Sheila Nordon is Executive Director of ICTR, a leadership organisation working on behalf of charities to enhance the conditions for a vibrant and independent charity sector in Ireland that commands public confidence. ICTR has been closely involved at all stages of the development of the Charities Act 2009 and have been commissioned by the Department of Justice and Equality to implement The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising, a set of overarching principles and guidelines for fundraising in Ireland. The guiding principles seek to help charities that fundraise from the public, take the lead and apply the highest possible standards.
In addition to serving as Executive Director of ICTR, a role that she has been in for over 13 years, Sheila has more than 15 years’ experience working for the community and voluntary sector in Ireland. Sheila also serves on the boards of Philanthropy Ireland, the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups and the Social Finance Foundation. Sheila previously served on the board of the Development Studies Centre, Kimmage and INKEx (Irish Non-profits Knowledge Exchange). She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading and an MBA from the University of Ulster.
Aidan Barry retired as Chief Executive Officer of the South Western Regional Fisheries Board in 2010 a position in which he had served for 22 Years. Previously he was a civil servant in the Departments of the Marine, Finance and Agriculture. He has extensive experience in environmental, community and voluntary sector organization. He has served on a range of National think tanks, policy formulation bodies, legislative reviews and task forces on specific issues, including the National Fisheries Management Executive, the National Fisheries Liaison group and the Sea Trout Review Group.He served as a Director of the Tralee Bay Oyster Society and on the Operational Committee of the South West Regional Authority.
He currently serves as a Director and Secretary of Work Start West Cork Ltd a company which delivers the Employability service to those of varying abilities (sometimes referred to as disabilities) within that region. He is a graduate of University College Dublin in Agricultural Science and is currently completing a Masters in Philosophy in University College Cork. Originally from the county he is a committed supporter of Cavan GAA which is an indicator of his steadfastness, loyalty and optimism.
Mary Brennan – a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years’ international business experience who has operated in international financial roles reviewing business operations for companies quoted on the ISEQ, AMEX and NASDAQ. Has a particular depth of experience working with Audit Committees of Boards in both the private and public sectors in Ireland over the last 10 years. An independent non-executive director who has established and chaired audit committees for a number of companies and on a voluntary basis serves on the audit committee of Chartered Accountants Ireland. Current directorships include:
- BNP Paribas Ireland – Private Unlimited Irish Holding Company,
- Darnell Limited – Main Life Reinsurance Subsidiary of BNP Paribas S.A BNP Paribas
- Vartry Reinsurance Limited – Non-Life Reinsurance Subsidiary
- Atradius Reinsurance Limited –Trade Credit Reinsurer of the Atradius Group
Éilish Finan is a Chartered Director and a Chartered Accountant with 26 years experience in the Financial Services industry. Éilish is an experienced Board Director & Board Chairman. Her portfolio of board memberships is varied and includes: JP Morgan Bank Ireland, New Ireland Assurance Company, MetLife Europe, Social Finance Foundation. She also serves on the boards of a number of companies with diverse and international asset management activities. Éilish served a 4 year term on the Board of National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) from 2009-2013. Éilish spent 17+ years as an Executive Director & CFO with AIG Global Investments, where she assumed global responsibility for a variety of regulated businesses operating over multiple asset classes and multiple jurisdictions. In her earlier career, Éilish worked with KPMG as a Chartered Accountant. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and carries an Electronic Engineering Degree & a BA in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the UCD Smurfit Business School. She holds a Diploma in Company Direction and was awarded the Chartered Director designation from the Institute of Directors in the UK. She holds the designation of Certified Bank Director issued by The Institute of Banking in Ireland.
Garrett Greene is from Ennis in County Clare and his experience traverses the public and private sectors with institutes of third level education, SMEs, multinationals, regulators and government departments.
A qualified Barrister, Garrett works with the International Office of Limerick Institute of Technology and has tutored public and private laws subjects at the School of Law at the University of Limerick where he also assisted with teaching activities at the Department of Politics & Public Administration.
He worked with TTM Healthcare for many years as it grew from small local medical recruitment business to award-winning, ISO-approved, international healthcare services company. At GE Financial Assurance, he worked for more than 5 years in change management roles and managing customer relations.
His career began at the Dept. of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, (now Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation), where he spent more than 6 years as an Executive Officer, providing research and administrative supports at The Competition Authority and the European Social Fund Division.
Deirdre Kiely is a very experienced accountant, auditor and business adviser with over 30 years’ experience in private practice working with corporates and public interest entities. She was a partner and head of the Audit, Advisory and Assurance department at RSM Farrell Grant Sparks prior to establishing her own accountancy and advisory firm at the start of 2015. She had many years’ experience as a nonexecutive director of companies mainly in the not for profit sector. Deirdre has a part-time role as acting Finance Director with the Children’s Charity Barnardos having previously chaired its Audit Committee and served as a board member. She was on a working group of the Charities Regulatory Authority involved in the drafting of the Charity Accounting and Reporting Regulations. She was recently appointed to the Charities Appeals Tribunal.
Deirdre is a board member of the Social Finance Foundation and is chair of the audit committee. She is also a non- executive director of the Cork Fertility Clinic, a privately owned Irish company, leading the field in fertility treatment and genetics. Deirdre is Vice President and a council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.
She is a fellow of both the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has significant expertise in auditing and financial reporting and was chair of the Auditing Practices Committee and a member of the Financial Reporting Committee at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. She regularly contributes technical articles to accountancy publications and has lectured widely on accounting and auditing.
She is a qualified Barrister and accredited mediator. She is a Qualified Financial Advisor and member of the Life Insurance Association. She holds an honors degree and masters in law from University College Cork
Pádraig Ó’Ruairc is currently the Business Development and Change Manager of the LocalLink Transport Coordination Units at the National Transport Authority. LocalLink is a community based social and Demand Responsive Transport operation working to reduce social exclusion especially for the elderly and people with disabilities in rural Ireland.
He has over twenty years’ experience in the Logistics, Transport and Development sectors. He has held senior positions in Ireland and overseas in countries like Ethiopia, Balkans, Zimbabwe and North Korea. Additionally he has worked on short assignments in East Timor, Liberia, Uganda and Bangladesh. Roles included Country Directorates, Logistics and Operations Management and Humanitarian Response. He has worked across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Pádraig has qualifications in Management, Sales and Development and Mechanics. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport since 1996.
Working with the Rural Transport Programme he has seen the development of the programme under Pobal managing 36 community based companies and the transfer of management responsibility to the National Transport Authority. His passion is to maintain the programmes ethos and its work towards reducing social exclusion he has worked in this area for over seven years. In 2012 he was appointed to the National Integrated Transport Committee by the then Minister of Transport. This role involved working with key state agencies and Government Departments to find integrated, efficient and cost saving solutions to community and social transport in Ireland.
In his spare time he helps out at the local community bingo and is a Non-Executive Director of the charity Vita.
Pádraig, his wife and two sons live in North Kildare.