The Board’s key role is to set the strategic direction of Comhlámh and monitor its effectiveness. More information on the duties and responsibilities of the Board can be read in our constitution.
Katherine Meenan is a Public Affairs Consultant, working with clients in the public, private and not for profit sector. She is the former CEO of Connect-World, a joint project of Irish Aid and development NGOs to improve the quantity and quality of coverage of overseas development. She is also a Board member of the Institute for International and European Affairs.
Robin Hanan is the Director of EAPN (European Anti Poverty Network) Ireland, which works to put the fight against poverty at the top of the Irish and EU agenda. Robin was Coordinator of Comhlámh from 1994 to 1999 and has also been CEO of the Irish Refugee Council and Vice-Chair of Dochas. He has chaired the European advocacy groups of both the EAPN and the development NGO networks (now CONCORD) and has written widely on European social and development policies.
Ellen Donnelly has a background in youth work, which led her to various roles supporting cross cultural youth volunteer teams in UK, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and India between 2010 – 2013. She completed an MSc in Global Health at Trinity. She has also been involved in development education and campaigning with a number of NGOs during that time; including VSO, Suas and Comhlámh.
Lebam Macaw is an Occupational Therapist. She has worked as a ‘hands on’ therapist and as a senior manager involved in the strategic management of service provision for various organisations. She is a member of the Visual Artists Ireland and the Writers Centre Ireland.
Arthur Gaffney holds an MA in International Security and Conflict Studies from Dublin City University. He has interned in a human rights capacity with the Department of Foreign Affairs and volunteered with FrontLine Human Right Defenders. From March 2010 to April 2011 he was a full time administrative volunteer with Comhlámh. He worked in Eircom in various technical roles from 1980 to 2003. He is currently studying for an MA in Humanitarian Law.
Jim Egan is a Chartered Accountant and Qualified Financial Advisor. He has over 40 years experience in business and financial services. He previously worked for ICC Bank (Ireland’s Development Bank). He spent over 6 years in Central Asia where he was centrally involved in the establishment of 2 new financial institutions in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Both institutions had a development mandate and the bank in Tajikistan had a primary focus on poverty alleviation through the provision of micro finance loans mainly to women’s groups and micro businesses.
Chris O’Donoghue is a founding member of Serve in Solidarity Ireland set up in 2003. He has worked as a fundraising and events manager for SERVE. He has a background in human rights and youth work with experience of international safeguarding training. He has been actively involved in the Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies with Comhlamh since its inception and planning in 2006. He holds a BA in international studies from Kimmage Development Studies centre.
Ellen Regan is a primary school teacher currently studying for a PhD, researching the life histories of Irish female international volunteers in the mid-late twentieth century in UCD. She has worked in Malawi, India and Haiti as teacher trainer and education consultant. She also has experience of facilitating pre-departure trainings and leading student volunteering programmes.
Kathleen Cass is qualified as a solicitor and has worked for 14 years as executive director of CODATA in Paris, a network of 23 member countries whose mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society by promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use. She has recently volunteered and later worked with the VSO in Cambodia on governance programming.
Bianca van Bavel is working in the area of global health where she has experience conducting research within the Indonesian, Ugandan, Kenyan, Canadian, and Irish healthcare systems. She is currently involved with the Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) and the Development Studies Association of Ireland (DSAI) to support the need for increased awareness and available resources that guide students engaged in international work/study/research and volunteering. Bianca was active in the Code of Good Practice Review Working group in 2015 that produced the current edition of the Code of good Practice.