About Us


Maura Quinn CDir

Chief Executive

Maura Quinn CDir is Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and a Chartered Director. Maura has held this role since April 2008. As Chief Executive, Maura is responsible for leading the strategic development of the IoD through growing the membership base, expanding the range of programmes and services and building the profile of the organisation. In 2019, Maura was appointed as a board member to Rugby Players Ireland. She was a a non-executive director of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital from 2014-2020.

In September 2008, Maura spearheaded the introduction of the IoD Chartered Director Programme, which is the most sought after and prestigious director qualification in Ireland. She is a leading voice on the importance of director training and board diversity and a keen advocate of the need to improve corporate governance standards and the quality of boards in Ireland.

Prior to joining the IoD, Maura was Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland for eleven years, where she was credited with the resurgence, growth and development of the organisation in Ireland. Having operated at a senior level with UNICEF HQ in New York and Geneva, Maura was also elected Vice-Chair of UNICEF’s Standing Group of National Committees, which generate one third of UNICEF’s income worldwide.

Having studied Law and Marketing, her career has included a range of senior appointments in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Thora Mackey CDir

Chief Operating Officer

Thora Mackey CDir is the Chief Operating Officer for the Institute of Directors in Ireland and is a Chartered Director. Thora is responsible for coordinating the operational activities of the IoD, and is also Head of the IoD’s Boardroom Centre, a dedicated and independent source of non-executive directors and chairpersons in Ireland. Thora joined the Institute of Directors in 2008 as Business Development Manager and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2011. 

Prior to joining the IoD, Thora was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland, where she worked for eleven years, having previously worked for domestic and global not-for-profit organisations. She was a director and company secretary of Threshold, the national housing charity until 2018.

Anne Mannion

Head of Marketing and Communications

Anne is  responsible for leading the communications department, including: marketing, media relations, and digital communications.

She is also responsible for overseeing the IoD brand, stakeholder development, research, and public affairs.

Paul O’Mahony

Senior Content & Communications Executive

Paul is responsible for media relations, traditional and online communications, member ezines, content and research.


Geraldine Ellis

Digital Communications Executive

Geraldine manages IoD's digital platforms and communications including website, social media and digital projects.

Lesley Darling

Head of Membership

Lesley is responsible for membership development within the IoD, looking after new members and handling membership queries.

Lisa Sweeney

Senior Membership and Events Executive

Lisa provides support to the membership department, handles membership queries and looks after discounts and offers.

Rebecca Morrissey

Membership Officer

Rebecca assists the membership team, processing the membership subscriptions and general administration.

Sharon Kirwan

Senior Events Executive

Sharon organises IoD events including the breakfast and evening series and seasonal lunches, as well as handling membership queries.

Sheila Byrne

Director Development & Training Manager

Sheila is responsible for overseeing the delivery of all IoD director development programmes, including the Chartered Director Programme, bespoke in-house training and one-day training workshops.

Caitríona De Búrca

Senior Training Executive

Caitríona is responsible for the administration of IoD training programmes and general administration of the office.

Darren Travers

Training Executive

Darren supports the administration of the Chartered Director Programme and one-day workshops.