Board of Directors
Provisions – Memorandum and Articles of Association
Whereas founded in 1999, the Military Heritage of Ireland Trust CLG was incorporated under the Companies Acts, 1963 to 1999 on 30 June, 2000. The associated Memorandum and Articles of Association prescribe for the Trust’s Directors, and can be viewed in the About Us Section of the Web Site.
The term “Directors” means the Directors for the time being of the Trust, or the Directors present at a meeting of the Board of Directors.
The business of the Trust shall be managed by the Directors.
The number of Directors and the names of the first Directors shall be determined in writing by the subscribers of the Memorandum of Association or a majority of them, provided that the officer for the time being holding the appointment of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), Defence Forces, shall at all times be an Ex Officio Director. The Trust, by ordinary resolution, may increase or decrease the number of Directors.
The Directors may elect a Chairman of their meetings and determine the period for which he is to hold office.
The Directors may appoint any company, firm, person, or body of persons, to be the attorney of the Trust.
The rotation and election of Directors is prescribed in the Trust’s Articles of Association. One third of the Directors must retire at an Annual General Meeting, but may put their names forward for reelection. The Directors who are obliged to retire at a particular Annual General Meeting are those who have been the longest in office since the last election. A retiring Director shall be eligible for reelection.
The Directors can co-opt an individual on to the Board of Directors. Such co-opted Directors shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting and shall be eligible for re-election.
Chairman: Brig Gen Paul Fry (Retd): First elected in May 2017. Retired Defence Forces Officer. Elected Chairman of the Trust in 2019.
Maj Gen David O’Morchoe (Retd): First elected in June 2000. Retired British Army Officer. Titled ‘The O’Morchoe’, he is titular head of his Clan, and a founder member of the Trust.
Col R.H. Bicker (Retd): First elected in June 2000. Businessman in Northern Ireland, a former member of the Council of State and a founder member of the Trust.
Mr J. J. Cullinane: First elected in June 2000. Chairman of The Cullinane Group Inc. in Boston, and a founder member of the Trust.
Col W.H. Gibson (Retd): First elected in October 2000. Retired Defence Forces Officer.
Brig Gen Jim Saunderson (Retd): First elected in February 2011. Retired Defence Forces Officer. Former Chairman of the Trust from 2011 to 2013.
Mr Peter Baillie: First elected in November 2012. Director Aftercare Services.
Mr Lar Joye: First elected in October 2012. Former Military History Curator, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin.
Brig Gen Paul Pakenham (Retd): First elected in October 2013. Retired Defence Forces Officer. Former Chairman of the Trust from 2013 to 2019.
Mr Frank Cogan: First Elected in May 2017. Retired Ambassador, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mr Michael Nugent: First elected in 2018, actively supporting the Inniskillings Museum, Enniskillen.
Ms Brenda Malone: First elected in 2019. Curator Military History, National Museum of Ireland.
Mr Philip Hamill: First elected in 2019. Retired civil servant, Department of An Taoiseach.
Maj Gen Kevin Cotter: Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Defence Forces, and, as such, is an ex-officio Director of the Trust.
Company Secretary: Lt Col Eamonn Fogarty (Retd): Appointed February 2016. Retired Defence Forces Officer
Assistant Secretary: Lt Col Tom Halligan (Retd): Appointed February 2016. Retired Defence Forces Officer
Michael J. Baynes of Baynes and Company, Solicitors, 77, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 acts as solicitor to the Trust.
Auditors of the Trust
In accordance with paragraph 69 of the Articles of Association, the Trust shall appoint auditors, until the next Annual General Meeting.
The current Auditors are:
Auditors and Accountants CLG,
4 Seapoint Building,
Register of Former Directors
Professor Eunan O’Halpin: 2000 – 2005
Sir John Gorman RIP: 2000 – 2009
Dr Patrick Wallace: 2000 – 2009
Mr Kevin McGoran: 2000 – 2011
Senator Maurice Hayes RIP: 2005 – 2011
Col Mark Scott (Retd): 2010 – 2013
Mr Michael Kenny: 2009 – 2014.
Maj Gen P.F. Nowlan (Retd) RIP: 2000 – 2016 and Chairman from 1999 to 2011.
Ms Etain Doyle: 2009 – 2017.
Brig Gen Liam MacNamee (Retd): 2011 – 2017.
Dr Frank Murray RIP: 2000 – 2018.
Mr John Deering: 2013 – 2018.
Register of Former Company Secretaries
Professor Eunan O’Halpin: 2000 – 2005
Lt Col D.G. Johnston (Retd): 2005 – 2011
Lt Col Tom Halligan (Retd) 2011 – 2016