BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David Williams was the Chairperson of the Federation of Irish Sport in 2015. He was educated at Belvedere College, SJ. Previously, he was Director of Financial Services Company and Chairperson of Cricket Ireland from 2008 to 2012. He has a lifelong interest in sports particularly in Rugby and Cricket.
(CEO, Swim Ireland and Company Secretary)
Sarah is the first Chief Executive Officer of Swim Ireland and has held this position for over ten years. Swim Ireland is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Water Polo, Diving and associated Aquatic Disciplines on the island of Ireland. Swim Ireland’s brief ranges from the development of ‘Child Learn to Swim’ Programmes to preparing Athletes to compete in the Olympic Games. Sarah is a former National Level Swimmer, International Water Polo player and fun Sea Swimmer.
Sarah is a qualified solicitor and prior to Swim Ireland she worked for eight years with Matheson Solicitors (formerly Matheson, Ormsby & Prentice) a leading Irish law firm. Her qualifications include an Honours Degree in Law, a Masters in Commercial Law and Diplomas in both Corporate Management and Financial Management.
Sarah was elected to the Board of the Olympic Council of Ireland in August 2014 and is also a member of the Board of Ireland Active (an umbrella body for many organisations involved in the leisure and fitness industry).
(CEO, Gymnastics Ireland)
Ciaran Gallagher was appointed as the first CEO of Gymnastics Ireland in 2009. Ciaran joined Irish Gymnastics in December 2005 as National Development Officer, but has served as National Development Director since 2007. In his time with Irish Gymnastics Ciaran has led the recent modernisation drive within the organisation that has seen the profile of Irish Gymnastics grow in Irish Sport, as well as developing their Strategic Plan 2009-2012.
Ciaran took up his first post in the sports sector in 2004 as Development Officer for the multi-million Euro Northern Ireland National Gymnastics Centre which opened in 2006. Ciaran is an ex international Men’s Artistic gymnast representative of Northern Ireland. A graduate of English and Politics from Queens University Belfast Ciaran originally aspired to be a journalist, but his career pathway swayed towards sports development.
(CEO, Rowing Ireland)
Hamish is the Chief Executive Officer of Rowing Ireland. Prior to his appointment, he worked primarily in rugby with the New Zealand and Irish rugby unions and was tasked with the establishment of the Munster Academy in 2004. He also worked with the Irish Rugby Players Association (IRUPA), developing the professional players’ welfare programme in 2008.
(CEO, Irish Sailing Association)
Harry was educated in St Columba’s College, Dublin. After spending fifteen years in the UK working in the outdoor leisure industry, he returned to Ireland in 1999 to take up a position with the Irish Sailing Association (ISA); initially as Club Development Officer. In 2007 he was appointed Chief Executive of the ISA and now runs an organisation of 25,000 members with 15 professional staff.
Harry has written, and been largely responsible for the implementation of the last two strategic plans for the ISA; the first one focussing on strengthening the foundations of the organisation, and now the ISA’s current plan looks to grow the activities, membership and professional capacity within the organisation. Harry lives in Arklow with his wife and two teenage daughters – all of whom are keen sailors.
(Finance Director, Athletics Ireland)
John Holian has been Finance Director with Athletics Ireland since February 2006. He was educated at St Jarlath’s College in Tuam and is a Commerce graduate of NUI Galway. He qualified as an accountant in London in 1988 and returned to Dublin in 1992 to become General Manager of a cinema company. He completed a Masters in Sport Management from UCD in 2015.
John has been a key member of the Athletics Ireland team that has grown membership from 20,000 to 56,000, hosted the European Cross Country and European Athletics Team Championships and managed their Recreational Events programme that covered 15 events and 60,000 participants.
John enjoys running in the Dublin City Marathon for his local Dunboyne Athletic Club, helping his wife manage Ratoath Childcare and attending the odd horse race meeting. He has been Chairperson of Meath Local Sports Partnership since 2013 and was appointed to the Board as Treasurer in 2015.
(Chairman, Wilson Hartnell)
Roddy is the Chairman of Wilson Hartnell and is the newest member to our Board, having been appointed in 2016. He has spent most of his career with WH joining the board in 1978. He went on to become Managing Director in 2003, overseeing a period of remarkable growth for the consultancy.
He has extensive experience across a range of sectors including planning issues and development projects, marketing/consumer PR and crisis communications. For the past two decades he has worked extensively on most of the major infrastructural projects for Irish sport.
A specialist in corporate public relations and sponsorships he has been involved in the creation and development of many major sponsorship partnerships, particularly in the sports area where he devised award winning sponsorships across a number of sports.
He has been active in the development of the Irish PR industry serving both as Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association and as President of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) . He was made an Honorary Fellow of the PRII in 2005.
Tom O' Mahony
Tom O’ Mahony retired from the position of Secretary General of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in 2015, following a career of over 40 years across a number of Government Departments. He holds Masters degrees in both economics and public administration.
Manager, Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership
Shauna McIntyre is the Manager of the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership, having joined the organisation in April 2015. Prior to taking up her current role, Shauna has held various other positions of general management in the sport and health sectors, including management positions in both a health centre and three sport/fitness centres.
Shauna has a passion for sport and physical activity, and during her career she has witnessed first-hand the many economic, health and social benefits it can offer to society. In her role as Manager of the Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership, Shauna is determined to lead her team in building and expanding upon the very positive work already being carried out in the promotion of sport in Ireland. She believes that strategic partnerships, continued investment, engaging with the local communities and participation levels are vital elements in the continued growth of sport in Ireland.