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.

Katherine Martin, Treasurer
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

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.

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.


Directors of YWCA Ireland Trust Corporation

Colin Caughey (Chair)
Winnie Wilmot
Katherine Martin
Sarah Caughey
Barry Meyler

Company Secretary: Geoffrey Lewis (Ormsby and Rhodes)