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Our Leadership

Ian brings 25 years of commercial, strategic and engineering experience within the energy sector to AES UK & Ireland. Building from his deep insight into the Irish energy market and AES’ strong foundation of energy generation in Northern Ireland, under Ian’s leadership the company is leveraging AES’ global expertise in new energy solutions, such as energy storage, into the UK and Ireland and enhancing its existing platform with a new generation fleet.

Prior to his current role, Ian most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer for AES Europe. In this role, Ian oversaw the company’s commercial strategy and operations across AES markets in Bulgaria, Jordan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and the UK & Ireland. Previously, he served as Commercial Director for AES UK & Ireland, focusing on developing and implementing AES’ growth strategy for its thermal, renewable and storage assets, including strategic engagement with stakeholders. Ian’s prior positions at AES include Commercial Manager for Northern Ireland and Commercial Manager for Kilroot.

Prior to joining AES in 2009 Ian held numerous commercial and technical senior management roles over 20 years within Viridian and Northern Ireland Electricity, latterly as Generation Portfolio Manager.

He sits on the Boards of Electricity Association of Ireland, Business in the Community Northern Ireland, and CBI Northern Ireland, as well as several AES companies. Ian holds an Electrical Engineering degree and Master’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing, Design and Management, both from Queen’s University Belfast.

Ian Luney , , , President, AES UK & Ireland

With over 20 years of experience in HR and eight years in Health, Safety and Security, Janice brings a wealth and variety of experience to AES. She is responsible for leading HR for AES across the UK & Ireland, and Jordan, ensuring the delivery of a comprehensive HR service to support evolving business needs.

Since joining AES in 2010 Janice has been instrumental in designing and implementing major change programmes across the UK businesses, including the restructuring and harmonisation of newly acquired plants and the centralisation of support functions. Janice designed and manages the successful ‘Europe Operations Development Programme’ and is part of the Global Engineering Competency Framework team.

Prior to joining AES through the Ballylumford acquisition in 2010, Janice worked for BG Group. Here she successfully integrated HR with Health and Safety to utilise resources and capitalise on synergies, as well as introducing a Behavioural Based Safety programme to address human factors in health and safety.

Janice is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. She also holds a BSc Hons in Psychology (University of Ulster) and Post Graduate Qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety (Loughborough University) and Institute of Quality Assurance (University of Ulster). She has completed the AES Global Emerging Leaders Programme.

Janice Hagan , , , HR Business Partner, AES UK & Ireland and Jordan

Julie joined AES in 2011, after a number of years advising AES as external legal counsel. She is a qualified lawyer who is responsible for protecting AES’s legal interests, including ensuring compliance with the UK Bribery Act. Julie acts as Company Secretary to all the AES Northern Ireland companies and advises directors on their responsibilities. 

Prior to joining AES, Julie worked as a Senior Associate in the Corporate & Commercial Group in one of Ireland’s leading commercial law firms. In this role, Julie advised AES on the acquisition of AES Ballylumford Limited and was recognised in Chambers UK as an “Associate to Watch”.

Julie has a degree from the University of Warwick in Law & Business Studies and completed her professional qualifications at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. 

Julie Leeburn , , , Legal & Compliance Director, AES UK & Ireland

Tim is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of AES UK and Ireland’s generation facilities. He is responsible for driving innovation into everyday processes at the plants and utilising AES’ generating assets to their maximum potential to support security of supply for the All Island electricity market.
Tim has worked in the electricity industry for over 30 years. He held the position of Plant Manager at the Belfast West plant until 2002 and also worked within AES European businesses including as Plant Manager of the AES Ottana facility in Italy. At AES Kilroot he worked on the FGD emissions abatement development and for several years as the Engineering Manager with the maintenance and engineering teams. His most recent role as Outage & Project Manager of AES UK & Ireland included management of the UK Wind Operations prior to their sale in 2015.
Tim holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University, Belfast and brings a wealth of technical knowledge and management experience to his new role as Complex Lead UK & Ireland.

Tim McCullough , , , Operations Director, AES UK & Ireland