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.
Chairperson and 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 Communications manager for Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Myles is Chairperson of Leave No Trace Ireland
Director – Dr. Ciaran Fallon, Coillte Director of Stewardship and Public Goods, Coillte
Ciarán is responsible for estate stewardship and ecosystems services at Coillte. He holds a PhD in sociology from UCD, an MSc in communications from DCU and a BSc in engineering from TCD. His doctoral research focused on public participation in environmental decision making and used implementation of the water framework directive in Ireland as a case study. Ciarán was a Green Party Councillor on Dun Laoghaire & Rathdown County Council from 2004 - 2008 and was Dublin City Council’s Cycling Officer from 2008 – 2011 (Ireland’s first!). Ciarán is currently a Director of Leave No Trace (Ireland) and Lough Key Forest Park.
Director – 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, 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 . 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. Maura worked overseas for Enterprise Ireland, Northern European team within the Environmental sector. 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 with regular adventures 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 fellowship in this area. She undertakes regular mentoring and coaching and enjoys discovering new ways that are available for optimum health and wellness. She is currently planning to sail on her fist trans-Atlantic voyage from the Caribbean to the Azores.
Steven has extensive executive and director experience spanning over a decade, having worked and operated in executive government, bureaucracy and not-for-profit sectors. He has held senior executive positions – including Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary – for the last 15 years., primarily in not-for-profit, member-based organisations. Steven has been an Executive Director and Trustee for two (2) significant Trust funds for more than 10 year. Steven is a Member of the Institute of Director in Ireland (M Inst D) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Asian Studies degree - BA(MAS) - from Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland. Steven lives in Naas with his husband and three dogs.
Lawerence McBride, Manager of Far and Wild
Far and Wild is a community interest company specialising in outdoor education to develop people and sustain the environment. They offer outdoor adventure classrooms, wilderness expeditions and adventure holiday breaks in wild parts of Ireland, north and south, using hiking, rock-climbing, mountain-biking, canoeing & kayaking and coasteering. They work with all age ranges and abilities and are Adventure mark accredited and an Approved Activity Provider for Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Marie is economics graduate from TCD and also holds a M.Sc. in Development Studies from UCD. She has worked in the education sector for a number of years with a specific focus on Adult/Second chance education. Her overseas experience includes many projects wit UNDP in Malawi working with Women's groups on sustainable livelihoods projects .
Aodhnait is the co-owner of Outdoor Learning Ireland, which currently provides environmental education, rock climbing and mountain skills courses. She also works for St Kevins' College as the rock climbing and mountaineering instructor on a two-year post leaving certificate course. Aodhnait is a director on the board of Leave No Trace Ireland, the chair of the Education and Advisory Group and an Advanced Trainer. In her spare time, she guides on high altitude treks around the world for Earths Edge. Aodhnait is currently attending the University of Edinburgh as a part-time masters student studying Outdoor Education and in the final stages of her dissertation which is a theoretical inquiry of experiential education.