Patricia Callan is an Ibec Head of Sectors and is also the Director of Financial Services Ireland (FSI) Group, the Ibec trade association representing the interests of the international financial services sector in Ireland. In her role, Patricia has been appointed Chair of the Government’s “Women in Finance Charter” Steering Group and is the secretariat for the Industry Advisory Committee for the Government’s “Ireland for Finance Strategy 2025”.
Previously, Patricia was Director of Drinks Ireland, the Ibec trade association representing brewers, distillers, brand owners and distributors on the island of Ireland (2017-2022). Before that, Patricia spent 11 years as Director of the Small Firms Association. She has been a voluntary Director of IASIO since 2016, becoming Chair in 2020; and before that was a voluntary Director of Business in the Community (Ireland) from 2007-2014 and of Clondalkin Enterprise Group from 2000-2006. Patricia holds an MA in International Studies (UL), BA in Economics (TCD), Diploma in Management (TUD), Diploma in Employment Law (NCI).
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.
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).
Peter Byers is a Director and consultant with over 30 years’ experience in both multinational and entrepreneurial operations. His business development and leadership skills have been generated in commercial and financial roles, tailoring his financial expertise to the issues of the business, adding value to decision making and to the strategic direction of businesses including General Foods, Dalgety PLC, Campbell Soup Company and the Heiton Group.
Peter is now a consultant advising SME’s either as a non-executive or external advisor. He helps companies and their managing directors to focus and direct their business plans to best effect.
Moira is the head of Marketing in Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) since February 2007. She advises over 100 of Ireland’s leading companies on communicating their sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
She has over 20 years’ experience in senior management working in several sectors ranging from non-profit organisations to private business and start-ups to semi-state bodies. Moira has extensive experience in marketing, specialising in strategic communications, event management and Public Relations. She holds a BA in International Marketing and Japanese from DCU. She has also completed the IMI’s High Performance Leadership Course.
Moira has represented BITCI on numerous media including Morning Ireland, RTE News, Sky News and The Ryan Tubridy Show. Moira has also managed numerous high-profile events including BITCI’s annual CEO fora and major conferences attracting hundreds of business leaders. She regularly hosts many panel sessions and has interviewed some of the country’s leading industry figures.
Tomás was appointed CEO of Business in the Community Ireland in January 2018. Previously, he was with Spain’s largest sustainability network, Forética as Director of External Affairs, where he increased the international profile of the organisation and its external reputation and impact.
Between 2002 and 2012 he held several positions with Business in the Community Ireland, among them Manager of the Membership Services Team. He is a member of the Board of CSR Europe since 2008 and is a member of the World Business Council of Sustainable Development. He also sits on the board of Young Social Innovators. Tomás has also sat on the judging panels of a number of awards including SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards, Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards, Google Impact Challenge, Good Governance Awards and Energia Family Business Awards.
Tomás holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina and a Master’s degree in International Relations and International Management from the Università di Bologna in Italy. He also holds a Certificate in Management from DIT.
Rachel Lillis—Probation Service Representative