Trish Lavelle – Chairperson
Trish Lavelle is an experienced project manager and educator with over twenty years experience working at a senior level within the British trade union movement and in partnership with government, employers, community groups and educational institutions. As an educator Trish has designed and delivered large learning programmes to thousands of workers and their families, which have ranged from vocational and employability skills, to basic ICT and literacy and to highly specialised continuing professional development. Trish also specialises in project development and initiation and has extensive public sector fundraising experience. With a strong dedication to social justice running through her work, she has a deep commitment to helping to build resilient and sustainable communities, through skills development, decent employment and well placed social support.
Trish is based in Skibbereen and was actively involved in the SOS “Save our Skibbereen” campaign over the last two years which reinforced her firm belief in the absolute importance of preparing our communities and our people for the impact of climate change and the need for strong interventions to support the tourism, agriculture, cultural and food industries of West Cork .
Noel Casserly is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SmartEarth, a consultancy on climate change and sustainable development. Noel worked for many years with the Irish Government in the areas of environment, climate change and sustainable development where he led the Irish delegation at UN international negotiations on climate change (UNFCCC) and previously was Director of Ireland’s National Council for Sustainable Development (Comhar SDC). Noel has also worked as a consultant on Climate Finance to Irish Aid, at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and is on the UN roster of national experts for climate change, as nominated by the Irish Government.
Jose Ospina (MA Arch) is a founding member and Secretary of Carbery Housing Association, a community-based association preventing homelessness by purchasing properties at risk of repossession. He has also worked in as Project Manager and Consultant for a variety of projects over the past 30 years. His experience includes EU project development and management in eco-design, circular economy, energy efficiency, and reuse and retrofitting of social housing and digital design and manufacture of computers. He has also worked as Expert Evaluator for the European Commission on the energy, environmental and urban innovation funding programmes for the past 9 years and has published one book and many papers and articles in academic journals and magazines.
Ana is a project manager and creative producer with extensive experience of coordinating, managing and delivering creative and cultural projects of all shapes and sizes. She holds an MA from Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Since 2005 she has helped devise, develop and deliver a variety of art and design projects around the UK for a range of public and private sector clients, including regeneration specialists, local authorities, housing associations, architects, private developers, arts organisations, museums and schools. She has a passion for sustainability, both in terms of the built environment as well as in a community context. She moved back to West Cork from London in April 2017 and since then has been working on a range of local arts and cultural projects. She is currently employed part-time by CHA. To see her creative work, visit: www.analuciaospina.com.
Brendan McCormack was a member of the successful ‘Save Our Skibbereen’ environmental campaign. He ran as an independent candidate in the 2019 local elections for the Skibbereen LE area. He works as a business and marketing consultant for several local companies in the tourism and hospitality sector. He has previous experience as an IT Consultant, Property Manager & Letting Agent, and has also worked in media, hospitality and retail. He is very involved in environmental politics and activism.