Sarah Keane is the President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland. She is a member of the IOC (International Olympic Committee and ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) Gender Equality Commission’s. She is a Member of the Coordination Commission of the European Games 2023 Krakow, Poland. Keane also is the Chief Executive Officer in Swim Ireland and is a qualified solicitor. As an athlete she competed internationally in both Swimming and Water Polo.
Colm Barrington is a board member of the Irish Sailing Association and holds the position of honorary secretary in his own sailing club. For the last ten years he has been chair of Irish Sailing’s high performance programme, where he oversaw the introduction of a world class structure that has helped Irish sailors win junior, youth and senior medals at European and world championships, and assisted Annalise Murphy to her medal in Rio.
Robert Norwood has been involved in the Voluntary Sports Sector, both as a volunteer instructor of the Ski Club of Ireland from 1986 to 2010. He is the President of the Snowsports Association of Ireland and in that role has overseen our representation at the Olympic Winter games at Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. He was Chef de Mission for the EYOF winter games in Vuokatti, Finland in 2001, and Alpine manager at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002. He was elected to the Board of the Olympic Council of Ireland in 2014.
HONORARY GENERAL SECRETARY
Sarah O’Shea is the Honorary General Secretary of the OFI and owns her own Sports consultancy business ‘SOS Sports Consult’ which specialises in sports governance. O’Shea is a member of the EOC Legal Commission, is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is a qualified solicitor was a lawyer within a National Governing Sport Body. She previously held the role of Chair of the Federation of Irish Sport and she was appointed by UEFA to its Hattrick Committee.
Moira Aston is the CEO of Canoeing Ireland since December 2018 and has extensive sports administration experience having worked with Athletics Ireland for twelve years in senior roles.
Moira has been instrumental in leading Canoeing Ireland during a period of transformational change, which included the implementation of a professional high-performance system and strategy and qualifiers for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020/2021. Currently a member of the board of Meath Local Sports Partnership, Moira volunteers and participates in both athletics and canoeing locally.
Michelle Carpenter is a native of Limerick and has a lifelong involvement in the sport of Rowing.
Having previously managed the successful Get Going…Get Rowing programme she was appointed CEO in 2018 of Rowing Ireland a growing Olympic National Governing Body that is ranked second in the World for 2018 and 2019 in Olympic boat classes.
Prior to joining Rowing Ireland Michelle worked on the launch of the Euro with the European Central bank and at the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Michelle has also worked with the World Rowing development team on the Olympic Values Education programme. In 2018 Michelle was nominated by World Rowing for an International Olympic Committee, Women in Sport Award in 2018 for her work.
Prior to taking up the role as Group Finance Director of Glen Dimplex in January 2022, Nigel spent the past 24 years working in various finance and commercial roles in the sports sector with Nike and Lifestyle Sports. He brings considerable financial experience covering strategic planning, business planning, budgeting and financial reporting as well as running finance functions for Nike’s UK & Ireland operation and for Lifestyle Sports as its Finance and Commercial Director for many years.
Nigel is passionate about sport. He played football with his local team, Clonkeen Utd and swam with Trojan swim club. He has also completed the Dublin and Amsterdam marathons, the Great North Run, Gael Force West, the London Triathlon and trekked to Everest base camp and to Kilimanjaro raising funds for Irish charities.
Seán Hawkshaw joined KBI Global Investors (‘KBIGI’) in 1992 and was appointed CEO in 2003. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1986 with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree and was in 1990 awarded an MBA with first class honours from University College Dublin. He is a director and former chairman of the Irish Association of Investment Managers, and a former director of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority.
Seán has seen KBIGI through several changes of corporate ownership and led its successful transition from a domestically oriented investment firm to a specialist equity manager with a global client base, boasting mandates in the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia.
KBI Global Investors is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with a US office in Boston, Massachusetts. Seán is married with four children, his interests include triathlon, sailing and golf.
Georgina a native of Dundalk, was elected as President of Athletics Ireland in 2016. A member of Mountpleasant AC, and also served on the Louth County Board and Leinster Provincial Council for athletics. In 2015 Georgina received the European Athletics Women’s Leadership Award.
Ciaran is a former gymnast and currently CEO of Gymnastics Ireland – a growing Olympic National Governing Body with over 22,000 direct members and active participation in the recent Olympic programme cycle including EYOF, European Games & Rio Olympic Games. He’s also a Board Member of Federation of Irish Sport and Project Monitoring Committee member for the new National Indoor Arena at the National Sports Campus.
Linda Morgan comes from a family that’s been immersed in boxing for decades. Her father was very involved in HP coaching and her brother was a HP funded athlete who won a world bronze in 2001.
She is the female coach and secretary of Arklow Boxing Club and is also a member of Leinster Boxing Provincial Council and the director and head coach of Leinster Female Boxing.
Patrick John Nolan
PJ Nolan served as President of Cycling Ireland from 2001 to 2004.
He qualified from UCD in 1983 and worked as a Journalist/Producer in RTE. He commentated at 5 Olympic Games for RTE on Cycling and represented Ireland as a Cyclist, Team Manager and Administrator. PJ was elected to the Executive Board of the OCI during the EGM February 2017.
Lochlann Walsh is the President of Triathlon Ireland, he was first elected in 2013
Lochlann was a competitive schools and masters swimmer and water polo player before taking up triathlon in 2000. As a member of Dublin club 3D Tri he was race director for Fingal Sprint Race for four years before being elected club chair in 2010. Lochlann has competed at European and World AG Championships as well as competing in three ironman races. He continues to compete in AG triathlon, veterans’ cycle road racing and open water swimming.
Shane O’Connor is the Chair of the Olympic Federation of Ireland Athletics’ Commission and is a former alpine ski racer who represented Ireland in five World Championships as well as the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Elected to Team Ireland Athletes’ Commission in 2017, he was appointed Chair later that year and also sits on the Executive Committee of the Olympic Federation of Ireland in that capacity.
EXEC EXTRA MEMBERS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Peter Sherrard has been Chief Executive of the Olympic Federation of Ireland since 2018. During that time, he has overseen a re-brand, the introduction of new sponsors, a doubling in staff numbers and the launch of Team Ireland’s sport science partnership agreement with the Sport Ireland Institute.
He had previous experience at director level in international commerce, tourism, aviation and sport, in roles covering commercial / marketing, sales, communications, operations and sponsorship with Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland, Ryanair and the FAI. Peter has fluent French and Italian and sits on the Sport Ireland High Performance Committee.