Comhlámh’s Board of Directors: Welcomes and Farewells

We are delighted to announce that Comhlámh has three new Board Members, Morgane Clarke, Siobhán Reynolds and Mairéad Roche, who were appointed at Comhlámh’s Annual General Meeting on 23 June 2022. They all are bringing a vast array of crucial expertise and skills that will strongly contribute to the development of our organisation.

Morgane Clarke has a background working in international development and global health across academic and non-governmental sectors. She currently works as a Programme Support Officer for Dóchas – the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. Prior to working with Dóchas, Morgane worked as a health systems researcher within the RCSI team of the ‘Scaling up Safe Surgery for District and Rural Populations in Africa’ project. She is driven towards collaborative work which promotes human rights, with a particular interest in how gender and power dynamics influence equity and equality. This interest drew her towards Women in Global Health Ireland, where she has volunteered on the leadership team since 2020. In 2018 she joined Comhlamh’s Access to Medicines Ireland (AMI) group and became a member of Comhlámh. She holds an MSc in Global Health from TCD. 

She would like to work with the Board to support the network of passionate people who have made Comhlámh their home. She would like to use her experience (as well as learn from members, staff and Board members alike) to ensure that existing and future members feel like they belong to a shared community that is theirs to help shape. As a Board Member, she is interested in helping with a collaborative, equitable process which engages Comhlámh members, and in supporting the work of the organisation overall.

Siobhán Reynolds has over 20 years of experience in the leadership, planning, implementation, and evaluation of successful Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) communications campaigns working in tourism, media, construction and retail sectors including the public sector.

She is a creative and analytical thinker with a proven record in brand marketing and advertising, digital, Public Relations and budget management. With excellent interpersonal skills, she is accustomed to developing strong relationships with senior management and multiple stakeholders. She is passionate about delivering metric-driven communications campaigns that impact.

Having volunteered in the Global South for a period in 2011, it has always been a mission of hers to give something back. She strives to offer her insight and expertise to help inform Comhlámh’s strategy and contribute to the growth of the organisation in any way she can.

Mairéad Roche is a chartered accountant (ACA), trained with Deloitte Corporate Finance. She worked sector agnostic on several buy-side and fundraising deals during her time at Deloitte. She subsequently held a management position at Mazars Corporate Finance, managing primarily acquisition due diligence assignments on behalf of lenders and Irish Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). She is currently working as an Investment Manager at the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, focused on deploying capital in a commercial manner that benefits the Irish economy, she primarily invests in Indigenous Irish businesses which have the capacity to scale. She has recently joined that team coming from Enterprise Ireland, where she worked in the Investment Services team, investing in start-ups that have the capacity to export and scale. She is looking forward to supporting Comhlámh and its members with her skills and expertise.

Comhlámh would like to thank our outgoing and long-standing Board Members, including Ciarán Burns (after 4 years), Katie Dempsey (after 2 years), Lucky Khambule (after 5 years) and Morina O’Neill (after 4 years). Their invaluable contribution over the past years was crucial to determining the direction of Comhlámh’s policy and strategy as well as to ensuring accountability to all of its stakeholders.

Speaking on the Board developments, Comhlámh’s CEO Dr Caroline Murphy said: “The effectiveness of Comhlámh depends to a large degree on the strong leadership of our Board. Being a member of the Board is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles in the association, where they have the shared responsibility to contribute to the development of the organisation.” She continued: “The staff of Comhlámh is extremely grateful to all its Board members. We recognise and appreciate the enormous contributions these individuals make to our organisation, and the tireless efforts made to lead and support Comhlámh to achieve its mission. The Board works to ensure Comhlámh benefits all members and stakeholders, and leads the organisation with deep respect, humility and integrity.”

You can find the information about all current Comhlámh Board Members here.