03 April 2019 – The Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA), the representative organisation for the Irish offshore oil and gas industry, has announced the appointment of Mandy Johnston as its Chief Executive.  Ms. Johnston will work with IOOA members – companies licensed by the Irish Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in Irish waters – leading the industry’s programme of engagement about Ireland’s energy future.

Commenting on the appointment, Prof. Pat Shannon, Chairman of IOOA said: “In shaping a structured national policy and plan to transition to a low carbon future, we believe that a new, informed, evidence-based energy conversation is needed. We are delighted to have someone of Ms. Johnston’s calibre and experience to join our organisation as our Chief Executive.  She is an excellent communicator, who is equipped to lead a public-facing organisation, with strong leadership capabilities and background, and a thorough understanding of Ireland’s business, political and media landscape”.

Ms. Johnston said: “I am looking forward to working with Ireland’s offshore industry to identify a future direction shared by our members and by stakeholders on issues including the environment, legislation and employment. Working together, we will make a valuable contribution to the national dialogue and play an important role in the development of the Irish offshore industry and Ireland’s sustainable energy future.”


Notes to editors:

About IOOA
Founded in 1995, the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA) is the representative organisation for the Irish offshore oil and gas industry. Its members are companies licensed by the Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in Irish waters. The Association also provides a focal point for liaison between companies
participating in Ireland’s oil and gas industry and other stakeholders and organisations, such as the fishing industry, environmental bodies, regulatory authorities and Government.

Key figures
The oil and gas industry is a significant contributor to the Irish economy. In total €18.5 million has been delivered to the State in the past five years from current licences, and fiscal terms are such that licensed companies pay 25% corporation tax plus a petroleum production tax. Larger exploration efforts may result in more discoveries which would generate larger economic gains. A recent report commissioned by IOOA and carried out by PwC demonstrated that the sector could create over 1,500 jobs annually and deliver tax revenue of almost €11bn for the Irish economy  For further information, see: https://www.iooa.ie/value-of-the-indigenous-oil-and-gas-industry-to-ireland/

Mandy Johnston
A strong reputation for developing, managing and executing strategies at the highest levels of Government & business in Ireland. Dynamic record in complex strategic consumer communications and stakeholder campaigns from creation and development phase to delivery.  Ms. Johnston has previously held the position of Irish Government Press Secretary, Government Advisor at Department of An Taoiseach, Press Director at the Department of Finance, Dublin City University, The Irish League of Credit Unions and the Football Association of Ireland. She started up a communications consultancy in 2017 and is a former political columnist for the Irish Independent.

For further information, contact:
Richard Brophy
01 678 9333

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