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Board Members

Michael O’Sullivan, Chairperson

Michael O'Sullivan works for the Columban Missionaries as coordinator of their development education programme, and on their justice and peace team. He is also a member of the Columban Development Committee (Ireland), which works with Columbans in Asia and Latin America to help build their capacity to achieve good quality development work with the communities in which they live. Michael is a founder member of Financial Justice Ireland and also a founder member of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. He was also a member of the National Committee for Development Education from its inception until it was incorporated directly into the work of the Irish Aid programme. 

Francis Njúgúna, Treasurer

Francis has worked with Sophia Housing since 2018. Formerly a Finance Manager at Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, he has also worked for the Irish Refugee Council as a Finance Assistant. Before moving to the not-for profit sector, Francis worked in various finance roles in both industry and practice. Francis sits on the MRCI board and is a member of MRCI Finance subgroup. Francis holds a BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance from Dundalk IT, and a Higher Diploma in Financial technology (Fintech) from the National Collage of Ireland. 

Jenny Higgins

Jenny is the Policy and Advocacy Advisor at Christian Aid Ireland. Her work involves lobbying, research and working with key coalitions to create change. She is focused on increasing ambition on climate change, economic justice and international taxation, as well as human rights and accountability within Christian Aid partner countries, with a focus on Colombia and the occupied Palestinian territory. Before joining Christian Aid, Jenny previously worked with Trócaire, in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs on their Middle East Desk, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and at the United Nations in Geneva. Jenny has an MA in Human Rights from University College London.

Mary Kinane

Mary works in the community and voluntary sector and is currently a director of Dublin South City Partnership . Over the past 15 years she has also been active in her spare time in global justice issues and was involved in the Comhlamh Trade Justice Group before serving as a director on the board of Comhlamh. In more recent years she was involved in Claiming Our Future, a movement that aimed to bring groups and individuals together for an equal, sustainable and thriving Ireland.

Mark Malone

Mark is in charge of communications within Comhlámh. With a background in local/transnational social justice and grassroots campaign work and community organising, Mark has a keen interest in the use of communication tools and social technology for collective struggles. He holds a Masters in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism from NUIM.

Tom O’Connor

Tom retired after teaching on the journalism programme in DIT, now the Technological University of Dublin, for many years. He was an active trade unionist in different unions and he represents the Teachers Union of Ireland on the ICTU Global Solidarity Committee and has a particular interest in educating and involving trade union members in issues related to the global South. Tom has been involved in many campaigns over the years including solidarity with Nicaragua and Cuba, and has been involved with environmental issues and with refugees/asylum seekers in Ireland. He has a particular interest in the use of political communications by campaigning groups.

Angela Rickard

Angela is a lecturer in the Department of Education in Maynooth University. She is interested in integrating education for social justice in Initial Teacher Education; supporting creative approaches to teaching and learning and exploring how emerging technologies can be used to complement these approaches. She is the departmental representative in the Ubuntu Teacher Education Network and coordinates a Development Education Week as part of the PME programme.  Working with internal and external partners, Angela has worked to promote collaborative, inclusive practice generally and Team Teaching in particular, and has a reserach interest in Development Education. 

Sean Byers

Sean works with Trademark Belfast, , a trade union-based organisation focused on research, political education and post-conflict transformation.