One Family Board Members
One Family’s Board members are volunteers who donate freely of their expertise and time.
Helen Hall | Chair
Joined May 2017.
Helen is the Chief Executive of the Policing Authority, the body which oversees the performance of the Garda Síochána. She is a Chartered Accountant having trained with PwC in Dublin. After her time with PwC, she spent 8 years in Malawi where she worked with the United Nations, the World Bank, and subsequently as an audit partner with Deloitte. She subsequently served as a senior internal audit manager with the United Nations World Food programme based in Rome. She returned to Ireland in 2006 to work as part of the team setting up the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority, the body, responsible for oversight of the accounting and auditing profession and became its Chief Executive in 2012. Helen has been a lone parent since her now adult son was three years of age.
Jennifer Good | Company Secretary
Joined September 2017.
Jennifer Good is a practicing barrister having qualified in 2014. She practices in the area of general civil and commercial law and is briefed in a number of cases on behalf of a state body. Prior to that, she worked in the legal sector with solicitors’ firms for a number of years and briefly in the European Court of Human Rights. Jennifer brings experience in governance and compliance to our Board. She is passionate about diversity in access to legal advice, education and wider social inclusion, having herself been a student of the Trinity Access Programme during her law degree and continues to volunteer with a law centre providing free legal advice clinics. This passion, in her view, is one which compliments and feeds into the broad strategic vision of one family.
Joined April 2018.
Nuala is Head of Communications, Research and Innovation with the Legal Services Regulatory Authority. Nuala’s background is in journalism, she is a former award-winning correspondent with The Irish Times and also has extensive expertise as a press officer and communications consultant for the European Commission and electoral authorities overseas. Nuala previously worked as a political analyst, advocate and researcher in the areas of anti-corruption, democratic accountability, good governance and active citizenship for Transparency International Ireland and the independent progressive think tank, TASC. Prior to her current role, she was the Communications Director with the Social Democrats. Nuala lives in Dublin and is married with two children.
Joined September 2020.
Éimear is an experienced former civil servant, now working in independent consultancy. Her civil service career spanned a wide range of responsibilities in the justice, equality and child policy sectors. She set up the first Equal Status Unit in the Equality Tribunal as well as Cosc, the national office to co-ordinate government activity to tackle domestic and sexual violence, leading the development of the first national strategy on domestic and sexual violence. Other assignments included family court and criminal court registrar, senior roles at the Garda Inspectorate and in organisational development in the justice sector. In her position as Assistant Secretary at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, she was responsible for operational standards and performance, policy and legislative developments relating to child welfare and protection, alternative care and related issues of children’s rights. Her current work includes strategic, policy and governance consultancy with a number of NGOs and government departments.
Joined September 2020.
Edel was a single parent with her first child and is a former service user of One Family. She is now married with two more children. Edel has experience of co-parenting and blended families. She studied computer and business studies in Crumlin College. Having a career in office administration for 28 years, last position was office manager of a hire company for 23 years. She decided to change the direction of her career by participating in a programme at Partas, Tallaght, ‘Webnet’ Women Excelling in Business Network. She has participated in Social Entrepreneurs Ireland academy 2019, and New Frontiers Irelands entrepreneurship development programme 2019. She is currently doing research and development to create a platform to support co parents.
Joined September 2020.
Jack is Governance & Policy Officer with Community Creations CLG; the award-winning charity behind SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s youth information service; and 50808, a free 24/7 text service for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis. Since June 2020, Jack has split his time between Community Creations and the Houses of the Oireachtas, where he assists Senator Marie Sherlock. Jack sits on the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Policy and Advocacy Committee and is a former National Chairperson of Labour Youth. He has previously worked in political communications and policy development.
Joined July 2021.
Donagh McGowan is the principal of Donagh McGowan & Co. solicitors and has almost 30 years’ experience as a practising solicitor. His career has focused on providing services to private clients, most particularly in the areas of family law, wills & probate, trusts and residential property. Donagh’s practice includes advising on all family law matters with a particular emphasis on judicial separation and divorce.
Donagh is a former Chair of the Law Society of Ireland Family Law Committee. He is a trained mediator and a trained professional in Collaborative Law. Donagh has tutored in the Law Society of Ireland and has spoken on many occasions at family law conferences, including the annual conferences of the Law Society of Ireland and the Legal Aid Board. He is also a regular media contributor on family law and other issues.
Joined July 2021.
Rosemary is a Chartered Accountant currently working in the pharmaceutical sector. Prior to that, she worked as an Accountant in the Charity sector for over 13 years, working with both national and international charities, one of which was One Family. She also served on the Board of the Irish Family Planning Association, sitting on the Audit and Finance Committee.”