Meet the new ERD Board Directors
Meet the three new Board Directors that ERD officially welcomed to the organisation at the AGM in May.
Elser holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Organisational Psychology and an MS in Development Practice from Trinity College Dublin. Elser is a former member of the Christian Brothers. During his time as a Brother, he worked all across the Latin America region with the most marginalised families and communities. Currently Elser works as the Vice President of Programs for A Chance In Life, a non-profit based in New York that serves at-risk children and youth. Elser oversees all programmatic activities and relations with 28 partner organisations in 10 countries, and leads A Chance In Life’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Team. Elser is no stranger to ERD. He previously served as Mission Coordinator for the Latin America Mission Area, and as an integral member of the Mission Capacity Support Team. In both positions, he worked closely with the ERD team, and we are delighted to welcome him back as an ERD Director. ‘I am committed, I am always open to learn, and I seek that my work contributes to make a difference in achieving human sustainable development of the poorest communities.’
Caroline McGrath is a practising barrister, practising in general civil law with a particular interest in regulatory law, professional negligence, medical negligence and data protection. Prior to being called to the Bar, she practiced as a community pharmacist in a large pharmacy group where she held responsibility for clinical governance and regulatory affairs. Caroline has previously served as a Member of Council and Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. She is looking forward to contributing to the organisation.
Dee is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience working in both the commercial and the not-for-profit sectors. Early in her finance career, she decided to do some voluntary work overseas with the aid agency GOAL and took a post as field Accountant in Darfur, Sudan. She worked with GOAL for over 8 years progressing to roving Financial Coordinator and Head of Logistics and Compliance. In 2011 Dee set up DMM Consulting and established a strong not-for profit client base. Dee became Finance Director for Children’s Medical Research Foundation in 2016 managing all aspects of the organisation’s finances and governance. Dee is one of the founding members of Cycle Against Suicide and was a Director of Fundraising Ireland until the merger with ICTR to create Charities Institute Ireland. In 2021 Dee was appointed Chief Financial Officer for The National Council for the Blind (NCBI). In this role, Dee manages all aspects of the finances, governance and risk in relation to the charity’s income and expenditure and is responsible for all aspects of compliance with various regulatory authorities. Dee is delighted to be involved with ERD. She hopes to be able to use her experience and skills to add value to ERD in any way she can to further the mission overseas.