Board of trustees
Pat Reihill hails from Co Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, and first ventured to the UK in 1978 to go to University in Yorkshire. Returning to Ireland for a couple of years in the eighties he came to London for a fortnight in 1984 and remained there for 9 years before coming to Birmingham in 1993.
He has worked in the social care field in both the statutory and not for profit sector in a variety of capacities both as a front line worker and in a number of management roles. He has a particular interest in developing community based responses to those with addiction and mental health difficulties and in ensuring that potential is fully realised.
Pat has been married for 26 years and has 2 grown up children.
Joined the Board of Trustees at Birmingham Irish Association in 2008.
"I was initially interested in ensuring that the needs of those both from and with an affiliation to Ireland were not lost and that services reflected these important considerations.
I have been fortunate to be the chair since 2012 and have had the pleasure and privilege to work with an exceptionally dedicated board and a staff team who bring a passion and an indomitable spirit to everything they do."
Mark became a Trustee of Birmingham Irish Association in November 2014.
He is originally from Cookstown in County Tyrone. His family have a strong GAA tradition and are avid Tyrone supporters – his father won an All-Ireland minor title for the county in 1973.
He is a solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, based in their Birmingham office. Since October 2013 he has run a fortnightly legal advice clinic on Thursday afternoons at our Hub Centre in St Anne’s, Digbeth. He works closely with Birmingham Irish Association to offer legal services and education within the community.
Mark was educated at St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon and completed his Law Degree at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2003.
Outside of work, Mark is a keen follower of the GAA and keeps fit through boxing, running and competing in triathlons.
Joan SmithOperations Director Solihull Chamber
I moved from Dublin to Birmingham in 1984. This is my home now although I regularly go home as all my family still live there.
My passion is helping people in whatever capacity that presents itself. I have worked with businesses throughout my career. I have been a skills broker, business adviser, project manager and I am now the Operations Director for Solihull Chamber which is part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. I have dealt with hundreds of businesses and am very honoured to be part of a business’ journey, some from start up to multi national. I have a fantastic team behind me as none of this happens working solely. I love the Irish community in Birmingham and try not to miss the annual St Patrick’s Day parade every March in Digbeth.
Fr Eamonn CorduffTrustee
Fr. Eamonn Corduff is the Parish Priest at Christ the King Church. His parents hail from the West of Ireland. When he became a student in Wales in the early eighties he experienced the transforming grace of the Holy Spirit. After a few years of work including time with a catholic community in London he became open to a call to the priesthood. He trained at St. Mary’s College, New Oscott (a mile from New Heights) and was ordained to the priesthood in June 1995 at SS Joseph and Helen, Kings Norton, Birmingham (where he was baptised). His late Aunt Rita was familiar with the parish of Christ the King as her husband Patrick Reardon’s parents lived in Petersham Road. After ordination he served in Redditch, Birmingham Catholic Youth Service living and helping out at St. Josephs, Nechells and later at Our Lady and St. Wulstan, Southam. In 2004, he became Parish Priest at St. Patrick’s, Wolverhampton serving as Chaplain at the local hospital. In the summer of 2011, Father Eamonn was asked by the bishop to take on the parish of Christ the King.
Originally from Aston I have been volunteering for 10 years, working directly with service users. Initially at St Eugene's in Digbeth then at Birmingham Irish Association.