Our Board Members

We have ten board members who 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.

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    Maureen Lynch

    Chairperson

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    Ann Walsh

    Board Member

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    Gregory McLucas

    Board Member

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    Henry Cleary

    Board Member

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    Jolene Gacquin

    Board Member

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    Michael Mackey

    Board Member

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    Michelle Ruane

    Board Member

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    Sile Nic Niocaill

    Board Member

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    Pat O’ Donnell

    Board Member

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    Seamus Kilbane

    Board Member

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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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Gregory McLucas

Board Member

Joined Board: September 2016
Gregory specialises in different aspects of the law and has been working as an In-House Legal Advisor since 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelors of Law from NUI Galway and a Post Graduate Diploma in Employment Law from UCD.

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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.

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Michael Mackey

Board Member

Joined Board: 2008
Michael was first introduced to Galway Simon in 2007 when he himself was experiencing homelessness. He went onto become an ambassador for homeless people in Ireland and also Europe where he is involved in groups such as HOPE and FEANTSA.

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Michelle Ruane

Board Member

Joined Board: 2013
Michelle has been involved with Galway Simon in various roles for the last 5 years. She has a QCI qualification in Care of the Elderly and is currently undergoing a Bachelor of Arts and Family Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Michelle is also an experienced guest speaker for schools, universities and outreach programmes.

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Sile Nic Niocaill

Board Member

Joined Board: 2011
Sile has been involved in Galway Simon for the last 15 years as both a client and advocate. She is involved in the Simon Circle and the Simon Action Group where she acts as a representative for Galway Simon clients. Sile also gives a voice to clients and brings this to the board.

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Pat O’ Donnell

Board Member

Joined Board: 2014
Pat is a Founding Partner and Director of Principal Connections. A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Pat has an Honours Degree in Law from NUI Galway and a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law from University College Dublin.

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Seamus Kilbane

Board Member

Joined Board: 2006
Seamus is a Finance Professional with over 20 years of experience. A graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, he is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland having trained with the Professional Services Firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.