ERI Board

Board of Edmund Rice International

Stephen Duffy grew up in Scotland, but moved to Manchester in 1979 where he graduated in Economics & Social Studies from the University of Manchester. He went on to qualify as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PwC) and spent a couple of years at ICI as financial controller before embarking on a long consulting career with PW/PwC. His passion at work is helping people to develop and succeed, particularly during periods of change, and throughout his career sat on numerous programme boards and leadership teams across a wide variety of organisations and environments, bringing to bear this experience of change to help them make that happen.

Mark Finan completed his LLB in Trinity College Dublin and LLM in International Business Law in Leiden University.  He has been practicing as a barrister-at-law with particular expertise in regulatory compliance since 2005.  He has experience as a Board member for both charitable and commercial enterprises. Mark is currently completing a Masters in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility).  He also lectures in Economics in Marino Institute on behalf of Iona University.

Patrick Fitzgibbon is a Presentation Brother, presently on the Congregation Leadership Team. he is a graduate in Arts from UCC, Cork and taught in Secondary Schools in Ireland and the West Indies; St Mary College, St. Lucia and Presentation College, San Fernando, Trinidad.

Sharon Gillane is a graduate of University College Cork. She has taught German there and in the Cork Institute of Technology. She has worked as a second level teacher of German and French in various schools in Cork city and county and is currently working in Presentation Brothers College on the Mardyke in Cork.

Karen Herbert has more than 20 years international experience in significant leadership positions with large global organisations including the Allied Irish bank, Citibank Japan and  Deloitte. She has also served as the non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of a state funded membership based charity and Chair of the grants committee of a religious organisation focused on refugee and mission related services. She is currently based in Co Louth Ireland.

Cormac McArt is the director of the Westcourt Centre, an Edmund Rice social justice ministry based in Belfast. Cormac is a BA (Hons) graduate from Queen’s University, a Master of Science graduate from the University of Ulster and has over twenty years experience in project management. He has been involved in the development and delivery of advocacy initiatives (specifically around homelessness) for the past 10 years.

Tricia Mulligan is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, USA and holds a BA in Political Science and Spanish. She received her Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Political Science from George Washington University.  Tricia is a professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and serves as the Associate Provost for Strategic Academic Initiatives.

Helen O’Brien is at present on the Senior Management Team of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust as Coordinator of Governance Support Services.  She has had over 20 years teaching experience in Primary education in Dublin.  Having graduated from Trinity College with a Master of Studies in School Planning,  she worked  on the implementation of the School Planning programme with the Irish National Teachers Organisation in the 1990s.  She was seconded to the Primary Curriculum Support Service by the Department of Education and Skills from 1999. From  2000 and 2008 she served as Assistant Director with St Helen’s Education Office (Christian Brothers) and was a member of the Project Team that oversaw the transition to the new Trust and the ERST Charter.

Dáithí Ó hAodha is the Deputy Principal of Colaiste Chríost Rí in Cork city. He worked overseas for a number of years in Bangladesh, India, Kenya and Ethiopia. He also worked for a number of years as Development Education Coordinator for Self Help Development International, based in Hacketstown, Co.Carlow. He was one of the founding members of ‘Common Ground’, a collaborative approach between development organisation to development education in Ireland. He studied for his MA in Sociology with a focus on Globalisation and Development in UCC.

Phil Ryan cfc is a Christian Brother living in Bray Co. Wicklow. He is part of an Ecological Community and has a background in Farm Management. He also worked  with early school leavers for a number of years. He is a graduate of UCC in Community Studies and the National College of Ireland in Business Management. He has been Manager/CEO of the Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre, Mount Sion, Waterford. 

Richard Walsh cfc is a Christian Brother currently based in Rome serving on the Congregation Leadership Team. Prior to this he lived in Zambia for 14 years, spending nine of those years as the first Province Leader of the newly formed Africa Province of the Christian Brothers. Richard was born in New Zealand where he taught for many years and was Principal of St Thomas of Canterbury College Christchurch before moving to Africa. He has been a member of the ERI Board since 2014.

As Executive Director of Edmund Rice International, Brian Bond cfc is ex officio a member of the Board.