The Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information (OCEI) is an independent statutory office.

Our team

In addition to the Commissioner and Director General, we have a team of four staff which is led by Senior Investigator Elizabeth Dolan.

Support is provided by the Support Unit of the Office of the Information Commissioner, which deals with enquiries and the initial processing of new appeals. Further support comes from the shared services provided by the Office of the Ombudsman (for example, human resource management and information and communications technology support).

Commissioner

Peter Tyndall is the Commissioner for Environmental Information (as well as Ombudsman and Information Commissioner).

Peter, who is from Dublin, served as Public Services Ombudsman for Wales. He was Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Wales and Head of Education and Culture for the Welsh Local Government Association. Peter worked in a variety of senior positions in housing and social care. In particular, he developed housing and support services for people with intellectual disabilities. Peter is currently President of the International Ombudsman Institute.

Director General

Elaine Cassidy worked in the multinational IT sector for 15 years in an international management role, before joining the public service in 2008, as Head of Equal Status and Head of Mediation at the Equality Tribunal.

Following this, Elaine joined the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Employment to oversee the enactment and commencement of the Companies Act 2014 and related statutory instruments. She then became Deputy Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman at the FSPO, which is part of the consumer protection framework in Ireland.

Elaine holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UCD, completed the Law Society FE1 Exams and is a qualified Adjudicator, a certified Mediator and a member of the Mediators Institute of Ireland. She also holds an LLB in Law from DIT and a BA in International Marketing and Languages from DCU.