EDC appoints two new Associate Directors

Engineering consultancy EDC is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Associate Directors to its management team. The appointments of Bernie Burchill and Martin O’Sullivan are pivotal in advancing the company’s ambitious expansion plans to enhance its footprint in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, and Galway; while also strengthening the firm’s project management and organisational culture.

Burchill is an accomplished HR Leader, with over 20 years experience across a wide range of sectors. Bernie joined EDC as the People and Organisational Development manager in 2017, having previously worked in the BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and MSD. Burchill becomes EDC’s first non-Engineering (Technical) Associate Director, demonstrating EDC’s continuous recognition of its people, the value it places on Diversity within the Leadership team, and the opportunity and support for career advancement in all areas of the business.

Speaking about her appointment, Bernie Burchill said, “As Leader of EDC’s People function, I am delighted to be appointed to the role of Associate Director. As an ambitious, knowledgeable, change-maker, I am excited to support the business in the development and delivery of EDCs People and Culture strategies; and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with such a committed team who are passionate about both People and Project delivery excellence, whilst reaching their potential.

“Whilst leading EDC’s People function, we have made massive leaps in creating an environment that is progressive, instils a culture of learning, career advancement and high team performance. I am passionate about also creating an environment and culture where people can speak their minds, be themselves and feel included, and are rewarded competitively and fairly.”

Martin O’Sullivan joined EDC as Associate Director Electrical in July this year. With over 10 years’ experience with electrical disciplines, O’Sullivan started as an electrician in the Irish Naval Service, transitioning to engineering, working with Dornan Engineering. While serving in the Irish Naval Service, Martin honed his dedication to detail and ‘right first time’ ethos as the Ship’s Gunner, a weapons specialist responsible for maintaining and operating all weapons on board. Additionally, he served as a Naval Diver, trained in search patterns to assist with locating underwater items and facilitating recovery. He holds a Certificate L7 Building Information Modelling, and BEng in Electrical Engineering from CIT.

Martin joins EDC from a Capital projects team in IFF, formerly Dupont, where he worked on Electrical Infrastructure upgrades and site improvement projects ranging from under €1M to €10M. Prior to this, Martin worked as part of the PSCS team to install a data centre in Dublin.

In response to his appointment, Martin O’Sullivan commented, “I am delighted to join the leadership team at EDC, and look forward to leading projects which will deliver innovative and sustainable solutions for our diverse range of clients across Ireland and internationally.”

Announcing details of the Associate Director appointments, Richard O’Farrell, Managing Director at EDC  said “We are delighted to have Bernie and Martin join our team of Associate Directors. Bernie’s deep knowledge of talent management, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and coaching which she has honed over the past 20 years of working with diverse populations, is a real asset to EDC. While Martin’s background in capital projects and M&E contracting will assist in the development and timely delivery of projects as we strive for excellence.”

Celebrating 20 years in business in 2023, EDC boasts an impressive portfolio of over 1,500 successful projects across Ireland, the UK, and Africa. Over the past two years in particular, EDC has experienced impressive growth, expanding its team to 100 people across six offices in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, London, Istanbul, and earlier this year, Galway. This growth is reflected in EDC’s increased market share in the UK and Ireland, and staff numbers doubling from the start of 2021 to the end of 2022. The firm’s wide range of sector experience includes energy, industrial, commercial, life-sciences, government and residential sectors.

EDC has established a strong track record of client satisfaction, resulting in repeat business and partnerships with top-tier clients. Notable current projects include Horgan’s Quay in Cork; multiple large-scale residential projects in London; Government PPP and HEB Bundles; a UK based Energy From Waste project; the new European Parliament Office Building in Dublin; and 65-storey Consort Place in London.

The company’s dedication to sustainability and engineering design innovation was recently recognised at the 2023 Irish Construction Excellence (ICE) Awards in the “Engineering Design Innovation -– Element Up To €10M Category”, for their work on Dublin City Council’s North City Operations Depot. For more information see www.edcengineers.com