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Meet our Chairperson: 
Carla Stockton Jones

UK Managing Director | Strategic Leadership

Carla's recently held post was UK Managing Director for Stagecoach Group. She joined the company as Regional Director in February 2020, after holding senior positions with Sky since 2012. She was promoted to UK Managing Director in November 2020.

Carla led Stagecoach’s business transformation plans and COVID-19 recovery strategy. This included engagement with the Department for Transport over the sector’s transition out of the pandemic.

Carla has a proven track record in retail and service roles across a range of highly competitive sectors. She has a passion for delivering large-scale transformation programmes, fostering innovation and best practice ways of working delivering consistent results.

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Advisory Board Members

Women of Irish Heritage Network has a  voluntary Advisory Board and the day-to-day operations are managed by Fréa's 

Development Manager, Dorothy Lynch.

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Aileen Wiswell MBE
Vice Chairperson

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Aileen has had a long career in the Civil Service spanning over 41 years working in many roles and many different departments. She currently works for the Cabinet Office Estates team with the responsibility of move/exit plans across Central London buildings. 
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Carla Stockton-Jones

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Carla's most recently held post was UK Managing Director of Stagecoach Group. Carla joined Stagecoach in February 2020 as Regional Director for South, became interim UK Managing Director in May, and took on the role permanently in October 2020. The main priorities were to lead Stagecoach
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Dorothy Lynch

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Dorothy Lynch is the Development Manager for Fréa where she combines the fundraising activities of three partner charities (Irish Community Care, Irish Community Care Manchester, and Leeds Irish Health and Homes) to maximise the sustainability of each organisation
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Katie Jemmett

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Katie is Director of the Great Britain chapter of The Ireland Funds, a worldwide philanthropic network of friends of Ireland.
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Rachael Loftus MBE

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Rachael works as the Head of Regional Health Partnerships at the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.
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Ruth McCarthy

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Ruth is an experienced real estate lawyer and co-founder of the real estate consultancy, SPI Capital.

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Sarah-Louise McCartney

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Sarah-Louise is a marketing professional and has worked in the construction and building products industry for over 22 years. 

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Theresa Grant OBE

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Theresa CEO, Advisor, Consultant. Theresa was former interim Chief Executive at Liverpool City Council. Leading and stabilising a complex public sector organisation.
Theresa had a local government career spanning over four decades in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, with 12 years as CEO.

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Eimear Maguire

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Eimear is Co-Founder and Director of the Cheshire-based family law firm established in 2010.

Eimear was responsible for the strategic growth of the firm to three sites across Manchester and Cheshire.

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Be part of WIH

If you would like to become part of an exciting journey to build up this North of England Women of Irish Heritage Network, then please sign up to our mailing list via Fréa below or if you would like further information on the Network please contact Dorothy Lynch, Development Manager, Fréa.


Tel: 07519126835

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