ABI IRELAND - Key Persons


Alan O'Connell

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Andrea McMonagle

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Aoife Lucey

Job Titles:
  • Communications & Engagement Manager
Aoife has many years of experience working across strategic and internal communications, stakeholder relations, marketing and publicity in the community and cultural sectors. Most recently she held the role of Communications and Marketing Manager at Music Generation and previously worked with leading national and international cultural organisations including Dublin Theatre Festival, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Canadian Stage and the Abbey Theatre. A graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Drama Studies and English Literature, Aoife has since completed a Certificate in Management Practice with the University of Ulster and a Certificate in Community Education and Equality Studies at Maynooth University. In her free time she enjoys taking an opportunity she can to enjoy the great outdoors.

Barbara O'Connell - CEO, Founder

Job Titles:
  • Chief Executive
  • Co - Founder
  • Chief Executive Officer and Co Founder
Barbara is best known for her vision to create specialist neuro-rehabilitation services in communities throughout Ireland for people living with brain injury. Prior to co-founding Acquired Brain Injury Ireland in 2000, Barbara worked as an Occupational Therapy Manager with the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) where she pioneered a social reintegration programme for brain injury survivors to bridge the gap between post-acute services and returning home. This experience inspired the set up her own national service to support people on the brain injury pathway which has since grown from one neuro-rehab unit to 16 services nationwide employing 300 staff. Barbara holds an MBA in Healthcare and Business from the Smurfit Business School, UCD; Non-Profit Strategic Management from Harvard Business School; Strategic Decision Making from Harvard Kennedy School. She was also recognised as Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Women Mean Business and National Winner of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award for Social Enterprise.

Caroline Donnellan

Job Titles:
  • Case Manager

Catherine Flanagan - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Head of Finance
Catherine is responsible for overall financial control, compliance and management of the finance function within the organisation. She brings a wide range of experience from both the public and private sectors and leads an energetic finance team. Catherine and her team deliver robust financial plans to support the organisation's growth strategy and to ensure Acquired Brain Injury Ireland operates within its budgets. Catherine also plays a key role in liaising with stakeholders and ensures adherence to best practice, governance and regulatory requirements. In her free time, Catherine enjoys pilates and travelling.

Clair Cullinan - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Acting Chair
  • Board Director of the Sherry Fitzgerald Group
Clair Cullinan is a board director of the Sherry Fitzgerald Group. Clair joined the Board of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland in 2019 and is currently acting as Chair.

Dee Da Silva - CEO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Executive Assistant to the CEO
  • Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive
With a passion for human rights, Dee has an impressive track record of more than 20 years in the not for profit sector working directly with Directors, CEO's and senior management. As Executive Assistant to our CEO, she is responsible for project managing all live projects and work pieces relating to the CEO's office keeping oversight of key deadlines. Additionally, Dee's role involves liaising with the board of management assisting in the areas of governance and providing company secretarial supports. In her spare time Dee loves to go camping and exploring Ireland's greenways.

Donnchadh Whelan

Job Titles:
  • National Services Manager
Donnchadh brings a wealth of experience from the Health and Social Care area. Originally qualifying as a Psychiatric Nurse, Donnchadh went on to complete a post grad in General Nursing, specialising in Neuroscience, working at the Neuroscience Intensive Care at Mount Sinai in New York and then the National Neuroscience Intensive Care unit at Beaumont Hospital. As our National Services Manager with responsibility for Quality and Accreditation, Donnchadh is motivated to ensure our services are supports are truly person centred and based on individual choice. He also holds a Degree and Masters in Healthcare Management and a H Dip in Public Administration. In his free time, Donnchadh enjoys walks by the sea, science fiction and an eclectic music mix.

Dr. Karen Foley

Job Titles:
  • Communications & Engagement Manager
  • Head of Service Operations
Having worked in the disability sector in Ireland since 2006, Karen has a vast amount of experience in case management and the management of community services, residential and respite services. Karen has a PhD from Trinity College, a Postgraduate qualification in Healthcare Management from IPA, and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer accredited by the Brain Injury Association of America. As our Head of Service Operations with lead responsibility for Clinical and Rehabilitation processes, Karen is driven to ensure that the organisation works in line with international evidence-based best practice across all our services. In her free time, Karen enjoys time with her family and has a keen interest in Crossfit.

Evelyn Norton

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Fiona Barrett

Job Titles:
  • Case Manager

Grainne McGettrick

Job Titles:
  • Research and Policy Manager

Hugh O'Connor

Job Titles:
  • Board Director
  • Director and Senior Consultant With Management Consulting Firm OCS Consulting
Hugh is Director and Senior Consultant with management consulting firm OCS Consulting and has extensive experience in the area of organisational review and strategy development. Hugh was founding Chief Executive of Age Friendly Ireland (2012 to 2017) and in this role led the development of Ireland's, World Health Organization (WHO) inspired Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme, providing technical support and leadership to the 31 participating local authorities, the Heath Service Executive and other programme partners. Hugh was previously a member of the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Network of Age friendly Cities and Communities; the WHO and European Union's Age-friendly Environments in Europe Advisory Committee; and the Department of An Taoiseach's Steering Group on Smart Ageing. Hugh has also lectured in services marketing, strategic management and research methods at the Institute of Technology in Carlow (Ireland). Hugh graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a MBS.

Joanne Farrell

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Jonathan Power

Job Titles:
  • Head of Fundraising
With years of fundraising and marketing experience, Jonathan's expertise spans the not for profit, FMCG and online sectors including an understanding of global overseas development as well as the domestic NGO environment. Jonathan's donor-first approach drives a dynamic fundraising strategy to maximise financial returns from supporters and generate data. He is passionate about developing sustainable growth for the organisation. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys running, sports, movies and computer games.

Kathleen Brennan

Job Titles:
  • Case Manager

Laura Nolan - CHRO

Job Titles:
  • Head of Human Resources
Laura Nolan is an experienced Human Resource and Employment Law practitioner who is committed to HR best practice and continuous improvement in Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. She brings vast knowledge having worked in HR both in-house and on a consultancy basis. Passionate about personal development, Laura oversees the Learning and Development function and is a member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD). She also holds responsibility for Data Protection in the organisation. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing the piano, jogging and spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Spogler

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Martin Nunan

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Marzena Golinska

Job Titles:
  • Board Director
  • Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants
Marzena is a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Master of Finance and Accounting from Nicolas Copernicus University in Poland. Currently working as an independent consultant with ITSA Bagels Limited and SIXT Leasing Ireland, Marzena has over 15 years' experience in senior finance and IT roles with companies including ALD Automotive. Marzena is a highly-resourced finance management professional with comprehensive experience in leading, directing, and controlling financial operations. She was appointed to the board of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland in April 2019 where she is also is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee.

Niamh Cahill

Job Titles:
  • Board Director
Niamh is a Laois native who is currently finishing her Masters in Education while teaching part time. Previously, Niamh completed a masters in Chaplaincy and worked in youth retreats for five years. Niamh was diagnosed with auto-immune Encephalitis in 2008 and went through rehabilitation in Dun Laoghaire and used Acquired Brain Injury Ireland's services in Tullamore. Niamh has been living with a brain injury since and has been involved in advocacy work with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland since 2016.

Robert Martin

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Sarah Kavanagh

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Seamus Moore

Job Titles:
  • Board Director
  • Environmental Health Officer
Seamus Moore qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1980. He graduated with a BA in Public Administration (Health Management) in 1994. Between 1980 and 2005, he served in the South Eastern Health Board as EHO, General Manager Community Services in South Tipperary and A/Programme Manager for the South East Region. In 1999, he oversaw the establishment of the first Transitional Living Unit for Acquired Brain Injury in Ireland. Seamus is a Board Director with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland since 2012 and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Sinead Crawley

Job Titles:
  • Case Manager

Siobhán Crowley

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager

Teresa O Boyle

Job Titles:
  • Local Services Manager