Our Board

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:

  1. The relevant Irish Minister for ensuring the provision of the Companies Act 1963
  2. The Memorandum and Articles of Association for ensuring adherence to it
  3. The general public for ensuring accountability of funds donated.


Board Profiles

Leslie Buckley (Chairman)Leslie Buckley

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 BuckleyCarmel B2

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.

Oisin GilbrideOisin Gilbride

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 Healy

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 JordanRay Jordan

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.


Paddy Maguinnesspaddy maguinness

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.

Aldagh McDonoghAldagh McDonogh

Aldagh McDonogh is a strategic marketer.  Her first career was dedicated to helping build two global brands, Baileys and Coca-Cola, both in Ireland and across Europe.  A very enjoyable, entrepreneurial chapter followed, co-creating Alternatives, an innovative, marketing recruitment business in Ireland.  Today, she leads the transformation and strategy agenda with a Board position in Morgan McKinley, an Irish-owned, international recruitment business.  She is Chairperson of The Soul of Haiti Foundation, which, in 2016, joined forces with Haven to make an even bigger, positive impact on Haiti.  She first became involved in Haiti after visiting as a finalist on the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year CEO retreats in 2007 and 2008.  She recently joined the Entrepreneur of the Year Alumni Board, and she also mentors business startups and individuals looking to step change their career plans.

Frank MurphyPhoto of Frank Murphy (2)

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 NolanStephen Nolan

Stephen Nolan is currently the Executive Director of the Green International Financial Services Centre – an output of the Clearing House Group, Department of An Taoiseach – with responsibility for the positioning of Ireland as the global focal point for ‘green finance’.  In 2012, Stephen was recognised by Business & Finance as one of Ireland’s Top 50 Financial Services sector leaders, and his experience spans leadership roles in public policy and private sector in Ireland and across the globe.  Posts held include ICT Special Advisor to the Secretary General, Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources; Advisor to the United Nations ICT Task Force Board; Founding CEO of the UN-established Global e-schools & Communities Initiative; and Executive Assistant to Chairman & CEO, Rivada Networks.  Stephen is also a Board member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and, in August 2012, he joined the Board of Haven.

Prof. Cillian TwomeyCillianTwomey (April '12)

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.

Philip Lynch

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.