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Dyspraxia DCD Ireland

Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland is a registered charity (CHY 13394), formed in 1995 by parents of children with Dyspraxia/DCD.

CEO

Harry Conway

Harry has been involved with Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland since 2000 originally as a volunteer and he took over as CEO in 2011. Harry has overall responsibility for the delivery, development and management of all supports and services within Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland. He coordinates all interaction with the HSE, key sponsors and donors and is heavily involved in fundraising, raising awareness and all other aspects of the running of our organisation.

Board

Rosie Bissett

Ciara GarvanRosie joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in March 2018. She is CEO of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI) since 2008, and has been working with and for people with dyslexia, and specific learning difficulties, for over 20 years. Rosie currently chairs the Spectrum Alliance, an umbrella network of national charitable organisations in Ireland which advocates for the needs of people with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia/DCD, ADD/ADHD and Asperger Syndrome, hidden conditions which often co-exist. Rosie is also a Board member of the European Dyslexia Association. 

Maggie Dunn

Maggie DunnMaggie was appointed to the board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in April 2014. Maggie has been involved with the Association since her daughter was diagnosed with Dyspraxia/DCD in 2007. Initially Maggie was involved in fundraising activities and is now co-ordinating a Young Adults with Dyspraxia/DCD Support Group and a Parents of Young Adults with Dyspraxia/DCD Support Group.

Aoife Crowley

Aoife joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in March 2018. Aoife holds a degree in accounting and finance from DCU. She currently work as a Senior Project Manager for Hedgefacts International having previously spent 10 years as a Senior Vice President at JP Morgan. Aoife is a mum of two kids, one who was diagnosed with Dyspraxia/DCD in 2014. She co-runs the Fingal Dyspraxia/DCD support group and she runs the Fingal Dyspraxia/DCD workshop. Aoife joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in February 2018.

Deirdre Griffin

Deirdre joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in March 2018. Deirdre an Educational Psychologist and has previous worked with Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland, the ISPCC, Barnardos and the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. She has worked as a Private Practitioner since 1999. She is a Registered Educational Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland and is an Associate Fellow in both the Psychological Society of Ireland and the British Psychological Society. Deirdre has a special interest in Dyspraxia/DCD and links in with Occupational Therapists to help "join the dots" across all areas related to learning.  Deirdre joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in February 2018.

Mark Finnegan

 Mark joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in July 2018. Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 21 years of experience working in private practice and industry. He is currently employed as Group Purchasing Financial Controller of Dawn Meats and previous to that worked in PwC. In 2017 his then 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with both Dyslexia and Dyspraxia/DCD and arising from this he joined the local support group/club for Dyspraxia/DCD in Waterford.

Aisling Connolly

Aisling joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in January 2019. She is a qualified accountant with 10 years post qualification experience. She is currently head of Finance for the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland and has a wealth of experience in dealing with Boards, Audit Committees and Finance Committees. In addition, her daughter has Dyspraxia/DCD, thus the cause is very close to her heart.

Ann Marie Galvin

Ann Marie joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in January 2019 and serves as the Secretary to the Board.  Ann Marie is a qualified solicitor since 2000 with extensive experience in private practice and as inhouse counsel in multinational companies, 3M and Unilever.  Ann Marie is currently Group Legal Counsel for an international metals business and is based in Dublin. 

Adrienne Butler

Adrienne joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in June 2019. Adrienne is a qualified accountant and works as a Management Accountant. She recently worked as the secretary to the board in the permanent school building, Gaelscoil Bharra where they campaigned for a number of years to have the school housed in a permanent building as they were in prefabs. The permanent building opened last September. Adrienne has a daughter who is 12 who has Dyspraxia/DCD and Dyscalculia and she attends the Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland Cairde Club every week.

Daniel O’Mahony

Daniel joined the Board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in June 2019. Daniel has been employed in the education sector for 12 years. He currently works as a Digital Media Specialist for ChildVision, National Education Centre for Blind Children. He is well-versed in assistive technologies, web accessibility and universal design, while providing technical assistance to parents, teachers and students throughout Ireland.

Eoin O’Beara

Eoin joined the board in June 2019. He has been working with youth organisations for several years. He fundraised for the ISPCC and ran a marathon for Barnardos. While coaching with Ratoath Athletics, he was on the committee for five years and the Child Welfare Officer for three years. During that time, Eoin was also the Child Welfare Officer on the Meath Athletics committee for two years, overseeing the sixteen athletics clubs in the county. Eoin is currently an adult volunteer with Scouting Ireland since 2015, where he specifically assists with First Aid, Hillwalking and Camping skills. He has raised funds for Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland by running a 64k ultramarathon, and attained corporate sponsorship from his employer where he works as an IT Manager.

Administrative Staff in the Office

Fay Dunn

Catherine Whelan

  • Administration
  • Support Group Liaison
  • Helpline

 

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