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.
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 recently completed a full-time PhD candidate with the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University. Her research explored 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.
Andrew Fagan is Director of the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin, a post he has held since 2010. A social worker, Andrew previously worked in the fields of child protection and residential child care as a practitioner, manager and inspector of services for children. Andrew has been associated with CIDP for the past ten years offering advice on matters relating to safeguarding and child protection.
Rosemary Grant graduated in social work from Trinity College Dublin in 1978. She worked in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital from 1978 to 1983 at which point she moved to the Maternity Unit in St. James’ Hospital as Senior Medical Social Worker. She returned to the CWIUH in 1985 as Principal Medical Social Worker and remained there until her retirement in September 2019. During her career she had regular contact with members of the Deaf community. She hopes to bring to CIDP her experience in the areas of safeguarding and risk management.
John Cleere is Head of Corporate Services in the Courts Service with responsibility for Finance, Court Funds, Risk Management and Procurement amongst other things. In addition to being an Accountant he has a Diploma in Corporate Governance and is a qualified Company Secretary. He has worked in the Courts Service since 2000, prior to which he worked in the private sector in a number of industries; postal, insurance and technology. He joined the Finance & Audit Committee of CIDP in November 2016.
- Audit and Finance Committee
- Governance Risk Committee
- Remuneration and Appointments Committee
- Safeguarding Policy Committee