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Trustee Board

 The Society has a committed Trustee Board of 5 highly experienced individuals.

Rory Ryan, Chair, 

Rory is a regional manager for a large utility company who was a trustee for three years

before becoming Chair in June 2019. Rory is 30 years old and 3rd Generation Irish. He

is proud of his roots and was one of the two key organizers of our recent successful 

Summer Ball. Rory is determined to bring the younger generations into the 

involvement of the Society. 


Jo Addleton, Treasurer 

Joe is a retired businesswoman running a successful small business in Coventry for many 

years. A Trustee since 2012 Jo is actively involved in the business planning and future 

development of the Society. 


Kate McCarthy, Secretary,  

Kate is a senior Social Work Manager with Warwickshire Social Services. Kate Was CIS Chair

for 8 years until 2015 and hence brings great voluntary sector experience. Kate is noted for

her communication and public speaking skills and is hugely positive about her Irish heritage. 


Kay Forrest, Trustee,

Kay is a retired nurse that worked for the NHS for 40 years. Kay was heavily involved in the Coventry
Irish Festival until its closure in 2008. Kay has been the lead organiser of the Coventry St. Patrick's 
Festival since 2003 and has huge experience as a Society Trustee frm 2001-2019. Kay was chair

for a few years before stepping down in 2019.


Elizabeth Flannelly, Trustee, 

Liz is a successful businesswoman and owner of ‘Flannelly’s Irish Club’. She was the co-lead

on our recent Summer Ball and supports the Society’s events bringing great experience to

the Charity.



Staff Team 


Simon McCarthy, CEO  

Simon is a welfare graduate with 25-years experience in Social Welfare including Social

Services, Education and 15 years with the Coventry Irish Society. Prior to his management

role, Simon supported 350 Irish Survivors to access compensation from the Irish Redress



Kiera Forrest, P.A to the Manager

Kiera is 3rd Generation Irish and joined the Society in July 2018. Kiera possesses excellent

administrative skills and has quickly initiated some new services for CIS including an online

Irish Passport Service Facility. Kiera’s role includes finance systems, service databases,

marketing, and social media.


Nikita Smith, Case Worker

Nikita is 3rd Generation Irish and lived in Newry, Country Down for five years from the age

of nineteen. Nikita is very passionate about her Irish Heritage and enjoys Irish dancing and

listening to Irish music. Nikita's role includes passport applications, benefits, and general

welfare advice.