Board of Directors 2018/2019

The people who serve on the Board of Directors and Board Oversight Committee of Core Credit Union are unpaid volunteers, that are elected by their fellow Members at the Credit Unions Annual General Meeting.

Unlike other kinds of financial institutions, Core Credit Union is Member owned. Every Member of Core Credit Union gets to vote on who will represent them on the Board of Directors (Board) and every Member of the Credit Union has one vote. Serving as a Board Member is a valuable and fulfilling experience, furthering the longstanding Credit Union philosophy of people helping people. The Board meets monthly and guides the Credit Union through strategic planning and setting of policy.

The current Board of Directors of Core Credit Union are:



Elizabeth Harpur – Chairperson

Liz Harpur is Chair of Core Credit Union Board of Directors and previously held positions of Vice-Chair and Secretary.  She has 10 years of extensive experience in many aspects of the Credit Union both as an ex-staff member and board director with membership of many of the board’s committees including Credit, Strategy, Remuneration and Complaints Committees.  Liz holds a diploma and certificate in Credit Union Governance and has qualifications in Ethics, GDPR, Anti-Money Laundering and Leadership.


Elaine Hughes – Vice-Chairperson

Elaine Hughes MSc & MA,has been a member of her local Credit Union for over 20 years.  Over the last two years Elaine has brought her extensive experience of successful project management across a wide spectrum of disciplines to the board room and committees of Core Credit Union. Elaine enjoys participating in local initiatives supported by Core and is an active member of the community, particularly family events, which appeal to her to her two young sons.


Mary Burnham – Director

Mary Burnham has been a director with Core Credit Union for three years and previous to that was on the board at Glasthule/DúnLaoghaire Credit Union.  In that time she has seen incredible changes and faced many challenges particularly with the increasing regulatory requirements.  Mary is currently on the Nominating Committee and also the Property Committee.  It is mostly through juggling parenting with work commitments herself that Mary has a great empathy with parents who often struggle to make ends meet and she is determined to ensure that credit at a reasonable rate is available for everyone in the community.


Liam Sullivan – Director

Liam Sullivan has 36 years experience as former manager of Sallynoggin/Glenageary Credit Union Ltd. He has been on the board of Core Credit Union for two years and currently is a member of the Risk and Compliance, Investment, Property and Remuneration committees.  He is aware of the difficulty in reconciling the expectations of the members with increasing regulatory requirements and the need to remain faithful to the values of the founder members of the credit union movement in Ireland.


Siobhan Hackett – Director 

Siobhán has been a member of her local credit union since 2008 and sat on the Oversight Committee in 2014. Siobhán joined the Board of Core Credit Union in July 2017.  Since that time, she has served terms of Assistant Secretary and Honorary Secretary and Secretary and Chairperson of Nomination Committee.  She has a degree in Psychology and works as a Health Care Assistant in her own homecare provider that she set up 6 years ago.  She is passionate about serving her local community and is dedicated to supporting the growth of Core Credit Union.


Alan Guerins – Director

Alan Guerins is from Cabinteely and was elected to the Core Credit Union board in Dec. 2017. He and all his family are long time members of the credit union.  Alan has extensive experience in the advertising industry where he has held various senior positions and currently is the owner of a Digital Display company dealing with Financial institutions and Government agencies.  Alan has a strong business and social acumen and is involved in the strategic vision for Core Credit Union as well as being a member of the Investment, Property and Nominations committees.  Alan also has a busy role in his local community and to keep his sanity is an active squash player.


Tony Kirwan – Director

Following a 20 year career as an internationally-oriented corporate lawyer with a mid-sized Dublin Law Firm, Tony Kirwan has been Executive Director of The Law Firm Network since 1994.  He has an extensive, ever increasing informal network of international contacts in most areas of professional service, especially Law and also in a multitude of other areas, business and charitable.  Originally from Dalkey, Tony was voted onto the board of Core Credit Union at last year’s AGM.  Tony has enjoyed his year with Core and is very much looking forward to continue using his skills to the benefit of the community.


Martina Cox – Director 

Martina Cox was looking for a way to use her free time in a productive way.  Having worked in the funds industry in both finance and project management for over 12 years she felt the credit union would be a great way to both learn more, give back to the community and share her experience and knowledge.  Martina lives in Glenageary with her two young sons and husband .


John T Murphy – Director

John has extensive knowledge of the Credit Union sector and has served as both Chair of Dalkey Credit Union and Vice Chair and Chair of Core Credit Union over the years.  John was involved in the steering committee for the formation of Core Credit Union and has also served on the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

John O’Reilly – Secretary

John brings a wealth of experience in the Credit Union movement to the Board.  He has previously volunteered at Army Naval Service Air Corps Credit Union (ANSAC); holding positions of Membership Officer, Insurance Officer, Chair of Internal Audit, Chair of Risk and Compliance Committees, Chairperson of the Board.  He has a degree in Credit Union Business from University College Cork.  John is currently employed as a painter/decorator.


Mary O’Riordan – Director

Mary enjoyed her time working in the restaurant business but took time out to retrain as an Accountant.  She began working as an accounts payable clerk for a local business in 2010 and since that period she has advanced to Management Accountant.  Mary has been a long-time credit union member, she has a keen eye for detail and will be a great addition to the team of volunteers on the board at Core Credit Union.


The current Board Oversight Committee are:


Arthur Duignan – Chairperson

Arthur joined the board of Shankill/Ballybrack in 2010 and has served terms as Treasurer, Honorary Secretary and on various committees and work groups. He works in a national arts organisation, Create, with responsibility for finance and governance.  As a volunteer, he has been on the boards of other social economy and arts organisations and was a member of the government Taskforce for Active Citizenship.


Deirdre Keane – Secretary

The Keane family are all credit union members and they, like Deirdre, value its community ethos of availability to all members of society. Deirdre feels a responsibility to support the growth of CORE and for the financial well-being of its members. Deirdre runs her own leadership development business, has a degree in Business and Languages, with further qualifications in coaching, mentoring and managing business networks.


Ann Flanagan

Ann Flanagan has been a member of the Credit Union for over 20 years.  She has previously served on a number of committees of Shankill/Ballybrack and District Credit Union including oversight, marketing and membership and as a board member until the formation of Core Credit Union.  She also holds a Certificate in Credit Union Governance from UCC.  Ann served on the board of DúnLaoghaire MABS until restructuring of the service.  A retired civil servant with over 30 years working in a highly regulated environment, she hopes to bring this experience to assist in her role as board oversight committee member.