The Board of Directors of Shine’s responsibilities are to:
  1. Define our vision and strategic direction.
  2. Ensure good governance.
  3. Safeguard financial reserves.
  4. Maintain overall management.

Our Board

Joe Houghton

Married with 4 children and based in Lucan, County Dublin, Joe Houghton is Chair of the Shine Board and a member of the NIMC (National Implementation and Monitoring Committee) Reference Group for the Govt. Mental Health Strategy. He is a past Chair of the Pieta House Board and has also served on the Board for The Wheel and Photo Ireland. Joe was a Samaritan for many years in the UK, and also sits on the UCD Staff Mental Health Peer Support Panel. Outside of mental health, Joe is Programme Director for the Master's in Project Management at UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business and runs a consultancy business delivering training on artificial intelligence, project management and business communications. He has written 6 books on AI, photography and project management.

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Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe has almost four decades of experience in media and communications, and uses her skills to support building the profile of Shine. A journalist for 27 years, she has worked across many of the Irish newspaper titles including ten years on the staff of the Irish Times. Miriam moved into communications in 2009, establishing a PR agency MD Media before following her passion for international development by moving to work in the humanitarian aid sector. She is currently Head of Communications with Trócaire. Miriam is a graduate of the TUI journalism course and holds a Diploma in Newspaper Management from Scandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI).

Nicola Teevan

Nicola Teevan is a Senior Executive with over 25 years’ experience in Real Estate Investment and Finance Industry. An experienced leader with a passion for helping and developing people to be the best they can be. Nicola brings experience across a multitude of disciplines including HR, Corporate Governance, Finance, Risk and Operations. She has held numerous Senior Divisional and Board Positions at European Level. Nicola holds a Degree in Economics and Business and is a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland where she has achieved a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction. “

Suzanne Sweeney

Suzanne Sweeney is an experienced financial services professional with over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry and public sector in Ireland, she is currently Head of Strategy, Finance and operations with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. Suzanne is a graduate of UCC and UCD and has a Master’s in International Business Studies and a Master’s in Digital Business.

Suzanne uses her financial skills to help our Board manage our finances and improve the efficiency of our services.

Gary Seery

Gary has over 22 years experience working in

technology, he has held IT leaderships roles in Manufacturing, distribution, telecoms and software companies. Gary has led IT teams in Global companies , working with teams in Europe, the US, China and India.

In his current role at Provident CRM, Gary holds the position of COO, working with his colleagues on the Executive team to deliver strong growth year on year, implementing many changes across the business to support the growth in revenue, products and customers. Gary is responsible for the HR, Delivery, Operations and Support teams at Provident CRM.

Gary has been heavily involved in many charitable initiatives for mental health charities in Ireland, including being an ambassador, fund raiser and stigma fighter, he has completed many endurance events to raise much needed awareness and funds for various Mental health charities, these charitable initiatives have seen him complete a run from Dublin to Belfast, 24 hour cycles, completing "The Race" Irelands toughest endurance event, and travelling to the North Pole to complete a marathon there.

Maurice Farnan

Maurice joined the Shine Board in 2023, he has extensive experience working in Health Services in both the statutory and N.G.O. /Voluntary sectors.  Maurice has a deep knowledge of both strategic and operational planning.  Maurice has broad experience of delivering social inclusion services including addiction, services for victims of human trafficking and for a wide range of services for marginalised groups.  Maurice also has extensive experience in Mental Health having worked at regional and national levels in Mental Health Services. Maurice has a strong interest in digital health care and has delivered a range of digital and telehealth initiatives including the development of online mental health services, video enabled care technologies and remote patient monitoring.

Maurice holds an M.B.A. from University College Dublin, a M.Sc. in Management of Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin and a M.Sc. in Digital Innovation from the Smurfit Business School, he also has legal training and holds a number of Graduate Legal Diplomas from the Honourable Society of the King’s Inns.

Data Protection

Please refer to Shine’s Privacy Statement to learn about your data protection rights

Shine Audit and Risk Sub-Committee

The two functions of the Shine Audit and Risk Sub-Committee are to:

  1. promote an understanding of the organisational review function by our Board, and
  2. provide a forum for senior management to discuss internal control including issues raised by external audit, risk management and governance.

Governance Code

Shine complies with The Charity Regulators Governance Code. Shine’s external auditors are Deloitte Chartered Accountants, Deloitte & Touche House, 29 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 AY28

Shine Constitution

Click HERE to read Shine’s Constitution Document.

Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021

Our Strategic Plan 2019-2021, Making Change Happen, outlines our organisational objectives.