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

Martin Lyes Chairperson

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.

Eilis Hennessy

Eilis is a professor of developmental psychology in University College Dublin (UCD). She has significant experience of working with children, young people and their families to understand their experiences of disability and chronic illness. She also works with children and young people to find out what they know about the causes of disability. Eilis has extensive experience of curriculum design and education through various roles she has held in relation to teaching and learning in UCD.

Michael O'Farrell

Until retirement, Michael held senior management positions in AIB including Head of Lending, Head of Branches and Deputy Group Chief Credit Officer and has significant leadership, management and financial expertise. He has lived experience of disability as his son Mark is a service user of St. Michael’s House. He has extensive involvement with Mark’s peers and their Parents/Carers in organising and running social events and activities giving him a deep understanding of the challenges faced by Service Users and their families.    

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.

Prof. Anthony Staines

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.

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.