Governance

Louth Volunteer Centre was established as Drogheda Volunteer Centre in 2003 and became a registered company in 2005. It is a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Registered Charity, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. Although Louth Volunteer Centre is an independent company it is an affiliate of Volunteer Ireland and a member of a network of 28 Volunteer Centres nationwide.

Our Registered Company Address is: Old Motor Tax Office, Bolton Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Our registered numbers are: CRO 404719; CHY 17034; Charities Registration 20062644

Our Directors

Richard Hanlon (Chairperson)
Richard currently works with the Professional Services firm Aon as their Head of Cyber Solutions UK and European Chief Commerical officer. Based in Louth, Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds a Masters in Human Resource Strategies from Dublin City University. Richard has held a number of board roles in the voluntary sector and is currently also Chair of the North-East Regional Enterprise Plan Steering Committee appointed by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment.

Sylwia Willis (Treasurer)
Sylwia is currently employed at UHY Farrelly Dawe White as an Accounts and Audit Manager. She specialises in providing statutory audit services for the charity and non-profit sector, as well as preparing statutory financial statements (including SORP accounts). She has experience in providing internal audit for charities and auditing grant reports (including EU funding). In 2021, she successfully completed the Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance course provided by the Law Society of Ireland. In addition, she is a Non-Executive Director and Treasurer of the WBR Credit Union in Warrenpoint, Co. Down.

Siobhan Molloy (Secretary)
Siobhán currently works in Communications and Marketing in the third level educational sector. She previously held the role of Company Executive Director / Creative Director with an International Irish brand and has over 20 years management experience specialising in Marketing and Communications with various global  brands. Siobhán is also a qualified psychotherapist, with a Masters in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and volunteers her time in the fields of adolescent and relationship counselling. She also recently completed a Professional Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Michelle Weldon (Board Member)
Michelle is a highly skilled finance professional with over 18 years’ experience in Hedge Fund Administration.  Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Administration from Dundalk Institute of Technology.  Her expertise encompasses 15 years in Fund Accounting & currently is part of State Streets Hedge Strategic Solutions segment driving strategic business solutions globally.  Previously she has volunteered with Junior Achievement Ireland and managed relationships with DKIT and DRCC under the State Street CSP programme & is currently Chairperson for Collon National School Parents Association.  

Javed Afzal
Javed moved to Ireland in April 2017 and made Drogheda his new home. Having worked primarily in banks in the UAE, he now operates as an independent business consultant and been active in bringing FDI for real estate and tech projects in Ireland.

Linda Stevens
Linda is an experienced former Executive Director (retired) with a track record of accomplishment and leadership in the development of innovative enterprise at University of Limerick namely a successful summer conference and events business now worth €2.5m to campus and €6m to the Shannon region. Linda is formerly the community manager of Carlingford Heritage centre.

Tara Brady
Tara was most recently head of HR Global with Horseware Bidco Ltd and a member of the group Senior Executive team reporting directly into the Group CEO, attending the monthly Board meetings and presenting on behalf of the groups HR function.

Board Subgroups:

Governance & Risk: Michelle Weldon (Chair); Siobhán Molloy

Communications: Siobhán Molloy (Chair); Linda Stevens, Michelle Weldon

Finance: Sylwia Willis (Chair); Javed Afzal

HR: Richard Hanlon(Chair); Tara Brady, Michelle Weldon

Our Annual Reports

Our Governance Journey

We are committed to attaining and maintaining the highest standards of governance. In order to ensure confidence in our work, transparency and accountability are our priorities.

Louth Volunteer Centre Constitution

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