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Bryson Energy Director Q&A

Our Director, Nigel Brady was recently featured as a 'High Flyer' in the Irish News Business profile HERE.

Excerpt follows below: 

What was your first job?

My first job was working for the National Trust at Florence Court House in County Fermanagh. I have always been interested in conservation and sustainability.

What qualifications do you have?

I have an Honours Degree in Combined Humanities as well as qualifications in Business Studies, Energy Efficiency, Transport and Renewable Technologies. 

What do you attribute your success to?

Doing something I enjoy combined with the ability to adjust to change. You cannot afford to stand still and need to be prepared to acquire new skills.

How would you describe yourself to someone who’d never met you?

I am passionate, confident and committed to what I do.

Who do you look up to in business?

I admire social entrepreneurs, people who want to make a real difference and change their community for the better.  It takes a level of determination to make that vision a reality and I truly admire those who have that ability.

How do you get the best out of people who work for you?

It is important that people feel part of a team and be clear about what we are trying to achieve.  In Bryson Energy we promote a Whole House Solution to fuel poverty and staff can clearly identify their role in helping achieve that goal. 

If you could change one thing about doing business in Northern Ireland, what would it be?

I would like to see a significant increase in the number of businesses operating on the social economy model which puts people before profit. 

What website could you not do without?

Bryson Energy’s of course! www.brysonenergy.org

What was the last book you read?

I am interested in local history and have just finished Portavo, an Irish Townland and its People by Peter Carr.

What car do you drive?

I drive a Toyota Prius+ and have driven hybrids for a number of years.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I was the first Chairman of Drumlin Wind Energy Cooperative.  Drumlin was Northern Ireland’s first wind energy cooperative and raised almost £4M in share offers to build 6 x 250KW wind turbines.  Drumlin offered local investors the opportunity to invest in and benefit from wind energy. 

What’s your greatest passion outside work and family?

With three young sons, I don’t have much downtime but I enjoy reading.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in their career?

Do something that you enjoy.  If you can get personal satisfaction from what you do, then it follows that you will give it your all.  Don’t waste your talents doing something that makes you unhappy.

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