As part of Charity Trustees’ Week (13-17 November 2017), we are celebrating the 37,859 people who volunteer their time and expertise each year to direct and run Ireland’s charities.
Charity trustees (commonly referred to as ‘board members’ or ‘committee members’) lead, support and direct the charitable purposes and activities of charities. It is a role that carries great responsibility, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a positive impact in your community.
The Wheel is fortunte to have 11 very talented and dedicated trustees. We would like to thank them for their leadership, dedication and passion. Our trustees are:
Mary Cunningham (CHAIR) – Co-opted in 2007, elected in May 2008 & May 2011
Mary is Director and Company Secretary of the National Youth Council of Ireland, the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. She is a member of the Steering Group on Active Citizenship, the National Youth Work Advisory Committee, the National Assessment Committee for the Young People’s Facilities and Services Fund and on the board of Pobal. Previously the Director of Children in Northern Ireland and Regional Manager with Oxfam Ireland. Also former Chairperson of the Northern Ireland NGO Forum, Joint Chairperson of the All Party Group on Children and Young People in the Northern Ireland Assembly and Company Secretary of Children in Northern Ireland.
Inez Bailey – Elected in June 2017
Inez has been the Chief Executive Officer of NALA, the National Adult Literacy Agency, for the past 20 years. She is also Chair of the Southside Partnership, Chair of the Mounttown Neighbourhood Youth and Family Project, Chair of the Rockford Manor Secondary School and Member of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Local Community Development Committee. Previous board memberships include: CORU, the Health and Social Care Professionals Regulator; the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs; Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board; the Education Finance Board; the National Consumer Agency; the Citizens Information Board; the Information Society Commission; and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland.
Pat Carey – appointed in May 2017
Pat is Chair of the Red Cross and a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician in the Dublin North-West constituency from 1997 to 2011. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Community Affairs & for the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy. serving as the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2010 to 2011. He is Cathaoirleach of Coiste Stiurtha Glor na nGael the all island Irish Language organisation. He is a Board Member of Quality Matters; independent chair of the Dublin North East Local Drugs & Alcohol Task Force & Chair of the Finance and Governance subcommittee of the North East Regional Drugs & Alcohol Task Force. He is a Board Member of the Ballymun Youth Action Project; chair of the Finglas Centre & a Board member of the Tolka ValleyTraining Centre.
John Evoy – Elected May 2014 and again in June 2017
John is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA).
Prior to setting up the IMSA in 2011, John served as the manager of the Gorey Adult Learning Centre and a Project Co-ordinator for several adult and community education initiatives. He has also served on a number of interagency steering groups and sub-committees throughout his career, most of which pertained to adult and community education and Community development projects. Recognition of John’s leadership and achievements include: receiving a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Impact Award in 2013; becoming an AONTAS Star Awards winner in both 2009 and 2011, and; becoming an Arthur Guinness Fund Awardee in 2011.
Barbara Gilroy – appointed by board in Oct 2017
Barbara is the Diocesan Director of ACCORD Dublin, which provides marriage preparation courses for couples choosing to get married in the Catholic Church. Previously, she was Head of HR for Concern Worldwide. In total, she has over thirty years work experience in the non-profit sector, both as a volunteer and manage and has worked in both small and larger organisations. She is a board member of the World Meeting of Families 2018 and previously, she was on the board of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress; and also of Concern Worldwide. She thinks that supporting small and medium-sized charities in areas like governance and compliance is essential to their continued existence. She also believes deeply in the principles of helping others so that they can help themselves.”
Sheena Horgan – Co-opted in July 2013
Sheena is a media & PR consultant specialising in youth/family & social marketing issues. As an established and experienced marketer, she has advised many global and local organisations – RTE, Failte Ireland, Aldi, Bord Bia, Coke, O2, Ulster Bank – regarding their marketing and CSR strategies and implementation. Sheena is also widely published in UK & Irish trade magazines and newspapers, as well as speaking at various conferences on related topics. In addition to co-producing two child-related documentaries, Sheena is the author of the e-book “Candy Coated Marketing”. She writes a monthly ethical and social marketing column in Irish Marketing Journal, and is a regular broadcast contributor on programmes such as – Ireland AM, Newstalk Lunchtime, Global Village, The Right Hook and Tubridy – on ethical and youth/family issues.
Vincent Keenan – Elected May 2014
Vincent is Chief Executive of North and East Housing Association since 2014. North & East was incorporated in 1993 having been established by a small number of volunteers. Having been run as a small-scale, mainly voluntary organisation it is now a well-established housing provider with a proven track record in the delivery of high-quality homes, comprehensive housing management services and tenant supports. Vincent worked previously for Co-operative Housing Ireland (formally NABCO) for 12 years as Executive Director with responsibility for housing and community services. Vincent has 25 years’ experience in housing, homelessness, housing development, management and social and community service development. He has participated in negotiation of social partnership agreements and was appointed by the Minister of Housing to the National Homeless Consultative Committee on which he served 7 years. Vincent has also served as non-executive director on a number of not for profit organisations.
Peter McBride – elected in June 2017
Peter is the Chief Executive of Inspire which is one of the largest social enterprises on the island of Ireland, providing a range of community-based and workplace-based mental health, intellectual/learning disability services and addiction services North and South, as well as in Great Britain. He is a Trustee of the National Charity, BBC Children in Need, in which he chairs the Nomination Committee and the Grants Committee; and a Trustee of NICVA where he serves as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Resources and Audit Committee. Peter has also been involved for over 20 years in the Victims and Survivors Sector in Northern Ireland and has played a leading role in the development of leadership within civil society and its response to political and social progress in Northern Ireland. Peter is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster Bamford Centre for Mental Health and wellbeing.
Brendan O’Brien – Co-opted December 2016
Brendan is CEO with ThinkSmarter Analytics. With over 20 years’ experience in international sales and marketing, he has previously been EMEA MD with US digital marketing company Search Optics, Global Software Sales Director with Cisco based in California, CEO of ThinkSmart (acquired by Cisco) and held senior roles in Accenture and IBM. He has been a guest lecturer in UCD and International Universities and hold a BSc, an MSc, a PhD in Business and Adv Dip in International sales. Brendan is also a very active participant in outdoor sports and has served on various boards, both commercial and voluntary, including Chairperson of a National Sporting Governing body and founding board member of a US based Alzheimer’s charity.
Austin O’Sullivan – Elected in July 2012
Austin is Director of Resources with WALK – an organisation who are leaders in a movement for change, empowering people with disabilities to live self-determined lives in an equal and inclusive society. He previously worked as International Business Delivery Manager for EDS Technologies and as an Executive Officer in the Revenue Commissioners. Austin is chair of the Wheel Finance & Audit sub-committee and the National Federation for Voluntary Bodies Finance & Audit sub-committee. Austin is also chair of Citywest Educate Together National school.
Paul O’Sullivan – Co-opted in June 09, elected in July 12 & May 15.
Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Clann Credo, the social investment fund. He is also Chair of the Irish Charities Tax Research Group (ICTR). He previously worked as a public relations and industrial relations consultant with Gallagher & Kelly PR, heading up their Employee Relations Division. Before that he was an industrial relations negotiator and union organiser with SIPTU where he represented workers in all sectors of the economy, health services, local government, marine transport and civil aviation. He was the Chief Negotiator in the Civil Aviation sector from 1993 to 1998. He managed two EU trade union initiatives on training and financial participation. Paul has lectured regularly on employee relations at Trinity College.
Feedback to Our Board
The Wheel is eager to strengthen and develop channels of accountability between our members and the Board. To that end we are pleased to introduce our new Board Member Accountability Policy, which includes the following new provisions:
- The Board will report to members twice a year about progress being made in implementing The Wheel’s ‘Being the Change’ strategy.
- Members will be invited to provide their feedback directly to the Board (via a dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and at our member forums across the country).
- Feedback and comments received by the board will be recorded and reviewed annually by the board.
Download the full policy document here (PDF).
About Charity Trustees’ Week
Charity Trustees’ Week (13-17 November) is being organised by a steering committee consisting of the Charities Regulator, The Wheel, Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, the Carmichael Centre, Boardmatch Ireland and Volunteer Ireland. The aim of this initiative is to celebrate the role of charity trustees and raise awareness of the vital work done by the over 37,859 people who volunteer their time and expertise to direct, and are legally responsible for, the running of Ireland’s charities.
During Charity Trustees’ week we are challenging you to:
- Profile and thank your organisation’s trustees on social media. Please use the hashtag #TrusteesWeekIrl on Twitter and Facebook.
- Take part in one of the special Trustees’ Week events. We strongly encourage our members to attend the Charities Regulator’s event in Dublin this Wednesday evening from 19:00 to 21:00 at the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel. The Regulator will be demonstrating a new online learning tool for charity trustees at this event. Register here.
- Follow the Charities Regulator’s Charity Trustees’ Week page on LinkedIn for topical blogs and news.
For more information visit the Charities Regulator’s Website.