Meet our Board of Directors
Dr Jack Nolan
Jack is a retired senior Garda officer having served 40 years in policing and public service in Ireland. Operationally he was the Commissioner in Charge of the Dublin Metropolitan Region, and previously the Commissioner in charge of the Southern, Western and South-eastern garda Regions. He was also the head of Organisational Development and Strategic Planning, head of Community Relations and Public Safety and Director of Training & Development of An Garda Síochána.
He has considerable experience of law enforcement worldwide and advises on law enforcement, drugs policy, law enforcement and public health, law enforcement and community interface and police education to various bodies.
He is currently engaged as an independent Consultant on law enforcement and drug crime by Dublin City Council and is an external expert with the European Border & Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). He is a member of the Panel of Experts with the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime and a member of the Management Committee of the EU Cost project.
He lectures on management and organisational studies at TCD Dublin, and in strategy and organisational change at the MRU Lithuania and the College of Technology, Rezekne Latvia on the European Joint master’s in strategic Border Management. H is an external examiner with the Southeast Technical University.
He holds a PhD from TCD, an MSc from the University of Leicester. And a BSc from the Open University. He is a graduate of the UK Police Strategic Command Course.
He has completed several Government and Dublin City Council reports into deprivation, crime, and challenges in Dublin city.
He is both a current and former member of the several Boards of Directors in the justice, charity, and NGO sector in Ireland.
Professor Thomas Collins
Former Director of the Centre for Adult and Community Education NUI Maynooth and also served as interim college President. A former Director of Dundalk Institute of Technology, he was Government advisor on the Green Paper (1998) and White Paper (2000) on Adult Education. He is currently chair of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.
Former chairman of Meath County Council with experience of local authority management, budgeting, programme and strategic planning.
Former President of the European Parliament 2002-2004. He was President of the European Liberal Democrats from 1998-2002 and President of European Movement International 2005-2011. He has an extensive background in politics, journalism and economics and since January 2015 he has been the president of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe
Dr Amanda Phelan
Associate Dean Global Engagement in the Health Sciences Centre, UCD.
She trained as a general nurse, then undertook a programme in midwifery, going on to receive a Higher Diploma in Public Health Nursing in UCD, a Batchelor of Nursing Studies in DCU, and a Master of Science Nursing (Education) and Doctorate in UCD.
Her research interests are elder abuse, financial abuse of older people, public health, care of older people, child protection and welfare, and health services management.
Amanda was formative in the establishment of the National Centre for the Protection of Older People, which focuses on Irish-based research into the area of elder abuse. She has acted as Irish representative for Action on Elder Abuse and is the Irish representative for the International Network for the Protection of Older People. She contributed to the Irish HIQA revised standards for care (2015) of older people, and sits on the Policies and Procedures sub group of SAGE, and SAGE’s National Advisory Committee. She is a member of the EU COST project on Ageism and the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems
Harry Casey is a native of Longford. He has been living in Meath since 1982. He studied Philosophy, Psychology, English, Theology and Education at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth; Maynooth University; and the Angelicum and Gregorianum Universities, Rome. For 17 years he worked as a second level teacher in Navan following which he became Executive Director of the Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs. In June 2004, Harry was appointed to the role of Executive Administrator of the Commissions and Agencies of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Executive Secretary of its Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs. From 2004 to 2022, Harry served an ex officio member of the Board of Trócaire, which works with partners and communities in over twenty countries to relieve poverty and tackle injustice. Harry is committed to the values of public service, strong corporate governance and ethical leadership.
Trained Senior Help Line volunteer and long-term member of Third Age, Summerhill. Brings a wealth of local experience to her role and has acted as a spokesperson for older people on many occasions.