OUR PEOPLE

2017 Board at the 10th Anniversary in Smock Alley Theatre

Social Finance Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a company limited by guarantee, with no share capital, which qualifies for charitable tax exemption with the Revenue Commissioners, reference CHY 17272.
The Foundation is registered in Dublin, Ireland with registration number 433581. The Foundation’s registered office is: Arthur Cox Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2.

BOARD MEMBERS

Aidan Barry
Chairman

Biography

Aidan Barry retired as Chief Executive Officer of the South Western Regional Fisheries Board in 2010 a position in which he had served for 22 Years. Previously he was a civil servant in the Departments of the Marine, Finance and Agriculture. He has extensive experience in environmental, community and voluntary sector organization. He has served on a range of National think tanks, policy formulation bodies, legislative reviews and task forces on specific issues, including the National Fisheries Management Executive, the National Fisheries Liaison group and the Sea Trout Review Group.He served as a Director of the Tralee Bay Oyster Society and on the Operational Committee of the South West Regional Authority.

He currently serves as a Director and Secretary of Work Start West Cork Ltd a company which delivers the Employability service to those of varying abilities (sometimes referred to as disabilities) within that region. He is a graduate of University College Dublin in Agricultural Science and is currently completing a Masters in Philosophy in University College Cork. Originally from the county he is a committed supporter of Cavan GAA which is an indicator of his steadfastness, loyalty and optimism.

Deirdre Kiely
Director
Audit & Risk Committee

Biography

Deirdre Kiely is a very experienced accountant, auditor and business adviser with over 30 years’ experience in private practice working with corporates and public interest entities. She was a partner and head of the Audit, Advisory and Assurance department at RSM Farrell Grant Sparks prior to establishing her own accountancy and advisory firm at the start of 2015. She had many years’ experience as a nonexecutive director of companies mainly in the not for profit sector. Deirdre has a part-time role as acting Finance Director with the Children’s Charity Barnardos having previously chaired its Audit Committee and served as a board member. She was on a working group of the Charities Regulatory Authority involved in the drafting of the Charity Accounting and Reporting Regulations. She was recently appointed to the Charities Appeals Tribunal.

Deirdre is a board member of the Social Finance Foundation and is chair of the audit committee. She is also a non- executive director of the Cork Fertility Clinic, a privately owned Irish company, leading the field in fertility treatment and genetics. Deirdre is Vice President and a council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland.

Pádraig Ó Ruairc
Director
Audit & Risk Committee

Biography

Pádraig Ó’Ruairc is currently the Business Development and Change Manager of the LocalLink Transport Coordination Units at the National Transport Authority. LocalLink is a community based social and Demand Responsive Transport operation working to reduce social exclusion especially for the elderly and people with disabilities in rural Ireland.

He has over twenty years’ experience in the Logistics, Transport and Development sectors. He has held senior positions in Ireland and overseas in countries like Ethiopia, Balkans, Zimbabwe and North Korea. Additionally he has worked on short assignments in East Timor, Liberia, Uganda and Bangladesh. Roles included Country Directorates, Logistics and Operations Management and Humanitarian Response. He has worked across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Pádraig has qualifications in Management, Sales and Development and Mechanics. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport since 1996.

Working with the Rural Transport Programme he has seen the development of the programme under Pobal managing 36 community based companies and the transfer of management responsibility to the National Transport Authority. His passion is to maintain the programmes ethos and its work towards reducing social exclusion he has worked in this area for over seven years. In 2012 he was appointed to the National Integrated Transport Committee by the then Minister of Transport. This role involved working with key state agencies and Government Departments to find integrated, efficient and cost saving solutions to community and social transport in Ireland.

In his spare time he helps out at the local community bingo and is a Non-Executive Director of the charity Vita.

Pádraig, his wife and two sons live in North Kildare.

Garrett Greene
Director
Credit Committee

Biography

Garrett is International Affairs Officer at Limerick Institute of Technology. He is a Director of Mid-West Simon Community.

He has tutored in Public and Private Laws at the School of Law of the University of Limerick. He has also tutored at its Department of Politics & Public Administration.

He worked in the Private Sector from 2000 to 2013 with the GE Corporation and with international recruitment businesses.

From 1994 to 2000, he was Executive Officer at the former Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, serving at the Competition Authority and the European Social Fund Division.

A qualified Barrister, he is a graduate of Kings Inns, Dublin, (BL), the University of Limerick (LLB Hons).

Garrett is a native of Ennis, County Clare where he lives with his wife and 2 children.

Pat Horgan
Director

Biography

Pat Horgan is Head of SME Banking (South, Midlands and West) for Ulster Bank.  He leads a regional team of 100+ bankers across 8 office locations focusing on delivering customised financial solutions to small and medium sized businesses.    Pat’s 20+ years’ experience in banking ranges from managing smaller to larger teams, across different geographies, on both sides of the balance sheet, at Retail and Corporate levels with Ulster Bank and previously with AIB.  This range of experience gives him a versatile perceptive and allows him bring significant positive influence to any situation.  Pat holds a BA in Economics from University College Cork and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Pauline Williamson
Director

Biography

Pauline Williamson – a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 20 years’ international business experience working primarily in the financial services sector.
Pauline spent her early career in Dublin working initially with Irish Life and then moving to Bristol-Myers Squibb where, as Financial Controller, she was involved in the establishment of its European Treasury Centre and later was appointed General Manager. In 2005 she relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and while living there she held several senior roles including Head of Finance for Lloyds TSB Bank and Finance Director for Safanad Limited, a private investment firm.
Pauline returned to Ireland with husband and young children in 2017 and currently lives in Dublin.

Michael McLoughlin
Director

Biography

Bio pending

Paula Cunniffe
Director

Biography

Paula Cunniffe is CEO of Mark Pollock Trust, a non-profit whose mission is to cure paralysis in our lifetime. A key part of this role is managing a global run series called Run in the Dark with 25,000 participants taking part in 50 cities around the world. She spent 4 years as a strategic communications specialist working on communications projects in Department of the Taoiseach. Prior to working in the public sector, she produced TV & radio documentaries broadcast on Setanta Sports, Radio 1, Newstalk and Lyric FM. She currently serves on the Board of Hockey Ireland and is the former President of Loreto Hockey Club.

Deirdre Shields
Director

Biography

Deirdre Shields is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years’ experience working with in the energy, aircraft leasing and banking sectors. She currently works as an independent business advisor.

She has extensive experience in corporate finance and funding, having held a number of senior Corporate Finance, Treasury and Strategic Management roles in ESB Group, and in the Funding and Capital Markets team in SMBC Aviation Capital. She has also previously worked with Bank of Ireland and completed her accountancy training with KPMG.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and holds a degree in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.

Marianne Checkley
Director

Biography

With over twenty years experience in the social sector Marianne is currently CEO of Camara Ireland a social enterprise with a focus on the use of technology in education for equality of opportunity. Previously she founded and was CEO of iScoil, an award winning social innovation that developed a multi-disciplinary model for inclusive education. She has a broad range and depth of experience in developing and delivering creative social change initiatives and social impact metrics to deliver measureable outcomes.

She is a graduate of UCD and holds honours undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Psychology, MA in English Literature and a MSc (Res) in Educational Technology.

After graduating from university first time around she worked and travelled overseas mostly in South America and still likes to take any opportunity to travel.

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF

Brendan Whelan
Chief Executive Officer

Margaret Concannon
Head of Credit

Ronan Headon
Head of Finance

Celia McCarthy
Accountant / Office Manager