Our Board Members

Board Members of L'Arche Ireland

Marion Courtney, Chairperson

With 20 years+ background in the HR and corporate business functions of companies in Ireland and France, mainly in start-up/scale-up environments, Marion has been a Board Member/Trustee of L’Arche Ireland & N. Ireland since 2019, serving as Company Secretary, and member of the HR Committee. She was appointed Chair in October 2022.

John Johnson, Company Secretary

John has eight years’ experience supporting the Charity sector following 30 years in various roles in the Commercial sector. Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA). John is married to Annmarie with three children Lorna, Niall, Conor. Enjoys rugby, tennis, music and occasional philosophising, has been on the Board of L’Arche since 2015.

David Griffin, Treasurer

David works closely with the CEO on a range of governance and strategic matters. David is a graduate of Trinity College and a chartered accountant. He spent many years in banking in the UK and Ireland. More recently he has been a mentor, commercial mediator, and advisor. David has been the honorary treasurer of L’Arche Ireland since 2016

Paul Dennehy, Board Member

Paul lives in Cork City and is married to Jean. Paul is a member of L’Arche Ireland – Cork Committee. Paul worked in the Financial Services Sector initially with Irish Life Assurance before moving to the Financial Broking sector and currently works with Blue-chip Financial Consultants. Paul has spent 10 Years on the board of Bishopstown Credit Union and held the role of secretary for 4 years. Paul is also a lifetime member of Scouting Ireland, and his main role is Trainer of new Scout Leaders.

Muirne O’Connor, Board Member

Muirne brings extensive an experience in disAbility services and community development, enriched by her lived experience in life sharing communities. With academic studies in Social Care and Social Policy and Psycotherapy. Muirne currently leads a pilot housing projects for individuals with high support need and consults with the HSE providing bespoke trauma-informed behavioral support for adults in crisis with behaviour needs. She is dedicated to creating nurturing environments that foster personal growth and resilience, emphasizing the importance of connection and meaning-making in her work.