Concern Board of Directors

The Board of Concern is elected by Concern members at each annual general meeting. The maximum number of Board members is 22.

About the Board

The term of office for a Director is three years and Directors may serve three successive three-year terms. The Board can co-opt members of the organisation when necessary to maintain its full complement of Directors.

The Board meets at least six times a year and has four standing committees: FinanceProgramme Monitoring and EvaluationAudit and Risk, and Remuneration.

Under Concern's governance regulations, Board members may not be paid staff.

Meet the Board

John Treacy
John Treacy
Vincent Murphy
Vincent Murphy
David Ritchie
David Ritchie
Colin Gordon
Colin Gordon

John Treacy (Chair)

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 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.

Zamila Bunglawala

As a committed, serving trustee of Concern UK and a former Board member of Concern Worldwide, Zamila has supported both Boards in providing strategic expertise, analysis and critique; ensuring accountability, transparency and high standards are upheld and maintained, even through challenging times.

Zamila is the International Director at the UK Department for Education and leads key global programs with the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as those of other Governments and NGOs. As well as experience as a Senior Strategic Policy Official, Zamila has worked in the United Nations in Darfur, Sudan and in many other settings.

Zamila has highly relevant international development experience, strong networks and, crucially, the time available to commit to the Board should she have the honour of being elected. Her experience in championing greater diversity and inclusion in the civil service, including on ethnicity and race, will be of great value to the Board and the global organisation.

Colin Gordon

Colin sits on the Consumer Foods Board of Borb Bia and up till December 2018 was CEO of Glanbia Consumer Foods – Ireland’s largest consumer food company. He served for several years on the board of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, and chaired Ibec’s Food Drink Ireland trade association.

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, is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland since 1999, and holds a Diploma in Non Executive Directorship from the Financial Times.

Vincent Murphy

Vincent Murphy is a Chartered Accountant and has worked at senior level with public companies in the manufacturing, service and technology sectors in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Masters of Accountancy Degree, both with University College Dublin, and has recently obtained the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction with the Institute of Directors.

He is the Finance Director and Company Secretary with Aviva Stadium and is a non-executive director of Savvi Credit Union. He is a member of the Concern Worldwide Finance Committee.

David Ritchie

David is Chief Officer and Secretary General of the Representative Body of the Church of Ireland (the RCB). 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.

David previously worked for Concern in both Cambodia (‘91–‘93) and Rwanda (‘94). He has previously chaired Concern Worldwide’s Audit and Finance Committee as well as being a member of the strategic review group.

Ciunas Bunworth
Ciunas Bunworth
Jacinta Flanagan
Jacinta Flanagan
Gary Rice
Gary Rice
Donal D'Arcy
Donal D'Arcy

Donal D’Arcy

Donal is a senior civil servant specialising in public procurement. Donal worked for Concern from 2001 to 2012, initially in the fundraising department. Following emergency deployments to Darfur and Indonesia as a member of Concern’s emergency response team, he was engaged in extensive overseas travel as a logistics advisor based in Concern HQ.

Donal was elected to the Board of Concern in 2014. He serves on and chairs the Audit and Risk sub-committee of the Board. Donal also served on the Board of Concern UK in 2015 and 2016 and was appointed to the Board of Concern US in 2019. *

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.

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 the 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 recently as Global Operations Program Manager.

Kevin Doris Ejon

Kevin Doris is a broadcast journalist from Uganda. She has worked extensively on radio and television in Uganda and with the BBC and Norwegian Broadcasting services. She covered COP 15 and its preparations in Denmark. She was the first journalist to interview war criminal Joseph Kony in his hideout in South Sudan. Kevin also presented an award-winning documentary “Kevin: Will my people find peace” which examined how victims of Kony’s so-called Lord’s Resistance Army managed their trauma on their return to their homes.

Kevin also consulted with Creative Associates International, a Washington DC based development organisation. Kevin Doris has a strong interest in development and has been involved in media and development activities in Uganda. She has a degree in Development Studies. During a stay of four years in Thailand, she worked on several development projects in Bangkok, the Thai-Myanmar border ant the Thai-Laos border.

She assisted the Good Shepard Sisters, NoBoh Academy and Hands of Hope respectively. She also worked with the Thai Red Cross and the Thai YWCA. Kevin Doris was requested to become the President of the Thai YWCA in the last year of her stay in Thailand. In Ireland, Kevin worked with bigO media and on a number of film projects. She is also interested in all aspects of digital media.

Cormac Staunton
Cormac Staunton
Bernadette Sexton
Bernadette Sexton
Jim McShane
Jim McShane
Teresa McColgan
Teresa McColgan
Christine Barrett
Christine Barrett

Cormac Staunton

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

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

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 McColgan

Teresa will shortly be retiring from her role as a tax partner in PwC where, in addition to advising family businesses and law firms, she leads PwC Ireland’s team serving the not-for-profit sector. Teresa is a certified Accountant and Chartered Director. In 2017, she was appointed to the Charities Regulator’s Statutory Consultative Panel on the Governance of Charitable Organisations.

Teresa was elected to the Board of Concern Worldwide in 2009 and has chaired the Finance Committee since 2013, served as Company Secretary since June 2018, and has been a member of the Remuneration and Succession Committee since 2019. Teresa has also chaired the Board of the Concern Korea Foundation since 2015, the year the Foundation was established.

Having visited Concern’s operations in Haiti, Sierra Leone and DPRK, Teresa has been very impressed by the calibre and abilities of people working for Concern and the difference they make in the lives of the local communities.

Christine Barrett

Christine is a highly motivated Director of Digital Sales for Microsoft Germany with over 25 years’ international experience working 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 and inclusion in the workplace.

She holds a degree in languages and international marketing, speaks fluent French and has a high proficiency in German. She has a qualification in executive and business coaching and is passionate about coaching the future generations especially women in technology.

Christine is recognised in Ireland for her work on diversity and inclusion, holds a Women Mean Business (Women Empowering Women) award and is ranked one of the top 1000 women of influence in Ireland. Christine was elected to Concern's Board of Directors in 2019 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Rachel Rodgers
Rachel Rodgers
Donald Workman
Donald Workman
Catherine Corcoran
Catherine Corcoran
Cormac Murphy
Cormac Murphy
Rosalyn Tamming
Rosalyn Tamming

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel is a Partner in Hayes solicitors and practices 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.

Donald Workman

Donald has been the Chair of the Trustee Board of Concern Worldwide UK for three years, and during this period has also been a member of the Board of Directors in Dublin, where he regularly attend all meetings. He believes that sharing Trustees between the two Boards ensures that the closest possible alignment is achieved between our objectives of helping the poorest and most vulnerable in the world’s most fragile countries.

Previously, Donald’s career was in financial services, latterly with the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he held a number of senior roles and spent considerable time in Asia. His other roles have included a period as chair of the Edinburgh College of Art, and as a member of Court of Edinburgh University.

He is also chair of Aberdeen New Dawn Plc, an investment trust focussed on Asia, and JCB Finance, which provides term finance for JCB equipment.

Catherine Corcoran

Catherine Corcoran’s academic and practitioner career focuses on the management, implementation and design of humanitarian and development programmes in a variety of contexts. She has led and advised development organisations and students on strategic and community-led planning and has been involved in various consortia and partnership fora on rural issues at an International level.

Her involvement with Concern goes back over 30 years and she has served the organisation at staff, volunteer and Board membership levels, most recently as Country Director in Ethiopia 2013-2016 and as member of the Programme, Monitoring and Evaluation committee.

She currently leads on the BA in Social and Community Studies at LIT Tipperary and is pursuing a PhD with Newcastle University on the theme of Resilience and Community-led planning.

Rosalyn Tamming

Dr. Rosalyn Tamming joined Concern in 1996, initially as a volunteer working in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

She joined again in 2009 as Head of the Health Unit and latterly as the Health and Research Specialist. Her background is in nursing and midwifery and she has a Masters in Community Health and a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Trinity College Dublin.

She has previously worked in Trinity College Dublin, The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. She currently works as a Senior Research Officer with the National Disability Authority in Dublin. 

Cormac Murphy

Cormac is a Partner with EY Chartered Accountants and is their Head of Banking and Capital Markets for Ireland. He is a long-time supporter of Concern and an advocate for global citizenship as well as the eradication of extreme poverty.

He has three birth children and has adopted children from both Asia and Africa. Cormac was born and raised in Dublin and is the second youngest of seven children. He is married to Lucy O’Mullane.

Since joining the Board of Concern, Cormac has been a member of the Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, has participated in a field trip to Concern’s operations in Ethiopia and has helped establish both the Annual Women of Concern fundraiser and a Global Citizens Group that is working to engage major private sector organisations and leaders in supporting the work of Concern.

Our impact in 2019

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11.5 M

people reached through our emergency response

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10.1 M

people reached through our health interventions

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15.1 M

people reached through our long term development programmes

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  • Our annual report has won Published Accounts Awards 22 times since 1988.

  • We have been awarded 'Triple Lock' membership by Charities Institute Ireland.

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