An Bord Comhairleach um Achtanna na Leanaí - The Children Acts Advisory Board
 Jacinta Stewart Jacinta Stewart  B.A., H.Dip.,M.Sc.Ed.Man.  

Jacinta Stewart is Chief Executive Officer of City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee with executive, educational, financial and administrative responsibility for the organisation. CDVEC provides an education service to the citizens of the city of Dublin. Almost 12,000 full-time students are enrolled in a total of 22 schools and further eduction colleges and there are approximately 20,000 adults engaged in part-time courses.   Before her appointment as CEO she was an Education Officer with particular responsibility for Adult Education, which included VTOS, Adult Literacy, Workplace Basic Education, Community Education, Homelessness, Asylum Seekers, Separated Children, Adult Education Guidance Service, Disability Support Service and the Drugs Court Initiative. She also servied as an Adult Education Officer. Jacinta is also on the Boards of the Grangegorman Development Agency, the Education Finance Board and the Teaching Council.




Nuala Doherty

Nuala Doherty

Nuala Doherty, Director of Educational Welfare Services, has been working with the National Educational Welfare Board since 2006. The NEWB is the National agency with responsibility for encouraging and supporting school attendance.

Prior to joining the NEWB, Nuala held the position of Director of Services for Children and Families in the Health Service Executive NorthEast region with particular responsibility for governance, planning and evaluation of all services for children and families in the Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan. She also carried responsibility for the management of mainstream residential care and high support services for children and the Children and Families’ Education and Training service in the region.

A former clinical psychologist, she previously managed a team of psychologists in Meath Community Care. Prior to that she worked as a clinical psychologist delivering services to children, schools, and communities in Co. Louth and in Temple street children’s Hospital.

Nuala began her career teaching in primary schools and worked in mainstream, remedial and special education. She has a particular commitment to ensuring that children’s individual education, health and development needs are met.

Michael Donnellan  Michael Donnellan

Michael Donnellan is a social worker who has worked for over thirty years within health & social services in Ireland and Britain. Michael spent his early career working within adult psychiatry before specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry. Following this, he worked in inner city London as a Social Worker, and then as Manager of Brixton Child Guidance Unit, before returning to Ireland in 1994. Over the eleven years up to 2005, was Director of two children detention schools in Dublin. On 5th September 2005 commenced in post as Director of the Probation Service.

  Cathal Flynn

Cathal Flynn is Chairman of the National Educational Welfare Board, Chairman of Finglas Child and Adolescent Centre, Board Member of CAAB and former Chief School Attendance Officer in Dublin.

 Philomena Hanna Philomena Hanna B.A. Mod LLB Dip Eur Law Solicitor.

Philomena Hanna is a member of the Committee appointed to monitor the effectiveness of the Diversion Programme as set out in part 4 of the Children Act 2001.

Roger Killeen  Roger Killeen

Roger Killeen served as a member of the Interim Special Residential Board from April 2000 until his appointment as Chief Executive of the Board in November 2001. 

He retired from his post as Chief Executive of the SRSB in December 2006.

Finbarr Murphy  Finbarr Murphy

Finbarr Murphy joined An Garda Siochana in 1985 and served most of the first 17 years in Perse Street Garda Station where he worked in a variety of posts at Garda rank including community policing, plain clothes crime detection unit, and liaison to the gay and lesbian community. On promotion to sergeant he served in Cahir in Co. Tipperary and Swords before returning to Pearse Street where he served at various times as Sergeant in charge of the Divisional Crime Task Force, Traffic and Events Management Unit and Sergeant in Charge of Pearse Street Garda Station. On promotion to the rank of Inspector in 2002 he was posted to Garda Community Relations Section where he has responsibilities relating to the Diversion Programme, the Restorative Justice Programme, the Schools Programme and the national Age Card scheme. He is the holder of a degree in Police Management.

Michelle Shannon  Michelle Shannon, National Director, Irish Youth Justice Service, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Michelle Shannon has worked in a number of senior positions since joining the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform in 1994, including responsibility for Crime Policy, Prisons and Probation Policy and HR. She previously worked in the Department of Education and Science dealing with Youth and Sports, and the Vocational Education Committees. Prior to her appointment as National Director of the new Irish Youth Justice Service in April 2006 she spent the past three years as head of Human Resources in the Department.

Dr. Dermot Stokes  Dr. Dermot Stokes

Dr. Dermot Stokes is the National Co-ordinator of YOUTHREACH for the Department of Education and Science. He has enjoyed a number of careers during his working life, as a teacher, curriculum developer and national programme director. Throughout, the principal focus of his work has been young people and especially their transition from childhood to adulthood. He has a particular interest in educational disadvantage and social exclusion on which he has written extensively. His doctoral research explored the matrix of influences involved in early school leaving.