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Martin is a founding member of DSCNE and has served as Chairperson since the group formed in 2017. He is a Qualified Financial Adviser, a member of Cavan Monaghan ETB and Chairperson of Knockbride GFC. Martin lives in Knockbride Co Cavan with his wife and 5 children, the youngest Grace has Down Syndrome.

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Mary is a founding member of DSCNE and has served as Secretary and Project Co-ordinator since the group formed in 2017. Mary holds a Masters in Environmental, Health & Safety and Quality Management, as well as a Degree in Management Information Systems.  Mary has a strong interest in community development and works as a project support contractor for local community & voluntary groups. Mary also sits on the board of the National Childhood Network and has been an active board member of various Early Years Services in the past. Mary lives in Monaghan with her husband and their three children, the youngest, Jack, has Down Syndrome .

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Orla is a founding member of DSCNE and has served as Treasurer since the group formed in 2017.  Orla brings a wealth of knowledge to the role having worked in the financial/accounts/payroll area for over 20 years'. Orla lives in Cavan with her three children. Her youngest son Luke has Down Syndrome.



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Sinead is a founding member of DSCNE.  She is a registered nurse and mum of 5 - the youngest being Grace who has Down Syndrome.  She set up the charity “The Perfect Gift” in 2016 which sends gift baskets to new babies born in Ireland with Down Syndrome to celebrate their arrival!  She lives in Knockbride, Cavan. 

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Caralyn has multi-disciplinary clinical healthcare experience in New Zealand and Ireland. She has qualifications and experience in Speech and Language Therapy, Quality and Safety, Healthcare Management, Standards and Compliance, and Project and Portfolio Management.  Caralyn currently works as the Portfolio Lead General Manager in the HSE Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO). She leads the CHO Programme Management Office which aims to support a consistent and best practice approach to Project, Programme, and Portfolio management. 

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Cyril is a HR & Health and Safety Professional with 22 years’ experience. He provides expert services in both areas of these highly regulated professions. He has years of experience operating at board level as part of corporate executive teams and his strengths lie in providing effective leadership, guiding management on all HR & Health and Safety related matters, providing expert advice, ensuring best practice in all areas of people management in line with strategic objectives.  Over the years Cyril has served on many boards and committees.

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Neale is a Fellow of Chartered Accountant Ireland and has been in practice for over 30 years. His Accounting practice is based in Carrickmacross. He joined the board in 2018. He previously served as a director and treasurer of Carrickmacross Credit Union. Neale is married with 4 children and living in Carrickmacross.



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Louise is a strategic marketing and digital consultant with 16 years senior management experience. She has worked with leading national and international brands on strategic marketing, brand and digital transformation projects. Louise graduated in 2005 with a 1st class honours Masters in E-Commerce from DCU and has 7 additional Professional Diplomas. She is an Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Consultant and Local Enterprise Mentor. Louise is a regular Guest Speaker and Digital Platforms Trainer for private companies, public institutions, government bodies and SME’s.

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Bridget is a Senior Educational Psychologist with 12 years’ experience in the areas of Autism and Intellectual Disability. Bridget holds a first-class honours degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters with Distinction in Atypical Child Development from Queens University Belfast, and a Professional Masters with Distinction in Educational Psychology from University College Dublin. Bridget has extensive experience in supporting children and families across home, school and community settings. She has worked for several years as a psychologist in Disability and Early Intervention Services, in both an assessment and intervention capacity. In addition, Bridget lectures on best practice in behaviour support on the Educational Psychology Doctorate program in UCD. Bridget's personal and professional interests include supporting wellbeing, Family Centred Practice, parental self-efficacy, attachment, and positive behaviour support. 

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