He previously served as a Captain in the Defences Forces. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) from University College Galway, an MSc from University College Dublin, an M.B.A. from Kingston University Business School, an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice from University of Ulster and an Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Board of the Institute of Public Administration.
Gabriel is third oldest in a family of 10 from Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, and was educated at Garbally College, Ballinasloe. A keen sportsman, Gabriel represented Leitrim at all levels in Gaelic Football and won Connacht Junior and Senior Schools Rugby Cup honours with Garbally. His leisure interests include coaching mini rugby at Terenure College RFC.
Recent awards received include: NUIG Alumni Award (NUIG): An alumni award from National University of Ireland Galway was presented to Gabriel D’Arcy in March 2011. The alumni awards celebrate the life-long value of an NUI Galway education and recognise individual achievements among the University’s 80,000 plus graduates worldwide.
Gabriel D’Arcy was made the Ambassador for the Year 2010 for the Midlands Gateway Chamber. The Chamber helps to promote and lobby for the Midlands with various groups and helps create opportunities for business networking, ideas sharing and celebration in the Midlands.
Dominic Doheny, president of the Midlands Gateway Chamber said: “Bord na Móna has invested over the last 75 years in the order of €1 billion in the region and will invest €500 million over the medium term future here. This company is not just a peat company, not just an energy company.
It has renewed itself many times over the decades from 1934 using its core competencies of peat and peatland know-how, energy expertise, and resource management and is now on track to becoming Ireland’s leading environmentally responsible integrated utility service provider encompassing electricity, heating solutions, resource recovery, water, horticulture, and related services.”
Our Vision for a Sustainable Future
Our vision ’A Contract with Nature’ underpins Bord na Móna’s mission, objectives, strategy and values and sets out a clear sustainability path for the company. It means that all of our business activities, both direct and supporting, will become increasingly sustainable from an environmental and social point of view while continuing to yield profits.
This not only drives demand for innovative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the current activities of each of our operating business units, but also acts as a necessary filter for screening new business development opportunities to ensure ultimate strategic fit. Climate change is the single biggest issue facing us.
Here in Bord na Móna, we’ve set out objectives for our company – a roadmap for the next 15-20 years, which will transform each of our businesses, make us one of the largest renewable energy companies in Ireland, and a leading provider of sustainable products and services both at home and internationally.
Everything we do will be consistent with those objectives. We see the commercial implications that arise from this as an opportunity for Bord na Móna.