Charity Trustees Week- Building Capacity,
A Live Pobal Podcast Panel Discussion
This year, Charity Trustees’ Week took place from 14-18 November 2022, with Steering
Committee member organisations running a range of events, on and offline throughout the
week. This year’s theme for the week is ‘Building Capacity’.
Pobal held an in-person event; a live panel discussion, which was recorded on November
16 th and will be podcast on Pobal website and a broadcast as a radio show in partnership
with Craol on Community Radio Stations.
The panel was chaired by Pobal CEO, Anna Shakespeare with three trustees participating
in the discussion, as well as Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development
and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD. who supplied a pre-recorded input
Discussion Panel members:
1. Noeline Blackwell – a human rights lawyer and CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis
Centre, Noeline has previously worked as Director General of access to justice
organization FLAC, the Free Legal Advice Centres. Noeline has also been a member
of several statutory and NGO boards.
2. Helen Martin – CEO of the Charities Regulator, Helen is a solicitor and previously
worked in the Office of the Attorney General. She also worked in the private sector for
over 10 years and during that time worked as a senior associate in the Regulatory
and Competition law unit of a large firm and as an in-house legal and regulatory
adviser for two telecommunications companies.
3. Nicolas Marcoux – Senior Governance Specialist of the Institute of Public
Administration, Nicolas worked for the European Commission in various development
and assistance capacities, in sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and in the Balkans.
He was the CEO of a major not for profit organisation in South Africa when he ran the
operations of the Foundation for Human Rights together with the Supervisory Board.
The programme was recorded at Áras na Gaeilge, 63 – 66 Amiens Street, Dublin.
Áras na Gaeilge houses Foras na Gaeilge and Raidió na Life. Dublin community radio
station Raidió na Life assisted Pobal with the recording and producing of the podcast/ radio