Board of Directors

The Marie Keating Foundation is a registered charity in Ireland (ROI company number 342695, Charity number CHY 12916 RCN 20038953) with our headquarters in Lucan, Co Dublin.

As a not-for-profit, charitable status company, the Marie Keating Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. At present, the board is comprised of:

  • Michael O’Reilly (Director and Chairperson)
  • Patricia Lawler (Director and Secretary)
  • Prof. Ron Grainger (Director)
  • Mark Grehan (Director)
  • Marie Claire Scullion (Director)
  • Marie McGinley (Director)
  • Laura Larkin (Director)
  • Kathy O'Donnell (Director)
  • Mark Culleton (Director)

The Board of Directors meets six times a year to guide the Foundation through strategic decisions and planning, as well as financial and organisational assessments. The Board of Directors also sets pay rates for senior staff.

See below for more information about our board members.


Michael O’Reilly (Chairperson & Director and member of the Audit & Finance Committee)

Appointed June 2014.

Michael has recently retired from his role as the Group Finance Director of DDFH&B, Ireland’s largest advertising group and CFO of GroupM ( WPP’s Media Group in Ireland) . He is an experienced finance professional, having previously held senior finance positions in both the entertainment and financial service sectors.

Michael is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a past president of the Leinster Society. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, and is currently participating in the Chartered Director Programme at the Irish Management Institute and and has recently completed the IoD Chartered Director Programme at the Irish Management Institute
A founding member and current treasurer of the Rotary Club of Dublin Central, Michael is also a member of St. Georges Brass Band.
Michael is married to Colette and has three teenage children.


Patricia Lawler, Managing Director Scope Clinical Research Ltd (Director and Secretary)

Appointed June 2017.

Patricia qualified as a nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital and set up Scope Clinical Research Ltd a Contract Research Organisation in April 1993. Patricia is currently the Managing Director at Scope, an experienced professional with over 25 years’ experience in providing clinical research and training services in Ireland, The UK and Europe.

Patricia is a member of the Institute of Directors obtaining a Certificate in company direction IoD 2016 (Hons) and Diploma in company direction IoD 2016.

Patricia is married with one child. A keen interest in sailing Patricia was the Junior Officer at the Royal Irish Yacht Club 2012 to 2015 and is still actively involved in junior sailing. Patricia is currently the Chairperson of the Gonzaga 2022 parent’s forum.

Patricia is a breast cancer survivor and is delighted and privileged to work with the Marie Keating Foundation




Dr Ron Grainger, Consultant Urologist (Director)

Appointed September 2016.

Dr Grainger was born in Belfast but grew up in Holywood Co Down. He attended medical school at Trinity College Dublin. He completed his general surgical training was in Dublin and Darlington, Co Durham. Higher Surgical Training in Urology in Dublin and the University of Michigan.

Dr Grainger was consultant Urologist at the Adelaide and Meath National Children’s Hospital and subsequently Tallaght Hospital as well as St James Hospital and The National Medical Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire. More recently, Dr Grainger has been working in Beacon Hospital, Dublin.

Mark Grehan, Marketing Communications Consultant (Director)

Appointed April 2018.

A graduate of the Marketing Institute and DIT, Mark has 25 years experience in the communications industry.  He has worked with multi-national advertising and media agencies in Ireland and the US including J. Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett and BBDO.

Mark has provided strategic communications advice to brands across numerous categories  including, Telco, Finance, FMCG, Automotive, Politics, Tourism, and Not-for-Profit. Most recently, he was Director of Client Services at JWT Dublin and he was also a board member of the Marketing Industry body, IAPI.

Mark is married to Oonagh and has three sons.



Marie Claire Scullion, Associate in Whitney Moore Law firm (Director) 

Marie Claire is an Associate in Whitney Moore Law firm and is an experienced employment and data privacy lawyer.  She works with Irish and international companies assisting in implementing best practice in the areas of employee relations and data security.  Her clients are diverse, including large multi-nationals, private Irish SMEs and not-for-profit organisations.

Marie Claire is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, the Employment Law Association of Ireland, the European Employment Lawyers Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals and speaks regularly on employment and data privacy topics.

Marie Claire is married to Anthony and has two children.


Marie McGinley, Partner  Head of IP, Technology & DP , Corporate & Commercial, Eversheds Sutherland (Director)

Marie is Partner and Head of Intellectual Property, Technology and Data Protection in Eversheds Sutherland, Ireland’s only full service international law firm. Marie is an experienced IP, technology and data privacy lawyer with 8 years’ experience in that specific area.

Marie is originally from Donegal and is married to Sean.



Laura Larkin, Director, KPMG (Director)

Appointed February 2019.

Laura is a Director in KPMG’s audit practice and has experience working with listed companies and private Irish family-owned businesses across the Retail, Technology, Agribusiness, Special Gases, Health & Pharma, Renewable Energy, Manufacturing and Logistics sectors.  She also works with a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Like so many people in Ireland, Laura’s family has been hit with many cancer diagnoses and as a result is delighted to work with the Marie Keating Foundation.

Laura is married to Brian and has one son. In her free time, Laura loves to travel, catch up with friends and keep fit.


Kathy O'Donnell, EMEA Marketing Director at Gong

Kathy joined Gong in September in 2021 shortly after they established their EMEA Headquarters in Dublin. She is helping to scale up European operations and promote the revenue intelligence platform to enterprises across Europe.

She has over 20 years’ experience of B2B marketing in the tech industry at Dropbox, Progress Software and IONA Technologies.

Kathy grew up in Donegal, studied International Business and languages at University of Ulster and has worked in 7 countries.  Kathy lives in Dublin with her husband, Stephen.


Mark Culleton - Head of Asset Finance, Area North & West, AIB:

Mark is Head of Asset Finance with AIB for the North & West of Ireland, He has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry including Wealth Management, Business & Sales Management and Channel Adoption.

He holds an Advanced Management Programme with the Irish Management Institute (IMI) and is a Fellow of the Life Insurance Association (FLIA).

Mark is originally from Sutton in Dublin and is now living in Raheny with his wife Linda. He has a keen interest in GAA, cycling, golfing and walking.

He is delighted to be a member of the board for the Marie Keating Foundation.


Ronan Keating (Patron)

Appointed May 2001.

Ronan Keating is the youngest of Marie Keating’s five children. He is a recording artist, singer-songwriter, and musician, who toured the world alongside his four band mates as the lead singer of Boyzone starting in 1994. He has also had a successful solo career and released 9 albums.

Ronan has worked tirelessly for cancer awareness since founding the Marie Keating Foundation in his mother’s name alongside his siblings and father in 1998, and launching the Foundation’s mobile units in 2001.