Our board is voluntary and elected by members to serve a four year term under our Constitution.
Cathy joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and was elected as Company Secretary in 2016. She is also a member of the Remuneration and Governance & Nominations sub-committees. Cathy has had epilepsy since 2008. Her background is in journalism and having spent 19 years with BBC News, she set up her own media production company in 2009. Cathy was elected as Chairperson in December 2019.
Clare joined the Board of Epilepsy Ireland in 2017. Her interest in the work of Epilepsy Ireland emerged when her son was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy. She brings a wealth of experience gained in corporate strategy, finance, investments, marketing and fundraising. Clare is a director of Select Strategies, a management consultancy. She holds an MBA from the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School and a Higher Diploma in Psychology from UCD.
Tony joined the Board of Epilepsy Ireland in 2017, having previously volunteered with Epilepsy Ireland for many years in our awareness and communications activities. Tony is an experienced advertising professional and is Account Director at the Havas agency where he has worked since 1990. He has a personal family interest in epilepsy and the work of Epilepsy Ireland.
Paul Fahey is a qualified pharmacist and health informatics expert. He is currently VP & Head of Pharmacy Operations at Pharmapod, an e-health system for pharmacists to reduce medication errors. He has been a pharmacy owner for 25 years and has completed an MSc. in health Informatics from Trinity College Dublin. He served as the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland from 2011-2013.
Finance & Audit sub-committee
The sub-committee assists and advise the Board on the organisation’s finances, business activities and strategic direction.
Voluntary Members: Michael Sheehy (Chair); Mark Dowdall; Tessa Dagge; Cathy Grieve; Paul Kehoe; Tony Rhatigan, Derek Heffernan, Shane O'Brien
Staff: CEO & Finance Manager
Nominations & Governance sub-committee
The sub-committee advises the Board on all matters of governance including on the composition of the board and board recruitment.
Voluntary Members: Mark Dowdall; Ambrose Kealy; Cathy Grieve
The sub-committee sets the CEO’s objectives, appraises and reports to the Board on performance and sets policy on management remuneration.
Voluntary Members: Mark Dowdall; Cathy Grieve; Derry Gray
Quality & Safety sub-committee
The sub-committee oversees accountability for quality, safety and risk management in our services and across the organisation.
Voluntary Members: Clare O'Dea; Mary Fitzsimons
Staff: CEO, Director of Services
Sustainability & Business Development sub-committee
The sub-committee assists, supports and advises the Board in ensuring that the organisation’s income generation activities are sufficient to meet the financial, strategic and operational needs of the organisation into the future.
Voluntary Members: Clare O'Dea; Carol Saarsteiner; Ambrose Kealy; Tony Caravousanos
Staff: CEO, Fundraising & Communications Manager
Epilepsy Ireland Management Team
Chief Executive, Peter Murphy
Director of Services, Tara Smith
Fundraising & Communications Manager, Vacant
Finance Manager, Andrew O’Dwyer
Training Manager, Paul Sharkey