Board of Directors

The Management Board in Ireland, better known as the Board of Directors, is a body made up of members with experience and expertise in their fields, and its purpose is to manage the organisation in accordance with legal regulations for Companies Limited by Guarantee in Ireland by supervising and controlling the organisation so that it operates effectively and efficiently.

The Companies Act 2014

Brendan Dempsey

Chairperson of the Board


Regional Vice-President of the Saint Vincent de Paul organisation. He is also the founder and director of the network of Board Bia Food Banks. Associated with the Together-Razem Centre since 2005, when he was the first to notice the problem of homelessness among Poles and reached the Polish community asking them to help their own people. On Brendan's initiative, the main office of Saint Vincent de Paul on Tuckey Street was available to the Together-Razem volunteers every Wednesday. Brendan has been supporting families in poverty for years, helping them with food, and is very well-known throughout Cork as an openhearted person.

Katarzyna Szczurowicz

Director


Katarzyna graduated at the University of Law and Diplomacy in Gdynia with a Master’s degree in International Relations and also at the University of Public Administration and Business in Gdynia with a Master’s degree in Law. From a young age she loved travelling and had a passion for foreign languages and different cultures. Her time spent abroad including 2,5 years in China has made her aware of the difficulties the expatriates face when attempting to integrate into local societies. After graduation she came to Ireland to work for VMware, beginning her career in the IT industry. She is currently working at Trend Micro, where she co-leads an international team focused on the sale of cybersecurity solutions across European markets. In 2019, she completed an Executive MBA at the University College Cork.

Katarzyna Gołebiowska

Director


Master of ethnology and cultural anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. During her studies in the years 2000-2005, she participated in the international volunteer programs of the "One World" Association as part of the Service Civil International. In Poznań, she worked as a translator as well as an English teacher in Polish preschools. She has been living in Cork since 2006 and joined the Together-Razem Centre in July 2011. Currently, she is a Director of the organisation and the chairwoman of the Finance and Internal Audit Subcommittee

Josephine McCarthy

Director


Josephine graduated from All Hallows College Dublin with a Master degree, she is a member of the order of Presentation Sisters in Cork, she manages the Cork Migrant Centre, where she supports the Polish, Filipino and Indian communities. She is a member of the program committee.

Vourneen O'Mahony

Director


Vourneen is a graduate of University College Cork and has experience as a social worker, counsellor and outreach worker, project manager, fieldwork practice teacher UCC and International Universities, addiction counsellor. Board Memberships: Cork City Partnership Ltd (Community Representative) Area Development Management Ltd Togher Link Up Ltd (founder member) Practice Advisory Board U.C.C

Katarzyna Walkowska

Director


In the Together-Razem Centre from November 2007. She is a Director of the Together-Razem Centre and the Treasurer. Founder of the S.O.S. Point for people with addiction problems, in which she has been a consultant since 2007. She completed many trainings and courses in Poland and Ireland on helping addicts and helping people in crisis. When helping others, she follows the motto: "The strength of faith and hope lies in the presence of another human being." For her involvement in helping others, she was awarded the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2011 statuette – volunteer of the year in the community category. Currently, she is a Director of the organisation and a member of the Finance and Internal Audit Subcommittee