Co-operation Ireland Patrons and Board
Her Majesty The Queen
President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins
Co-operation Ireland Board members
Chairman Dr. Christopher Moran A successful businessman and philanthropist, Dr. Christopher Moran supports charities across national heritage, the arts, architecture, health, faith, and international relations.
Vice Chairman John Bruton John Bruton is a former Taoiseach (1994-1997) who served as Ambassador of the EU to the United States between 2004 and 2009. He was leader of Fine Gael between 1990 and 2001.
Board Member Terence Brannigan Terence Brannigan is Chairman of Tourism Northern Ireland and Chairman of the Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation. He is a former Chairman of the CBI in Northern Ireland.
Board Member Jim Clerkin A leading businessman, Jim Clerkin is CEO with drinks company Demeter & Co.
Board Member Terry Crossan Terry Crossan currently sits on Donegal County Council representing Inishowen and is a former Chairman of the Loughs Agency.
Board Member Paula Dobriansky Paula Dobriansky is a Diplomat and Senior Vice President and Head of Government Affairs (Americas) with Thomson Reuters
Board Member Pat Doherty OBE Pat Doherty is the founder of Harcourt Developments Ltd which was behind the redevelopment of Belfast’s Titantic Quarter.
Board Member Pat Farrell Pat Farrell is CEO of Irish Institutional Property and a former Chief Executive of the Irish Banking Federation and Fianna Fáil General Secretary.
Board Member Charlie Flanagan TD Former Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan has been Fine Gael TD for Laois-Offaly since 1987.
Board Member Rt. Hon. Arlene Foster Arlene Foster was First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2016 to 2021 and is a former leader of the DUP
Board Member Sir George Hamilton Former PSNI Chief Constable
Board Member Mary Heaney Mary Heaney is a publisher and CEO of the Global Legal Post
Board Member Ossie Kilkenny Special Olympics International, Washington
Board Member Sir Julian King KCVO CMG Sir Julian is a Diplomat and Former UK Ambassador to Ireland and France. He is a former Director General of the Northern Ireland Office
Board Member Sheila McClelland Sheila McClelland is Chairperson of the Consumer Council NI and sits on the board of NI Committe of the National Lottery Heritage Fund
Board Member Dr. Malcolm McKibbin Sir Malcolm was Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service from 2011-2017 before joining the board of Co-operation Ireland
Board Member Daithi O’Ceallaigh Director General of The Institute of International and European Affairs, Daithi O’Ceallaigh is a former Ambassador of Ireland to the UN
Board Member Sir Jonathan Phillips KCM Sir Jonathan Phillips is Warden of Keble College, Oxford and a former Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office
Board Member Trevor Ringland MBE Trevor Ringland is a Partner with law firm Macauley & Ritchie. He is a former Irish rugby international and was capped by the British and Irish Lions
Board Member Baroness Margaret Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie is a sitting Member of House of Lords, a former SDLP Leader and MP for South Down
Board Member Rt. Hon Peter Robinson Peter Robinson was First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2008 to 2016 and is a former leader of the DUP
Board Member James Walsh A former Congressman for the 24th District covering Central NY, James Walsh is currently Government Affairs Counselor, K & L Gates LLP, (Washington)
Board Member Sir David Wootton Sir David has a background in law and served as Lord Mayor of London between 2011 and 2012
Co-operation Ireland USA Board
Chairman Jim Clerkin A leading businessman, Jim Clerkin is CEO with drinks company Demeter & Co.
Treasurer Richard Pino Chief Financial Officer, New York Residence, Inc.
Members of the Co-operation Ireland USA Board
Board Member Stephen Colvin Chief Commercial Officer, Bloomberg Media
Board Member Nigel Eccles CEO and Co-founder, Click Inc.
Board Member Irial Finan Executive Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company and President of Bottling Investments and Supply Chain
Board Member Sean Gaffey Senior Financial Advisor/Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Board Member Donard Gaynor President, Donard P. Gaynor, Chairman Glanbia PLC
Board Member Shane Greer Owner, Campaigns and Elections
Board Member Liam Lynch Founder and Managing Partner at Studio.VC; Owner, Irish Central
Board Member Ian McLernon President and CEO, Remy Cointreau Americas
Board Member James Morrissey Founder and CEO, East Houston Holdings
Board Member Peter Sheridan Chief Executive, Co-operation Ireland
NextGen Board USA
Julia McLernon Executive Director, Global Technology, JP Morgan and Ambassador for the Co-operation Ireland Future Leaders Programme
Isobel Dooley-Kelly Senior Director of Programming and Revenue, Downtown Records
Larry Carroll Global Brokerage Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield
Jennifer Scanlon AVP, Pharma Ventures Northwell Health
Bridget Bray Head of Marketing and Content Development, Neuman’s Kitchen
Chairman John Mullins C.E.O Augmentis Ltd; Chairman Cork Port
Board Member Tim Lucey County Manager, Cork County Council
Board Member Tom Daly Former Education Officer City of Cork Vocational Education Committee
Board Member Barry McPolin Chief Superintendent, An Garda Siochana Angelsea St. Cork
Board Member Declan O’Leary Area Manager Southern Region, Foroige National Youth Development Organisation
Board Member Valerie O’Sullivan Director of Service, Corporate and External Affairs, Cork City Council
Board Member Donal O’Grady All Ireland GAA winner and winning manager
Board Member Jim O’Donovan Director of Services, Environment and Recreation, Cork City Council (retired)
Board Member Derek Nolan Secondary School Teacher (retired)
Board Member Denis Leamy Chief Executive, Cork Education and Training Board
Great Britain Executive
Chairman Mr Roger Chadwick OBE Deputy, City of London Corporation
Deputy Chairman Mr Alderman Vincent Keaveny City of London Corporation
Board Member Mr Alderman Peter Hewitt City of London Corporation
Board Member Mr Alderman Gregory Jones QC City of London Corporation
Board Member Mr John Kennedy CBE, KSG, KMCO, DL Philanthropist and entrepreneur
Board Member Mr John O’Connell CEO, Scale Up
Board Member Mr John O’Brien CEO London Councils
Board Member Mrs Mary Heaney Publisher, Global Legal Post
Board Member Mr John Griffin Philanthropist, founder of Addison Lee
Youth Leadership Programme Ambassadors
Co-operation Ireland is thankful for the support of the Youth Leadership Programme Ambassadors
ABP Food Group
Bank of Ireland
John O’ Connell (Chair)