New members of Spirasi’s Board of Directors in 2018
Siobhán Conlon, Luke Fitzgerald, Martin Kelly, Grace Mulvey, Connie O’Halloran and John Tobin joined the board of Spirasi in 2018.
Siobhán previously worked with the regulatory/compliance teams of Matheson, and Ernst & Young. Holder of a master’s degree from NUIG’s Irish Centre for Human Rights, she is a sole practitioner in the area of human rights and criminal law. About half of her clients are asylum-seekers or are seeking immigration-related advice & representation, and she has worked with a number of victims of torture.
Luke is a Certified Public Accountant, and joins the board as Treasurer. He has worked in Ireland in the area of financial services, and in New Zealand as financial controller of CCS Disability Action. With GOAL since 2012, he worked overseas including as part of the South Sudan senior management team. He has been based in GOAL’s HQ in Dublin as Head of Internal Audit since July 2016.
Martin is a Spiritan who has spent most of his mission life in Ethiopia, focusing on ecumenical cooperation with the Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and on integrated development. He was on the board of Spiritan Community Outreach Ethiopia for 4 years, the final 2 as chairperson. Director of World Missions Ireland, he is a certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. He also worked in formation.
Grace holds a BCL and an LLM, and is qualified as a New York Attorney and a Barrister. A former employee of both the ICCL and Nasc, she is a practising barrister and works part-time for FLAC, coordinating its legal clinics in Dublin and Cork. She has also served as an intern within both the Attorney General’s Office in Dublin, and the Juvenile Dependency Court in Los Angeles, USA.
John is a consultant psychiatrist and a retired Lt. Col. with the Irish Defence Forces. Holding degrees in medicine and science and an LLM in Human Rights Law, he works with the IICI in The Hague (https://iici.global/) and has worked in conflict / post-conflict zones with both the IICI and the UN. A trained forensic and general psychiatrist, he is a specialist in war trauma and its effects on the mind.
Connie worked in Tanzania, and with Trasna – Clare Equality Partnership, an EU-funded project for asylum-seekers and others accessing training & employment. With a master’s (International Development) from UL, she is on the board of Intercultural and Diversity Education Centre Ireland. As the Overseas Development Officer, she oversees the Spiritans’ development programmes overseas.