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 a single parent of a teenage son and 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. She is currently the first Chief Executive of the recently established Policing Authority.

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.

John-Mark McCafferty | Treasurer

Joined October 2017.

John-Mark McCafferty is Chief Executive with Threshold, the National Housing Charity, whose aim is to prevent homelessness through advice, tenancy protection and advocacy. He took up this position in January 2017. Prior to Threshold John-Mark was Head of Social Justice and Policy with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, working on policies including income, utilities policy, child poverty, financial inclusion, housing and sustainable development. John-Mark also represented SVP during Social Partnership programmes and was a National Economic and Social Council (NESC) member. He holds a Masters in Development Studies from UCD, is a Geography graduate from Glasgow University and worked for the Combat Poverty Agency in Ireland and also Scottish Homes, the national social housing agency.

Sinéad Gibney

Joined June 2018.

Sinéad is a lone parent and a returning board member to One Family, having served from 2013 to 2014, and returning in June 2018. Sinéad was the inaugural Director of the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission, leading the staff and Accounting Officer for the budget of this new state agency. Prior to that, Sinéad built and led Google Ireland’s corporate social responsibility function, Social Action, with a flagship programme improving digital literacy in Ireland’s older population and a number of EMEA wide initiatives supporting NGOs. Sinéad now runs her own media production company, Assume Nothing Media, and provides training and consultancy, primarily to the NGO and Public sectors. She is a former service user of One Family and is the Dun Laoghaire General Election candidate for the Social Democrats

Oonagh Buckley

Joined May 2018.

Oonagh Buckley is from Cork and a graduate of UCC. She was called to the Bar in 1996. During her career in the Civil Service, Oonagh has worked in a number of Government Departments on key policies, including foreign affairs, environment, wildlife protection and public sector human resource policy. In 2009 she was appointed to lead the team in Department of Finance/Public Expenditure and Reform that managed the public sector pay and pension bill during and after the economic crisis. In 2016, Oonagh was appointed Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission, which handles all aspects of individual and group disputes in the workplace and workplace inspections, as well as dealing with claims of discrimination both in employment and the delivery of services. She was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Department of Justice and Equality, overseeing Civil Justice and Equality matters in 2018.

Nuala Haughey

Joined September 2017.

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.

Éimear Fisher

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.