Our Board

RCNE is governed and regulated by a Board of Directors. The directors act collectively and their duties are specifically set out in the Articles of Association and Companies Act. It is the board’s responsibility to agree the strategic objectives for the RCNE, to ensure that it is appropriately managed and that it is achieving its objectives.

RCNE Board Directors:

Frank is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and is a Solicitor of 43 years standing and a Partner in a firm practising in the North East. He has been on the board of RCNE for a number of years now and has operated in the role of Chairperson for a good portion of that time. He brings a wealth of experience as an advocate and has served on a number of other Community Bodies dealing in promotion of the youth and the development of services for the young people of the area generally.
He sees his role on the Board of the Centre as one of aspiring to appropriate Corporate governance and seeking to ensure the long term provision of services by the Centre.

Conor McCaughley is a secondary school teacher of Accounting and Business with a Masters in Education from DCU and a Degree in Accounting and Finance from DKIT. He has been a member of the RCNE Board of Directors since October 2016 and is also a member of the RCNE Finance Sub-Committee. Conor is a member of the Reserve Garda within An Garda Siochána since June 2012 and his background in Education, Finance and Justice has provided invaluable assistance to the centre manager in different areas within the organisation. Conor gives a lot of his time to Centre fundraising and is a strong advocate for the work and ethos of this organisation.

Dr. Anita Byrne is a Midwife Lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). She is a qualified nurse, midwife and tutor with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). Anita was a member of the multidisciplinary steering group that developed the Certificate in the Fundamentals of Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse delivered by DkIT. More recently, Anita was a member of the advisory panel for the Border Counties Sexual Violence Services Needs Analysis Project. Anita has been a member of the RCNE Board of Directors since 2019. She has a keen interest in clinical governance and evidence- based practice and views her role in the RCNE as one that aims to ensure and safeguard optimal care provision for survivors of sexual abuse.

Dr Kathleen Nallen is a Midwife Lecturer and Midwifery Programmes Director at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). She is a qualified nurse, midwife and tutor with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). She completed her Doctorate in Midwifery through Queens University Belfast in 2016. Kathleen is also Programme Director for the Certificate in the Fundamentals of Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse delivered by DkIT.

Leas-Cathaoirleach Louth County Council
Social Care Worker - Three Steps.
Executive Director - East Border Region Ltd Member - HSE Regional Health Forum Dublin/North-East

As an elected representative for County Louth and being a member of several border region and health forums, I can highlight the crucial service of RCNE and bring awareness to the Board of funding schemes, personnel and other avenues to support their work. As a trauma-informed social care worker, I also have an understanding of the difficulties our clients face.

Kevin McParland is a lecturer in the Department of Humanities at Dundalk Institute of Technology and Occasional Lecturer in the Department of International Development at Maynooth University. Between 2017-2020, Kevin worked on the Manuela Programme, a comprehensive sex education programme developed by the Manuela Riedo Foundation and the Rape Crisis Network Ireland that engaged young people in a dialogue focused on attitudes, awareness, critical thinking and skills relevant to sexual violence prevention and the promotion of consent among 15 to 17 year olds.

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