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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.

Rosemary McCreery

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

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.

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. 

Annette Honan

Board member and Funding & Public Engagement Committee member

Annette Honan was a post-primary teacher before becoming engaged in justice education full-time, firstly as Education Officer with the Columban Justice and Peace office and later as Coordinator of Education and Campaigns with Trócaire (1995-2002). Currently Annette works as an education consultant for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) with responsibility for developing the curriculum in Leaving Certificate Politics and Society as well as junior cycle Religious Education, Civic Social and Political Education (CSPE), Philosophy and Wellbeing.  

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.  


David Donoghue

Board member

David Donoghue has had a long and varied career in Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs.   He was one of the Irish Government’s negotiators for the ground-breaking Good Friday Agreement and has 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.  He also served as Political Director from 2009-13, a post which gave him responsibility for 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

Board Member

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

Conall O’Caoimh

Board member 

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. 

Karen Dillon

Board Member and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Karen Dillon a Chartered Accountant and a Risk Professional with strong RoI financial regulations, risk management, corporate governance and organisational skills. Karen holds a fitness and probity approved role in internal audit within AIB Merchant Services. Karen is the Chief Risk Officer for AIB Merchant Services.

Karen’s career expands 19 years within KPMG, AIB plc, Ulster Bank and now AIB Merchant Services (a joint venture with AIB). She has in-depth specialist knowledge on risk management practices, change projects, remediation, assurance skills across RoI and UK financial services sector.. In her career in KPMG she spent four years being involved and leading reviews (and due diligences) on communication entities, construction firms, healthcare firms and funds services.

Currently Karen is the Director of a Professional Diploma for the Institution of Chartered Accountants.

Matt Walsh

Board Member and Chair of OHR Committee and Nominations Committee Member​

Matt Walsh is Executive Director of Human Resources for Allergan in Ireland. Prior to joining Allergan Matt was Director of Corporate Affairs with Trócaire. 

Matt has held senior HR positions in two high profile start-ups in Biotechnology and Hi-tech sectors. He was Associate Director of HR with Pfizer BioPharma (previously Wyeth BioTech) in Grange Castle in Clondalkin., HR Site Director for Xerox Europe in Dundalk and HR Manager for TEAM Aer Lingus and FLS Aerospace. He has also held various management roles in HR, Organisational Development and Training and Finance with Coca-Cola in Drogheda.

 Matt holds an MBA and an MSc in Human Resource Development and is a member of CIPD.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Trustee of Trócaire and Board Member​

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly S.M.A. (born 8th August 1952) is an Irish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He has been the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly since his appointment on 26th  January 2015, before he was able to take up his 22nd November 2014 appointment as Archbishop of Cashel and apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Emly, at the close of his service as Bishop of Killaloe which he began with his episcopal ordination on 29th August 2010.

Archbishop O'Reilly was born in Cork in the Diocese of Cork and Ross in 1952. In 1970, he entered the noviciate of the Society of African Missions in Wilton, Cork.

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 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.

Bishop Noel Treanor

Trustee, Bishop of Down and Connor

  Bishop Noel Treanor was born in 1950. Educated at St Brigid’s National School, Leitrim, he completed his early education at St Mary’s C.B.S., Monaghan. In 1968  he began his study of Arts and Philosophy at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and later in 1971, the study of Theology. He was ordained priest in 1976 and  achieved his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1977 with special commendation. From 1981 to 1985, he again pursued the study of theology in Rome, while at the same time serving as Prefect of Studies at the Irish College. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Adult Education. Bishop Noel Treanor has previously served as Secretary General of COMECE from 1989 to 2008, before his ordination as Bishop of Down and Connor. 

Bishop Dermot Farrell

Trustee, Bishop of Ossory

Dermot Farrell was born in 1954, the eldest of seven children of Carmel and the late Dermot Farrell, in Garthy, Castletown-Geoghegan, Co. Westmeath.  
Bishop Dermot attended school in Castletown-Geoghegan, Streamstown and St Finian’s College, Mullingar. In September 1972 he entered the National Seminary at Maynooth where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1976. His formation for the priesthood also involved the study of Philosophy and he was awarded a Bachelor in Divinity Degree in 1979.  Following a two-year period of study he was conferred by the Pontifical University, Maynooth, with Licence in Theology in 1981.  
Having completed his studies Bishop Dermot was appointed as Curate in the Cathedral Parish of Christ the King, Mullingar. In 1985 he was sent to Rome to study for a Doctorate in Theology at the Gregorian University.  In 1988 he was awarded a Doctoral Degree the title of his thesis being: “The Dogmatic Foundations of Bernard Häring’s Thought on Christian Morality as a Sacramental Way of Life.” During his final year in Rome he also served as a Director of Formation in the Pontifical Irish College, Rome.  
Following his return from Rome he was appointed a Curate in Tullamore Parish in 1988 and lectured part-time in Moral Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. In 1990 he was appointed Executive Assistant to the President of Maynooth College and Director of the one-year Religious Studies Programme and a member of the Faculty of Theology. In 1993 he was appointed Vice-President of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth; and in 1996 he was appointed President of the College.
In 1997 he was named as an Honorary Prelate of his Holiness. Since September 2007 he served as Parish Priest of Dunboyne and Kilbride Parish and was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese in 2009. 
Bishop Dermot has also served extensively on various Boards and Committees, such as: the Board of Allianz plc for fifteen years; the Governing Body of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; the Theological Department Irish Inter-Church Committee; Dunboyne Community Centre; and as National Director of the Permanent Diaconate for ten years.
His appointment as Bishop of Ossory by Pope Francis was announced on 3rd January 2018. The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Dermot Farrell for the Diocese of Ossory was 11th March 2018.


Trócaire's Senior Management

Caoimhe de Barra

CEO Trócaire

Caoimhe De BarraCaoimhe de Barra 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

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.

Michael Wickham Moriarty

Director of Corporate Services

Michael Wickham Moriarty joined Trócaire in January 2018. Michael leads the strategic development of finance, technology, compliance, accountability, risk and governance for Trócaire. He is Secretary to the Board of Trócaire and the organisation’s Chief Risk Officer. Michael trained as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, and was a manager in the PwC tax practice. He previously lived in Sudan, where he volunteered in a donor compliance role.