Board of Management
Louise Callaghan is an award-winning accountant with many years experience in both the private and not for profit sectors. For the past number of years she has specialised in not-for-profit management and has also worked in developing advocacy awareness and skills with primary and post-primary students across Ireland.
Louise was first attracted to Le Chéile due to its recognised success in providing the right supports at the right time to young people and their families. She has volunteered with Le Chéile as a Board member since 2013 and was appointed Chairperson of the Board in 2017.
James Doorley is the Deputy Director of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the representative body for voluntary youth organisations. Prior to this he worked with a number of community development and disability organisations in the North East. James has been a member of the National Economic and Social Council since 2011. He is a former Vice President of the European Youth Forum and served as a Trustee of the Carnegie UK Trust from 2004-2015.
He has a BA and MA in Applied Social Studies and a Diploma in Youth and Community Work from NUI Maynooth, a Degree in Law from Dublin Institute of Technology, a Master in Laws (LL.M) in Trinity College Dublin, and a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance in the Michael Smurfit Business School in UCD in 2010.
Anna Connolly has a Masters in Social Work and Diploma in Mediation. She commenced her social work career as a Youth Worker with a voluntary organisation (Ogra) in Cork.
Anna joined the Probation Service in 1975 where she worked with both adults and young people in various settings until her retirement in January 2014 from her role as Regional Manager / Assistant Principal Probation Officer. Anna also worked as a Family Mediator while on career break from the Probation Service. Anna joined the Board of Le Chéile in 2014.
Dr Margaret Rogers is National Manager for Better Start: National Early Years Quality Development. Previously Margaret worked extensively in early childhood and school age services for children as well as in family support.
Her experience includes service development, management and consultancy in NGOs, public service organisations and Government Departments. Her research interests include early childhood education and outcomes; and qualitative participatory research with children, young people and adults.
Margaret O’Connor joined the Le Chéile Board of Management in 2009, and in 2015 became Chairperson of the Board.
Margaret holds a B.A. (hons.) degree from the National University of Ireland and has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. She joined Citi in 2006 and is a member of the EMEA Regulatory Compliance and Governance team where she serves as their Head of Regional Regulatory Governance.
She is an active hill walker and supports her local club “Glenwalk” as their Committee Secretary and representative to Mountaineering Ireland.