Board of Directors
Paul McDevitt, FCCA Registered Auditor & Accountant, has been a partner in McDevitt & McGlynn since 1992. Paul has extensive experience in dealing with SME’s and Not For Profit Organisations advising them on taxation, financial, corporate governance and auditing matters. Treasurer of both the NWAB and the NABC, Paul is also a member of Council, representing the NABC. He is also a member of the joint council and board subcommittee, reviewing the current corporate structure of Basketball Ireland and is actively involved in coaching at both club and Area Board level.
Niall is an experienced and business-focused HR & Business Transformation Executive with twenty years’ National and International HR Director & Global HR Transformation experience. Niall has supported Global / Regional / Country Business Leaders through Organisational Change, Business Transformation, Business Development, Organisation Restructuring, Leading Through Change and Culture Transformation. Niall has provided Leadership support to C-Suite Executives in Organisations with revenue ranging 5Bn-10Bn US$.
Tony Burke has been involved in Irish basketball continuously for the past 58 years. The first 14 years of his career were as a player with Corinthians Basketball Club (where he also started his refereeing career), and he finished his playing career with Killester BC. Over the past number of years, he has been a member of various national committees including the Basketball Officials Council of Ireland, International Affairs Committee and National Referees Committee. He has been a FIBA referee and was also the first Irish FIBA Match Commissioner and the first FIBA National Referee Instructor. If elected, he pledges to represent every facet of Irish basketball to the very best of his ability.
Theresa Walsh is a public servant with vast experience in a variety of administration roles. She has been involved in basketball for over 30 years as an administrator, player, coach, technical officer (at both local and national levels) and as the President of Basketball Ireland, serving in the role for two terms, from 2016 to 2020.
Charles is an enthusiastic active coach at club and county level. He is the current Chair of the Clare Area Basketball Board and their representative on the National Area Boards Committee. Charles has both National and International experience in contract and claims negotiation. He is a seasoned professional and adept in working with cross-functional teams. He is a business owner and is proactive in working with volunteer organisations. Charles believes that basketball is a way for kids and adults alike to be part of something that can make them both a team player and an independent thinker.
Louise Burke comes to Basketball Ireland with a wealth of sport development experience. Currently, she is Galway Sports Partnership Coordinator, the lead officer of the organisation that represents Galway City and Galway County councils in the development and participation of sport and physical activity. Previously, she has held senior positions as Deputy CEO at basketball Scotland, Head of Operations at Scottish Golf. Her focus will be ensuring Basketball Ireland is effective, efficient and forward-thinking for the basketball community in Ireland. She has recently resigned from her independent directorship at Scottish Curling. She also trained as an accountant in Galway, where she is originally from.
Michael has been involved in basketball in Ireland since his school days at all levels as a player, coach and in the past as a referee. He was previously a member of the BI FinArc committee. Michael is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the Institute of Director. He brings a wealth of experience in financial management and corporate governance to the board. He has recently retired as a partner in a leading law firm and currently acts as a director of a number of companies and serves on the governing body of a third-level educational institution.
Dr. Brendan O’Brien
Commercially focussed Founder, CEO, entrepreneur and has founded and scaled 3 Irish startups and led them to international acquisition. Significant experience in global marketing, business development and sales, with deep expertise in digital transformation, data-derived insights, IoT, new business models, as well as creating and scaling new businesses. Current focus areas are in applying AI/Data Analytics/ML to solve problems in multiple sectors, including Healthcare, CleanTech, Mobility and Smarter approaches to education, manufacturing and cities. Active in multiple sports and previously represented Ireland at World and European level in Orienteering & Mountain Running. Currently Director & Chair Finance/Risk at ‘The Wheel’. Chairperson of Adventure Racing Ireland. Former High-Performance Director and Chairperson of Irish Orienteering Association. Formerly a board member of multiple organisations in Ireland and the USA.