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 – Company 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.

Bill Fitzgerald
Bill Fitzgerald is a chartered accountant, with extensive commercial and financial experience. He has expertise in corporate governance and financial control systems. He joined the Board in February 2021.

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, Ph.D.

Cait’s initial ministry was in community social work and she later studied psychology. She is a past student of U.C.D. and the Gregorian University Rome. She has served in both Provincial and Congregational Leadership, on the staff of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, the Institute of Psychology, Gregorian University, Rome as well as at St Luke’s Centre, Manchester.

 

Greg Price – Chairperson

Greg Price was Director of Advocacy and Assistant National Director in the Quality Improvement Division of the HSE with responsibility for partnering with patients, service users families and carers prior to his retirement in 2021.  Greg has a Masters in Business Administration from the Open University and an LLB from Griffith College.  He qualified as a Barrister in 2010 and is also an accredited mediator.

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. 

Brendan Carr

Brendan is a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in the Province of Ireland. He was ordained in 1982. From Northern Ireland, born in 1954, it was there he followed his primary education and completed secondary in the Republic of Ireland. He attended University College Dublin for an initial degree. Being a member of a missionary Congregation he did an internship in Sierra Leone as a teacher from 1977 – 79, returning to Ireland for his theology studies. In 1983 he went to Angola in Southern Africa where he spent 17 years until 2000. Angola was torn apart with civil war during those years. The Spiritan Congregation has a global reach and capacity for effective agency on the ground in community development. Brendan continues to work with Spiritan International its Global Development Programme. Since returning to Ireland in 2000 he has spent 7 years in a Dublin parish, 6 years on the Board of Spirasi, a service for refugees and asylum seekers in Ireland, and between 2010 and 2018 was the Designated Officer of his Congregation for Safeguarding. He joined the Board of Towards Healing in May 2023.