Governance

The Company is a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) and is governed by an Independent Board of Directors. It has signed up to comply with the Code of Governance – a Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland. Click here to see more about the code.

The Directors of the Company are:

Anne Carpenter – Hon. Secretary
Anne Carpenter has a background in social science and education, a graduate of UCD and University of Ulster. She is a professionally qualified social worker and psychotherapist. While working with the SEHB she helped develop the Regional Sexual Abuse Unit.

Anne worked for a number of years in higher education at IT Carlow where she established the Student Services and Teaching and Learning departments. She has also conducted research on the student experience, travelling community and child sexual abuse. She recently completed a study on the mental health of migrant women. Anne currently works part-time with Spirasi as a psychotherapist, with victims of trauma and torture.

Anne Confrey
Anne Confrey is a retired Solicitor having worked in private practice latterly in the area of institutional defence litigation and mediation. She has a keen interest in supporting and developing child protection and safeguarding initiatives and works with a number of charitable organizations in a voluntary capacity. She joined the Board in October 2020.

Bishop Michael Router, Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh
Bishop Michael is a native of Virginia in Co. Cavan. He was ordained as a priest in 1989. He served at various times as a curate, parish priest, secondary school teacher and director of Adult Faith Formation and Pastoral Development in his native diocese of Kilmore. On the 7th May, 2019, Pope Francis appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh and he was ordained in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on the 21st July 2019.

As well as being a director of Towards Healing Bishop Michael is also Chairman of the Council for Healthcare; Vice President of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG; Liaison Bishop with the the Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative and a member of the Irish Inter-Church Committee. 

Cait O’ Dwyer RSM
Cait is presently serving her second term as a member of the Congregational Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy. While based in Dublin, she has particular responsibility for the US Region and the Kenyan Province. Previously she has worked at the Institute of Psychology, Gregorian University, Rome, St Luke’s Centre, Manchester and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. She holds an M.Soc.Sc. from University College Dublin and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Gregorian University.

Fr Richard Purcell – Chairperson 
Fr Richard Purcell is a Cistercian monk and Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey, Co Waterford.  A native of Dublin, he entered Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea in 1997 after studying Music, French and Italian at UCD.  He made Solemn Profession in 2002 and was ordained to the Priesthood in 2005 after having studied Philosophy at Maynooth and Theology at Oxford.  For several years Fr Richard was on the staff of Cistercian College, Roscrea where he taught Religion, Music and French. He was elected Abbot of Mount St Joseph Abbey in 2009 and was subsequently elected Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey in 2017.

Hugh Lagan
Hugh Lagan is a priest with the Society of African Missions and a registered Clinical Psychologist. He has held various ministry appointments in East and Southern Africa, including pastoral, formation, clinical, education and safeguarding responsibilities. He has led workshops internationally on psychological and spiritual well-being, positive mental health, trauma and resilience.