Management team

OUR senior management team

Gorta-Self Help Africa’s senior management team supports the Board in the achievement of its objectives.




Ray Jordan has been Chief Executive of the organisation since 2007.

A native of Limerick, he began his career as an Engineer with the Missionaries of Africa (‘The White Fathers’), and lived and worked in Uganda for six years in the 1990s. He was subsequently employed as head of Operations with GOAL – and was in charge of managing the logistics for all aspects of that organisation’s relief missions following Hurricane Mitch in Central America in 1998, following the war in Afghanistan in 2001, in Darfur, Sudan in 2004, in post-Tsunami Indonesia, and following the Pakistani earthquake of 2005.

Upon joining Self Help Development International as CEO in July 2007 he oversaw the successful merger of that organisation with UK development agency Harvest Help, to create Self Help Africa, and in Summer 2014 a merger with Ireland’s oldest overseas development agency Gorta.

Ray holds a Masters Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.




Peter joined the organisation as Chief Financial Officer in March 2009.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has 16 years experience working at senior management level in international NGOs. Prior to joining GSHA he worked as Head of Internal Audit and subsequently CFO in GOAL. He also undertook interim country management roles in GOAL including Malawi, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

In a voluntary capacity he has been Chairman of Show Racism the Red Card and Treasurer of the Carmichael Centre and currently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee of Clúid, one of Ireland’s leading social housing agencies. Peter has also worked in senior financial management roles in FTI and ESB International.

Peter holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from DCU.




David is the Executive Director, responsible for day-to-day operations and management of the organisation.

After working in the commercial sector in IT and the hotel industry, David worked in Ethiopia with GOAL as Assistant Country Director in the mid-90s and later headed the organisation’s Human Resources department overseeing a staff of over 1,500 employees.

David then took on the role of CEO of Plan Ireland, an international children’s organisation and part of the Plan international federation, for more than nine years. He grew the organisation substantially and became a member of Plan’s Global Leadership Team.

David joined Gorta-Self Help Africa as Executive Director in November 2016. David holds a Business Degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway as well as a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from University College, Dublin. He has also served as a board member of NGOs Dóchas and Comhlámh.




Martha is from Dublin but grew up in Brussels and has spent most of her adult life in New York. She spent several years in Sri Lanka and Guatemala, where she worked in overseas development.
In late 2009, Martha became Director of Business Development for Self Help Africa in the US and oversaw the successful establishment of the organisation in New York and Boston. In six years she grew the organisation’s US public funding, raising $11m between 2010 and 2015.

She is responsible for developing and implementing a fundraising strategy, overseeing a fundraising team, donor database and all fundraising activities in Ireland and the UK.

Martha graduated with a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin, and an MA in Development studies from University College Dublin. She is the recipient of the 40 under 40 Irish American Award from the Irish Echo in 2013.




Orla has 16 years professional experience in project management, including 12 years in emergency and development in South America, Asia and Africa. She has provided project management support in the successful implementation of a varied portfolio of programmes, covering agricultural production, natural resource management, nutrition, community mobilization, value-chains, post-harvest technology, construction and support to people with disabilities as well as in the private sector across mobile telecommunications projects. Orla joined Gorta-Self Help Africa in 2010 and has held a number of roles, becoming Programmes Director in October 2015 with overall responsibility for the strategic direction and management of GSHA country programmes.

Orla holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Management.