Our Board

Chris O’Leary


Chris O’Leary is an elected and serving member of Cork City Council since 2002 and was elected Lord Mayor of Cork in June 2015. He has over 30 years of experience as a volunteer activist and has been involved in community affairs across Cork, addressing issues of Anti-Poverty and Community Development. As a public representative, Chris O’Leary, serves on various boards.


Christopher O’Brien  

Company Secretary

Christopher O’Brien has 10 years’ experience in the voluntary sector in people management and training roles at multiple levels.  He brings to the board expertise in recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers, with background in organisational psychology, specialising in engagement, well-being and coaching.


Aileen O’ Driscoll


Aileen O’Driscoll has a Masters in Organisational Learning & Development and is currently working as an Organisational Development Consultant. Specializing in building team effectiveness, team leadership and creative group decision making, Aileen has developed and delivered leadership training to major pharmaceutical & medical device multinationals, community workers and unemployed job seekers. She also works part-time in a non-profit organisation and describes herself as a serial volunteer with over 20 years of voluntary experience.   


Sinéad Conroy  


Sinéad Conroy has worked with SECAD, a local development company, since 2007 and has 22 years’ experience working in the community development sector.  She works primarily with community and voluntary groups as well as individuals on low incomes looking to enter employment or explore self-employment.


Jim O’Donovan

Jim O Donovan has retired as Director of Services at Cork City Council, where he worked for 43 years, in the areas of environment, recreation, planning, community, arts and general administration. He brings to the board skills and expertise of local government, business strategy, sustainability, strategic planning and change management. He is Race Director of Cork City Marathon and serves on several boards.


Bernadette Walsh  

Bernadette Walsh works in the department of justice as a probation officer for the past 11 years. She brings to the board expertise of motivational inter/development programmes, vast experience of working with individuals and groups assessing their needs.


Eleanor Busteed  

Eleanor Busteed has worked with probation service since 2001 and has 20 years accumulative experience working with training centres, the volunteer sector and public services. With a degree in Youth & Community Work from UCC, she liaises with volunteer community groups, families, addiction and psychiatric services and social work departments.