Board of Directors

Carmel Toohey - Chairperson

Carmel Toohey


I have spent all my working life in administration. I am currently employed at Aras Mhuire Day Care Centre in Nenagh. I am the founder and present chairperson of Tipperary Living Links (providing support to those bereaved by suicide). I've been involved in parish projects for many years.

Tony McCormack - Secretary

Tony McCormack


I have lived and worked in Nenagh for over 50 years. I am a former Town Clerk with Nenagh U.D.C. in local government. I have a strong interest in Strong Local Government, Promotion of better education for all, particularly those marginalised. Over the years I have been involved with statutory and voluntary organisations such as: School management/ Fundraising Boards/ Committees, Historical Committees Nenagh/ Tonnerre Twinning Committee and Club Rince Aonach Urmhumhan.

Gregory Whelan - Treasurer

Gregory Whelan


I am a former senior civil servant, with experience in a wide variety of roles across the Civil and Public Service in organisations such as the Revenue Commissioners, Depts. Education, Justice, Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Pensions Authority, mainly working in Corporate administration, Investigative, HR and Financial Management Roles. I have been involved in a number of key projects in procurement, recruitment, staff and policy development in these organisations. My Voluntary Experience Includes work with; the Middle Country Co-operative Society, Parkrun, the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, Sustainable Projects Ireland Ltd – building a sustainable community in the EcoVillage, Cloughordan and the Naval Service Reserve. 

Elaine Cullinan - Board Member

Elaine Cullinan

Board Member

I am living in Nenagh, married with two boys, aged 12 and 15. In my spare time (which is scarce!) I love running and cycling, and supporting my kids activities. I am a Business and Marketing Graduate of WIT and UCD Smurfit School of Business. I have worked in Marketing roles in Ernst & Young Dublin and Corporate Image Marketing Consultancy. I have a huge interest in Sport, and worked for Sport Ireland for 18 years as Sports Co-ordinator for North Tipperary Sports Partnership and Tipperary Sports Partnership. Recently I have taken up a role as Economic Development Officer with Tipperary County Council. On the Volunteering side I was a member of the first Tipperary Relay for Life committee, and Chairperson of the Teams committee. I am PRO of Nenagh Olympic Athletic Club, and a current member of Nenagh CBS Secondary School parent’s council.

Rabiya Ali - Board Member

Rabiya Ali

Board Member

I joined the Silver Arch Board of Directors in early 2020. I have worked in the field of social justice since 2000 in a range of community and advocacy organisations across the Mid-West. My most recent appointment was as Coordinator of Ascend Domestic Abuse Service (NTDC) in North Tipperary and I have long standing working relations with the staff and service users of Silver Arch FRC. I continue to work towards the prevention of violence against women in my position as a consultant with the Council of Europe and the European Institute of Gender Equality.

Sarah Madden - Board Member

Sarah Madden

Board Member

I have been personally connected to Silver Arch FRC for as long as I remember. This has included volunteering as playgroup leader, being involved in fundraising and helping out on the holiday for the over 60’s on occasions and I have very fond memories of these times. I believe my connection with Silver Arch FRC was pivotal in my decision to pursue a career in social work. As a qualified social work , I worked in the various areas of Child Protection and Welfare and I have strong community and family values and a keen interest in fostering good community spirit and giving back to my community. I currently work as Social Work Team Leader with The Safeguarding & Protection Team for Adults at Risk of Abuse.

Anne Hickey - Board Member

Anne Hickey

Board Member

I have been a long standing supporter of Silver Arch FRC, having first become involved as a volunteer over 15 years ago. I work part-time for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and I am actively involved in working with my local senior citizens and over 60’s group.

Virginia Minogue - Board Member

Virginia Minogue

Board Member

I am an independent research management consultant, adviser, coach and mentor. I previously worked in research management for NHS England and also for a number of NHS Trusts. I am an experienced Senior Manager, in the public and third sector, working at national, regional and local level, leading on commissioning, research policy, strategy and governance. I also have a wide university teaching experience. Current projects include an advisory role with the Health Service Executive and with GS1, membership of the senior leadership team of my professional network and the facilitation of a patient led working group. I have a particular interest in knowledge translation. I am an experienced charity trustee and has worked for a number of charities in both Ireland and the UK.

Pauline Gannon - Board Member

Pauline Gannon

Board Member

I was delighted to join Silver Arch FRC in November 2020. I have a keen personal interest in the work that supports the family unit and I am looking forward to putting my skills and experience to good use with Silver Arch, to play a small part enhancing the great work they already do. As the co-founder of Social Impact Ireland, I am dedicated to supporting enterprises and individuals to scale their impact, creating a better society for all. Having a masters in Human Rights, I have a passion for equality and ensuring all in society receive support and assistance to live a fulfilled life, of their choosing, rather than their circumstances. I live in Tipperary with my husband and two boys and love the outdoor life. I am a keen runner and spend all of my spare time outdoors enjoying the benefits of nature..