Our Board of Trustees

Dermot Murphy (Chair)

Dermot Murphy became a trustee in 2007 and was elected chair of the Irish Charitable Trust in 2008. He was an educational consultant and university lecturer, and has lived in London for nearly thirty years.


Nyall Jacobs (Treasurer)

Nyall was elected trustee and treasurer in March 2016. He is a partner in CBW a full service Accountancy Practise with 18 Partners based in the City specialising in the outsourcing of Accounts to the SME. Nyall was born in Dublin, educated in Trinity College and qualified in London as a Chartered Accountant.

Ian McKim

Ian was born in London to Irish parents, and lived in Sligo for part of his childhood after the family moved back there. Having returned to London to study, he now works as a barrister specialising in corporate recovery and insolvency litigation. He joined the Board of The London Irish Centre in 2010.


Lyndsey Drea

Lyndsey is a native of Dublin, and has been on the Board of the London Irish Centre since 2013. Lyndsey Drea is a founding Account Director of Corporate Reputation Consulting, specialising in government affairs, media relations and corporate reputation management.

An experienced consultant, Lyndsey has advised a range of clients including Microsoft, Diageo, Starbucks, Kraft Foods and The Open University. Prior to CRC she spent five years at Edelman, the world’s largest PR agency, managing high-profile public affairs campaigns and stakeholder engagement programmes across Westminster, Whitehall and local Government.

She graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in History and Politics, and holds a Masters in Politics from the London School of Economics. She was chosen as one of the Irish International Business Network’s Future Leaders in 2014.


Professor Mary Hickman

Prof. Mary Hickman is Professorial Research Fellow, at the Centre for Irish Studies, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Irish Studies at London Metropolitan University. She established the Irish Studies Centre at London Metropolitan University in 1986, where she was also Director of the Institute for the Study of European Transformations from 2002-2012. She is co-author of Migration and Social Cohesion in the UK (Palgrave 2012) and co-editor of Women and Irish Diaspora Identities (forthcoming, Manchester University Press 2014). She is Chair of the campaign Votes for Irish Citizens Abroad (VICA) based in London.

Philomena Cullen

Philomena became a trustee in June 2016. She is second generation Irish, and has a background in academia and social welfare, running services for vulnerable people in the charity sector for twenty years, including at the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain. She currently lead's Oxfam's public policy work on UK poverty issues.


Alex O'Cinneide

Alex O’Cinneide is Managing Director and Head of Europe for the Paladin Group of Companies. Beside that role, he acts as a Senior Advisor to Kleinwort Benson Bank in London, Senior Advisor and Chairs the Investment Committee of Dragon Capital renewables fund. Alongside those commercial activities he also serves as a UNICEF UK Advisor, as a board member for thirst4water in Beijing and the Biomimicry Institute in San Francisco as well the board of the Irish government Green International Financial Centre in Ireland.

Mr. O’Cinneide holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Trinity College Dublin, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School.


Paddy Cowan

Businessman Paddy Cowan was born in 1942 in Ballymacormack, Clonturk, Co. Longford and, after a brief stint in the hotel trade, came to London in January 1961, aged 19, where he began a long, successful, and varied business career, starting as a salesman for Electrolux. Over the years he worked not only in sales, but marketing, property development and publishing among other things.

He brought from Longford his lifelong love of GAA and served the London County Board in every capacity from player to manager to executive, notably bringing a London side to a junior All-Ireland football final in Croke Park in 1988 as manager.

As publisher of the Irish World he is a sponsor of both London GAA and London Irish Rugby Football Club.

Mary Kerrigan

Mary is an experienced and successful investment professional. A qualified actuary and senior investment consultant born and raise in Ireland, she was the youngest partner at Tower Watson. After a highly successful career spanning 25 years, in 2015 she decided to move from executive to non-executive roles, primarily in order to utilise her professional experience and skills for the benefit of the not-for-profit sector. 



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