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Anna McCabe, Board of Directors Age Action

Anna McCabe, Chair

Anna began her career as a nurse, training at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and The Meath Hospital, Dublin. Moving to clinical research in 1987, Anna spent almost 15 years in that sector. During this time she worked in the USA, mainly for the Irish company, ICON Clinical Research.  Anna was pivotal in the development of ICON’s US business, rising to the position of Vice-President, with responsibility for Clinical Operations in all of its five US locations. Additionally, during this time, Anna obtained a Masters degree in Quality Assurance, from Temple University, Philadelphia.

Returning to Ireland in 2001, Anna refocused her energies on care of older people. With a business partner, Anna opened Beneavin Lodge Nursing Home in 2004 and subsequently Beneavin House, both in Dublin 11. In 2012 Anna resigned from this venture and returned to full-time education. She has completed a BSc in Health and Society at DCU.

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
Patrick McCormack, Board of Directors Age Action

Patrick McCormack

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.

 

Ailbhe Smyth

Ailbhe is a long-time campaigner on feminist, LGBT and other social issues. Most recently, she played a leading role in the marriage equality referendum campaign in 2015, and was Co-Director of the Together for Yes campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment. The former founding head of Women’s Studies at UCD (University College Dublin), she has published widely on feminism, gender, politics and culture. 

 

 

Tonya Myles

Tonya started her career as a journalist, writing about social and political issues for one of the leading Russian newspapers before moving to Ireland. In Ireland, her passion for human rights and interest in advocacy brought her to Cairde- a health advocacy organisation working to reduce health inequalities among ethnic minorities through the rights based approach – to take up a role as Women’s Health Development Worker, engaging directly with women, experiencing inequality and advocating on their behalf.

Tonya has over 17 years of experience in working with minority ethnic individuals and groups with a particular interest in women’s health. Currently, she is a General Manager of Cairde.  She previously worked as Community Development and Policy coordinator in Cairde and was involved in policy development initiatives with the ethnic minority communities. Tonya holds MA in Digital Media from Dublin Institute of Technology, MA in Journalism from Moscow State University and Professional Diploma in Human Rights and Equality from the Institute of Public Administration.

 

 

Tony Kehoe

Tony’s career, over some forty years, ranged over many sectors from Consumer Products, Aviation, to Medical Devices, and spanned many roles from Plant Manager through Operations Director to CEO, operating in both indigenous and multi- national companies. He holds a M.Sc. Eng from Trinity College Dublin and an M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy from UCC. Tony is an active volunteer with Age Action’s Care and Repair service in Cork. Born in Wexford, raised in Dublin, Tony has lived in Cork for the past 30 years. He and his wife Dorothy, also an active volunteer, have four adult children and six grand-children.

 

Ray McGrath

Ray lives at the edge of the Glazing Woods in Cheekpoint Co. Waterford where the Barrow River meets the Suir. His joy of walking, local history and the environment are brought to public attention in his Heritage Rambles in Gaultier weekly column in the Waterford News and Star.   Formerly a teacher and college principal in Canada he returned to Ireland in 1992 and became a lecturer in Lifelong Learning at WIT.   He is active in community matters, being a member of Waterford Council for Older People and the Waterford PPN Environmental Linkage Group.  He also served two terms as a board member with Waterford Leader and was a committee member on several Strategic Policy Committees of Waterford Council.  Ray is currently chairperson of Waterford U3A.

 

Suanne Moran

 

Originally from Sweden, Susanne lives in Dublin with her family and her dog. Over the past number years she has developed an interest in ageing matters, chairing a corporate Intergenerational Committee. 

Seeking an opportunity to contribute her extensive risk management expertise to the voluntary sector brought Susanne in contact with Age Action. Susanne holds a number of academic and professional qualifications. 

 

STOP67 calls for inclusion of advocates for women and older people on Pensions Commission

(13 November) The STOP67 Coalition has expressed its disappointment at the failure of the Government to appoint sufficient members to the Pensions Commission who reflect the interests of those most affected by the proposed pension age increase and, in particular, organisations representing women and older people. The Coalition includes the National Women’s Council (NWC), SIPTU, Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland.

In a letter to An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, the Coalition said it was “shocked and surprised” that the Commission does not include the representatives of so many of those directly affected by the proposed pension age increase. This followed the announcement by the Government of the members of the Commission, which is due to assess whether the pension age should be increased to 67 years and to set out a future plan for the pension system.