Our Board Members

Board Members of L'Arche Ireland & N. 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.

Brendan Collins, Board Member

Brendan is the Programme Director of the Open Training College’s Management Programmes. Brendan worked for Enable Ireland for many years in first line positions culminating in his developing and leading the Community Development Programme for adult service users. Brendan also holds qualifications from the National University of Ireland Galway and University College Cork. Brendan has also worked in a consultancy capacity with a wide range of human service organisations and as a lecturer on the Lifelong Learning Programme with IT Carlow. Brendan is also board member of Health Action Overseas Ireland

Grahame Copplestone, Board Member

Grahame is a Partner of the Law firm Trap O Meara, 89-90 South Mall, Cork. He is a native of Mallow, Co. Cork and after 10 years in the U.S.A he returned to Cork in 1995 to practice Law. Grahame is married to Anne, and they have three adult children. He first joined the local L’Arche Cork Committee in 2008 and then became a Board member in 2015. Grahame serviced as Chairperson from 2018-2021. Grahame’s interests are cooking, gardening, and sailing.