Funding and Governance

Le Chéile Mentoring is an NGO, governed by a Board of Directors, and is structured as a company limited by guarantee and registered with the Charity Regulator. We also comply with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

Current Board of Directors

James Doorley


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.

Richard McElwee

Company Secretary

Richard is a qualified barrister and is currently Director of Communications and Legal Affairs at Rugby Players Ireland, the representative body for professional and national rugby players in the country.

Before moving into his current role, Richard practised at The Law Library and also worked with some of the country’s top athletes and brands through his work in athlete management. In addition to a Diploma in Sports Law from the Law Society and an Advanced Diploma in Social Media & Media Law from the King’s Inns, Richard has a master’s in International Relations and also has qualifications in Psychology and Strategic Communications.

Dr. Margaret Rogers


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.

Darina Sexton


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.

John Balfe


John Balfe is a qualified Social Worker, Social Care Worker, Addiction Counsellor, Youth Mentor/Co-ordinator, Strengthening Families Facilitator and CRA Therapist.

He is currently a full time Lecturer on the Applied Social Studies and Early Childhood Education Care Programmes at IT Carlow Wexford Campus. He is also an Associate Lecturer on the Masters programme in Child, Youth and Family Studies and on Restorative Practice in IT Carlow. He is an active member of the CYSCP Prevention, Partnership and Family Support committee in Wexford.

John has previously worked with the Irish Probation Service for 14 years in prisons, community and specialised court settings, and he has served as a Senior Probation Officer in North Dublin. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Social Science in University College Cork.

Krupesh Patel


Krupesh Patel has over 25 years of experience within the financial services industry and is currently the Chief Operating Officer of a fund management company based in Dublin. Krupesh grew up in Kenya and during the course of his career, has lived in London and Asia.

Krupesh also serves as a member of the Board of Management at Stepaside Educate Together National School. In addition to being a long suffering Newcastle United fan in his spare time, Krupesh enjoys travelling and reading crime fiction.

Maria Molloy


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.

Olivia Keaveney


Olivia Keaveney is an Assistant Principal Probation Officer with the Probation Service. Olivia is the national lead for Young Persons Probation, having oversight of the Probation Service’s work with children and is a member of their Senior Management Team. Olivia contributes to local and Government policy on Youth Justice and the Criminal Justice System.

Olivia has over sixteen years’ senior management experience, with most in the charity sector, having managed multidisciplinary services, which provide services to vulnerable adults and children. Olivia has extensive experience in the areas of operational management, corporate governance, HR, Health and Safety and financial management.

Olivia is a graduate of UCD and the National University of Ireland.

Le Chéile Mentoring is funded by the Department of Justice through the Probation Service. Our Restorative Justice Project receives funding from the Probation Service and Limerick City and County Council.

Registered Charity No. 20066000  |  Company No. 424299  |  CHY No. CHY 17621

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