Board Members

 CIDP Board Members

CIDP is filling additional board vacancies with a focus on members coming from the Deaf Community

Geraldine Tallon was appointed as Chairperson of the Board of CIDP in April 2016. She comes from Co Meath, and is a graduate of UCD. She was a career Civil Servant, and worked in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, where she retired as Secretary General in 2014.
John Lamont is a management consultant, and is a part-time lecturer/tutor/examiner at The Open University, the Irish Management Institute and Dublin Business School specialising in strategic management, project management, and strategic human resource management. He is a former CEO of a Teaching Hospital and of the Medical Council
Ger Deering is the Financial Services Ombudsman and the Pensions Ombudsman. He established and led the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) and the Commission for Taxi Regulation. He also worked in Local Government, Community Development, the Civil Service and the private sector. He has been a board member of a number of charities and community groups and is currently a Trustee of Airfield Trust and a Director of the Delta Centre Carlow.
Peter Tolan was born profoundly Deaf to hearing parents and attended local mainstream school in Mayo before joining AIB, where he is currently leading and implementing various business change programmes. His parents were very active members of the Mayo Branch of the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) for many years and his father was also a Board Director with NAD. Peter is a graduate member of the British Computer Society and also obtained an MSc in IT and Management from Sheffield Hallam University. He chairs the recently established Dunboyne branch of the ‘Friends of the Elderly Ireland’ which aims to alleviate social isolation for elderly people through friendship.
Gráinne Meehan, from Dublin, is Deaf and attended mainstream school in the Glasnevin area at both primary and secondary level. She holds the position of secretary on the Irish Deaf Youth Association board. Gráinne is a graduate of the MA in Community and Youth Work professional programme in Maynooth University and is currently a full-time PhD candidate with the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University. Her research explores the lived experiences of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing women accessing reproductive and sexual health services and information in Ireland.
Kevin Lynch was born in Youghal Co Cork and married with two hearing children. Was educated in St. Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys, Cabra. Co-founder of Irish Deaf Sports Association [Now Deaf Sports Ireland] and served on the committee for over 45 years. Held all honorary offices in IDSA and was President of IDSA/DSI. Was the first Chairperson of SignLink [Now Sign Language Interpreting Service. Also the first Chairperson of National Deaf Village Sports and Leisure Company. Now a Director of DVI Board of Management.
Amanda Casey is a social worker with 20 years experience, the majority of which is in the acute medical sector. She qualified with a degree in Social Work from Trinity College Dublin and completed a Post Graduate Masters in Guidance and Counseling in 2005. During her professional career she has worked within the Infectious Diseases Unit, the Heart and Lung Transplant service and the area of Bereavement and Post Mortem support. She is now the manager of a social work department in a Level 4 acute teaching hospital. She has an interest in Quality Improvement methodologies and is currently completing a Diploma in QI with the RCPI developing best practice guidelines for shared decision making in acute hospitals.

Company Secretary of CIDP

Darren Byrne was appointed as the Company Secretary of CIDP in March 2019. Darren hails from Finglas in Dublin. Darren trained as a Physical Organic Chemist at UCD. It was during this time that he became interested in Irish Sign Language and went on to train as an ISL/English interpreter, graduating in 2003. Darren has worked as a freelance interpreter for over 15 years, and is the current Chairperson of the Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters. Joining CIDP in 2018 as a member of our newly formed interpreting team, Darren now works as the Data Protection Officer in CIDP where he focusses on policy development and compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Governance Risk Committee
  • Remuneration and Appointments Committee
  • Safeguarding Policy Committee