Role of the Board
The primary function of the Board is to agree the policy, to approve budgets and actions based on proposals from management, and to monitor performance.
The Board of Directors is accountable to:
- The relevant Irish Minister for ensuring the provision of the Companies Act 1963
- The Memorandum and Articles of Association for ensuring adherence to it
- The general public for ensuring accountability of funds donated.
Leslie Buckley (Chairman)
Leslie Buckley is one of Ireland’s leading business figures, with a hugely successful track record as an entrepreneur and business consultant. In August 2012, he was appointed Chairman of Independent News & Media, having previously served on the board of the company. Leslie is currently the Vice Chairman of Digicel, and a director and shareholder of a number of other Irish companies, including Actavo and CTI Global. He has also served on the Board of Aer Lingus from 2009 to 2012. Leslie founded Haven in 2008, along with his wife Carmel, and plays an active role in the day-to-day running of the charity.
Carmel Buckley, co-founder of Haven, is also an active member of Haven’s Board, and regularly travels to Haiti on Haven’s annual Volunteer Programme. Carmel also serves on the board of Philanthropy Ireland: Philanthropy Ireland is the Association of Independent Philanthropic Organisations in Ireland, including grant-making truss and foundations. Carmel lives in Dublin with her husband Leslie, and they have three children.
Ronnie Foreman is the Managing Partner of Foreman Consultants, which was established in 1998 to offer business solutions to organisations in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United States. Ronnie has served as a Chairman or Board Member in numerous organisations in the private, public and charitable sectors in all of these regions, including Belfast Port where he served as Commissioner from 2005 to 2012. He has steered many organisations, from very large to small, into growth and success, including significant trans-Atlantic business Ronnie has been a Haven Ambassador in Northern Ireland since 2009, and regularly organises major fundraising events for the charity.
Oisin Gilbride has sat on Haven’s board since the charity’s inception. He is a chartered accountant and registered auditor, with over 25 years’ experience in running his own practice. Throughout his career as an accountant and auditor, he has provided business advice to the SME sector and has been a non-executive director to a number of businesses over the years. Oisin is also the registered auditor of a number of other well-known charities.
Maurice Healy (Vice Chairman)
Maurice is the CEO of Healy Group located in Tallaght, Dublin 24. Healy Group is involved in the importation and distribution of food ingredients and raw materials for the food and pharmaceutical sectors in the UK and Ireland. Maurice is particularly interested in promoting social entrepreneurship through education and community work programmes. Maurice also sits on the boards of Traidlinks and Anam Cara.
Ray Jordan has been the Chief Executive of the international development agency, Gorta-Self Help Africa, for the past five years. A Civil Engineer, he has been involved in relief and development work for the last 23 years.
Philip Lynch is a former Chief Executive Officer of One51 plc. Between 1983 and 2005, Philip served as Chief Executive Officer and subsequently Chairman of IAWS Group plc (now Aryzta AG). He is non-executive director of C&C Group plc, FBD Holdings plc and Open Hydro Ltd.
Paddy Maguinness has worked in International Development for over 30 years, and was previously Managing Director of Traidlinks and deputy CEO of Concern, Ireland’s largest NGO, working in 20 countries. Paddy has worked in Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Turkey, Jordan, Yemen, Liberia, Mozambique, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Indonesia, South Africa and Uganda. He is an International Development policy member of European External Policy Advisors and a Director of Europe External Programme with Africa.
Frank Murphy is a practicing solicitor, heading up his own practice at Priory House, Stillorgan, County Dublin. He has extensive experience in Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch), Dublin Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland. Frank is also a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the Law Society of Ireland and the Arbitration National Committee of the I.C.C. in Paris, and is a founding member of the Irish Arbitration Association – Arbitration Ireland. Frank has extensive experience in Commercial and Intellectual Property Law, including the music, film, and television industries, as well as theatre. Frank is a practicing Arbitrator, and has been involved on behalf of one or other of the parties in Arbitrations and Mediations in Ireland and in England.
Stephen Nolan is the CEO of Sustainable Nation Ireland, an organisation promoting Ireland as a global leader in green and sustainable finance. Stephen is an Advisory Panel member for the international Climate Bonds Initiative, the Advisory Board of the International Energy Research Centre and a member of the UK-Ireland Climate-KIC Steering Group. He is also a founding member of the UN international network of the Financial Centres for Sustainability established in September 2017.
Prof. Cillian Twomey
Prof. Cillian Twomey graduated from UCC in 1970, and was appointed as the second consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Cork University and St. Finbarr’s Hospitals, Cork in 1979. He retired from clinical practice in November 2010. Over the years, Cillian has held a number of health-related representative positions, including President of the Irish Medical Organisation (1990); President of the European Union of Medical Specialists (1999-2002), the only Irish person to have been elected to the position; a member of the Steering Group of the National Task Force on Medical Staffing that produced the Hanly Report (2003); and Chairman of Comhairle na nOspidéal (2001-2005). More recently, Cillian served on the Board of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice (2008-2014) and has just completed a five-year term on the Board of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) from 2010-2015.