Meet the Team
The MQI board of directors is responsible for establishing the organisation’s vision, mission and values. The board sets our strategic aims and the policy parameters within which we operate. The board also approves annual plans and budgets proposed by executive members and monitors performance to ensure the organisation is effective and accountable.
Our board members work on a voluntary basis and meet at least six times a year. In addition, the board has established seven sub-committees which each meet at least four times a year. These committees are: Audit & Risk, Client Services, Clinical Governance, Finance, Fundraising & Communications, Governance & Nominations and HR & Remuneration.
The board appoints the CEO of MQI and delegates a range of day-to-day decision making authority to the CEO and the executive.
Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh
Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh is consultant and clinical lead for the Inclusion Health research service at St James’s Hospital, Dublin.
Her work focusses on ensuring that people who are homeless or in addiction have access to healthcare in a way that meets their needs. Working with homeless and addiction services, including Merchants Quay Ireland, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, Clíona helps prevent those on the margins of society from falling through the gaps.
Mr. Ray Langton
Ray joined the Board of Merchants Quay in June of 2016. He has many years’ experience, working in both the private and public sector. He has held director-level roles leading Operations, Governance and Major Capital Projects in industries both in Ireland and internationally and has held consultancy roles in the areas of Organisational Effectiveness, Governance, Project and Change Management.
Mr. Derek Bell
Derek joined the MQI board in November 2016. He brings with him almost 20 years’ experience in a variety of leadership roles, 2 years as MD of an indigenous logistics organisation, 7 years as Director of Services providing services for adults with physical disability, and 16 years running his own business providing services and support to individuals in career transition.
Ray is the Chief Executive of Emerging Futures CIC an organisation he co-founded in May 2014 providing specialist support and transitional housing services for people experiencing substance misuse, mental health and social exclusion problems.
An experienced leader, he has worked within the health and social care filed since 1993 and is the former National Development Director of CRI/CGL, the UKs largest substance misuse treatment provider.
He left in 2010 to set up Vital Signs training ad consultancy providing workforce professional and programme development as well as bespoke consultancy solutions for both third sector and NHS provider organisations.
He is a former member of the UK Anti-Drugs Co-ordination Unit (UKADCU), advising on the implementation of Government’s first 10 year Drug Strategy and has extensive knowledge of workforce, and service user development.
Ray also holds a diploma in integrative counselling, is a qualified trainer and was awarded his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) by Brighton University in December 2004.
Dr. Joanne Fenton
A member of the board since September 2012, Joanne is a consultant perinatal psychiatrist at the Coombe Women’s & Infants University Hospital, Dublin and a consultant psychiatrist with homeless people in Dublin South City; a joint position she has held since 2004.
Margaret has been a member of the board since November 2016. She retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2012, where she served as Ambassador to a number of countries and most recently, at the Council of Europe. She was also Head of Overseas Development Aid and Head of Corporate Affairs at the Department.
Br. Patrick Lynch OFM
Patrick joined the Board of MQI back in December 2011. Patrick is a Franciscan Friar and is based in the Franciscan Friary in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. He holds a Masters in Religious Education from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Brother Patrick is a strong advocate of social justice, having worked in education for many years at Gormanston College.
Dr. Brian Melaugh
Brian joined the board in December 2011. He is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University. Before taking up an academic position, he worked extensively in the area of drug practice and drug policy and was CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project. Brian holds professional qualifications in community work and youth work, social work, Masters in Systematic Organisation and Management, Masters in Organisational Consultancy, and a Doctorate in Health.
David has been a member of the board since October 2018. David works in the banking sector where he has held a number of senior roles for over 20 years, particularly in the areas of risk management, compliance and governance.
Our Executive Team
Prior to joining MQI in 2008, Paula worked in the public and private sector in positions where she was actively involved in business/services operations. Previous roles have included Senior HR Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Business and Function HR Leader with Shell Exploration and Production Ireland Limited (formerly Enterprise Energy Ireland Limited), and before that held HR Roles within the public and private healthcare sector. Paula completed the UCD Professional Diploma in Organisation Renewal and Transformation in 2016 and is currently undertaking the Chartered Director’s Programme in the IMI.
Mark has been with MQI since 2007. Mark is a Certified Accountant (ACCA) and joined MQI as Head of Finance and IT, progressing to Head of Day Services in 2012 and Head of Recovery Services in 2017. Marks holds a HDip in Psychology and has a keen interest in research within the drug and alcohol field, attaining an MSc. in Drug & Alcohol Policy from Trinity College in 2014.
Head of Recovery Services
Carol joined the MQI team in December 2016. Prior to this Carol worked with Sightsavers Ireland as the Head of Individual Giving and Marketing and before that held senior roles in advertising where she specialised in integrated direct marketing. Carol holds an honours B.Sc. (Mgmt) degree from Trinity College Dublin and is an Ashtanga yoga & mindfulness teacher.
Head of Fundraising & Communications
Sanjay Gulati is MQI’s Head of Drugs, Health and Homeless Services, leading the team towards a ‘One Service One Support model’ to support our clients and make a positive contribution towards their life journey. Sanjay has over 30 years’ experience working in non-profits, public and private sectors in Ireland, the UK and Canada. He joined the organisation in 2021, bringing with him multicultural experience from 3 continents.
Head of Drugs, Health and Homeless Services
Jennifer joined the team in 2012. Jennifer has worked in a range of areas, like Audit, Governance, Financial and Business Planning. Jennifer spearheads MQI’s strategies in terms of planning, management information and administration systems. She holds a professional qualification from The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a Diploma in Restructuring and Insolvency, as well as Degree in Business from the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, and a Diploma in Advanced Management Performance from UCD.
Head of Finance & IT
Tony has worked in the addiction arena for the past thirty years, both in Ireland and in Britain. He has worked across a range of different treatment modalities and settings from crisis intervention, including needle exchange, to day counselling services and on to residential drug free therapeutic communities and aftercare, resettlement and social housing programmes. Tony holds a Diploma in Addiction Studies from Trinity College and an M.A. in Social Policy. In 2018, Tony was nominated to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
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