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.

The Board also has two Committees:

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Oliver Carroll

Chairperson, Board of Directors

Oliver is a chartered certified accountant by profession and has extensive experience within finance and accounting, business and the asset management industry. He initially worked in public practice in a range of auditing and taxation roles, including PwC from 1996-1999. He joined Invesco, one of the largest independent asset managers in the world, in 1999 and his current role is Global Head of Finance Operations. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and he serves as a director of several of Invesco’s regulated fund and management company boards which govern Invesco’s cross border product range.

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Prof Richard Costello

Member, Board of Directors & Chairperson, Medical Advisory Group

Graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 1988, was a House Officer in Beaumont Hospital and completed postgraduate training at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, USA, & the University of Liverpool, UK. Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine at Beaumont Hospital, & Associate Professor of Medicine at RCSI. National Specialty director in Respiratory Medicine. Involved in both the clinical and research aspects of asthma, rhinitis and sleep medicine. First recipient of the Derek Dockery Award for Health Research. In research has authored over 50 publications. 

Caren Gallagher

Caren Gallagher

Board of Directors, Member of Fundraising and Communications Committee

Caren is the Director of Policy of the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH), the national federation of housing associations in Ireland. She has worked for the ICSH since 2005 and has many years experience in policy development, governance and compliance, Board training and support, research and project management. Caren is asthma sufferer as is her son, so she is very aware of the challenges involved in living with and managing asthma symptoms.

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. 

Allan Kearns

Allan Kearns

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

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.

Geraldine Lally

Board of Directors

A graduate of NUIG and Galway native, Gerardine has worked in communications and strategic business advice as an Independent Consultant for the past twenty years. She has trained, coached, developed and advised senior teams, executives, and board members from public and private sector, manufacturing and service companies throughout Ireland, UK, Europe and, more recently, the US. Her ability to lead teams in bids, tenders and infrastructure projects plus make technical information accessible to a non-technical audience are particular skills. Gerardine’s son is asthmatic, so asthma, inhalers and allergies are a big part of their family life.

Michael McDermott

Michael McDermott

Secretary, Board of Directors, Chairperson of Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

Michael is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, an Associate Member of Chartered Global Management Accountants and a Member of the Institute of Directors, having completed the Chartered Director programme.  He is Finance Director and Secretary to the Digital Hub Development Agency, a government sponsored initiative established under statute to create a centre for innovation, technological development and creativity among digital content and technology enterprises.  Michael has gained broad experience in finance and governance having previously held financial and management positions in a number of multinational organisations.

Darragh McDonald

Darragh McDonald

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

Darragh is a student of University College Dublin studying Commerce with a focus on Finance and he is also pursuing the CIMA Management Accounting qualification. He is a decorated Paralympic Athlete winning Gold at the Paralympic Games in London 2012 and Silver in the Beijing Games in 2008. Through his sporting career he gained extensive experience in the areas of PR and marketing with specific focus on media relations and event management. 

Brendan Fanning

Treasurer
Anne Robinson, Asthma Society Director Emeritus

Anne Robinson

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. 

Lorna K. Coleman

Lorna has over 30 years experience consulting in the not for profit and corporate sectors in Ireland and the USA. Lorna is passionate about education, entrepreneurship, and community development/personal wellbeing. She began her career in computer training before founding a management consultancy business. Specialising in grant writing she secured grant funding through Exchequer, Philanthropy and EU Grants for many companies in Ireland.

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