Membership Profiles

Membership Profiles

Charles Larkin (Discip. Schol.) B.A., Ph.D. [TCD] is Director of Research at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. He was previously special advisor to the Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health, Dr. Michael Harty, TD (Ind.) and to Senator Sean Barrett (Ind.) of the Irish Senate. Dr. Larkin is also an adjunct assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin, Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of Public Administration (Dublin). Dr. Larkin has authored several items of Irish legislation and over 60 scholarly articles, most especially in the areas of finance, cryptocurrencies and public policy economics.

Jerry Grant is a Non-Executive Director & Strategic Advisor in the Water Services, Infrastructure and general Utilities sector, is an expert in media & stakeholder engagement and provides strategic consultancy advice in the planning, procurement and contract management of large complex projects. In addition to his Consultancy business, he has set up and chairs Watershare Ireland, a partnership between GOAL and the Irish Water sector, which is helping to deliver water & sanitation projects in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe at present.

Jerry was Managing Director of Irish Water from early 2016 to September, 2018 during a pivotal period for the national water utility, when it overcame major political & public opposition to achieve broad acceptance in delivering public water & wastewater services to 1.6 million households and 200,000 business customers. He led a company of over 700 staff, along with over 3,000 staff in local authorities delivering operational services and the largest investment programme in the public sector, reaching over €650 million in 2018. As the first Head of Asset Management in Irish Water from April 2013, he built a 200-strong discipline at the core of the national water utility, took control of a major capital program (over €3 billion pipeline) from the Department of Environment, produced the first national strategic plan (25 years) for the services, while establishing the policies, standards, systems and processes to manage 2,000 major treatment plant assets, another 5,000 above ground assets and over 90,000km of networks.

Prior to Irish Water, Jerry was Managing Director of RPS in Ireland from 2002 for 10 years, leading a successful infrastructure and environmental consultancy and previous to that was Director of MCOS from the early 1990’s, where he led a market leading water sector consultancy business. Jerry holds a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering and a Diploma in Contract Law & Arbitration from UCD, is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland, Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering, is a Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and of the Institute of Directors. He was the recipient of the President’s Award from the ACEI in 2017 for Services to Engineering in Ireland.

Imelda Reynolds is a practising solicitor with over 30 years' experience and is Chairperson of Beauchamps, a top Irish commercial law firm. Imelda holds a B.C.L. from University College Dublin (UCD), a Diploma in European Law (UCD) and a Diploma in Corporate Governance (UCD). She is also a Chartered Director (IOD). A past-president of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Imelda is a former member and Audit Committee Chair of DIT's Governing Body and also chairs the Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board. She is a Council Member of the Law Society of Ireland and chairs the Law Society’s Regulation of Practice Committee. She is also a Council member of the Institute of Directors and Trustee of the Iveagh Trust.