Our Board Members

Our Board Members give their time on a voluntary basis. They hold meetings regularly to ensure the organisation is well run and meets it obligations as a limited company and registered charity. Their job is to scrutinise everything we do. Click on their images below for information about their background.

  • Stephen Mackey, Board Member of Galway Simon Community

    Stephen Mackey

    Board Member

  • Edelle Lawson, Board Member of Galway Simon

    Edelle Lawson

    Board Member

  • Paddy Medley, Board Member of Galway Simon

    Paddy Medley

    Board Member

  • Pat Winters, Board Member of Galway Simon (1)

    Pat Winters

    Board Member

  • Dervil O'Reilly, Board Member of Galway Simon

    Dervil O’Reilly

    Board Member

  • Lorna Cahill, Board Member of Galway Simon

    Lorna Cahill

    Board Member

  • Paul Shelly, Board Member of Galway Simon

    Paul Shelly

    Board Member

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    Maureen Lynch

    Chairperson

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    Ann Walsh

    Board Member

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    Henry Cleary

    Board Member

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    Jolene Gacquin

    Board Member

Stephen Mackey, Board Member of Galway Simon Community

Stephen Mackey

Board Member

Joined Board: November 2018

Stephen’s career included many years in management in banking  .He was later director and shareholder in a  property investment company. Currently self employed as a business, finance and property consultant.

Edelle Lawson, Board Member of Galway Simon

Edelle Lawson

Board Member

Joined Board: July 2018

Paddy Medley, Board Member of Galway Simon

Paddy Medley

Board Member

Joined Board: May 2019

Paddy Medley is the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Galway Ltd. He holds the role of Senior Director for R&D for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s services division, Pointnext. He is Chairman of the IT Association of Galway (ITAG). Paddy has over 30 years of progressive experience in the computer industry and has played a key role in maturing the software industry in Ireland. He holds a B.Eng in Electronic Engineering (UL) and an M.B.A in Technology Management (Open University). Paddy has a strong track record of working behind the scenes supporting societal support agencies in the Galway hinterland.

Pat Winters, Board Member of Galway Simon (1)

Pat Winters

Board Member

Joined Board: May 2019

A former Army Officer, Pat started Winters Property Management in 1997 and developed the business into what it is today. More recently, Pat has been at the forefront of industry involvement in the establishment of the National Property Services Regulatory Authority (NPRSA) in his capacity as a member of the Irish Property and Facility Management Association (IPFMA) residential committee. Pat’s committee involvement is now with The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and he also holds a professional membership with the SCSI and RICS.

Dervil O'Reilly, Board Member of Galway Simon

Dervil O’Reilly

Board Member

Joined Board: May 2019

Dervil has almost 30 years experience in general management and psychotherapy. Following a return to education, Dervil set up privately as a Systemic Psychotherapist, she is a member of the F. T. A. I. & I.C.P. and a graduate of University College Dublin and The Clanwilliam Institute. Dervil is particularly interested the areas of social justice and inclusion.

Lorna Cahill, Board Member of Galway Simon

Lorna Cahill

Board Member

Joined Board: July 2019

Lorna grew up in Galway, obtaining an honours BA and LLB from NUIG.  She later studied in the Law Society’s Law School in Dublin, qualifying as a solicitor. She is engaged in private practice with Brian Lynch Solicitors in Galway city.

Paul Shelly, Board Member of Galway Simon

Paul Shelly

Board Member

Joined Board: July 2019

Paul Shelly, Chartered Acountant FCA, Masters of Business Administration MBA (NUIG), Bachelor of Commerce B.Comm (UCD). He was Partner in EY (Ernst & Young) 1982-2008 specialising in Audit and Corporate Finance/Corporate Recovery. Currently Paul serves as: Independent Non Executive Director (INED) to Acorn Life Insurance DAC and BCWM Plc a Wealth Management company; Director of Galway City Partnership; Member of GMIT Finance Sub Committee. Paul was a Governing Body member of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) 2010- 2015 and is a Past President of Galway Chamber of Commerce. He is an advocate for community development and was Co-Founder of GALWAY 2040 and he played a significant role as Chairman of Galwegians RFC 2011-2018.

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Maureen Lynch

Chairperson

Joined Board: 2012
Maureen’s expertise’s lie in the field of HR Management. She has a Masters in Counselling, BA in Psychology, HDip in Personal & Executive Coaching and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).

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Ann Walsh

Board Member

Joined Board: October 2015
Ann lectures in Marketing at NUI Galway and is Programme Director for the award winning MSc Marketing Practice. Ann worked in a variety of Marketing management roles in local and multinational companies, as well as being self employed as a free-lance Marketer. She holds a Masters in Marketing and Bachelor of Commerce Degree from NUIG.

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Henry Cleary

Board Member

Joined Board: 2013
Henry is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Executive Committee of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC. A graduate of Dublin City University (B. Accounting & Finance and an MBS), he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Securities and Investment Institute.

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Jolene Gacquin

Board Member

Joined Board: January 2016
Jolene is a qualified Chartered Secretary. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Jolene holds an honours degree in Corporate Law and an honours LLB, both from the National University of Ireland, Galway as well as a distinction in Corporate Governance from the Smurfit School of Business.