Our Board

The activities of the Company are overseen by a highly experienced Board of Directors representative of our key stakeholders and drawn from industry, state bodies 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 McPhillips

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

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.