OUR VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE – 2019-2020
The Claddagh committee is made up of volunteers with diverse backgrounds, experiences and strengths.
The committee is involved with the planning, management and decision-making of the organisation as well as looking after the case-work, delivering important and substantial support to clients and their families, both here in WA and overseas.
Our 2019 AGM took place in The Irish Club in November and the committee shared an update on this year’s work and the plans for 2020 and beyond. The photo below was taken on the night showing the new committee
Heather McKeegan – Chairperson
Heather hails from Co. Antrim, has been in Australia for 12 years and works in Remuneration and Benefits in the Resources sector for a WA-owned mining company.
Heather joined the Claddagh Association Board in 2015 having previously served on the committee of the Irish Support Agency NSW (formerly known as The Irish Australian Welfare Bureau & Resource Centre NSW Inc or IAWB). Heather held the position of Vice Chairperson and Secretary before undertaking the position of Chairperson in mid-2017.
Peter McKenna – Vice Chairperson
Peter is the current Vice Chairperson of the Claddagh Association. He was the inaugural Chairman of the first committee formed in 1997 and was one of the original founders.
Peter’s experience derives for his numerous businesses in the electrical contracting and metal fabrication industry. Peter is on the Committee of the Irish Golf Club of WA and The Irish Famine Commemoration Committee, [WAIFC] and is a life member of Saint Finbarr’s Gaelic Football Club.
He has a deep seeded passion for helping his fellow Irish migrants and is always willing to go the extra mile.
Peter is a recent recipient of the Brendan Award for his community contributions.
Patricia Bratton – Treasurer
Patricia has served as the Treasurer of the Claddagh Association for the last three years, having previously served as the Treasurer of Swimming WA.
Her education and background, in accounting and administration have her ideally placed to handle the business workload of our Treasurer.
Patricia has also volunteered in several other organisations, The Australian Irish Heritage Association WA (Inc), Tuart Hill Swimming Club and Amelia Heights Scouts Group.
Patricia’s in-depth knowledge of volunteering and treasurer duties allows for the smooth running of the day to day operations of the Claddagh Association and our Seniors’ group which Patricia is heavily involved with.
Darren King – Secretary
Darren currently holds the position of Secretary with the Claddagh Association and has done so for the last two years.
A Chartered Accountant, Darren works closely with our Treasurer, Patricia, in regards to the Claddagh Associations financial matters.
Darren also sits on our Revenue Committee and you will also find him assisting at our various events.
Tom Quinn – Committee Member
Tom Quinn is a founding member of The Claddagh Association, and has held various positions on the committee including Chairperson.
Tom has been heavily involved with the Irish community since he arrived in Perth in 1976, with extensive experience supporting people in need and organising fundraising events over the years.
Tom has served on numerous voluntary committees over the years including as President of The Irish Club, which serves as a hub for Irish Community Group activity in Subiaco. Tom has been a recipient of the Brendan Award and he spent many years playing football for St Finbarr’s GFC.
He has recently retired from his job as a real estate agent with Professionals – The Kelly Team Real Estate after over 27 years’ experience in the real estate industry. He is still trying to get used to retirement!
Barry Doyle – Committee Member
Barry has served as a committee member with the Claddagh Association for three years. Barry is a senior executive in the WA social and affordable housing industry and has years of experience in the strategic and operational development of not-for-profit organisations.
That experience, plus his enthusiasm for Claddagh’s mission of supporting the Irish community in WA make him an invaluable member of our committee.
Eoin Halley – Commitee Member
Stephanie Upton – Committee Member