Deirdre Garvey is the Chief Executive Officer of The Wheel and has overseen The Wheel’s establishment and growth since its founding in 1999.
She has represented the sector’s shared interests on many fora over the years including: the Charity Regulator’s consultative panel on the Regulation of Fundraising (2016); the Working Group on Citizen Engagement in Local Government (2013/2014); the Steering Groups for the European Years of the Citizen (2013) and of Volunteering (2011).
Deirdre was a member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) and a member of the Steering Group in the Social Partnership framework. She was also selected as one of 12 people selected to represent the community and voluntary sector on the Implementation and Advisory Group of the Government’s White Paper on Supporting Voluntary Activity (2000 – 2008).
Deirdre was the inaugural Chairperson for the Working Group which developed, and published the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. She is a regular public speaker on the topics of corporate governance in non-profits, charities regulation, best practice in the non-profit sector and issues affecting charities.
Prior to joining The Wheel, Deirdre was Director of Development (Fundraising) at The Barretstown Gang Camp in Kildare where she worked for five years. Before moving into full-time work in the community and voluntary sector, Deirdre worked in the private sector, holding several managerial posts in the hi-tech field in Germany. Having studied science for her bachelor’s degree in 1986, she completed a Master’s in Business Administration in 2003.