Barbara Quinn - Chairperson
Barbara Quinn has been associated with Partas for over 15 years and has been on the Board since the late nineteen nineties. Barbara opened Tallaght’s first Recruitment Consultancy in 1990 and became an active member of the then Tallaght Chamber of Commerce which has grown and developed to the South Dublin Chamber. Her work with Partas has informed her interest in developing people’s skills and careers and her major interest in developing Entrepreneurs. She is also a Board Member of the Tallaght Trust Fund a fund designed to help entrepreneurs to access business finance.
Carol Pemberton – Vice Chairperson
Carol has served on the Board of Partas since January 2017. She was Executive Director – Corporate Resources for Irish Life managing the HR and Facilities functions across the group until her retirement at the end of 2013. In her 37 year career in Irish life she undertook a variety of senior executive roles in the areas of HR, Customer Service and Information Technology. She has a Master’s Degree in Organisational Behaviour from Trinity College.
One of the founders and the owner of The Echo, David Kennedy launched the newspaper out of the front room of his house back in 1980. The paper has grown to cover the adjacent suburbs of Clondalkin, Ballyfermot and Lucan with a circulation of over 12,000. In 2005 the newspaper was sold to the Leinster Leader who subsequently sold it to a Scottish company Johnson Press (JP). David negotiated with JP to buy back the family business and finally secured the deal to take back control in January 2010, the beginning of a new decade and the year that saw the 30th anniversary of The Echo.
John is TD for Dublin South West representing the Fianna Fáil Party and has served at every level of the party organisation locally. He was a councillor on South Dublin County Council for seventeen years and was elected on four successive occasions. He was first elected to Dail Éireann in 2016 and was appointed to the Fianna Fáil Front Bench as Opposition Spokesperson for Dublin.
Michelle is a social entrepreneur, with over 20 years’ experience across private, public, social enterprise and non-profit sector, combining lean start-up, design thinking techniques and networking opportunities to facilitate guide and mentor. Michelle has enabled entrepreneurs and community led social enterprises to craft business strategy, pivot, ideate and market their products and services in order to become commercially viable and sustainable businesses. She is also a Tutor in Entrepreneurship and Emerging Technology (DCU), and an avid researcher and author of articles on social enterprise and inclusive entrepreneurship.
Charlie O’Connor is a founder member and former Chairperson of Get Tallaght Working (now Partas). He has been a Public Representative since 1991 and served as Cathaoirleach of South Dublin County Council in 1999/2000. He was elected to the Dail for Dublin South West in 2002 and served until 2011. He was a Member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social & Family Affairs; Justice, Equality, Law Reform Defence & Women’s Rights and was appointed as Government Convenor of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children.
Enda has worked in the insurance business for over 30 years and lived in Waterford up to 1998 when he decided to move back to Tallaght to set up a new insurance & mortgage brokerage with his brother Greg. G & E Mortgage & Financial Advisors was set up in August 1998 and, as they were originally from Tallaght, they had no hesitation in setting up their business in the community where they had their roots. Their office is located on the busy Old Bawn Road and recently they welcomed REMAX Auctioneers to their office to compliment the services they offer the local community.
Aidan Thomas has been a resident of Tallaght for over 40 years and has been a member of the management board of Partas since the mid-eighties. He was a member of the St Vincent de Paul for seventeen years where his experience included working in Dublin's inner city tenements. The issue of social justice and the consequences of marginalisation are very much to the forefront of his involvement and he has organised seminars and written papers on the subject.