Meet our Board & Members

Our Members and Board of Directors provide guidance, support and oversight to the Senior Management Team of Plan International Ireland and the organisation as a whole.


The Plan International Ireland Board is an experienced group of professionals from diverse backgrounds who support our work to improve the lives of children.

Conor Faughnan - Chair

One of Ireland's best known media commentators in his role as spokesman for AA Ireland, Conor joined the Plan International Ireland Board in December 2013. He was elected Chair of the Board in September 2020.

Aoife Kelly-Desmond - Vice-Chair

Aoife Kelly-Desmond is Managing Solicitor at Mercy Law Resource Centre.

Brian Lehane
Secretary to the Board

A Board member since Jan 2013, Brian brings a wealth of finance experience to the Finance Sub-Committee and to Plan International Ireland.

Brighid Smyth

One of Ireland's leading marketing communications professionals, Brighid joined the Plan International Ireland Board in April 2016.

Caleb M Kyle

A Plan International Ireland Board member since June 2015, Caleb brings with him a wealth of international business experience.

Ian Brady

Ian Brady works for Davy Stockbrokers and is Head of Davy Charities and Not-for-Profit Group.

Jarlath Doyle

Jarlath Doyle is the Finance Director at Hilton Hotels Ireland. He has had a long career at the Hilton Group in Ireland and the UK and his role ensures that he still travels extensively.

Jennifer Victory

Jennifer is the Head of Internal Audit with Applegreen PLC

Siobhan Blackwell

Siobhan has over 18 years experience in Financial Services

Eleanor Flew

Eleanor is Director of Fundraising and Communications with Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services; Harold’s Cross, Blackrock & Wicklow.

Charles Keane

Charles brings extensive experience from the Banking and Finance sphere specialising in the small business sector both in Ireland and overseas.

Tara Bedi

Development economist, Tara Bedi, joined the board in autumn 2021 bringing a wealth of experience in development projects and a focus on gender and social protection.

David O'Leary

Marketing professional and director of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon, David O'Leary, has been involved with Plan International Ireland since early 2020. He became a full member of the Board in October 2021.

Our Members

Our Members are the highest governing body in the organisation.