Respond Board of Directors

The Board of Directors ensure that Respond complies with the full requirements of Company Law, the legal responsibilities that all Company Directors are subject to and that best practice systems of control and accountability are maintained.

The current Board of Directors include:

John O’Connor (Chairperson)
John O’Connor joined Respond Board of Directors in December 2016 and was appointed chairman with effect from 1st January 2017. John is also Chairperson of the Board of EirGrid, the electricity transmission market operator for the island of Ireland. He served as Chairman of the Pyrite Resolution Board from 2013 to 2016. From 2000 to 2011, he was the Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála, the independent national tribunal for the determination of planning appeals and strategic infrastructure projects.  Prior to that, he served for 35 years as a civil servant in the Department of the Environment where he occupied senior positions as Finance Officer, Principal Housing Policy and Finance and Assistant Secretary in charge of the Planning and Water Services Division.  He has also served as director of three commercial State Bodies: the Housing Finance Agency, Temple Bar Properties and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.  He holds a Diploma in Public Administration from UCD.

Brendan Cummins (Vice Chairperson)

Brendan is a seasoned industry executive with 40 years of industry and leadership experience.  Formerly, he was Chief Executive Officer of Ciba Inc., the major international chemicals company headquartered in Switzerland.   During his executive career he worked for many years at the Ciba-Geigy Group and then at Ciba Inc., which was formed in 1998 when Ciba-Geigy separated its chemical and pharmaceutical interests. He joined Ciba-Geigy in Ireland in the early 70’s and went on to hold many senior international positions in locations including Switzerland, China, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is currently a non-executive director of Ashland Inc., a global speciality chemical company quoted on the New York Stock Exchange where he is also a member of The Ashland Audit Committee and Chair of The Nominations and Governance Committee. Brendan also serves as a non-executive Board Member of The Perstorp Group Headquartered in Sweden and is a member of the Remuneration Committee. In addition, he is the Senior Non-executive Director of the Nanoco Group, Chairs that company’s Remuneration Committee and is a member of The Audit Committee. He is also a strategy advisor to several Irish enterprises.

Cathleen Callanan

Cathleen Callanan has a background in social work and social policy. Since the 1980s she has worked as a social worker, as a probation officer, and as a lecturer in social work and social policy: she also holds a qualification to teach social work. Cathleen has held a number of managerial posts in the voluntary and statutory sector such as, director of a voluntary adoption agency, and child care manager with the Health Service Executive (HSE). She was an area manager for the Health Information and Quality Authority from 2009 until 2014, when she left to establish a private consultancy for social service organisations. Cathleen holds a Masters in Social Service Administration and a Ph.D in social policy. She has had a long standing interest in the complexities of homelessness having been responsible for the young people out of home service while a child care manager with the HSE.

Noel KellyNoel Kelly 

Noel Kelly is the Principal and Founder of ILSS (Inspired Leaders Shape Success), a business focused on Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

An Engineer with a Higher Diploma in Applied Finance and a Diploma in Executive and Leadership Coaching, Noel has more than 30 years’ experience as a Global Business Leader. Most recently Noel was Senior Business Unit Director in Jabil Healthcare responsible for a global $200M complex medical device manufacturing business.  He has held senior leadership roles with Jabil Healthcare, Nypro Healthcare, Honeywell and Waterford Crystal.

He is a dynamic passionate and forward-thinking leader, with a strong track record of success. Noel has led a fast-moving career in Business, Engineering, Operations and Supply Chain, with a proven history in the development and leadership of high-performance teams, to deliver superior performance.


Joe O'Connor2Joseph O’Connor

Joe qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PWC and worked in various roles in  AIB Capital Markets, a consistently  successful Division of AIB, over an extended period. (Capital Markets business included the Treasury, Corporate Banking and Investment Banking operations of AIB Group.) Joe was a Board Member of that division for 16 years and his roles  included Head of Banking, Head of Risk Management, Finance Director, Head of H. R. and Chief Credit Officer, at different times. Joe was recalled from retirement in 2010 and served on the AIB Group Executive for a number of years.  Currently Joe is Chairman of the Irish AIB DB Pension Fund, which has a membership of  c17,000,and is one of the largest  Pension Funds in Ireland.

Michael AnglimMichael Dominick Anglim
Michael Anglim joined the Respond Board of Directors in June 2017. Michael worked with McInerney’s from the early 60s to mid-80s in various departments. He became a Director in early 1970s. Michael left McInerney’s mid-1980s to join Gannon Homes. Later he was appointed a Director in the Company. He worked with Gannon Homes for 31 years.  Michael is a past Chairman of Irish House Builders Association. He also served as a Director of Workers Pension Scheme. Presently Michael is a Trustee of C.I.F. where he has been an active member over a long period of time.

Vincent McCarthy

Daniel Vincent McCarthy
Vincent Mc Carthy is the Co-founder & CEO of The Festival of Curiosity, which is Dublin’s annual international festival of science, arts, design and technology with over 45,000 attendees each year. Vincent previously was the Curator of Dublin City of Science 2012 at the Irish Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser. He worked with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs as a consultant on science and technology projects in Mozambique. He was a contributor for RTÉ Young Peoples on Science and Technology and features regularly on Irish radio shows.  Vincent is also the incoming President of the Ireland United States Alumni Association, which helps promote U.S.-Irish relations, he is the Chair of the International School of Dublin and a member of the Smart Dublin Advisory Network. Vincent has a Joint Honours BSc in Physics and Mathematics from University College Cork and an MA in International Relations from Dublin City University.

Olivia McCann

Olivia McCann is a highly committed and experienced solicitor with 28 years experience dealing with complex commercial matters both in Ireland and the UK. She specialises in commercial property and business law including advising on shareholder agreements, franchise arrangements, company law, business acquisition and commercial agreements in a variety of business sectors and all aspects of residential property and landlord and tenant law. She qualified with McCann FitzGerald, Solicitors, Dublin in 1992 and in the UK in 1998 subsequently working with London Law Firm, Clifford Chance and Canary Wharf Group plc as Legal Counsel specialising in large commercial property transactions. She now works in Waterford with McCann Morrissey Clarke. She was a volunteer coach U13-U15 team at Bohs FC, Waterford 2015-2018 and a founding member and current manager of the Waterford Bohs FC Football for All Team 2018 to date. Her interests include walking (climbed Carrauntoohil last summer), Pilates, Yoga and reading.

Company Secretary:

Jill Jackman

Jill Jackman:
Jill is Legal Manager at Respond. Jill is responsible for legal and administration matters within the organisation including conveyance, litigation and the insurance portfolio. With more than 35 years experience in the legal profession, Jill previously worked with Nolan, Farrell & Goff Solicitors (1976 to 1983) and with Kinsella Heffernan & Foskin Solicitors (1983 to 1999). Jill Joined Respond in 1999.