Introducing Concern's Board of Directors

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Introducing Concern's Board of Directors

Concern's Board of Directors is elected from the membership at each annual general meeting.

The current members of Concern's Council are as follows: Tom Shipsey (Chairperson), Siobhan Toale (Company Secretary), Ciunas Bunworth, Donal D'Arcy, Jacinta Flanagan, Colin Gordon, Paul Jeffcutt, Michael Kenny, Cyril Maybury, Teresa McColgan, Tom Moran, Barbara O'Reilly, Nora Owen, Gary Rice, David Ritchie, Rachel Rodgers, Jan Rotte and John Treacy.

Biographies of our Directors

Ciunas Bunworth

Cuinas Bunsworth

Ciunas started working with Concern as a volunteer in Bangladesh in 1974. She returned as a staff member in 1978 and was posted to Bangladesh, Uganda, Mozambique and Thailand (where, as country director, she managed a programme aimed at helping Cambodian and Lao refugees). She was also part of Concern’s start-up assessment teams in Sudan, Cambodia, Somalia and Eritrea.

For 25 years, she supported a number of fields from the Dublin office. This included support in developing and operating emergency and long-term programmes, and seeking funding from international donors.

Ciunas retired from Concern in June 2013 and now works as a volunteer with St Francis Hospice in Raheny.

Donal D’Arcy

Donal D'arcy

Donal works in public procurement and also lectures in procurement and supply chain management with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and the Institute of Technology, Carlow. Donal worked for Concern from 2001 to 2012, initially in the fundraising department. Following emergency deployments to Darfur, Sudan and Banda Ache, Indonesia as a member of Concern’s emergency response teams, he was engaged as a logistics adviser based in Concern HQ. Donal was appointed to the Board of Concern Worldwide in 2014 and to the Concern UK Board in 2015.

Jacinta Flanagan

Jacinta Flanagan

Jacinta works as Program Manager for EIR in Supply Chain & Shared Services. Her background is engineering with primary and secondary degrees from Galway University and University of Ulster.

Jacinta started out in the electronics industry as a process engineer. She was one of the first ever graduates hired by An Post, holding the position of executive project engineer in which she improved the efficiency of the LetterPost distribution business. Subsequently Jacinta spent 15+ years working for Microsoft in a number of positions, most recent as Global Operations Program Manager. She is a strategic thinker with strong business, organisational and project management skills.

Jacinta joined Concern's Board in August 2010. She has had a deep interest in Concern's work for many years and is looking forward to furthering her engagement with the organisation.

Colin Gordon

Colin Gordon

Colin is CEO of Glanbia Consumer Foods – Ireland’s largest consumer food company. He founded, and chaired for five years,Bord Bia’s Brand Forum. He sits on the board of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, is a member of Bord Bia’s Consumer Foods Board and chair of Ibec’s Food and Drink Industries Ireland.

Colin has worked on a number of government and non-government advisory groups looking at the role of industry, agriculture and food in a wider context.

Colin is an alumnus of Trinity College Dublin and UCD, and is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland since 1999.

Professor Paul Jeffcutt

Paul Jeffcutt

Paul is Emeritus Professor of Management at Queen’s University, Belfast, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He has served as a strategic advisor to the Irish Government, UK Government, Northern Ireland Executive and numerous organisations across Europe.  He has considerable senior management and governance experience, including having served on the Executive Boards of the Irish and British Academies of Management and Belfast Civic Trust.

Paul has lived and worked in three different continents and has travelled extensively in developing countries. His home is in Co Down beside the Mountains of Mourne.

Paul is an award-winning poet. He has won poetry prizes in England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA. His work has been published widely in journals and anthologies. Paul is a longstanding member of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry in Belfast and hosts The Squat Pen, a regular series of literary events that take place across Northern Ireland.

Paul has been a Director of Concern Worldwide since 2005 and currently serves on the Audit and Risk Committee.

Michael Kenny

Michael Kenny

Michael is a lecturer at the Department of Adult and Community Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

He is an agriculturalist with extensive experience in community development, education and activism. Twenty years ago, he volunteered in Kitale refugee camp near Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael also trained workers in Tanzania for three years, and managed a farm in Zambia for two years. He recently visited Zambia and Malawi with the Transformative Education Network Hunger Project.

Michael is a board member of Aontas and treasurer of Irish Rural Link. Michael was re-elected to Concern Worldwide’s Board in 2014.

Cyril Maybury

Cyril Maybury

Cyril joined Concern Worldwide’s Board in August 2010. He is a chartered accountant. He was an auditor and quality and risk management partner with a large accountancy firm until his retirement in October 2009. 

He is a non-executive director of Generali PanEurope dac and of an Irish subsidiary of Telecom Italia.

He is member of the Audit Committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas

He recently stepped down from the chair of the Joint Business Law Committee of the Irish Accountancy Bodies.

Cyril has chaired Concern’s audit and risk committee for a number of years. He is also a trustee of the Concern Defined Benefit Pension Scheme.

Teresa McColgan

Teresa McColgan

Teresa is an accountant and a tax partner in PwC, where she leads the group with responsibility for delivery of tax services to the company's clients in the health, education and not-for-profit sectors.

Teresa also advises private Irish businesses and their owners. She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an associate of the Irish Taxation Institute, and holds the certificate and diploma in company direction from the Institute of Directors. Teresa was elected to Concern's board of directors in 2009, and is chair of the finance committee.

Tom Moran

Tom Moran

Tom has served as Chairman of the Board of Concern Worldwide US for more than a decade. Since 2005, he has served as chairman of the Board of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company.

Tom serves as a member of the board of the Ireland-US Council for Commerce and Industry. Tom is a Chairman Emeritus of the US board of the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City.

Barbara O’Reilly

Barbara worked with Concern in Dublin from 1990–1994 before commencing a two year assignment to Rwanda to help set up Concern’s operation there. She was also employed by the United Nations, focused on the repatriation of displaced Rwandans from Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Tanzania. She has visited Concern’s fields of operation in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia and is passionate about the work of Concern and the positive impact on people in vulnerable situations.

She holds a Masters Degree in Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales and M.Sc. in Organizational Behaviour from the University of Birkbeck. She is currently employed as the Global Network Director for RSA Insurance Group in the City of London.

She joined the board of Concern in 2008. She has previously served on the board of Concern Worldwide UK and on the Organisational Development Committee.

Nora Owen

Nora Owen

Nora was elected to Dublin County Council in 1979 and was a member of Dáil Eireann from 1981–2002. She has held several political positions including chairperson of the Parliamentary Overseas Aid Committee. Nora was Deputy Leader of Fine Gael from 1993–2000, Minister for Justice from 1994–1997 and a member of the National Forum on Europe

Nora spent time in Rwanda as a volunteer with Concern in 1994 and has taken part in parliamentary training in Africa, Latvia, Romania, Cambodia, Philippines, Afghanistan and Tanzania. Nora has been on the Board since 2003.

Nora was a commissioner on the Commission for Support of Victims of Crime.  She has been chair of Expert Advisory Group on Development Aid and is currently Chair of the Oversight Group on the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Gary Rice

Gary is a partner in DAC Beachcroft, an international law firm. Gary prosecutes and defends regulatory and disciplinary cases. He acts for public bodies, publicly-funded organisations, regulators, insurers, trade unions, professionals and their representative associations. He advises on related legal issues including regulatory change management, legislative representation, drafting and interpreting law and regulations, governance, freedom of information and data protection. Gary joined the Board of Concern in June 2016.

David Ritchie

David Ritchie

David is Chief Officer and Secretary General of the Representative Body of the Church of Ireland (the RCB). The RCB provides services for dioceses and parishes of the Church of Ireland including the management of trusts, properties and investments. The RCB supports the governance structure and provides financial, legal, pension, payroll and funding services. Prior to working for the RCB, David was a director of DLL Group (part of Rabobank) where he was responsible for the development of new financial markets and products including developing economies and renewable energy financing.

He holds an MBA from University College Dublin, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a qualified civil engineer.

David previously worked for Concern in both Cambodia (1991–93) and Rwanda (1994). He has previously chaired Concern Worldwide’s audit and finance committee as well as being a member of the strategic review group. David is married with two young children and he is a keen runner and cyclist.

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel is a Partner in Hayes solicitors and practises in the area of property and property related banking finance. She advises clients in the charitable sector, as well as banks, blue-chip companies and state bodies. Rachel joined the Board of Concern in May 2016 and is a member of Concerns Audit and Risk committee.

Jan Rotte

Jan Rotte

Originally from the Netherlands but in Ireland since 1997, Jan was a Concern staff member in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Laos. He also worked as an aid worker in the Philippines and Tanzania for the Dutch government and LWF respectively.

Jan was a Director on Concern's Board from 2008–2011. He joined again in 2012 and is a member of the audit and risk committee.

He is a retired management and administration consultant and has held many community leadership roles such as Lismore Town Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Lismore Town Councillor, member of the Irish Delegation to the Council of Europe.

Tom Shipsey

Tom Shippsey

Tom has worked in the agriculture retail industries for close to 30 years. He has extensive knowledge of corporate governance, and in 2001 became Ireland’s first chartered director. His interest in development goes back to 1982, when he worked for a summer in Kenya.

Since 2009, he has served on a sub-committee of Concern Worldwide’s Board advising on the new strategic plan and on the officers committee. He was elected Concern’s Company Secretary in 2010 and elected Chairperson in 2014. Tom also serves as a member of the Concern Worldwide US Board. He is proud and privileged to have witnessed Concern's work both at home and in the field, in Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Lebanon. 

Siobhan Toale

Siobhan Toale

Siobhan is Director of HR and Corporate Services for EirGrid Group which is the state owned company responsible for operating and developing the national high voltage electricity grid in  Ireland and for running the wholesale electricity market in Ireland. Siobhan has previously held leadership positions at eir, Telefonica O2 Ireland and Bank of Ireland Group.  She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development. Siobhan was elected to the position of Concern’s Company Secretary in 2014.

John Treacy

John Treacy

John Treacy is the Chief Executive of Sport Ireland, the statutory agency for sport in Ireland.

A distinguished athlete, John achieved international recognition by winning the World Cross Country Championships in 1978 before retaining the title the following year. In 1984, John won silver in the marathon at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

As Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council, John oversaw the development of the organisation, the introduction of the Irish anti-doping programme, the allocation of state funding of to national governing bodies for sport, the implementation of high performance systems and the roll out of the local sports partnership initiative to promote sport and physical activity in local communities.