A politics and sociology graduate, Mary has worked in various customer service and administrative roles. As a Clare native, she is all too aware of the challenges facing those in our community living outside of Dublin/other large cities.
While she acknowledges that both the Marriage Equality Referendum and Gender Recognition Act were significant political/social milestones for the LGBTQIAF community in Ireland, Mary feels strongly that there is still work to be done to tackle the marginalisation and isolation felt by many LQBTQIAF people who live in rural or smaller urban areas. As Digital Media Coordinator for Bronntanas, Mary is responsible for updating our website and Facebook page. She also serves as a first point of contact for those wishing to make enquiries online regarding Bronntanas and our services.
Fiona is a registered general nurse and midwife, having gained her qualifications through the University of Limerick. She is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and has spent almost 20 years working in the front line of the health care system, both here in Ireland and in Australia.
Living and working in the west of Ireland, Fiona has a keen understanding of the difficulties faced by members of the LGBTQIAF community in rural areas with regards to access to support services. She believes that Bronntanas’s work will help to bring positive change to people’s lives, allowing them to feel less isolated, whether from the LQBTQIAF community specifically or from wider society.
Mike Egan is a UK-based chartered accountant who specialises in governance and finance for charities and not-for-profits. His appointments include: governor, Heythrop College (University of London); trustee, Camden LGBT Forum (promotion of equality and diversity and elimination of discrimination in relation to LGBT people in Camden and neighbouring London boroughs); finance committee member, CAFOD (one of the thirteen Disasters Emergency Committee charities in the UK); finance committee member, Carmelite Charitable Trust.
His previous trusteeships include the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) (Chair 2006 – 2014); the RAIN Trust (practical support delivered through faith communities for people living with HIV/AIDS); and Centred, formerly Kairos, in Soho (social inclusion and wellbeing for marginalised lesbian, gay and transgender people).
Mike was previously a partner, and head of London Audit, in an international firm of Chartered Accountants. His professional clients included the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and Stonewall.
Mike holds a Masters degree in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School (City, University of London).