Irish Heritage has a Board of Trustees which is responsible for its effective governance under Charity Commission guidance. The Trustees ensure that the Charity operates within its charitable objectives and provide clear strategic direction.
All are volunteers who freely give of their time, experience and expertise to support the charity and its programmes.
Irish Heritage is fortunate to have the endorsement and support of the following Patrons.
Lady Mary Clancy Hatch
John Gilhooly OBE
Patrick Lennon was appointed Chairman in February 2018 having supported Irish Heritage for three decades. Mr Lennon, who is a graduate of University College Dublin, had a successful career in the aviation and leisure industries before setting up his marketing and communications consultancy which has served national and international clients for over 30 years.
He has written and broadcast extensively about professional sport, his other passion. He is also Chairman of the London Irish (Rugby) Foundation and a member of the Royal Dublin Society.
Mary Connolly comes from Kildare and is a law graduate of London Metropolitan University. She has worked in Dublin and the City of London as a para-legal. She has been a member of Irish Heritage since the early 80’s and has served on Committees since then and was Chairman from 2016 to 2018. She has been the Hon. Secretary of Candlewick Ward Club in the City of London for over 15 years and is recently retired from that position.
Shirley Cully comes from Sligo and has lived in London since the 1950s. She was educated at the Mercy Convent Sligo. When she came to London she continued her business studies at Pitman's College in London. She has been a committee member of Irish Heritage for a number of years. She has worked in the newspaper industry and has spent many years in retail management. She has also been a committee member, fundraiser and a volunteer for Mind in Camden. She writes poetry and has published a short collection of her poems. She is a member of the Irish Literary Society.
Finance Director and Treasurer
Peter Power-Hynes comes from Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary and is a graduate of the University of Nottingham and St Marys College, Twickenham. He trained with EY (Ernest and Young) before working in industry and moving into private practice over 40 years ago where he provides accounting and taxation services, management consultancy and general advice to clients in a variety of industries.
Mr Power-Hynes is also Chairman of the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith and a Committee Member of the Irish Literary Society.
Keith Raffan comes from Strabane in County Tyrone and is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where he studied Business Studies and Mathematics. Subsequently, he trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. He then worked in publishing and distilling before setting up in practice 30 years ago in Bloomsbury. His current office is in Covent Garden. He provides tax and accounting advice to a variety of clients, in particular the Entertainment and Media sector. He joined the Irish Heritage Committee in recent years and is glad to assist an organisation with musical purpose.
Tom Scanlon is a native of Achill Island in County Mayo and is a graduate of Bolton Street, College of Technology, Dublin and the College of North West London. He is a professional Quantity Surveyor and former founding partner of his quantity surveying practice with offices in Dublin and London. He subsequently set up his own construction company in London and he now offers construction estimating and business development consultancy to London based construction contractors. He has 37 years’ experience in business management.
He has a keen interest in charitable fundraising and bringing his business experience to help small charities grow.
Artistic Advisor - Ireland
Ms McKenna studied at the National University of Ireland (Maynooth) and graduated with an MA (Composition); BA Hons (in German and English); BMus Hons. She also studied piano and keyboard with Dr Patrick Devine and Professor Gerard Gillen and is an ARCM, LVCM, AVCM.
She is a widely experienced practitioner in Ireland’s cultural sector and has combined performance with business to build a successful career in education and the promotion of Irish culture both in her native country and overseas. From 2008 to 2020 she founded and operated the Kingston Academy of Music based in south Dublin. The academy’s students achieved unrivalled success in state and RIAM examinations. She has had a professional performing career including over two decades of National Concert Hall (Dublin) performances as pianist, composer and music director.
The day-to-day responsibility for the management of Irish Heritage rests with the Committee which consists of a team of people dedicated to the professional delivery of the charity’s programmes. Committee members are volunteers with relevant experience and expertise that contributes to the efficient and effective delivery of the charity’s purpose.
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