Our DG Team

District Governor - Teresa Dineen

Teresa Dineen - District Governor

Teresa is a member of Cork Lions Club and lives with her partner, Declan, in Ballinhassig, Co. Cork. She is a mom and gran. Having three children and six grandchildren. She has worked and continues to work in the legal area and is currently working for a Senior and Junior Counsel in Cork City. Teresa has served as Region Chair, District/Cabinet Secretary, Cork Lions Club Secretary and was the first female President of the Club.

She also served as Project Chair for the District Annual Holiday Project and is involved in many club projects. Teresa has real faith and belief in the work that Lions do throughout the Country and indeed the world and is very much looking forward to carrying out the role of District Governor of the new District 133, Ireland.

1st. Vice District Governor - Frank O'Donoghue

Frank O'Donoghue - 1st. Vice District Governor

Frank O’Donoghue was first introduced to Lions in 1975 while working in the UK, joining the Ellesmere Port Lions club and transferred to Dublin Lions Club on his return to Ireland. Frank has served in every club officer position with Dublin Lions including three occasions as Club President, most recently in 2015-2016 when Dublin Lions celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its Charter.

Frank has served on cabinet for 10 years, initially to promote the Alcohol Awareness Programme and more recently as Zone and Region Chair. Frank is married to Elaine, who is from Liverpool and they have a son and three daughters and to date 3 grandchildren. Two of their children and a son- in –law have become Lions and Frank is now working on his grandchildren as future Leos.As is the case with many people, Frank has changed his career path over the years.

His first plan in going to University College, Dublin was to become a secondary teacher with a BA. He studied Economics and Geography including Urban Geography which in turn introduced him to Town Planning, which he then studied in the UK with Post Graduate Degree in Town Planning in Leeds.

A side benefit of studying in Leeds was an introduction to the great Leeds United Team –where John Giles was in his prime. Frank worked for a number of Local Authorities in the UK, including Cheshire county Council, where he met and married Elaine –who introduced him to Liverpool FC.

Frank returned to Ireland in 1977 to work in the Irish public Service, including as the first Planning Officer of Dublin Port. In 1983 he completed the MBA at UCD and took the opportunity to move into Management Consulting. His work as a Consultant was particularly focused on the Food Sector, Retail Sector and Logistics and involved extensive international travel up to the present day, though winding down in the last 2 years.

2nd Vice District Governor - Bernard Black

Bernard Black - 2nd Vice District Governor

Bernard is married to Kate and has four adult daughters and two grandchildren (so far). He lives in the picturesque village of Carnlough in the Glens of Antrim, an Area of Outstanding Beauty and listed World Heritage Site. He joined Antrim Coast Lions Club in 1983 and continues to be very active in the club, especially as chair of the annual charity carnival and has served as President twice, 25 years apart. Over the last few years he has been Global Leadership Coordinator for the old District 105I and was previously both zone chair and regional chair twice.

Following an ecology degree and a postgraduate teaching diploma, Bernard began his teaching career in 1978 before becoming Head of Science in a Ballymena secondary school in 1982, where he was also involved in sports coaching and ran the annual school sponsored walk. In 1992, following an MSc. in Microelectronics, he became an IT advisory teacher for the then Education and Library Board, responsible for the introduction of computing into schools, especially in science teaching.

This was followed in 1996 by appointment to consultant in Western Connect, a specialist Telecommunications company, which was tasked with the introduction of ISDN, a set of communication standards for the digital delivery of voice, video, data and other network services over the public switched telephone network. This was the precursor to modern Broadband and during his two years there Bernard managed two trans-European projects involving 12 countries.

In 1998 he joined the National Lotteries Charity Board which was set up to distribute to the voluntary and community sector some of the funds raised following the introduction of the National Lottery in 1994. He stayed with them through all its activities as the Community Fund (its operating name) and was Northern Ireland manager of its merger with New Opportunities Fund to form Big Lottery Fund in 2006. During his 9 years in Lottery he held 7 posts from grants officer to operations manager to Interim Director for NI.

For 3 years he ran Awards for All, a cross-distributor grants scheme with a single application and assessment process, funded by Arts, Sports, Heritage and Community Lotteries, which was deemed best grant scheme in the UK by Lottery Monitor magazine in 2002. The National Lottery etc. Act of 2006 brought community spending under government control, so Bernard left to join John Moores Foundation, a Liverpool based private family Trust fund, making grants to small community groups in Merseyside and Northern Ireland.

He works for his Trustees three days per week and to date has managed the awarding of over £2m. to local groups in NI. Since the changes in legislation to allow electronic management of postal voting and (in Scotland) vote counting, Bernard has provided specialist election project management and consultancy to 23 councils from Bristol to Edinburgh across 30 local, general and legislative assembly elections, and two referenda. He worked original for Derry-based Opt2Vote and now for Idox election services, which bought over Opt2Vote in 2013. Reading, computing and badly playing the guitar are the hobbies he admits to, but everyone knows Bernard also enjoys a glass of good red wine. His favourite Lions activities are the open-air dance, BBQ and fireworks at the last night of the annual carnival and the Christmas carol singing around the local pubs and nursing homes.