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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.


Ciara Garvan

Ciara GarvanCiara joined the board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in January 2015 and was appointed Chairperson of the board in February 2016. Her back ground is Technology, specifically Project Management and Change Management. She has deep experience working on large-scale transformation programmes and has worked in a variety of senior roles with organisations such as Accenture, Meteor & Symantec. Ciara has an MSc. in Applied Computing and recently completed a diploma in Digital Marketing. She has been heavily involved in the launch of the new website & social media campaigns. She lives in Dublin with her husband Aidan and their three small children.

Cliodna McAleer

Cliodna McAleerAppointed to the Board of Directors in 2013, Cliodna served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors from 2013 to January 2016, she currently serves as Secretary to the Board. A practising barrister based in Dublin where she has a general civil practice, Cliodna's particular areas of specialism are banking, company law, and commercial law. Cliodna also regularly lectures at third level in her areas of specialism. Prior to being called to the bar in 2005 Cliodna worked in the Business and Information Technology Sector and with student with disabilities in Trinity College Dublin. 

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 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.

Catherine Gubbins

Catherine GubbinsCatherine joined the board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in March 2015 as the Financial Director. Catherine is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 17 years of experience working in private practice and industry. Catherine is currently Group Financial Controller of daa and previous to that worked in PwC.

Catherine Whelan

Catherine WhelanCatherine joined the board of Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland in November 2015. Catherine is a Facilitator & Mentor. She works on the Mentors panel of Dublin North West Area Partnership, supporting new Businesses start-ups within Enterprise. Catherine also has a Business Women's Network running which covers Dublin North. She is also a Facilitator of Ballymun 4 business Network. Catherine has successfully ran her own Recruitment Agency for over ten years, prior to taking time out to start her family. She has two sons, one of which has Dyspraxia/DCD. Catherine has worked as a volunteer within Dyspraxia/DCD Ireland for over 3 years.

Dorothy Armstrong

Dr Dorothy Armstrong joined the board in November 2016.  She works as an Occupational Therapist with children, adolescents and young adults and also gives public talks and workshops on a range of disability issues.  She has a degree, Masters and PhD in Occupational Therapy and her doctoral research was in the area of Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia).  Dorothy is a keen advocate for people who are neurodiverse and is mum to two sons with Dyspraxia/DCD.  

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Fay Dunn

Catherine Whelan

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