Our Board

Our Board

The Community Foundation for Ireland is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising experienced, respected and esteemed leaders in the community, corporate and philanthropic sectors. Our Patron is President Michael D Higgins.

Mike Gaffney-Chairperson
Mike Gaffney-Chairperson

Mike is a Chartered Accountant and works with KPMG. He specialises in dealing with privately owned companies and in particular property transactions. He has written and lectured extensively on these subjects over many years. Mike is also a Fellow of the Irish Tax Institute. Mike was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in February 2012. Mike has been chair of The Community Foundation for Ireland board since 2016.

Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell

Patrick Farrell is Head of AIB’s Retail Bank in Area South. Patrick previously held the positions of Head of AIB Private Banking and many senior roles in Ulster Bank. His education includes INSEAD – Executive Management Programme, UCD Smurfit Business School – MBA and UCD – B.Agr.Sc (Agribusiness and Rural Development). Parick joined The Community Foundation for Ireland board in December 2016.  

Richard George
Richard George

Richard is a chartered accountant and was a partner in KPMG from 1980 until 2004. He became chair of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants for five years from 2005 and he is currently a director of a number of Irish and European companies. He is also a member of the Governing Authority of NUI Maynooth. Richard was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in March 2012.

Roddy Rowan
Roddy Rowan

Roddy established Genesis in 1995 having spent the earlier part of his career in the advertising industry. He was co-founder of Dimension, Ireland’s first multi-disciplinary marketing communications group, which was acquired by McConnells Advertising in 1994. With more than twenty years’ consultancy experience across all business sectors, Roddy specialises in strategic planning and facilitation. He works with boards and senior management teams to address complex customer, market and organisational issues and enable them to drive out plans that are ambitious, realistic and executable.

Tara Smith
Tara Smith

Tara Smith has worked in the community/voluntary/local development sector for almost 20 years. She is currently CEO of Dublin South City Partnership and was previously the Manager of Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership for 14 years. Tara has held voluntary board positions in numerous community and voluntary sector organisations, including Dublin 246 Citizens Information Services and Dublin South East MABS. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Rathmines College and the Community Benefit Oversight Group of the National Children’s Hospital Group. Tara joined the Board in 2017.

Catherine Mullarkey
Catherine Mullarkey

Catherine Mullarkey has been involved in property and finance for the past 12 years prior to which she spent 15 years in banking with KBC and Anglo Irish Bank. She is a director of a Clondalkin based charity, Follow Your Dream. She served as a non executive director with the Dublin Docklands Development Agency from 2007 to 2012 and was a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and Arts and Culture committee. She has a keen interest in the Arts, having established and operated “Powerscourt Theatre” in Dublin 2. She is a graduate of UCD, B Comm, a qualified ACCA and had recently completed the Diploma in Company Direction with the Institute of Directors.

Faye Walsh Drouillard
Faye Walsh Drouillard

Originally from Washington D.C., Faye is founder and board chair of The Giving Circles of Amsterdam and Ireland, whose aim is to engage a new generation of philanthropists. Formerly Executive Director of the Freedom Writers Foundation, she now provides strategy, management and fundraising guidance to social enterprise, non-profit and philanthropy clients. An aspiring impact-minded angel investor, she is also a board member of Philanthropy Ireland and member of the Ashoka Support Network. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Dr Gráinne Healy
Dr Gráinne Healy

Dr Gráinne Healy has worked and volunteered in the community and voluntary sector for three decades. Founder and Chairwoman of Marriage Equality (2004) she was Co-Director of the Yes Equality campaign in 2015. Published author, trainer and facilitator she has conducted research and developed strategic plans for many leading Irish NGOs. Gráinne was Chairwoman of the European Women’s Lobby’s Observatory on Violence against women. She is a former Chairwoman of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and is a long-standing feminist activist. She is a member of the Department of Education and Skills Student Grants Appeals Board. A graduate of UCD, she is a former secondary school teacher, journalist and public policy advisor. She completed her PhD at DCU in 2015 and founded Social Intelligence Associates which delivers leadership training to NGO leaders.

Barbara FitzGerald
Barbara FitzGerald

After earning her degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Dublin, Barbara was accepted onto National Toll Roads (“NTR”) graduate program. Barbara then decided to move to the more commercial side of transactions and pursued the accountancy route after securing a position in KPMG’s Corporate Finance team. Barbara achieved her Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification, she was promoted in KPMG, advising private clients on refinancing of property portfolios, assessing the feasibility of projects, and proposing recommendations to facilitate investment decisions. In 2013, Barbara joined SMBC Aviation Capital. Barbara currently leads commercial negotiations and project manages an array of leasing, trading and financing transactions with airline customers, investors, financiers, manufacturers and other industry participants. Barbara has been involved in The Community Foundation Ireland over the last ten years when her father started a Family Fund in 2007. Barbara’s main focus within this donation structure has been on education and health with the aim of having people self equipped to get out the “viscious circle” of poverty.

Ian Power
Ian Power

Ian Power has worked in the youth sector for the past eight years and is currently executive director of SpunOut.ie, Ireland's youth information website by young people, for young people. Ian is president of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and a board member of the Citizens Information Board (CIB). He is a member of a number of advisory boards and holds qualifications in economics, politics, juvenile justice and fundraising.