How We are Run

Inclusion Ireland complies with the Governance Code for Charity Organisations as set out by the Charity Regulator in Ireland.

Inclusion Ireland has a CEO and Board of Directors who make sure that we work in accordance with our values and strategic plan.

What we do


  • We provide information and advice and advocacy support.
  • We produce information leaflets and booklets
  • We share information through our newsletters, website, and social media.
  • We deliver information & training talks
  • We take part in research and consultation to inform our work.
  • We produce reports, submissions, and annual reviews to inform decision making, policy and law.
  • We bring people together, to talk about what equality and rights mean to them, share their experiences, and find ways to promote equality and human rights in communities and services around the country.
  • We organise seminars and conferences
  • We include and support our members in all the work we do
  • We are members of Inclusion International & Inclusion Europe.

Our Team

  • Julie Helen

    Interim Communications Officer

  • Guillaume Jacquinot

    Advocacy Project Officer

  • Lorraine Dempsey

    Interim CEO

  • Patricia O’Connell

    Finance and Governance Lead

  • Mark O’Connor

    Community Engagement Manager

  • Alex Kearney

    Administrative & Membership Officer

  • Paul Alford

    Self-Advocacy Project Worker

  • Noirin Clancy

    Advocacy Project Worker (Sligo)

  • Barry Lynch

    Advocacy Project Worker (Sligo)

  • Mary Lee

    Support & Information Officer

  • Petria Malone

    Advocacy Project Worker

Our Board of Directors

Sarah Jane Lavin

joined the board of Inclusion Ireland in 2018. Sarah Jane is a self-advocate and a member of Inclusion Ireland’s Self-Advocacy Sub-Committee.

David  Fraughan

joined the Inclusion Ireland Board in 2018. David is a self-advocate and the Munster representative of the Steering Committee of the National Platform of Self-Advocates.

Marian McNamara

is Chairperson of the Board. Marian is a senior executive with extensive experience across financial services with specific skills in Private and Corporate Banking and Insolvency.

Siobhán Bryan

has been a board member since November 2020. She is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Muiríosa Foundation, a service for people with intellectual disabilities in the Midlands.

Marianne Garvey-McMahon

has a professional background in nursing and is currently a disability advocate, an independent consultant with twenty years' experience advocating for autism and severe intellectual disability.

John Moore

John was appointed as a director in November 2020. He is company secretary of Inclusion Ireland and is the parent of a person with intellectual disabilities. He has 20 years company director experience in advertising, marketing, communications, digital and brand.

Tomás Murphy

has experience of working with Inclusion Ireland on three research projects where he has earned a Certificate in Research. He is a former ambassador for the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disability and works for A& L Goodbody where he sits on the Disability Committee.

Maria Panza

is a parent of a person with intellectual disabilities and was appointed as Director of the Company in July 2020. She volunteers as Chairperson of the Irish Fragile X Society. She is a passionate disability advocate and has a NUI Certificate in Disability Studies.

Martin Rowan

was appointed as a director in November 2020. He was Chairperson of the self-advocacy subcommittee of the Board of Inclusion 2016-2019, and has been co-chair of the Carmona self-advocacy group and was also a member of two other self-advocacy groups.

Ashley Sands

Ashley’s son has an intellectual disability and she has a keen interest in access to housing for people with disabilities. She was appointed as a director in November 2020. Ashley works in Human Resources and has extensive experience of Human Resource Management, systems, people management, learning and development, compliance with various regulators and legislation.

Glenn Shanley

was appointed as a director of Inclusion Ireland in November 2020. He is married with three young boys and is the Head of Corporate Banking in Ulster Bank. He is on the management team of the Commercial Banking Division of Ulster Bank has responsibility for all commercial customers.

Nora Torpey

has a sister who has both physical and intellectual disabilities and was appointed as a director in November 2020. Nora is a senior marketing professional with over 20 years of marketing experience up to Board level. She is currently Group Head of Marketing for RTÉ where she sets the Brand Marketing Strategy for the entire organisation and leads a team of 60 people.

Steven O’Riordan

Steven O’ Riordan is as a Communications Specialist at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. He is an award-winning feature-length documentary producer and director as well as being an author. His works include The Forgotten Maggies (TG4), No Limbs No Limits (RTE) and Born Lucky (BBC). His sister Joanne O’ Riordan was born with a physical disability known as Total Amelia.

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