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Board of Directors

Age Action Ireland's current Board of Directors are listed below.

If you would like more information about Age Action Ireland and its Board of Directors, please contact us:

  • Post: 10 Grattan Crescent, Dublin 8
  • Phone: 01 4756989
  • Fax: 01 4756011
Patrick McCormack, Board of Directors Age Action

Patrick McCormack, Chair

Pat is the Head of Wealth Management with Barclays Ireland. Pat joined Barclays as a graduate trainee in 1993 and has worked in various roles across Corporate, Investment and Private Banking both in Dublin and London.  Pat is a member of the Executive Committee of Barclays Bank Ireland PLC. Pat holds a BA from University College Cork and a Masters in Economics and Finance from Maynooth University, where he lectured Economics prior to joining Barclays. Pat is a Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland, a Certified Bank Director and a Qualified Financial Advisor. Pat is married and has four young children.  

  Colm Nagle, Treasurer

Colm is non-executive Chairman of a number of owner-managed businesses and also provides strategic advice and guidance to growth-oriented SMEs. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

From 2010 until late 2016, Colm was Chief Financial Officer of Heatons which has 60 department stores across the island of Ireland and employs more than 2,000 people. Prior to that, he had been a Partner in BDO where he advised a diverse portfolio of indigenous Irish businesses and led the firm’s Family Business Advisory team

 

Lisa McKenna, Company Secretary

Lisa McKenna has worked in law for 10 years.  Lisa is a Practising Solicitor in Ireland, a qualified Solicitor in the UK and Wales and an Accredited Mediator in Civil & Commercial Law.   Lisa is the Principal Solicitor of McKenna & Co Solicitors located in Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2.  Prior to opening her own practice, Lisa worked for law firms, the banks, and the court service.  Lisa holds a BA (Hons) in Law and Taxation.

Lisa has a passion for her work and assisting others, she is extremely people focused having spent many years working in law for both Private, Corporate Clients and Financial Institutions in the area of Property, Probate, and Wills. Lisa has expertise in property-based lending transactions and has provided advises to leading commercial lending institutions, developers and private client on the realization of assets and deals with Probate, Wills and Power of Attorneys on a regular basis.

 

Anne Donnellan

Anne holds a degree in Education B.Ed., Law LL.B. and a masters, LLM. in  Human Rights Law. Throughout her life Anne has been a passionate advocate for human rights both in the developing world and at home. Prior to retiring Anne worked with the Department of Education and Skills in the delivery of an education service to marginalised Traveller learners in Galway and South Mayo. In 2012 Anne became engaged with the issues of ageing when she became a member of the Older Persons` Forum Executive Committee  in the Galway Age Friendly  Programme. She has been involved in advocacy work with Age Action since February 2014 and is the local coordinator of the Galway Glor group . 

Robin Webster,  Board of Directors Age Action

Robin Webster

Robin Webster is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, National University Ireland Galway. Previously he was one of the founders of Age Action and its first Chief Executive from 1992 to 2015. He was elected as a Director in 2016 and has served continuously as Company Secretary from 1993 to 2017.  His earlier positions included Director of Age Concern Scotland, membership of the Pensions Board, National Development Officer, Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland, Lecturer in Community and Social Work, Trinity College, Dublin, Lecturer in Ageing and Society, Open University in Ireland, HM Inspector of Schools (Further Education), Scottish Education Department, Director of AONTAS, (National Association of Adult Education in Ireland), Principal, Westminster Institute, London and Director, Forum Poverty Programme, Connemara.  His experience and qualifications include a MSc (Gerontology), Kings College, London, BA (Social Science), Diploma in Social Work, Diploma and Certificate in Education (London University). Through his professional and voluntary work, he has had extensive experience in different settings of working with older people and developing ageing policies as well as adult education, community development, social planning and social work. 

David Healy, Age Action Board of Directors

David Healy

Owner/Managing Director Home Instead Senior Care, Leopardstown. He is passionate about caring for older people while assisting them to remain independent in their own homes successfully by sharing our knowledge and through experienced caregivers. He also serves as a director of Stillorgan Home Support Ltd, a not for profit organisation, providing home help services in the community. David has served as an executive director with a series of Multinationals including Pritchard plc. – Global Facilities services provider, P&O Shipping, Granada and as country manager for ISS – Global Facilities Services provider. He also served as industry representative on joint labour committee. He studied at St Mary’s College, College of Commerce, Rathmines, Marketing Institute of Ireland, Irish Management Institute of Ireland and attended “Service breakthrough’s programme”, Harvard Business School and Management Development courses at IMD - international leading business school, Switzerland.  He is married and has two daughters.

Sean Oliver

Sean is married with four adult children.  During 1978 and 1979 he studied at the Alliance Francaise and obtained two qualifications "Le Diplome de la Langue Francaise” and "Le Diplome Superieur de la langue Francaise", which enabled him to teach French at second level. In 1983 he obtained a BA (Hons) in European History, Politics and History of Art and in 1984 he received his MA in French History and Language. In 1982 the Modern History Department of U.C.D awarded him the best history essay of 1982 and Literary and Historical Society awarded him best essay on James Joyce. He continues to lecture part-time to mature adults on European Literature, European History and Media in Saor-Oscoil Na hEireann-a third-level institute in Prussia Street. He is involved with Saor-Oscoil on their summer programmes and seminars. He has written and published six essays and books on Irish and European history.

Michelle O'Keefe

Michelle O'Keefe

Michelle has extensive experience in financial services where she has worked for almost 28 years.  Michelle is a Registered Stockbroker, a Qualified Financial Advisor and holds the relevant qualifications associated with financial investment and advisory roles. Michelle is a member of the senior management team with Goodbody and currently heads up Goodbody Advisory Services, with responsibility for the Credit Union Team. Prior to joining Goodbody, Michelle was a Partner with BDO Accountants and set up and managed BDO Private Wealth Management Ltd, from 2007 until 2014, when she transferred the business to Goodbody. Michelle previously worked for Davy Stockbrokers for over 18 years where she was a Director in the Private Client division. Michelle has extensive private client experience and provides advisory and corporate governance services to many credit unions throughout Ireland.  Michelle also provides treasury management advice to private clients, charitable organisations, friendly societies and pension trusts.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications, Age Action

Justin Moran

Justin is Head of Public Affairs with the Irish Wind Energy Association.

He has nearly 20 years experience in communications and public affairs roles with Sinn Féin, Amnesty International and EirGrid, the national transmission system operator.

He also spent three years working with Age Action as the Head of Advocacy and Communications, where he led the organisation’s campaigns for a fair State Pension, a right to homecare and to end elder abuse.

He has a degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Dublin City University.

 

Latest revision date: 
01/03/2016

Summer Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Summer Raffle. We're so grateful to everyone who participated and who raised more than 18,000 euro to support older people in Ireland.

This year's winners were:

1st Prize winner €1,500

S Deegan, Dublin

2nd Prize winner €1,000

A Parks, Dublin

3rd Prize winner €500

M Dangerfield, Dublin

And the winner of our Sellers Prize was:

Sellers Prize €100

M Kane, Galway, €100

Thank you to all who supported the raffle, this is one of our biggest and most reliable fundraisers, so your support makes all the difference.

 

Top tips for staying cool

  • Keep out of the heat. Stay inside during the hottest time of the day – late morning to mid-afternoon. If you do go out, wear a hat and keep to the shade as much as possible. It’s very important to use sun screen of at least factor 15.
  • If you are travelling by car or public transport always take a bottle of water.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and limit activities like housework and gardening to the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.
  • When inside, try to stay in the coolest parts of your home. Keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun. Remember that lights generate heat. Keep windows shut while it’s cooler inside than out and open them when it gets hotter inside. If it’s safe, you could leave a window open at night when it’s cooler. Fans can help sweat evaporate but do not cool the air itself.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured cotton clothing.
  • Take cool baths or showers.
  • Splash your face with cold water or place a damp cloth or scarf on the back of your neck to help you cool off.
  • Drink lots of fluid – even if you’re not thirsty. Limit drinks with caffeine (like coffee and cola) and avoid alcohol as it can increase dehydration.
  • Eat normally but try to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruit as they contain a lot of water.

Dehydration and overheating

Extreme heat and humidity can cause you to dehydrate and your body to overheat. Watch out for certain signs: particularly for muscle cramps in your arms, legs or stomach, mild confusion, weakness or sleep problems. If you have any of these, rest in a cool place and drink plenty of fluids. Seek medical advice if your symptoms persist or worsen.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, pale skin, heavy sweating and a high temperature.

If you have any of these symptoms you must:

  • find a cool place and loosen tight clothes
  • drink plenty of water or fruit juice
  • sponge yourself with cold water or have a cool shower.

If you’re having difficulty, or your symptoms persist for several hours, seek medical advice. Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated - but it can also develop suddenly and without warning. The symptoms of heatstroke include hot and red skin, headaches, nausea, intense thirst, raised temperature, confusion, aggression and loss of consciousness. Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition.

So if you or someone else shows symptoms:

  • call 999 immediately or 112 if you are in the European Union (you can call 112 from a mobile for free). If you have a community or personal alarm press the button on your pendant to call for help.
  • while waiting for the ambulance, follow the advice given above for heat exhaustion but do not try to give fluids to anyone who is unconscious.

Further information

If you live alone consider asking a relative or friend to visit or phone to check that you are not having difficulties during periods of extreme heat.

  • If you know a neighbour who lives alone, check they are ok.
  •  Check for weather forecasts and temperature warnings on TV and radio, and online at  https://www.met.ie/warnings
  • If you have breathing problems or a heart condition your symptoms might get worse when it’s very hot.
  • For further advice about heat-related illness contact your GP.