OUR BOARD

William Earley (Chair)

William practised as a solicitor in the field of company and commercial law in Dublin for nearly 40 years, 32 of them as a partner in McCann FitzGerald.  He founded the firm’s London office in 1986 and was head partner there until 1990.  He served as Managing Partner of the firm from 1993 to 1997.

He has during his career advised some of Ireland’s leading businesses and cultural institutions at board level.
With a career-long interest in intellectual property and information technology he founded the firm’s Technology and Innovation Group in 1997 and served as partner (and latterly consultant) in that Group until his retirement in March 2012.

William now concentrates on serving as director or in other advisory roles in the areas of technology, the arts and the voluntary sector, with an emphasis on contributing his experience to improving corporate governance. He also likes to leave time for music (especially opera), theatre, golf, travel and the study of art history.

Director’s interests:

– Common Purpose (Ireland) Limited (04/03/1996 – present)
– The British Fund for the National Gallery of Ireland Limited (UK) (28/08/2002 – present)
– SCI Earley (27/04/2005 – present)
– Errigal Management Company Limited (03/12/2012 – present)
– Rough Magic Limited (31/01/2013 – present)

Date of appointment: 6th June 2012

Gerard Keating (Company Secretary)

Gerry is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and a Chartered Member of CIPD (Chartered MCIPD).

He has worked in Professional Services Practice continuously since 1976. His managerial experience includes Auditing and Accounting, Professional Education, Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility.

In his current role as Director at Deloitte his focus is mainly on Corporate Social Responsibility and Professional Education and to a lesser extent on Human Resources.

Gerard is a member of the Education, Training and Life Long Learning Board at Chartered Accountants Ireland. His interest in and commitment to the wider community is reflected in his membership of the Board of Directors of Volunteer Ireland (Volunteering Ireland Limited).

Date of appointment: 8th May 2012

Dr. Margaret Rogers

Dr Margaret Rogers has worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 25 years. She is currently Head of Visitation, Youth and Member Development with the Society of St Vincent de Paul. She has previously held a variety of post with Barnardos, and has worked as child, youth and vulnerable adult welfare adviser, as well as an early years and organisational development consultant, researcher, trainer and professional supervisor with a range of voluntary and public sector organisations.

Date of appointment: 11th February 2013

Carmel Murphy

Carmel Murphy is a senior HR professional with over 15 years leadership and management experience gained in dynamic, commercial environments.  Currently, HR Director with Arnotts with overall responsibility for developing the people strategy for the business and for managing the HR, Learning & Development and Compensation and Benefit Functions.  Carmel recently qualified with a coaching diploma and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Carmel holds a B.Comm from UCC and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD. Carmel started her career when she joined Dunnes Stores on their Trainee Management Programme.  Having spent a number of years as a HR Manager within various stores in the organisation, she eventually held the position of Group Head of Employee Relations.

Carmel is a Director of the Arnotts Pension Fund and a non-Executive Director of Health Action Overseas, a charity that works with adults with intellectual disabilities in Romania.

Date of appointment: 9th February 2016 

Francis Kehoe

Francis is a Chartered Management Accountant and brings with him a range of experience in finance related appointments. In his current role as the Finance Officer for the Communications and Information Services he has budgetary responsibility for IT expenditure across the entire spectrum of the Defence Forces operations including Naval Service, Army and Air Corps.

Since being awarded a Cadetship in 1997, Francis has completed a Diploma in Leadership Studies, B COMM, MBS Strategic Procurement DCU and MSc Strategic Management Accounting, Smurfit Business School. He has served in operational appointments on overseas duty in Liberia and Kosovo.  In 2013, he was promoted to Commandant.

Date of appointment: 12th April 2016

Edwina Dewart

Edwina is the Manager of Dublin City Volunteer Centre, which was established in 2014 from a merger of Dublin City North and Dublin City South Volunteer Centre. She has over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in a variety of contexts and settings. Prior to working in volunteer centres she worked in refugee camps in Ethiopia. She also serves on the board of Serve the City Ireland.

On a personal, as well as professional, level Edwina is very interested in the theme of flourishing communities and societies. Her third level qualifications include European Studies, Globalisation, Transformational Leadership and Governance. With a very active toddler she and her husband can just about remember what leisure time was!

Date of appointment: 12th April 2016

Barbara Kilbride

Barbara Kilbride is the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at St Francis Hospice Dublin.  She manages the 300+ volunteers across both the Raheny and Blanchardstown Hospices.  Barbara has extensive experience in volunteer & event management. From working with Irish charities Fighting Blindness, Special Olympics Ireland, Make-A-Wish Ireland and further afield with Oxfam Australia.  Barbara has always been passionate about volunteering and is an active volunteer herself.

I’m delighted to be appointed to the Volunteer Ireland Board. Volunteer Ireland has always given me, as a volunteer coordinator the guidance, training and support that is needed to manage large groups of volunteers. They are my go-to organisation for best practice in volunteer management. I’m honoured to sit on the board and I hope to give something back to this fantastic organisation.

Date of appointment: 10th April 2018

Sarah Harte

Sarah Harte is currently EMEA Communications Manager at Twitter, where she is responsible for Twitter’s consumer and product communications across the region. With over a decade of experience in PR, communications and marketing, Sarah has worked with a range of organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sector. Prior to her current role, Sarah worked in DHR Communications as an Account Director and lectured on the MA in Journalism and Public Relations course at Griffith College Dublin.

Sarah has also previously worked with the international development NGO, Plan Ireland, and with Business in the Community Ireland. Sarah has lived in Germany and Belgium, where she began her career with Tourism Ireland in Brussels, as part of the IBEC Export Orientation Programme (EOP). Sarah holds a BA in International Business and Languages (French and German) from Dublin City University, a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing Practice from the Marketing Institute of Ireland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations from the Fitzwilliam Institute. Sarah is a full member of the PRII and a member of the PRII National Council’s Sub-Committee on Education.

In her personal time, Sarah has volunteered for the ISPCC Childline service, after school homework club projects, food banks, theatre and arts organisations, and is currently an ALONE befriending volunteer and a mentor in the DCU MSc Strategic Communications Mentoring programme. At Twitter, Sarah is actively involved in the @TwitterOpen (LGBTQ group) and @TwitterWomen group, including CWIT (Connecting Women In Technology) which aims to support the development of women working in STEM. Follow her on Twitter @hartesarah.

Date of appointment: 12th June 2018

Donncha Foley

Donncha Foley is Development Manager with Galway Volunteer Centre.  He has worked in the community sector since 2000, initially working with Sonas (an EU Equal initiative providing support to asylum seekers) in Wexford, The Wheel, and Galway Traveller Movement before joining Galway Volunteer Centre in 2006.  Donncha has academic qualifications in Communication Studies (DCU) and Local and Regional Development (DIT).

Donncha’s key interest from a professional and personal level is developing greater connections at a community level for individuals and groups to collaborate on actions to address the drastic challenges faced by future generations globally and locally. With a young daughter and son, he feels he is doing this partly out of selfish interest!

Date of appointment: 13th November 2018