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 Board of Directors  


Sylvia Gavigan


Sylvia is the Ugandan Consulate General to Ireland, working on economic development programmes and supporting Irish investors expanding their businesses into Uganda.  Sylvia has vast experience in both African business and education, having lectured for over 18 years at the National College of Ireland on these themes and running successful entrepreneurship programmes between Ireland and Uganda.  She has previously sat on the board at Gorta and is currently working towards her PhD at Dublin Institute of Technology, themed around female entrepreneurship in emerging African markets.


Stuart Parkinson 


Stuart has extensive experience in senior operations and management positions including purchasing, manufacturing, call centre set-up and driving operational improvements.  He has worked, over the past 25 years, in both the Software and Chemical sectors for Microsoft, ICI, Unilever and Astra Zeneca. Over the past two years Stuart has also been a Parent Company facilitator for the Plato organisation (A non-profit organisation which works with SMBs to help SMBs Owner Managers to build successful businesses for the future). Stuart is passionate about studying and applying the knowledge in practice! He holds a BSC Hons in Industrial Management, is a qualified Business Coach and also holds various Diplomas from Applied Project Management, Emotional Intelligence to Organisational Behaviour (UCC).

Proudly Made in Africa’s joint Irish/UK Board of Directors brings together expertise in both development and business


Margaret Carr 


Margaret is the Research Engagement Manager/Public Affairs Officer for Cancer Research UK in Northern Ireland. She has over 30 years’ experience in retail in the USA and Ireland. For 12 years, Margaret served as the Fair Trade Manager for Oxfam Ireland where she coordinated Oxfam’s work on Fairtrade and had direct responsibility for sourcing food and craft products from over 30 developing countries. In the course of her work, Margaret has spent considerable time working with small craft producers in Tanzania, as well government and business officials in order to increase awareness of and commitment to Fairtrade.


Justin Kilcullen 


Justin is Co-Chair to the Global Council of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, and chair of its Finance Committee. He served for twenty years as CEO of Trócaire (Caritas Ireland). He worked in Tanzania, designing low-cost housing, in Belfast working on inner-city housing, and for the UNHCR constructing refugee camps for Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. Subsequently, he worked for four years in Laos as country director before being appointed CEO in 1993. Justin also played a prominent role in the Development Effectiveness process.

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James Harold 


James is a communications and development professional with over ten years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. Previously, he has held positions wit IOM - the United Nations Migration Agency and ORBIS International. He is an experienced fundraising and development manager and has tailored solutions for industry leaders including Davy, CRH, KPMG, Matheson and Avalon to complement their CSR goals. James is currently Head of Communications at Ireland's largest approved housing body, Clúid Housing. He holds an M.Phil in European Studies and a BA in French and Spanish, both awarded by Trinity College, Dublin. His current focus is on media relations, digital communications, business development and Government relations.


Ria Kearney 


Ria is an Associate Director at Anthesis Group, a global sustainability services and solutions consultancy, where she is primarily focused on building the Group's sustainable apparel and textiles programme. Previously, she held sustainability positions at MADE-BY, Primark and Tata Global Beverages. Prior to joining Tata, Ria built experience of alternative models of business and trade within a diverse range of organisations in the UK and abroad including The Ethical Tea Partnership, BT and The Township Trust. She is a graduate of Common Purpose and holds an MA (Hons) degree in International  Business and Languages from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

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Proud winner of the 2018 Good Governance Award.


The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector.

Good Governance Awards

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