Meet the Board

Board of Directors

The CBM Ireland Board oversees all aspects of the organisation including governance and finance and all members serve in a voluntary capacity.


Mark Finan - Chairperson

Mark Finan completed his LLB in Trinity College Dublin and LLM in International Business Law in Leiden University. Having completed his B.L. Degree in the Kings Inns in 2005, he has been practicing as a barrister-at-law with particular expertise in regulatory compliance since then.

Mark was appointed to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company in 2013 as a non-executive director and has become an integral part of its audit and risk committee having particular regard to corporate governance guidelines and compliance.




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Valentina Skachkova

Valentina was born in Moscow (Russia). She began her accounting career at Simmons Gainsford Group in London in 2006. From 2008 she worked in a number of insurance companies in Russia and Ireland, including Zurich, Irish Life, and Prudential International Assurance plc, leading various finance teams.

Valentina joined UHCG Ireland as Finance Director in 2017. A fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), she holds a Masters in International Economics and MBA from Oxford Brooks University. Valentina is currently a member of the Board Oversight Committee at Meath Street Credit Union.



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Brian Lynch

Brian Lynch has worked as a communications, public affairs and marketing professional for over 20 years across the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Currently head of communications and advocacy with Arthritis Ireland, he represents the organisation on the Health Reform Alliance, the Medical Research Charities Group and the National Clinical Programme for Rheumatology.

He previously worked with the inequality think-tank, TASC, and spent a decade in higher education at Athlone Institute of Technology, in management and adjunct faculty positions. He began his professional career in book publishing and was founding publisher of Currach Press.

A commerce graduate of UCC, he holds an MSc in digital marketing from the Smurfit Graduate School, UCD, as well as professional body qualifications from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and the Marketing Institute of Ireland.


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Peter O'Carroll

Peter is a management consultant with over 30 years experience working on strategic and financial matters with boards and senior management of companies and organisations in a range of industry sectors. 

Peter was Head of Corporate Finance in Bloxham Stockbrokers, a position he held for over 16 years. Prior to that he worked with AIB Corporate Finance and Goodbody Stockbrokers. Peter began his career working as a process engineer with Brown & Root in the UK.     





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James O’Dowd

James is Director of Government Affairs with Transatlantic Public Affairs. He provides regular reporting and analysis on EU legislative developments, the EU Financial and Sovereign Debt Crisis and also assists US multinationals and private equity funds with the planning and execution of their investment and corporate affairs strategies in Ireland and the European Union.

James previously worked in the European Parliament as a political adviser to Vice-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Geoffrey Van Orden MEP who was also Defence Spokesman. Before working at the European Parliament James interned at IHS Jane’s Country Risk Desk, AKE Intelligence Risk Solutions and the Center for Global Development in Washington D.C. James graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first class honours degree in History and Political Science. He obtained an MA in International Peace & Security jointly from the Department of War Studies and the School of Law at King’s College London.



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Bill Nolan

Bill joined the CBM Board in November 2011 and currently sits on the Overseas Programme and the Audit, Finance & Risk Sub Committees. Previously he was a member of the staff of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Among his foreign postings, three were in Africa: Tanzania, 1989-1992; Lesotho, 2001-05; Zambia, 2005-09. All of Bill's African postings were at Head of Mission level; the latter two as Ambassador. In each, Bill's main responsibility related to the disbursement and safe accounting of Irish Aid funding. The annual Irish Aid budget in Lesotho was approximately $10m; in Zambia it was close to $30m.

Bill's principal duties as Head of Mission in Africa included the following; oversight of the management of such large sums; ensuring disbursement and usage of the funds in accordance with standard donor/recipient agreements in the host country; regular detailed reporting to HQ (including Parliament) of all Irish Aid programmes and activities.

Among many international conferences Bill attended as an Irish delegation member were: the UN Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC) in both New York and Geneva; the UN Conference on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTED) in Vienna (1979); the UNIDO Plenary Conference in New Delhi (1980); all EU Summit meetings and Foreign Affairs Ministerial Councils in the period 1982-86 during postings at the Irish permanent representation in Brussels.

During Bill's assignment at the Irish Embassy in Paris, 1991-1994, he was the Irish delegate to the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD. As an Observer Delegate, Bill also attended several AU, SADC and COMESA conferences and summits during his postings in Lesotho and Zambia, 2001-09.

During his most recent home postings, Bill was based at the British-Irish Joint Secretariat in Belfast between 1996 and 2001; and lastly at the North South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat in Armagh from September 2009 until retirement from the Department of Foreign Affairs in February 2011.

Bill holds a BA Degree (UCD) and an M.Ed Degree (Trinity College Dublin).

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