Saturday, August 24, 2019


Our Directors

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


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.

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.

Mary Mc Phillips

Non Executive Director

Mary has been involved in education all her life, having started her career as a Mathematics teacher. She joined All Hallows College in 1990 because of its mission and commitment to providing accessible education. She worked there until its closure in 2016. During her tenure, she led the Operations Unit of the College along with teaching and facilitating groups on a number of programmes. As Executive Vice President she led the wind-down of the College and was part of the team who negotiated the sale of the College campus to Dublin City University. Her leadership of wind-down has been described as an example of best practice. This involved taking care of Trustee priorities, enabling students to complete their studies, taking care of staff in a fair redundancy process and protecting the legacy of a 174 year old College. Mary is currently involved in change management and business coaching and joined Speedpak Ltd. because of its mission and values.

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 privatised UK PLC, where he chaired both the audit and remuneration committees.

Bill Hartley

Non Executive Director and Company Secretary

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.

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 Murphy

Chief Executive

John P. Murphy B.A., HDipEd., MSc. Management

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.


Patrick McCarthy

Operations Manager

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.


Edel Moloney

Change & Development Manager

Edel Moloney BA., MSc. Organisational Psychology, MSc. Management, Reg.Psych.,Ps.S.I.

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.


Sabrina McDonald

Assistant Operations Manager

Sabrina McDonald Cert. Business Management

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 CLG 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 Employment and Social Protection and POBAL.

Speedpak CLG will be compliant with the Governance Code in 2019. This 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 at

We are also registered on the Charities Regulator website where our company information is also available.   

Our Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 2018 can be downloaded here in PDF format [PDF 7.3MB]

Speedpak CLG is committed to the implementation of the requirements of the Charities SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) applicable to Charities.