Our People

(L-R) Lorraine Fitgerald, Darach O'Murchu, Conor McKeon, Mary Mulvey, Dr. Richard Thorn, Myles Kelly, AnnMarie Crosse, Maura Lyons

Director - Dr. Richard Thorn. (May 2014)

Richard is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor degree in 1978 and a PhD in 1983, the Institute of Public Administration (MA in Public Management, 2001) and holds a CIPD qualification as a Senior Executive Coach Mentor.  He has variously been President of the Institute of Technology, Sligo (2001-2008), Head of the Castlebar Campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology – where he set up the Outdoor Education BA and, recently, was Project Manager for the implementation of Ireland’s Higher Education Strategy to 2030.  He has chaired or been on the board of many not-for profit organisations and is a past President (2012-2014) and past National Diving officer (2008) of the Irish Underwater Council – the national governing body for underwater sports, including scuba diving, in Ireland. 


Company Secretary – Director – Conor McKeon, Scouting Ireland (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.


Acting Chairperson, Company Treasurer – Director - Mary Mulvey, Eco Tourism Ireland  (January 2013)

Ecotourism Ireland, CEO, Mary Mulvey is a graduate of St Patrick’s College Maynooth Co Kildare, holds a BA Post Graduate Diploma in Irish Heritage Management from University College Cork and a Post Graduate Certificate In Ecotourism from Sligo Institute of Technology. Mary has considerable senior management experience including the English Tourist Board, Bord Fáilte, Heritage Towns of Ireland and Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Mary managed The Green box Project which was Irelands first Ecotourism Destination. Greenbox was recognised by Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, Virgin Responsible Travel Awards and Green Apple awards. In 2010, Mary was commended in The Shine awards for Female Talent for her outstanding commitment to sustainability in Tourism. She was responsible for the development of a world class certification process for ecotourism products in Ireland – which was piloted in the Burren, and now  in other  regions. The Ecotourism Ireland Label was globally recognised By Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Mary has spoken at many international conferences on Global Ecotourism issues. Mary currently serves in voluntary capacity on the Boards of The Glens Theatre, Manorhamilton Co Leitrim and The Forestry Stewardship and the board of Leave No Trace Ireland.


Director - Myles Kelly, Inland Fisheries Ireland (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 website manager for Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Myles is Chairperson of the Leave No Trace Communications and Engagement Group


Director – Daithi DeForge, Coillte, Recreation Manager (May 2014)

Daithi holds a BAgrSc (Forestry) Hons degree from UCD and has worked with Coillte since 1998. He leads the Recreation team in Coillte and has worked for 10 years in trail design, development and management, putting in place the first off-road cycle trails in Ireland’s forests. He worked for 3 years as technical adviser to the National Trails Office helping to develop national guidance on trail construction, classification and grading. As the largest provider of outdoor recreation in Ireland, Coillte have 12 forest parks, 150 recreation areas and more than 2000kms of waymarked trails and Daithi and his team guide forest staff in the management and maintenance of this considerable asset. Daithi brings his experience of performance management to the Human Resources sub-group of Leave No Trace Ireland.



Board Member – Lorraine FitzGerald, Business in the Community Ireland (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.


John Boyle, Waterways Ireland (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.



Maura Lyons, Programme Manager – Leave No Trace Ireland

Maura is a graduate of Science, University College Cork.  Maura holds a Master’s Degree in Communications from DIT, Aungier Street and a BSc in Psychology from University of Glasgow. Maura is a Leave No Trace Advanced Trainer and also holds outdoor advanced qualifications and experience in whitewater kayaking, canoeing, snorkelling, power boating, sailing, lifeguarding, surfing, climbing and Mountaineering.  Maura worked overseas for Enterprise Ireland, Northern European team within the Environmental sector. Her role as Market Advisor included development of growth strategies for High Potential Start Up companies primarily through the co-ordination of Irish Presidential and Ministerial Trade Missions to the Northern European Region. Maura also worked with Fáilte Ireland in September 2012 as a member of Fáilte Ireland's West Region in assisting Irish tourism trade clients with their commercial sales strategy and operations. 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 currently serves in a voluntary capacity on The Blueway Steering Group. Maura believes that relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality are as important to your health as the food you eat and encourages a holistic approach to a positive work ethic. She enjoys empowering people to be their happiest healthiest self. Maura is passionate about continuous self- improvement; she is currently undertaking a fellowship in this area, she undertakes regular mentoring and coaching and enjoys discovering new tools that are available for optimum health and wellness. Maura also knows how important nature – particularly water has in our overall well-being, she builds nature connection  through watersports into her everyday life.

Photo: (L-R) Lorraine Fitgerald, Conor McKeon, Mary Mulvey, Dr. Richard Thorn, Myles Kelly, Maura Lyons

Absent: Ciaran Fallon, John Boyle, Lawerence McBride