Our Board

Chairperson and Director,  Myles Kelly, (January 2014)

Myles Kelly has worked in Inland Fisheries since 1996 when he began his career with the ESB. In 1998 Myles joined the Central Fisheries Board (CFB) where he worked on the Western Lakes Programme. He went on to work on the Shannon-Erne Waterway project in 1999. In 2000, he proposed and subsequently project managed the development of the CFB website. Myles was nominated to the Board of the CFB in 2005 as the Staff Representative for a 5 year term. He has worked on a variety of projects for the CFB and Inland Fisheries Ireland in the education and outreach area including Something Fishy, Fisheries Awareness Week, Angling For Youth Development. Myles has illustrated a number of books and other publications and written articles for angling magazines. He is a qualified fly casting instructor, angling coach and angling coach tutor. Myles Kelly is currently employed as the Communications manager for Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Myles is Chairperson of  Leave No Trace Ireland

Company Secretary,  Director , Conor McKeon, (May 2014)

Conor is an experienced project manager with extensive experience in Environmental Consultancy, in the management of personnel and key project deliverables. Conor is currently Centre Manager for Scouting Ireland at Larch Hill International Scout and Guide Centre. Conor is responsible for the overall management of the centre from day to day operations to the long term strategic development of the centre. Prior, Conor held the posts of Senior Environmental Consultant/Project Manager at WYG Environmental and RAW Group where he was responsible for the management and implementation of environmental projects including contaminated land assessment, remediation, due diligence, IPC license compliance monitoring  and air quality assessments.

Director,  Lorraine FitzGerald, (October 2014)

Lorraine has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from NUI, Galway, a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from DIT, Bolton Street and a Certificate in Training and Further Education from NUI, Maynooth. Lorraine is curently a Corporate Responsibility Advisor with Business in the Community Ireland advising and guiding corporate members on their Corporate Responsibility strategies with particular emphasis on environment activities. Lorraine brings over 13 years’ experience from the environmental communications and knowledge exchange areas both in Ireland and Scotland. With a scientific grounding she has raised awareness of complex issues including climate change, waste, energy and biodiversity as part of influential national campaigns and programmes. Prior to this, Lorraine worked in Scotland on Adaptation Scotland, a national programme building capacity among Scotland’s businesses to enable effective climate change adaptation. Previously she worked for RPS in Ireland and was central to the development of some of the most high profile environmental awareness campaigns such as CHANGE, the national awareness and communication campaign on climate change, Notice Nature, the national awareness campaign on biodiversity and the award winning Race Against Waste campaign.

Director, John Boyle,  (February 2015)

John holds a BA Hons degree in Accounting from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, and is a qualified accountant as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.  He also holds an MBA from John Moores University, Liverpool.  John is currently Director of Business Development in Waterways Ireland.  In that role he is responsible for the strategic planning processes and driving forward the recreational development of the inland waterways.  He is active in creating partnerships and joint ventures, securing funding and marketing and promoting the valuable recreational inland waterways to increase use by both tourists and local communities. In the past John worked as a finance professional in the NHS, Local Government, Civil Service and Fire Service where he was to the fore in strategic planning, corporate governance and driving efficiencies

Director , Pat Neville

Pat Neville works as Communications Manager for Coillte.  His background is in forest ecology and he has held a number of different roles with Coillte since he joined in 1999, as Forest Health manager, Company Ecologist, Regulatory Affairs Manager and now Communications.  Before Coillte he worked breifly with NPWS and held a part time teaching position in the Department of Zoology, University College Dublin.  He is passionate about the sustainable role of forestry including the economic, environmental and social uses of forestry in Ireland.    

Director, Paddy Doherty

Paddy is a Civil Engineer who has had a career of 40 years in transport. He was CEO of Dublin Bus until 2015, after previously holding a number of senior positions in the company. He has now just completed a two year term as President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Director,  Fiona Hannon 

Fiona is currently Head of Regulation SSE Ireland.  She is responsible for Regulation in Northern Ireland and Ireland across all of SSE’s energy businesses.  Fiona has 12 years’ experience in the Energy Sector having joined SSE in 2012 from the Commission for Energy Regulation.  She has also worked in An Post.  She has a wealth of experience in governance, risk management, compliance, industrial relations, consumer protection, change management and policy development.  Fiona holds a M.A. in geography and focused on the destruction of archaeological monuments in the Bell Harbour region of Clare for her thesis.

Gavin Beetlestone

Gavin Beetlestone is a holder of an M.A. from the University of Worcester and a B.A. from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Outdoor Education, giving him varied and vast knowledge of the pedagogy. With more than 10 years’ experience leading participants through various disciplines of Outdoor Education, Gavin has been able to observe first-hand the impact and the role the environment plays in outdoor education across the world. It is for this reason he asserts a high level of responsibility to the outdoor environment and recognises the need for preserving this unique quality for future generations of Irish outdoor enthusiasts. After a number of years at Senior Level Management with Outward Bound Hong Kong, he returned to Ireland in early 2018 with a focus on outcome orientated outdoor programming. Gavin is a Leave No Trace Advanced Trainer, working on schools, training and corporate programs for the organisation.

Aileen Galvin, Director

Originally from Co. Limerick, a graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design, Aileen Galvin is one of Ireland’s leading marketing, communications and event strategists, with over 20 years’ experience building and delivering projects across a diverse industry base, from arts, culture and heritage through tourism, hospitality and commercial.  Recent marketing, publicity and development projects include Other Voices Festival, Mayo, Belfast and Kerry; Ireland's Edge Culture & Creativity Conference, Kerry, Dublin and Mayo; Ireland New York Festival, Limerick 2018; consumer and tourism PR and marketing for Airfield Estate, Dublin; brand partnerships for Sony Pictures Ireland; event management of Cinema Ball 2018 Dublin; communications advisor to the Board of the National Concert Hall; creative marketing consultant to the National Gallery of Ireland and strategic marcomms work with Tipperary Tourism, Mayo County Council and Ballina Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Aileen has been appointed Interim Marketing and Communications Director for the national St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin 2019. She is also currently in planning phase to deliver a Marketing and Communications campaign for the opening of the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Dublin, slated for June 2019.

In 2017, Aileen lead the marketing, communications and events campaigns for the reopening of the Historic Wings of the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. She also developed marketing campaigns for National Gallery exhibitions including Caravaggio, Vermeer, F.W. Burton and Roderic O’Conor and publicity campaigns for visual artists including Mick O’Dea, James Earley, Leah Hewson, Debbie Godsell and many others. She has worked in PR, Marketing and Production for numerous festivals including Electric Picnic, Oxegen, Other VoicesCork X Southwest, Westport Festival of Music and Arts, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown, IMRO Venue Awards and many more. Over the years, Aileen has worked on PR and marketing campaigns with hundreds of international music artists from Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen to Beyonce, Morrissey and Blondie, as well as a huge number of Irish bands and musicians. Previously, Aileen was Marketing and Publicity Executive at Disney Ireland and Product Marketing Manager at Sony Music Ireland. She was Managing Director and co-owner of Entertainment Architects music and entertainment PR and Marketing Agency for 10 years. Aileen also held the role of Director of Marketing & Communications with Press Up Entertainment Group, leading national and international marcomms campaigns for The Dean Hotel, The Clarence Hotel, the Vintage Cocktail Club, Peruke & Periwig, Tower Records, Captain Americas, The Workman’s Club, Union Café and many more hospitality businesses.She is Managing Partner and co-owner of Sync & Swim marketing, communications and creative consultancy, based in Dublin.  Aileen was recently appointed to the Boards of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) and Leave No Trace Ireland.


Maura Lyons,  Manager – Leave No Trace Ireland

Maura is a graduate of Science, University College Cork.  Additionally, Maura holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and a BSc in Psychology.  Maura worked overseas for Enterprise Ireland, Northern European team within the Environmental sector coordinating Ministerial and Presidential Trade Missions for High Potential Start-up Irish companies in Northern Europe. She also worked with Fáilte Ireland in assisting the development of Irelands first Coastal Blueway Kayak and Snorkel trails. Maura has been awarded for her efforts in innovation at the 'UCC entrepreneur Awards' as well by her volunteer efforts as “Volunteer Citizen of the year” by the President of Ireland. Maura firmly believes that maintaining positive relationships, regular exercise, a happy workspace are as important to your holistic health as the food you eat.  Maura is passionate about continuous self- improvement and leading by example. She is currently undertaking a PhD with NUIG which explores the health and wellbeing in the outdoors.  She undertakes regular mentoring and coaching and enjoys discovering new ways that are available for optimum health and wellness. She is a Leave No Trace Advanced Trainer and also holds senior outdoor qualifications and experience in white-water kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling, power boating, sailing, lifeguarding, surfing, climbing and Mountaineering. She is recently completed her first trans-Atlantic voyage from the Caribbean to the Azores. Maura currently sits on the Council for Gaisce - The President's Award.