Tusla - Ireland's Child & Family Agency

Our Board

Ms. Norah Gibbons – Chairperson

Worked for many years in social work in both the statutory and voluntary sector in the UK and Ireland. Director of Advocacy of Barnardos from 2005 to 2012.Member of the Commission to Inquire into Child abuse 2000-2009.Chaired the Confidential Committee of the Commission from 2000 to 2005, and the Roscommon Child Abuse Inquiry in 2009.  Co-chaired the Independent Child Death Review Group with Dr Geoffrey Shannon from 2011 to 2012.Currently a member of Acknowledgement Forum of Historical Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland.  Was a member of the Taskforce on the Establishment of the Child and Family Agency.

Ms. Gary Joyce - Deputy Chairperson

Managing Partner of Genesis, a leading Irish management consultancy specialising in strategy and brand-led change. Gary has extensive non-executive director experience in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors.  She is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors and the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Mr. PJ Fitzpatrick

PJ is an Executive Coach with Praesta Ireland.  He was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Courts Service from 1999 until the end of 2008 where he successfully managed its establishment as a new, independent, statutory agency and led and implemented a major programme of change and modernisation, which transformed courts and courts administration nationwide. Prior to joining the Courts Service he was Chief Executive of the Eastern Regional Health Board, then the largest health authority in Ireland. He previously held a number of senior management positions in 3 other health boards in Ireland. He was the independent Chair of the Implementation Body for the Public Service Pay and Modernisation (CrokePark) Agreement from mid 2010 until mid 2013. He was Interim Financial Services Ombudsman for a number of months in early 2010.  Chair of Tusla Governance Sub-Committee.

Mr. Rory O’Ferrall

Partner and Head of Corporate Recovery, Deloitte &Touche up to 2008; Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and Fellow of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.  Public Interest Director Irish Nationwide Building Society, 2009 – 2011; Director Quinn Group (ROI) Limited April 2011 – July 2012; Director Quinn International Property Management Ltd and a number of companies within the 'Property' Group April 2011 – present. Former President of the National Youth Council.  Considerable expertise in strategy, forward planning, change management and reorganisations. Rory is Chair of the Tusla Audit Committee.

Mr. Paul White

Paul A. White, is a founding member of Ireland’s largest indigenous ICT company DCC Technology, he has held Group, Board and Senior Executive roles for DCC Plc in France, the UK, and Ireland, he has worked with Plc’s, established companies and start-up businesses, focusing on business development, mergers, acquisitions and business restructuring.

Paul is a graduate of the postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School, he has achieved Chartered Director (C Dir) status with the IOD (UK & Irl).

He is a founder member of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland (CGAI), a member of the Institute of Directors (Irl & UK), the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA) and a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland (FMII)

Currently employed as a Corporate Governance adviser with Governance Ireland Ltd, Paul is a SWiFT 3000 Corporate Governance Assessor, A lead QMS auditor for (ISO 9001), a Non-Executive Director, business adviser, investor and mentor, he currently specialises in board effectiveness reviews, mediation and Corporate Governance services.

A former Board and Audit Committee member of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, he is currently the Chair of the Children’s Medical Research Foundation Crumlin and an Audit Committee member at the Office of the Attorney General.

Professor Áine Hyland

Áine Hyland is Emeritus Professor of Education and former Vice-President of University College Cork. She has been active in education circles in Ireland and internationally for over 50 years. Professor Hyland started her career as a civil servant in the Department of Education and was a secondary school teacher in the 1970s. Since 1980 she has been involved in teacher education – in Carysfort College, University College Dublin and subsequently as Professor of Education in University College Cork. She chaired the statutory Educational Disadvantage Committee from 2002 to 2005 and the National Economic and Social Forum’s Committee on Literacy and Social Inclusion in 2009.

Professor Hyland has been a member of various national education boards and committees and has published books and articles on the history of Irish education, educational policy, educational disadvantage and curriculum and assessment.

Mr Pat McLoughlin

Pat McLoughlin worked as a management consultant prior to becoming Chief Executive of the Alzheimer Society in October 2016. He previously worked in the health sector until 2006, having served in the roles of CEO of the South Eastern and Eastern Health Boards and Head of Hospitals and Deputy CEO of the Health Service Executive. He also served as CEO of the Irish Payment Services Organisation.

Pat has assisted the Government on a pro bono basis on public expenditure reviews, local government efficiency, a judicial appointments advisory committee, a childcare taskforce, private health insurance costs and a review of the Department of Justice. He has also served on many boards of private and charitable organisations.

Mr Tony Rodgers

Tony has worked in statutory social services for 35 years as practitioner, manager and commissioner; the vast majority of his time has been spent in child and family care services.

He worked as Assistant Director of Social Care and Children with the Health and Social Care Board where he was lead Commissioner of Children's Services and involved in performance management of the Health and Social Care Trusts. He was also co-lead for the departmental reform of children's services and prior to the introduction of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland he chaired the Regional Child Protection Committee for three years.

Ms Deirdre Kiely

Deirdre is an experienced accountant, auditor and business adviser with over 30 years’ experience in private practice working with corporates and public interest entities. She runs her own accountancy and business advisory firm, Kiely & Co, having previously been a partner and head of the Audit, Advisory and Assurance Department at top 10 accountancy firm, RSM Farrell Grant Sparks. Deirdre also has experience at board and audit committee level. She served on the board of Barnardos between 2006 and 2012 and chaired its audit committee. She is presently a board member and audit chair of the Social Finance Foundation, Vice-President of CPA Ireland, a Director at Cork Fertility Centre, a member of the Charity Appeals Tribunal and a member of the audit committee at the Department of Health.

Deirdre is a fellow of both the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA Ireland) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She is a qualified Barrister, an accredited mediator and a qualified financial advisor. She holds an honours degree and masters in law from University College Cork.

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