Board of Directors

Alan Connolly

A former General Manager of Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances Ltd, Alan is Chairman of the Board of Coolmine CLG since December 2014. Also Chairman of Coolmine Housing Association. Alan is a member of the Board of DLR Property Ltd. and a member of the Audit and Risk Committees of the LGMA, the DDELTB and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Alan was Chairman of the Board of 92.5 Phoenix FM and has served on a number of boards including the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Draíocht – a Centre for the Arts.

A former General Manager of Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances Ltd, Alan is Chairman of the Board of Coolmine CLG since December 2014. Also Chairman of Coolmine Housing Association. Alan is a member of the Board of DLR Property Ltd. and a member of the Audit and Risk Committees of the LGMA, the DDELTB and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Alan was Chairman of the Board of 92.5 Phoenix FM and has served on a number of boards including the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Draíocht – a Centre for the Arts.
Eddie Matthews

Eddie Matthews

Eddie has been a CTC Board member since 2012. Before retiring in June 2011, Eddie spent most of his working life in various senior management positions within the Irish health service including managing Acute General and Geriatric Hospitals in Kildare West Wicklow, Director of Services for Older Persons in the EHB, (subsequently the Northern Area Health Board) and Director of Services for Social Inclusion in the Northern Area Health Board. Eddie is also Chairperson on several other boards including the Ana Liffey Drug Project and ALONE and a committee member of Connolly Hospital Society (fundraising sub Committee). Married with three adult children, he is an avid football fan and travels widely.

Eddie has been a CTC Board member since 2012. Before retiring in June 2011, Eddie spent most of his working life in various senior management positions within the Irish health service including managing Acute General and Geriatric Hospitals in Kildare West Wicklow, Director of Services for Older Persons in the EHB, (subsequently the Northern Area Health Board) and Director of Services for Social Inclusion in the Northern Area Health Board. Eddie is also Chairperson on several other boards including the Ana Liffey Drug Project and ALONE and a committee member of Connolly Hospital Society (fundraising sub Committee). Married with three adult children, he is an avid football fan and travels widely.

Carthage Conlon

Carthage Conlon is a Partner in the firm of O’Mara Geraghty McCourt Solicitors. Carthage mainly works in the areas of regulation, litigation and dispute resolution. He joined the Board as a Director in 2014 and is also the Company Secretary.

Carthage Conlon is a Partner in the firm of O’Mara Geraghty McCourt Solicitors. Carthage mainly works in the areas of regulation, litigation and dispute resolution. He joined the Board as a Director in 2014 and is also the Company Secretary.

Dick Brady

Dick Brady has been on the board of Coolmine Therapeutic Community since 2011. Dick is now retired having spent his entire career working in local government. He held position of Assistant Chief Executive of Dublin City Council with special responsibility for Roads, Traffic, Environment, Housing, Residential services and Community. He also served as the Managing Director of Ballymun Regeneration Limited and as a member of the City and County Managers Association, the CCMA Housing Sub Committee, CCMA Water Committee along with being the chair of the Dublin Regional Homeless Agency. He brings expertise in the areas of Senior and board level management, planning and corporate affairs.

Dick Brady has been on the board of Coolmine Therapeutic Community since 2011. Dick is now retired having spent his entire career working in local government. He held position of Assistant Chief Executive of Dublin City Council with special responsibility for Roads, Traffic, Environment, Housing, Residential services and Community. He also served as the Managing Director of Ballymun Regeneration Limited and as a member of the City and County Managers Association, the CCMA Housing Sub Committee, CCMA Water Committee along with being the chair of the Dublin Regional Homeless Agency. He brings expertise in the areas of Senior and board level management, planning and corporate affairs.

Dr. Sarah Morton

Dr Sarah Morton is the Director of the Community Drug Programme in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, University of Bath and has extensive experience in practice, policy development and research in regard to issues of substance use, domestic violence and practitioner practice development.

Dr Morton’s research interests include community engagement, participative research and in sustainable practice and policy solutions the intersection of substance use and violence and she has published widely on these topics. She is currently Programme Director of the UCD Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work and the recently launched Professional Certificate in Women and Substance Use.

Dr Sarah Morton is the Director of the Community Drug Programme in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice, University of Bath and has extensive experience in practice, policy development and research in regard to issues of substance use, domestic violence and practitioner practice development.

Dr Morton’s research interests include community engagement, participative research and in sustainable practice and policy solutions the intersection of substance use and violence and she has published widely on these topics. She is currently Programme Director of the UCD Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work and the recently launched Professional Certificate in Women and Substance Use.

Patricia Doherty

Patricia has over thirty years’ experience as an Executive Manager in St. Michael’s House– one of the largest community- based Health/Social Care, Education and Training services in Ireland. Her roles included Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Regional Director of Adult and Children’s Services. Patricia played a key role in the significant growth and development of services from a service of €14.5m in the mid 1990s to over €96m by mid 2005/6. Patricia’s skills and interests include research both formulation and implementation, robust Corporate and Clinical Governance, Quality Safety and Risk Management systems. Patricia has previous board experience including as Company Secretary in St Michael’s House Group and as a Director at the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies. Patricia’s qualifications include MSc in Organisation Behaviour (TCD) Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction (Institute of Directors).

Patricia has over thirty years’ experience as an Executive Manager in St. Michael’s House– one of the largest community- based Health/Social Care, Education and Training services in Ireland. Her roles included Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Regional Director of Adult and Children’s Services. Patricia played a key role in the significant growth and development of services from a service of €14.5m in the mid 1990s to over €96m by mid 2005/6. Patricia’s skills and interests include research both formulation and implementation, robust Corporate and Clinical Governance, Quality Safety and Risk Management systems. Patricia has previous board experience including as Company Secretary in St Michael’s House Group and as a Director at the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies. Patricia’s qualifications include MSc in Organisation Behaviour (TCD) Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction (Institute of Directors).

Dr. Mary Galvin

Dr Mary Galvin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design Innovation at Maynooth University. With a PhD in Psychology from University College Cork, she has researched and managed various international and nationally funded projects. This work was based across various academic roles at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and University College Cork. Her research interests are within psychology, design, patient public involvement and inclusion health. She is currently co-chair of the All Ireland Inclusion Health Forum research advisory group, which is a multidisciplinary network advocating for those who are excluded from their healthcare needs. She is also co-chair of Maynooth University’s Faculty of Social Sciences research committee as well as the Programme Director of the Masters by Research in Design Innovation at Maynooth University.

Dr Mary Galvin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design Innovation at Maynooth University. With a PhD in Psychology from University College Cork, she has researched and managed various international and nationally funded projects. This work was based across various academic roles at Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and University College Cork. Her research interests are within psychology, design, patient public involvement and inclusion health. She is currently co-chair of the All Ireland Inclusion Health Forum research advisory group, which is a multidisciplinary network advocating for those who are excluded from their healthcare needs. She is also co-chair of Maynooth University’s Faculty of Social Sciences research committee as well as the Programme Director of the Masters by Research in Design Innovation at Maynooth University.

Jim McKeon

Jim is a Chartered Accountant and has a BA in French and Philosophy from UCD and an MA in Financial Control. He has 35 years’ experience in financial reporting, accounting and compliance covering a variety of businesses. Jim is former Financial Controller with St Michaels House Group which has staff numbers of 1100 and a budget of €85 million.

He is on the Board of Management and is Treasurer of St Philips School Mountview and Chairperson of the Finance Committee of St Brigid’s Parish Blanchardstown. Jim has a special interest in the provision of respite care to persons with an intellectual disability.

Jim is a Chartered Accountant and has a BA in French and Philosophy from UCD and an MA in Financial Control. He has 35 years’ experience in financial reporting, accounting and compliance covering a variety of businesses. Jim is former Financial Controller with St Michaels House Group which has staff numbers of 1100 and a budget of €85 million.

He is on the Board of Management and is Treasurer of St Philips School Mountview and Chairperson of the Finance Committee of St Brigid’s Parish Blanchardstown. Jim has a special interest in the provision of respite care to persons with an intellectual disability.

Billy Carr

Billy was appointed as a Board member in March 2020. From Cork, Billy has extensive business experience and having worked in Operations and Supply Chain roles for Aldi over the past fifteen years is now a Buying Director. Billy initially worked in a variety of roles in his family’s business, later becoming a Junior Fund Accountant. Interested in completing triathlons, Billy has Bachelor of Business Studies degree and a Masters Degree in Economic Science.

Billy was appointed as a Board member in March 2020. From Cork, Billy has extensive business experience and having worked in Operations and Supply Chain roles for Aldi over the past fifteen years is now a Buying Director. Billy initially worked in a variety of roles in his family’s business, later becoming a Junior Fund Accountant. Interested in completing triathlons, Billy has Bachelor of Business Studies degree and a Masters Degree in Economic Science.

Emma Farrell

Emma is an entrepreneur, with an MBA and a BA in Modelmaking & Design, Emma founded EF Creative Studios, a multi-award-winning talent agency working in Media, TV and PR.

Emma has wide experience in brand and marketing optimisation, social media and content creation, digital transformation and business development.

Emma is steeped in the creative world, specialising in media and TV industries, commercial PR, business development and social media. An entrepreneur, with an MBA and a BA in Modelmaking & Design, Emma founded EF CREATIVE STUDIOS, a multi-award-winning creative agency.

Emma has wide experience in brand and marketing optimisation, social media and content creation, digital transformation and business development.