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.
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.
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.
Ray is founder and chairman of Portlaoise Men’s Shed and former IMSA Shed Advocate. Ray comes from an engineering and technical sales background. He has extensive involvement and knowledge in community project development. Former chairman of a local disability group, was responsible for the setting up of a collaborative subsidised therapy programme for children and adults with intellectual disability and the project management of funding streams. He is currently a member and representative on Laois PPN ( Public Participation Network ) and also a private sector representative on Laois LCDC ( Local County Development Committee. He has training in the area of disability awareness and advocacy as part of his membership of Partners in Policymaking and disability steering groups.
Eoghan joined the IMSA board as an independent external member in 2021. He volunteers with Dublin Samaritans and sits on the board of UCD. He was previously a trustee and board member at Community Awareness of Drugs.
Eoghan works as a civil servant. He initially trained as a physiotherapist, before completing graduate studies in psychology and finance.
Eoghan is chair of the Strategy & Engagement committee of the board.
Gerard Bermingham is a leading executive within Financial Services and Financial Services Technology. Gerard is currently Head of Client Management and North America at Corlytics, a leading provider of Financial Services Regulatory Compliance Technology. Gerard joins Corlytics with a proven track record of more than 20 years in management for financial technology companies. Most recently, Gerard was MD of North America for post-trade software with IHS Markit (now part of S&P Global), and prior to this held various senior roles at IHS Markit and Information Mosaic.
Gerard has a degree in Economics from University College Dublin and a master’s degree in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business.
Chief Executive Officer
Enda was appointed CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association in February 2021.
Prior to leading the IMSA team, the Offaly native had already amassed over 22 years’ experience in the community and voluntary sector.
16 of those years were at CEO level across three organisations; Inclusion Ireland, the Offaly Centre for Independent Living and The Carer’s Association.
Enda holds qualifications in Community Development Practices from NUI Galway, and Community Workplace Management from the National College of Ireland.
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.
Ben Dolan joined IMSA as Communications Officer in 2022. Ben was previously Digital Engagement Manager for Maths Week Ireland and has extensive experience in both digital and traditional media.
In over twenty years as a creative professional Ben has designed, produced and directed Corporate Films, Commercials, Music Videos and Live Events. His Design Consultancy work has encompassed Illustration, Photography, Live Streaming, Web and Multimedia. He has an honours degree in Art from IT Carlow and has exhibited widely in group and solo shows. He lives and works in Wexford and divides his time between a diverse artistic practice and the Irish Men’s Sheds Association.