Board Members of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association (2017)

George Kelly George Kelly is Chairman of the Board of IMSA and represents the Men’s Shed in Killarney.  Qualified in farm management, George holds a diploma in Social Science and economics from UCC. He worked in Saudi Arabia for 8 years and now runs a farm and tourism business on the Ring of Kerry. He has a broad experience of working in the community and Voluntary sector He was chairman of Killarney Men’s Shed, the first in Kerry. He is currently a director of Kerry Community transport Ltd and All Kerry Tourism Marketing Ltd. He is on the BOM of Kerry Social farming and is a firm believer in the social activity playing a greater role in the Men’s Sheds.   As a regular attendee at the weekly social in Killarney Men’s Shed he has seen its success in introducing new members to the Shed.
 Eva Board  Ms Eva Beirne is the Coordinator for the Community Men’s Sheds in County Louth.  She is based in the Netwell Centre, a leading research and community development centre based in DkIT, and works closely the Louth County Council.    In 2011, Eva was given the remit of coordinating the development of three sheds in County Louth one in Drogheda, one Dundalk and a third in the Cooley Peninsula.   Since then, her tireless efforts has seen the sheds in Louth become a hive of activity, with over 150 men now meeting regularly across the county to share skills, develop interests and enjoy the tea and chat with like-minded people – the very things which add quality of life to years lived and which are at the heart of truly an age friendly community. Prior to joining the men’s shed project Eva worked for many years in the Irish Business sector.
Bill Lockhart
Dr. Bill Lockhart, OBE, is a Director in Lockhart Psychological Consulting Ltd., a company he formed with his son Patrick in March 2010, after a long career in the public and voluntary sectors. He is a graduate in Psychology and Philosophy from Queen’s University Belfast and holds a PhD and postgraduate diploma in counselling psychology from Aston University in Birmingham. He has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge and has completed courses at Said Business School, University of Oxford and has a number of leadership and management qualifications.  He is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Registered Psychologist with the Health Professions Council. He retired as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Youth Justice Agency in 2010.
 Stephen Board

 Stephen Mc Cleary is the Coordinator of the Armagh Men’s Shed and whilst he is originally from Monaghan, he has been living in Armagh now for 37 years. He is also an advocate for sheds in the Ulster area so if anyone is interested in setting up a shed in this area give him a call. Stephen has been involved in all aspects of community work for nearly 40 years and he thinks that the Men’s Shed concept is very unique and fits so well into community life.  He is a firm believer in Social Enterprise and thinks that sustainability through this model is so important for the future of all sheds.
gerald sinnot
Gerald Sinnott is an Active Member of the Newtown and Newcastle Men’s Shed, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow.
peter finnegan Peter Finnegan is an Active Member of the Cumannn na Bhfear Men’s Shed in Co Galway
  Paul O’Grady has twenty years’ experience as a CEO, COO and management consultant across a wide range of sectors including healthcare, leisure, technology, outsourcing, food / agribusiness and professional services. He has a particular expertise in strategy development and implementation. He is currently CEO of Medfit Proactive Healthcare, a rehabilitation centre incorporating a full gym. Their goal is to improve the quality of life of their clients through greater activity and exercise. Having previously run a chain of gyms Paul is passionate about the positive impact that exercise can have on both physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  Killian O’FLynn  is currently Head of SME Banking at Permanent TSB plc. Previously Head of Strategic Planning at the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). He has also held various positions with AIB Bank and is a certified Bank Director specialising in corporate and business lending, strategic planning, business development, risk management and operational excellence.  