Board of Directors/Trustees:
Siobhan holds a key role in the development of ELP financial policy. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Accounting and Finance and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA).
Orla Murphy is an advocate for community based design, participatory planning and place making. She brings her skills as a registered architect and a lecturer in Architecture in University College Dublin to the Board of the Edible Landscape Project. Orla is passionate about the potential of rural towns and their public and shared spaces as sustainable alternatives to mass urbanisation, and has written and exhibited on the subject at home and abroad, most recently in the co-curation of the Irish Pavilion, Free Market, at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. Orla is a keen gardener, having initiated the Railwalk Community Garden in Westport, where she enjoys learning about how to grow food along with her family and neighbours.
Oliver is a GP in Westport town. He has an interest in our native ecological heritage. He is also passionate about food security and the health and environmental benefits of quality organic produce.
Caithriona McCarthy – ELP Programme Director
Caithriona McCarthy founded the Edible Landscape Project in 2012. It was while living in Spain that she became acutely aware of the importance of community, the food we eat as a community, and how and where that food is grown. This experience, and her subsequent experience advising small Irish development organisations on sustainable business development, led her to create the Edible Landscape Project. She now combines her time as a lecturer in Sustainable Horticulture and Entrepreneurship at Westport College of Further Education (WCFE) in Co. Mayo, with developing community based sustainability projects. Caithriona graduated with a BA (Hons) from University College Dublin and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from The Michael Smurfit School of Business, UCD. Caithriona has a Master’s Degree in Science from SRUC in Organic Farming Profession.
Paula Halpin – ELP Workshop Leader
Paula is passionate about local issues and community development projects. She is engaged on a voluntary basis with various organisations, including the Quay Community Centre. Paula has an honours Degree in Landscape Design from University College Dublin (1990) and has lectured to third level horticultural students in the National Botanic Gardens. She has also engaged special needs adults with Horticultural Therapy. Paula set up her own business, Ceres Landscape Design, in 1998.
David Whelan – ELP Network & Policy Development
David focuses on grant applications, network development, and policy development for the Edible Landscape Project. He has more than 20 years direct engineering work experience in the semiconductor capital equipment, electronics and recycling industries. He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc. Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology/Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Venture Out Wilderness Project, a social enterprise, which delivers wilderness-based therapeutic programmes.
Linking ELP to overseas environmental NGOs/INGOs Vicky has a background in both International Humanitarian Aid and Development. She has held a number of posts in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe for organizations such as Trócaire, VSO, the UN WFP and Refugee Trust before moving to Westport where she continued to work as a consultant (CAFOD, Action Aid, Trócaire and Dóchas). She has an MSc in Humanitarian Assistance and BA in Russian and Spanish. Vicky is passionate about nature, sustainability and the environment.
Linking directly between state/ semi-state groups and ELP District Conservation Officer and Manager of Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre. Sue Callaghan has worked with National Parks and Wildlife Service for over 20 years as education officer, conservation ranger and district conservation officer. She has wide ranging qualifications from M Phil in Peace Studies, BA in Archaeology and Philosophy, and a Higher Diploma in Conservation Management as well as a FETAC cert in Horticulture. She has a particular interest in managing public recreation spaces to facilitate connection with nature and encourage a curiosity to discover the natural world.
Cuan is passionate about the outdoors, growing food and sustainable living. He has a BSc. and a Masters in Aquaculture from University College Cork and has worked on a broad range of applid research projects in aquaculture.