Chief Executive Officer - MBA Dip COTPhone: 01 280 4164
Barbara O’Connell is co-founder of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland), where she has been chief executive for over 13 years. ABI Ireland is a national organization that provides community neuro-rehabilitation for people with an acquired brain injury. Barbara has built the organization from an idea to a national organization with services throughout Ireland that are internationally accredited and recognised. Prior to setting up ABI Ireland, Barbara worked as an Occupational Therapy Manager in Ireland’s National Rehabilitation Hospital, pioneering the design, implementation and management of social re-integration programs for people with an ABI, bridging the identified gap between post-acute services and return to the community. Across her career she has worked directly with clients and staff in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry and Intellectual Disability.
Barbara has an MBA in Healthcare & Business from Smurfit Business School UCD. Along with women in leadership training she completed an Executive Education course in Non-Profit Strategic Management in Harvard Business School in 2012 and Strategic Decision making in the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013. Additional achievements for Barbara include the two awards she received in 2012; Women Mean Business - Social Entrepreneur of the Year and National Winner of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award for Social Enterprise.
Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer: Dee Clare | Email: DClare@abiireland.ie | Phone: 01 280 4164
National Services Manager
National Services ManagerM: 087 240 8221 T: 01 280 4164 E254/314
Donnchadh was previously with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland as Regional Manager of the East and North East from 2007 – 2015 prior to commencing his current role as National Services Manager in August 2016. He has acquired extensive experience in the management, development and strategic management of social & healthcare services across the not for profit, voluntary, private and public sectors. His original background is nursing, and he is currently registered on the Psychiatric and General Registers of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
Of note Donnchadh is a certified Brain Injury Specialist (ACBIS) and holds a HDip in Healthcare (Risk Management) from UCD and a BA & MA in Health Management from the IPA. Additionally he has been a board member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) and board member and Secretary of CNEASTA (The Irish Council for Training, Development and Employment for Persons with Disabilities).
Research and Policy ManagerPhone: 01 2804164
Financial ControllerPhone: 01 2804164
Board of Directors
ChairmanDenis has twenty years’ experience at CEO level in the corporate sector both nationally and internationally. He is a Chartered Management Accountant with a Batchelor of Commerce Degree from UCC and a Masters in Strategic Management Practice from TCD. He is also a qualified executive Business Coach having set up his practise in 2008. As well as coaching and training, Denis specialises in Business Consulting. This can involve projects such as Strategic, Financial, Marketing, Team and Operations Planning. He has spent seven years coaching many NGO’s. Denis has also led and developed a comprehensive training plan for the implementation of the Governance Code for NGO’s. He has also been involved with charities at board level. Denis has been coaching the CEO and senior management team of ABII since 2013. In 2015 Denis was appointed Interim CEO of ABII for a six-month period and later that year appointed to the board of ABII. In Dec 2016, he has was appointed Chairperson of the board. He plans to keep their vision and mission as the focal point when meeting the organisations strategic goals.
Martin QuaidMartin is a Chartered Accountant currently working as an independent consultant. Having trained with Price Waterhouse Martin has over 25 years’ experience in a range of industry roles in Ireland and the UK. Martin has held senior finance and operational roles with organisations such as Cable & Wireless in the UK and NTL and EirGrid Plc in Ireland. Specific areas of expertise are business planning, financial governance and process development. He is a graduate in Economics from UCC. Martin is the Chair of Audit & Finance Committee.
Michael FlanaganMichael is ER Programmes Manager at University College Dublin. He has in-depth experience in the areas of HR, Employee Relations (ER) and Industrial Relations (IR). He has worked in UCD since 1999. Prior to UCD, Michael worked in National Irish Bank (now Danske Bank), IBEC, RTE and the Sunday Tribune. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered FCIPD). He received a BA (Mod) in Economics and Politics from Trinity College Dublin, a National Diploma in Personnel Management from the National College of Ireland, a Masters in Business Studies from the Smurfit Business School UCD and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the Open University. Michael is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Risk, Quality & Strategy Committee.
Maurice O’ConnellMaurice is the Project Director of Active Ageing Partnership, a collaboration of three NGOs to advance civic engagement, intergenerational solidarity and older peoples’ human rights. He is a member of the Irish Dementia Strategy Monitoring Group. He was CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland from 1998 to 2013. He was a Non-Executive Director and past Chair of Alzheimer Europe 2000 - 2014. Maurice is former Chairman of the Disability Federation of Ireland He is co-founder, past Chair & Non-Executive Director of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. He is Chair Anvers Housing Association for people with acquired brain injury. He is a board member of Age Friendly Ireland. He Chairs Age friendly Cities and Counties NGO Forum. He is on the oversight board of TILDA (longitudinal study of ageing in Ireland) and the Dublin Centre for Clinical Research. He holds a Masters in Human Development. Maurice is a member of the Audit & Finance Committee
Laurie MannixLaurie Mannix is Managing Director of MKC Communications, one of Ireland’s leading PR and Public Affairs companies. She has over 25 years’ experience in Ireland’s PR industry. MKC represents Irish and multinational clients in the corporate, technology, agri-business, government and not for profit sectors.
Seamus MooreSeamus Moore qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 1980. He graduated with a BA in Public Administration (Health Management) in 1994. Between 1980 and 2005, he served in the South Eastern Health Board as EHO, General Manager Community Services in South Tipperary and A/Programme Manager for the South East Region. In 1999, he oversaw the establishment of the first Transitional Living Unit for Acquired Brain Injury in Ireland. Seamus is a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Barbara O’ConnellBarbara is Company Secretary and Chief Executive Officer. She is an Occupational Therapist by profession with an MBA in health services management UCD / RCSI. She is the co-founder of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (formerly The Peter Bradley Foundation).
Transparency and Good Governance
ABI Ireland is committed to best practice in terms of promoting openness and transparency in our organisational governance.
We welcome the development of the charities regulator and are delighted that our CEO, Barbara O’Connell, has been appointed a member of the board of the new Charities Regulatory Authority.
ABI Ireland has adopted and is compliant with the Governance Code for Community Voluntary and Charitable Organisations. We have also signed up to the Fundraising Principles and have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2003
In 2014 the Board commissioned an external review of our governance practice and compliance with the Governance Code. The review was based on an assessment of our organisational practice against the recommended actions of each principle.