The activities of the Company are overseen by a highly experienced Board of Directors drawn from commercial business, state services and community organisations.
James Lillis (Chairperson)
James Lillis is an experienced company director with many years involvement in corporate development. He has held senior positions in the IDA, James Crean plc and in Mazars. He has extensive knowledge of both the Irish and UK business scenes where he has acquired, disposed and restructured businesses. He is also a Governor of All Hallows College, Dublin.
John McGinley (Non Executive Director)
John is a retired international Group Managing Director for a major American multinational, combining both a classic consumer goods background and pan-European strategic development. He has also lived and worked for close to 20 years in a number of European countries and has extensive operational experience in many different European countries. This included serving on the boards of the various local companies. John has also served as a non-executive director on the main board of a privatized UK PLC, where he chaired both the audit and remuneration committees.
Bill Hartley (Non Executive Director)
Bill is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for over 40 years and has worked in both the Public and Private sectors. He held the position of Group Financial Director of an Irish plc for thirty years, serving on the Boards of all its subsidiaries in Ireland, UK and Europe. He has extensive experience in the areas of Corporate Finance, Banking and Law.
Adrian Charles (Non Executive Director)
Adrian is an experienced professional in the statutory health and social services sector. Prior to his early retirement, he was HSE Manager covering the Dublin South-West region. During his career, he was extensively involved in developing and managing services at community level. He had a special interest in the development of the non-governmental sector and was involved in many inter-agency initiatives addressing the needs of marginalised groups. This included Directorships on three local development companies that tackled the needs of long-term unemployed people. He continues to be actively involved in a number of non-governmental organisations at community level, on a voluntary basis. He is an enthusiastic supporter of social enterprise.
Marian Vickers (Non Executive Director)
Marian Vickers recently retired as CEO of Northside Partnership, which she had led since its foundation in 1991. A local development company, it delivers a range of education, training, employment, enterprise, child and family support, local development and youth programmes to bring about positive changes in the lives of people and communities in north east Dublin.
Marian is a recognised leader in the Irish local development field and has served on a number of boards and committees at both national and community level. She was a director of Pobal, a member of the Local Electoral Area Boundary Commission and the Department of Social Protection Employment Advisory Committee. At local level she has served as a director on the boards of Northside Counselling Service, Northside Homecare Services, Northside Community Law Centre and Nordubco.
Irene Beare (Non Executive Director)
Irene recently retired from Northside Partnership, a local development company where she held the dual role of Finance Manager and Company Secretary since 1994. She has extensive knowledge of the Community and Voluntary Sector where she has worked for the past 30 years, principally on Dublin’s Northside. She has served as a Director of her local credit union and maintains links with community based organisations where she continues to be an active volunteer. Irene has been involved with Speedpak since its inception in 1995.
Paul Rogers (Non Executive Director)
Paul Rogers is the CEO of Northside Partnership. He has extensive experience of working within the Community and Voluntary sectors in the area of community development, strategic planning, organisational development, communications, project management and IT. A native of Coolock, he previously worked for 14 years for Dublin North West Area Partnership in a number of senior roles including that of Local & Community Development Programme Manager.
Prior to moving to the local development sector, Paul worked in private enterprise and returned to full time education in 1996 as a mature student. He is fully aware of the challenges faced by community and voluntary organisations in carrying out their social purpose having served on the governance structures of a number of organisations working to address a range of issues including long term unemployment, suicide prevention and voter education. Paul currently serves on the Board of the Community Law and Mediation Service and is Chairperson of the Oiled Wildlife Response Network.
Our Management Team
The Company is run by a professionally qualified Management Team and core staff across production, finance, sales and administration.
John P. Murphy B.A., HDipEd., MSc. Management
Company Secretary and Chief Executive
John has extensive senior management experience across business, social enterprise and local development companies. He began his career in education and later moved to the private sector where he held sales and business development roles with Coca Cola HBC Irl. and Tennents Irl. Prior to his current appointment, he was Employment Services Manager with Northside Partnership. John has led Speedpak since 2003 during which time the Company has evolved significantly. It has grown its commercial businesses and profitability, increased it social impact and won numerous awards for social entrepreneurship. He is a member and Secretary of the Social Enterprise Task Force where he is an advocate for promoting social enterprise in Ireland. He is a member of Council of the North Dublin Chamber of Commerce and member of Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education Local Area Committee.
Edel Moloney BA., MSc. Organisational Psychology, MSc. Management, Reg.Psych.,Ps.S.I.
Change & Development Manager
Edel worked for many years in the financial sector both in Ireland and the UK where she specialised in providing advice and training to corporate and individual clients in relation to legal and compliance issues. Edel is a registered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and is also a member of its division of Work and Organisational Psychologists (DWOP). She is actively involved in various community and statutory organisations. She has been a member of the Northside Partnership’s Senior Management Team since 2013. She is Vice Chair of the Board of the Northside Counselling Service and a Director of the Board of the Discovery Community Training Centre in Darndale. She is a Certified Mediator and worked for a number of years as a voluntary mediator with Community Law and Mediation in Coolock. Edel is currently a Trustee of the Pobal Pension Schemes comprising 60 individual company schemes.
Patrick McCarthy BB HRM, H. Cert. Business, Dip Management
Patrick joined Speedpak in 2005 as Operations Manager. Prior to his appointment he worked for a number of large international manufacturing companies such as Dataproducts, Hitachi and Ricoh where he held senior management positions. Having begun in manufacturing and distribution he later moved on to be responsible for operations. He has brought with him extensive commercial experience and knowledge gained over the years from working in these environments.
Sabrina McDonald Cert. Business Management
Assistant Operations Manager
Sabrina has been with Speedpak since 1999 and has been in her current management role since 2015. She brings extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of manufacturing. She also brings considerable experience mentoring and supporting long term unemployed people in developing workplace skills and positive work behaviours. Sabrina has qualifications in Business Management, Mentoring and Health & Safety. She is a member of Speedpak’s Health and Safety Committee. She has been a lead player in the introduction and development of software systems to improve quality and productivity in the organisation.
Governance Structure and Standards
The Board operates to an annual schedule of nine meetings agreed to at the start of each year.
The financial statements of Speedpak are fully audited on an annual basis and are prepared in accordance with accounting standards generally accepted in Ireland and with Irish Statute. Speedpak’s auditors are McInerney Saunders.
The Company’s training programmes are also independently audited by both the Department of Social Protection & POBAL.
Speedpak has started the journey towards compliance with the Governance Code which is essentially a code of practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. You can see Speedpak's name on the list of those on this journey here http://www.governancecode.ie/organisations.php
Speedpak is committed to the implementation of the requirements of the Charities SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) applicable to Charities.