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Gary Heffernan joins Lessons for Life Trustee Board

23rd January 2018

We are pleased to announce that Gary Heffernan has joined Lessons for Life Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Gary took up post officially on 1st January 2018.

Gary is Senior Managing Director of Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology operating unit in Europe, and has over 25 years of experience in advising Fortune 500 companies. Lessons for Life will benefit from his expertise as we enter our next stage of development.

Gary has been a dedicated supporter since we were founded in 2007. Gary has been on the Big Ride for Africa five times; often with his wife Marlene and other members of his family. Gary has also been instrumental in Accenture’s support for Lessons for Life by sponsoring and participating in Lessons for Life’s Big Ride for Africa and Gala Dinner; and providing invaluable pro bono consultancy support over the years.

“Lessons for Life is a cause that is close to my heart and one that I am proud to support...particularly as it was founded by my friend Shane O’Neill who passed away in the prime of his life. Shane recognised education as a game changer and for me personally, education matters more than anything. Lessons for Life has been a tremendous vehicle for getting thousands of children through school in Africa; and we are just getting started. This is a cause that I am passionate about and I am proud to join the Board of Trustees.” Gary Heffernan – Trustee, Lessons for Life

“We believe in the importance of children’s education – it really does change everything. Gary’s beliefs align closely with those that run through the heart of Lessons for Life’s Board and we are honoured that he is joining us. We are excited to see what lies ahead – as a long-term supporter of Lessons for Life and esteemed business man, Gary is in a fantastic position to inject new ideas, challenge the status quo and help us work together to give thousands more children in Africa an education that equips them for life.”Andrea Salvato / Manuel Kohnstamm – Co-Chairs, Lessons for Life

We would also like to take this opportunity to announce that Charlie Bracken has stepped down from Lessons for Life’s Board of Trustees as of 1st January 2018. Charlie was a Trustee for ten years from the charity’s start in 2007 and was Chairman for five of those years before he handed over the reins to Andrea and Manuel in 2016. Charlie remains a valued supporter of Lessons for Life and we would like to thank him for the incredible support he has provided over the last decade.