GREEN SOD IRELAND’S MISSION
The purpose of Green Sod Ireland is to protect and conserve Irish land in perpetuity, for the sake of its indigenous inhabitants:
Animals, plants, soils, rocks, micro-organisms and the like for their own sake, for present and future generations.
The land of Ireland is a green gift to all of us. In holding land in trust, we acknowledge and respect it for its own sake, thus protecting its indigenous life from destruction. Green Sod Ireland works with local communities, raising awareness of the health, educational, social, economic and environmental benefits of caring for the land and its biodiversity.
Current Directors of Green Sod Ireland.
Client Development Manager. Irish Management Institute (IMI).
Mary was TD for Carlow/Kilkenny and a former Minister of State at the Department of Community Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. She has over 20 years experience in care of the environment. She is a passionate organic grower and hill walker. She is the author of ‘Walkguide to the Blackstairs’ and ‘Environment, Mining and Politics’; International Environmental Awardee – Claouste Gulbenkian Foundation for her work in preserving the Blackstairs as an area of natural beauty. She is currently running Blackstairs Ecotrails in South Carlow.
Pedro is Head of Learning, Talent and Engagement in Brown Thomas Arnotts. Prior to that he was Head of Leadership Development in AIB where he led the design and implementation of enterprise-wide leadership development initiatives. He is also a Programme Director of the Diploma in Strategic HRM at the Irish Management Institute (IMI), and member of the HRD UK Advisory Board. For many years, Pedro was President and Chairperson of the EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) of Ireland.
Educator in Ecology & Sustainability. Lecturer: M.A in Ecology and Religion. Co-Founder of Green Sod Ireland. Author: Out of Wonder, The Evolving Story of the Universe, and Life’s Delicate Balance, 2015.
Socio-economic advisor to farm families. M.A. Rural Development. Maria has vast experience of working with rural community groups.
Sam is passionate about community and specialises in collaborative community events in public spaces that build neighbourliness. He is the co-founder and CEO of Neighbourhood Network and Director of Another Love Story Festival
Tim Long – Director
Born in New England, Tim moved to Ireland in 2016, and has since became an Irish citizen. Tim has over 20 years experience in the financial industry where he lived in Boston, San Francisco, Florida, and Ireland. His most recent role is a combination of project management and relationship management, while also finding time to lead the sustainability team at his company. In his free time he has completed the Mountain Leader course in Ireland and working towards the requirements to take the assessment. Tim is also a level 1 IASI Snowboard Instructor and volunteer at the Ski Club of Ireland when he can. Tim’s passion for the outdoors and trying to live a sustainable life has led him to Green Sod where he is proud to be involved since December 2022 and now serves on the board.
Billy Doyle – Director
With over thirty years’ experience in the Irish Credit Union sector, Billy has held roles that include founding CEO of the Credit Union Development Association (CUDA), Strategy Coordinator at Dublin City Council Credit Union (Dubco), and since 2008, CEO of Dundalk Credit Union, one of Ireland’s largest credit unions. Billy currently sits on the board of the Louth & Meath Education and Training Board and the National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. He is also a member of the Audit Committee of Louth County Council. Billy has an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) designation from Insead, a diploma in Company Direction (DIP IOD) from the Institute of Directors, and International Executive MBA from the Smurfit Business School (UCD), a Master of Science in Investment & Treasury from Dublin City University (DCU) and a BA in Public Administration/Management from the Institute of Public Administration/Trinity College.
Board of Directors formed 26th September 2006
Registered as a legal entity Company Limited by Guarantee
Established Charitable status
Green Sod Ireland
Established as a Registered Charity,
6th February 2007
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS
Melissa Griffith, Galway
Sheila Gallagher, Galway
Nellie McLaughlin, Donegal
Rosaleen Hogan, Dublin
Mary Connaughton, Meath. RIP
Noreen Lyons, Galway
Christine Brennan, Galway
I am only one, I can only do what one can do, but what one can do I will do.
John Seymour, Environmentalist