Philip Berman -- Chairman
Prior to his retirement in 2010, Philip was a senior hospital manager in Dublin. For the major part of his career he was Director of the European Healthcare Management Association - a not-for-profit network organisation, with 250 corporate members in 30 European countries, committed to improving healthcare in Europe by raising standards of managerial performance. He has acted both as a World Bank and World Health Organisation consultant, advising on healthcare management strategies in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Turkey, and has directed five major multinational studies funded by the European Commission. He is currently a Commissioner of the Accreditation Commission on Colleges of Medicine and also a board member of Immigrant Council Ireland and City of Sanctuary UK. He is a member of the Irish Red Cross International Advisory Group, represents the Irish Red Cross on PERCO (the Platform for European Red Cross Cooperation on Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants) and also advises the Irish Red Cross on migration policy.
Brother Kevin Mascarenhas -- Board Member
Kevin, a Presentation Brother, is one of the founders of Waterford Place of Sanctuary, the first City of Sanctuary group in Ireland. He brings vast experience in the refugee sector and has been the Director of the Information and Support Unit (ISU) at Edmund Rice Centre in Waterford since 2006. He has also been involved in other parts of the community and voluntary sector and has experience with homeless people and refugees in inner city Dublin as well as Waterford. Kevin has lived in five different cultures since leaving his birthplace in Pakistan, which helps him empathise with new citizens and asylum seekers.
Jacqueline Phiri-- Board member
Jacqueline Phiri is an active member of City of Sanctuary Galway group. She is currently studying Civil Law at NUI Galway. Jacqueline has strong beliefs about the empowering nature of education in integration and in fostering acceptance and tolerance in society, and ultimately eliminating discrimination. She is actively involved in the NUI Galway University of Sanctuary Initiative, and was involved in launching the pilot scheme of An Cosan in Galway in 2017. An active volunteer in Galway City and one of the recipients of Mayors Award 2018 as a member of the Residence Committee. Jacqueline believes that barriers in society can only be brought down through dialogue, and she sees her volunteering work as an opportunity to give back, but above all to share life stories and shared life experiences that will promote understanding in society, because it is rightly said that the greatest distance between two people is misunderstanding.
Andy Pollak -- Board member
Andy is Chair of City of Sanctuary Dublin and the leader of the Sanctuary in Politics programme. Andy was the founding director (1999-2013) of the Centre for Cross Border Studies and brings vast cross-border experience to Places of Sanctuary Ireland. A renowned journalist, he was religious affairs correspondent, education correspondent, assistant news editor and Belfast reporter with the Irish Times. In the early 1990s he was co-ordinator of the Opsahl Commission, the independent ‘citizen’s inquiry’ into ways forward for Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of a biography of Rev Ian Paisley. Andy is also a board member of Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Centre.
Rosemary Angel Kunene --- Board Member
Rosemary, 2017 Sanctuary in Politics Dublin graduate. Passionate about Community Development, integration and participation of Migrants joined the Board in May 2017. She is one of the founding member and Secretary of Laois Integration Network, a network which promotes integration, celebrates diversity and challenges racism and discrimination in all forms. Despite living in challenging circumstances in Direct Provision Centre she founded and leads Voice of Migrants Ireland (VOMI) which promotes positive mental health/emotional wellbeing and bring about connections that would break the barriers of inclusion for migrants especially those who are still under the Direct Provision System.
Francis McEvoy -- Treasurer
Francis, a Chartered Accountant and Financial Advisor, joined the Board in September 2016. He brings a wealth of experience to the Board having worked in the charity sector since 2002. Francis also volunteers with the City of Sanctuary Dublin Group.