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Justin Kilcullen
Chairperson
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 Catholic 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).
Fr Brendan Carr
Vice-Chairperson
Brendan Carr is a member of the Spiritan Congregation. He 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. Returning to Ireland he ministered as pastor in a Dublin parish. He served on the leadership team of his Province in Ireland for 6 years and was part-time chaplain at Mountjoy prison. Brendan is a Board member of the Immigrant and Asylum-seeker Support Service (Spirasi). He has a degree in Geography, Political Science and Philosophy from UCD, a BA degree in Theology from Kimmage/Maynooth and a Master’s in Mission Theology from GTU Berkeley, California.
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.
Dr Pauline Faughnan
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.
Kevin Carroll
Director
Kevin has worked in international development for almost 30 years, of which almost 11 years was spent in five postings overseas. This includes work at management level in both the Irish Aid programme and the NGO sector, as well as on a consultancy basis, in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia. He has also lectured in development studies on a part-time basis at University College Dublin. A secondary teacher by profession, he subsequently went on to specialise in good governance through post-graduate research and his work in the Irish Aid programme. He also has expertise in aid management, policy development and evaluation. He retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in April 2014 and has continued to undertake occasional consultancy work with the Department, as well as with other organisations. He is also a Board Member of the Irish Jesuit Missions and Plan International Ireland.
Fr. David Kenneally SSC
Director
FR. David Kenneally is a member of the Missionary Society of St Columban. He has spent 16 years in Pakistan where he worked in a variety of parish-based ministries. His involvement with human rights led to the development of a transition camp for those who were freed from bonded labour. He re-developed the childhood vaccination programme of Unicef for minorities and invigorated the Tuberculosis Treatment Programme. This experience in capacity building led him to respond to major natural events such as famine relief, drought and flooding. On returning to Ireland he has worked as Regional Bursar and the change needed for the new Charity Law. David has also served on a number of boards. He has a Bachelor of Divinity from Maynooth University and a Diploma in Financial Management from the ACCA. His passion is Critical Incident Stress Management and he trains volunteers in this area. A trained counsellor, David enjoys a decent hike on the mountains to switch off.
Charlie Lamson
Director
Charlie Lamson joined the Misean Cara Board in November 2020, bringing over 20 years of experience as a not-for-profit leader and fundraising professional in the US and Ireland. He served most recently as CEO of Sightsavers Ireland, where he developed and implemented a multi-year strategic plan and provided executive oversight of individual and major giving campaigns, financial management, organisational governance, and public engagement and communications for the organisation. While in this role he also represented Sightsavers as a sitting Board member of Dóchas—the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. His previous positions have included a role as Director of Development at Dublin City University Educational Trust, Head of Development for Front Line Defenders, and Corporate Campaigns Manager for Children’s Hospital Boston. Charlie is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a Master of Arts degree in International Economics/ Social & Economic Development in Eastern Europe. His experience in the international development sector also includes a posting with the United States Peace Corps as a Volunteer English Teacher in Pleven, Bulgaria from 1993-1995, and a role at The American University in Bulgaria directing fundraising grants and contract programmes. He is a dual US and Irish citizen and has lived in Ireland since 2005.
Marie Mulvey
Director
Marie Mulvey is a Strategic Human Resources professional with extensive experience in industries such as Financial Services, Technology, Clinical Research, Utilities and Retail & Property. With more than 20 years in her field, Marie brings valuable Human Resources expertise to the Misean Cara Board in the areas of Employee Engagement and Relations, Performance Management, Project Management, Organisational Change and Development, and Employment Law. In her current role as an independent HR Consultant, Marie provides HR expertise and solutions for organisations. Previously, as Group HR Director at Irish Estate Agent Network Sherry FitzGerald, Marie was responsible for the organisation’s Group People Strategy, Group Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, and Leadership and Employee Experience initiatives. She has also served as the Head of HR Consultancy with Ulster Bank, and has held HR roles with Primark Stores Ltd, SSE Plc, Airtricity, Norkom Technologies & ICON Clinical Research. Marie holds a BA in Human Resources Management from the National College of Ireland, a Certificate in Personnel Practice (CIPD) from Tallaght Institute of Technology and a Diploma in Personal, Executive & Leadership Coaching with Kingstown College. Marie joined the Misean Cara Board in November 2020.