve efficiencies.
His qualifications include a B Sc (Dairy and Food). He has worked across various sectors, principally dairy and meat. Noel has experience in production management, food safety and quality, R&D, environmental improvement, H&S, training and LEAN. He has completed environmental improvement, energy saving, plant upgrade and H&S projects.
Michael McEniry - Treasurer 2021
Michael is a Director of NRGE, based in Lattin, Co. Tipperary. NRGE is involved in the compliance management of more than 30 EPA licensed Pig and Poultry facilities.
Projects include the recovery of the manure produced on the facilities as organic fertilizer with the necessary reporting, record keeping environmental management. NRGE also recovers sludges from food processers recovering it as fertilizer.
The company has been involved in the development of the Anaerobic Digestion sector for the past 15 years. They are part of the design and management team that constructed the Anaerobic Digestion Plant and Renewable Gas Upgrading Installation at Nurney Co Kildare. NRGE designed, developed, managed the construction and are an integral part of the management of a Biogas Plant Timoleague Co Cork.
Margaret Murphy - Steering Group Member
Margaret is Resource Efficiency Officer with the Southern Region Waste Management Office. The office is funded by the ten local authorities in the region and promotes waste prevention as a priority.
Margaret’s qualifications include an M.Sc. in Environmental Protection. Previously from an industrial background, her work with businesses in the Southern Waste Region involves promoting the benefits – including cost savings – that can be achieved by reducing waste, energy and water.
Shane Curran-Steering Group Member
Shane is the founder and Managing Director of SureLeaf Systems. He works as an active Consultant, Trainer and Lead Auditor across various disciplines and sectors and is a member of the Irish Quality Management Standards Committee (QMSC) involved in the ongoing development of ISO 9001 and various related international standards.
Shane is an experienced trainer, an expert in auditing, management systems and International Standards. Shane has a wealth of experience in implementing and improving client’s Management Systems based on standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 17025, ISO 13485, ISO 27001 etc. He is an expert Lead Auditor across multiple disciplines. Shane has experience in the use of accelerated learning and has designed and developed a range of certified training courses including several Internal Auditor and Lead Auditor programmes. He has designed online services and software systems for the delivery of management system services.
Kate Walsh - Coordanation & Administration
Kate is an experienced project, event and social media manager. She has been involved with Tipperary Green Business Network since its early beginnings, as coordinator and in assisting with administration. She has overseen the network’s social media strategy and is responsible for the day to day administration of the network. She is employed on a part-time basis on behalf of Tipperary Green Business Network by the Local Enterprise Office, Tipperary.
Her background is in Irish art history and she holds a BA and M.Phil as well as Train the Trainer certification.
Sean O'Farrell - Steering Group Member
Sean owns an organic farm, Cloncannon Biofarm near Toomevara, Co. Tipperary. He manages a suckler cow herd, raises organic chickens and sells organic vegetables. He uses his MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from TCD to deliver education programmes to Primary and Post Primary school students. Farm and nature tours are provided for overseas visitors and eco tourists. Sean was a finalist in the Farming for Nature Awards 2018.
He is an enviornmental representative on the Local Community Development Committee and a member of the Secretariat of the Tipperary Public Participation Network.
Derry O'Donnell - Steering Group Member
Derry is the Development Coordinator of Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative (ECTC) and of Community Power Ireland’s first community owned electricity supplier. He has long been involved in volunteering and working with various community and voluntary organisations both nationally and locally. He was the project manager for the successful Zero Waste Cashel pilot project and is a current Secretariat member of Tipperary PPN. Derry currently serves as chairperson of Borrisoleigh Community Development Association and is a member of the local festival committee.