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    Development and Public Engagement Manager

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    Seamus Hoyne is a Mechanical Engineer with Master of Engineering in Renewable Energy (University of Limerick) and Masters of Science Energy Management (University of Ulster). He has been involved in R&D in the energy sector since 1993. He is an experienced manager with 20 years’ experience in energy, education and flexible learning environments. A proven project manager and team leader with a systematic and structured approached to development activities. He has extensive networks regionally, nationally and internationally in the sustainable energy and higher education fields. He has a thorough knowledge and experience of Europe and National funding schemes with experience of coordinating large scale multi-national projects.

    In February 2017 he was appointed as Development and Public Engagement Manager within LIT. He leads the Development Unit in LIT, based in Thurles, which has expertise in project management, sustainable energy, social enterprise, rural development. The Development Team will continue to support and work with those engaged or interested in R&D to network and access National and European funds in strategic areas of interest. He will lead the development and implementation of LITs Public Engagement Strategy seeking to deepen LITs interaction with relevant sectors and stakeholders in our region.

    From 1998 to 2012 Seamus was the Managing Director of the Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA) and grew the organisation from initial concept to where it is one of the leading Energy Agencies in Ireland and Europe. He is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the TEA. He has been involved in over 25 EU funded R&D Projects including acting as coordinator EU CONCERTO Project SERVE (2007 to 2012) which oversaw an investment of €10.4m in sustainable energy in North Tipperary.

    From 2012 to 2017 he was Head of Department within LIT managing Departments in ICT, Creative Multi-media and Science. In 2013 he was appointed Head of Department for Flexible Learning and managed a suite of part-time, evening and on-line/blended learning programmes across all LIT campuses.

    He is the Principle Investigator for the Centre for Rural and Sustainable Development which is focused on supporting communities, enterprises, and industry to develop and engage in sustainable practices and processes. The Centre is particularly focused on R&D related to sustainable energy and social enterprise.


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