Mary was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s in 2018, is married with two sons and lives in Co. Wexford. Her personal experience has allowed her to advocate and offer a heartfelt approach for people living with early onset Parkinson’s. Mary’s experience as an accounts manager and working within a variety of industries both in Ireland and overseas, provides her with the attributes to lead a dedicated team. Whilst also being IT proficient and experience in compliance, governance adherence will be assured. Mary has previous experience in the voluntary sector and has been Chairperson for numerous organisations. She is passionate about ensuring supports and services are readily available and accessible for people living with early onset Parkinson’s in Ireland.
Ian O’ Brien
Ian holds a Bachelor of Business Studies primary degree, and a Masters in Strategic Management from Dublin Institute of Technology. He recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise at UCD. He has been involved in the Motor Trade most of his life, including establishing his own business.
Ian is currently chairperson of his local primary school Parents Associations. He has been involved with charity fundraising for many years including raising money for Chernobyl related charities in the past and visiting orphanages in Belarus. Ian is married with two young children and was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinsons at the age of 38.
Fiona lives in Co Clare and she is married with four children she was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and has lectured and developed modules on living with chronic conditions. As Homecare Manager with The Alzheimer Society she advocates for people living with dementia and their carers and facilitates Support Groups and Cafes. She has served as Chairperson of the Swim Ireland Child Welfare Committee and delivers training on safeguarding vulnerable people for a number of organisations. She is also involved research with University of Limerick School of Allied Health Patient Participant Panel. Fiona has held position of County Commissioner for Clare Scout County, St Flannans College Parents Council and is currently Chairperson of Ennis Scouts and is a member of Clare Age Friendly Committee. Her work and voluntary experience enables her to advocate for people living with Early Onset Parkinsons whilst collaborating with State Agencies and the wider community. Living with EOPD gives Fiona insight into supports needed for living well with Parkinsons.
Ciaran is a solicitor and former Chairman of Arthur Cox LLP. He has practiced law for more than 30 years and, for 20 years, as a partner in Arthur Cox. He is a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions, public company “take private” transactions, initial public offerings, securities law and joint ventures.
He has particular experience advising boards of public and large private companies on corporate law and corporate governance, including in particular directors’ duties.
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a graduate of the Master’s degree course in Business Administration in Trinity College Dublin. Initially trained and qualified in a Chartered Accountants public practice preparing accounts and conducting audits for a wide range of clients from sole traders to large multinationals. Upon qualification developed a career to date that has spanned different roles from high integrity finance team leader to financial consultant depending on the challenge. Each role has been met with an outgoing and confident manner ensuring in the process to build positive and functional cross organisation relationships to achieve the given strategic goals. Over twenty years’ experience gained in a wide range of roles from entry to Board level gained within a wide array of sectors from banking and financial services to general industry (SME sector), government state agencies and more recently the charity sector.
I was appointed trustee and Company Secretary in 2021.
Joe previously had a successful career in the IT industry, working as an IT Consultant.
Joe has a keen interest in sport. Since then Joe has combined love of sport and community engagement to raise funds and awareness for both local and national charities. Over the past few years he’s thrown himself into walking, run, boxercise and cycling.
Joe was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013. He’s passionate about exercise, which he finds helps to limit the impact of the condition. He’s also able to use his voice and experience to support increased awareness and action for people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.