Our Board Members

Our Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction of the Central Remedial Clinic, including:


  • Decision making processes
  • Setting the strategic direction of the organisation
  • Overseeing our financial viability
  • Making key decisions on the future of the CRC


The Chief Executive reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for delivering strategy and implementing decisions.


In addition to the Board of Directors, a group of members  attend the CRC’s Annual General Meeting.

Board of Directors

Kieran Timmins, Chairman

Kieran J Timmins is currently Chief Executive Officer and a founding member of SmartCentric Technologies International Ltd, a software solutions company focused on secure payments. Kieran has extensive experience in the financial services and card payments industry, both domestically and internationally.


With a career spanning 37 years, he has held a number of management, marketing and technical positions in companies such as Fujitsu Services (formerly ICL), Kindle Banking Systems (now part of Misys Group), IBM and Smurfit Computing. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a Masters in Management (organisation behaviour), Kieran was formerly a Director of the Rise Foundation, a charity founded by Frances Black in 2009 and a member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

Carol Ann Casey, Vice Chairperson

Carol Ann Casey is Managing Director of CA Compliance specialising in HR compliance, independent investigations, complaint management and governance services. She holds the Statutory office as the Independent Adjudicator of the Law Society of Ireland where she impartially examines the Law Society’s handling of complaints and compensation fund claims and recommends changes to the Law Society to maintain its highest standards.


Carol Ann is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a Masters in Human Resource Strategies along with recent qualifications in ombudsman, regulatory affairs and corporate governance.


Along with being Vice-Chairperson of the board of the Central Remedial Clinic, Carol Ann chairs its Remuneration and Nominations Committee and is a member of its Governance Sub-Committee.  In addition, Carol Ann is a Non-Executive Director of Blarney Woollen Mills Group of which she is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  Carol Ann is also a National Council Member of the Small Firms Association.

Ms Sinead Cooke (appointed 24/11/2016)

Sinéad is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland. She is a graduate of UCD, where she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a post graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. Sinéad started her career in audit in the accountancy firm BDO and later moved to PWC, first in Dublin and then San Francisco.
She also worked as Financial Controller in Xtra-Vision. Sinéad also lectured Accounting and Finance in Griffith College after which she took a career break to mind her three young children.
Sinead joined the CRC board of directors in November 2016.

Damien Daly

Damien Daly is Director of Marketing & Customer Analytics at Bank of Ireland Group and is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Group’s marketing and customer analytics strategy. Prior to this position, Damien held a number of senior management roles in Bank of Ireland including Director of Strategy and Marketing in its Global Markets Division and Head of Group Customer Deposits.


Damien also has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry having held various product management positions and customer acquisition positions in Eircom Plc, including overall product management responsibility for Landline Voice and Access products. He started his career at the Lafferty Group, a specialist financial publishing organisation.

Thomas Fleming

Tom Fleming joined Volkswagen Group Ireland as Director of Human Resources in 2011.


Tom has a Business Degree from NIHE Dublin and a post-graduate qualification in the Psychology of Organisational Development and Change from Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for over 25 years.


After graduation, Tom spent 14 years in the UK working in various human resources and operational roles with leading multinational organisations including Alstom, PepsiCo, B&Q and Jewson. Tom returned to Ireland in 2001 to join Diageo where he spent eight years in senior HR and commercial roles. He has also worked as an Organisation Development Consultant in both Ireland and the UK.

Sean Hickey

Sean is CIO of abcam, the leading global supplier of protein research tools, based in Cambridge, UK. He graduated from UCD in 1989 and subsequently spent eight years working within the Irish Health Service. His wide ranging career in the private sector has spanned a number of different industries with the last 15 years primarily spent in IT Director roles with Boots, H&K International, Kepak, Kingspan, TOP and BWG Foods. He brings practical experience of building IT and Business Strategy, and of leading major transformation programmes across a number of different industries.


He grew up locally in Clontarf and as a child benefitted from the CRC’s services. As a student he worked part time developing assistive technology computer programmes for the CRC.

Fiona Mahon

Fiona Mahon is a Chartered Secretary with over 20 years’ experience as a Company Secretary and corporate governance professional.  Fiona currently is Head of Company Secretarial at Eversheds and has previously worked with KPMG, Ernst & Young, Irish Bank Resolution Corporation and was Deputy Group Secretary at  Bank of Ireland.  Fiona has experience as a Director on a number of Boards and has worked extensively with Boards across the spectrum with companies ranging from small single member companies right up to listed and regulated PLC’s.


Fiona’s specialities include Corporate Governance, Company Law, Law of Meetings and Meeting administration, Statutory Compliance, Regulatory and Stock Exchange compliance, and Fitness & Probity.  Fiona has experience on high level regulatory committees responsible for formulating policies including the Company Law Review Group and CROLink and was the youngest and first female president of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (“ICSA”) in Ireland.  Fiona is currently the Chair of the Irish Company Secretaries Group.

Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn retired in 2009 as RTÉ Group Secretary after 40 years service.  His previous positions included Staff Relations Executive, Job Evaluation Manager, New Administration Manager and Director of Corporate Affairs/Secretary.  He is a founding Director of TG4 and former Chairman of Radio Tara Limited (Atlantic 252).


Tom is currently a Director of Don Bosco Teenage Care Housing Association and a Trustee of the RTÉ Benevolent Society.  As a former representative of the Corporate Governance Association, Tom was a member of the working group that produced the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations that was issued in 2012.


A Barrister-at-Law and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Tom holds a B.A. and Post Graduate Diplomas in Social Science, European Law and Corporate Governance from UCD.

Robert Vard (appointed 22/01/2016)

Robert Vard 2

Robert Vard is a solicitor in the Pensions and Employee Benefits Group of the law firm Eversheds, where he advises on all aspects of pensions law, practice and regulation and the interpretation of trust deeds. He also provides advice on financial services and regulatory issues within the Eversheds Financial Institutions Group.


He has a longstanding relationship with the CRC, having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 9 months and was a frequent user of services until he was 18.  Robert has continued his connection with the organisation through fundraising and active volunteering.  He volunteered in 2009 in the CRC’s Sheltered Adult Workshop, as it made its transition from a sheltered work environment to an education centred approach and participated for several years as an assistant with the CRC Summer School Project.


He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he achieved a MA in History. Robert also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Dublin Institute of Technology, a Masters in Law from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland. Robert served as a board member of the Hibernian Law Journal for two years, the academic publication of the Law Society of Ireland. He is currently a council member of the Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland (ALPI).

Mr Tom Young (appointed 13 February 2017)

Tom Young is Chairman of ILCU (Internal Audit Services) Ltd, which is a dedicated service provider to the credit union movement; he is also Chairman of Cunamh, an accredited adoption services charity. He was appointed to the Audit Committee of the Public Appointments Service in 2016. He provides consultancy services on governance and risk management.
Before moving to independent directorship and consultancy roles, Tom had a successful career in international banking and financial services in Ireland, with Citibank, Ulster Bank,
HSBC and BNY Mellon. His career developed from relationship management through executive responsibility for credit and risk management, to executive board level responsibility as chief executive in international banking and trustee services.
He assumed primary responsibility for compliance with governance codes and was the lead facilitator on governance compliance matters for BNY Mellon in Europe. He has extensive experience of the regulatory license approval process in several EU jurisdictions. Tom’s roles required fitness & probity approval from financial regulators in Ireland, Luxembourg and Belgium.
He is a Chartered Secretary and holds the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. Tom is former Chairman of the Federation of International Banks in Ireland (FIBI) and a current member of the Irish Funds Directors Association (IFDA).

Mr Diarmuid Connaughton (appointed 13 February 2017)

Diarmuid Connaughton retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2013. During his 29-year career with the bank, he was Country Executive for Ireland and gained broad international banking experience in Corporate and Investment Banking, Capital Raising/Syndications, Treasury and Cash Management, Global Markets (FX/derivatives), Investment Management and Credit Risk assessment. He managed a portfolio of clients split between indigenous European Healthcare names and large Irish Corporate clients – industry sectors included Airlines, Building Materials, Consumer and Retail, Dairy, Energy and Food Ingredients.
Following a successful career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Diarmuid spent the past two years as Finance Director at Future Finance Loan Corporation Limited. Future Finance, a private student lending company, was established in 2013 and is backed by private equity.
Diarmuid was Chairman of Peamount Hospital and a director for various Bank of America Irish subsidiaries – Banc of America Leasing Ireland Co Limited (Aircraft Leasing), Bank of America Capital Management (Ireland) Limited (Fund Management – Chairman) and other Structured Capital Markets vehicles.
Diarmuid qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCD.


Ms Therese Allen (appointed 12/09/2016)

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