Avril Ronan (Chair)

Joined our board in September 2015

Avril is Head of Internet Safety for Trend Micro, Ireland. As a pro-technology parent, she is best known for rolling up her sleeves, working closely within the community educating the public about online safety, responsibility and digital literacy and focusing on youth and community empowerment online. She speaks regularly with parents and teachers, and introduced the Be-smart Internet Safety Academy in 2011. She was instrumental in launching “What’s Your Story?” in Ireland; an annual video campaign designed to give youth a voice and role in positively influencing their peers online.

Board Members

Derval Blehein

Joined our board in November 2016

Derval is a seasoned HR professional with a reputation for delivery across a variety of HR disciplines and in a variety of industries. Derval is currently working for LinkedIn at its EMEA headquarters in Dublin, and is passionate about enabling employees to maximise their potential.

As a parent of young children, Derval is also passionate about enabling and empowering children to maximise their online experience in a safe and responsible manner. Derval will provide guidance to CyberSafeIreland on the creation of an organisation that remains true to its vision, mission and values.

Joe Carthy

Joined our board in September 2015

Professor Joe Carthy was appointed Dean of Science in UCD in 2011. He has a strong record in winning funding for research activities and together with colleagues has been awarded more than 5.4 million Euro for research projects. He is the founding Director of the UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation which has established strong links with international law enforcement agencies and international organisations such as Europol and Interpol. Joe is a director and former chair of Camara, a not-for-profit which strives to improve education in disadvantaged communities.

Fiona Conway

Joined our board in March 2016

Fiona is a qualified accountant, Chartered Institute of Management Accounting, with over fifteen years’ experience working in the Internet, Technology & Utilities sectors both in Ireland and overseas.

Fiona is currently working for LinkedIn at its EMEA headquarters in Dublin in the area of Financial Planning. Working in partnership with her sales business leaders, she specialises in providing the key information required to ensure the business increases its growth and margins.

John Fitzsimons

Joined our board in March 2016

John Fitzsimons is the CEO of Camara Education, a social enterprise that uses technology to deliver 21st century skills and improve education in disadvantaged communities around the world. John has an engineering and IT background, and worked with Analog Devices before spending two years in Tanzania setting up the IT function in Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. Prior to Camara, John ran a consulting business that was part of Dell. John has a Degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin and an MBA from Smurfit School of Business and is a board member at Dochas, the umbrella organisation for International NGOs in Ireland.

Ursula McMahon

Joined our board in September 2015

Ursula is a partner in Leman Solicitors specialising in corporate restructuring. She was previously a partner in Landwell Solicitors and has a wealth of experience and expertise in general commercial and corporate law including share and asset acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, commercial contracts and Irish regulatory matters. She specialises in corporate restructuring and international transaction work, working closely with tax professionals, advising on the Irish company law aspects of all types of restructuring, refinancing, inter and intra-group transactions and re-organisations.

Brian O’Neill

Joined our board in September 2015

Brian O’Neill is Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services and Dean of the Graduate Research School at Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown. He has published extensively on his own research areas, and leads the Irish component of Net Children Go Mobile research. He is a member of Ireland’s Internet Safety Advisory Council and is national coordinator for EU Kids Online. He was appointed as an Independent Assessor to the ICT Coalition for a Safer Internet for Children and Young People in 2013 and was Chair of the government’s Internet Content Governance Advisory Group until 2014.


Special Advisors to the Board


Mick Moran (Special Advisor to the Board on Online Criminality)

Mick Moran is a member of An Garda Síochána on secondment to INTERPOL at the General Secretariat in Lyon, France. He has worked in a number of frontline roles as well as in specialist areas such as Drugs, Serious Crime, Computer Crime, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (especially in the online arena) and has specialised in Online Child Exploitation and Cybercrime since joining INTERPOL. He is currently the Assistant Director in charge of the Vulnerable Communities team dealing with all aspects of Human Trafficking, People Smuggling Networks and Crimes against Children. This team manages the development of the International Child Sexual Abuse database (ICSE) and the implantation of the victim identification discipline in global policing. Mick is a member of the advisory board of InHope and the #weprotect initiative as well as the ongoing EU Safer Internet project at Middlesex University.

Mona O’Moore (Special Advisor to the Board on Cyberbullying)

Mona O’Moore is Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin and Adjunct Professor to the School of Education Studies at DCU. She is the Founding Director of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Research Centre, formerly of Trinity College Dublin but now located within the School of Education Studies at DCU. Former Professor and Head of School of Education in Trinity College Dublin, she is a Graduate of Trinity College Dublin and gained an M.A. (Child and Educational Psychology) from University of Nottingham and a Ph.D (Psychology) from University of Edinburgh. She has written widely on the subject of bullying including: School Bullying: A Guide of Parents and Teachers(Veritas,2010), Bullying in Irish Education: Perspectives in Research and Practice (Cork University Press, 2013) and Understanding Cyberbullying: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.