As of January 2022 the Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme is incorporated into a new organisation called Let’s Grow Together! Infant and Childhood Partnerships CLG.
Directors of the Board are:
Mr. Kevin Fitzgibbon (Chairperson)
Ms. Julie Helen (Secretary)
Dr. Cliodhna Foley-Nolan
Dr. Cathy Burke
Dr. Martin Davoren
Ms. Karen Houlihan
Ms. Niamh O’Connor
Kevin has been a board member of Let's Grow Together! since April 2021, when he joined as Chair. He has long experience of the NGO sector, both as a frontline volunteer, and as a board member. He was a volunteer with Cork Simon for about 20 years in total, during which he was a board member for 12 years and Chair for 5 years. During his time on Cork Simon's board, Kevin was one of 2 members who led a complete governance review and redesign for the organisation. He has also served as a board member of the Simon Communities of Ireland, and was a founding board member of Galtan Housing Association. He has served on the board of Beaumont Girls' National School, and is a current board member of St. Francis Rochestown College. Kevin is currently the Manager of Halpin Research Centre at the National Maritime College of Ireland, MTU; and previously was the owner and MD of a consulting engineering practice for 13 years. He has a keen interest in renewable energy and sustainability, and was the co-founder of 2 windfarm companies that are now in commercial energy production. His favourite pastime is walking his dog.
Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine. She has worked as Director of Human Health and Nutrition at safefood (Food Safety Promotion Board) and as Specialist in Public Health Medicine in the Health Service Executive. She has served on a number of national advisory groups, including the National AIDS Advisory Group, as well as advisory groups on MRSA, immigrant health, food poverty, and antimicrobial resistance. She is currently a member of the Food Safety Authority Board and has served on the Boards of the Veterinary Council of Ireland; Special advisory Board on Obeisity; the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research.
Cathy Burke is a consultant gynaecologist / obstetrician at Cork University Maternity Hospital. She has been a board member of LGT! since 2021 and is hugely impressed by the past and current achievements of the organisation. She has worked with humanitarian organisations in Africa and South America during her medical career. She is a strong advocate for sustainable healthcare, chairing the hospital Green Group and is also a committee member of Irish Doctors for the Environment.
Dr Martin Davoren is the Executive Director of the Sexual Health Centre. He also holds an adjunct lecturer position with the School of Public Health, University College Cork, where he previously worked as a lecturer and researcher. Martin was assistant director for Networks and Knowledge Translation with the SPHeRE Programme, Ireland’s national research training programme for population health and health services research. He was also in charge of setting up, directing and evaluating UCC Health Matters, Ireland’s Health Promoting Unviersity. Martin’s research focused on alcohol use, drug use and sexual health. He was principal investigator and co-applicant on a number of funded projects.
Karen Houlihan is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. She is currently working as a Senior Manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers. Karen has a lenghty history of involvement in the not for profit sector. She previously volunteered as a Board Member and Finance Director for Starfish Greathearts Foundation, a charity that helps children made vulnerable by aids in Africa. Karen has also worked with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind as the Head of Finance and Fundraising. Karen joined the board of let’s grow together in September 2022.
Directors’ Report & Financial Statement
External codes/guidelines that Let’s Grow Together Board of Directors are guided by: