Board Members

Our voluntary board is responsible for providing effective governance and oversight to Team Hope. Our board members are recruited from around Ireland, and come from a variety of backgrounds, with a diverse set of skills which allow them to provide appropriate guidance and governance to our charity.

Meet the board

Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson is the chair of the TEAM HOPE Board. Jen lives in Dublin and works as a civil servant. She has previously worked for an international development agency and has travelled widely living in both South America and Cambodia.

Dr. Steven Singleton

Dr. Steven Singleton is the Principal of a third level theological college in Dublin. When Steven and his family lived in Thurles he was the local co-ordinator for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Michael O’Connell

Mike O’Connell lives in Limerick and recently retired as Vice President of Limerick Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Accountant and higher education consultant.

Audrey Wilson

Audrey Wilson lives in Co. Monaghan, having worked in the community and voluntary sector for over 15 years. Audrey previously led YWCA Ireland, and now works as a Community Development Officer specialising in integration. She is particularly passionate about volunteering and social inclusion issues.

Dr. Kirstie McAdoo

Dr. Kirstie McAdoo lives in Dublin and has diverse experience in research, post-primary education, teacher training, curriculum formation and NGO leadership. Head of Education and Research at an urban farm she helps with making food and farming, research and educational opportunities available to all.

Pádraig Ó Ruairc

Pádraig Ó Ruairc lives in Kildare and works with the Irish Cancer Society. He has over 25 years’ experience both in Ireland and Overseas including work in Health, Finance, Community Transport, Development and emergency rehabilitation programmes, including extensive operational management. His passion is social inclusion and equality.

Vicky Leatham

Vicky Leatham specialises in charity compliance and governance with over a decade of experience in the social and charity sectors in Ireland. Vicky has done a range of voluntary work abroad including research in South East Asia for a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Action.

Marile van Eeden

Marile  is originally from South Africa, but has been a permanent resident in Dublin since 2019. She is a finance and risk professional with experience in banking, consulting and big tech

Lorna Burt

Lorna is originally from Scotland and has a background in banking.  For the past 25 years she has been involved in church ministry in Enniscorthy.  She has been volunteering with the Christmas Shoebox Appeal in County Wexford for more than 20 years and been the local coordinator for the past 10 years.