Sage Advocacy clg is governed by a Constitution and a Board which is chaired by The Hon Mary Laffoy and the Company Secretary is Eoin Kennelly. A number of Committees oversee specific aspects of the work of the organisation.
Sage Advocacy is accountable to its main funder, the HSE, through a Service Level Agreement which is negotiated annually. It restricts its fund-raising efforts to public funding applications and private philanthropic sources. The salary range within Sage is €35,000 – €65,000 and no bonuses are paid. It does not have a company credit card.
Our Compliance Calendar shows the range of organisations and issues that we are accountable to and for and the schedule of these across the year.
The Honourable Mary Laffoy graduated from University College Dublin with a B.A. degree in 1968. Subsequently, between 1968 and 1971 she studied law at University College Dublin and at the Honorable Society of King's Inns in Dublin. She was called to the Bar in July 1971.
Ms Laffoy practised as a barrister from the Michaelmas term in 1971 until her appointment to the High Court. She was admitted to the Inner Bar in the Michaelmas term of 1987. She was appointed a Judge of the High Court in April 1995. While on the High Court Bench, she was primarily involved in civil litigation, principally in the area of chancery law.
The Hon. Mary Laffoy was appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2013 and retired in June 2017.
Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission. In addition to her role as Deputy-Chair of Sage Advocacy clg, Patricia chairs Safeguarding Ireland (National Safeguarding Committee) and also the Law Society’s Mental Health and Decision-Making Capacity Task Force.
She is a member of the HSE’s National Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act Steering Group preparing for the implementation of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and a member of the National Disability Authority’s Expert Group developing the non-health care codes of practice for the 2015 Act.
Patricia is a Fellow of the Institute of Banking, is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a member of its Special Interest Group on Capacity. She has received the Public Sector Lay Lawyer of the Year Award, Special Merit in the Law Award and was named Women’s Lawyer of the Year by the Irish Women’s Lawyer Association. In 2017, Patricia was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate from UCD to acknowledge her important contribution to legislative reform and healthcare practice transformation in Ireland and her collaboration with the National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD.
Bríd is an IT and Business Operations leader with 29 years of experience in the Tech Sector. Bríd graduated with a BSc in Biotechnology from DCU before taking up employment with Accenture as a Management Information Consultant from 1990 to 1994. Most recently Bríd spent 24 years working at Microsoft and held a number of both Technical and Business leadership roles.
Bríd is a PMP certified member of the Project Management Institute and has completed the Professional Diploma in Strategy Development and Innovation at the UCD Smurfit Graduate Business School (results pending). She is currently enrolled in the Institute of Directors Chartered Director Programme due to complete in October 2020.
Eoin is a director of Kennelly Tax Advisors. Eoin worked with Price Waterhouse in Dublin from 1981 to 1985. In 1985 Eoin joined Coopers & Lybrand in Dublin where he was director of Personal Tax Services. Eoin left Coopers & Lybrand in 1997 when he and Kieran Twomey established Kennelly & Twomey Limited which de-merged into KTA in 2010.
From 1996 to 2002, Eoin was a member of the Technical Committee in the Irish Taxation Institute. Eoin has been asked on numerous occasions to speak at the annual conferences of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Irish Taxation Institute.
From 2004 Eoin has been the author of numerous articles in specialist taxation journals including the Irish Taxation Institute’s bi-monthly journal, The Irish Tax Review.
Helen Burke is a Senior Manager with 20 years’ experience in research & organisational management, team leadership and strategy implementation across academia and industry. She is currently Senior Research Officer in Dublin City University.
Helen has broad and deep expertise in engaging with national and international funding agencies, companies and charities. She has significant experience in strategy and policy formulation & implementation, operations & financial management, team management, mentorship and leadership.
Helen was awarded a BSc in Applied Science with French from DIT/Trinity College Dublin in 1999 and a PhD in Physics from Dublin City University in 2006. She is a PRINCE2-qualified project manager and is Institute of Leadership & Management-certified.
Professor Rónán Collins is a consultant in Geriatric & Stroke Medicine, and Clinical Associate Professor in Trinity College Dublin & Tallaght University Hospital.
Tim Dalton served as Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality from 1993 to 2004. During that time he was a member of a small team of senior civil servants who, together with their British Government counterparts and in consultation with political parties, engaged in the background work that supported the search for peace in Northern Ireland in the period leading up to and following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
In that regard he was instrumental in advancing progress on security and justice matters including in relation to decommissioning and the arrangements to address the position of paramilitary prisoners. Following his retirement from the Civil Service Mr. Dalton undertook a variety of assignments in the public and private sectors.
He is currently a member on the Commission for Future of Policing in Ireland, and was appointed Ireland’s Commissioner to the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains (ICLVR) in 2018.
Catherine Dunleavy is a highly experienced Director of Nursing in nursing homes for older people.
She completed her general nurse training with Bromley Health Authority in the United Kingdom in 1991. Catherine worked for several years in cardiothoracic department at the Mater Hospital and completed her certificate in Intensive Care Nursing in 1994.
Catherine has worked in the nursing home sector since 2001. She holds a Diploma in Management and completed an Msc in Mental health of older people at DCU. Catherine is a designated safeguarding officer and is a member of the nurses committee of Nursing Homes Ireland and Nursing Homes Nursing Projects. She has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics related to the care of the older person.
Claire Kelly is a Board Member / Trustee and is a member of the Finance Committee. She is a graduate of Dublin City University. Claire is also a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants, training with EY.
Since qualifying in 1999, Claire has held a number of finance roles in the Financial Services industry. Claire is currently working in Irish Life Group as Head of the HR Service Centre.
Jim Milton is a non-executive director of WK Nowlan.
He is a founding director of Murray Consultants, a crisis management and corporate relations specialist with 40 years of experience in the PR industry. He is a former Business Editor and has worked as a journalist in both the print and broadcast media.
He is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute and the founding Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Ireland.
Senior HR Consultant and executive coach with many years experience in service industry. Nineteen years with MERC Partners, executive recruitment consultants, and was its managing partner from 2002 to 2008. He played a key role in setting up a leading executive coaching company – Praesta Partners Ireland. He was its Chairman for ten years, from its inception. Previous experience includes senior HR roles in retailing, distribution and professional services.
He was Chairman of Coolmine Therapeutic Community (2009– 2015) an organisation which helps people to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.
Chair: Claire Kelly, Eoin Kennelly
Policy & Practice Committee
Chair: Mary Laffoy, Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Michael Browne, Amanda Phelan, Ann Leahy, Mary Rose Day
Recruitment & Training Committee
Chair: Brian Ward, David Clarke, Prof Tom Clarke, Helen Cosgrave, Hilary Maher
Risk & Audit Committee
Chair: Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Mary Laffoy, Claire Kelly, Eoin Kennelly, Catherine Dunleavy, Colm O'Nolan, Ita Mangan
Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Mary Laffoy, Independent Consultant (yet to be appointed)
Chair: Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Jim Milton, Eoin Kennelly, Gerry O'Sullivan
Patient Advocacy Advisory Committee
Prof Tom Clarke, Brigid Doherty, Dr Mary Holohan, Dr Mary Hynes, Mary Kirwan, Dr Ailis Quinlan, Prof David Smith
Public Awareness & Media Committee
Cathal MacCoille, Tony Murray, Valerie Cox
Independent Complaints Review Panel
Chair: Pat Whelan, Caroline Lynch, Kieran Coughlan