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Trócaire's Trustees, Board and Management

The Trustees and Board are the custodians of Trócaire’s vision, mission and values; they approve strategy, structure, annual plans and budgets, and ensure the organisation is effective and accountable.

The Trustees appoint the Executive Director of Trócaire and have delegated a range of day-to-day decision-making powers to the Director and the Executive Leadership Team.

The Trustees of Trócaire are appointed by the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference. There are seven Trustees. They appoint a Board consisting of up to 14 members to advise and assist on the governance of Trócaire. 

Our Board members are not remunerated for their work.  They serve a maximum of two, three-year terms, to constantly refresh ideas and skills.

Trocáire Board

Bishop William Crean (Chair)

Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop of Cloyne 

Bishop William Crean was ordained in 1976. He was the Founder Director of Radio Kerry (Director 1990-2012), representing Ardfert Christian Media Trust, a joint shareholding by the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. He served as well for two years as Chairperson of ARENA (Adult Religious Education National Association) and is a member of the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs. He was on the national executive of the National Conference of Priests of Ireland for three years in the 1980s. Bishop Crean became Chairman of Trócaire in March 2013.

Éamonn Meehan

Executive Director Trócaire

eamonn meehanÉamonn Meehan first joined Trócaire staff in 1991 as Programme Manager for the Southern Africa Region. For five years in this role, he managed the day-to-day running of Trócaire’s work in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In 1996 he became Head of the International Division, responsible for Trócaire’s work overseas. In 2002, Éamonn was appointed Deputy Director and Head of Trócaire’s International Division. Éamonn was appointed Executive Director in October 2013.  

Rosemary McCreery

Board and IPAC Committee Member

rosemary mccreeryRosemary McCreery has worked in international development since the 1970s. She has worked with UNICEF in Togo, Madagascar, Indonesia, and Romania, and headed the office for Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. She has also served as Director of the Cambodia Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and as UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Resources Management. She retired from the UN in 2007 and has continued to work internationally in the field of child rights and child protection, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. She served for six years on the Board of the International Service for Human Rights, a Geneva-based NGO, the last three as Chair. She has recently been appointed as a lay member of the Mental Health Tribunals established under the 2001 Mental Health Act.

Sr. Carmel Flynn

Board Member

carmel flynnSr. Carmel is a member of the Sacred Heart Congregation from Co. Tipperary.  She started her teaching career in Uganda where she was Headmistress at two schools. After Uganda Sr. Carmel spent a year in Indonesia, again in formal education, including teaching in an Islamic university, before returning to Ireland in the late 1990s. Sr. Carmel chairs a committee in the Congregation which provides funding to development projects around the world. She is also the Congregation’s liaison with Misean Cara for programmes in Kenya and Uganda.

Chris Queenan

Board Member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

christopher queenanChris Queenan is a retired senior executive with global experience in banking and consumer finance. In his most recent role with GE Capital, Chris led the internal audit function which comprised 150 auditors across 12 countries covering consumer and commercial activities with assets of approximately $90bn. Chris had extensive and global governance experience on a number of audit committees internationally.  

 

Gerry Culligan

Board Member and Chair of Funding & Public Engagement Committee 

gerry culliganGerry Culligan is Commercial Director, Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail since January 2012 with responsibility for all matters relating to revenue and customer care. Gerry has over 25 years commercial and financial experience across a number of industries, holding senior Executive Director roles in financial services with Aviva, in communications with Eircom and in grocery with Mars Ireland. Gerry is a non-Executive Director of the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups which is the first and largest shared services centre for not-for-profit organisations in Ireland.  

Sandra Lawler

Board Member and Funding & Public Engagement Committee Member

sandra lawlorSandra Lawler is Founder Director of the Alternatives Group, a successful business that was set up in 2000 and provides marketing, digital and leadership talent solutions. Before setting up Alternatives, Sandra worked in a number of senior international marketing and strategic planning roles for a number of well-known brand companies including Irish Distillers and Kerrygold. 

 

Deirdre Kenny Rudden

Board Member and International Programmes Advisory Committee Member

deirdre kennyDeirdre Kenny Rudden is a former solicitor from Dublin. She has an MA in Theology from Mater Dei Institute. Her thesis is on “The Themes of Charity and Justice in the writings of Benedict XVI”. During her time as a solicitor she acted for a number of small charities. She helped various groups to gain charitable status. She has volunteered with SPIRASI at their Centre for the care of survivors of torture, and spent time with the Community Cenacolo, residential programme for people suffering from addiction, in one of their houses near Turin, Italy. 

Fiona Tierney

Board Member and Chair of Organisation & Human Resource Committee 

fiona tierneyFiona Tierney has held a number of senior management and consulting positions at well-known companies including Eircom, Hay Group, and Aer Lingus. She is currently the CEO of the Public Appointments Service.

 

Harry Casey

Board Member (Ex-officio)

harry caseyHarry Casey worked for 18 years as a secondary teacher in St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, Co. Meath and also served as diocesan adviser for post primary catechetics in the diocese of Meath.  He is currently Executive Administrator of the Commissions and Agencies of the Irish Episcopal Conference.  

 

Monica McWilliams

Board Member

monica mcwilliamsMonica McWilliams is Professor of Women’s Studies based at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster and is currently an Oversight Commissioner for Prison Reform in Northern Ireland. She co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, a cross community political party and was the Coalition’s negotiator at the multi-party peace talks in Northern Ireland. She is a signatory of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and was an elected member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly from 1998 to 2003. Monica has also served as the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. 

Conall O’Caoimh

Board Member and Chair of International Programmes Advisory Committee (IPAC)

conall ocaoimhConall O'Caoimh is the founder of Value Added in Africa (VAA), an Irish registered charity. VAA's mission is to build a channel into European markets for African-made goods.  
Conall previously worked as a consultant to many Irish NGOs on projects relating to strategic planning, project evaluation, policy and funding.  He has also been the Chair of the Debt and Development Coalition, Policy Officer at Comhlamh, and EU Presidency Officer at Dóchas. 

 


Trócaire Trustees

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Chairman of Trustees of Trócaire, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

eamon martinArchbishop Eamon Martin was ordained a priest for the diocese of Derry in 1987.  He became Archbishop of Armagh in September 2014. Archbishop Martin is President of the Bishops’ Conference, Member of the Commission for Planning, Communications and Resources, Chair of the Council for Communications, co-chair (ad interim) Council for Marriage and the Family, Chair of the Joint Council for Religious of the IEC and CORI, Member of the Coimirce Liaison Committee with National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. 

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Trustee, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland

diarmuid martinArchbishop Diarmuid Martin was ordained in 1969. In March 2001 he was made an Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio undertaking responsibilities as Permanent Observer of the Holy See in Geneva, at the United Nations Office and Specialised Agencies and at the World Trade Organisation. He became Archbishop of Dublin in April 2004. Archbishop Martin is Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference, Member of Standing Committee, Chair of Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs, Member of the Council for Religious and the Joint Council for Religious of the Irish Episcopal Conference and CORI, Chairman of Council for European Affairs; co-chair (ad interim) Council for Marriage and the Family. 

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Trustee, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

kieran oreillyArchbishop Kieran O’Reilly was ordained in  June 1978. He became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in January 2015. Archbishop O’Reilly is Episcopal Secretary, Member of the Standing Committee, member of the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs, Member of the Episcopal Commission for Planning, Communications and Resources, Chairman of the Council for Research and Development, Chairman of the Council for Missions, Member of the Council for Communications.

Archbishop Michael Neary

Trustee, Archbishop of Tuam

michael nearyArchbishop Michael Neary was ordained in 1971. He became Archbishop of Tuam in January 1995. Archbishop Neary is a member of the Standing Committee, Member of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education and Formation, Chairman of the Council for Doctrine, Chairman of the Theological Committee.

 

Bishop John Kirby

Trustee, Bishop of Clonfert

john kirbyBishop John Kirby was ordained in 1963 He became Bishop of Clonfert in April 1988 and was chair of the Trócaire Board from 1993-2013. He is a member of Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs, Member of Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care, Chairman of the Council for Emigrants.

 

Bishop William Crean 

Trustee and Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop of Cloyne 

william creanBishop William Crean was ordained in 1976. He was the Founder Director of Radio Kerry (Director 1990-2012), representing Ardfert Christian Media Trust, a joint shareholding by the Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. He served as well for two years as Chairperson of ARENA (Adult Religious Education National Association) and is a member of the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs. He was on the national executive of the National Conference of Priests of Ireland for three years in the 1980s. Bishop Crean became Chairman of Trócaire in March 2013.

 

 


Trócaire's Senior Management

Éamonn Meehan

Executive Director Trócaire

eamonn meehan

Éamonn Meehan first joined Trócaire staff in 1991 as Programme Manager for the Southern Africa Region. For five years in this role, he managed the day-to-day running of Trócaire’s work in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In 1996 he became Head of the International Division, responsible for Trócaire’s work overseas. In 2002, Éamonn was appointed Deputy Director and Head of Trócaire’s Ireland Division with responsibility for fundraising, communications, development education, and advocacy.  Éamonn became Executive Director of Trócaire in October 2013.

Finola Finnan

Deputy Director of Trócaire and Director of Strategy, Programmes and Advocacy

finola finnanFinola Finnan joined Trócaire in 2005 as a HIV Adviser and served as the Programme Lead for Gender Equality and HIV and subsequently became the Head of Development Programmes. In 2015, she was appointed the Director of Strategy, Programmes and Advocacy, heading a new Directorate that aims to forge closer links between impact, programme quality and policy influencing. She was also appointed Deputy Executive Director in 2015. Prior to joining Trócaire, Finola worked in Oxfam Ireland, Irish Aid and Trinity College Dublin on health strategy, policy and research.

Sean Farrell

Director International Division

sean farrellSeán Farrell has been with Trócaire since 1999 and has worked in a number of roles across the organisation, most recently spending eight years in Africa managing the Trócaire country programmes in both Uganda and Zimbabwe. He has also managed Trócaire’s education and campaigning work as well as the Trócaire Lenten Campaign. He was appointed Director of the International Division for Trócaire in 2015 with responsibility for Trócaire’s development and humanitarian work overseas. Prior to joining Trócaire, Seán spent seven years as a volunteer development worker in both Romania and the Philippines. 

Joseph Shannon

Director of Human Resources, Learning & Development

joseph shannonJoseph Shannon joined Trócaire in April 2006 as Human Resources Partner to the International Division. He was appointed to the role of Head of Human Resources, Learning & Development in 2008. Joseph is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD), graduate of National College of Ireland in Human Resource Management and holds qualifications in mediation.

Gwen Dempsey

Director of Fundraising & Marketing

gwen dempseyGwen Dempsey joined Trócaire in 2016 as Director of Fundraising and Marketing. Gwen has over 20 years’ experience in multiple industries with blue chip companies including ARYZTA, Bord Na Mona, and Cadbury Trebor Bassett. Prior to joining Trócaire Gwen worked in LauraLynn, Ireland's Children's Hospice, to develop its brand, marketing and communications programmes. 

John Smith

Director of Public Engagement

john smithJohn began his career with Trócaire in September 2004, as a Development Education Officer. He later served as Development Education Coordinator and then as Campaigns Coordinator before becoming Head of Outreach in 2014. John was appointed as Director of Public Engagement in 2017, overseeing Trócaire’s communications and advocacy campaigns, as well as its outreach work with schools and church.