Board of Directors

The Charities Regulator Governance Code

 YAP Ireland is a registered charity and is signed up to the Charities Regulator Governance Code. This code outlines the minimum standards we should meet to effectively manage and control the charity. Good governance ensures that systems and processes are in place so that we achieve our charitable objectives with integrity and to ensure that the organisation is managed in an effective, accountable, and transparent way. The Board of YAP Ireland is responsible for maintaining YAP’s adherence to the Charities Regulator Governance Code.

A self employed trainer and business mentor, Donncha specialises in working with technology startups on business strategy and market validation to start up and grow their businesses. As a service provider to startups, Donncha’s client base includes Enterprise Ireland, InterTrade Ireland, GMIT, University of Limerick and several Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) . A graduate of NUIG with a B.Comm and Masters in Marketing, his work career includes 4 years as manager of Limerick Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Acceleration Centre following 7 years with IBEC. For more see LinkedIn.

Donncha is a Member of the Advisory Board of which provides pro-bono business mentoring to startups and SMEs. Through an interest in Social Entrepreneurship and the Startup Community in Galway, he became familiar with the work of YAP Ireland in Galway and was impressed with the Investing in Children Ireland initiative. He looks forward to working as an active YAP Ireland Board member to support the work of the organisation as it strives to meet its core goals and serve its core values.

Donncha was elected Chair of the Board of YAP Ireland in May 2018.

Barry Martin Director

Barry joined the Board of YAP in September 2018. He is an educator in the Liberties Training Centre where he works with early-school-leavers from some of Dublin’s most disadvantaged areas.

Barry has a Diploma in Training and Education with NUI Galway and he is working towards completing his Degree.

In 2008, he started working in the Liberties Training Centre as a Catering Instructor. He now delivers a range of soft skills modules such as Personal Effectiveness, Personal and Interpersonal Development and Career Preparation, working with students who have experienced disadvantage academically, socially and economically. Through his role Barry works with his learners in community based activities and outreach programmes.

Barry is passionate about education, youth and community work. His experience of education, youth development and community engagement coupled with what he has learned through working intensely with early-school leavers, gives him somewhat of a unique insight into young people’s lives. He is now eager to use what he has learned to benefit other young people.

Greg O’Leary Company Secretary

Greg joined the Board of YAP Ireland in June 2017 and was appointed Secretary in December 2018. Greg has 20 years’ experience in Financial Services in Ireland having held senior management roles in Bank of Ireland and most recently with Permanent TSB where he is currently Head of Operational Excellence. Greg has developed a broad base of experience across areas such as strategy development and transformation, change management, financial control and risk management and also gained valuable international experience during a 2 year period based in Germany.

Greg holds a BSc. Finance from University College Cork and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin. Outside of work, Greg is an active member of his local community as a mentor and member of a number of local sports clubs and residents groups.

Lynette Brown Sow Director

Lynette M. Brown-Sow is Vice-President of Marketing and Government Relations at Community College of Philadelphia. In 1980 she founded L.M. Brown Management Group, a certified minority/female- owned consultant firm that provides professional services to corporations, non-profits, and governmental entities. Lynette also helped to create Health Pass, one of the nation’s first health insurance organizations (HIO). In 1991 Mayor Edward G. Rendell appointed Lynette as Deputy Mayor of Administration.

Lynette earned a Master’s Degree in Policy Planning and Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration. The city’s Board of Judges gave her a life-long appointment on the Board of City Trusts. In 2008 Mayor Michael Nutter appointed her to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment, which she chaired from 2010-2013. Lynette is a member of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees and has other diverse board appointments. She founded and now chairs the Hardy Williams Education Fund which provides support for and scholarships for people interested in careers in law, government or social action. She also is chair of the Board of Directors of Youth Advocate Program Inc.

Vivian Sanks-King Director

Vivian Sanks-King joined the Board of YAP Ireland in 2014. Vivian practices law in New Jersey and frequently speaks to professional organisations, university faculty and community groups on various health law topics. Her professional history includes Assistant Counsel to the Newark Board of Education and Assistant Dean of Seton Hall University School of Law. Vivian’s numerous awards include the 2002 Raymond A. Brown, Esq. Social Justice Award, the 2002 Community Service Award and the 1998 Salute to Policy Makers award.

Vivian serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (Chairperson), the Garden State Bar Association, the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network, and Leadership Newark (Vice Chair). She was honored by Seton Hall University School of Law as its Distinguished Graduate (1995) and by Rutgers University Newark College of Arts and Sciences’ Alumni Association as its Distinguished Alumni in 1998.

Donal Murphy Director

Donal joined the Board of YAP Ireland in December 2018. Donal is an experienced, senior level banking professional with a successful track record within a treasury business at General Management level.

He has extensive senior level leadership experience of driving the strategic direction and financial, people, and governance objectives of large, multi-dimensioned, cross-jurisdictional business portfolios. Donal has held several positions within AIB treasury over the past 40 years most recently as Head of Treasury.

Donal has a Masters in Business Practice from the Irish Management Institute/University College Cork.

He is looking forward to being actively involved in helping YAP Ireland in supporting and empowering young people and their families.

Ian is a Client Services Manager with Sunbeam House Services which provides services for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and is based in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Ian is a Person In Charge as defined by HIQA, has brought a number of residences for adults with Intellectual Disabilities through the formal registration process and is responsible for ensuring such services meet the high standards required. He is also responsible for transitioning some of those he supports into the community from residential settings.

Ian made the change to the Intellectual Disability sector about 15 years ago having previously studied Hotel Management at the Shannon College of Hotel Management which led to several roles including a number of years as General Manager of a Historic Country House hotel in the Peak District in the UK.

Ian holds several varied qualifications including an MBA from Dublin Institute of Technology. Ian is a passionate advocate for vulnerable adults and is looking forward to using his experience to support those stakeholders at YAP as a member of the board.

Laura is the Child & Family Services Coordinator with Familibase in Dublin 10. Familibase operates three strands of service delivery which range from universal to intensive wrap around supports for the families and children in the community most in need.

Laura has over a decade’s experience in working with people presenting with multiple and complex needs and previous to working in Familibase has managed various Teams in Merchants Quay Ireland Homeless & Drugs Services, which included setting up the Community Recovery and Integration Supports (CRIS) Service in the East Coast Region, in conjunction with the East Coast Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force. Before managing services, Laura had the role of case worker, directly supporting clients.

Laura holds an Honours Degree in Social Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Studies, and a Masters Degree in Child, Family & Community Studies.

Laura’s professional interests are in the prevention of people requiring more acute services by providing robust supports in community settings. She has a particular interest in Child Protection and Support.

Danielle Curtis Director

Danielle has worked with Mercy Law Resource Centre since 2016. In her role, Danielle looks after fundraising and communications for the Centre and also assists the solicitors with casework. MLRC is a registered charity who provide free legal advice and representation to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

She graduated from University College Dublin in 2015 with a BA International in Politics and International Relations and a minor in Sociology and Social Justice. Following this, she served as a sabbatical officer from UCD Students Union (UCDSU), serving as Education Officer from 2015 – 2016. In this position, Danielle along with UCDSU represented over 33,000 students on a number of issues both nationally and locally. 

She then undertook a Masters in Common Law in UCD, graduating in 2018. Danielle is currently a Barrister at Law Candidate at the Honourable Society of Kings Inns. Having a keen interest in both human rights and public interest law, Danielle has participated in a Model United Nations competition each year in New York, serving as the Director of the COP UNFCCC committee in 2019. Furthermore, she has an interest in education and education law and is a qualified trainer with the National Student Engagement Programme.

Réidin Dunne Director

Réidin Dunne is the National Advocacy Manager with EPIC which stands for Empowering People in Care. EPIC is the only independent advocacy service which works for children and young people in State Care in the Republic of Ireland. EPIC Advocates for children and young people in institutional residential care, relative and foster care, secure care and young people in detention. Réidin is currently working in partnership with Tusla Child and Family Agency to facilitate nationally, the development of formal structures in which young people currently in care can use their experience of the care system to influence policy and practice development.

Réidin has 15 years’ experience of working directly with children and young people. Her work has focused on seldom heard young people, young people in institutional care, state care and the juvenile justice system. She is a passionate advocate of children and young people’s right and capacity to participate in all aspects of civil society, particularly the community of young people in which the state acts as corporate parent. Réidín holds an MA in Child and Youth Care and has had an eclectic career, with a specific focus on directly working with marginalised communities with a strong focus on children and young people. In recent years she has diversified to working creatively with young people using the medium of theatre, spoken word, devised theatre and process theatre to facilitate dialogue and create a platform for change.

Philip O'Callaghan Director

Philip, a co-founder and managing director of The Examcraft Group since 2002. The Examcraft Group assist students improve their examination performance by providing a range of examination support services to schools.

Philip is a qualified secondary teacher and taught for 10 years in Naas CBS and St. David’s CBS, Artane. He is co-author of Make It Happen – A Success Guide for Teenagers, Liberties Press, 2011. He holds an MSc in Computer Applications for Education from Dublin City University and an MBA from Warwick University.


The training and experience gained by Advocates through employment with YAP Ireland has long-term beneficial outcomes for you and your communities.