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Meet Our Board Members

Our Board Members

Galway Simon Community is governed by a Board of Directors with expertise and experience across a diverse range of areas. In addition, the work of our teams is overseen by Board Sub-Committees including the Finance and Governance; Services, Quality & Safety; Property, and Fundraising & Communications.

Our Board Members give their time on a voluntary basis. They hold meetings regularly to ensure the organisation is well run and meets it obligations as a limited company and registered charity. Their job is to scrutinise everything we do.

Ciarán Forken


Joined Board: May 2024

Ciarán has worked in Supply Chain over the last 30 years, across sectors, in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Currently, he is the Global Fulfillment Strategy Director for a leading healthcare company, executing multi-discipline projects, delivering operational excellence, and establishing global standards. Ciarán is a graduate of UCG and has considerable experience in team-building, budget setting and performance delivery.

Stephen Mackey

Board Member

Joined Board: November 2018

Stephen’s career included many years in management in banking. He was later director and shareholder in a  property investment company. Currently self-employed as a business, finance, and property consultant.

Seán Mahon

Board Member

Joined Board: August 2022

Seán is a Solicitor with Mahon Sweeney Solicitors LLP in Roscommon. He has a B.A. LLB from UCG/NUIG. He has been practicing as a Solicitor for over twenty-five years in Roscommon and is actively involved in the community in Roscommon.

Billy Owens, Board Member, Galway Simon

Billy Owens

Board Member

Joined Board: March 2021

Billy has experience in training development and quality control in various companies. As a client representative, Billy endorses the value of the client as a fundamental inclusion in all aspects of our community.

Pádraic Ó Máille

Board Member

Joined Board: November 2022

Pádraic is one of Irelands’ freshest speakers and writers on business and motivational issues. A B.Comm graduate from UCG, he is a qualified and skilled group facilitator who can harness the power within groups and activate extraordinary performance within members.

Caroline McGregor

Board Member

Joined Board: September 2023

Caroline McGregor is a CORU registered social worker who has predominantly worked in the field of academia at Trinity College, Queen’s University and the University of Galway. Her social work experience and research interests are mostly within the field of child protection and welfare. Caroline is the current Director of Social Work at the University of Galway and is a Senior Researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.

Jean Kelly

Board Member

Joined Board: November 2023

Jean held a number of Senior Nurse Management roles in the Saolta Healthcare Group before being appointed as Chief Director of Nursing & Midwifery in 2014. She retired in 2020 but she returned to work to assist with the Covid Vaccination programme for Galway. Jean has always valued the contribution that patients/clients can make to healthcare and her focus has been to ensure that their voice is heard at all levels of an organisation.

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