Our Board

Our Board
Our national board and its committees are composed of dedicated volunteers who ensure that YWCA Ireland is governed in a strong and ethical way.

National board
The national board of YWCA Ireland is responsible for our overall strategy, constitution, budget and future direction of our association. It is chaired by our President, and meets quarterly. Our board members are recruited from around Ireland, and come from a variety of backgrounds. Our commitment to supporting young women in leadership means that we particularly are keen to ensure that we have at least three board members aged under 30. Our Board is supported by a number of committees, including the national executive committee, Trust Corporation and outreach committee.

National executive committee
The national executive committee makes decisions involving the day-to-day operations of YWCA Ireland, and implements the decisions and policies made by the national board. This team is chaired by our General Secretary and includes our three office-holders (Vice President, Treasurer, Honorary Secretary) as well as elected members from the national board.

Trust Corporation
The association’s Trust Corporation is a company limited by shares; its primary duty is stewardship of the association’s assets. The Trust is chaired by our Treasurer and our President is an ex officio member.

Board members

Sarah Caughey, Chair/ National President
Sarah lives on the Ards Peninsula, County Down and works as a civil servant in Belfast with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. She was first introduced to YWCA Ireland via the Outreach Programme in 2009, and as a result, developing this area of YWCA work is close to her heart. She is also a member of the Outreach Fund sub-committee.

Lauren Shaw, Vice President
Lauren is from County Down and has recently completed a Masters in Human Rights Law at Queens University Belfast, including a dissertation on human rights law and domestic violence. She is passionate about gender equality and women’s leadership.

Breda Johnston, Treasurer
Breda is from Dublin and is married to David with 3 adult children and 3 amazing grandchildren. A teacher, Breda works in Adult Education and also resource teaching at second level education. A member of Dun Laoghaire Evangelical Church, she is passionate about her faith and her desire to be an effective Ambassador of Christ. Breda’s voluntary work with YWCA, BCM Ireland (Bible Centred Ministries), Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, together with her outreach & finance church ministries keep her busy.  She and her husband enjoy hill walking and have just completed the 800km Camino de Santiago and are considering their next challenge!

Katherine Martin
Katherine lives in Dublin and has recently completed her BA in Trinity College. She is passionate about gender equality and seeing women fulfill their God-given potential. Katherine joined the YWCA as a member in 2014 and took on the role of Treasurer in 2017.

Heather Wilson
Heather lives in Belfast and works for the Housing Executive in their Transformation Division. She is a member of Bloomfield Presbyterian Church in East Belfast and enjoys serving as part of the ‘Kidzone’ team, through student ministry and as a member of a home group. In her spare time she serves on OMF Youth Council, is part of a team leading a Brownie Guide Pack in Bangor and thoroughly enjoys tap dancing as part of an adult dance class. Heather hopes the experience of serving in different communities with different ages will equip her to better serve the YWCA members as they seek to be God’s feet and hands in the communities in which they live and work.

Beulah Allotey
Beulah is from Nigeria and has been living in Dublin for 4 years. She has recently completed her Law degree at Griffith College Dublin. She is hoping to commence a Masters Degree in International Relations or International Law. Beulah attends Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church and has been a member of the YWCA Ireland since May 2013 and recently became a Board Member.

Liz Gorman
Liz is from Dublin, has been married to Alan for over 30 years and they have two grown-up children. She works for the civil service, which she finds challenging and fulfilling. Her greatest passion is her Christian faith and she is very involved in her local church.

Patricia McGowan
Tricia is from Tallaght, Dublin and is part of Calvary Chapel Mulhuddard, where she is involved in hospitality, crèche and ladies ministry.  Tricia works full-time in Human Resources. Her passion in life is worshipping God and she is a member of New Irish Arts Choir and Orchestra and Peoples Choir of Ireland in Celbridge. She also loves to help women to value themselves as God values them.

Cynthia Wong
Cynthia is originally from Malaysia and has been living in Ireland since 1997. She is passionate to see women reaching their full potential and making a difference in their homes, schools, colleges, workplaces and community. Currently living in Greystones, she attends St. Marks Church, Dublin where she serves in the Worship/Music Ministry. Being a Malaysian, she loves cooking/baking and creating new recipes.

Gemma Kelly
Gemma is the Communications Executive for Tearfund Ireland with a particular emphasis on working with the Emerging Generation. She worked with the HSE Dublin South City Family Support Service for six years in the area of poverty alleviation and injustice in inner city Dublin. Gemma has a MSc in Equality Studies and is currently undertaking an MA in International Development in Kimmage Development Studies Centre.

Ally McGeever
Ally McGeever is from Co. Monaghan and recently completed her PhD in the field of biodiversity conservation and climate change. She is passionate about all areas of social justice, most particularly environmental justice and gender equality.

Directors of YWCA Ireland Trust Corporation

Breda Johnston (Chair)
Winnie Wilmot
Billy Rogan
Dorothy Gibney
Colin Caughey
Bridget Aylmer

Company Secretary: Patrick Doyle (Beacon Company Secretaries)