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Tom O’Brien

Tom is Group Chief Executive of Nephin Energy. Tom has over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, including over 10 years in the Projects & Energy Department of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, where he focused on renewable energy, large scale real estate and infrastructure projects. Since then, Tom has held senior executive roles at a number of Irish companies, including two public companies.

Tom was senior adviser and project lead in Ireland for CPPIB’s $1.23 billion acquisition of Shell’s interest in the Corrib Gas Field. In 2017 he was asked by CPPIB to build out and lead the company that would eventually own CPPIB’s interest in the field, Nephin Energy. Nephin Energy is currently one of Ireland’s largest producers of natural gas.

Tom established Nephin Renewable Gas (NRG) in 2023. NRG’s ambition is to become the leading producer and supplier of biomethane in Ireland. Tom has mentored on the Irish Stock Exchange’s #IPOready leadership programme which is designed to help ambitious companies prepare for different types of strategic funding options, including going public. Tom is a regular contributor to energy policy debate in Ireland. He holds an LLB from University College Cork, an LLM from University College London and a Diploma in Finance from University College Dublin.

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