Hatty Barthorp works within GOAL’s programme quality management team as a Global Nutrition Advisor. She hails from the UK but has spent the majority of her professional career living overseas with her husband and three small children. She has worked in Cambodia, Pakistan, Turkey/Syria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Burundi, DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Niger, Mali and Sierra Leone. Hatty has 15 years’ experience of working with programs across the humanitarian-development nexus.
Hatty gained a Degree with Honours in Biomedical Sciences with Psychology at Southampton University, going on the attain a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She also has qualifications in communications, advertising and marketing as well as in arts and design.
Hatty specialises in providing strategic, technical and programming guidance, working with communities, governments, civil society partners, academic institutions, donors and in specific cases with appropriate private sector partners. In conjunction with the nutrition team, she supports the development of evidence based solutions, focused on the identification of specific problems and their associated causes.
Hugh is a practicing barrister and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. Following his graduation from Trinity College in 1989, Hugh joined Ernst & Young and was employed there until 1994, during which time he qualified as a chartered accountant. He then moved to New York, where he was employed by Barclay's Bank for three years, and later started working for Buchannan Ingersoll in London, where he established a consultancy practice involved in the financing of healthcare. Hugh returned to Ireland in 2001 to work in corporate finance. He was called to the Bar in 2006, and has been practicing as a barrister ever since.
Following nine years in Treasury and Accounting roles with Xerox, Janet moved into the humanitarian sector in 2008. She worked for GOAL until 2012 in overseas finance and management roles, and then moved to Save the Children UK providing training and operational support in a field roving role, before returning to GOAL in 2014. She has significant experience in Operations, Financial management and training and working with teams to deliver operational and strategic change. Associate Chartered Institute Management Accountants; Associate Member of Corporate Treasurers; MSc International Development, Open University.
Jean-François d'Arc joined GOAL as Director of People and Organisation Development in November of 2018. He has significant experience in talent management, organisational restructuring and design, culture development, succession planning, diversity management, compliance investigations, onboarding programs, training and development programs and coaching and development of leaders. Jean-Francois holds a BA in General Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Jemma Houlihan is an experienced non-executive director and finance executive with over 20 years’ commercial experience in growing and managing businesses. She is non-executive director of Vilicom, a wireless consultancy business in Ireland and the UK and also sits on the Chartered Accountants Members in Business Committee. Jemma was previously Finance Director and founder of Shared Access, a developer of multi-operator telecoms infrastructure. Prior to that, she was Finance Director of Easycash, an ATM company which competed with the country’s main banks, operated mainly in convenience stores and subsequently became part of Ulster Bank Group. Jemma was a Senior Equity Analyst with ABN AMRO where she initiated coverage of the telecoms and technology sectors for the bank in Ireland and worked in Riada Corporate Finance investing in growth oriented businesses. Jemma is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, holds a B.A in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University and is currently studying Chartered Director.
Jimmy Deenihan taught physical education, history and geography at Tarbert Comprehensive School from 1975-1983. He entered politics in 1983 and served in Seanad Eireann from 1983-1987 and Dail Eireann from 1987-2016. Over this period, he served as Minister for Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht; as Minister for Rural Development and Food; and as Minister for The Diaspora. He played Gaelic Football with his native Kerry at all levels from 1970-1983. He continues to coach underage football teams and serves on the Boards of a number of voluntary organisations.
Kasem Hijazy is GOAL's Area Coordinator in Syria.
From Aleppo, Kasem joined GOAL in July 2012, shortly before the organisation began their emergency response programme inside Syria. Since then, he has - and continues to play - a major role in helping us reach hundreds of thousands of conflict-affected Syrian people with life-saving interventions.
As Area Coordinator, Kasem is responsible for managing GOAL’s programme in Syria and leads a team of more than 400 Syrian staff.
Kieran is a Chartered Accountant and a former Partner in EY. During his career with EY, which spanned 37 years, he served on the Irish leadership team and was a member of the firm’s European Governance Board. He has significant experience in his EY roles in the areas of leadership, driving transformational change and managing complex projects. As a Partner, he had responsibility for clients across a wide range of sectors, including regulated institutions and charitable organisations. Kieran is currently serving as a council/board member to a number of educational institutions. Kieran has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin and a Masters in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University.
Marion first got involved with GOAL in 2004 when she was approached to help with the first Ballina GOAL Mile. She has continued to organise the GOAL Mile in Ballina every Christmas morning since with the help of family and friends, including Catherine Gillespie. Marion says the Ballina GOAL Mile is now ‘a family tradition’ in the area every Christmas morning with the same people and families coming back year after year to take part. Numbers are growing all the time with over 400 now participating on the day. Since it began in 2004, the Ballina GOAL Miles has raised more than €33,000 for GOAL’s work.