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.

Responsibility for oversight and review of a number of key areas has been delegated to the Sub-Committees. The Sub-Committee reports are considered by the Board of Directors at each meeting.

Audit, Risk, Compliance & Investment

The Audit, Risk, Compliance & Investment Sub-Committee have responsibility for review of Capital Management and Financial Reporting, Risk Management and Audit and Compliance matters.


Mr Eddie Murphy (Chair), Vice Chair of Board, Former MD and Chair Ford Ireland

Mr. Patrick Burke, Chair of Board

Dr. Dermot O’Mahony, City Life Wealth Advisors

Mr. Mark O’Sullivan, Provest Private Clients Limited

Mr. Pat Horgan

Nominating and Governance

The Nominating and Governance Sub-Committee have responsibility for appointments to the Board of Directors, oversight and review of the activity of the Board and the executive in the delivery of the Vision Mission and Strategy along with the Goals and Objectives.


Ms. Jacqui Browne (Chair)

Mr. Alan Dukes, Retired Director, Former Leader Fine Gael

Ms. Barbara Clear, former Board Member

Mr. Eddie Murphy, Vice Chair Board, Former MD and Chair Ford Ireland

Mr. Martin Gordon, Civil Legal Division of An Garda Siochana and Guide Dog Owner

Mr. Martin Byrne

Training and Development

The Training and Development Sub-Committee have responsibility for reviewing the performance of the organisations’ Client training and dog training functions against targets and service delivery objectives. The Sub-Committee provides important inputs on strategy and direction on all matters relating to services.


Mr. Tony Brady (Chair)

Mr. Pat Costigan, former Board Member and Guide Dog Owner

Ms Tara Mullally


The Fundraising Sub-Committee have responsibility for review of the performance of the organisation’s fundraising activity. The Sub-Committee provides important input into strategic planning and development of fundraising activity.


Mr Nick Palmer (Chair), Board Member; Director Planning/Logistics/HR Manager at Kingston Technology International Ltd

Mr Patrick Burke, Chair of Board

Ms Paula Cogan, Board Member

Mr. Richard Guiney

Client Consultative Committee

The Client Consultative Sub-Committee was established in 2018 and has responsibility for ensuring Client needs are being met and that we increase our focus of being a Client focused charity. Membership of the Sub-Committees is made up of Directors and external specialists who volunteer their expertise to progress the Sub-Committee agenda.


Mr Martin Gordon – Chair, Civil Legal Division of An Garda Siochana and Guide Dog Owner

Mr Patrick Burke, Chair of Board

Mr Conor Simpson, IDA, Board member and Assistance Dog Owner

Ms. Martina Lowe, Guide Dog Owner