About Us

Board Of Directors & Other Representatives

Board Of Directors

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.

Justice Catherine McGuinness

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

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.

Deirdre Healy, BA, PhD is Director of the UCD Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Associate Professor at the Sutherland School of Law. She completed her PhD at the UCD Institute of Criminology in 2006 and was subsequently employed as a researcher on a number of funded projects, including a longitudinal study of pathways to desistance among young adult offenders. Deirdre’s teaching and research interests include desistance from crime, community sanctions, criminological theory and victimisation. Her work has been published in prestigious international and Irish journals and her books include the Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology (with Claire Hamilton, Yvonne Daly and Michelle Butler; Routledge, 2015) and The Dynamics of Desistance: Charting Pathways Through Change (Willan, 2010). Deirdre is currently involved in a research project, “Histories of Probation in Ireland” with Louise Kennefick (Maynooth University).

Mr. Tom Carey

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.

Mr. Denis McHugh

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.

Ms. Patricia Callan

Patricia Callan is the Director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation Ireland. 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 “OWM 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”.

Ms. Bernie Gray is a management consultant and executive coach. She is an accountant and formerly held a number of senior management positions in Telecom Eireann, and was latterly HR Director. She is currently Chair of Coillte plc, and a member of the Accountability Board of the Civil Service and the Governing Authority of DCU. She has held a number of non– executive roles including former Chairperson of Eirgrid plc, Board member Business in the Community, Irish Payment Services Organisation, Public Appointments Service and Telecom Eireann (now Eircom).

Mr. John Lumsden is an economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin and a former career civil servant with the Department of Transport. He held senior positions in that Department with responsibility for road, rail, maritime and aviation matters. As Assistant Secretary General he had responsibility for legislation and policy development relating to road safety for a number of years.

He brings to the board a wide experience of the relationships between state agencies and the other structures of Government and of the corporate governance, financial and legal environments within which organisations operate.

Funding/Other Representatives

  1. Dave Kenny—Probation Service Representative
  2. Melanie Rhatigan—Irish Prison Service Representative

IASIO has successfully assisted over 17,000 people to gain education, training, employment and resettlement support since each of the Services began.

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