Board of Directors

St. Michael’s House is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors four of whom are parents of a person with an intellectual disability. Board members work on a voluntary basis and do not receive any remuneration. The Board meets ten times a year.

Board of Directors

Prof. Anthony Staines Chairperson

Anthony is a public health specialist, with background in paediatrics. He is the professor of Health Systems in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in DCU. His work lies in the uses of health information, and he has worked on disability issues, in particular working on autism, and intellectual disability. He is a Chartered Director, and an experienced non-executive director, and board chair.

Pat Cullen

Pat is a former Managing Partner, Head of Finance and Head of Tax in Deloitte. He brings very significant financial knowledge and experience of management in a huge range of client companies. He is a Director of a number of companies and has been involved in charitable organisations at Board level, such as Anam Cara and Diabetes Ireland.

Dr. Ailis Quinlan

Ailis is a Public Health doctor, a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and has post-graduate qualifications in risk management, quality improvement, health economics, health service management and mediation.

Over a 30 year career in senior health service management, she has been Director of Community Care in the Dublin West area, National Child Health Co-ordinator of the Best Health for Children programme, and Head of the Clinical Indemnity Scheme at the State Claims Agency.

Niamh Moran

Niamh is a partner in Carmody Moran Solicitors. She is a Tribunal Chairperson with the Mental Health Commission and was previously a Board member of the Legal Aid Board. She has great experience of the challenges facing service users and their families as she has acted as advocate in a range of cases. Her current professional work centres on family law, probate, wards of court and incapacity. She also acts for a number of charitable organisations.

Martin Lyes

Martin served as a Divisional Manager in Enterprise Ireland where he managed a range of national technology and innovation programmes. He participated in strategy development at an organisational, national and international level and has a particular interest in the development and implementation of organisational innovation, the management of change and measuring organisational performance. He played a significant role in representing Ireland in many national and international committees and since retiring Martin has taken on a number of innovation based assignments including consultancy to start ups and internationally with the European Commission and the Ministry for Higher Education in Abu Dhabi. He became Chairman of St Michael’s House in 2016.

Liam O’Donohoe

Liam O’Donohoe held a number of senior positions with Enterprise Ireland including Director of Human Resources. He has qualifications in Psychology, Human Resources and Business Strategy. He brings extensive experience of helping leading Irish companies to develop their strategies and the organisation and leadership development necessary to achieve their growth objectives.

Currently President of Leinster Tennis Branch of Tennis Ireland. He led the creation of the Enjoy Tennis Programme, which has brought the opportunity to access tennis for players with a disability to over 1,000 players in 70 tennis clubs. This project originated with three of the St Michael’s House centres and continues to grow.

Tom Casey

Until retirement, Tom was a Director of the CIRCA Group Europe Ltd. – a company specialising in the management and policy requirements of academic and industrial research and innovation. This work was carried out mainly for the major EU Research Programmes, the EU Research Advisory Board, individual universities and national research bodies across Europe. He has extensive experience of the development of strategy for a variety of public agencies. He was also an external lecturer in “Technology & Innovation Policy” in University College Dublin for over a decade. Tom’s daughter is a service user of St. Michael’s House.

Katherina McCaul Company Secretary

Ms. Katherina McCaul - with over 30 years’ experience in both Ireland and the UK, Katherina McCaul has worked at Head of HR level in a number of large public and private organisations in the healthcare, third level education, and local government sectors. As well as working as a Freelance HR Consultant, over the last decade Katherina began to work directly with Boards of Partners, Directors and Trustees. Having had a variety of board secretary roles over her career, her most recent role was as Director of HR and Company Secretary with the Institute of Public Administration. 

Katherina has a first-class honours BBS degree in IR/HRM from UCD, an M.Sc. in HR Leadership from Sheffield Hallam, an advanced PG Diploma in Employment Law from the Law Society of Ireland and has completed the Harvard Law School Programme on Negotiation. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and is a qualified, certified and experienced Mediator with the Mediators Institute of Ireland.

Noel  Beecher

Noel Beecher

Noel is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. He has held senior roles in the Public and Private sectors and within the accountancy profession. He currently works with the National Transport Authority as Chief Risk Officer.

Noel has experience in the voluntary sector working for a number of organisations in the roles of Chairperson and Non-Executive Director. He has also been a member of and chaired a number of Board subcommittees.

 Máirtin  MacAodha

Máirtin MacAodha

Máirtin is a Chemical Engineer with Senior Management experience in many CRH companies. He has served on a variety of Boards, both as a Director and Chairperson.

He has been involved in Disability issues for many years. Máirtín's son, Niall, is a user of St. Michael's House Day Services. He was very active both as President of South Dublin Chamber of Commerce and as a Director Of Chambers of Commerce Ireland, where he played a lead role in initiating and developing the very successful National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Scheme.


Dee  Moran

Dee Moran

Dee is a Chartered Accountant and has worked both in practice and industry where she gained significant experience in financial accounting and financial analysis . Previous roles include working as a project director on a large public sector contract and senior finance roles in both the public and private sector. She is currently employed by Chartered Accountants Ireland as a Senior Accountancy Professional.

Dee also has experience working with young people as she is chairperson of a youth choir and has worked on a number of school and fundraising committees.