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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 Lorraine Fitzsimons, Deputy CEO, Age Action.

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. Having completed a BSc in Health and Society at DCU, Anna is now commencing a PhD in October 2016, focusing on “new care pathways for older people,” with a view to minimising hospitalisations.

John Quinn, Treasurer, Age Action

John Quinn, Treasurer

John has spent over twenty years as the Finance Director of one of Ireland’s leading printing companies.  In mid 2011 he joined GOAL’s overseas finance team spending an exciting and extremely hot year in Sudan.  John is Financial Controller with Ardmore Studios and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants.

Owen O'Sullivan, Chairperson, Age Action

Owen O’Sullivan, Company Secretary

Owen is a practising solicitor. He has a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree from UCD and post graduate qualifications in Criminology, Taxation and Competition Law.  He was admitted as a solicitor in Ireland in 1987 and has been in practice in Dublin since. He enjoys playing soccer and taking part in triathlons.

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 since 1993.  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. 

Anne Donnellan lives in Galway . She 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 eduacation 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 works with Age Action since February 2014 and is the local coordinator of the Galway Glor group . 

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.

David Henshaw, Age Action Board of Directors

David Henshaw

David trained as a carpenter/boat builder and by the time he was 26 held a senior position with Trafalgar investments, Builders and Developers. He has worked in East Africa and opened the Pan-Am Hotel in Nairobi. He subsequently moved back to London where he went into the business of renovating old public houses and received awards from the Hotel and Catering Group. David subsequently retired to Kildare where he commenced boat building again. He also purchased a pub in Athy, which he renovated.  They have won the Black and White Pub of the Year and was selected as one of The Hundred Best Pubs in Ireland. David is an active member of Athy Positive Ageing Week Town.

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.  

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.

Latest revision date: 
01/03/2016

New store opens in Galway

Age Action Deputy Chief Executive Lorraine Fitzsimons holds the ribbon for customer June Smyth

Age Action's sixth charity store has officially opened at 3 St Francis Street in the heart of Galway City. Bargain-hunters would be well advised to drop in soon to check out the store's fantastic selection of clothes, bags, jewellery, and vintage accessories.