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Family Carers Ireland is governed by a voluntary board of directors reflecting a mix of family carers, specialist expertise and general management background. All directors give their time free of charge to support the mission of Family Carers Ireland.
The board of directors is responsible for oversight and governance of the charity and comprises individuals with expertise in the areas of caring, management and relevant professional skills. To support the board in the performance of its function, a number of board sub-committees have been established as follows:
Veronica is a carer to her 31 year old daughter who has a diagnosis of moderate learning disability and Asperger's. She has been dealing with behavioural issues, etc. since her daughter was very young. Veronica has been part of Family Carers Ireland in Monaghan/Cavan for the past 12 years and volunteers in the charity shop and drop-in centre.
Robert Anderson is recently retired Head of the Social Policies unit at Eurofound, where he has worked as research manager since 1988 on a range of topics relating to living conditions and quality of life, including several international research projects exploring aspects of family care across Europe. Prior to joining Eurofound, Rob worked as Programme Manager at the WHO European Office in Copenhagen, with responsibility for the European Regional Programme in Health Promotion. He studied human sciences at Oxford University, and sociology as applied to medicine at Bedford College, London. Rob served as President of Eurocarers from 2009 to 2012. Rob has been appointed chairperson of the new Research & Policy committee.
Graham Knowles originally trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in the UK. He held a variety of operational management and strategic roles in the NHS, including Acting Director of one of the largest Health Authorities in the Country. Until recently, Graham was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook. He also currently serving as Chair of the Board of the UL Hospital Group. He is involved at Board and/or Committee level with various regulatory organisations, including the Medical Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. Graham has an M.Sc. in Care Policy and Management from London Guildhall University and an M.B.A (Health Executive) from Keele University.
Cora Long has been a carer from an early age, caring for her father who had emphysema and her mother who had a stroke. In her early married years she also cared for her mother in law who had many health issues. She also looked after her husband for 9 years and now looks after her 85 year old sister in law who has multiple health issues. Cora served on the board of Caring for Carers before and during the merger years. Presently she is chairperson of the East Clare support group and a member of the Member Services and Engagement Committee.
Johanne was caring for her daughter Siobhan since she was born on the 9th February, 1984 to her recent passing in August 2020. Siobhan was born with a rare chromosome disorder. She was intellectually and physically disabled, requiring 24/7 care. Johanne and her husband Alan were devoted to Siobhan who was their only child and spent years lobbying on behalf of Siobhan for the provision of services to cater for her needs.
Tom Jordan has been an Executive Coach for the past decade with a long list of blue-chip public and private clients at CEO and Director level. He was a board member (2007-2010) and Chairperson (2010-2016) of CORU (the Health and Social Care Professionals Council). He led the establishment of unrelated bone marrow full testing in Ireland in 1988 – this had become world standard by 2000. Tom currently chairs NAHVI which is a National Housing Association for visually impaired with intellectual disabilities.