Since its creation in 1986 Brendan O'Connor and the late John Costelloe have developed a compelling and respected marine environmental consultancy with close ties with numerous academic institutes and public bodies in Ireland.
As Brendan now looks forward to a quieter pace of life, we welcome Dr Shane O’Boyle to steer AQUAFACT’s journey forward. Shane is actually no stranger to AQUAFACT and worked with Brendan on an offshore project to retrieve a buoy around 23 years ago.
Shane's career has seen him take on roles with the Marine Institute, the European Commission in Brussels, and for over 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Dublin, where he was Head of the Ecology Unit.
During his time at the EPA, Shane managed the team responsible for assessing Ireland’s national water resource (both freshwater and marine), primarily through involvement in the national, multi-agency Water Framework Directive (WFD) monitoring programme.
The huge opportunity for Ireland’s offshore wind industry is a one of the new challenges that Shane is looking forward to. Despite being a little bit late to the party, the potential for green, renewable energy in Ireland is enormous and this dynamic and evolving market can be well served by the expert team at AQUAFACT and the wider APEM Group.
Of his new role, Shane said:
“Being able to return to a role within the marine environment was very attractive as it has always been something I am passionate about. And also, I wouldn’t have made the move without the structure of the APEM Group, and the breadth of services and skills it has. And of course, taking over from Brendan, such a well-known figure in the marine sector in Ireland, is a real privilege!”.
“The quality and scientific integrity of the work undertaken by the very enthusiastic team in AQUAFACT is central to ensuring that the information provided to our clients is credible and of the highest quality.”
Welcome to the team Shane!