Board of Directors

The Marie Keating Foundation is a registered charity in Ireland (ROI company number 342695, Charity number CHY 12916) 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)
  • Therese Rochford (Director)
  • Prof. Ron Grainger (Director)
  • Mark Grehan (Director)
  • Susan Rowan (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, Finance Director, DDFH&B Group (Director and Chairperson)

Appointed June 2014.

Michael is 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.
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




Therese Rochford, Whitney Moore Solicitors (Director )

Appointed July 2011.

Thérèse qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and became a partner in the Whitney Moore Solicitors in 1997, having practised in the City of London for a number of years.

Thérèse is now Head of the Whitney Moore Solicitor’s corporate department where she manages a broad-based corporate and commercial practice. She has extensive experience of public company flotations, rights issues, placings and stock exchange compliance.

Thérèse advises many of Ireland’s mineral and resource companies to whom she provides a range of corporate and commercial services. She also advises private companies in many other sectors – including manufacturing, renewable energy, IT, food and biotechnology – on a wide range of issues such as mergers and acquisitions, MBO’s, MBI’s, raising finance and corporate governance.




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.



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 is currently appearing as a judge on the Australian version of the X Factor. He has also appeared on the West End staring in the male lead in the musical, Once.

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.