We have a voluntary Board of Directors. Our Board is made up of 12 Directors. All of our Directors give their time freely and do not receive remuneration.
The recruitment of new Directors is open and transparent, with a focus on creating a diverse and effective team who contribute to the strategic direction and oversee the operations.
President and Co-founder, Co Cork
Our Board members are:
Patrick Burke (Chair), Co Meath
Patrick is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI). He recently joined the Mercantile Group. He is the chair of the Audit Risk and Compliance/Investment Sub-Committee and a member of the Fundraising Sub-Committee. Pat has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.
Eddie Murphy (Vice-Chair), Co Cork
Eddie is married to Sheila who is a Volunteer at our National Headquarters. He graduated from University College Cork with a Degree in Commerce and successfully qualified as a Management Accountant.
He worked in a number of roles with Ford Motor Company both in the UK and in Ireland where, up until his retirement in 2014, he held the roles of Managing Director and Chairman. Eddie is a Board member of the Cork Opera House.
Eddie has held the position of Board Chair of Irish Guide Dogs since 2013. He is a member of both the Audit Risk & Compliance/Investment and the Nominating & Governance Sub-Committees. His focus is the strategic development of the organisation in order to ensure that it has the resources and structures to deliver its mission.
In his time at Ford Ireland he facilitated the sponsorship of a number of vehicles for the Irish Guide Dogs fleet and introduced the sponsorship of a Ford Focus for our National Car Draw which continues up to the present. Eddie has served on the Board of Directors since 2011.
Tom Aplin, Co Dublin
Tom is a former Chair of the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Training & Development Sub-Committee of Irish Guide Dogs. Tom is an active member of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Branch of Irish Guide Dogs and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011.
Nick Palmer, Co Meath
Nick is a Director Planning/Logistics/HR Manager at Kingston Technology International Limited in Blanchardstown and is a member of the Balbriggan and North East Dublin branches of Irish Guide Dogs. Nick is Chair of the Fundraising Sub-Committee of Irish Guide Dogs and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011.
Derry Walsh, Co Cork
Derry is a Guide Dog owner and retired Partner and Financial Controller with Horgan Lynch Consulting Engineers Cork and Dublin. Derry is a member of the Training & Development Sub-Committee of Irish Guide Dogs and has served on the Board of Directors since 1990.
Alison Flack, Co Cork
Alison Flack lives in Cork, she is married to Roger (a former Chair of the charity), and they have three grown up children, 10 grandchildren, a dog and a cat! Alison has been a Volunteer with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind since 1981 when she walked her first pup, and many more followed. She has been involved in many fundraising events over the years as a Branch Volunteer. Alison is a member of the Board of Ashton Comprehensive School in Cork, and is a vice President of Garryduff Sports Club, having served as President for 4 years.
Donna Lang, Co Dublin
Donna is a Guide Dog owner for over 25 years, having worked with Brandy, Que and currently Vita. She has been involved in fundraising for over 20 years and is currently Chair of the Howth, Sutton and Clontarf Branch of Irish Guide Dogs. Donna has extensive professional experience in the areas of Education, Rehabilitation and Family Therapy. Donna has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.
Jacqui Browne, Co Kerry
Jacqui is a retired disability consultant and is the outgoing Chairwoman of the National Rehabilitation Board. Jacqui is a member of Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency (DESSA), Kerry Community Transport and Kerry Citizens Information Service. She joined the Board in 2014. Jacqui is Chair of the Nominating & Governance Sub-Committee.
Conor Simpson, Co Dublin
Conor’s family was matched with Assistance Dog Poncho in 2013. Conor works with IDA Ireland where he holds the position of Regional Manager Mid-East (Meath, Kildare & Wicklow) and Dublin.
He has been with the IDA since 2002, and prior to that he worked with Hewlett Packard. Conor is a member of both the Audit Risk & Compliance/Investment Sub-Committee of Irish Guide Dogs and has served on the Board of Directors since 2015.
Paula Cogan, Co Cork
Paula is Head of Sales at The Doyle Collection. Paula is involved in a number of organisations in Cork such as Cork Chamber Board and Glucksman Board.
Paula is a member of the Fundraising Sub-Committee of Irish Guide Dogs and has served on the Board of Directors since 2016.
Terri Doyle, Co Cork
Terri Doyle is married with three children and is an Assistance Dog owner who lives in Carrigaline, Co. Cork. Terri works as Sales and Customer Services Manager for Wisetek Solutions Limited.
Terri first got involved with Irish Guide Dogs in 2006 and has Assistance Dog Nifty for 10 years. She is a Director on the Board of the National Parents Council of Ireland, and will be stepping down this year. Terri was a member of the Governance Committee for two years and is currently a member of the Communications and Media Committee.
Terri is a Volunteer, a regular fundraiser for Irish Guide Dogs, and a member of both the Training & Development and Fundraising Sub-Committees of Irish Guide Dogs. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2016.
Martin Gordon, Co Dublin
Martin is a Barrister and currently works with the Financial Services Ombudsman. He studied law at University College Galway and Trinity College Dublin.
He has been a Guide Dog owner for over 13 years. He was trained with his current Guide Dog Gola in 2010. Martin is a member of the Nominating & Governance Sub-Committee and an active fundraiser for Irish Guide Dogs.
As part of his role he provides insight and guidance on legal matters which are considered by the Board and the Sub-Committees of Irish Guide Dogs. Martin has served on the Board of Directors since early 2017.
Board Sub Committees
The Board is supported in its work in the areas of strategy, governance, compliance and controls by a number of Sub-Committees. Membership of the Sub-Committees is made up of Board Members, external advisors with appropriate and relevant experience and members of the management team at Irish Guide Dogs.