Inclusion Ireland has today announced the appointment of Lorraine Dempsey as interim CEO effective 1 February. The appointment comes following the departure of Enda Egan to take up the role of CEO of Irish Men’s Sheds Association.
Lorraine has been involved with Inclusion Ireland since 2012 in a range of roles including, most recently, Chairperson of the Board. Lorraine has a comprehensive understanding of the legal, policy, advocacy and accessibility issues faced by people with disabilities and their families. Lorraine’s daughter has intellectual and physical disabilities, and she brings a personal understanding of the importance of building inclusive communities and rights-based supports and opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.
Marian McNamara, Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland, said: “On behalf of the Board, I’d like to extend my thanks to Enda Egan for his tireless work during his tenure as CEO, and wish him all the very best in his new role at Irish Men’s Sheds Association. We are grateful for his contribution to the development of Inclusion Ireland, and his work will leave a lasting mark on our organisation.
“I am delighted to welcome Lorraine into the role of interim CEO. Lorraine has extensive knowledge of the work of Inclusion Ireland and will assist us while the recruitment process for a new CEO is completed. I look forward to engaging with Lorraine during this transition period, as the Board focus on our key priorities of meeting the information needs of people with an intellectual disability, by growing and supporting a diverse community of members and partners, and influencing change to secure their rights.”
Speaking following her appointment Lorraine Dempsey said: “I am looking forward to working with the board and staff over the coming months to continue the important work that Inclusion Ireland does. I am excited to take up this role during a very challenging time for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The pandemic has magnified the many inequalities and challenges that people with intellectual disabilities face every day, and Inclusion Ireland will continue to highlight those by channeling the voice of our members, keeping members informed and working with the broader community to ensure that Ireland lives up to its obligations under the UNCRPD.”
Lorraine will assume the role until the appointment of a permanent CEO in the coming months.
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