The Charities Regulator Board Members
The Charities Regulator is Ireland's national statutory regulator for charitable organisations. The Charities Regulator is an independent authority and was established on 16 October 2014 under the Charities Act 2009. Its Board is appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality.
Patrick Hopkins - Chairperson
Paddy was Company Secretary and Manager - Corporate Services Division at Enterprise Ireland (EI) prior to his retirement in November 2013. He also had responsibility for Finance (budget of €400m), Grants Administration, Legal, Facilities / Procurement and oversight responsibility for Internal Audit. He was a member of the EI Executive Committee, Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Staff Resource Committee. He was previously Head of Finance in Forbairt, Eolas and IIRS. He was a Board Member of the Crafts Council of Ireland for 6 years (2006 – 2012) and chaired its Finance and Audit Committee. Paddy also served on the Executive Committee of his local GAA club for many years.
David Brady is a Chartered Accountant, Consultant and Advisor to the charity sector. He is Senior Consultant (Governance/Learning) with Partas and is Chairperson of the Rise Foundation. He was formerly Chair of the Charities and Not-For-Profit Special Interest Group of Chartered Accountants Ireland (2009-2013), Chairman and Director of Tallaght Childcare Company (2008-2012). He has previously performed executive roles in Marsh Ireland, Kepner-Tregoe and KPMG.
Katie Cadden is a practising solicitor working in Charity Law, Company Law and Regulation. With a specialisation in Litigation, she also routinely advises religious and non-religious clients in the charity sector, as well as professional institutes and educational entities, on the appropriate legal structures for charities, governance and other matters. She is also experienced in advising state bodies and a non-statutory inquiry on a range of issues. Katie holds a first class honours Masters in Public Law from NUI Galway and has delivered lectures on a range of Public Law and Charity Law topics.
Sandra Chambers is a company director and chartered tax adviser. She has published in Ireland and internationally on taxation policy and practice and is founder/director of the specialist tax advisory firm, Vico. She holds a BCL degree from UCD and a LLM degree from Kings College London.
Cynthia (Chief Executive, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation) has over 20 years experience of charitable fundraising, management and development. Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation works in association with HSE West to provide Palliative Care Service in the two counties. The Foundation is now to fund the build and fit-out of a 14-bed Hospice in Mayo and an 8-bed Hospice in Roscommon at a cost of circa €14 million. Cynthia is also on the Board of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
Anna has worked in the charity sector in Ireland and the UK for 18 years, gaining experience at local community level, moving into Senior Management in Ireland before taking on her role as Head of Fundraising for the RNLI: managing the delivery of the RNLI's Fundraising Programmes Engagement Strategy for the UK and Ireland. Before that she held a management role in her family's fishing business. Anna has a special interest all things marine and the voluntary sector in general; she has held many volunteering roles from the Irish Preschool Playschool Association, to running local fundraising events in her home county of Donegal.
Tom has spent 14 years in a variety of executive positions with The Atlantic Philanthropies, leaving the Foundation in December 2014 as part of its planned wind-down. Prior to joining Atlantic, Tom held a variety of leadership positions in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors in programme and project management, assessment of social investment opportunities and contributing to policy and practice development in a variety of fields, including labour market programmes, children and, latterly, ageing.
Patricia is a solicitor who has worked in both the private and public sectors, including over 25 years in various roles with IDA Ireland. She has also worked in the World Bank in Washington and as a development consultant in Africa, Russia, and South East Europe. She is a Director of Transparency Legal Advice Centre.
Ann is a barrister practising in Cork with a wide-ranging general practice. She is a Board member of Cork Simon and a former Governor of University College Cork. Prior to being called to the Bar, Ann was a founding partner of FitzGerald Solicitors, Cork.
Since June 2005 Fergus Finlay has been Chief Executive of Barnardos children’s charity. For around twenty years prior to that he was employed as Senior Adviser to the Labour Party, serving in three Governments and working for the Party in opposition. He was one of the drafters of the Downing Street Declaration and was centrally involved in the election of President Mary Robinson in 1990, together with other political events of the period. He also served for three years as a Director of Wilson Hartnell Public Relations. He is the author of four best-selling books. He has founded a number of organisations that campaign for the rights of people with disabilities, and was Chairperson of Special Olympics Ireland for four years. He broadcasts regularly on radio and television, and contributes a weekly column to the Irish Examiner.
Hugh has been involved in the charity fundraising sector for more than thirty years in the South East and has a long history of involvement in voluntary, community-based projects.
Graham is a qualified Solicitor and Notary Public. He was a Commissioner of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland from 2004 to the dissolution of the Commissioners and transfer of their functions to the Charities Regulator in 2014. Graham is a member of a number of Charitable Organisations and Foundations.
Senan is a retired public servant whose career, across many Departments and State Bodies, saw him work with the community and voluntary sector in particular. He has had a continuous voluntary involvement at local and national levels throughout his life. Since retiring, he has become involved with a wide range of charities and not-for-profit organisations including The Governance Code, Irish Hospice Foundation, Cycling Ireland, Ballymun United F.C. and the Croke Park Community Fund.
Noel worked as a senior professional in the overseas aid sector for 16 years, having spent seven of those years in the East and Horn of Africa. Prior to that, Noel spent a number of years working for and leading a professional representative association in Ireland. An experienced director, Noel sits on the board of Transparency International Ireland and is a member of their Finance Committee. Noel serves on the Executive Committee of his local GAA Club, Clontarf and also served on the board of Comhlámh from 2013-2015. He is currently the CEO of Dublin City Community Cooperative, a community development organisation tackling poverty, social exclusion and injustice in Dublin's inner city.