Our Board of Directors
Sr. Stan (Founder)
Sr. Stan is a member of the congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity and a well know social campaigner and founder of several voluntary organizations in Ireland, including Focus Ireland, The Immigrant Council of Ireland, Young Social Innovators and the Sanctuary.
Sile Wall (Founder)
Síle Wall has been involved in the development of the Sanctuary, alongside Sr. Stan, from the beginning. She is a member of the congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity who has contributed to a number of publications and co-authored the books.
Frank McCracken (Chairperson)
Frank McCracken is Chairman of the Sanctuary Board. His area of expertise is Human Resources where he held various roles in Ulster Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and currently HR Director in Walkers, a leading international law firm that specialises in financial services.
Jean is an accomplished commercial lawyer, having trained and practised as a litigator in a large corporate law firm in Dublin. She subsequently began and remains practising as a senior legal counsel in one of Ireland’s largest commercial banks. Jean was appointed to the board of The Sanctuary in June 2021.
Pat Dennigan is the Chief Executive Officer of Focus Ireland and its sister-approved housing body Focus Housing Association. He joined Focus in 2014 as head of the Finance function, adding responsibility for Property in 2016.
Dr. Tony Bates
Clinical psychologist and writer. Graduated from UCD and completed his postgraduate
research and training at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Oxford
University. Head of Psychology for 30 years in St James’s Hospital.
Madeleine is an independent consultant with over 30 years experience in the HR arena across Irish and global organisations and in the non for profit sector. Madeleine was HR Director for 14 years in Focus Ireland.
Pat Edmondson, Director of International Philanthropy, DCU Educational Trust. Pat joined DCU Educational Trust in August 2016. Her role as Director of International Philanthropy focuses on building brand visibility, enhancing profile and increasing philanthropy for DCU both internationally and in Ireland.
Gary was the brains, and some of the brawn, behind the Bord Bia Bloom show where he led a team of dedicated event management professionals developing this hugely popular national event over 15 exciting years.
PA to Sr Stanislaus Kennedy
PA to Jane Negrych
Reception & Facilitator
Caretaker & Therapist
Flowers from The Sanctuary
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