WIP’s Board of Directors

Providing leadership to realize WIP’s vision.  
25 Members, based UK, US and Ireland.  5 Officer Executive Committee.  2 Alumni representatives.
Meets quarterly in support of WIP’s mission.

Jim Carroll (Chair) David Gavaghan (Vice Chair) Kristin Leary (Vice Chair) Heather McCormick (Secretary) Eugene Hillery (Treasurer)
Jim Boland John Buscher Frank Cantrel Jr. Lorraine Corcoran  Professor Roger G.H. Downer
Eamonn Fitzgerald Susan Hoffman  Carmel Martin B.R. McConnon III Richard McHugh
Dr. Duncan Morrow Jennifer O’Malley Dillon Terry O’Sullivan Paul S. Quinn Pamela Smith
Kevin J. Sullivan Congressman Jim Walsh
Jim Carroll

Jim Carroll, Chair

Jim Carroll is the Senior Vice President of Global Government Relations for Honeywell where he will be responsible for leading all global, federal, and state government relations activities and developing and executing Honeywell’s strategic global corporate, regulatory, and government relations strategies. He is also responsible for ensuring strong relationships with regulators and government leaders.

From 2001 to 2017, Mr. Carroll held a number of senior roles for the global professional services firm Accenture where he most recently served as Global Managing Director of Government Relations from 2013-2017. He also was responsible for Accenture’s US Corporate Citizenship program and served on the North America Business Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Accenture in 2001, Mr. Carroll served as vice president of congressional relations for COMSAT Corporation from 1990 to 2000 where he reported to the Chief Executive Officer. From 1986 to 1990, Mr. Carroll held numerous positions in the U.S. Senate including on the Government Affairs Committee and for U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman (R-NH).

He also served on a number of political campaigns including the 1986 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Rudman and served as New Hampshire Executive Director of the 1988 Presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Bob Dole (R-KS). Mr. Carroll is active in a number of business, civic and charitable organizations including serving on the Board of Directors of the US Chamber of Commerce and  Junior Achievement USA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire.

David Gavaghan

David Gavaghan, Vice Chair

David recently established Aurora Prime Real Estate to focus on a new dawn emerging in Belfast and is seeking to raise £50m locally and internationally to invest in Grade A office space in Belfast.  He is also Chair of the CBI Northern Ireland.

David was previously Chief Executive of Titanic Quarter – a strategic site that has the potential to become one of the most exciting developments across the islands of Ireland and Britain.  For six years he was Chief Executive of Northern Ireland’s Strategic Investment Board, advising Ministers on the infrastructure programme across the region. David is currently Chair of the environmental arm of Business in the Community in NI and Vice Chair of the Sport Changes Life Northern Ireland Board.

David has a degree from Trinity College, Dublin in Economics and Social Studies and had his secondary education at Blackrock College, Dublin. David is married to Helen O’Malley and together they have 8 children (four boys, four girls) ranging in ages from 24 to 2 years old.  He lives in Killinchy, Co Down and keeps fit by running, doing the occasional half-marathon when not chasing kids!

Kristin Leary

Kristin Leary, Vice Chair

Kristin Leary is Principal of Leary Ventures, a government relations consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Prior to this role, Ms Leary was the Director of Programs at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a nonprofit organization that combines the academic research functions of a traditional think tank with advocacy work for consensus policy positions. At BPC, Ms. Leary worked on projects dealing with health care reform, energy policy, and cultural issues. Prior to BPC, Ms. Leary served as director of state affairs for the Chlorine Chemistry Council.

She began her career on the Boston staff of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and served as legislative director for the United Mine Workers of America, an international union representing coal miners. She also worked as an associate at PodestaMattoon, a bipartisan federal government relations firm.

Leary has considerable national political campaign experience, including as a volunteer for the Obama/Biden campaign in 2008, and as a staff member responsible for surrogate outreach and coordination of national women’s tours for the Democratic National Committee in the fall of 2004. She is a graduate of Boston College and the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, and is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to her work with WIP, Ms. Leary is active with the American Ireland Fund Young Leaders program.

Jim Boland

Heather McCormick, Secretary

Heather is an experienced sales & marketing manager who has worked at Accenture since 2011 in a variety of roles. She is currently Marketing Manager at their Centre for Innovation based in Dublin, Ireland.

A member of the WIP Class of 2008, she returned to DC as part of our Management Team in 2011.  She has been a Board Member since 2012.  She also sits on the Board of the London non-profit Dress for Success.

Heather graduated with a first class honours degree in Public Policy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh.

Eugene Hillery, Treasurer

Eugene Hillery is Director, International Operations at Tableau Software, where he has been involved in the set-up and expansion of Tableau’s Dublin office.  Eugene is a graduate of University College Dublin and a chartered accountant.  Prior to Tableau he has worked with KPMG, Salesforce.com and Head of Investor Relations with investment company One51.

James Boland

President, International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers.  A member of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers for more than 30 years, James Boland was elected the union’s President in February 2010. He had previously served as BAC’s Secretary-Treasurer, a position to which he was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2005.

After joining BAC in 1977, Mr. Boland spent the next decade working on commercial projects in the San Francisco Bay area in brick, block, stone, and marble. He became Business Agent in 1988 and then President of BAC Local 3 California in 1992. A year later, he was appointed to serve as a member of the International union’s highest advisory body, the BAC Executive Council.

In addition to his Executive Board responsibilities, Mr. Boland serves as Co-Chair of the International Masonry Institute (IMI), the training and industry development arm of the organized masonry industry, the International Trowel Trades Pension Fund (IPF), the International Health Fund (IHF), and Co-Chair of the BAC Canadian Congress.

Mr. Boland is a Vice President of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, and serves on four AFL-CIO Committees: International Affairs, Legislation /Policy, Political, and Immigration.

He studied at Ireland’s University College Dublin and graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in 1996.

John Buscher

John is a Senior Vice President at Forbes-Tate. John spent almost nine years a Senior Policy Advisor at Holland & Knight, a major law/lobbying firm in Washington, DC. He also has over 20 years experience working on Capitol Hill, and in the field of government relations.

John advises a broad array of Fortune 400 corporations, nonprofit organizations, associations, Universities, municipalities, technology companies and tribal entities on a host of policy issues before the federal government. This includes transportation, IT, trade, energy, and tax matters.

John has served as a liaison for his clients to Democratic senators, staff, and interest group representatives.

Mr. Buscher is a native of Illinois, and spent seven years as the Director of Governmental Affairs for Chicago-based United Airlines, representing the world’s largest airline before members of Congress and Federal agencies. Prior to his work with United, Mr. Buscher spent four years serving as a legislative assistant to two Democratic senators from Illinois. With his background, Mr. Buscher has maintained longstanding relationships with members of the Illinois delegation, including President and former Senator Barack Obama. Mr. Buscher was an early and active supporter of Senator Obama’s first Senate campaign. He maintains strong ties to President Obama’s Administration and political appointees from the White House to numerous federal agencies.

John lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and son.

Frank Cantrel Jr.

Frank Cantrel, Jr. is an independent communications consultant based in Washington DC. For 10 years Frank was Vice President of federal government relations for Verizon, a $100 billion broadband company. Beginning in 1988, Cantrel joined MCI, which Verizon acquired in 2006. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill working first as a legislative assistant to a House member and later serving as a professional staff member of the Commerce Committee for four years and as a tax counsel to the Finance Committee for three.

He and his wife Anne live in Chevy Chase, Maryland and have three children: Katherine, Madeleine and Joe. Cantrel also serves on the boards of two other nonprofit organizations: the Congressional Institute and the South Africa Washington Internship Program.

He is a graduate of Fairfield University and George Mason University Law School.

Lorrainne Corcoran

Lorraine is the VP of Corporate Communications for Vencore, a leading private defense contractor. She has previously worked in senior roles at Finmeccanica North America, Xerox and AT&T.

She is a proven communications leader with extensive global experience in a variety business scenarios, including government, consumer and B2B markets and defense, finance and telecommunications industries.

She has a substantial track record of designing and implementing domestic and international growth strategies with experience in the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

She has been heavily involved with WIP for over five years, active in our fundraising activities – in particular with the Celtic Chefs.

Roger G.H. Downer

Professor Roger G. H. Downer is a retired President of the University of Limerick. He was educated at the Methodist College Belfast, Queens University Belfast (B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Sc.) and the University of Western Ontario (Ph.D.). His career includes appointments as Professor of Biology and Chemistry and Vice-President, University of Waterloo, Canada, President, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand and President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Limerick.

He is author or co-author of five books, over 160 scientific publications and is recipient of a number of awards and honours including election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Royal Irish Academy and the honorary degrees of LL.D. (Belfast) and D.Sc. (Waterloo).

Roger served in the capacity of President, Vice President, Chair and Non-Executive in varied roles to name but a few he has served as President, Canadian Society of Zoologists, Vice-Chair, Biological Council of Canada, member of the Executive Council, Irish Red Cross and Non-Executive member of the Limerick Enterprise Development Board

Eamonn Fitzgerald

Eamonn is the EMEA Manager of LinkedIn for Good, based out of Dublin. Prior to this he was the Policy & Innovation Manager for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.

An Alumnus of the WIP Class of 2010, where he worked at the Irish Embassy. He is an engineering graduate of NUI Galway. Prior to joining us Eamonn worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in Dáil Éireann, and Seanad Éireann before that.

His past experience in the areas of public service and active citizenship extends internationally, including with the Alan Kerins Projects in Zambia developing new and sustainable low-cost construction technologies. Eamonn is a current member of the Social Enterprise Task Force (SETF), working with sector representatives to promote the economic and social benefits of Ireland’s social enterprise sector.

Susan Hoffman

Susan Hoffman, as Public Service Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP for the past 27 years, promotes and participates in the pro bono work of the Firm.  For many years she has also been a WIP Host Family.

Ms. Hoffman serves as President of the Crowell & Moring Foundation, a separate nonprofit organization, which funds a post-law school fellowship in conjunction with Equal Justice Works, and makes grants to nonprofits that focus on education for at-risk youth. For nearly 30 years, Ms. Hoffman has worked on issues affecting women and children, particularly domestic violence victims, both on the professional and personal levels. Ms. Hoffman has herself represented and supervised other attorneys in child abuse and neglect cases and in domestic violence, adoption and child custody litigation.

Ms. Hoffman is active on several boards and legal advisory committees for legal services providers and she currently serves as President of the D.C. Bar Foundation and served as co-chair of the D.C. Circuit Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services for three years and on the Committee for fifteen years. Her past Bar involvement includes two elected terms on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors and three years as co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section Pro Bono Committee. Ms. Hoffman graduated from George Washington Law School in 1979.

Carmel Martin

Carmel is Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, where she manages policy across issue areas and is a key member of CAP’s executive team. Before joining American Progress, she was the Assistant Secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the Department of Education. In this position, she led the Department’s policy and budget development activities and served as a senior advisor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Prior to coming to the Department of Education, Carmel served as general counsel and deputy staff director for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) as chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She also previously worked at American Progress as the Associate Director for Domestic Policy, and in the Senate as chief counsel and senior policy adviser to former Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and special counsel to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD). Through her years in Congress, she worked on legislation related to education, welfare, health care, and other issues of national importance.

B.R. McConnon III

B.R. McConnon is the founding partner, Chairman, and CEO of DDC Advocacy, the country’s largest full-service advocacy firm.

In this role, B.R. contributes long-term strategic direction and provides counsel to DDC Advocacy clients. Under his leadership, DDC Advocacy ranked 72nd on the Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list for 2002, and twice received the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500 award for North America, including top 10 in Virginia.

Prior to DDC Advocacy, B.R. worked as a tax and trade Policy Analyst for Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), where he was responsible for editorials and policy statements. After an assignment as a campaign organizer, he became the Finance Director for a number of ballot initiatives in Illinois and California. This opportunity allowed B.R. to become intimately familiar with the technological aspects of raising money, campaign organizing, compliance reporting, and lobbying.

Upon returning to Washington, D.C., B.R. spent five years working with political software and database firms before founding DDC Advocacy (formerly Democracy Data & Communications) in 1996.

B.R. is active in several outside business ventures and charities, including serving on the board of the J Street Cup, a charity that he founded to raise funds for the Fisher House at Walter Reed Army Hospital, the American Heart Association, and the Bishop Ireton High School Alumni Association.

B.R. received his B.A. in Government and International Relations from Georgetown University.

Rich McHugh

Richard P. McHugh serves as a partner in the Potomac Law Group, PLLC in Washington, D.C.

Rich is a graduate of Georgetown University (A.B., Economics) and of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit Honor Society) and has over 30 years of experience as a specialist in all areas of employee benefits law and related human resource issues. He has extensive expertise in the areas of retirement planning and executive compensation, and regularly advises companies with respect to the design and administration of employer-based health and welfare programs. Rich advises his clients on legislative and regulatory developments affecting the employee benefits community.  Rich has been a frequent lecturer before industry and professional groups on various employee benefit matters, has spoken before governmental agencies on employee benefit matters and is the published author of several articles and publications relating to employee benefit matters. Rich also serves as pro bono legal counsel to WIP.

Rich is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Member, Tax Section and Employee Benefits Committee), the Southern Employee Benefits Conference (President, 2001), and the American Benefits Council (Member, Retirement and Investment Policy Committee). Mr. McHugh is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and in the Washington D.C. Super Lawyers (Employee Benefits).

Rich and his wife Sallie live in Arlington, Virginia and also finds opportunities to spend time in their beach house in Bethany Beach, Delaware.


Duncan Morrow

Duncan Morrow is Director of Community Engagement at the University of Ulster, responsible for developing the University’s partnerships with groups and organisations across the community. He is also a lecturer in Politics.

His professional life began as a research officer in the Centre for the Study of Conflict looking into the role of churches and religion in conflict in Northern Ireland. Together with Derick Wilson and Frank Wright, he established the Understanding Conflict Trust, which was initially designed to lead and facilitate difficult dialogue and conversation around issues of history, politics and conflict and to identify practical steps to promote change. In 1998, Duncan Morrow was appointed as sentence review commissioner responsible for implementing the arrangements for the early release of prisoners following the Good Friday Agreement. This has since expanded into work as a Parole Commissioner.

In 2002, he was appointed as Chief Executive of the Community Relations Council where he championed the concept of a shared future and developed the Council’s role in research and active learning, in policy development and work on key issues such as interfaces, parading and regeneration and in work with victims and survivors of conflict. Over 9 years the Council became the leading funding agency for inter-community work taking a lead role in both the IFI Community Bridges Programme and the EU PEACE fund. Since his return to the University in 2011, he has also been appointed as Chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Tackling Sectarianism, Scottish Government, 2012-13.

He holds a B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford (1982); a Ph.D in ‘Neutrality as Foreign Policy in Austria since 1955’, University of Edinburgh (1987); and a PGCUT, University of Ulster (1993).

In his real life, he is married with three alarmingly growing children/young adults. He is regularly seen taking his life in his hands by cycling across Belfast.


Jen O’Malley Dillon

Jen is a partner at Precision Strategies. She is a veteran organizer, campaign manager and pioneer in the use of data analytics to target voters and consumers. She most recently served as Deputy Campaign Manager for President Obama’s reelection campaign, overseeing the largest field organization in the history of presidential campaigns, voter protection and education programs, and political outreach, and leading the development and use of data analytics to target, register, persuade and mobilize voters.

In 2009, President Obama named Dillon as his first Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, where she served with Chairman Tim Kaine, until she left for the 2012 campaign. Dillon raised and managed an annual budget of over $100 million and built the largest DNC operation in its history, housing Organizing for America, staff in all 50 states, and building the Party’s first and most robust data, analytics and technology infrastructure, which became the foundation of President Obama’s re-election campaign.

She also served as the National Co-Chair of the 57th Presidential Inauguration and was President of the Democratic National Convention Committee, where she oversaw the early planning, timing and location process, leading to the selection of the host city. She currently serves on the executive board of Organizing for Action, President Obama’s issue advocacy organization. In 2010, Dillon was named to TIME’s 40 under 40—and, in 2012, to Fortune’s 40 under 40 Electors, which called her a “field organizing whiz”.

Terry O’Sullivan

Terry O’Sullivan has been General President of LiUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – since January 1, 2000. He is known as an innovator among the newest generation of labor leaders.  O’Sullivan has guided the more than 500,000 collective bargaining members of LIUNA to the forefront of the labor movement, reshaping the Union into one of the fastest-growing, most aggressive and progressive unions in North America. Despite the decline in overall union membership in the U.S., LIUNA has shown steady and consistent growth.

O’Sullivan currently serves as the Labor Co-Chairman of the Laborers’ Training and Education Fund, LIUNA’s national training arm. General President O’Sullivan also holds the following labor and industry leadership positions:
• Member of the Governing Board of Presidents of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), AFL-CIO
• Member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO
• Board Member and former Chairman, CEO, and President of the Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO)
• Labor Chairman of American Income Life (AIL)
• Chairman of the National Heavy and Highway Coalition

A long-time supporter of Sinn Féin and its work, O’Sullivan serves as President of New York Friends of Ireland and Chairman of DC Friends of Ireland.

Before becoming LIUNA General President, O’Sullivan served the union as a Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, and Assistant to the General President. He has also served as Administrator of the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center.

A proud native of San Francisco, he joined LIUNA in 1974 and is a long-time member of Local Union 1353, Charleston, West Virginia.

Paul Quinn

Paul Quinn brings more than 45 years of legal and political experience in public policy advocacy to WIP. Having a considerable interest in international affairs, Paul has been at the forefront of efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to the political, economic, and social strife that has confronted Northern Ireland.

He has served on the board of directors of the North American Advisory Board of the Smurfit Graduate School of Business at the University College Dublin since 1998 and currently serves as its Chair. He was the 2005 recipient of the Irish Peace and Culture Award from The American Ireland Fund and has served on the Fund’s Board since 1986.

As special counsel to legal firm Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, Paul provides strategic government and business counseling including the design and implementation of political and legislative strategies and the monitoring of federal and state administrative, legislative, regulatory, and political developments. He has represented large and small companies, individuals, foreign governments, trade associations and universities on a range of political, legislative and regulatory issues.

In addition, he has organized and coordinated coalition efforts to deal with the legislative and executive branch initiatives, which have included generating grass roots support. Before joining Buchanan, Paul was a shareholder in a Washington, D.C.-based firm and founding partner of Wilkinson Barker Knauner and Quinn from 1983 to 2001.

He served as Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell’s first legislative director in Washington from 1961 to 1963, and has provided, and continues to provide policy and strategic advice for many U.S. senators and representatives.

Pam Smith

Pam Smith is a Partner at the strategic consulting and policy development firm that focuses on health issues, Tarplin, Downs & Young.

Previously Pam was Vice President, Federal Advocacy at PhRMA, a voluntary, non-profit organization representing the nation’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Prior to joining PhRMA, she served most recently as Deputy Director of U.S. Government Relations for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led the Foundation’s efforts to work with U.S. government officials and other key partners to improve policies and resources devoted to global health and development programs, and to U.S. education.

Pam spent more than a decade on Capitol Hill, where she ultimately served as the Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) under the Committee’s Chairman, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Prior to becoming Staff Director, she served as the Committee’s Deputy Staff Director. During her tenure on the Committee, Smith played a key role in overseeing Senate passage and enactment of the landmark Affordable Care Act, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, the Food Safety and Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, the Drug Quality and Security Act, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, and the Student Loan Certainty Act, among other legislation.

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin has been a member of the Board since 2002 and served as Chair from 2006 to 2015. Kevin has a long history of working on Irish issues. As a member of the Clinton Administration he participated in two of President Clinton’s trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland and was the key strategist for the President’s launch of Civic-Link, a joint Irish and American funded cross board and cross-community education initiative organized by Co-operation Ireland. Kevin represented Co-operation Ireland in Washington, D.C. for many years and has consulted for the Irish Higher Education Authority and the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD. As Chair of WIP Kevin was successfully in launching WIP’s higher education partnership program that now includes 10 Irish and British universities and he led the Board effort to grow SAWIP from a WIP pilot project to an independent non-profit.

Kevin is a former Senior Advisor and Speechwriter to US. Secretary of Education Richard Riley (1993-2001). Prior to joining Secretary’s Riley staff, Sullivan worked for fourteen years for various members of the U.S. Congress and staffed out three national presidential candidates. He is best known for drafting the historic Keynote Address given by Cong. Barbara Jordan at the 1976 Democratic National Convention. Kevin has spent the last decade consulting for a variety of non-profits organizations and foundations. He is a graduate of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Kevin lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and three children.

Jim Walsh

Jim Walsh retired from the United States Congress in 2009 after 20 years of service representing Syracuse and Central New York. A long-time supporter of the WIP program, the Congressman co-chaired the House Ad-Hoc Committee on Ireland for over ten years and was deeply involved in the Irish peace process.

A former Peace Corps volunteer (Nepal 1970-72), Walsh followed his father who represented Syracuse in Congress from 1973-79. The Congressman was a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

In June 2003, Congressman Walsh received the Syracuse University Willis H. Carrier Award, to honor his years of service and commitment to protecting the environment and for helping to foster an economic hub for environmental technology.

He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York.