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Lucy Franks
Chairperson
Lucy was elected Chair of the Board of Misean Cara in 2015, and has volunteered with Misean Cara since 2012 when she joined the Governance Committee and thereafter the Board in 2014. She is a Human Resources Director with over twenty years’ experience working in the private sector in business operations, corporate governance, strategic planning and HR. She has held positions at eir, Citi, FirstGroup plc and the UK National Theatre. Lucy is a Chartered Banker and Member of the Institute of Directors. She is a strong supporter of the community based long-term development interventions which underpin the missionary approach to development.
Fr Brendan Carr
Vice-Chairperson
Brendan Carr is a recent member of the Spiritan Provincial Leadership Team in Ireland, acting chair of the Immigrant and Asylum-seeker Support Service and part-time chaplaincy at Mountjoy prison. Brendan has a degree in Geography, Political Science and Philosophy from UCD, a degree in Theology from Kimmage/Maynooth and has studied Mission Theology at GTU Berkely, California. Brendan previously spent 17 years assigned to Angola, Southern Africa where he worked in pastoral and community development, director of a pastoral adult faith development centre, director of a minor seminary and area co-ordinator for relief of displaced persons during the civil war.
Pauline Conway
Director
Pauline joined the Board of Misean Cara in mid-2013. She is a retired career diplomat, having spent 30 years working for Ireland with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She worked on global development issues for most of her career, including 13 years based in Africa, where she served as Head of Mission in Ireland's Embassies in Ethiopia and Tanzania. She also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lesotho. Her first overseas posting was at Ireland's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Pauline is strongly committed to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and takes an active interest in climate change and migration issues. She holds a BA degree in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin.
Justin Kilcullen
Director
Justin Kilcullen served for twenty years as CEO of Trócaire. While in Trócaire he also served as Africa programme officer, and Coordinator of the Trócaire led CIDSE consortium for Indo-China, including a four year posting in Laos. .Justin left Trocaire in 2013 and retrained as an Executive and Business Coach. He mentors senior managers in the not –for –profit sector, both in Ireland and internationally. Justin has played an important role in international development NGO affairs. He was president of CIDSE, the international working group of Cattholic development agencies, a founding member and president of Concord and Co-Chair of the Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness, of which he is currently the European Representative. Justin joined the Misean Cara board in 2015. He is also Chair of Social Justice Ireland, and a board member of a number of other voluntary organisations. He is Convenor of SAGE - Shankill Action for a Green Earth, an ecumenical community initiative to counter climate change. Born in Dublin, Justin graduated from UCD in architecture. He worked in Tanzania, designing low cost housing, in Belfast working on inner city social housing, and for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, constructing refugee camps in Cambodia. He was awarded the International Union of Architects medal for the promotion of human settlements (2002).
Sr. Elizabeth (Liz) Fletcher
Director
Since 2015 Sr Elizabeth (Liz) Fletcher of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy has brought her experience both as a healthcare professional and as a development practitioner to the Board of Misean Cara and to the Governance Committee on which she serves. After a successful career in the Irish healthcare sector, Liz sought new horizons and began her development journey in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where under the auspices of an NGO she worked with Rwandan refugees. After a term in leadership at home in Ireland, Liz moved to Kenya for ten years where she honed her skills in management, communications and administration and gained further leadership experience in a different cultural setting. Liz continues to advocate for a holistic approach to healthcare particularly for those on the margins of society. Her work as a Spiritual Adviser is enhanced by her membership of Spiritual Directors International.
Colin Wrafter
Director
Colin has been a member of the Board since December 2016 and chair of its Governance Committee since June 2017. A retired Irish diplomat, he has served as Director of the Human Rights Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as Ambassador to South Africa and Zimbabwe and as Development Counsellor at the Irish Mission to the United Nations In New York. He is the honorary secretary of the Royal Irish Academy's standing committee on international affairs. His twitter handle is @wrafter_colin.
Karen Herbert
Director
Karen Herbert joined the Misean Cara Board of Directors in 2016 and is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee. A Chartered Accountant, Karen has over 20 years' international leadership experience in banking, accounting and consultancy. A former Partner with Deloitte and Touche and Senior Manager with US Bank Citi, she currently is the Head of Group Conduct Strategy and Governance with Allied Irish Banks. Karen has significant experience in auditing, risk management and conduct risk, and also has experience working with humanitarian NGOs throughout her career.
Michael Headen
Director
Michael joined the Misean Cara board in mid-2017 and is also a member of the Audit Committee. Michael worked for the Irish Export Board and subsequently joined Bank of America followed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - a division of the World Bank. His career was mainly in Africa and Asia developing and managing commercial projects and SME-development grant programs for the World Bank and other development institutions. He has lived in, or completed assignments in, twenty two countries throughout Africa and Asia. Michael strongly believes in the potential of the Irish missionary network to deliver cost-effective development projects that bring long-term positive outcomes for local communities.
Pauline Faughan
Director
Dr Pauline Faughnan has a strong background in social policy and evaluation research, working with the voluntary, community development and third level sectors over the years. She has published research in a wide range of fields including disability, refugees and asylum seekers, girl's education and participatory research methodologies. Her work in University College Dublin involved establishing a Programme of Applied Research in the Social Science Research Centre; research development with the Equality Studies Centre; and co-ordinating the UCD Egalitarian World Initiative in the School of Social Justice. Pauline has served on a large number of policy oriented Government appointed Boards, Committees and Task Forces. In recent years, on a volunteer basis, she has spent time in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Uganda, undertaking research with development organisations locally. Pauline was elected to the Board of Misean Cara in 2017.
Sr. Jospehine (Jo) McCarthy
Director
Sr. Josephine (Jo) McCarthy is a Presentation Sister with a background in education who spent over twenty years on mission in Ecuador and Peru, working in the area of community development. She is one of the co-ordinators of the Global Education Experience project - providing teachers and students in Presentation schools with an opportunity to engage with communities in the developing world by way of an immersion experience in India and Zambia. She is a founding member and Board Director of the Cork Alliance Centre providing support for young people on release from prison, and is also on the Board of Churchfield Community Trust, an education and training centre for young offenders. She currently co-ordinates a Drop-in Centre for immigrants in Cork city, and is passionate about the need to bring about change in the Direct Provision system, especially the injustice of the conditions for women and children.
Larry O'Loughlin
Director
Larry O'Loughlin recently retired from Teagasc after 41 years where he held a variety of roles, most recently as Regional Manager for Advisory and Education Services. He also has a long history of volunteering in the not for profit sector. He chaired the Board of Vita for a number of years and has also served on the Advisory Board of Ireland Aid, and the Board of Self Help Development. We know him well in Misean Cara from his service on our Projects Oversight Committee. He is also a former President of the Agricultural Science Association. Larry has considerable experience in evaluating agriculture and livelihoods projects in East and Southern Africa and recently was in Ethiopia working on a pilot programme for knowledge transfer between small farmers.