Meet the board

Photograph of board member - Peter Cassells

Peter Cassells (Chairperson)

Peter Cassells (Chairperson) is a former General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. He is also Executive Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at NUI Maynooth, Chair of Action Aid, and an Executive Member of the Institute of European Affairs.

Eibhlin Byrne

Former Lord Mayor Eibhlin Byrne is currently Executive Mananger at Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. She is Chairperson of F2, a regeneration programme in south inner city Dublin. She is a former Chairperson of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and of the National Council on Aging and Older People.

Carolyn Collins

Carolyn Collins is a Trustee of Stratford Schools Dublin and a member of the Jewish Representative Council, Ireland. She is involved in youth activities and is an active volunteer with Special Olympics.

Photograph of board member Chief Justice Susan Denham

Mrs Justice Susan Denham

Mrs Justice Susan Denham is the eleventh Chief Justice of Ireland. She was the first female appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1992. Judge Denham was previously a High Court Judge and is a former Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin.

Clement Esebamen

Clement Esebamen is a former Senior Policy Adviser at several government departments, working in the areas of justice, education and community, after a decade of working in local government. As Special Adviser to the Minister of State, he has been closely associated with the National Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration since its inception. He is an equality champion with interests in education technology startups.

Bryan Fanning

Bryan Fanning is Professor in the School of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin. He is a leading researcher on the impact of immigration on Irish society. His publications address social cohesion, racism and social change in the Republic of Ireland, and he has also studied responses to Jewish refugees by the Irish state before, during and after the Holocaust.

Chris Harbidge

Chris Harbidge is a historian and educator, currently working with the National Museum of Ireland. Chris is a member of the Holocaust Memorial Day committee.

Lynn Jackson

Lynn Jackson is a former teacher and business manager, Lynn co-ordinates the national Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration and directs educational programmes for HETI.

Tim O'Connor

Tim runs his own advisory business. He worked in the Irish public service from 1972 to 2010, serving as Secretary General to the President, as Joint Secretary of the North/South Ministerial Council and Consul General of Ireland, New York. He was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Gathering Ireland 2013 and Vice-Chairman of the Limerick National City of Culture, 2014

Oliver Sears

Oliver Sears has run an art gallery business in Ireland for twenty-five years. His mother is a Holocaust survivor from Poland

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a former Managing Partner of Ernst Young. He is an historian with particular interests in late seventeenth-century Ireland. He is also a member of the Board of the Abbey Theatre.