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Appointments to the Water Advisory Body (WAB)

Published on Friday, 21 Dec 2018
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The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy has made two appointments to the Water Advisory Body.

The Public Appointment Service advertised the vacancies for the two positions on 22 August 2018. The Assessment Panel met on 26 October 2018 to examine the applications and presented a shortlist of potential candidates to the Minister. On foot of that process, the Minister has appointed Miriam McDonald and Martin Sisk who took up office on 14 December 2018.

The WAB was established, by the Minister, on 1 June 2018 under Part 7 of the Water Services Act 2017.

The purpose of the WAB is to advise the Minister on measures needed to improve the transparency and accountability of Irish Water; and to report on a quarterly basis to an Oireachtas Committee on the performance by Irish Water on the implementation of its business plan. The WAB is also required to provide an annual report to the Minister on the performance of the WAB’s functions during the period since its establishment.  

A brief résumé of the two new members is set out below. The two members are appointed until 13 December 2023.  This will bring the Board membership to five persons.



Biographical Notes

Miriam McDonald is a professional, experienced and highly capable Marketing Director/Customer Excellence Specialist.  She has worked in a range of different industries from professional services to business to business (B2B).  She has particular expertise in the area of utilities having worked as Head of Customer Management ESB and as a Communications Specialist for SEAI on national energy and gas trials.  In addition, she has contributed to a number of companies in the area of energy efficiency, renewables and sustainability. 

Martin Sisk has a Bachelor of Law degree and is a Solicitor by profession. Having previously worked for the Revenue Commissioners, he spent most of his career in Regulation both financial and otherwise as Registrar of Friendly Societies and subsequently as a senior official in the Central Bank of Ireland. He has previously served as Chairman of Vhi Healthcare and is currently Chairman of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority ( IAASA ). Martin is also a member of the Board of the Irish League of Credit Unions.