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Ray O’Dwyer

Director and Senior Consultant

Ray is highly experienced waste engineer involved in waste policy development, solid waste strategic planning and delivery. He has thorough knowledge of waste, environmental and planning legislation, policy and guidance in Ireland.

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Ray is a non-executive director and senior consultant at Fehily Timoney and Company. Ray has 39 years’ experience in Local Government Management and in Engineering and Civil Engineering projects. He is a highly experienced waste engineer involved in waste policy development, solid waste strategic planning and delivery. He has thorough knowledge of waste, environmental and planning legislation, policy and guidance in Ireland.

Ray is experienced in stakeholder interaction and liaising at National, regional and local levels with a wide variety of State and Local Bodies to gain support for many different initiatives and projects; i.e. National and local politicians, State Bodies, staff, national unions, communities, landowners’ other agencies,
Ray has been involved in the preparation, presentation and engagement on a broad spectrum of issues to wide ranging audiences (at government, state agencies, council and public levels).

Ray has project managed many high-profile projects.

As County Manager, Ray was responsible for the Waste Management Services in County Waterford, i.e. collection, Bring Centres, recycling (including the MRF for the SE Region) and waste disposal. He closed and remediated Tramore and Dungarvan Landfill sites and dealt with the remediation of ECJ listed sites in the county. As a member of the South East Regional Integrated Waste Management Board Ray was actively involved in the delivery of the Regional Waste Management Plan and he chaired the Operational Committee that led the roll out of its initiatives across the region.

Ray was also the Lead Director of Services for the development of the statutory waste management plans for the 6 counties in the South-East Region from 2002 to 2006. These plans set out in detail the waste management requirement for the region in terms of public communication, prevention, recycling, recovery and final disposal (EfW). Population ~400,000.

Ray setup and managed the Water Services Transition Office from 2012 to 2013. During this time, he worked with all local authorities on the transitioning of water services into Irish Water. He engaged with all stakeholders, elected representatives, senior civil servants, CCMA, National Unions, Irish water programme and local authority staff in this capacity.

From 2013 to 2016 as Head of Operations of Irish Water, Ray established the Irish Water Operations and Maintenance Team to manage water and wastewater infrastructure in Ireland. He also established the Management of Water Industry Operating Framework which supports a programme of 27 initiatives to drive improved service delivery and cost savings across the water sector. Ray engaged with all Stakeholders, elected representatives, senior civil servants, CCMA, National Unions, staff, consultants, contractors in order to progress the programme.

As Chairman of City and County Managers Association (CCMA) Environment Committee Ray led many of the waste initiatives in the Local Government Sector, i.e. as the central point of contact for local authority interactions with DECLG, EPA, Waste Industry Sector, REPAK etc. Arranged for the setup of the National Hazardous Waste Permitting Office in DCC, National LA Waste Permitting Office in Offaly County Council. Member of the Minister’s High-Level Group charged with the closure of the ECJ Waste Cases against Ireland.

Ray also chaired the Public-Sector Reform Oversight Group for Local Government. He set up the office and managed and lead multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of the Efficiency and Reform Programme for Local Government. Ray engaged with the LGER Implementation Group, Senior Elected Representatives, the DECLG and the CCMA.