BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(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.
Head of Legal + Club Licensing FAI
Rea is the Head of Legal & Club Licensing with the Football Association of Ireland.
She is Company Secretary of both the FAI and the Federation. She has extensive knowledge of Sports Law. She completed a certificate of advanced study in football law from Kadir Has University (Istanbul, Turkey), in cooperation with the University of Padova (Italy), Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain) and UEFA in 2016. She is a graduate in law from UCC. Following graduation Rea completed her training as a solicitor in Eamon Greene & Company Solicitors. After qualification she spent 6 years with Liberty Insurance (formerly Quinn Insurance). As part of her role with the FAI Rea advises on a wide range of legal issues including Corporate Governance, Disciplinary and contractual matters.
Director of Sports Marketing Agency, Line Up (Sports Media Entertainment)
Maeve has had an impact on the sports sponsorship industry over a long period, and has worked with iconic teams and major projects such as Ryder Cup, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool FC. She has a deep understanding of the European and Irish sport industry, and works on strategic development with national governing bodies and European/international federations. Maeve was previously a Board Member of the National Sports Campus, and was voted one of the Most Influential Women in Sport. She holds an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and has a BA (Hons) degree from UCC.
(CEO, Irish Athletic Boxing Association)
Fergal was appointed CEO for the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) in 2013. He holds a BBus Honours degree in Business and Strategic Procurement and has extensive managerial experience in the private sector ranging from SME’s to Multi-Nationals. Fergal has been involved in the sport of boxing from grass roots up to board level. He was a National Intermediate Champion and a Senior International. Prior to taking up his role as CEO he was the IABA Company Secretary for almost two years. He has overseen the drafting of the IABA’s strategic plan 2017-2020 and is largely responsible for its implementation.
(Operations Manager, Swim Ireland)
Mary McMorrow is Operations Manager with Swim Ireland, a position she has held for three years. She is also Company Secretary for the organisation and was one of the key drivers behind the organisation’s adoption of the Governance Code. Prior to working in sport, she worked as a Sales Manager in the FMCG Sector. She holds an M.Sc. in Business and HR.
(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.
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.
Director, Rowing Ireland
Leo Gibson has over thirty years experience in advising over 1,200 start-ups. Following a business degree from UCD, he worked in accountancy and management consultancy with two big five firms in Dublin where he developed expertise in HR Management and Manufacturing Systems. He then set up a consultancy company which specialised in enterprise and sales training and consultancy.
On going to UCD, he took up rowing and rowed in the College Senior 8 in 1975 and 76. he then took up sculling and was top ranked lightweight sculler nationally in late 1979 and subsequently competed internationally in Germany, UK, Egypt and Switzerland. In 1981, having been Honorary Secretary of the Rowing Union for two years, he set up the Irish Lightweight Rowing Squad with John Holland as coach. He carried out a structural review of the IARU which led to the development of a series of sub-committees which proved to be central to the growing success of Irish rowing both domestically and internationally.
He also established the Leinster Branch of the IARU as a permanent working organization rather than something which simply held an AGM each year to elect its provincial representatives to the IARU. In the mid 1990’s, he revamped the structure of Veteran/Masters rowing with a new rule structure which allowed different age crews to compete side by side using a handicap system which considerably increased the number of crews competing at this level.
Head of Enterprise, Munster Rugby
Enda Lynch is a commercial and sponsorship veteran with some of Ireland’s leading brands. Enda’s current role oversees a new business venture for Munster Rugby, the High-Performance Leadership programme, in partnership with University of Limerick.
Previously Enda was Head of Commercial & Marketing with Munster Rugby overseeing all revenue generation and marketing for the organisation for over five years. Prior to that, he was a sponsorship expert, working across a number of sponsorships such as the Irish Rugby team sponsorship, The O2, GAA All-Stars, Ferrari team sponsorship, Champions League etc. for brands both domestically and internationally for over 12 years including O2, Vodafone and Digicel.
Head of Sport, Louth County Council
In 2009 Graham was appointed to the Board of Louth Local Sports Partnership. In 2014, he was tasked with restructuring the provision of sports services in Louth to incorporate the Local Sports Partnership into an integrated Sports Unit. This unique structure has increased Louth Local Sports Partnership’s capacity to deliver by ensuring a more effective and efficient delivery of the Sports Units remit.
An advocate for the provision of sustainable sporting and physical activity opportunities for people of all abilities, Graham has overseen the development of a range of accessible facilities, with inclusive staff and a wide range a inclusive opportunities that have created a culture of inclusivity. Widely acknowledged for their inclusive culture, the Sports Unit and Local Sports Partnership in Louth have received several National awards for their integrated approach to the provision of services and opportunities for people with disabilities.
In 2019, Graham was appointed to the Board of the Federation and represents the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships.