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.
Marie Collins was born in Dublin, Ireland and is married with one son. A founder Trustee of the Marie Collins Foundation, a UK NGO dedicated to the needs of those for whom sexual exploitation and harm has arisen via the internet and mobile technologies. A founding member of the Irish depression support group “Aware” in 1985 she ran their voluntary “Helpline” for many years, and was a founding Director of the Advocacy and Counselling support group for abuse survivors, One in Four (Ireland). Marie assisted the Archdiocese of Dublin in setting up their Child Protection Service and drafting of the Catholic Church’s all-Ireland child protection policy, “Our Children Our Church.” In 2014 Marie was appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Pat Donnelly is a Social Worker who has worked extensively in the field of Child Protection. He has also worked as a Senior Manager in a range of Health and Social Service settings. He currently works as a Guardian Ad Litem in the Dublin Area.
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.
Caroline O’Leary born and raised in Ireland to Deaf parents who were pioneers and leaders of the Deaf community tirelessly striving for better access and opportunities within and for the Deaf community in Ireland. Caroline completed her Associates Degree in American Sign Language and interpreting in San Antonio College, Texas, USA in 1999 when she returned to Ireland working as a free lance Irish Sign Language Interpreter in a wide variety of settings including religious, legal, medical and theatrical work. She qualified as a R1 registered qualified ISL interpreter with Sign Language Interpreting Services in 2006 having previously been registered R2 since 2000. Previous to ISL interpreting Caroline’s background was in Early Child Development. Caroline is a founding member and previous Chairperson of the Council for Irish Sign Language Interpreters (CISLI) Caroline continues to work as a free lance ISL interpreter and is also employed part-time with Citizens Information Service in the Deaf Village Ireland for the past three years serving the Deaf community and wider hearing community of Cabra. She currently is studying a two year Diploma in Information Provision and Advocacy Practise with the Institute of Technology in Blanchardstown Dublin 15 to support her work in this field. Having a keen interest in local studies Caroline is finishing up a Bachelors degree in Local Studies in Maynooth University and has also recently untaken tour guide training to become one of the first volunteer tour guides for the new Round Tower Interpretive Centre due to open in Clondalkin, Dublin 22 in July 2017.
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.
CIDP Board Committees
- Audit and Finance Committee
- Governance Risk Committee
- Remuneration and Appointments Committee
- Safeguarding Policy Committee