You will find information about the board of TU Dublin SU CLG here. Click on the links to jump to that section or scroll down.

What Is a CLG?

The Companies Act 2014 (the “Act”) came into effect on 1 June 2015 and introduced significant reforms in Company Law in Ireland. The Act consolidates previous legislation on companies limited by guarantee not having a share capital (the “CLG”) although the previous law remains substantially the same. 

Key Features

  • A CLG is a Company Limited by Guarantee and which does not have a share capital.
  • An existing guarantee company with no share capital is deemed to be a CLG on commencement of the Act.
  • Much of the law relating to a private company limited by shares will apply to a CLG subject to some important additional provisions.
  • A CLG can avail of an audit exemption but any one member may object to the same.
  • A CLG may have as few as a single member and no maximum number of members but the constitution of the CLG must specify the number of member(s) with which it is to be registered.
  • The CLG has a single-document constitution, incorporating a Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association.
  • The Memorandum of Association must set out the objects of the CLG and the CLG will have the capacity to do any act or thing stated in the objects.
  • A CLG requires at least two directors.
  • The AGM oversees the annual Finance & Risk Audit and is made up of a majority of student members.

What Other Stuff Do I Need to Know About TU Dublin SU CLG?


  • Finance, Audit and Risk

        Description & TOR (to follow)

  • HR and Remuneration

        Description & TOR (to follow)

Why Do We Need A Board?

Because of our status as a CLG, we are required to have a Board of Directors, with at least two Directors. We follow best practice, and have incorporated an Independent Chair, External (and expert) Directors, our team of Full-time Elected Officials and Student Directors to our Board.

What Gives Them Their Remit?

Article 5.6 of our Constitution states:  “The sole and exclusive power to bind the Union to a lawful contract is hereby vested in the Board of TU Dublin SU CLG; no other authority, body or person so elected or established under this Constitution has the power to bind the Union to a lawful contract. TU Dublin SU CLG shall regulate its own affairs subject to the laws of Ireland, and shall endeavour to be cognisant of the policies of the Student Council.” 

How Does the Board Work With Student Council

Company Organisational Chart


  • Work Plan (to follow)
  • Service Plan (to follow)
  • Strategy Statement (to follow)

Who Is The Board?

How the Members of the Board are Chosen

  • Our Independent Chair and External Directors are chosen by interview process. 
  • Full-time Elected Officers are defacto Directors of the Board (that is, it comes with the job).
  • Student Director positions are advertised and any TU Dublin student can apply for the role by  filling out a nomination form. Candidates are then voted on by Student Council.

The purpose of the board in any organisation has three main functions namely - Governance, Management and Operations. The accounts of TU Dublin  CLG are audited annually and once approved and adopted at the AGM of TU Dublin SU CLG they are lodged with the Companies Registration Office.

4 Sabbatical Officers (full time elected officers)

  • President City -  Rebecca Gorman
  • Deputy President Blanchardstown - Luke Daly
  • Deputy President City Campus - Moya Browne
  • Deputy President Tallaght - Lee Bennett

Four TU Dublin SU Directors (elected by Student Council)

  • Cormac Kelly
  • Ian Kelly
  • Nathan Mongey
  • Sean Whelan


External Directors

  • Chairperson: Anne Connolly
  • Catherine Byrne
  • Tom Costello
  • Gemma Daly

In attendance

  • Chief Executive Officer:  Sharon Hughes
  • Company Secretary:  Maura Cunningham (Deputy CEO, TU Dublin SU CLG)

Biographies of External Directors 


Catherine Byrne

Catherine’s career has included the following roles : Early years and primary teacher; Equality officer at the ETUC(European Trade Union Confederation); Deputy General Secretary INTO; Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Philanthropies; Chair at the ARK( a cultural center for children); member of the board of the Abbey Theatre; member of the governing body of MIE ( Marino Institute of Education).

She is currently Chair of DICE, an Irish Aid funded initiative which delivers Development and Intercultural Education to Initial Teacher Education students. Catherine holds a masters in Education and studied acting recently at the Lee Strasberg Institute in NYC. She is a qualified mediator.


Anne Connolly (Chairperson)

Anne is the founder and Director of the SALLI (Smart Ageing Living Labs of Ireland) – a new company established to commercialise solutions needed to address the global challenges of population ageing, particularly in areas such as health, care, food and financial security.  

SALLI mission is to provide an international test-bed for trialling and evaluating new technologies and other innovations aimed at improving the health, independence and well-being of older adults across the world. This builds on over 14 years’ experience and track record in the field of ‘smart ageing’, initially as founder and CEO of the Ageing Well Network and later as founder and CEO of ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange), a network of businesses with a commercial interest in ageing related opportunities. 
She is a Non-Executive Director of Redesdale, a recently established Private Equity & Corporate Finance firm which launched a €100m Food Tech Investment Fund.   Earlier board positions included being a Ministerial appointee to the board of of SEAI (Sustainable Energy Agency Ireland) and a member of the Board of An Post and their Audit and Risk Committee.  She is also currently a Governor of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook and Director and Chair of Teac Da?sa, an international award-winning contemporary dance theatre company.  She previously served on the boards of APSO and the ICC bank.

She started her working life as the first female Vice President of Trinity Students’ Union and then went on to found and lead the Well Woman Centre for its first seven years.  Career highlights after that include being MD of Magill Magazine, founder and CEO of Leargas, Strategy Planner for Kingspan plc, Newman Fellow UCD and consultant with McIver Consulting.

Anne holds an MBA from UCD.   Following that, she ran her own private consultancy specializing in strategy, business excellence and facilitation and her clients included senior management teams in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. 


Tom Costello 

Tom spent 14 years with The Atlantic Philanthropies, leaving the foundation in December 2014 as part of its planned wind-down. He holds a B.Ed primary degree, and a Masters in Management (Organisation Behaviour) from Trinity College, Dublin. Prior to joining Atlantic, Tom held a variety of leadership positions in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors; as an Officer and President of USI (1978-80), in programme and project management, assessment of social investment opportunities and contributing to policy and practice development in a variety of fields, including labour market programmes, children’s and older people’s services, education and community development. 

From 1997 to 2000 Tom was a member of the faculty of the Irish Management Institute where he led programmes and consultancies on organisation development and change management. He is a member of the Government Advisory Council on Children and Young People and for 4 years served as Chair of the Children’s Rights Alliance.


Gemma Daly

Gemma serves on the Board of TU Dublin SU CLG, and is Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. Having worked for most of her career as an Executive Director with EY, Gemma is currently applying her skills at the boardroom table as a non-executive director and serves on a number of boards.  

Gemma has extensive financial accounting and auditing experience through working with a variety of Irish and European public and multinational companies. She specialises in external audit services, risk management and governance advice and has extensive technical accounting expertise across a number of financial reporting frameworks. Gemma also has significant experience of working in a number of regulatory environments, including non-profit organisations, board and audit committee reporting and internal control matters.  Gemma spent two years working with EY in their Philadelphia, USA office.
Gemma holds a BA in Accounting & Finance (Hons) and Graduate Certificate in Corporate Treasury from DCU and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.  She is also a former committee member of the Chartered Accountants Ireland, Leinster Society which provides educational, professional and social opportunities to Chartered Accountants.