Our Board

Dóchas is governed by its members, through an Annual General Meeting, which elects a Board to manage the network on behalf of the members.The Board is assisted by a Secretariat which is responsible for the day-to-day business of the organisation. Minutes from Board meetings can be found below.

The following are full members of the Dóchas Board:

  • Chairperson - Finola Finnan: Trócaire

Finola Finnan is the Deputy CEO of Trócaire. She joined Trócaire in 2005 and held a number of roles before being appointed the Director of Strategy, Programmes and Advocacy in 2015.  Finola has almost 30 years’ experience in strategy development, programme implementation, research and monitoring and evaluation. She has a particular interest in gender equality and health/HIV and has chaired the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence and the Catholic HIV and AIDS network and has served on the consultative group on Ireland’s 1st National Action Plan on UNSCR1325. Previously Finola worked with Oxfam Ireland, Irish Aid and Trinity College Dublin and with Ministries of Health in Zambia and in Micronesia. Finola is a former biomedical scientist and holds an MSc in Community Health from Trinity College Dublin.

  • Vice-Chairperson - Sarah O'Toole: CBM Ireland

Sarah O'Toole is CEO of CBM Ireland, having joined the organisation in 2014. CBM is a Christian international development organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. As CEO, Sarah oversees all aspects of the organisation, ensuring good governance, quality programme delivery, and financial health, and leads the Senior Management Team. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over ten years, including two years leading a project in Haiti. Sarah has considerable experience both in the corporate and not-for-profit sector in the areas of strategic planning, business development, relationship management, communications and leadership. She believes that these skills, coupled with her extensive experience, can add real value to Dóchas, delivering on its mission to be a leading voice for organisations that want Ireland to be a world leader in efforts to bring about global justice. Sarah is a graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology, holds a Masters in International Strategic Marketing from DCU Business School and is a former board member of Boardmatch Ireland.

  • Treasurer and Company Secretary - Peter McDevitt: Self Help Africa. Peter is also Chairperson of the Board's Sub-committee on Finance, Audit and Risk.

Peter McDevitt is Chief Finance and Operations Officer with Self Help Africa having joined the organisation in 2009. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has 18 years’ experience working at senior management level in international NGOs. Prior to joining Self Help Africa, Peter worked as Head of Internal Audit and subsequently Chief Financial Officer in GOAL. He also undertook interim country management roles in GOAL including Malawi, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. Peter has served as Chair of Show Racism the Red Card, Treasurer of the Carmichael Centre and as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of Clúid, one of Ireland’s leading social housing agencies. He has also worked in senior financial management roles with ESB International and in the financial services sector with FTI.

  • Grace Milton: External Member

With over 13 years’ experience in communications and Government affairs, Grace is Head of Corporate Communications and Government Relations at Tesco Ireland. Having worked in both consultancy as Associate Director at leading global firm Edelman (2011-2019), and in Government as adviser to the then Minister for Communications (2007-2011), Grace’s areas of expertise include political strategy, stakeholder management, policy development, crisis and issues management, organisational purpose and corporate governance. She has advised some the largest Irish and international organisations in sectors such as retail, agrifood, energy, pharmaceuticals, technology, telecoms and the arts. Qualified with a Bachelor of Law and European Studies with French, Grace holds an Executive MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, for which she received the IMAGE Magazine Women in Leadership bursary. She has a keen interest in corporate purpose and civic participation.

  • Louise Supple: Concern Worldwide. Louise is Chairperson of the Board's Sub-committee on Remuneration and Human Resources.

Louise Supple was appointed as Concern Worldwide’s Director of Human Resources in 2011. Louise joined the organisation in 1989 as a volunteer and spent the next fourteen years working across many of Concern’s overseas countries including Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cambodia. Building on this experience, she returned to Dublin taking up the role of Regional Director where she continued to provide leadership to Concern’s work on the ground in Asia and Central Africa. This first-hand experience of working with vulnerable communities in some of the most difficult and insecure countries of the world has shaped and influenced how Louise has led and developed Concern’s human resource function and what she brings to the different working groups and networks with which she interacts.

  • Martina Fitzgerald: External Member

Martina Fitzgerald is a leading strategic communications expert with an excellent understanding of political and public policy processes based on twenty years senior-level media experience. Martina was a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University in New York in 2019 and is the author of the best-selling book, ‘Madam Politician: The women at the table of Irish political power’.  She is a member of the National Screening Advisory Committee, which advises the government on health screening programmes and the advisory board of Inclusio, a technology start-up which is developing a data-driven approach to company culture.

Martina is a highly regarded public speaker and conference chair having worked with national and international companies and not-for-profits. Prior to 2019, Martina was Political Correspondent with RTÉ News & Current Affairs providing expert analysis on all major political stories. Martina has a longstanding personal interest – and professional experience – relating to inclusion and diversity, and advancing equality issues for young women. She has delivered communications and empowerment programmes to pre-university women in Washington and Laos, where she volunteered in 2019.

  • Niamh Carty: Oxfam Ireland

Niamh Carty joined Oxfam Ireland in 2005 where she is now the Director of International Programmes. In 2000, she was appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Irish Aid Advisory Committee where she led inter-agency work on NGOs and Capacity Building. She has also served in a variety of roles within the Oxfam International Confederation including the governance body that oversees Oxfam’s work in the Horn, East & Central Africa and in the global Gender Justice Working Group. Niamh graduated from Trinity College in 1989 with a BA in music. She also holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Hull (1997). She has worked for Irish Aid in Zambia and subsequently for Christian Aid in Dublin. She has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Irish Consortium on GBV and led the consortium’s strategic planning process in 2012. She has also served as a member of the monitoring group established to oversee the implementation of Ireland’s 1st National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325.

  • Paul O'Brien: Plan International Ireland

Paul O'Brien is CEO of Plan International Ireland. With a career spanning 30 years in development and humanitarian work, he has lived and worked in a number of developing countries, including: Kenya, Sudan, Liberia, Bangladesh and Tanzania. A senior leader in Ireland’s NGO sector for the last 17 years, Paul still travels extensively in his work with Plan International Ireland. Paul has served on the Board of ICVA (the International Council for Voluntary Agencies), the global network of non-governmental organisations whose mission is to make humanitarian action more principled and effective by working collectively and independently to influence policy and practice. He was elected Chair of the ICVA Board by membership from March 2009 to March 2012. Paul has actively served as a Board Member of Dóchas for the last two and a half years, participating in the Board’s sub-committee on Finance, Audit and Risk, including a brief period as Treasurer.

  • Siobhán McGee: ActionAid Ireland

Siobhán McGee is the CEO of ActionAid Ireland since 2015. ActionAid Ireland is a member of the 45 strong ActionAid Federation which prioritises localisation and gender equality and has consciously evolved its structure to share power and to place equality at the heart of its work. This is achieved through nationally governed and locally staffed NGOs in each country where ActionAid has a presence. Siobhán has been a member of ActionAid’s international Leadership team, and of the Country Model review team which fed into the international Strategic review process in 2020-21. In Ireland, ActionAid’s strategy ‘Realising Rights for Women & Children: Strategy 2017-2021’ is implemented with support from the Irish public and in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Aid.

Siobhán previously worked with Concern, Irish Red Cross, Value Added in Africa, and a year part-time with Dóchas in 2013.  She worked in Kenya and south Sudan (1999-2000) and in Malawi (2010-2011) and travelled extensively in Africa and south-east Asia in the course of her work. From a leadership perspective Siobhán actively contributed to developing governance standards for the Irish nonprofit sector; she led the process to establish the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images & Messages and The Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising (later subsumed into the Charities Regulatory Authority’s Guidelines for Fundraising). As well her commitment to governance and accountability, Siobhán is actively interested in equality and education. She is chair of the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence and a trustee of Transparency International Ireland.

  • Senan Turnbull: External Member

Senan is a specialist in organisational development and governance with community, voluntary and charitable organisations. In parallel with a public service career from which he took early retirement he has a life-time of involvement both as a volunteer and working with not-for-profit and state organisations from local to national levels and across many sectors. He has served on the Board of the Charities Regulatory Authority and chaired the Commission on the Governance of Charities which reported in 2018. He was a member of the working group which developed the CVC Governance Code. Senan undertakes training, mentoring and governance review work with groups while continuing to be a serial volunteer with a wide variety of organisations.

  • Una Murray: Sightsavers Ireland

Una is a Board Member of Sightsavers Ireland and a member of the Steering Committee of the Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development (IFIAD). Una did her Masters degree in International Development at the University of East Anglia, and her PhD on child labour in agriculture at University College Cork.  In the 1990s, Una began her development career with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation working in Italy and Asia on the FAO Socio-economic and Gender Analysis Programme. From 2000, Una worked extensively for the UN International Labour Organisation on Child Labour (Asia and Africa) and on supporting ILO to integrate gender across all its activities. On returning to Ireland in 2004, Una lectured in UCC on the BSc in Food Business and Development, and worked with UCC on a joint Masters degree program with two Ethiopian universities. She lectures and supervises students at NUI Galway in a range of international development topics. Una works as an Evaluator mainly with UN agencies allowing valuable insights into governance & management policies and procedures of organisations. She has also worked with UNDP on their Support Programme for Climate Change Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to support social inclusion and rights integration into climate change programs and indicators. Una has also worked with Irish Aid (IA) mainly on Social Protection, training IA staff on gender, and representing Ireland in different fora, including at the UN International Labour Conference. She also worked on a range of projects, including a CARE & Gates Foundation funded women’s empowerment project in Malawi.  Una brings a solid knowledge on the role of different partners in International Development, 25 years of experience of working with a diversity of development partners. Her knowledge of standards, including the implementation of rights-based conventions and policy processes are important for Dóchas’ Justice commitment.