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The Directors of Camphill Communities of Ireland

Camphill Communities of Ireland is governed by the Council, whose members are the Directors of the  registered company in the Republic of Ireland - Company Number 35672 , which is a company limited by guarantee. Camphill Communities of Ireland is registered as a charity with the Irish Revenue Commissioners: CHY 5861. Camphill Communities of Ireland is a Member of the Association of Camphill Communities of Great Britain and Ireland. The Council meets monthly to govern the affairs of Camphill Communities of Ireland.

Here is a short pen profile for each director:

Marie Keane (Chairperson)

Marie Keane was elected as Chairperson of Camphill Communities of Ireland in April 2017. She is the former Deputy Chief Executive of Beaumont Hospital Dublin and retired from the HSE in March 2017. Marie is the former Beaumont Hospital Director of Nursing and was heavily involved in overseas recruitment of nursing staff during this period. She was co-opted to the Board in early 2016 and has been influential in the current review of Camphill structures in the south of Ireland.

Thomas Collins

Dr Tom Collins is currently chair of the governing body of DIT and of IT Blanchardstown. As well as occupying many senior positions in Irish higher education, he has been actively involved throughout his career in several environmental/water related roles. For ten years between 1997 and 2007 he was chair of the National Rural Water Monitoring Committee. This committee oversaw the refurbishment of the entire infrastructure of the Group Water schemes. It involved an investment of close to €2bn. Tom joined the Council in September 2015.

Leo Veling

Leo was born in Amsterdam (1946) of an Irish mother (Cork) and Dutch father, and he came to Ireland at age 13 with his family settling first in Cork and later in Dublin. Leo has been involved with Camphill since his son Leonard made his home in the Dunshane Community in 1990 and later in the Bridge Community, Kilcullen. Leo joined the Local Committee of the Bridge and then the combined Local Committee of the Bridge and Grangebeg Communities. Leo was appointed to the Council in May 2011 and is a former Chairperson of the Council. After a career in the multinational sector (3M), Public sector (IDA Ireland), he was a founder Director of a company in the Horticultural sector (export).  He has consulted for a number of companies with regard to joint-ventures and export marketing. Leo retired fully in 2011 and lives near Kilcullen in Co. Kildare with his wife Mary.

Miriam Moffitt (Company Secretary)

Miriam has been a director of Camphill Communities of Ireland since 2011; her daughter has lived in the Camphill Community at Dunshane since 2001.Miriam served on Dunshane’s Local Committee from 2003 to 2007 and was reappointed in March 2014. She is chair of the Local Committee of the Grangemockler Community and is chair of the Programme Implementation Board of Camphill Communities of Ireland since its inception in 2013. She is a committee member of the CFFA, and chaired the CFFA from 2011 to 2013. Miriam has substantial experience in the not-for-profit sector. She was a director of the WEB Project from 2003 to 2011 and managed the WEB Project from 2011 to 2013. Miriam graduated in pharmacy from TCD in 1981; she owned and managed pharmacies from 1985 to 2003 but subsequently branched into the field of history. She has been awarded post-graduate degrees from NUI Maynooth, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Wales Lampeter and the University of Nottingham and her research, which focuses on Church History and conceptions of identity, has been extensively published. For the past ten years she has divided her time between practicing as a pharmacist and lecturing in Church History in a number of third-level institutions.

Mischa Fekete (Germany)

Mischa Fekete has been a director of Camphill Communities since 2009, has extensive experience in Social Care Management and Intentional Communities and is currently a lifesharing vocational coworker in The Bridge Community. Key areas of his knowledge and expertise are Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Governance and Policy development. Mischa has been responsible as project leader within Camphill Communities of Ireland for the development of National Policy Frameworks, the Camphill.ie website, Human Resource Development and Strategic Planning. A particular area of Mischa’s interest is the role of people with special needs in wider society, integration and the development of wider support networks for people with disabilities. Mischa has served on the National HIQA Standards Advisory Group from 2008-2011 and is a member of several local community voluntary boards, including the board of a large secondary school. Mischa has a family with two daughters who are nearly grown up and enjoys producing plays and playing guitar in his little free time.

Bernard Haslam

Bernard has been involved with Camphill since 1993 when his daughter Sarah moved to the Camphill Community at Dunshane. He has served on Dunshane’s Local Committee since 2002, and is now the Chair of that Committee. He was a member of the Steering Group appointed by Council in 2010 to assist Dunshane Community transition safely through a major internal reorganisation.

Bernard lives in Malahide, Co. Dublin and is married to Mairin, a speech and language therapist, and has 4 children. He is a physics and maths graduate from UCD (1974) and has extensive international and senior management experience. He worked as a management consultant with Accenture, was a founding director of one of the first trading companies in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), was the Chief Information Officer - Europe for General Electric’s Global Consumer Finance business and, since 2006, has recently worked as an independent technology and business process consultant. Bernard held board directorships on both Irish plcs and overseas multinational company boards for several years. Bernard retired from full time work commitments this year and was elected to the Council in September 2017

Niall Byrne

Niall has an extensive background in regulatory affairs, organisational development and corporate governance.  He is currently the Registrar/CEO of PSI (the Pharmacy Regulator) and prior to July 2017, he was Head of Corporate Services and State Boards with the Public Appointments Service.  For six years from 2009 to 2014, Niall was Deputy Director of Regulation at the Health Information and Quality Authority, where he was responsible for the regulation of residential services for older people and for adults with disabilities.  Niall previously worked for almost ten years as Head of HR and Service Quality with Cheshire Ireland - a HSE-funded voluntary organisation which provides support and accommodation services to people with physical and neurological disabilities. He has also held management and operational positions in the Department of Social Protection and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

For three years to May 2017, Niall served as Chair of the Board of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Scouting Ireland.  He holds a BA in Public Administration, a Master’s Degree in Business Studies and an MA in Human Development plus a Higher Diploma in Quality in Healthcare and a Professional Certificate in Governance.  Niall is as highly committed to equality and to the idea that people with disabilities have the right to live lives of their own choosing with access to the right supports at the right time from people with the right values. Niall joined the Council of Camphill in September 2017.

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