THE LUTON Irish Forum has bolstered its credentials with a top legal mind.
The community group announced this week that is has appointed local woman Siobhan Rooney as a trustee.
Ms Rooney, who is a partner at Hertfordshire solicitors’ firm Pictons, said she hopes to use her expertise to benefit Irish people across the community.
“I am planning a range of seminars that will cover interesting and useful topics for members of the Forum, such as family law, which is my speciality, and wills and power of attorney, which will be relevant to a lot of people, especially those with ageing parents,” she said.
“I’m also planning seminars for members that have their own businesses - a guide to debt recovery and business health checks alongside employment law updates.”
The 31-year-old, who was born in Luton to Irish parents, added that she decided to join the Forum as a trustee after meeting its chief executive, Noelette Hanley, at a business networking event.
“I always thought the Forum mainly organised the St Patrick’s Day Parade and put on a few other local events,” she explained.
“I had no idea of its greater involvement in the community and how it gives support to those who need real help, whether they are Irish or from other cultures, through its drop in centre, with advice on housing, benefits and welfare.”
Ms Hanley said Ms Rooney would bring “energy and drive” to the Forum.
“She has managed to combine a brilliantly successful career with marriage and a family and she brings a lot of knowledge and experience into the fold,” she added.
“She’s a real Irish Luton girl and I know she’ll make a great contribution to our community.”
Ms Rooney has organised a business networking event at the Forum on May 15. For more information, contact Nikki Kelly by emailing [email protected] or calling 01582 720447.