Patrick Lynch is a former Chairman of Dublin City Enterprise Board, former CEO of Shell Ireland and former Chairman of the state training agency FAS.
Forum 2011 was chaired by the Chairperson of the National Council of the Forum on End of Life, Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness. She is a retired Supreme Court judge, and has been president of the Law Reform Commission.
She was born in Belfast and educated in Belfast and Dublin (Alexandra College, TCD and the King’s Inns). She was called to the Irish Bar in 1977.In 1989 she was called to the Inner Bar, and called to the Bar of New South Wales in 1993.
Mrs Justice McGuinness has served on An Bord Uchtála (the Adoption Board), the Voluntary Health Insurance Board, the National Economic and Social Council, the Second Commission on the Status of Women, and has chaired the National Social Services Board, the Board of National College of Art and Design, the Employment Equality Agency, the Kilkenny Incest Investigation and the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.
Dr. Mary Rogan, LL.B (Dub), BCL (Oxf), PhD (Dub), PG Cert (Third Level Learning and Teaching) (DIT), Barrister-at-Law (King’s Inns) graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a LLB (First Class Honours) before going on to study for the degree of BCL at University College, Oxford where she won the Simms’ Prize for the best performance in the Crime, Justice and Penal System examination. Mary obtained a PhD which examined Prison Policy in Ireland 1922 – 1972 under the supervision of Professor Ivana Bacik at Trinity College, Dublin in 2008. She is the author of Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, Penal-Welfarism and Political Imprisonment, published by Routledge.
Mary was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2010, winning the James Murnaghan Memorial Prize. She has also completed a PGCert in Third Level Learning and Teaching and the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre at Dublin Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing a MA in Higher Education at DIT. Mary is a Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at Dublin Institute of Technology having previously lectured in Taxation Law, Criminology and Penology, and tutored in Criminal Law at Trinity College Dublin. Mary developed and lectures on the Prison Policy module of the School’s MA in Criminology and the community-based learning module ‘Law in Society’ in the Department of Law. Mary is the current Chairperson of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and co-convenor of the Prisons and Prisoners Collaborative Research Network of the Law and Society Association.
John is a Non-Executive Director of the South East Health and Social Services Trust in NI. John was Executive Director of National Irish Bank, having formerly also held a similar position with the Northern Bank from 2001 to 2005. He was President of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland in 2006, and Chaired the National Irish Bank Pension Trustees Ltd. John was a member of the Taoiseach’s Task Force on Active Citizenship. John is Head of the Credit Review Office and Chairman of Translink.
Tom comes from a background of working in community development, social work and child care in Britain and in Ireland.
Working in community and local development has given him a unique experience of social exclusion issues and in the establishment of community initiatives and local organisational structures aimed at combating social marginalisation.
He has also served as a member and director of community development projects and on the boards of partnership companies and similar bodies established to respond to social issues. These experiences have given him a unique insight into the workings of various structures and challenges presented in developing coordinated integrated responses to social problems.
Denis worked within the Irish Prison System for over 34 years and held the position of Industrial Manager in Mountjoy prison for 7 years and spent 27 years working in Arbour Hill Prison. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors on the Support After Homicide organisation. He is also serving as a member of the Board of Management in the Holy Family National School in Rathcoole.
Patricia Callan is the Director of the Small Firms Association. The SFA is Ireland’s largest small firm representative organisation, with over 8,500 member companies. She was a voluntary Director of Business in the Community (Ireland) from 2007-2014 and of Clondalkin Enterprise Group from 2000-2006.
Patricia is a previous recipient of the “O2 WM Businesswoman of the Year” award and the “Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year” award; was featured in the Irish Independent’s list of “Ireland’s Fifty Most Influential Women Business Leaders”, in Business & Finance magazine’s “Who’s Who in Irish Business”, and in “Capital Women of Influence: Profiles of 13 Inspirational Irish Women”.
- Maeve Brett—Probation Service Representative
- Melanie Rhatigan—Irish Prison Service Representative