Sector Supports

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


Gerry Egan (Appointed to the Board April 2017)

Gerry Egan Start date: April 2017

Gerry held a number of senior leadership roles in Coillte, the State forestry company and was Group Director of Strategy and Governance until September 2016 as well as being Chairman and a Director of a number of subsidiary and associated companies working with partner organisations including SSE Airtricity, ESB, Bord na Móna and Roscommon Co. Council. Gerry was the first external Director to be elected to the Board of Dóchas, the Irish Association of international development organisations. He is currently operating as an independent consultant working with a variety of commercial and non-profit clients to improve their governance structures, processes and culture while also providing support to enhance relations with Government, develop and implement compelling strategies and improve strategic communications. An advocate of sustainable business practices and expert in environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting, Gerry led Coillte to win the European Business Award for Corporate and Environmental Sustainability in 2013 and has been a judge in that competition since 2014. 

Gerry holds a M.Sc. (Mgmt.) from Trinity College and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors having completed the IoD’s Chartered Director programme in 2016.

Skills: Strategy, Business Development, Change Management, Corporate Governance, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting and Strategic Communications.

Clodagh O'Brien (Appointed to the Board January 2018)

Clodagh O'Brien Start date: January 2018

Clodagh is a partner in Crowe Horwath's Consultancy Department and she and her team joined from Newmarket Consulting where she was Managing Director. Clodagh has almost 20 years' experience working with organisations in the commercial, not for profit and public sectors. Her expertise is in working with organisations experiencing challenges where creative solutions make the difference. Clodagh believes that client relationships work best when people share the same passions and interests. Her particular interests are arts and culture, the creative sector, education, health and social care, and tourism.

Skills: Marketing and Digital Marketing, Strategy, Organisation Development, Business Planning and Innovation.

Michael Kavanagh (Appointed to the Board January 2018)

Michael Kavanagh Start date: January 2018

Michael is currently Director of the Department of Professional Practice with KPMG Ireland. Prior to that he acted as Chief Executive and was Head of Financial Reporting Supervision with IAASA (Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority). He established Ireland's statutory accounting enforcement function and oversaw the establishment of Ireland's statutory Audit Inspection regime. He was the Irish Observer at the Corporate Reporting Council of the FRC which prodcues UK and Irish accounting standards. He was also Ireland's representative at ESMA's European Enforcers Co-ordination Sessions which is tasked with coordinating accounting enforcement across Europe. In the past he was also a member of the Accounting Consultative Committee of CCAB-I and chair of the CPA Institute's Financial Reporting Committee.

Michael is a qualified accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA Ireland) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).

Skills: Accountancy, Senior Management, Public Sector Governance.

Joe Ritchie (Appointed to the Board January 2018)

Joe Ritchie Start date: January 2018

Joe is the Principal of Donal M Gahan Ritchie & Company Solicitors which is a general legal practise based in Dublin 2. Joe has over 20 years’ experience of dealing with a variety of legal matters.

Joe is a qualified solicitor and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 1998.

Skills: Legal Compliance, Commercial and General Management.

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 (Appointed to the Board October 2014)

Elaine McGauran Start date: October 2014

Elaine 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 (Chairperson) 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)
Vice Chairperson

Gerry Culligan (Vice Chairperson) 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.

Christina Donnelly (Appointed to the Board February 2017)

Christina Donnelly Start date: February 2017

Christina is the National Co-ordinator of Chronic Pain Ireland, the national support group for people living with chronic / persistent pain and campaigns for greater education of chronic pain amongst healthcare providers and the general public while providing a range of support services throughout Ireland.  She has nine years’ experience working and volunteering in the Charity Sector in Ireland. 

Christina holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and has over seventeen years’ experience having previously worked within the third level education in a variety of senior administrative and managerial roles.  

Skills: Project & Change Management, Event Management, Communications, writing and implementation of policies & procedures.