Sector Supports

40,000 people throughout Ireland access Carmichael Centre services and supports annually.


Kevin Smyth - Appointed to the Board January 2013

Kevin Smyth (Chairperson) Start date: January 2013

Kevin is a former CEO of Aware, a national charity that supports those affected by depression. He is also a former CEO of Marriage and Relationship Counselling Services (MRCS) which is one of Ireland’s leading counselling agencies. He has worked as a Community Development Worker with Southside Partnership. Prior to that, Kevin worked for 16 years in the energy sector and was a member of the senior management team in Statoil and was Vice President Energy Operations.

He has an MBA (first class honour) from Smurfit Business School, a Diploma in Industrial Relations and is a qualified Mediator for Workplace and Commercial Sector with the Mediators Institute of Ireland. He is also a board member of Bia Food Initiative.

Skills: Business, strategy, change management & not-for-profit management. Retired CEO

Michael Keegan - Appointed to the Board January 2013

Michael Keegan (Treasurer) Start date: January 2013

Michael is the CEO of CUSOP Payments. He previously worked in AIB Bank for 39 years during which he performed a number of senior managerial roles. He was Financial Controller of AIB Credit Card Business, Chief Financial Officer WBK Bank on Poland, Head of Regulatory Projects AIB UK Division, Finance Director AIB Mortgage Bank and Head of Finance AIB ROI Division.

Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Accountants and has a Bachelor of Commerce from UCD.

Skills: Senior Management, Finance, Compliance & Banking

Elaine McGauran (appointment to the Board: October 2014)

Elaine McGauran Start date: October 2014

Elaine is the National Project Co-ordinator with Age Friendly Ireland. She is an experienced HR expert across the Banking & Financial Services, Pharmaceutical and the Non-Profit sectors. Her managerial experience includes Recruitment & Selection, Strategic Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Equality & Diversity, Learning & Development and Employee Engagement. Elaine has a lifelong interest in social inclusion and a commitment to the wider community. She is Chartered Member of CIPD and has a Masters in Management and Innovation in Social Enterprise from DCU.

Skills: Recruitment, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Relations, Training, Performance Management and Employee Engagement

Tony Kelly (Appointed to the board April 2015)

Tony Kelly Start date: April 2015

Tony is a co-founder and a partner in Byrne Curtin Kelly, a Dublin based accountancy practice formed in 1998. Prior to the forming of Byrne Curtin Kelly, he acted as Technical Advisor to the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland for a number of years. Tony has also served on committees on behalf of CPA, including auditing practice and is a former Director of IAASA (Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority) as a nominee of the accountancy profession.

Tony has over 30 years’ experience in the accounting profession working with clients to grow and develop their business and specialises in Audit and Business Consulting particularly in the Hotel and Leisure and Not for Profit sectors. He is currently a member of the audit committee of The Irish Red Cross.

Skills: Accountancy, Finance, Audit & Business Consultancy

Laurie Knell (Appointed to the Board April 2016)

Laurie Knell Start date: April 2016

Laurie is a management consultant focusing on the areas of leadership, strategy and innovation. He specialises in working with senior teams and leaders, and has extensive experience as a Leadership, Management and Team Building facilitator, and Management Coach. Prior to becoming a consultant, Laurence spent over 10 years working in the technology and transportation sectors in Ireland, Europe and Australia.

Laurie is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University Business School, teaching in the areas of general management and creativity & innovation. Laurie is a member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development and the Institute of Chartered Shipbroking. He holds a BA (Hons) in Russian Studies from the University of Queensland and an MSc (Mgmt) in Organisational Behaviour from the IMI & Trinity College Dublin.

Skills: Consultancy, Strategy, Innovation, Leadership Development, Project & Change Management

Gerry Culligan (Appointed to the Board April 2016)

Gerry Culligan Start date: April 2016

Gerry is Commercial Director, Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail since January 2012 and is responsible for all matters relating to revenue and customer care. Gerry has over 25 years commercial and financial experience across a number of industries, holding senior Executive Director roles in Financial Services with Aviva, in Communications with Eircom and in Grocery with Mars Ireland.

Gerry has previously held positions as non-executive Chairman of Eircom Phonewatch, Ireland's leading residential home security company and is a former Director of the Eircom ESOP, the trust fund established to facilitate the acquisition and holding of shares in Eircom for the benefit of employees, past and present. Gerry is a qualified accountant (ACMA) and a member of the Institute of Taxation in Ireland (AITI).

Skills: Strategy Formulation, Business Transportation, Commercial and General Management.

Niamh Clowry (Appointed to the Board April 2016)

Niamh Clowry Start date: April 2016

Niamh is the Programme Manager with the Irish Association for Palliative Care; the primary collective and expert voice for palliative care in Ireland. She has ten years experience working and volunteering in the Charity Sector in Ireland. Niamh holds a BA in History, Politics and Social Studies and a MA in Peace and Development Studies, both from the University of Limerick.  

Skills: Communications, Marketing (and Event Management), Project Management, Strategic Development and not-for-profit management.

Aileen Cruise (Appointed to the Board October 2016)

Aileen Cruise Start date: October 2016

Aileen is the General Manager of Aspire, The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland. She has ten years’ experience working in the not- for- profit sector, primarily in the role of supporting vulnerable people in leading independent lives and advocating for equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

Aileen holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care and has worked in a variety of support roles with a range of client groups. Skills: Project Management, Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Not for Profit Management.