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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. Led by CEO Caoimhe de Barra, there are six members of the ELT. The CEO reports to both the Board of Directors and the Company Members.

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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Gwen Dempsey

Director of Fundraising & Marketing

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Sorcha Fennell

Director of International

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John Smith

Director of Public Engagement

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Dearbhla Fitzsimons

Director of Corporate Services

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Trócaire Board

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 Deputy 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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David Donoghue

Board member

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Emma Murray

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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Dr. Margaret A. Rugadya

Board member

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Bishop Fintan Monahan

Bishop of Killaloe

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Melissa Bosch

Board Member and OHR Committee Member

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Toyosi Odukoya

Board Apprentice

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Board of Directors (NI)

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

Karen Gallagher

Chair

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Tiarnán O'Neill

Director

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Martin O’Brien

Director

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Dr M. Satish Kumar

Director

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Sr. Carmel Flynn

Director & Member (Board member of Trócaire HQ)

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Company Members

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

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Chairman of Company Members of Trócaire, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

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Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Archbishop of Dublin

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Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

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Bishop William Crean

Bishop of Cloyne and Chair of the Trócaire Board of Directors

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Bishop Noel Treanor

Bishop of Down and Connor

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Archbishop Francis Duffy

Archbishop of Tuam

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Bishop Alan McGuckian

Bishop of Raphoe

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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
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.

Sorcha Fennell

Sorcha Fennell

Director of International

Sorcha joined Trócaire in 1998. She has held a wide range of roles in the organisation and has spent 16 years working overseas in Latin America and Africa. Since returning to Ireland in 2013, Sorcha has worked as a Regional Manager for Trócaire’s work in Central, West and Southern Africa and more recently as Head of Strategic Projects. She was appointed Director of International Operations in April 2021.

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 Deputy 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.

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.

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.

Dr. Margaret A. Rugadya

Dr. Margaret A. Rugadya

Board member

Dr. Margaret A. Rugadya is a development economist, rights activist, grantmaker, and researcher, with over 20 years of recognised contributions to land tenure, resource governance, and gender equity in East and West Africa. Margaret holds a PhD (Economics and Governance) specialising in Public Policy Analysis from Maastricht University. She is currently the Africa Region Director for Landesa, a member of the Africa Land Advisory Group, and a board member of the Tenure Facility Fund, coordinating the Africa region.

Bishop Fintan Monahan

Bishop Fintan Monahan

Bishop of Killaloe

Bishop Fintan Monahan was ordained in June 1991. He taught at Saint Jarlath’s College in Tuam from 1993-2006. He became Bishop of Killaloe in September 2016. He is a member of various bodies, including the Communications Council of the Irish Episcopal Conference.

Melissa Bosch

Melissa Bosch

Board Member and OHR Committee Member

Melissa Bosch – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist and DE&I Country Lead EY Ireland.

Melissa is an award-winning diversity, equity and inclusion strategist and leadership consultant. Through behavioural and culture change programmes she has successfully embedded equitable practices. She positively influences the systems and interactions that support unlocking individual, community and organisational potential by striving for equity, inclusion and belonging.

Her ethos is seeded in the African philosophy of Ubuntu – the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity – and the belief that incredible things happen when people feel seen, connected, valued, empowered, and involved.

Toyosi Odukoya

Toyosi Odukoya

Board Apprentice

Toyosi Odukoya is a strategy, innovation, and digital transformation leader with experience applying insights and analytics to ensure organizations harness their competitive advantage to drive growth and impact. She has a strong track record of successfully developing, launching, and scaling business transformation functions in the Telecommunications, FMCG, and  Non-for-Profit sectors.

She currently leads Business Intelligence Operations for the Mastercard Foundation across Africa and Canada. Prior to her current role, Toyosi was Digital Transformation Director for Coca-Cola, West & Central Africa and previously worked as Senior Manager, Business Intelligence for MTN Nigeria.

Toyosi is an advocate for women and youth empowerment, and is currently involved with many youths & women-focused initiatives.

Karen Gallagher

Karen Gallagher

Chair

Karen Gallagher is a Fundraising Consultant has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector in Northern Ireland. Karen was previously Head of Concern Worldwide in Northern Ireland and has held a number of interim CEO roles in other leading not for profits. Karen has been on the Board of Trócaire Northern Ireland since 2016 and assumed the role of Chair in 2019.

Tiarnán O'Neill

Tiarnán O'Neill

Director

Tiarnán O’Neill is a chartered accountant and currently the Group Finance Director at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort. Tiarnán was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese of Down and Connor. Tiarnán is the current chair of the Chartered Accountants Ireland Ulster Society – Not for Profit Group NI and is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Charity Commission NI.

Martin O’Brien

Martin O’Brien

Director

Martin O’Brien is the Executive Director of the Social Change Initiative (SCI), a Belfast-based international NGO working with activists and donors to support and improve the effectiveness of their work for progressive social change, particularly in divided societies. Prior to joining SCI, Martin worked at the Atlantic Philanthropies where he was Senior Vice President. Martin previously led the Committee on the Administration of Justice in NI (CAJ).

Dr M. Satish Kumar

Dr M. Satish Kumar

Director

Dr M. Satish Kumar is a Director for Internationalisation and a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and a leading international expert on colonial and postcolonial studies on South Asia. Satish has been an advisor on international development and higher education to the UK Department for International Development, Northern Ireland Assembly and Indian Government. He has also held a number of Visiting Professorships in Banaras Hindu University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of Calcutta.

Sr. Carmel Flynn

Sr. Carmel Flynn

Director & Member (Board member of Trócaire HQ)

Sister Carmel Flynn is a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart RSCJ. Sister Carmel is an experienced educator and has headed up a secondary school for her congregation and one for the Ministry of Education in Uganda. She has also taught in a constituent college of Uganda’s Makerere University. Sister Carmel has also spent time teaching in Indonesia. Now back in Ireland she is involved in the planning and assessment of her congregation’s projects in Uganda and Kenya.

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Chairman of Company Members 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 Dermot Farrell

Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Archbishop of Dublin

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. Appointed as Bishop of Ossory in January 2018, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell as Archbishop of Dublin on 29 December 2020. He is a former President of St. Patrick’s College.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

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.

Bishop William Crean

Bishop William Crean

Bishop of Cloyne and Chair of the Trócaire Board of Directors

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

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.

Archbishop Francis Duffy

Archbishop Francis Duffy

Archbishop of Tuam

Archbishop Francis studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth and was ordained a priest for the diocese of Kilmore on 20 June 1982 in Saint Mogue’s Church, Bawnboy, Co Cavan by Bishop Francis MacKiernan.  After completing the Higher Diploma in Education, he taught in St. Patrick’s College, Cavan, for eleven years.  Then, after two years of postgraduate studies, he was appointed principal of Fatima and Felim’s Secondary School, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim in 1996.

After twelve years as principal, Archbishop Francis was appointed Diocesan Secretary and Financial Administrator and Chancellor of the Diocese of Kilmore.  During that time he was resident priest in the parish of Laragh, Co Cavan.  On 17 July 2013 he was appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois with his episcopal ordination taking place on 6 October 2013 at Saint Mary’s Church, Athlone.  He served as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois for eight years until his appointment as Archbishop of Tuam on 10 November 2021.  Archbishop Francis was installed as Archbishop of Tuam in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Sunday, 9 January 2022.

Bishop Alan McGuckian

Bishop Alan McGuckian

Bishop of Raphoe

Bishop Alan McGuckian is a member of the Standing Committee, Irish Episcopal Conference representative to ICEL; Chairman of the Council for Justice and Peace/NICCOSA, Member of the Council for Pastoral Renewal and Adult Faith development, Liaison Bishop with Pax Christi Ireland.

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