Our volunteers are a passionate and diverse group of people from our local communities. They work on our Board of Directors and across various Committees, giving their valuable skills and time to develop and enhance the services of Life Credit Union. The Board of Directors provides leadership and oversight. It is guardian of the mission and vision of Life Credit Union and ensures compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. Directors are policymakers, ambassadors, partners and strategic thinkers.
In addition to board commitments, Directors participate in various committees established to support the work of the Board of Directors.
For a full understanding of the role of a volunteer with Life Credit Union please read our Nominations Recruitment Pack.
Aidan was elected Chair of Life Credit Union (LCU) in January 2022. He is a native and life-long resident of Newbridge. He has served on the Board of LCU since 2015 and was Vice Chair from 2018 to 2022. Aidan has served on all the key Committees of LCU, including Audit and Risk, Finance and Strategy, Nominations and Remuneration. He is a retired Civil Servant having served at a Senior Level in a number of Government Departments, including as Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (2007-2013)
Frank Murphy, FCCA, is Group Finance director of Gowan Group, a large motor importation Group representing Peugeot, Opel and Honda in Ireland. He has extensive commercial experience having worked previously in Senior Finance roles in Dunnes Stores, Ireland’s largest retailer and Irish Life, Ireland’s largest Life and Pensions Group. Frank is originally from Cork and has lived in Naas for over 18 years. He is married to Fiona and they have 3 children. He is Chairman of the Parents Council in Naas CBS for a number of years and is a member of Naas Golf club.
John is originally from Galway and has lived in Naas since 1979. He has worked in Kildare Co Council for 28 years as a Civil Engineer where he managed major construction projects including the financial aspects. He retired from Kildare Co Council in 2006. He has been a director of the Credit Union since 2014.
Marion Hanlon’s belief in the ethos of the Credit Union movement underpins her determination to make a valuable and lasting contribution to Life Credit Union (LCU) going forward. Marion worked for 25 years in international finance and returned to Ireland in 2011. She has been on the Board of LCU since 2012 serving on many committees including Nomination, Remuneration, Credit, Credit Control, Marketing, and Finance, while she chaired both the Audit Risk and Compliance (ARC) and Investment committees for 4 years. Marion was Chair of LCU for 4 years since January 2018.
Sean Brady is a Food Scientist and Farmer who has held many senior positions in the Food Industry including Managing Director Irish Sugar and Greencore Malt and General Manager Lakeland Dairies. He has been interim CEO Irish Dairy Board (now Ornua), Irish Greyhound Board and Lackpatrick Coop. He has held many positions in Life Credit Union including being the Chair. Sean currently chairs the Nomination Committee and is member of the Marketing and Remuneration Committees. Sean lives in Sallins.
Michael is the former CEO of the County Carlow Enterprise Board and now a Director of a number of private companies. Michael also served as the Economic and Commercial Attaché in the Irish Embassy in London. Michael’s public service career included service at the Department of Industry and Commerce and as an Executive in the Registry of Friendly Societies. Michael brings to the Board lifelong business experience, as well as deep experience of good governance practices.
In his years as a board member Aidan has served as vice chairman, treasurer and chair of the marketing and nomination committees. He has also served on the credit control, investment and building committees. A native of Sligo, and now retired, he has lived in Naas for over 40 years. His full-time work experience was in retail marketing and advertising.
Tracy O’Brien is Managing Director of The People Password Ltd., a business which focuses on unlocking the potential in people through business strategy and management solutions, training, coaching, mentoring, mediation and positive HR Solutions. A former HR Director, Tracy established this business to bring her passion for and experience in delivering business results through people to CEOs, Business Owners, HR Departments and Individuals.
A Psychologist with over 20 years board level and generalist HR and business leadership experience, Tracy works with senior teams to develop business strategy and improve the effectiveness of the team. Her career in business and HR saw her lead a Company to international accreditation as best employers under her strategic and operational vison and execution. Tracy’s training programmes have been shortlisted for awards by the IITD and The Education Awards.
Tracy holds several non-executive director positions and has experience in successfully managing simultaneous and varied multi-million-euro projects to achieve immediate and long-term positive impact on revenue, profit and overall corporate value. Tracy is also a Lecturer with UCD Professional Academy and IT Carlow and the HR Trainer for ISME. Tracy is a Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and is an active member of the MII (Mediation Institute of Ireland) and EAWOP (European Association of Work & Organisation Psychology ). Tracy is also a member of the judging panel for the European Business Awards and a member of the Advisory Council of Digital Business Ireland as well as Chairperson of its HR Committee.
Eilis Quinlan FCCA, Dip IoD , C Dir. Qualified Accountant & Registered Auditor, Chartered Director.
Eilis worked in practice until starting her own award winning firm in 1992. She is a Chartered Director, holds a Certificate in Computing from DCU and is a member of MENSA. She also trained as a Commercial Mediator. Eilis sits on the National council of ISME, is a member of the ACCA Global Forum for SME’s and in 2012 Eilis was appointed as the ACCA representative to the FEE SMP (Accountancy Europe) in Brussels. Eilis’ main expertise lies in all areas of cross-border tax planning and SME development. She sits as Non-executive Director on some Charity Boards. Before accountancy Eilis played the cello in a couple of Orchestras and was Amateur National Showjumping Champion. Her interests include show jumping, cooking, travel, theatre, and classical music.
Jo, a native of South Wicklow, has lived in Naas for over 40 years and joined the Board Oversight Committee in December 2016. Now retired following a successful career as a Sales Administration Manager on both the European and Irish markets she volunteers with a number of community organisations in Naas. She was Group Leader of Naas Scouts for 25 years and was involved in rebuilding the old Scout Den and creating the largest Scout Group in Ireland. She is still a Scout Leader with the Group. She is also very involved with Naas Parish. Jo is a member of Killeen Golf Club and also enjoys walking and reading and spending time with family and friends.
David is the Director of Davrone Enterprises Limited. During his nearly 40 years in retail, David has managed a number of retail outlets successfully, culminating in his current retail operations. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling and spending time with his family and friends.
Tony has been involved with the credit union for over 48 years. He served on the Board of Directors for many years and has served on various committees. He has enjoyed his time with the credit union and watching it grow to the great organisation it is today. Tony was on the Supervisory committee for several years and is now currently the Secretary of the Board Oversight committee.
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