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    Our Board

    The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee (CLG). As a CLG, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association is obliged to comply with company law and best practice in the fields of governance, financial probity and transparency.

    The board of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association acts in the interests of sheds and members nationwide, and all its actions and processes are designed to advance the cause and welfare of the men’s sheds movement. The board also bears certain legal responsibilities in relation to the Irish Men’s Sheds Association CLG (the legal entity which manages the affairs and finances of the men’s sheds association).

    The board is headed by a Chairperson, elected by board members and subject to re-election every 12 months. A Secretary and Treasurer are also elected on an annual basis. Members of the IMSA board may serve for a maximum of six continuous years.

    Board members are recruited in a variety of ways. A certain number of seats are set aside for representatives from the sheds themselves, elected on a province-by-province basis. Board members are also recruited from other fields, in order to bring relevant expertise and experience to the board for the benefit of men’s sheds nationally.

    In addition to their legal responsibilities and oversight role, the board of the IMSA is deeply engaged with sheds at local, regional and national level, and committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for sheds and members across all of Ireland.

    Board members

    Eoin Martyn

    Eoin Martyn

    Chairman

    Eoin has been Chairman of the IMSA since 2018. Previously a board member and member of Ballybane Men’s Shed (formerly Eastside Men’s Shed) in Galway, Eoin has been an active presence in his community and in the men’s sheds movement for many years. Since becoming Chairman, Eoin has made inclusion and unity the keynote of his Chairmanship, and he is committed to bringing all strands of the movement together.

    Eamonn O'Connor

    Eamonn O'Connor

    Secretary

    Eamonn is vice-chairman of Rostrevor Men’s Shed, a former Shed Support Volunteer and a community activist. He is a small business owner and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast in Engineering & Business Management. He currently works in healthcare. Eamonn was nominated onto the board in 2019 by a number of sheds in Co. Down and Armagh.

    Alan Tobin

    Alan Tobin

    Board Member (Leinster)

    Alan is a founding member of the Ashbourne Men’s Shed in Co. Meath. He represents the Leinster region on the board. A proud board member, he joined the team in 2017. Alan is also Chair of the Northern Ireland committee. Alan has a wealth of experience in community development work and has assisted IMSA in finding new support and sponsors that help the organisation financially to promote men’s wellbeing and healthy living programs.

    Annalisa O'Carroll

    Annalisa O'Carroll

    Board Member

    Annalisa joined the board of the IMSA in January 2019. She is an executive coach and business consultant working across private, public and not for profit sectors. Previously she held the role of Director of Impact in Social Entrepreneurs Ireland where she worked with social entrepreneurs and social enterprises across a variety of sectors providing mentorship, support and advice on strategy and organisational development. She has held senior roles in Salesforce.com and Educational Multimedia Group. She has followed the development of the IMSA and the Men’s Shed movement since 2009 and has been directly involved since 2012.

    Annalisa sits on the IMSA’s Governance and Nominations Committee. She joined the board to help progress it’s work in supporting the future development of the organisation. 

    Paul O'Grady

    Paul O'Grady

    Board Member

    Paul brings extensive experience from a variety of sectors including Healthcare, Health and Wellness, Occupational Health, Sport and Fitness. He is currently Commercial Director and Head of Wellness Services with Medmark, Ireland’s largest Occupational Health practice. Paul is passionate about health and wellbeing and has helped IMSA with the development of the Sheds for Life Programme. As Treasurer he has worked with Barry Sheridan to broaden the funding base and remove the dependence on public sector funding. 
    Patrick Cummins

    Patrick Cummins

    Board Member (Munster)

    A former Garda, Patrick was Chairman of Ballybunion Men’s Shed,Co.Kerry from 2014-2017. A former Shed Support Volunteer, Patrick was elected onto the IMSA board in 2017. He is currently Chairman of the Governance and Nominations Sub-Committee. He also serves on the Secretariat of Limerick PPN, and is secretary of West Limerick 102 Local Community Radio.

    Our Staff

    Barry Sheridan

    Barry Sheridan

    CEO

    Barry became CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association in 2015. Before this, Barry worked as the Economic Development Manager for the Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership. Barry holds a BSc in Business and Tourism from Brunel University London and a MSc in Local Development and Innovation.

    Edel Byrne

    Edel Byrne

    Health & Wellbeing Manager

    Edel has worked with IMSA since September 2016. Prior to joining IMSA, Edel worked with the Irish Heart Foundation and St. Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin in the area of health promotion. Edel holds a BSc in Spatial Planning from Dublin Institute of Technology and has a Masters in Health Promotion from the National University of Ireland Galway. Before working in the health sector, she worked as a Town Planner for a local authority for a number of years.

    Frank Dillon

    Frank Dillon

    Head of Fundraising & Partnerships

    Frank joined the IMSA team in early 2019. Frank has over 20 years’ experience working in the sponsorship/marketing/media sectors, having previously worked for Today FM, Newstalk and Business and Finance Magazine. Frank holds a BSc in Management and Marketing and a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute.

    Eva Beirne

    Eva Beirne

    National Volunteer Coordiantor

    Eva has been with the IMSA team since 2016. Eva comes with a wealth of experience, having previously worked in community development and the business sector. Before joining IMSA, Eva worked for the leading research and community development centre, the Netwell Centre in Dundalk Institute of Technology, where she spearheaded the development of sheds in the North East Region of Ireland. During this time, Eva also served on the board of IMSA, serving one three year term.

    Sandra Purtell

    Sandra Purtell

    Finance & Administration Officer

    Sandra has been a member of the IMSA team since 2015. Sandra has worked within the community sector for 28 years and has experience working across all the diverse groups in this sector. Prior to joining the Irish Men’s Sheds Association Sandra worked with the Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership for 10 years on both LDSIP and LCDP programmes. Sandra has also worked with the Dublin Employment Pact, which was set up under an EU-supported initiative to tackle employment and development issues in the Dublin Region.

    Lianne McAree Murphy

    Lianne McAree Murphy

    Health & Wellbeing Administrator

    Prior to joining the Irish Men’s Shed Association in 2019, Lianne worked as a Health Promotion Facilitator with Cavan Monaghan Healthy Families. Before this, Lianne worked as an Administrator in a suicide prevention charity. Lianne holds a BA in English and History from National University of Maynooth, an MSc in Exercise and Nutrition Science from the University of Chester and a Diploma in Sports Nutrition from the International Olympic Committee.

    Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    Administrator

    Paul Newman joined the IMSA in September 2015. Before joining Paul was on a TÚS programme with the Ballymun/Whitehall Partnership where he ran the Care & Repair Department, providing a gardening and maintenance service to older people living in the area. Paul has responsibility for managing the shed membership of the association, as well as the provision of support and advice to sheds nationwide.

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