Our Board

We are governed by a Board of Directors made up of people with a range of skills and expertise including people with asthma and people with financial, marketing and business backgrounds. The Board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Company. 

Our Board

The Board also has two Committees:

Allan Kearns

Allan Kearns

 

Chairman of the Board 

Allan works with the Central Bank of Ireland. In recent years, he has been a member of the Bank’s and the European Central Bank’s executive risk management committees, and has had a significant role in supporting the Central Bank Board’s risk and audit committees.

Allan is a PhD economist by profession with significant experience of working in central banking at home and abroad. He has additional qualifications in communications, risk management and leadership. He lectures on various risk management issues with the Institute of Banking in Ireland, and internationally for other central banks.  Allan’s late mother was a lifelong asthmatic.

Marcus Butler

Marcus Butler

 

Medical Director, Board of Directors, 

Marcus Butler graduated in Medicine from NUI Galway, obtained his MD from the RCSI and completed fellowship training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He was appointed to faculty there as an attending physician in pulmonary and critical care, in addition to having joint appointments at the departments of Medicine and Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

He is now a consultant respiratory physician/lecturer at St Vincent’s University Hospital and University College Dublin, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and is currently appointed as an external examiner for clinical medicine in Trinity College Dublin while also serving on the council of the Irish Thoracic Society. He established a severe asthma clinical service in SVUH and has co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed research publications and book chapters in the international medical literature.

Caren Gallagher

Caren Gallagher

 

Board of Directors, Member of Fundraising and Communications Committee 

Caren is a communications and policy professional with many years experience of working in the charity sector in Ireland.  She brings key skills to our board in the areas of communications, policy development, research and governance.  Caren has direct experience of what it is like to live with and care for someone with asthma, having the condition herself as well as her child having asthma.

Lorna Jennings

 

Board of Directors, Member of Fundraising and Communications Committee 

Lorna is a PR and public affairs consultant, managing PR and political advocacy for domestic and international clients including State bodies, multinationals and charities. For the past ten years, she has worked for PR agencies operating across Dublin, London and Brussels. Prior to this, she helped establish the Irish Cancer Society’s advocacy strategy and provided consultancy work to several voluntary organisations, particularly in the health sector. Lorna began her career as a political assistant in the Houses of the Oireachtas. She is an active member of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland, Dublin University Women Graduates Association and Trinity Business Alumni. 

Anne Robinson

Anne Robinson, Asthma Society Director Emeritus

 

Director Emeritus

Anne has been a member of the Asthma Society of Ireland for over thirty years. She joined the Board as a Director in 1987 following the tragic loss of her son Alex due to asthma. She has represented the Asthma Society of Ireland on numerous occasions on TV, radio and other national media. She retired from the Board of Directors in April 2013 and she was then appointed as a Director Emeritus in recognition of her enormous dedication, fundraising efforts and life-long contribution to the Asthma Society. 

Ciaran Mc Gloin

 

Secretary of the Board , Member of Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

Ciaran is currently a Managing Director at Novacies Capital, an Irish and UK based Private Equity firm focused on mid-market companies in the financial technology sector. 

He is a qualified accountant with a 25 year career specialising in private equity, financial services and financial technology businesses.  Ciaran held a number of senior management roles with high-growth Irish and global businesses. He started his career at ICC Venture Capital where he spent 15 years.  He subsequently spent six years with the ION Investment Group, a global leader in the provision of mission-critical software to financial institutions and corporates. 

Recognised for having strong director and governance skills, he has held either executive or non-executive director roles in over 70 companies

James Dunny

 

Board of Directors, Member of Fundraising and Communications Committee 

James is a Director of FleishmanHillard and is the EMEA Head of the company’s Crisis Practice Group. With over 20 years’ communications experience, James is a reputation management specialist and works directly with decision makers within client organisations providing strategic counsel and support in the areas of issue management, corporate profiling, message shaping, public affairs advice, and communications and media relations. James has specific expertise in the health sector working with a number of high profile companies including the Irish Hospital Consultants Association, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Medlab. James focuses on building, protecting and enhancing a company’s reputation and many of Ireland’s and Europe’s top companies have reached out to James when they needed assistance in this area.  James had Asthma for over 20 years before it disappeared after a year-long trip to Australia. He is married to Melanie and has two girls and a boy.

 

Dermot Nolan

 

Board of Directors/ Asthma Consulatant

Dermot Nolan is a full time GP in Tramore, Co Waterford and a GP trainer on the South East GP scheme. He is chair of the local faculty and a CME tutor. He is the National Clinical Lead for Asthma on behalf of the ICGP/HSE sicne August 2018.

He is the author of the national guidelines on Asthma for the ICGP. He qualified in UCC in 1992 and did the medical scheme in Cork before moving to complete his GP higher specialty training in RCSI. He moved to London in 1999 as part of an academic scholarship progrmme and worked in the Asthma and Allergy Clinic in Guys Hospital under Prof Tak Lee. He has an interest in community based asthma care and ongoing education.

 

Ciara Kelly

 

Board of Directors 

Ciara works in the HR department of Permanent TSB, previously as a Recruitment Support and now in HR Shared Services in the Contracts and Onboarding team. Growing up, Ciara saw first hand what life as a chronic asthmatic was like as her mother suffered from the condition all her life. She sadly passed away in January of 2018 at the age of 47 from an asthma attack. Ciara believes no one should have to experience the kind of lifestyle her mother did in regards to her asthma and certainly no one should lose their life, therefore she is doing all she can to raise funds and awareness on how serious a condition it is. 

 

Vincent Butterly

Board of Directors, Member of Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

Vincent is a Financial Controller with 18 years' post-qualification experience within public practice (10 years) and subsequently with leading multinational companies in the technology sector. He has a proven track record of improving the quality of financial reporting and the timeliness of its delivery, both internally and externally. Vincent is a graduate of University College Dublin and Smurfit Graduate School of Business and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland since 1995.

 

Sharon Edge

 

Board of Directors, Member of Fundraising and Communications Committee 

Sharon is a strategic marketing & fundraising professional and founder of social impact consultancy, ‘The Purpose Edge'. Sharon works at the intersection of business and social impact - with brands with a shared purpose. 

She has over 20 years of senior marketing and fundraising leadership experience and a proven track record of crafting innovative and award winning marketing and fundraising strategies, delivering growth and impact for leading brands across the corporate and not for profit sector.

Sharon is passionate about the mission of ASI as her daughter has asthma and her close friend tragically lost her brother to a sudden asthma attack.