Board of Directors


Inclusion Ireland Board of Directors 2018-2019


Lorraine Dempsey is Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland having previously served as Chair of Inclusion Ireland's Education, Training and Employment Committee.  Lorraine has four children and her eldest daughter has Cerebral Palsy and Intellectual Disabilities and has personal experience of having a child in both mainstream and special school settings requiring additional supports. Lorraine graduated in 2001 as a Nurse.
Lorraine volunteers as the Information and Policy Officer for the Special Needs Parents Association having served as Chairperson of SNPA for several years prior.
Lorraine is Parent Representative on the HSE Transforming Lives Working Group - Person-Centred Model of Service & Support, Parent Representative on the HSE National Children's Programme Oversight Group and the Parent Advisor on the Cross Sectoral Implementation Group in Department of Children & Youth Affairs overseeing the implementation of AIM, the Access and Inclusion Model supporting children with disabilities to access the ECCE Scheme.


David Quinn is an engineering graduate from Trinity College Dublin. In 1980, he and a colleague founded a software company and David continues to work for Pascal Software. David was the inaugural chairperson of the Irish Payroll Software Developers Association in 2009. 

David is married and is the father of four young adults. As a parent of a child with autism in 2001, David helped set up The Red Door in Monkstown, a school for children with autism and complex needs and chaired its Board of Management from 2011 to 2015.
David joined the board of Inclusion Ireland in 2014.


Martin Rowan has been a member of Inclusion Ireland’s Board since September 2014.

Martin is a self-advocate, referee and public speaker.

Martin is the former Chair of the Self-Advocacy Sub-Committee and he is still a member of that group.



Stephen Kealy has been a Board member since May 2015 and is a former Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland.

Stephen is a clinical psychologist and is a former editor of Frontline magazine.


Francis Coughlan has been a member of Inclusion Ireland’s board since May 2015.

Francis is the CEO of SOS Kilkenny, a service for people with an intellectual disability.


David Girvan  is a father of a young adult lady with a profound intellectual disability requiring extensive support.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree with extensive career experience ranging from self-employed businessman to country manager of a large US multinational. 

David is now a full-time family carer for his daughter and has concentrated his efforts on advocating for the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. David joined the Board of Inclusion Ireland in 2015 and brings to the Board a valuable perspective and keen interest in improving supports and services and the quality of life of people with disabilities requiring high levels of support, and the needs and concerns of their carer families.



Sarah Jane Lavin joined the board of Inclusion Ireland in 2018.

Sarah Jane is a self-advocate and a member of Inclusion Ireland’s Self-Advocacy Sub-Committee.


David Fraughan joined the Inclusion Ireland Board in 2018.

David is a self-advocate and the Munster representative of the Steering Committee of the National Platform of Self-Advocates.

David was nominated to the Board by the National Platform of Self-Advocates.


Marian McNamara is Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee and Deputy Chairperson. Marian is a senior executive with extensive experience across financial services with specific skills in Private and Corporate Banking and Insolvency. She holds the following qualifications, Chartered Accountant, Qualified Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Advisor.

Marian is a member of the Institute of Directors and currently sitting the Chartered Directors Programme with an expected completion date of June 2019. 


Aisling McNiffe joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

Aisling is a parent and full-time carer of a child with a severe/profound disability. She is a campaigner, advocate and fundraiser for those with no voice.