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.
Director of Strategy and Special Projects
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.
Mary is an international consultant with 30 years experience at policy, practice and aid management level. Her work has consistently addressed poverty, rights, inclusion and equality issues; and has supported organisations in reappraising their roles and undertaking changes to increase their overall effectiveness in contributing to development outcomes. Mary’s areas of particular interest include institutional development, aid effectiveness, decentralization, civil society, gender equality and gender mainstreaming, sustainable livelihoods and food and nutrition security, addressing violence against women and girls, institutionalizing social development issues and approaches within policies and organisations, training, and research. She has experience of working with a range of multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, central government, national implementing institutions, local authorities, NGOs, international and local consultants. Mary held a senior lecturer post at the Development Studies Centre in Dublin and taught a Gender and Development course at University College Dublin. For the past 17 years she has been a full time consultant and has worked with numerous governments, international agencies and civil society organisations in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, South America, Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe in building capacity for and institutionalizing poverty and social analysis. She has extensive experience of social assessments, programme design, monitoring and evaluations, as well as policy level work.
Mary is a human resource consultant, with a career in Human Resource Management that spans 20 years. Following full-time HR Management roles with Dell Computers, J Walter Thompson (part of the WPP Group), and Marks and Spencer plc, Mary set up a Human Resources and Management consultancy in 2000. Since then, she has worked with a number of companies in the professional services sector in both the UK and Ireland. In 2009, Mary established Mint Consulting, a business specialising in career-change management. Her areas of particular expertise are human resources and management consulting; guiding organisations in the management and implementation of change; developing leadership capabilities; and coaching senior executives and their teams to attain improved performances.
Mary has over 20 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector working in the fields of humanitarian public health, research and advocacy. She joined GOAL as Head of Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning in 2013 following 15 years as a senior manager Ireland’s public service. MSc in Community Health and General Practice, Trinity College Dublin; MA in International Relations, Dublin City University.
Niall O Ceallacháin has over twelve years’ experience in the humanitarian and professional services sectors working in the fields of finance, humanitarian response, business development and consulting. He joined GOAL in early 2014 and has worked across the Business Development, Humanitarian Response and Finance functions. Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants; Degree in Business Studies, Dublin City University; diploma in Organisational Development and Transformation, Irish Management Institute.