Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland is overseen by a Board of Directors made up of 10 members. The role of the Board as detailed within our company Constitution is to provide strategic direction and oversight.
Our Board of Directors
Jon Morgan is a sports and leisure professional with over 30 years’ experience. During this time Jon has held several senior roles spanning local authorities, national sport agencies, national and international governing bodies of sport.
Jon has recently stood down from the role of Chief Executive Officer for Disability Sport Wales, which he held since 2002. During that period Jon led the strategic development of disability and inclusive sport advising Welsh Government and Sport Wales on policy direction and implementation. Disability Sport Wales is now recognised as a world leading organisation in areas of
disability sports development, talent pathways and inclusion. Jon was made an OBE in the 2017 New Years Honours List for Services to Disability Sport in Wales.
In 2014, Jon led a successful consortium with Swansea University, Welsh Government, the City and County of Swansea and British / Welsh Athletics to win the rights to host the International Paralympic Committee Athletics European Championships, Swansea. The event is still regarded as one of the most successful IPC Regional events to date.
Jon has been a Principal Leisure Officer with the City and County of Swansea and prior to that a Senior Leisure Officer with (the former) Rhymney Valley District Council. Between 2004-2009 Jon
worked for Sport Wales leading on regional sports strategies, capital lottery distribution and community engagement projects across Wales.
A board member with the British Paralympic Association between 2005-2013, Jon provided high level strategic input into the successful delivery of the British team during the Beijing and London Paralympic Games cycles. Jon was also part of a team which commissioned the strategic review of the British Paralympic Performance Services in 2007, laying the foundation for subsequent elite sport success.
Jon currently holds several non-executive board positions including Vice-Chair Commonwealth Games Wales, a board member of the Welsh Sports Association and the Boccia International Sports Federation. A former Board member with Boccia UK, Jon is currently leading the Engagement Strategy related to the delivery of the BISFed World Boccia Championships Liverpool 2018. In 2017, Jon was an independent panel member on the Welsh Government Review of Sport Wales.
The above roles coupled with his vast experience of delivery structures enables Jon to have a thorough understanding of the environmental, political, financial and developmental conditions within which sport and active recreation operates from local through to international communities.
Jon now offer advisory and consultancy services to the Sport and Active Recreation Sector.
Francis Daly B.L. is a practicing barrister with a Masters in Common Law from UCD based in Dublin and on the Eastern Circuit, specialising in General Civil Law and Commercial Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (English and Classical Studies) from N.U.I. Galway.
Francis recently acquired a Diploma in Sports Law through the Law Society Diploma Centre with particular focus on Governance and Regulation.
Niall O’Flynn is a writer, producer and director.
As award-winning journalist, he has covered major international news and sports events for newspapers, radio & TV – working in the Middle East, USA, Australia, Europe, UK & Ireland.
He directs a variety of RTE’s flagship programmes, including Prime Time, Claire Byrne Live, Winning Streak, The Sunday Game & International Soccer. He is the author of “Ireland’s Olympians” and a member of the Irish Film & Television Academy.
As a sportsman, he has represented Dublin, Leinster and Ireland, at various levels.
Sinéad Galvin is founder of Galvin Sports Management (GSM), representing a number of Ireland’s leading athletes and offering communications consultancy services to clients. She has over 17 years’ professional industry expertise. Graduating from DIT with a BSc in Marketing (First Class Honour), Sinéad gained significant experience in brand management for 7 years working for leading Irish and global brands. She then became a senior member of the management team at Athletics Ireland, as their first ever Marketing Manager. From there, she joined leading PR agency Wilson Hartnell (WHPR) as Account Director in the Sports Practice, handling a wide range of award winning projects and clients while successfully managing a diverse team. Sinéad set up her own business, GSM, in September 2016.
Sinéad White is a senior manager with over 20 years’ experience working in the Finance, Technology and Insurance industries. She is experienced in leading major programmes of change and specialises in project and process management. She graduated from UCD with a Masters in Economics and is currently working towards a Masters in Supply Chain Management. Sinéad is Head of Central Shared Services in VHI Healthcare.
She is a proud Laois woman and an avid sports fan from the couch to the side lines and in the thick of it. Running and fitness are keen interests and she has completed 2 Dublin City Marathons.
Leslee O’Loughlin joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Graduate Training Programme in the United States in 1997. After successfully completing the training programme, Leslee received a series of internal promotions which afforded her the opportunity to assume key roles within the organisation in both a managerial and marketing capacity.
In 2004, Leslee was promoted to Group Recruiting Manager and was responsible for developing strategic partnerships with key universities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2007, Leslee was promoted to Group Human Resources Manager for Enterprise in the Republic of Ireland. Since 2007 Enterprise has been the proud recipient of several awards including a Gradireland Employability Award in 2009, an AHECS Engagement Award in 2012 and 2013, the Gradireland Diversity Recruitment award in 2013, 2014, 2015 (silver), 2016 and 2017 (silver), the Chambers Ireland Workplace Award in 2014, Top 10 Employer 2016 and Best SME 2016 in Glen’s Workplace Equality Index. Enterprise in Ireland is #89 on Gradireland’s Top 100 Employers list for 2017.
Matt is a member of An Garda Siochana based in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. He has served as a member of the National Disability Authority Board for a number of years.
Well known for his successful career in Gaelic Football, Matt has represented Offaly in winning an All-Ireland in 1982 and his role as mentor with the Minor and Senior teams over several years. He has a passion for inclusion in sport and physical activity.
Martin Conway is a member of the 25th Seanad and previously served in the 24th Seanad on the Administrative Panel, having been elected in 2011. He is the Seanad spokesperson on Justice and Equality and is the first visually impaired member of the Oireachtas.
He was first elected to Clare County Council in June 2004 representing North Clare and was re-elected in 2009, topping the poll.
Martin first joined Fine Gael whilst at school in Ennistymon and his interest in politics continued throughout his college career. In 1998 he graduated with a Degree in Economics and Politics from University College Dublin.
One of his proudest moments was to receive the prestigious University College Dublin President’s Award for Excellence, in recognition of his commitment for campaigning and advocacy for people with disabilities.
Martin is a founding member of AHEAD-The Association of Higher Education Access and Disability- which endeavours to make education accessible to all. He is particularly proud of the Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) programme which has successfully placed over 150 graduates with disabilities in employment over the last seven years.
Martin campaigns tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities for the provision of adequate housing, improved education and employment opportunities, and enhanced sport and physical activity opportunities.
Mary O Connor is CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport. She is a native of Cork and has worked in sport all her professional life and is an avid sports fan.
In 2016 Mary graduated from University College Cork with a Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management. Before joining the Federation of Irish Sport, Mary worked with the Camogie Association as Director of Technical Development and Participation. She excelled in this role and led the association in to an unprecedented era of growth. Under her direction as Acting CEO of the Camogie Association in 2013, she successfully guided the association through change in the form of the new affiliation model for individual members, which saw camogie ensure a more equitable membership structure for all clubs.
Mary has represented her native Cork in both Camogie and Ladies football amassing a total of 12 Senior All Ireland medals over a 16-year dual intercounty career. She has won All Stars in both codes, national leagues and provincial titles and more recently was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate from University College Cork (2012) in recognition of her amazing contribution to sport in Ireland.
Shay Kearns is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants with over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors. Largely working in the software and pharmaceutical industries for large global multinational companies, he is currently working for West Pharma as Director of Accounting.
He is passionate about sport, with sport playing an integral part of his family routine. He is passionate about bringing sport and physical activity to the very centre of every individual in Ireland.
Shay has long been an advocate for inclusion and equality for those with additional needs, having played a leading role in the introduction of bilateral cochlear implantation to Ireland in recent years.
As an avid Dublin GAA supporter, Shay finds time in his busy schedule to mentor a juvenile team with his local club in Castleknock, while in his down time enjoys running and cycling.
The Governance Code for Sport (the Code)
The Board of Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland is committed to achieving compliance with Governance Code for Sport which is overseen by Sport Ireland. The Governance Code for Sport (the Code) is a voluntary code of practice for good governance of sport organisations in Ireland. Achieving compliance will make a public statement about our culture and commitment to fairness, accountability and transparency for our stakeholders.
Our 2019-2021 Strategy
Our 2019-2021 strategy provides a route map to guide and focus our work. It outlines a clear commitment to work in collaboration with national and local partners to make active lives possible for people with disabilities while ensuring the voice and needs of people with disabilities is placed at the forefront of all our decisions and actions.
Through the implementation of this strategy, we continue to work with our partners, founders and stakeholders to enhance opportunities available to people with disabilities to experience the joy and benefits of participating in sport and physical activity throughout Ireland.