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.
Joan is a former Tánaiste of Ireland. She held that position in the coalition government from 2014-16, during which time she was also leader of the Labour Party. Previously, she was Minister for Social Protection, Minister of State for Overseas Development and Minister of State at the Department of Justice. A chartered accountant by profession, Joan worked in Tanzania in the 1980s as a lecturer at Dar es Salaam University. She also lectured at the Dublin Institute of Technology before entering politics.
Brian is communications manager with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. He has extensive experience in strategic communications, advocacy and public affairs. Brian previously worked for the European Parliament in Brussels, the UK Labour Party and the Irish Wind Energy Association. A passionate advocate of disability rights, he led on the development of the Commission’s public awareness campaign “Because we’re all human. Means we’re all equal”.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Barbara started her career with Concern Worldwide in the early 1990s. In 1994 she was assigned to Rwanda and later worked for the International Organization for Migration on the Rwandan refugee return programme. She has a background in aid and development, insurance, project management and information technology, and previously worked for IBM, Diageo and TNT. Barbara is currently the global network director for RSA Insurance Group.
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.