Cormac Staunton is Policy Manager - EU and International in the Policy and Risk Directorate at the Central Bank of Ireland. In this role, he is responsible for strategic engagement with key European and international authorities, and the development of domestic and European policy and regulatory frameworks.
From 2003 to 2013, Cormac worked with Concern Worldwide in a variety of roles across fundraising, communications and overseas programmes, including two years as Area Manager in Karamoja, Uganda, and a secondment to Concern Worldwide US in New York.
Cormac holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics and an M.Sc. in Economic Policy, both from Trinity College Dublin. He completed Masters thesis on the comparative economic impact of Concern’s food aid and cash transfer programmes in rural Zimbabwe.
Bernadette Sexton is a management consultant specialised in strategy, good governance, institution building, and agile transformation. Her career has focused on international development having served governments of developing and emerging economies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Bernadette has supported development agencies and governments on a wide range of economic and social development topics. For this, she has been recognised by DevEx as one of London's top 40 international development leaders under 40 years of age, recognised for shaping and impacting on aid and development. She has a deep interest in development aid effectiveness, poverty alleviation, and inclusion of marginalised groups.
Jim McShane is the Chief Executive Officer of the McShane Companies, an integrated development and construction firm headquartered in Rosemont, Texas and offices in Auburn, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Irvine and Phoenix.
Jim’s commitment to delivering successful developments within the industrial, office, healthcare and multi-family markets has resulted in the industries recognition of his achievements. Jim is a past recipient of the NAIOP award of Excellence, SIOR’s Presidents Award and the Professional Achievement Awards from the Marquette University College of Engineering.
He is a founding Board member of the Builders Associations Educational Foundation, served as the Chair of the Triangle Fraternity Education Foundation and was a recent President of the Chicago Building Congress. Jim is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Concern US, Inc. and serves as Chairman of the Planning Commission for the village of Bannockburn.
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.
Christine Barrett is a highly motivated Director of Inside Sales for the UK with over 25 years’ international experience in major multinational organisations. Christine is a results-focused leader with a proven track record in driving sales, increasing customer satisfaction, operational transformation, people development against commercial imperatives and passionate about Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace.
She holds a degree in Languages & International Marketing and speaks fluent French and a high proficiency in German having worked in both countries. She has a qualification in Executive & Business Coaching and is passionate about coaching the future generations especially women in technology.
Christine is recognised in Ireland for her work on Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace and recently won a Women Mean Business (Women Empowering Women) award and is ranked one of the top 1000 women of influence in Ireland.