European Movement Ireland is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.

Dónall Curtin

is an experienced board director and business leader who is a highly skilled with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.

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These include Health Insurance Authority, Office of Government Procurement, Chambers Ireland, Abbey Theatre, Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation. Donall was a Partner in the accountancy practice Byrne Curtin Kelly and has in excess of 32 years’ experience. An energetic, skilled and highly motivated business leader with a track record of success in reviewing and setting challenging strategic direction in a wide range of businesses and sectors. A strong advocate of ensuring that best practice and good corporate governance exist within the boardroom and ensuring relevant structures within businesses to facilitate adoption of organisational values throughout.

Catherine Day

served as Secretary-General of the European Commission from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that, Catherine was Director-General of DG Environment in the European Commission.

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Between 1996 and 2000, she worked on enlargement, preparing the accession of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe to the EU. Prior to that she served in the Cabinets of Mr Richard Burke, Mr Peter Sutherland and Sir Leon Brittan. Catherine is a graduate of University College Dublin, with an MA in International Trade and Economic Integration.

Hon. Rory Guinness

Rory Guinness is currently studying for his MSc in Public Policy and Management. He is also Chairman of Wilbury Farming Company Ltd and a property adviser to Kilrue Farms.

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He is custodian of Wilbury Park, the first neo-Palladian house in the UK. He is a Trustee and member of the General Purpose Committee of the Iveagh Trust, one of Dublin’s largest social housing providers. He is a Governor of the Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine, and member of the finance and investment committee. He is also on the Board of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and sits on their Governance Committee. He regularly gives tours and talks on the history of Guinness family. He was a founder of Iveagh Ltd in 2007, which raised assets of $0.25 billion, before selling to City Financial in 2014. Between 1996-2007, he worked with the Iveagh Trustees Ltd on a range of venture capital projects in environmental management, financial services and property. He is a current Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He holds a BA in Politics, and certificates in social housing management and social housing development from National College of Ireland.

Rickard Mills

is the founder and principal of Rickard Mills Limited, a corporate affairs consultancy firm assisting a wide variety of companies in brand development and market facilitation.

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With over 26 years’ experience in financial services sector Rickard worked with KBC Bank Ireland (KBC) until 2015 as Head of Taxation and finally as Director of Corporate Affairs. He represented KBC as a director over that time on both group and non-group entities. Rickard remains a pension funds trustee with KBC and is a Director of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF). He was a board member of Dublin Chamber for six years until 2017, serving as Treasurer and chairing the Influencing Committee and Membership Committee. He is a Director of Chambers Ireland and chairs the Audit, Finance & Risk committee. He is also a board member of European Movement Ireland. A Chartered Accountant and Taxation Consultant by profession, originally with Deloitte, he holds a degree in Civil Engineering from University College Cork along with a post graduate diploma in Executive Coaching.

Noelle O Connell

was appointed Executive Director of European Movement Ireland in April 2011. Prior to leading European Movement Ireland,

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Noelle provided business development training, education and public affairs consultancy to a wide variety of both private and public sector clients.

Paul O’Faherty

is an actuary and is a non-executive director of a number of companies in the financial services and investment areas. Until 2013 he was Chief Executive of Mercer Ireland

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and Chairman of Marsh McLennan Companies in Ireland. He is a Fellow and a past President of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He is also a past Chairman of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.

Maurice Pratt


is former CEO of C&C Group, a former Board Member of Tourism Ireland and former Chief Executive of Tesco Ireland.

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He holds several company Directorships and is currently Chairman at Barretstown and a Board Member of IBEC and Business in the Community, Ireland. Maurice is also a fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland.

Michael Shovlin


is currently a solicitor with Arthur Cox. Previously, he served as Special Adviser to former Tánaiste Mary Coughlan.

Rosemary Steen

Rosemary Steen was appointed Director of External Affairs in July 2015 having previously held the position of Director of Public Affairs since joining EirGrid in 2014.

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Rosemary also serves on the board of the European Movement and on the Council of the Dublin Chamber. Rosemary has extensive Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility experience from the Telecommunications, Utilities and Business Industry Body sectors. She has previously held senior positions in Vodafone, Shell and IBEC. Rosemary has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, an MBS in Logistics and Manufacturing from University College Dublin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Jillian van Turnhout IDP-C


is a consultant and iNED. She is former Senator and former Chief Executive Children’s Rights Alliance.

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She is Chair of Early Childhood Ireland. She is former Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee and co-founder of the European Youth Forum. She has completed INSEADs International Directors Programme (IDP-C) and is currently undertaking the Institute of Directors Chartered Director Programme. She has been awarded the Chevalier de L’ordre national du Mérite and made an Honourary Fellow of the RCPI.

*Each voluntary director of EM Ireland receives a Directors’ Handbook whose purpose is to outline the governance policy of EM Ireland and outline to Directors their roles and responsibilities.