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Overview

We believe in effective, accountable and transparent governance. Trócaire is governed by our Company Members, Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team (ELT).

Trócaire is the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The charity was established as a Trust, governed by a Trust Deed. In November 2019 Trócaire was restructured from being a Trust to be a Company Limited by Guarantee. Trócaire’s company number is 661147 and our charity number is 20204842.

Trócaire (Northern Ireland) is a subsidiary of Trócaire. It is a registered charity in Northern Ireland with a Charity Commission Number 103321. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee with a company number NI021482.

The Company Members of Trócaire are appointed by the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference. There are seven Company Members, who are the custodians of Trócaire’s mission, ethos and values.

They appoint a Board of Directors consisting of up to 14 members. This independent board oversees strategy, structure and budgets. Our board members are volunteers. They are not remunerated for their work. They serve a maximum of two, three-year terms. This is to ensure skills and ideas are regularly refreshed.

Our Executive Leadership Team (ELT) manages Trócaire on a day-to-day basis. The ELT reports to both the Board of Directors and the Company Members. Led by CEO Caoimhe de Barra, there are six members of the ELT.

Governance

Executive Leadership

Trócaire’s six-person Executive Leadership Team (ELT) manages the organisation strategy and operations.

Caoimhe de Barra

CEO Trócaire

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Finola Finnan

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

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Seán Farrell

Director International Division

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Gwen Dempsey

Director of Fundraising & Marketing

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John Smith

Director of Public Engagement

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Dearbhla Fitzsimons

Director of Corporate Services

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Board of Directors

Trócaire’s voluntary independent board oversees strategy, structure and budgets.

Bishop William Crean (Chair)

Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop of Cloyne

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Rosemary McCreery

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

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Sr. Carmel Flynn

Board member

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Gerry Culligan

Board member and Chair of Funding & Public Engagement Committee

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Sandra Lawler

Board member and Funding & Public Engagement Committee Member

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Annette Honan

Board member and Funding & Public Engagement Committee member

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Harry Casey

Board member (Ex-officio)

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David Donoghue

Board member

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Emma Murray

Board Member

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Conall O’Caoimh

Board member

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Karen Dillon

Board Member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

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Matt Walsh

Board Member and Chair of OHR Committee and Nominations Committee Member

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Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Trustee of Trócaire and Board Member

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Company Members

The Company Members are the custodians of Trócaire’s mission and values

Archbishop Eamon Martin

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

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Trustee, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland

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Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Trustee, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

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Archbishop Michael Neary

Trustee, Archbishop of Tuam

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Bishop William Crean

Trustee and Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop of Cloyne

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Bishop Noel Treanor

Trustee, Bishop of Down and Connor

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Bishop Dermot Farrell

Trustee, Bishop of Ossory

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Caoimhe de Barra

Caoimhe de Barra

CEO Trócaire

Caoimhe was appointed Trócaire CEO in October 2018, twenty-one years after first joining the organisation. Her first role was as Campaigns Officer, later becoming Policy and Advocacy Coordinator. She moved to Mozambique in 2007 to take up the role of Assistant Regional Manager for Southern Africa with Trócaire. In 2011 she was appointed Director of Trócaire’s International Division. A fluent Irish speaker, Caoimhe is from Dublin and continues to live there with her husband, Carl, and two sons, Fionán and Ferdia. Caoimhe has a Masters in Development Studies from University College Dublin.

Finola Finnan

Finola Finnan

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

Finola joined Trócaire in 2005 as HIV Adviser. She served as Programme Lead for Gender Equality and HIV, later becoming Head of Development Programmes. In 2015, she was appointed the Director of Strategy, Programmes and Advocacy. She was 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
Seán Farrell

Seán Farrell

Director International Division

Seán joined Trócaire in 1999. He has worked in various roles, most recently spending eight years in Africa managing Trócaire’s programmes in 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. Prior to joining Trócaire, Seán spent seven years as a volunteer development worker in Romania and the Philippines.

Gwen Dempsey

Gwen Dempsey

Director of Fundraising & Marketing

Gwen joined Trócaire in 2016 as Director of Fundraising and Marketing. She has over 20 years’ experience with blue chip companies including ARYZTA, Bord Na Mona and Cadbury Trebor Bassett. Prior to joining Trócaire, Gwen worked with LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.

John Smith

John Smith

Director of Public Engagement

John began his career with Trócaire in September 2004 as Development Education Officer. He later managed both the Development Education and Campaigns teams before becoming Head of Outreach in 2014. He was appointed as Director of Public Engagement in 2017. In this role, John has oversight of our Church, Campaigns, Development Education and Communications teams.

Dearbhla Fitzsimons

Dearbhla Fitzsimons

Director of Corporate Services

Dearbhla was appointed Director of Corporate Services in May 2020. She joined Trócaire in 2011 as Head of Internal Audit and has been our Head of Standards and Compliance since 2018. Dearbhla is a dual qualified chartered accountant and internal auditor. She has a broad background in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, having previously worked in financial services, marketing and advertising, management consultancy, local and national government.

Bishop William Crean (Chair)

Bishop William Crean (Chair)

Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop of Cloyne

Bishop Crean of Cloyne Diocese heads up Trócaire’s Executive Board, which oversees the financial and operational management of the organisation. He was appointed Chair of Trócaire in June 2013.

Rosemary McCreery

Rosemary McCreery

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

Rosemary has worked in international development since the 1970s. She 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.

Sr. Carmel Flynn

Sr. Carmel Flynn

Board member

Sr. Carmel is a member of the Sacred Heart Congregation. She started her teaching career in Uganda. She later taught in Indonesia, 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.

Gerry Culligan

Gerry Culligan

Board member and Chair of Funding & Public Engagement Committee

Gerry Culligan is Commercial Director of Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail. He has over 25 years commercial and financial experience across a number of industries. Gerry has held senior roles with Aviva, Eircom and Mars Ireland. Gerry is a non-Executive Director of the Carmichael Centre, the largest shared services centre for not-for-profit organisations in Ireland.

Sandra Lawler

Sandra Lawler

Board member and Funding & Public Engagement Committee Member

Sandra is Founder Director of the Alternatives Group, providing marketing, digital and leadership talent solutions. Before setting up Alternatives, Sandra worked for well-known companies including Irish Distillers and Kerrygold.

Annette Honan

Annette Honan

Board member and Funding & Public Engagement Committee member

Annette was a post-primary teacher before becoming engaged in justice education full-time. She was Coordinator of Education and Campaigns with Trócaire between 1995 and 2002. Annette currently works as a consultant for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). She has responsibility for curriculum development in a range of subjects.

Harry Casey

Harry Casey

Board member (Ex-officio)

Harry worked for 18 years as a secondary teacher in St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, Co. Meath. He 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.
David Donoghue

David Donoghue

Board member

David was one of the Irish Government’s negotiators for the Good Friday Agreement. He also served as Irish Ambassador in Russia, Germany and Austria. From 2001-4 he was the Director General of Ireland’s development co-operation programme, today known as Irish Aid. As Political Director from 2009-13, he had responsibilityfor Ireland’s overall foreign policy. From 2013-17 Ambassador Donoghue was the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York. He served as co-facilitator (with Kenya) for the UN negotiations which led to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. He also served as co-facilitator (with Jordan) for the negotiations which produced the New York Declaration on large movements of refugees and migrants, adopted at a special summit in September 2016.

Emma Murray

Emma Murray

Board Member

Emma is an Associate Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). She holds the position of audit partner for businesses and charities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Emma has worked as part of the Assurance practice of PwC for almost 16 years. She also spent two years within Business Recovery Services.

Conall O’Caoimh

Conall O’Caoimh

Board member

Conall 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 has worked as a consultant to many Irish NGOs on planning, evaluation, policy and funding projects. He is a former Chair of the Debt and Development Coalition.

Karen Dillon

Karen Dillon

Board Member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Karen is a Chartered Accountant specialising in risk management and corporate governance. She is the Chief Risk Officer for AIB Merchant Services. She has previously worked with KPMG, AIB, and Ulster Bank. Karen is the Director of a Professional Diploma for the Institution of Chartered Accountants.

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh

Board Member and Chair of OHR Committee and Nominations Committee Member

Matt is Executive Director of Human Resources for Allergan in Ireland. He was previously Director of Corporate Affairs with Trócaire. Matt was Associate Director of HR with Pfizer BioPharma. He has also worked for companies including Aer Lingus, Xerox and Coca-Cola. Matt holds an MBA and an MSc in Human Resource Development and is a member of CIPD.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Trustee of Trócaire and Board Member

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly was ordained in June 1978. He became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in January 2015. He is a member of various bodies, including the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs.

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin

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

Archbishop 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.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Trustee, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was ordained in 1969. He became Archbishop of Dublin in April 2004. Archbishop Martin is Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Trustee, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly was ordained in June 1978. He became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in January 2015. He is a member of various bodies, including the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs.

Archbishop Michael Neary

Archbishop Michael Neary

Trustee, Archbishop of Tuam

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

Bishop William Crean

Bishop William Crean

Trustee and Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop of Cloyne

Bishop William Crean was ordained in 1976. He has been Chair of Trócaire since March 2013. He is also a member of the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs.

Bishop Noel Treanor

Bishop Noel Treanor

Trustee, Bishop of Down and Connor

Bishop Noel Treanor was ordained in 1976. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Adult Education. Prior to his ordination as Bishop of Down and Connor, Bishop Noel Treanor served as Secretary General of COMECE from 1989 to 2008.

Bishop Dermot Farrell

Bishop Dermot Farrell

Trustee, Bishop of Ossory

Dermot Farrell was conferred by the Pontifical University, Maynooth, with Licence in Theology in 1981. In 1988 he was awarded a Doctoral Degree from the Gregorian University in Rome. His appointment as Bishop of Ossory by Pope Francis was announced on 3rd January 2018. He is a former President of St. Patrick’s College.

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