Rodney Rice joined the ActionAid Ireland Board in 2011, and has been Board Chair since December 2015. Rodney trained as a journalist and worked as a presenter/producer with RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster in a career in radio and television spanning 40 years. Following his retirement in 2009, Rodney conducted a series of consultancies for Irish Aid, the government’s official development programme, on how its engagement with local media might usefully be developed in its partner countries in Africa.
Gilda Pender joined the ActionAid Ireland Board in 2016 and has been the Company Secretary since October 2017. Gilda Pender is a change management professional with over twenty years delivery and consultancy experience primarily in the Financial Services sector. She is currently Head of Group Change at Permanent TSB. Gilda holds an honours degree in Computer Applications from Dublin City University (DCU), a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and is currently studying for a Masters in Financial Services with the Institute of Banking (IoB).
James Foley has a strong interest in development issues and development economics. He frames development and aid as a “rights and justice” rather than a charitable endeavour, and believes in the need to address the structural causes of global inequity, rather than trying to build fences and walls ever higher. James recently retired from the ESB, where as Manager of ElectricAid (the ESB and Eirgrid’s staff social justice and development fund) he oversaw the growth of ElectricAid to become Ireland’s premier occupationally-based charity, raising and disbursing a fund of €1.2 million a year.
Aggie Kalungu-Banda joined the ActionAid Ireland Board in 2014. She works as the Managing Partner for a consulting company which focuses on Organisation Development and prototypes new initiatives to solve complex societal issues. Aggie has extensive skills and experience in the areas of Programme Management, Process Design & Facilitation, Organisational Management and Managing Change Processes. She holds a Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Development Studies Centre, Kimmage, Dublin 6.
Patti Whaley joined the ActionAid Ireland Board in 2016 as the ActionAid International representative. Patti has extensive governance experience including six years as Treasurer and then Vice Chair of ActionAid UK, seven years as Treasurer of the British Institute of Human Rights, and trustee and treasurer positions with various smaller charities. Patti trained as a chartered accountant and IT systems design specialist. She has worked at Amnesty International and Forum for the Future.
Greg Maher is Marketing Manager for Portakabin Ireland, having previously worked with DairyGlen, Waterways Environmental, and Abbott Consulting. As a marketing professional Greg has worked within a diverse range of industry sectors including FMCG, construction, insurance, finance, hospitality. He has a high level of entrepreneurial acumen gained from working on a range strategic marketing projects that delivered on both communications and commercial objectives. Greg holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing and is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.
With over 12 years’ experience in communications, Fiona studied languages in NUIG and has worked for VOGUE, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Fiona works full time as the Head of Communications for CMRF Crumlin. She completed a summer course in Justice in Harvard University and has a keen interest in women’s rights, human rights and children’s rights. In her spare time, Fiona does triathlons, mini marathons and enjoys the theatre.
Anna Lee joined the board in October 2018 and will become chair from January 2019. She has a long track record of working on anti-poverty strategies and local development at community level in Ireland and is enthusiastic to bring that experience to bear in the international development and social justice work carried out by ActionAid
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