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Fiona Gannon - Head of Programmes (Interim)
Fiona Gannon

Head of Programmes (Interim)

Fiona has been with GOAL for over 25 years and has extensive field and head office experience in a variety of emergency and complex post- conflict situations. Her skills include experience with programme evaluation, monitoring, implementation, and planning. She has held various field posts including Medical Coordinator in Swaziland, and Country Director in Sudan, Rwanda, Angola, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. As part of GOALs technical / surge team, Fiona was integral in establishing emergency response programmes in Darfur, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and most recently the Ebola Response in Sierra Leone. SRN, MSc Community Health.

Alison Mitchell - General Counsel and Company Secretary
Alison Mitchell

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Alison joined GOAL in November 2015 with over seven years PQE. Before this, she acted as General Counsel with Calor Gas, Ireland. She has previous experience as a Corporate Associate, gaining in-depth experience in M&A, commercial contracts and corporate restructuring, equity fundraising, corporate governance, compliance and general legal advice with top tier law firms, Maples & Calder’s and Matheson's Corporate Finance Department. LLM in European Law, University College Dublin; Bachelor of Corporate Law, National University of Ireland, Galway; and Legal French Diploma. Qualified solicitor and member of the Law Society of Ireland. Also member (non-practising) of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Denis O’Leary - Head of the Investigation Unit
Denis O’Leary

Head of the Investigation Unit

Denis has in excess of 30 years’ experience conducting criminal investigations with Ireland’s police force “The Garda Síochána” and civil and criminal investigations with a multi-agency body in Ireland “The Criminal Assets Bureau”. He has extensive expertise in fraud, compliance and money laundering investigations, with a strong technical knowledge of banking and financial transactions. He has obtained wide experience in managing and conducting investigations of complex criminal and civil matters, and in the development of investigative strategies and techniques. He is a former risk advisor and consultant to a number of national and international organisations. M.Sc. and B.Sc s in Management, Trinity College, Dublin; Diplomas in Management Law and Legal Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology; qualifications from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Europol.

Janet Humphreys - Head of Group Services
Janet Humphreys

Head of Group Services

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.

Luke Fitzgerald - Head of Internal Audit
Luke Fitzgerald

Head of Internal Audit

Luke Fitzgerald is a Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years’ experience. Before joining the not-for-profit sector, Luke worked in financial services, completing large liquidations, audits, accounts, and delivering strategic business advice as an associate in practice. Luke worked with CCS Disability Action as its financial controller, an organisation with an annual income of $30 million, and 17 branches around New Zealand, before joining GOAL in 2012. He was appointed Head of Internal Audit & Compliance in his first field posting with the GOAL Syria team. Luke then took on the Area Coordinator position in GOAL South Sudan’s senior management. He was the Chief of Party for GOAL’s Livelihood & Humanitarian programming in South Sudan, before returning to Dublin as Head of Internal Audit in July 2016. Certified Public Accountant, Griffith College; Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, National University of Ireland Galway.

Mary Van Lieshout - Head of Ethics and Compliance
Mary Van Lieshout

Head of Ethics and Compliance

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’Ceallachain - Head of Strategic Partnerships
Niall O’Ceallachain

Head of Strategic Partnerships

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.

Sinead Nic Niallaigh - Finance Director
Sinead Nic Niallaigh

Finance Director

Before she joined GOAL, Sinead was an Audit Director responsible for the Charity and Not-for-Profit organisations within BDO. She has extensive experience of advising clients in relation to establishing appropriate internal control processes. In particular, she has significant corporate governance and regulatory experience and audit and risk expertise, which she has brought to her current position in GOAL. Sinead holds Masters in Accounting from Dublin City University, and in Business Studies and Accountancy from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Siobhan Walsh - Chief Executive Officer
Siobhan Walsh

Chief Executive Officer

Siobhan Walsh was appointed as CEO of GOAL in April, 2018, and formally took up her position in July.

From Limerick, Ms. Walsh has more than 25 years’ experience in the set-up, development and management of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). This work included her role as Executive Director of Concern Worldwide USA for 17 years.

Before she joined GOAL, Ms Walsh spent the preceding five years focusing on areas such as strategy development, business development and marketing, and worked with a diverse range of businesses and not-for-profits.

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