David Kingston has spent his working life in insurance, investment and pensions. Originally from Co. Derry, he went to university in England and qualified as an actuary in Scotland before moving to Dublin in 1968.
He has a special interest in equality, particularly equality of opportunity.

He has been a Trustee of the Katharine Howard Foundation since 1998 and held the position of Chair since 2004.


Joan O'Flynn has wide ranging experience in social inclusion research, policy and practice gained through working in the community sector in Britain and in the civil and public service and voluntary sector in Ireland. Joan is currently the Ard Stiúthóir of the Camogie Association.

Joan's former roles include Director of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs, Head of Communications and Public Education with the Combat Poverty Agency and National President of the Camogie Association.

Joan became a Trustee of the Katharine Howard Foundation in May 2012. She is also a member of the Implementation sub-committee.


Kieran Bristow has worked his entire career in Financial Services including General Insurance, Life Assurance, Investment Management and as a Bank Treasurer. He has been a Trustee representative on a school board with specific responsibility for Finance.

Kieran became a Trustee of the Katharine Howard Foundation in May 2012. He is also a member of the Finance and Investment sub-committee.


Dermot McCarthy is a former civil servant who worked in a range of government departments and was involved in a variety of areas of policy development and coordination, including anti-poverty strategy and local development.
He has long been involved in voluntary and community organisations and serves on the boards of a number of voluntary and charitable bodies.

Dermot became a Trustee of the Katharine Howard Foundation in February 2013. He is also a member of the Implementation sub-committee.


Maura is from County Wexford and trained as a nurse in the Mater Hospital, Dublin. She has worked for the Health Service Executive and Túsla (Child and Family Agency) for the past 36 years (she recently retired from Túsla at the end of 2015). She was employed as a Public Health Nurse in New Ross Health Centre for 10 years and was appointed as Preschool Services Officer in 1995.

During the past number of years, she has completed a BSc. Honours in Psychology and an MA (Ed) in Lifelong Learning. She has been involved with many voluntary and statutory agencies in the development of Preschool services in county Wexford and was a former board member of Wexford County Childcare Committee.

She is passionate about the needs and rights of children and their families and the promotion of excellent standards of care and education for preschool children.