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Jim Miley

Jim Miley (Chair)

Jim joined the board in September 2016. He is a former Chair of Concern Worldwide and Business to Consumer Director at The Irish Times. He has also held a number of senior executive positions at The Gathering Ireland 2013, 4FM, Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Fine Gael. Jim is also former CEO and founder of MyHome.ie.

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Dr Bernadette Carr

Bernadette joined the board of Sightsavers Ireland in 2014. She is Medical Director with VHI Healthcare, a position she has held for 20 years. Prior to this she worked in both clinical medicine and public health medicine in Ireland and the USA.

Daragh Fahey.

Daragh Fahey

Daragh is a medical doctor who specialises in ophthalmology and public health. He founded his own eye charity in 2002 and currently works as the director of quality, safety and risk management in Tallaght Hospital.

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Lorraine Higgins

Lorraine is a qualified barrister and a public affairs professional. She is currently executive director at MKC Communications, a leading public relations and public affairs consultancy in Dublin. Lorraine was previously CEO at Retail Excellence, the largest retail representative body in Ireland. She was also a member of Seanad Éireann from 2011-2016, during which time she served on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Chris Kinder

Chris joined Sightsavers’ Ireland board in 2017, having served on the global audit committee since 2012 and as a trustee of the Global Council since 2013. Chris retired as a partner of Accenture. He chairs a family charitable trust, is on the board of Afghanaid and is on Sightsavers’ governance and remuneration committees, and is a member of the Programme Expert Group (advisory).

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Brenda Moriarty

Brenda joined the board of Sightsavers Ireland in 2013, having previously worked as Head of Brand and Corporate Marketing with AIB Bank.  She is an accomplished brand strategist with expertise across all elements of marketing. Brenda previously held senior positions at Telecom Éireann and Eircell.

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Dr Una Murray

Una is an international consultant with wide-ranging experience in development aid, policy and evaluation. She works with many of the key UN agencies (UNDP, FAO, ILO) and has worked with DFID, Irish Aid and the EU. Una has also lectured extensively, most recently in NUI Galway.

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Tony Ward

Tony joined the Sightsavers board of directors in 2019. He is a chartered accountant and director of finance at The Wheel, the national representative body for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. Tony was previously head of fundraising at Fighting Blindness, and has been involved in a number of other roles at other charities and non-profit organisations. Tony has lived with a visual impairment since his 20s and hopes his personal experience will help Sightsavers to continue its work for similar people around the world whose sight loss poses great challenges but great opportunities.

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