Who We Are
Our values, company and team
Our values, company and team
Born on the island of Ireland, we are a renewable energy company on a mission to harness clean geothermal energy, everywhere.
Geothermal energy is the largest source of clean energy on earth. It is available all day, every day, whatever the weather.
We harness geothermal energy by developing cutting-edge technology, working in balance with nature to provide locally sourced, sustainable, 24/7 heat for industrial and commercial customers around the world.
We are a team of experts who work relentlessly to secure a sustainable future.
We are united by our shared values of Pioneering Spirit, Considerate Soul and Ethical Impact.
Geothermal energy – constant, clean and limitless – the power beneath us.
Dr Simon Todd is an energy industry executive with 30 years of experience in leading businesses in petroleum exploration, development, and operations around the world with bp and other smaller ventures and projects. Simon has BSc (1st Class Honours) and PhD degrees from the University of Bristol in geological science. As well as Co-founder, Managing Director and Chief Technologist of CAUSEWAYGT, Simon is also Non-Executive Director of Senergy Innovations Ltd, a Belfast company developing a breakthrough solar thermal panel, Executive Advisor to Promethean Energy Corporation, a Texas based petroleum development company designed for the energy transition, and Adjunct Professor to the School of Earth Science, University College Dublin.
“I am excited to enable CAUSEWAYGT’s Pioneering Spirit of nimbleness, inventiveness and entrepreneurialism as Co-founder, Managing Director and Chief Technologist as I do my part to drive the energy transformation.”
Alison Isherwood has more than 20 years of global experience as a technical leader and reservoir engineer in the oil and gas industry working for Shell, Hess, Ophir, and more recently, as an independent consultant. Alison holds a 1st class MEng in chemical engineering from the University of Nottingham and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge. Alison volunteers with the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) as their London Net Zero & Sustainability chair and at University of Nottingham as a student mentor and Chemical Engineering department industrial advisor.
“The CAUSEWAYGT value that speaks most strongly to me is Considerate Soul, in particular caring about preserving our planet and our responsibility to future generations. This is why I completed my recent sustainability studies at Cambridge, why I volunteer my time with students and why I am committed to using my technical engineering expertise to help scale sustainable energy solutions through my role at CAUSEWAYGT.”
Brian O’Cathain is an energy industry executive with over 35 years of experience in corporate development and leadership of international energy businesses. He started his career as a petroleum engineer with Shell International and has worked in corporate management roles with Enterprise Oil, Tullow Oil and Petroceltic in a range of international energy ventures. He is currently the chair of Europa Oil and Gas plc, and a non-executive director of Nephin Energy, Ireland’s largest natural gas production business. He was formerly the managing director of Enterprise Energy Limited, responsible for the sanction and development of the Corrib Gas Field. He holds a 1st class honours degree in geology from the University of Bristol.
“I have long considered geothermal energy to be the cleanest, most sustainable and most reliable form of renewable energy, and I am delighted to be collaborating with my co-founders in CAUSEWAYGT to bring this safe and sustainable form of energy to the market in Ireland and the world. I fully expect that in 20 years’ time geothermal energy will be in ubiquitous commercial use, and I am excited to be involved in accelerating its adoption”.
Dr Helen Doran is the Chief Geologist of CAUSEWAYGT. She has a background in subsurface heat flow, reservoir diagenesis and pressure prediction. Helen obtained a 1st class degree in geology from Queens University of Belfast and a PhD in reservoir quality and diagenesis at the University of Edinburgh. She has over 20 years of global experience in determining heatflow variations in more than 100 sedimentary basins and has held technical leadership roles in bp and Ophir Energy. She is the author of several publications, including her latest book, currently in press; “Strike-slip terrains and transform margins; structural architecture, thermal regimes and fluid systems”. She lives in County Down, Northern Ireland with her husband and two children, Patrick and Órla.
“Throughout my career, I have always sought opportunities to collaborate with like-minded experts to advance my technical understanding, often forming a bridge between academia and industry. I relish the opportunity to continue those relationships and forge new ones with CAUSEWAYGT.”
Dr Niall McCormack is an executive with over 25 years of experience in the resource sector leading exploration, innovation and commercial around the world. Niall gained a degree and PhD in geology from Trinity College Dublin, after which he started in the resource sector as a geologist with bp and GNS. He worked in executive roles in Hess, Afren and BHP. In BHP Niall led global petroleum exploration, commercial and innovation. Niall is also the Chair of the Geothermal Association of Ireland. He is based in Dublin with Kirsty and their two kids. When not working on geothermal you will find him watching, playing or talking about rugby.
“Changing the world for the better drives me, and for me that’s embodied in our value of Ethical Impact. Geothermal has potential to play a big part in changing our world. What we do and what geothermal can deliver are important to building a sustainable world. How we do it decides if we are successful. ”
John O’Neill is an executive with over 35 years of leadership, operational and commercial experience worldwide, in Wells and Operations, with major energy companies including Schlumberger, Shell, BP and Maersk, across 10 countries, offshore & onshore, including Regional VP & Global Functional roles. Accountable for $250m+ annual spend in several projects, through collaborative teams of 400-500 staff & contractors. John graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and holds a post graduate MBA.
‘The energy transition, the focus on net zero and renewables energy is a significant challenge for our world. I believe geothermal will be a significant part of that. I am excited to be part of CAUSEWAYGT and the opportunity to play a meaningful and significant part in that transition.’
Hugh McCutcheon is an experienced corporate finance practitioner, financial adviser, investor and Company Director. He has extensive capital markets and mergers and acquisitions experience for both public and private companies across a broad range of industries, including energy, financial services, pharma and manufacturing. He has a degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked with Davy from 1989 to 2000 as a Director of Corporate Finance and again from 2001 to 2011 as head of Corporate Finance. He is a Director of the Irish Takeover Panel, a non executive Director at Origin Enterprises plc and a former Director at Petroceltic International plc and IPL Plastics Inc. He also has other business and farming interests.
“I am confident that deep geothermal energy has the potential to make a significant contribution to the urgent global energy transition that is underway.”
Dr Valentina Kretzschmar has 25 years’ experience in the energy sector. She is an expert on the energy transition of the oil and gas sector into clean energies. In her current role as Energy Transition Director at Cairn Energy, she is responsible for the development of corporate and portfolio strategies which will position Cairn for long-term growth through the energy transition. Valentina joined Cairn after 18 years at Wood Mackenzie, where she served as Vice President of Corporate Research, leading the development of Corporate New Energy Research. Previously, Valentina worked as a Petroleum Engineer with Edinburgh Petroleum Services Ltd and Research Fellow in the Energy Group at the University of Edinburgh. She also held a non-executive director role on the board of NHST Global Media (Norway). Valentina has a BEng Honours Degree in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, a PhD in Clean Coal Technology from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA (Finance) from Durham University. Valentina is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng. MIMechE) and holds a Non-executive Director Diploma.
“I am extremely passionate about accelerating the transition of fossil fuels into clean energy. Decarbonisation of heat is one of the toughest challenges we need to overcome to reach net-zero carbon by 2050 and geothermal energy can play an important role in achieving this goal.”
Professor Neil J Hewitt is Ulster University’s Chair in Energy and is Head of School, Belfast School of Architecture and Built Environment as well Director of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies. He was a visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is a World Renewable Energy Network “Lifetime Pioneer”. He is the UK representative on a number of IEA Heat pumps programmes. He has attracted over £22M in external funding including EPSRC, EU and international sources. With over 100 publications ranging from large scale power generation to heat pumps and demand side management, he has graduated 20 PhD students and was the developer of the successful undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes in Energy.
Dr Jennifer Craig has over 20 years’ experience in research management and business development across multiple levels of the university and private sectors. She is an expert in large-scale alliance management, building and managing multi-site research centres, and applied research commercialisation. She is invited Chair and Vice Chair across a wide number of European programmes (FP7, Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe and European Research Council) . Previously she held the CEO role at two Irish based start-up companies offering drug screening and drug development services to a number of the major international pharmaceutical companies. Dr Craig is currently COO of the SFI Research Centre for Applied Geosciences (iCRAG). iCRAG, is a world leading SFI Research Centre in applied geosciences hosted by University College Dublin, comprises 150 researchers across eight universities and institutions.
“Geothermal is overlooked in our energy mix. It has the potential to deliver clean energy, local to the customer, at a reasonable cost. It must play a role in our sustainable energy future”