Nasc Governance

Nasc is committed to transparency in its governance, and is fully compliant with the Governance Code and the Charities Regulatory Authority. Full details about Nasc’s charitable status, including financial statements, are available in the Charities Register. Nasc makes quarterly returns in line with the Regulation of Lobbying Act and our lobbying returns can be accessed here.


Chairperson:  Othman Al-Dawamenah

Othman is a highly experienced ICT Business Development Professional with over ten years experience in computer engineering and management. Othman has been living and working in Cork over the last number of years.  Prior to that, he spent 35 years living between Saudi Arabia and Dubai, working for multi national and international IT organisations. Othman is delighted to offer his skills and experience to developing Nasc as a strong human rights organisation.

Secretary: Michael Quinlan

Michael is originally from Cork but currently works as a solicitor with a law firm in Dublin. He previously worked both with Nasc on a voluntary basis and with the Irish Refugee Council as a legal assistant. Michael specialises in Corporate Law and Compliance, Corporate Governance and Dispute Resolution.

Hamzeh Odeh

Hamzeh has been working in the Marriott Vacation Club (MVC) since June 2007. Hamzeh is a Resort Inventory and Revenue Manager for the Spanish region and held several positions in MVW through the years. Hamzeh has gained experience in interviewing, motivation, HR procedures in addition to resort profit maximizations and selling strategies. Hamzeh graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with an MSc in Business Information Technology Management and before that obtained his BA in Marketing. Hamzeh has been a member of Nasc since July 2015.

Brenda Cooper

Brenda is a graduate of UCG and holds a MBA from Strathclyde University. She has worked in the ICT industry with Digital Equipment, FMC/Snap-on Tools and is celebrating 19 years with Horner. She is a board member of the Cork Electronic Industries Association (CEIA) and of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Dr. Liam Thornton

Liam is an assistant professor in law in UCD School of Law. Liam’s research and teaching interests relate to human rights, legal systems and refugee law. Liam was previously on the board of directors of the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC). You can access Liam’s research and regularly updated blog at

Dr. Fiona Donson

Fiona is the Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at University College Cork. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of human rights, children’s rights, prisons and administrative justice. She is also currently a board member of the Museum of Childhood Project. You can read more about Fiona’s research at

Sheila McGovern (BCL, LLM)

Sheila is a practising solicitor who has been working with the Legal Aid Board (incorporating the Refugee Legal Service) since 2001. She specialises in Family law and Refugee Law in Cork city. She previously worked for the European Commission in Budapest, Hungary and for the European Banking Federation in Brussels, Belgium. She is a graduate of UCC, with a Masters, specialising in Human Rights Law.

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