Board of Directors

Louise Callaghan

Chairperson and Director

Louise Callaghan is an award-winning accountant with many years experience in both the private and not for profit sectors. For the past number of years she has specialised in not-for-profit management and has also worked in developing advocacy awareness and skills with primary and post-primary students across Ireland.

Louise was first attracted to Le Chéile due to its recognised success in providing the right supports at the right time to young people and their families. She has volunteered with Le Chéile as a Board member since 2013 and was appointed Chairperson of the Board in 2017.

 

James Doorley

Company Secretary and Director

James Doorley is the Deputy Director of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the representative body for voluntary youth organisations. Prior to this he worked with a number of community development and disability organisations in the North East. James has been a member of the National Economic and Social Council since 2011.  He is a former Vice President of the European Youth Forum and served as a Trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust from 2004-2015.

He has a BA and MA in Applied Social Studies and a Diploma in Youth and Community Work from NUI Maynooth, a Degree in Law from Dublin Institute of Technology, a Master in Laws (LL.M) in Trinity College Dublin, and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance in the Michael Smurfit Business School in UCD in 2010.

 

Dr. Margaret Rogers

Vice-Chairperson and Director

Dr. Margaret Rogers is National Manager for Better Start: National Early Years Quality Development. Previously Margaret worked extensively in early childhood and school age services for children as well as in family support.

Her experience includes service development, management and consultancy in NGOs, public service organisations and Government Departments. Her research interests include early childhood education and outcomes; and qualitative participatory research with children, young people and adults.

 

Richard McElwee

Director

Richard is a qualified Barrister with a very keen and active interest in sport, journalism, media and communications.  He is currently the Communications Manager & Legal Counsel with Rugby Players Ireland, the representative body for professional rugby players in the country.  In January 2017, prior to joining Rugby Players Ireland, he was a practicing barrister at The Bar of Ireland.

After completing his MA (Hons) in History of International Relations in UCD, Richard went on to complete his Barrister-in-Law degree in The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and this year completed a Diploma in Sports Psychology with Dublin Business School.

He currently volunteers with the Peter McVerry Trust and plays rugby with Railway Union RFC.

 

Darina Sexton

Director

With over fifteen years’ experience in public relations, Darina has worked across all aspects of internal and external communications, social media, and public affairs in fast-paced organisations.

Since 2018, Darina has led Business and Enterprise Communications in Microsoft Ireland. Prior to this, at Tesco, she developed and led an employer brand strategy for over 13,000 employees. Previously, as Head of Communications in MSD healthcare, she successfully developed an innovative reputation-led strategy that broadened awareness and relationships with key influencers. She worked for thirteen years in Vodafone Ireland and, during her time as Head of Corporate Affairs, successfully led the team to win PR, CSR, and social media awards.

Darina holds an MA and International BA from UCD, and a Master of Business from UCC.

 

Maria Molloy

Director

Maria Molloy is a HR and business professional with over 20 years’ experience working primarily across the legal, professional and financial services sectors both in Ireland and abroad. Maria currently works as an independent HR and business consultant.

Maria has an honours B. Social Science from University College Dublin and an honours MBS from the Michael Smurfit Business School, UCD. More recently Maria has completed a leadership development programme at the Moller Institute, University of Cambridge.

 

Ciara O’Connor

Director