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Good Governance Awards

The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of private sector partners and leading national bodies in the nonprofit sector.

Proud winner of the 2018 Good Governance Award.


Board Of Directors

Proudly Made in Africa’s joint Irish/UK Board of Directors brings together expertise in both development and business.

Sylvia Gavigan

Sylvia is the Ugandan Consulate General to Ireland, working on economic development programmes and supporting Irish investors expanding their businesses into Uganda. Sylvia has vast experience in both African business and education, having lectured for over 18 years at the National College of Ireland on these themes and running successful entrepreneurship programmes between Ireland and Uganda. She has previously sat on the board at Gorta and is currently working towards her PhD at Dublin Institute of Technology, themed around female entrepreneurship in emerging African markets.


Aaron Forde

Aaron is a senior executive with extensive leadership experience as Chairman of Ornua and CEO of Aurivo. Today he runs his own business, Ardrahan Ventures and serves as Non-Executive Director on the Boards of two private companies. He served as CEO of Aurivo for 16 years one of Irelands largest and successful cooperative businesses. In that time Aurivo doubled in size and grew its export reach to 50 countries around the globe including Africa. He has served as Chair of Ornua, the owner of the hugely successful Kerrygold brand. Aaron oversaw a rebrand, appointment of a new CEO and governance improvements during his tenure. Other previous roles include, Director at Thomas McDonogh & Sons, with responsibility for its Feed Ingredients & Fertiliser businesses, Managing Director of Adams Food Ingredients in the UK and prior to this worked with Kerry Foods, Food Industries and Borden in operational roles.
In his spare time Aaron devotes some time to pro bono roles with the Sligo Economic Forum and the External Advisory Board of IT Sligo and now as chair of Proudly Made in Africa.


Margaret Carr

Margaret is the Research Engagement Manager/Public Affairs Officer for Cancer Research UK in Northern Ireland. She has over 30 years’ experience in retail in the USA and Ireland. For 12 years, Margaret served as the Fair Trade Manager for Oxfam Ireland where she coordinated Oxfam’s work on Fairtrade and had direct responsibility for sourcing food and craft products from over 30 developing countries. In the course of her work, Margaret has spent considerable time working with small craft producers in Tanzania, as well government and business officials in order to increase awareness of and commitment to Fairtrade.



James Harold

James is a communications and development professional with over ten years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. Previously, he has held positions wit IOM - the United Nations Migration Agency and ORBIS International. He is an experienced fundraising and development manager and has tailored solutions for industry leaders including Davy, CRH, KPMG, Matheson and Avalon to complement their CSR goals. James is currently Head of Communications at Ireland's largest approved housing body, Clúid Housing. He holds an M.Phil in European Studies and a BA in French and Spanish, both awarded by Trinity College, Dublin. His current focus is on media relations, digital communications, business development and Government relations.


Ria Kearney

Ria is an Associate Director at Anthesis Group, a global sustainability services and solutions consultancy, where she is primarily focused on building the Group's sustainable apparel and textiles programme. Previously, she held sustainability positions at MADE-BY, Primark and Tata Global Beverages. Prior to joining Tata, Ria built experience of alternative models of business and trade within a diverse range of organisations in the UK and abroad including The Ethical Tea Partnership, BT and The Township Trust. She is a graduate of Common Purpose and holds an MA (Hons) degree in International Business and Languages from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh