Disability Federation of Ireland Board

DFI Board

Gary Lee

Gary Lee Chairperson

Gary is a practicing Solicitor with particular expertise in Disability Law and Mental Health and Capacity Law. He is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, has chaired Mental Health Tribunals since their inception in 2006 and is on the Law Society's Human Rights Committee. A former CEO of the Center for Independent Living, Gary was reappointed to the National Disability Inclusion Strategy Implementation Group by the Minister for Disability in 2015, he is also a member of the HSE Value for Money Working Group on Disability and Community and was appointed to the Government Taskforce on Personalised Budgets in 2016. Gary has a Law Degree from University College Dublin, a Masters Degree in Management (Community & Voluntary Sector) from Dublin City University and a Certificate in Disability Studies from Maynooth University.

Fran-Brennan

Fran Brennan Vice Chairperson

Former Marketing Manager and General Manager/Director of the Irish subsidiary of a multinational corporation. During this time also served a Board member of the Finglas Cabra Partnership for 8 years and Chairperson of the Local Employment Services Network in the area.
Embarked on a new career in the voluntary sector in 2003 as General Manager of Living Life Counselling for 6 years followed by terms as Development Manager of the think tank TASC and Peamount Healthcare. CEO of the Post Polio Support Group, an organisation that provides a range of services and supports to Polio Survivors, for the past 3 ½ years.
Elected to the Board of DFI in July 2016. Subsequently appointed to the Premises and Finance & Audit Sub-Committees of the Board.

Alison-McCallion

Alison McCallion Vice Chairperson

Alison McCallion has worked in the Disability Sector for nine years. She also spent 19 years working in the education industry. Seven of those years were spent supporting marginalized groups. During that period I worked with the Department of Social Welfare, the Tolka Area, Ballymun and Northside Partnerships.

I joined the Central Remedial Clinic, CRC, in 2015 and she is now Head of Adult Services, supporting 300 adults with disabilities across Dublin. She is responsible for the strategic leadership, management and development of Adult Services, in consultation with the adults we support.

Alison is Not-for-Profit-Association Representative on the National New Directions Implementation Group, the HSE School Leavers Group and the Interim Standards subgroup.

Don Bailey Board Member

Pat Clarke Board Member

Michael Doyle Board Member

Olga Estridge Board Member

Gráinne  O’Leary

Gráinne O’Leary Board Member

Over the past 13 years she has developed, lead and implemented an ambitious services programme for people living with arthritis and supporting infrastructure for service delivery, including the Stanford University Self-Management Programme to over 5,000 people. She has actively participated in the growth of the organisation and the ongoing development and implementation of its long- term strategy. . Gráinne has built, motivated and managed teams of staff and volunteers to deliver on the strategic goals, objectives and targets of the services. She is a Stanford University accredited Master Trainer in the Chronic Disease and Arthritis SelfManagement Programmes

Kathleen  O’Meara

Kathleen O’Meara Board Member

Appointed in 2016 as Director of Communications, Public Affairs & Fundraising at Rehab Group. She is responsible for raising awareness of Rehab’s work through advocacy and communications strategies and also for building on key relationships with relevant partners and government bodies. She oversees and co-ordinates fundraising activities focused both on corporate and major donors as well as local initiatives in the communities in which Rehab works.
Previously she was head of Advocacy & Communications, with the Irish Cancer Society (from 2008) and was a former Member of Seanad Éireann, and a former ministerial advisor. She also worked as a journalist, both freelance and with RTÉ.